Today we’d like to introduce you to Tzedek Ixtacuahltli aka DJ Wildstyle.
Tzedek Ixtacuahltli, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have always loved music. It is my outlet for my stories, hopes, dreams, and emotions. From a very young age, my multicultural family introduced me to all types of music that expressed our history and our happiness. When I was seven, my stepfather told me about DJing. He used to be a DJ in the 80’s and introduced me to my first DJ teacher, DJ Kiss. He (DJ Kiss) taught me the basics. One thing everyone should know about DJing or anything in life is it is hard work. The more blood, sweat, and tears you put in, the more you get out. As I got older, I grew a new appreciation for DJing as an art form. I have also been blessed with many great mentors and friends who have provided opportunities along the way.
I mostly DJ at festivals, private parties, and dances, but I also DJ on a TV show called Time 2 Dance. During the pandemic, I’ve been working on a series called “The Quaran-teen(s)” and collaborating with some teen DJs in metro Detroit through “Teens in the D”. I now also use my platform to try and make the world a better place, which is a value I have believed in for a long time. I’m currently volunteering for the American Diabetes Association and on social justice issues through Teens in the D and Teen Entertainers for a Better World. My hope is to only continue getting better and growing my skills and my brand.
Has it been a smooth road?
One challenge is that I have to balance being a student with my profession. I’m just starting high school and my mom wouldn’t let me continue to DJ if my school work wasn’t done and done well.
Also, sometimes I have to miss things my friends and family are doing in order to DJ.
Most recently because of the pandemic, I’ve had to miss out on DJing in public because I live in a multi-generational/high-risk family and I need to protect my loved ones by not being out so much. That’s how I really got into doing more stuff with the American Diabetes Association. I made a mixtape for the #moveyournumbers challenge which was created to try to keep people with diabetes active while staying safer at home. And while I didn’t really mean for this to happen, the mixtape I produced won the April 2020 Mixtape Competition on Facebook DJs which is a group of over 42,000 DJs worldwide. So, I guess the take-home message is that even obstacles or challenges can prove to be rewarding if you look at them in the right light.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My company is built on my love for the art of DJing and wanting to make people happy. What sets us apart is that I am a unique person who is a part of many different communities and as any musician knows, your individuality is one of the best things you can bring into your work. I use my cultural experiences and life lessons in everything I do.
I really try to get to know my clients/audience and understand what makes them tick so when I do a gig whether it be a festival, a private party, or a school dance, I know that the people there are going to hear some classic sounds they requested, maybe some new music they hadn’t heard before, and everyone is going to have a great time. I try to put that same energy into mixtapes, lives, and TV and radio gigs.
There are a lot of talented DJs, but you won’t find 2 DJs who are the same. I am a Teenage Chicanx Jewish female, and I am also my own person, No one does Wildstyle but Wildstyle.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the diversity in culture and opportunities. Seeing and being able to listen to and learn from all of the different people and being a part of so many cultures is amazing.
Not only is having so many different cultures important for personal growth and sharing but….amazing food. I talk about food a lot. Like in K-town for example…I mean where else can you get delicious Oaxacan food (like Gualaguetza) and Korean BBQ or fried chicken like within a mile radius?
I think the thing I like least is how spread out everything is. It’s easier to get around in some other busy places. But we have the desert and mountains and the beach. LA is my home. I’ve never lived anywhere else.
- Website: https://www.djwildstyle.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/djwildstyle18/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/djwildstyle18
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/dj-wildstyle-pasadena
- Other: https://www.mixcloud.com/djwildstyle18/