DJ Cruz was born and raised in Zurich Switzerland to a Swiss mother and an American father. He was first exposed to „scratching“ while listening to the DJ at the downhill skateboard races he used to compete in.
2005 At the age of 15, a friend gave him an old turntable and ever since that day Cruz has been working the decks. He started DJing with vinyl, digging in the crates at the local record stores forever, spending all he had. With an early transition to Serato, he was able to explore the musical world limitlessly. Cruz sold his Mixtapes in front of Clubs receiving a lot of attention from the partygoers and another DJ, who then invited him to do his warm ups, eventually playing in Clubs before he was legally allowed to enter them.
2007 Cruz then 17, won the ‘Rookie DJ of the Year’ award and also got the amazing opportunity to have a residency at one of Switzerland’s best known clubs, the Kaufleuten in Zurich.
2009 He decided to leave the safety and security of his well paying job at a private bank to follow his deep-rooted passion for mixing and producing music. The key to his steadily growing success is his totally open format approach to mixing Electronic Dance Music, Hip Hop, Rock n Roll, Trap and Twerk together with his knowledge of club music, fueling his sets with energy and innovation.
2011 At 21, Cruz has worked his way up Switzerland’s nightlife circuit and has rocked the crowds at the hottest and most outstanding parties and clubs both in Switzerland and internationally, including his own night at Club Kaufleuten with his party label ‘Unashamed Luxury’. In addition, he started his studies in Economics, which he recently graduated from with a Bachelor’s degree. He wrote his Bachelor Thesis about the music industry, covering aspects of marketing and digital sales.
2012 At the age of 22 he won the highly respected Swiss Nightlife Award for ‘Best Open Format DJ 2012′. By that time, he was already playing in cities like Paris, London, Cannes, Dubai and New York just to name a few and making himself a name in and outside of Europe.
2014 Cruz, now 24 years old, is fully focused on his musical productions which have received support from big name DJs such as Avicii, Tiesto, Grammy winner Cedric Gervais and many more which either played them in their Radio Show or during live sets. The success of his music launched his career, transcending him from being a DJ to also becoming a new young music producer.
With his jam-packed agenda and a tireless work ethic, he is off to conquer his constantly expanding international clubbing landscape as well as being in the studio and releasing new music.
Global Venues Played
1OAK (New York)
GOLDBAR (New York)
VIP ROOM (Dubai)
MASON HOUSE (London) LIBERTINE (London) KITCH (London) BUNGALOW 8 (London) MATIGNON (Paris) L’ARC (Paris) M. BLANCHE (Paris) GOTHA (Cannes, FR) VIP ROOM (St. Tropez, FR) CARLTON (Cannes, FR) LA GRANGE (Courchevel, FR) FRATELLI (Bucharest, RO) SPIRITO (Brussels, BE) SHOKO (Madrid, ES) TWIGA CLUB (Tuscany, IT) M & MAGNUM (Luxembourg) BABY (Munich) AER CLUB (Stuttgart) TRAVOLTA (Frankfurt, DE) MOONDOO (Hamburg, DE) CREED CLUB (Karlsruhe, DE) CLUB NR 1 (Saarbrücken, DE) PASSAGE (Vienna, A)
Supporting Act For
FAR EAST MOVEMENT