On Thursday, May 19, the Wild Buffalo held its first Pass the Aux competition, where disc jockeys of all experience levels put their playlist skills to the test.
The competition had 16 DJs go head to head in rounds with randomly chosen categories. Each DJ had 30 seconds to chose a song off their phone and play it. Every round had two categories, and the crowds applause determined the winner of each round. The contest worked in brackets. Once a DJ won a round, they moved onto the next bracket.
Trevor Weidenbacher, Marketing Manager at the Wild Buffalo had this to say about the new contest.
“We had a DJ competition not too long ago and thought that this would be kind of like a way to make it more accessible,” Weidenbacher said.
The winner of the contest received two tickets to Bumbershoot and the runner-up won $100. Runner-up Gollo Moreno, a student at Western who went by the DJ name “Gollo,” said he is good friends with the winner of the contest, DJ Eyzo.
“We were kinda joking about like, ‘Oh, dude what if we were in the finals against each other?’ and then we were,” Moreno said.
In the final round, the two friends battled each other in three different categories. The first was called Drop the Mic. The second category made each opponent chose the category for the other.
DJ Eyzo chose a Wedding Song for DJ Gollo, and Gollo chose a country song for Eyzo.
The final round’s theme was USA, and DJ Ezyo came out on top, walking away with tickets to Bumbershoot.
Ronald Yoo, a Western student who goes by the DJ name “DJ Naerok,” said he signed up for the competition last minute. He made it to the quarterfinals Thursday night.
“It’s super fun but nerve racking,” Yoo said.
Kraymer Gullickson, who goes by “DJ Press Play” on stage, said he has participated in other competitions at the Wild Buffalo, like the lip syc battles they have on Mondays.
“It’s the first Pass the Aux the Wild Buffalo has had here, but it’s a great turn out,” Gullickson said.
Gullickson said he isn’t a DJ but signed up for the competition anyway.
“I love music, I know many songs and I know how to hype a crowd,” Gullickson said.
After a tough round, “DJ Panda Lotus,” Lari Halbert, lost her first battle. She said a friend of hers signed her up for the competition.
“I like playing music in general,” Halbert said. “’I’m definitely that girl who will steal the aux cord.”