Youngstown DJ will play at music festival
By GUY D’ASTOLFO
A Youngstown DJ is on the list of performers at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, next week.
Charles Colvin, who goes by DJ Chip Banks, will be headed to the venerable music-industry showcase where he will perform a half-dozen times. He is the only Youngstowner on the schedule this year.
The SXSW festival features thousands of rising but mostly unsigned artists, selected by record labels, booking agencies, management and public-relations firms and other industry insiders. The acts will perform in bars, clubs, parks, churches, hotels and other venues from March 12 to 18.
This will be Colvin’s second time as part of the SXSW experience, but his first as a part of the festival. He was hired by promoters last year to DJ at a few events that were not affiliated with SXSW but were peripherally involved with artists that were part of showcase performances.
Colvin – who will be in Austin March 15, 16 and 17 – has had his sights on SXSW for about seven years.
“Being involved in the music and entertainment business you hear about all the memorable surprise performances by big artists and amazing events,” he said. “Most of the new artist that break nationally get their big break by performing at SXSW.”
Colvin likens it to the NFL scouting combine, where hopefuls show what they can do in hopes of impressing teams and getting signed.
“I attended in 2017, and I networked like no other,” he said. “While I was there a few official SXSW reps had the opportunity to see me perform and contacted me for this year’s festival.”
Colvin is well-known in Youngstown-area clubs, and has performed in Las Vegas and other cities. His next local show will be March 30 in the Lemon Grove, second floor of the Knox Building (above The Federal), downtown. Colvin also has a Saturday show on local radio station Star 94.7 FM.
As the official DJ of Youngstown State University athletics, he also works the school’s volleyball games, and men’s and women’s basketball games, and is working on performing at football games next season. He sets the pace during games and gets the crowd excited by playing music during pregame warmups and timeouts.
“This is my first year [as YSU athletics DJ], and it’s been amazing,” he said.