CJ is a web developer by day, and a multimedia artist and DJ by night. His passion for creating and innovating is the basis for all his pursuits.
As a DJ, CJ is known for his diverse musical taste, fluid mixing, and ability to read the crowd. For 12 years, CJ has held residencies in some of Chicago's most popular bars and clubs, including the legendary Funky Buddha Lounge.
He has played for legendary artists such as Nas, Snoop Dogg, Nelly Furtado, John Legend, and many more. He has also shared the decks with renowned DJs including Questlove, Kool Herc, Kraze, Ali Shaheed Muhammed, and DJ 33 1/3, whom is CJ’s mentor and friend. He has been known by various aliases throughout his DJ career: JPaz, Illnoyz, and CJ Buckets. His name has changed, but his approach remains consistent. He always shows his love and knowledge of music, and treats every set like it is his last. CJ is delighted to be a member of the Fig DJ team.
"I’ve collaborated with CJ on many different events, and he’s proven time and time again that he thoroughly understands the importance of keeping the music consistent with the vibe and overall message of the production. His confidence in reading a room is reinforced by his professionalism when dealing with venue staff and his ability to adapt under pressure, trouble-shooting unpredictable issues on-the-fly in order to keep an event on schedule. His knowledge of music spans genres, and his open-minded nature makes him an easy choice among an increasingly saturated industry. Not to mention, he’s an incredible turntablist, a fleeting skill among his competitors."
– Dan Kozerski