If college is supposed to be a time to excel at new things, Trey Johnson and Sean Von Ohlen, CC’14, are doing it right. As self-taught DJs under the stage names Vidda and Vonzie, respectively, you may have found true love dancing to their beats at a frat or bar. Moombah mastah Alexandra Svokos watched them create an original house track.
“Ven ve start, you know, ve need a fat kick,” Sean says in what’s supposed to be a Swedish accent, but sounds more like Dracula. Trey, in similar accent, agrees. They deadpan about kicks and sample libraries until finally they break character and laugh. “Or we could do that other kick,” Trey says seriously. The switch from play to business is immediate as the two boys consider the track they’re creating.
Trey began a little over a year ago, while Sean got his start senior year of high school. They learned how to DJ, remix, and produce through a combination of instructional YouTube videos, forums, and actual practice, eventually purchasing legitimate equipment to fit their needs. Since they’ve begun, Trey has put out an EP and Vonzie has put out several singles and is working on an EP.
They both make remixes and original songs. “With remixes you’ll get more people’s attention because they’ll see that famous DJ or producer’s name,” Trey explains. He smiles mischievously before continuing. “Quote this: I was the first motherfucker to ever remix Avicii Levels, I swear to God. I remixed it when he didn’t even have a name for it. It was the shittiest song I’ve ever made, but because they saw ‘Avicii’ it got on so many blogs. But as soon as you make an original, the blogs are like ‘I don’t know this guy,’ and they won’t even listen to it half the time.”
The boys have a tendency towards modesty in describing their work. “We’re both very honest and humble men. We have bravado when it’s called for, but we’re gentlemen in all other respects,” says Sean. “Scholars as well,” Trey adds.