He's considered a pioneer and legend of the 90's Hard House movement. His long list of records, remixes and international appearances credits him as one of the most popular and accomplished DJ/Producers of his time. But like all pioneers, he too faced many challenges set forth in identifying his title.
In 1985, Carlos “Kool Kutt” Gomez began his musical journey no different than most bedroom DJs hoping to someday leave a mark in the industry. With cheap turntables and a Radio Shack (Realistic) mixer, he began to blend beats, scratches, and later incorporated sampling and editing techniques.
In 1989, a friend persuaded Carlos to participate in a DJ battle which was being held at a local teen club (Triffany's)
Carlos won the battle and was given his first club residency. During this residency, he had the opportunity to work alongside original Hot Mix 5 DJs, Mickey “Mixin” Oliver, Ralphie “The Razz” Rosario, Kenny “Jammin” Jason, & Mario “Smokin” Diaz.
In the early 90's Carlos' DJ career was stuck and couldn't seem to gain momentum. Unable to play the dance music politics, he switched genres and teamed up with Chicago Rap group O.C.U. Due to the group's gangster style hip hop genre, the members changed Carlos' stage name from “Kool Kutt” to DJ Tragic. While working with O.C.U. he met his mentor and super producer Peter Black. Soon after, Carlos assisted Peter on several albums including O.C.U's “Stronger Than The Mafia” on the K Tel label, and Krashman's “Black Circle” on ISLAND Records.
In 1992, Carlos veered away from the hip hop scene and continued with his interest in dance music. But first, he revised his stage name by replacing the “g” with a “j” and the wanna be house producer “DJ TRAJIC” was born.
In late 1993, DJ TRAJIC met Underground Construction (UC) president Andy Adams. In 1994 UC agreed to release “Soul Patrol” and “Orgy Trax” simultaneously... both records were a success and DJ TRAJIC took the first step in making his mark!
Soon after the release of “Soul Patrol”. DJ TRAJIC gave birth to his mega hit “Show Me Your Face”. It was at that moment that his International status began. With the release of “Show Me Your Face”. UC was able to establish licensing agreements with record labels in Brazil and Mexico. This allowed UC the ability to create a solid foundation for future international success.
With follow up releases like “Latinos In The House”, L.A.W's “Remember The Times”, Anastasia's “All Men R Dogs”, Sex Krazed Superstars “Feeling Horny” and “Pants R Saggin”, TRAJIC continued to bang out the hits. At times UC would release back to back TRAJIC records just to keep up with demand, while other labels waited in line with attempts to solicit a TRAJIC Chronic Remix. TRAJIC went on to produce well over 100 records and countless remixes for major artists.
TRAJIC's influence has reflected on many top rated DJ/Producers of today and his tracks can always be heard through licensed mix compilations as well as "Tribute mixes" put together by DJ fans worldwide.
In 2006, TRAJIC launched two digital download music labels in partnership with Beatport.com.
Nemek Music Group (Nemek): releases the harder type sound and has re-released much of TRAJIC's catalog through his Hard House Classics volumes. Nemek is also home to producers, J.D Funk of Seattle, El Paso's Statik Jumpen, Argentina's DJ Zeta, Spain's DJ Flaxx and U.S new comers the Warrior Brothers, MK Ultra and the Smakboys. Remixes have included the likes of L.A talents, Used & Abused, Rudy Rude Dog, DJ Eseal, & DJ 2H, along with Marvy Da Pimp from Paris France, and Chicago's Rick Fabris and Tommie 2 Tuff.
Plush Recordings (Plush): releases genres like Electro, Tech House, Figit, etc. Released have included superstars like Jon Kennedy (U.S), Lars Wilhelm, Patrick Wayne, Shaman Koz, High C, Blain Austin, Kiddwrek, and involved remixes by Josh Collins, Eric Bam Bam Cea, and J.A.K Inc.
Today, DJ TRAJIC continues to work behind the scenes and will soon launch new collabs with the Smakboys, MK Ultra, and the Warrior Bros. Selected remixes from his discography are also scheduled.
NEMEK MUSIC GROUP / PLUSH CHICAGO
View the NEMEK catalog @:http://tinyurl.com/y8et25k
View the PLUSH catalog @:http://tinyurl.com/ycjwgn8
DJ Trajic’s tracks