Having played at more than 20 nightlife establishments on the island, video mix master and consummate pro DJ Blake has built his rep on skill more than fanfare or popularity.

“As a DJ, these days, you’re only as good as the tools you have to complement your skills,” says the Kaneohe native. “Sometimes the DJ knows what the crowd wants more than they do. They just don’t know it yet, and it’s [my] job as the DJ to show them. It’s all about finding the balance between you controlling the crowd but still letting them feel like they’re in control of their night.”

The former Entertainment Manager at Senor Frogs and current resident deck ninja at Moose’s and Lojax in Waikiki is the founder of the Krackhand DJs collective, a contingency with members in Seattle and as far away as Japan.

“We’re just a band of brothers that came together to support and inspire each other to stay focused and keep progressing forward in our individual careers,” he says.

Throughout all of his successes, putting in the work coupled with the know-how has been and will continue to be the key components and main ingredients to his music madness.

Moose McGillycuddy’s, 310 Lewers St., Wednesdays and Saturdays, 11pm–4am, 21+ Lojax, 2256 Kuhio Ave., Fridays, 8pm–2am, 21+