DJ Konflikt is the Opium Group's go-to man and considered one of Miami's premiere DJs for his creativity at the turntables and eclectic setlists.
His ability to rock the crowd was evident Friday night at Mansion when he won the Red Bull Thre3Style regional finals. The competition was judged by Jazzy Jeff, Z-Trip and A-Trak, who were judging the DJs on their track selection, mixing skills, stage presence and crowd reaction.
DJ Irie, of the Miami Heat, hosted the party that also feature sets by competitors A-Rock, EU and Rowshay.
Konflikt will now go on to compete at the national level in the Red Bull Thre3Stylenational finals held this spring in Los Angeles.
On The List's Micaela Hood chatted with Konflikt before his big night.
Q: What's the best part about working in South Florida?
A: Clubs are open until five in the morning, we have so much time to play new music and great old music too.
Q: Do you have a favorite song right now?
A: I don't usually have a favorite song that coincides with popular music, I would say however, I really enjoy "Turn your Love Around" the Solidisco remix.
Q: What's the craziest thing that you ever saw in the club.
A: I saw a woman's hair catch on fire many years ago.
Q: Who have been your biggest influences in life?
A: These would reach beyond music, anyone who is enjoying themselves, doing what they love, being kind and compassionate would be an influence and a pointer in the right direction.
Q: What's the weirdest thing a girl said to you in the club?
A: "I am getting married next month, but I am not married yet, where is the after party"?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The freedom of having days off to work on music or practice to better my ability to perform for people.
Q: Is there anything you dislike about it?
A: There isn't one thing I hate.
Q: What's the biggest compliment you've received?
A: There are too many expletives to mention.
Q: Are you the type of person who doesn't need a lot of sleep?
A: I am a firm believer in resting the body. There has been a trend in speech the last few years where people say, "I'll sleep when I die." That to me is ridiculous. If you don't sleep, you will die. My body performs marvelously for me, if it needs rest, I will rest it.
Q: Who are your mentors?
A: Anyone who came before me and did something new, I can look up to. Anyone who did not conform and really tried to be different, I do look up to. Anyone who worked very hard, loved what they did and were always looking to improve, is my mentor.
Q: Do you have any advice to up and coming DJs?
A: Practice and work hard. It has become increasingly easy to attain software that plays music. This software will never be able to do what a human could do. Don't skip steps and really learn the craft. It will be the difference between picking records at a party or two or making this a career you can live off of.
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