In short, Def Campus is all things art. Before anything else, I always enjoyed creating as a kid, drawing, painting and building and I realized I was better at it than most kids my age. “Def Campus” was originally coined in 2012 and initially used as my DJ name. The name came about after a conversation I had with my friend, she suggested that I look into the word “hippocampus” which is a seahorse shaped part of the brain that regulates motivation, emotion, learning, and memory. After some work on the drawing board I kept the “Campus” part and added “Def” to the front. All the art that I have created since then has been under Def Campus. Initially I only dj’d, I love music, I love what songs can do for people and how I can control the entire atmosphere with the sound of the song I choose to play. It was and still is all about timing. After dj’ing for a few years I moved to Los Angeles and went to school for audio engineering. After graduating I began my career engineering full time. During this time I became more interested in photography and invested in my first DSLR camera in 2015. I spent a lot of time shooting with friends while I grew my skills. I got comfortable enough to where I knew my way around a camera and developed a good skill set so I began booking photography sessions and growing my clientele. The art doesn’t stop there, my mind doesn’t do well without adding new things to the mix. I began to paint again, this time on sneakers, boots, leather and jackets, eventually finding my way back to canvas. In 2018 I began sketching out clothing ideas and worked with vendors to bring them to life. Today I am a successful and skilled photographer, painter and audio engineer, growing my clothing line from simply “merch” to creating fashion pieces.
"It’s easy to put things in boxes, our brains want things to have a place. But we are far too complex to simply be put in boxes. It’s important for me to try my hand at all the things I want to do, I will not be good at some, I will excel at others and I will lose interest in many. However it’s important for me to continue to create and when I find success in the things I’ve created, to give back to the communities I am from." -Def