|Full real name:
|Born (date & location):
||August 7th 1978
|Can be heard regularly
||Thusdays: Club XO
Saturdays: 96.5 the Buzz (KRBZ-FM)
Toto, we're not in Kansas any more...
at least it doesn't sounds like Kansas
(or Missouri for that matter) if you're
tuned in on Saturday to DJ C-Vaughns hosting
Kansas City's largest live radio mix show.
It sounds like a massive, dark club with
dirty bass beats booming, with maybe some
of his own productions and remixes tossed
in to the mix. As he's making a name for
himself from coast to coast, we check
in with Collin Vaughn and find out how
its really done, Kansas City style!
Raves.com: Did you have any
formal musical training?
Collin: No training. Just a true
love and passion for electronic music.
I started getting into the music as an
early teen. It became an obsession. I
would go to the stores cd hunting. Some
being good and most being bad. I had no
way of knowing what was good. After years
of searching and getting familiar with
names of artist I finally starting finding
who was the land markers. After I had
learned artist styles I wanted the next
level out of it. That next level was sharing
my style and taste with as many people
as I could.
Where and what was your 1st gig as
a DJ and how did it happen?
It was at a party here in Kansas City.
I had got my own radio show on 90.1fm
(a public radio station ) slowly got a
fan base. Received phone calls wanting
me to play some partys. The 1st party was
a success. I knew then this was for me.
It was just like I had imagined. The crowed
loves every bit of it. I sucked at the
mixing thing at the time. It didn’t really
matter because they loves the tracks so
Where are some of the your favorite
places that you've DJed?
Atlanta, Houston and Kansas City.
How would you describe the scene
in Kansas City to someone who has never
I would say for the size of the city
we are one of the biggest electronic music
scene lovers. Club wise we have only
a couple of nice night clubs. When I mean
nice I mean nice ......like lighting and
sound ect. This city has a lot of small
lounge like rooms. When it comes to party's
they are always big. You can count on
at least 1400 people. The city is made
up of a lot of house heads. It has been
created by the house deejays here. I'm
not a house dj at all. I need the the
funk with that broken beat. I have helped
break the city up so its not so its not
driven heavily by one genre so much. What
kind of music do you play on your radio
show? Funky Breaks, Nu skool breaks, progressive
breaks and trancy breaks.
Can people hear your radio show or
any of your other music or mixes online?
Yes. go to www.kalmusic.com
You collaborate on most of your music
with J-Virtue - how did you two meet?
We went to middle school together and
became best friends and still are to this
How did you pick the name "2 Hype
Elements" to produce under?
We there are 2 of us. We think our music
and re-mixes provide that hype feeling that
you hear at the peak of a night when the
energy is at its best. We are different
elements joining for one cause and that’s
to make people dance.
How did you did you get your first
I played a track over the phone to Dj
Huda Hudia. He liked it! He asked if we
wanted to do a remix for him. We gladly
agreed to do it. He was happy with it.
We then got to do another and so on. After
our first re-mix came out we got offered
to do a re-mix for Live Wire Entertainment
(Dj Dean's - Play it hard)
How has your creativity and style
changed over the years?
YES. It seems like it changes every
track we do. There is always something
new to learn or try.
What are a few of your current and
all-time favorite records and artists?
Infiniti - Running away, Rick West -
Deff Jam and Dj Icey - Low down Good girl
If someone was going to buy just
one of your releases, which one would
you tell them to choose and why?
Get on Up because it is a timeless track.
That track will be out later this year.
What are some of your records people
can look for in the future?
We have a bunch of re-mixes and some
original material coming out on Kaleidoscope
music label through the rest of this year.
All the tracks can be heard on this site
What are your goals as a DJ and producer?
To make timeless tracks. Play as many
city and places as I can. Keep the haters
out of my life.
Have you seen the events you play
be at all effected by the police crackdown
and the RAVE act passing?
No. I'm hearing stories already though.
What would you be doing right now
if you never bought that 1st record and
became a DJ?
Working in sales somewhere?
What's the best and worst part about
being interviewed by email?
The best part is I can do it from home.
The worst part is nobody can get the full
effect by reading what I type. Emotion
can't always come through in writing as
I would like.