Why Star EDM DJ Jauz Is 'Beginning to Be Afraid'
Jauz, despite being such a successful producer has openly admitted to having the same fear of looming adulthood as the rest of us. Sometimes it's nice to know that your favorite artists have the same fears and insecurities as the fans that adore them.This article originally appeared on Redbull
Superstar DJs – they're just like you! They spend summers in Ibiza but can't stop playing Pokémon Go. They travel 300 days a year and play to hundreds of thousands of adoring fans, but they suffer from existential dread. Just look at Jauz. He's only 22, and he's pretty sure his youth is over.
"I'm beginning to be afraid, because I'm really entering into the realm of adulthood," the California born-and-raised producer says. "When my career first took off, it was, 'Oh, 19-year-old kid, it's so crazy.' Then I was 21, and 22, and now I'm going to be 23 and there's all these 17-year-old kids out there just destroying it as far as music is concerned. I'm not part of the young kids anymore. I'm just one of the guys."
It's hard to be overly sympathetic to a guy in his early 20s who has not only met his idols (such as Skrillex, Dillon Francis and Borgore) but works alongside them, and yet, you've got to respect his hustle. Jauz, born Sam Vogel, started making music at 15. He dropped out of film school before sophomore midterms, dedicated his time to his dream and immersed himself in the nine-month program at famed production college Icon Collective.
He still relishes the first time he heard his music played by a famous DJ — Tchami dropping "Feel the Volume" at HARD Summer 2014 — because that was the moment his whole life changed. He hadn't realized his manager sent the track to any DJs, and in a matter of months it seemed his bass-heavy house anthem was everywhere.
Show requests started piling in, but he and his manager turned them down. He was “super broke,” but his manager swore it was better to let the hype build than oversaturate the market. The team gave in when Borgore offered an opening slot on a 25-concert tour. Life's been a whirlwind ever since.
Read the full story by Kat Bein at Redbull