In the midst of a scene with ever-changing technology, artists struggle to remain relevant to the demands of current mainstream and underground culture; in the context of the DJ world there is the constant struggle between reigning as champion of the battle scene and dominating as a celebrity of the club industry. DJ Turbulence is both.
Learning the craft at 13, Los Angeles native Tim Alejandro was already engaged to his life-long love: music. Sneaking into clubs, watching battles, recording his favorite radio DJ sets, and perfecting his skills, Turbulence was a prodigy to be reckoned with before he was legally allowed to drive. His talents landed him several residencies at A-list venues across the world, as well as championships at regional, national and international battles.
Starting in 2004 and for five successful years following, he became the person he once looked up to and patterned himself to be; he became a radio DJ for Power 106. This opportunity opened even more doors for him, performing with or opening for mega artists such as Kanye West, Jay-Z, Beastie Boys, Busta Rhymes, Nate Dogg, Nas, Cypress Hill, Adema, Ice Cube, Ludacris, Pitbull, Tha Dog Pound, Swizz Beatz, N*E*R*D, Lupe Fiasco, Ceelo Green, Miguel, Jermaine Dupree and Lil Jon at prestigious venues internationally.
Not to get too comfortable in his newfound success, he partnered up with fellow Battlestar crew mate DJ Phonics to compete as the duo branded as The Tom Cruisaders. The pair began their journey in 2005, conquering the DMC USA Teams competition that year, and again in 2009, 2010, and 2011, going to London each time to represent the USA in the DMC World Team Finals. They made history by winning an unprecedented 4 national titles.
DJ Turbulence’s talents garnered attention from many groups wanting to enlist his expertise. He is currently part of SKAM Artist Management, Crowd Control DJs, Battlestar and The Tom Cruisaders. He was also an instructor at Los Angeles’s Scratch Academy (founded by the late great Jam Master Jay of Run DMC) and developed the Scratch 202 course. He also appeared on numerous radio shows and music videos. This diverse representation and impressive accomplishments created a worldwide demand for his exemplary technique and unique combination of style, flair, plasticity and versatility in his craft.
Despite the stellar track record, DJ Turbulence keeps his feet on the ground and his praises up high; he remains humble and ascribes his talents as a gift from God, and the support and happiness from his fans, friends and family reminds him of how hard he has worked to be such a success. He continues to push hard and challenge himself in new ways. “I never want to be satisfied; the day I’m satisfied is the day I fail. I will always push to the next level.”