Red Bull Thre3Style Dallas winner and Red Bull Music Academy alum DJ A1 breaks down music history and how he gets the crowd moving.

Name: A1
Twitter: @dja1
Years DJing: 20+
Location: Dallas

First album/song you ever bought?

Oh, man. I have the worst memory, but I think its either 'Thriller' or The the. 'This is the Day.'

Vinyl vs. Digital?

I love them both.

Best song to get the crowd moving?

Michael Jackson, 'Don't stop 'til you get enough.'

How important is it to know the regions musical tastes?

Very important. All format DJs should know music history of all genre. This will better equip them for knowing how to read the crowd.

How many records/mp3s do you own?

A lot. I started collecting records back in 1986 and before that I was buying cassette tapes.

Dream venue?


How do you start your set?

Depends on what time I DJ. If I'm a guest DJ, Instant beat drop and get the crowd moving.

Dream collaboration?

DJ Premier, Andre 3000, Little Dragon.

Most annoying song request?

The humming song.

What’s your guilty favorite song?

Any Rihanna song. I'm not a fan but I somehow know the songs.

Do you know how to play any instruments?

Yes. My synthesizers, drum machine and my turntables.

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