The hip hop and Latin flavor found in DJ Chorizo Funk’s musical style is 10 years in the making, beginning with his move to Austin.
“When I came to Austin was the first time I heard DJs performing live,” explains Eddie Campos. “[Hip hop] really caught my ear. People like DJ Mel, DJ Baby G. I was like ‘How are they doing that?’”
Over the next decade, Campos would make himself at home in Austin’s hip hop scene and behind the decks, though he wouldn’t get behind the tables for the next four years. A native Texan raised in El Paso and Amarillo, Campos studied social work at the University of Texas before touching vinyl. After a friend let him play on a pair of Stanton turntables, Campos caught the DJ bug and became DJ E Be Lo.
E Be Lo’s first priority was underground hip hop, and his musical taste made an impression.
“Eddie’s tracks are a lot of classic hip hop and his crates are deep,” says DJ Tats of the Table Manners Crew. “He digs deep and goes back and finds all the old jams.”
Tats personally invited Campos to spin with him at the TMC weekly at Plush, and Eddie accepted his first DJ gig. “Eddie just popped his head in, and he came out every weekend to come check us out,” says Tats. “He told me that he DJ’d and he liked the stuff we dig on so we asked him to come in and play with us, and he did a good job.”
Campos came into his own as a DJ over the next four years, which he dedicated to learning and musical experimentation. “It’s a craft,” he says. “You have to earn your respect as you develop. My style of DJing has always been based on that original foundation of hip hop as a culture, which includes DJs, b-boys, MCs and graffiti.”
Some of Eddie’s favorite gigs are the ones he spun for B-Boy City, an annual breakdance event held in Austin. “We connect in terms of what they do when they’re dancing and what I do when I DJ. I feel like I’m an extension of them and they’re an extension of me because I’m very dedicated to craft. They do their dancing with their body. I do it with rhythms.”
As Campos became a more able DJ, his style evolved. “As my skills developed, my ear developed, and I wanted to do different things, not be limited to hip hop and funk.” he explains. “I was hearing different things like cumbia and funk, and I like classic jazz. I can make it funky and add my own twist.”
Campos was inspired by innovation from the beginning, and the possibilities of including Latin music in his sets began to define his sound and style as much as hip hop had. After four years of DJing as E Be Lo, he was ready for a change in his name to reflect the change in his style.
Two years ago, Chorizo Funk became the chosen moniker of a man as confident as he’d ever been behind the wheels of steel. How did he come up with the name? “Me and a friend were clowning around, trying to come up with something, and he got really sick to his stomach,” says Eddie, laughing. “I was making fun of him and I started saying that he must’ve had some chorizo funk. Then I thought of it later and it fit.”
As Chorizo Funk, Campos has spun in cities across the U.S. and feels as comfortable playing to a hip-hop crowd in San Francisco, as he does playing to a salsa crowd at Copa in Austin. He plays on Serato but still buys vinyl at local record stores and spins it during his sets. Campos can be found playing around downtown Austin, especially locally produced events, which he would like to see more of in Austin.
You can catch DJ Chorizo Funk at the Beauty Bar this Saturday for our own Austin Vida showcase, along with Maneja Beto, El Tule and Este Vato.