DJ MENSA on the 1's and 2's…

I remember the very first time I officially met Dustin. I had seen his face around spinning at events here and there around the city. At the time, I was quite new to the hips and happenins of Toronto. I knew Dustin was a DJ… but I never knew he was DJ MENSA. I kept hearing about “DJ Mensa this, DJ Mensa that” but never put a face to the name. I even went to Octapus for Social Experiment (his weekly jam) for my first time and was surprised to see him there. I knew that this infamous “DJ Mensa” threw the night there, but when I saw Dustin up near the DJ booth, for some reason I thought he was a guest DJ opening UP for DJ Mensa or SOMETHING.

… LOL.

It wasn’t until a house party when we actually got to talk forever and I finally asked, “So… what IS your DJ name?” “…DJ MENSA.” You shoulda seen my eyeballs at that moment. It’s like hanging out with the uber King of Coolness and never knowing it was HIM the WHOLE TIME. (Just goes to show you how humble the man is.)

Since then, Dustin and I have grown to become good friends and I honestly attribute a lot of my success and network to him. He’s been the connector to so many people, opportunities, and most importantly, he’s one of the significant people here who took the time to show me why Toronto is worth falling in love with.

It’s been exactly a year since Dustin aka DJ MENSA won the Toronto Champion title for the Redbull 3Style DJ Competition. He moved on to the Nationals also held here in Toronto where he won 2nd runner up. All pretty huge accomplishments that I couldn’t be more proud of. If you were at either competitions last year… HOW SICK WAS IT?!? Seriously can’t get over it.

Tonight he will be defending his title at the Mod Club with a whole new batch of contenders. I bbm’d him this morning to see how he was doin on the big day:

So, how do you feel on game day?

“I feel cool. Yes, I’m a little nervous but I’ve been here before. At this point there’s nothing else left to do except rock out and have fun. I’ll have my best friends in the crowd and I’m very content with that.”

You think you have a good chance at defending your title?

“A lot of people have stepped to me saying they don’t recognize many of the names competing. I think that just means they’re gonna be the names to look out for in the next couple of years to come. Everybody’s here for a reason. Never count anyone out.”

What’s your secret to extreme coolness to the tenth power?

“Work on yourself and build your own character. Trust your gut and stick with every decision you make. There’s not enough time on this earth to back peddle or live in regret… Let’s go!!”

Needless to say, I’ve got my favorite DJ Mensa mixtapes playing on my itunes and I’m reppin’ last year’s MENSA shirt at the office today. (This year’s one is all white. I have a tendency to get messy so I’ll save the costume change for later tonight.) Brit’s got her’s on at the office today as well, and I can imagine that the other Beetle will probably rep hers when she gets up.

If you haven’t made plans yet, OR EVEN IF YOU HAVE, DROP THEM! REACH tonight!! Come early, line up will be long, for SURE. And it’ll be a good party regardless. I’ve rented some new toys to play with this weekend so be on the lookout for this shawty and smile for my camera.


“It’s like manifest destiny. Don’t tell me we didn’t make it. We MADE it. We are here. And everything that is past is prologue to this.”


  1. grandgroovedjs said,

    02/12/2010 @ 12:43 pm

    dope entry charbar!

    -Big Jacks

  2. Forge said,

    02/12/2010 @ 12:55 pm

    Yeah! I wish I could be there to make noise for him!

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