We had the good fortune of connecting with Philip Cross and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Philip, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
For me I believe it’s because I’m unique and I can play a wide range of music. I grew up listening to all genres of music from classical orchestra, hip hop, Funk, r&b, classic rock, and later started listening to House, Reggaeton, & Afrobeats. So knowing music is extremely important.
The more music you know the more opportunities you will have down the road.
I also don’t try to sound like other djs. I want clients to book me because of the vibe I create and not just having a good playlist.
Lastly, I created my own opportunities. I don’t believe in waiting on someone to give me an opportunity. If the opportunity is not there I will create my own. With that being said, I went out and met with different bar owners around the city and picked slow nights to start djing on and it just grew from there. I also picked spots that I personally loved the ambiance there and worked with the owners on creating a vibe there.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
This year makes 5 years for me being a dj. I’m most proud having 3 residencies right now and each spot I’m doing a different genre of music.
I believe I got here because of my work ethic, having a vision of what I wanted my dj career to look like, and also learning from those that came before me.
I’m a big believer in planning, preparing, and execution of the idea that I have. This has helped my dj career tremendously.
What I’ve learned is you can’t take every job and you’re not going to get booked for every job, so with that being said don’t sell yourself short. Stand on your price, being cheap doesn’t make you better. I would personally prefer to dj 3-4 days a week and make the same amount of money as the person who djs 7 days a week.
Every dj faces challenges early on, but it’s up to you to come up with a resolution. If you can’t afford to take dj classes or even find a mentor as dj, then look to YouTube or other online tutorials. There are many professional djs teaching basic classes on there, so there is no excuse not to get better.
For me and my story, I would say i want people to know that I’m doing this my way! I’m not copying anyone and Im able to make my own mark in this city because of it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Whew! This is a though question because there are so many dope places here. If we’re going to do fine dining I would start with The Warwick or Davis St.
Then if we’re going for drinks with a good vibe I would go to Houston Watch Co., Permission Whiskey, or Dean’s Downtown.
If its a night I’m djing I’m definitely suggesting Dean’s Downtown for Soul Music Tuesday’s or Wednesday during Happy for Whiskey Women Wednesday at Faces in 3rd Ward
Thursday night for live music I would visit 02 lounge for the Keto the Consultant event.
Friday would stop by Sweetlips Cigar Lounge for a good vibe, cigars, and it’s byob.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First I would have to shout out Cigar Store and Lounge by Cdot for giving me a platform and allowing me to dj there when I 1st started djing. Secondly to my Dj brother Dj Dreamkast for giving me some basics I was needing at the very beginning of my dj journey. We rocked alot Fridays together at Cdot and was able to learn alot of from him
And lastly to the originators of this dj craft. From Dj Grandmaster Flash, Jazzy Jeff, Grandmaster Jay, Roc Raida, Cash Money, DJ Scratch, Kid Capri, etc thanks to all of them for inspiring me for this love of djing