Biography Disc Jockey, remix expert, and 2011 Red Bull Thre3style U.S. Champion, Big Once has been mixing and cutting wax for over thirteen years. He got his start as a teenager; spinning house parties, putting out mixtapes, and working with several local bands and emcees. Big Once broke into the Chicago hip-hop scene while still in college and since he has steadily been building his rep as one of the most well-respected and in-demand DJs in Chicago and across the country. While most of his peers have spent years perfecting their look and brand, Big Once has spent that time in the lab. With a studio full of records and massive digital library, Big Once’s fast-paced, dynamic sets touch on every genre imaginable; all mixed with the precision, dexterity, and programming of a U.S. Champion. In a scene where anyone with a laptop and some software can claim to be a DJ, it is Once’s world-beating turntablist skills, unique live remixes, and energetic stage show that set him apart from others. These qualities have afforded Once to perform alongside everyone from the Z-Trip to Roy Ayers, headline clubs from Chicago to Los Angeles, direct the Vocalo 89.5 FM DJ collective, record with legends like Pete Rock, and teach at the University of Chicago.