On The Record: DJ Massfunk
BY KALANI WILHELM / Special to the Star-Advertiser
The act of playing and creating next level electronic music is a non-stop process for Bryce Hasegawa, aka DJ Massfunk. Testing the borders of his own creativity has also become one of his happiest addictions.
Life gets no better for him than being able to experience the thrill of a crowd in a rage-induced uproar — and being totally responsible for it happening. When his electro-centric aural assault hits, he wants you to have the time of your life. The budding audio architect wants to be known as one of the best DJs and producers Hawaii has ever seen.
“Every crowd I have ever played for always challenges me by making me think of how or what would make the crowd dance and how can I make a lasting impression on them,” he said. “I play the music that I like in order to not only keep the crowd pleased but to keep myself pleased as well because if I’m not having fun then how is the crowd supposed to have fun.”
Along with the catchy alias, the 2009 Pearl City High School graduate specializes in the most jacked-up forms of electro and progressive house and trance. With just over two years of experience, Hasegawa is fairly new to the scene, but has already made quite an impression opening for legends like DJs Heavygrinder, Seven Lions, Christopher Lawrence and even “The King of Crunk” himself, Lil Jon.
The homegrown festival favorite praises the crowds who rock out with him for building his confidence. Looking back at his current journey, he points to the release of a mix he created in 2011 for elevating his stature in the 808.
“For the first time in my life I felt like I could do anything and that there was no limit of how far I could take this DJ career,” he said.
From that point on, DJing became more of a focal point for him, and maximizing his talents became more important than ever.
Setting big goals instead of modest ones has allowed Hasegawa to become even more of a formidable fixture behind the decks. The positive outlook has also helped the Vice and Ginza resident DJ to better hone his skills as a producer.
“Nowadays it’s not enough to be just a DJ,” he said. “With technology making it easier and easier for people to mix their favorite songs together, anyone can be a DJ now if they wanted to. That is why you gotta be able to produce your own music to separate yourself from everyone else.”
Hasegawa will be in charge of warming things up for ultra high energy Cali-duo K-Theory at Tsukiji Ala Moana on Saturday, Oct. 19. Before the pulse-pounding grooves commence, much of the hard work will already be done. His library will be locked and loaded with fresh and diverse tracks to fit all tastes and styles, including personally crafted edits and mashups.
“One of the most difficult parts that I find about being a producer is being able to make something different that no one has heard before or being able to find that creative spark to make something that people can relate to,” he said. “I want to be one of the best in Hawaii and eventually try to be one of the best in the world. I don’t limit myself to anything, the only thing that I have is goals.
“I believe in working hard to accomplish these goals by not only helping myself but by helping others as well who have the same passion and goals as I do because when I make it to the top, I want my family and friends to be at the top there with me.”
Kalani Wilhelm covers nightlife and music for the Pulse. Contact him via email or follow him on Twitter.
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