One half of the mighty Rock-It! Scientists…
Making the music they don’t |
The Rock-it! Scientists have established themselves as celebrity DJs and talented music producers since emerging in the club scene back in 2006 with their beat bangin’ remixes. These Bay Area natives are responsible for remixing dope tracks from the likes of Kanye West, Rihanna, LMFAO, Far East Movement and a handful of other accomplished artist.
MM Weekly had the privilege to speak with one half of the dynamic duo, Etan Solarz aka DJ Solarz, one on one about his love and affinity for music and his passion on the one’s and two’s. Get the inside scoop from his struggles to his worldwide success.
Witness the madness and rock-it with DJ Solarz in these clubs nationwide:
Las Vegas (Tabu & Moon Nightclub),
New York (Juliet and Greenhouse Nightclubs),
Houston (Reign, Lucie’s, Manor Nightclubs),
San Diego (Stingaree, Hard Rock, Ivy Nightclubs),
Los Angeles (The Roxy Theatre, Highlands Nightclub, The Roosevelt NYE event),
Hawaii (Crazybox Nightclub),
and night clubs all over the San Francisco Bay Area.
His live performances aren’t exclusive only to the United States; DJ Solarz has taken his talent and skill on stages all over the world:
Shanghai (M1NT Nightclub),
Taiwan (Spark 101 Nightclub),
Dominican Republic (Fellini NIghtclub & Dark Temptation Events),
Singapore (Johnnie Walker F1 Party),
Canada (RadioPark, Gossip, Nava Nightclubs),
Mexico (CocoBongo Nightclub).
|Meet DJ Solarz – In Front Of The Lens|
DJ Solarz has been perfecting his craft of DJing for twelve years and producing music for five years. Music has played an integral part of his life at a very young age and continues to play a prominent role throughout the years.
“I began playing the violin at age four and continued through middle school. I was lucky to learn how to read music as well as basic music theory while I was still young. Though I didn’t end up sticking with the violin, I’m thankful that everything I learned then, I’m able to apply to both my production work and DJing now,” exclaims Solarz. Being exposed to music at an early age enabled him to cultivate his skills and simultaneously apply it to all facets of his work today.
DJ Solarz was heavily influenced by artists around The Bay area. The music compelled and captivated his fascination and innately he pursued his passion.
“Growing up in the Bay Area I was surrounded by great DJs and remixers such as Jazzy Jim and Michael Ericsson. I was intrigued by their radio mixes and although I wasn’t really sure what they were doing, I knew I wanted to do it. At some point an older friend of mine mentioned that he had turntables at his house and offered to let me come by and check them out. I remember him giving me a stack of records then leaving the room for about an hour. I instantly was hooked although I barley was able to mix two songs together. I eventually saved up for my own DJ setup. I practiced my butt off for over a year before gaining the confidence to work any public events. I started doing local house and fraternity parties, slowly working my way into bars and nightclubs around town. I worked for free; in fact I took a loss for quite some time renting sound equipment for gigs, just to get my foot in the door.”
Solarz practiced religiously until he felt it was perfect. When he started out in the game, he compromised his compensation in order to hone his craft until he had enough confidence to spin in the limelight. His unwavering desire and drive certainly paid off in the long run.
In 2002, DJ Solarz eventually met his right-hand man, DJ Guzie. The chemistry was organic from the jump and the creation of the Rock-It!
Scientists came to fruition.
“In 2002 I met my partner in crime, DJ Guzie (the other half of the Rock-It! Scientists).” The Rock-it! Scientists had high hopes and dreams proved to be hungry and their voracious hunger was the driving force that pushed them to set their sights on DJing internationally. This hunger desire leads them to gigs in Mexico and eventually would cause a buzz in the music business. DJ Solarz comments, that “Over the last five years we’ve done shows all over the world and continue to spend a significant amount of time on the road.”
The wild success and popularity of the Rock-it! Scientists gave them the honor to produce remixes for Kanye West, Far East Movement, Wynter Gordon, LMFAO and Rihanna. Their latest endeavor is a remix they just finished a with Dev and Enrique Iglesias entitled, “Naked”. You can listen and download it for free on their website: http://www.therockitscientists.com
|Meet Etan Solarz –Behind The Lens|
Etan Solarz was born and raised in Berkeley, CA. He raced mountain bikes until the age of 19. Ranked the number 1 rider in the US, Solarz spent two summers at the Olympic Training Center; in 2000 he moved to Colorado to continue his training. Unfortunately on his first day of training in Colorado, he had a tragic accident that would end his riding career. “I was struck by a car and was unable to train for nearly a year. Being forced to stay inside and off my bike, DJing quickly took over my life,” says Solarz.
When asked to give a brief description about himself, Solarz states, “I’m sure to some, I come across as a wildly confident person; however I’ll be the first to admit how insecure I am at times. My sense of humor is a direct result of my insecurities and my drive as an artist is no doubt fueled by my need to prove myself. Not sure if that’s a good thing all the time. If I could afford it, I’d see a shrink twice a week! That’s no joke.”
This is the truth about Etan Solarz as he goes through his self struggles as an artist. Solarz’ insecurities never prevented him from pursuing his dreams; it was the fuel for his fire. If DJ Solarz isn’t in the high demand octane action of the entertainment scene, you can catch him sipping on a cup of coffee and casually riding his bike around town. Solarz strives to be a balanced person; he measures his success not only through his professional career but also in his personal relationships. “I aspire to be an amazing father and husband (though I should probably get married and have children first), professionally I aim to be a world renowned music producer working with top artists, making hit after hit…changing lives through music,” declares Solarz. Ultimately, the simple things that make him happy is spending time with friends and family, riding his bike, eating and listening to R&B music.
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Interviewed By: Malachi Hul