DJ Ziggy becomes first-ever winner of UWF Battle of the DJs
By Mary Jo Gruber
The University of West Florida Campus Activity Board held its first-ever Battle of the DJs on Thursday, Sept. 15, and DJ Ziggy walked away with the title of UWF DJ King.
The event featured three DJs from the Gulf Coast region who competed for the title.
Ziggy went up against fellow DJs Mr. Ooowee and J5 in three rounds of music-mixing challenges. The themes for the first two rounds were “old school” and “artist mash-up.” The DJs were given five minutes each to put their best musical mix forward.
The final round, called “a minute to win it,” allowed a final 60 seconds for each performer to win over the crowd in front of a panel of judges consisting of UWF faculty and staff members.
The event took place in the Commons Auditorium and was free to all UWF students. The room was lit with bright neon lights and strobes as attendees danced and sang along to their favorite tunes.
The event MC was B.Rob, a UWF student and aspiring entertainer. He encouraged the crowd to document their experience on Snapchat and to utilize the filters created for the event on the app. Many students did and were able to share videos and pictures of themselves with “CAB Battle of the DJs,” as an overlay to their friends on Snapchat.
“We’ve really never seen an event like this at UWF,” said Jay-Ana Benavente, CAB Co-President. “It’s been really nerve-wracking, but we’re all really excited.”
Benavente said her fellow CAB Co-President Lonsard Dennis found the inspiration for the event in successful DJ battles they heard about from other school campus activity boards. Preparation for the event had been underway since June.
Eryka Wallace, assistant to the dean of communication in University College, was among the staff members selected for the judges’ panel, and said she was excited to participate.
“They have provided with us with a scoring sheet, but what I’m really most looking for is the audience interaction that the DJs can bring,” she said.
Wallace also serves as an advisor to the African-American Student Association and has been a judge for previous CAB events. “I’ve been a part of judging for the CAB Talent Show as well as some pageants, but nothing really quite like this,” she said.
Other faculty and staff members included on the judging panel were Erica Taylor, assistant professor of biology, Christopher Hawkins, graduate assistant for reservations, Allison Dahleen, assistant operations manager of the University Commons and Tilden Whitfield, program specialist.