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DJ Trizz in Tune With Audience

By David Goe

Watching DJ Trizz spin live, you can tell he’s got things under control.

Behind a set of Technic turntables, Trizz, aka Aaron Markham, smoothly transitions from one song to the other like it’s no big deal when really it’s an impressive display of confidence from an underappreciated artist.

Perhaps the only frantic behavior comes from his eyes. Peering over the edge of his Mac Book Pro, Trizz constantly scans the room gauging the reaction each song gets as it hits the floor. If it sets the dance floor off, job well done. If the energy is off however, it’s no big deal. Trizz makes a quick course adjustment to get things back on point.

You know what you are in for when Trizz is at the controls: a dance-able night specifically tailored to you. One thing you can say about Trizz is he has got your best interest at heart.

“I believe in letting the night and crowd take us where it may,” Trizz said. “I play out a lot so I run through a lot of different genres and tunes and just feel out the crowd. Some nights you know exactly what you’re getting into and others you have to really work for a reaction.”

This exact mentality is the difference between a good DJ and a bad DJ. In an age of digital DJing when literally anyone can download a smart phone app and start mixing tunes in a matter of minutes, this skill of reading and reacting to an audience separates the good from the bad.

Trizz is a good DJ.

“I like to give people enough to make them feel comfortable and trust me,” Trizz said. Once he feels like he’s gained their trust, that’s when he ads his own flourishes and touches to the set.

What Trizz is able to accomplish on a given night out is actually pretty amazing to think about. He curates a music collection large and diverse enough to meet the needs of an audience, and has the ability to skillfully and seamlessly mix them together at the drop of a hat.

That’s probably why Trizz holds down so many weekly shows in Grand Junction. He plays Tuesday and Thursday nights at Charlie Dwellington’s, and Friday nights at the Rockslide.

All this steady work and devotion to his craft has paid off in a big way.

Trizz recently played a number of high profile shows in the Aspen area, including the most recent Winter X Games, and opened for Capital Cities at the Belly Up.

“I started doing some gigs in Aspen in 2012 and became good friends with Mike Nakagawa,” Trizz said. Nakagawa, better known as DJ Naka G, serves as the X Games resident DJ and music director, and currently isin Sochi Russia working during the Winter Olympics.

“He’s a busy guy and I was fortunate to pick up some of the gigs he couldn’t take on. That’s how I got my foot in the door. I owe quite a bit to Mike,” Trizz said.

While their friendship will almost certainly bring more high profile gigs Trizz’s way, he prefers to spend most of his time in the clubs.

“I like club gigs. I like the feeling of when you have the club in a stranglehold and every tune kills,” he said.

That right there says it all. Trizz gets just as much from the audience as the audience gets from him. It’s a special relationship that only performers understand and the driving force behind one of Grand Junction’s premier DJs.

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