The Rocks Off 200: DJ Main Event, Kratez Crew JumpOff Man
Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link.
One of H-Town's most versatile party-rockers is a cool gentleman named Marcus Trejo, known on the turntables as DJ Main Event. After speaking with him on only a handful of occasions, we quickly found his drive and dedication to DJing contagious and inspirational.
Trejo works overtime to be the best, elevating his game to unprecedented levels. As an open-format DJ and radio personality, he has come to truly embody his DJ moniker... Main Event.
Who? Born and raised in Houston, Trejo has two siblings and is father to two beautiful little girls, Jazmine and Lilly. To them he is SuperDad, and for them DJing has become more than something he's passionate about or something he loves. He has been DJing full time for almost ten years, and his focus is the need to keep the lights on and food on the table.
"Like any company or business, I have to operate on all levels in every department," he says. "The Grind has become more heavy than ever. I have to move and function like a business... I AM THE BUSINESS!"
Trejo was born into a family of musicians that had him fascinated with the sound of music at an early age. He tried playing every instrument he could. It wasn't until he was 11 years old that a childhood friend introduced him to the album He's The DJ, I'm the Rapper by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. And that's where it started.
I create, brainstorm, practice and cook up all mixes and ideas in my home studio. The studio is my office, my workplace, it's where I clock in and out of. Anything and everything related to DJing, music, radio and production starts here and then gets sent off to the masses.
Whether it be for The JumpOff Radio Mix Show, 103.3 KISS FM in Odessa (TX), Break Free Community Center, Kung Fu Saloon, Brixx on Washington, The Friday Nite Social at Sam's on Westheimer, or even down to a few online podcasts on iTunes, Mixcrate, Podomatic and SoundCloud, it all starts here at home.
I like it that way: in the comfort of my own home.
Why Do You Stay In Houston? "I've visited and spun in many cities and they are all beautiful with great weather, but Houston is home," says Main Event. "If one day I decide to move, it will be due to moving forward in my career. But I will always come back to the city of H-Town. I love it here!"
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