Photo cred// Richard Braxton
A rather dapper DJ spinned at this past weekend’s SMU Retail Club Fashion Show at Meadows Museum, who is this well-dressed Dallas music-maker? SMUstyle’s Darby Radcliff caught up with Justin Smith aka DJ Zoo and gives us the deets behind this SMU grad student’s beats.
SMUstyle: Tell us about yourself?
DJ Zoo: I was born in Australia, and then lived in different places in Europe, then I moved to Austin, Texas when I was six years old. I went to UT Austin for undergrad and studied corporate communications and business.
SMUstyle: You’re at SMU now for grad school, what are you studying?
DJ Zoo: I am getting my MBA in Finance.
SMUstyle: So, how did you get into deejaying?
DJ Zoo: I got into deejaying when I was at UT Austin working as a barback at a bar on 6th street. Everynight I worked at the bar, I would help set up the dj equipment and began to play around on the equipment and found a true passion for it.
SMUstyle: Your Dj name is DJ Zoo, how did you come up with this?
DJ Zoo: In college I modeled and my friends called me Zoolander, so I got the name from that movie.
SMUstyle: What inspires you to deejay and what are your musical inspirations?
DJ Zoo: I get inspired to dj because I enjoy giving my audience a cultural experiences at my venues when I play eso-teric music, which is non-mainstream music. I also like to play Indie, nu disco, and Euro house music to give Texas music that they normally don’t hear.
SMUstyle: Who is your favorite artist(s)?
DJ Zoo: My favorite artist is Cut-Copy and my favorite dj is a dj duo called The Twelves, who are producers of off the wall type music.
SMUstyle: What has been your favorite DJ gig in your career?
DJ Zoo: My favorite dj gig was at The Drake in Houston, TX in 2007 when I played for 1500 people in a ballroom. It was the biggest crowd I have ever played for and it was a special moment in my career.
DJ Zoo’s Weekly Spin Sched
Thursday: Teddy’s Room
Friday: Hotel ZaZa
Sunday: ZaZa brunch/pool