Step into the neon lights and party in Baguio City, and you might get to witness a DJ who gets just as pumped when he drops his beat as the audience he plays for. That charismatic, young DJ is none other than DJ Ziggy Watanabe.
Kevin “Ziggy” Watanabe is only 19 years old, one of the youngest DJs in Baguio’s clubbing scene.
Ziggy cites his friend, Gab Aoyong, as his mentor who taught him how to DJ when he was only 16. But Ziggy took a hiatus to focus on another of his passions, dancing, which he had loved to do since he was 10 years old.
Ziggy got back into DJing when he was invited to play at a friend’s debut. It was then that he got his big break and got invited to gig at The Camp, and as they say, the rest is history!
Since then, he has been playing at multiple gigs, whether opening the show or being the main attraction, keeping the crowd alive and pumping by starting at the right tempo and building up to his wicked beat drop.
Ziggy says that his major influences are local DJs, especially those he works with at The Camp. And to further set him apart, he also hopes to incorporate his dancing skills as he mixes. He says he’s still working on it, but that’s definitely something to look forward to.
Being an IT student at the University of Baguio, Ziggy mentioned some challenges he had faced in balancing school and career. But he is still able to do well with proper time management.
As for aspiring DJs, Ziggy’s words are “just love doing it and just go for it. Never stop learning, and if no one’s there to help you, learn from the internet. Nobody’s stopping you.”
People say that EDM is slowly fading away, but Ziggy is a youthful force that keeps the genre alive and beating, especially in Baguio’s party scene.