NAME: Nick Ruiz
COMPANY NAME: Hype Rhythm DJ
Facebook: Hype Rhythm DJ
Current Job Description: DJing any and all music/events, from downtown on 6th , to corporate events (UT, Dell, Xgames, and many other smaller business parties), and of course – every weekend weddings. Been in business since January but DJing with another DJ company for the past 5 years. While working with said company, I joined the office becoming one of the event coordinators for a half year, then became the head coordinator for another half year before stepping down to do DJing full time. I’ve been referred to as the best of the best DJs in Austin, the A-team (for mitzvahs), and been packing the dance floor from start to finish as long as I can remember.
What’s your favorite thing about the event industry?
When I first started I thought there were an endless amount of every vendors/venues in Austin, but over time the same faces kept popping up at the same weddings I was at. After doing this for 5 years in Austin, now I’ve made so many vendor friends (even other DJs! GASP!) that I’ve found it amazing how supportive the whole community is to one another.
Why did you join ILEA?
I was being encouraged to join by some current members who thought I would be a good fit, but additionally I always see room for improvement. I went to school to study microbiology, not business, so I feel that there is still much for me to learn about how to run my business efficiently and improve current methods.
What have you enjoyed the most about ILEA?
Really enjoyed seeing all the friends I’ve made over the past year in one place! Other than that, haven’t had much exposure to ILEA
Best advice you have for others or have been given?
Listen to the market, see what is working and what isn’t. Always adjust accordingly.
Favorite thing to do when you are not working?
Finding new music, thinking of new creative mixes with my other DJ friends, and of course the daily run with my dog, Otis.
Most Recent Vacation Spot?
Snowboarding in Colorado this past Winter.
Favorite Austin Experience?
Lake Travis during the summer time!
Favorite Austin Restaurant/Hang out spot? Favorite food?
Ramen Tatsuya/Flying Saucer and also Isla / Coffee J
Any mentors or people who inspire you, you look up to – industry or non-industry?
Have a lot of respect for Jon Gatsby and also Peligrosa
NOW FOR THE FUN QUESTIONS –
What is the neatest place you have ever visited?
Didn’t see snow in person till I was 21. So definitely snowboarding in Colordao. Now I’m addicted!
If you won a million dollars, what is the first thing you would buy?
Pay off my student loans.
Who / What is your dream client or event?
Dream event right now is getting a residency at a west 6th downtown club. Currently only on the east 6th
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
South Asia. Singapore, Thailand, etc.
What is a unique fact about you?
Ive never broken a bone in my life, but I have dislocated my shoulder over 100 times because of a weight lifting injury back in college. FUN!
What is the weirdest place / person you have ever done an event or request for?
Paul Mitchell’s mansion for SXSW.