Tampa DJ Jake Dela Cruz isn’t even old enough to be in the clubs that he’s tearing up

No sync button needed for one of Creative Loafing Tampa’s Music Issue 2018’s youngest musicians.

DJ Ku thinks that there’s a growing gap in how younger DJs are wanting to learn and how they define “DJing.” Ku — a Tampa local who got his start putting together mixtapes in high school — now tours the country and is a Red Bull Thre3style regional champ, but he’s not even sure if younger DJs could get by without seeing the BPMs of songs listed down to the decimal. Excluded from that conversation, however, is DJ Jake Dela Cruz, who isn’t even old enough to be in clubs without parental supervision. 

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Many think that the 17-year-old who found his love for music at age seven is the best young DJ in the Bay area, and accolades from peers like Ku and DJ Fresh (the Tampa Bay Rays’ in-house DJ) make it hard to argue with that. The rest of the doubters can just watch videos of the young talent cutting records and mixing nearly every genre at iHeartRadio events (Dela Cruz warmed up the crowd before Zedd, Pharrell Williams, Calvin Harris and more at the radio company’s Jingle Bell events in 2014 and 2015) or listen to his weekly iHeartRadio show “Audio Mix Therapy.” Follow Dela Cruz via facebook.com/DjJakeDelaCruz.

About The Author

Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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