IndieCast Radio Spotlight: DJ Sol Rising

Posted: December 10, 2012 in IndieCast Spotlight

DJ Sol RisingIndieCast Radio welcomes DJ Sol Rising to the rotation.

DJ Sol Rising (formerly DJ Skwint) began DJing at the age of 17 out of his parents’ basement, deep in the corn fields of Iowa. Out of his love for hip-hop music and the desire to be involved in the culture, Sol Rising taught himself how to scratch and mix by watching videos of old competitions and emulating DJs such as Craze and A-Trak. Despite the lack of DJ culture in a town of only 10,000 people, Sol Rising’s passion carried him to place in some of the most reputable DJ competitions in the world at the age of twenty-one, only four years into his career. Since then, Sol Rising’s sets have morphed into an eclectic mix of world, electronica, hip-hop, funk, soul, reggae, house, and turntablism.

At the start of his career, Sol Rising developed a long list of accomplishments as a competitive DJ, including several national finals competitions. In 2002, he was crowned Scribble Jam Champion in the DJ category of the hip-hop competition which has featured high-profile artists such as Eminem. This title in the premiere Midwest hip-hop competition got Sol Rising a spot in his first video and gave him the confidence to venture beyond the Midwest. In 2003, Sol Rising flew to Washington DC to compete against fifty other DJs in one of the most-competitive regional battles of DMC, the most well-respected DJ competition in the world. Surprising everyone, Sol Rising won the DC Regional, which earned him a place with ten others in the DMC US Finals and made him officially one of the top national DJs. He was also named DMC US Supremacy Runner-Up in 2003 in Philadelphia and also appeared in another DMC Final in 2004 in Los Angeles.

Check out singles “Light of Wisdom” and “Around the Clock” from the album “I am Soul” now on IndieCast Radio.

Find out more about DJ Sol Rising at


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