My family is very musically inclined...always playing around me growing up...I think I got my musical talent from my dad and my passion for it from my mom.
Epic Twelve might not be a household name yet, but the 16-year old DJ is quickly carving out his place in the music game. It all seems to be happening with Bieber-like speed too. DJing since the tender age of 12 (yes, pre teens), Corey Breit has already achieved more than most other kids his age—let alone all the up-and-coming DJs out there with stars in their eyes. It’s inspiring on many levels. He’s the youngest DJ to spin on the LA radio station Power 106. Currently in high school, Epic Twelve holds down a residency at the posh Hollywood nightclub Playhouse, entertained crowds at the legendary Key Club on Sunset strip, has played Chicago and New York and headlined at Side Bar in San Diego on New Years Eve. Most impressive, he spent two months last year bouncing around the US playing in front of thousands of people with rising pop stars Cody Simpson and Greyson Chance.
Where exactly Corey Breit will be five years down the Epic Twelve road remains to be seen, but with original productions in the works, an increasing DJ schedule and fan base, the future looks bright. To think it all started with a six-week boot camp style class at the LA based Scratch Academy.
Home Town: H-Woooood.
Currently Living: H-Wooood.
Origin Of Name: I’m going have to come up with a way cooler answer to this question. The real story is I started DJing at 12 (hence the Twelve in my name) and I’ve always thought the word “epic” was a great way to describe anything dope or exciting. So I put them together and have been Epic Twelve ever since.
Weapon Of Choice: I’ll leave that open for your interpretation.
Est. Miles Traveled Per Year: In the last two weeks I’ve done about 10 thousand miles. I’d say this year I’ll do roughly 100 thousand miles.
Gigs Played / Nights Out Per Year: 50-ish.
Source of Power: People who really inspire and influence me are artists with really distinct style. Guys like A-Trak, Steve Aoki, David Guetta… I have so much respect for these guys, they don’t follow anyone—they stand out.
Music has been an integral part of my being for as far back as I can remember. Life without music would be colorless and unfulfilling. Sound motivates me, elevates me and drives my life forward in a positive way.
Can you walk us through your various musical phases? From early interest to actual creative output, how did they tie into your waking life?
When I was seven or eight my first introduction to hip-hop was NWA. I became a big fan of old school hip-hop and that built into a love for hip-hop. Listening to DJ Fashen mixtapes from four or five years ago really got me into electro house. Eric D-Lux also got me into house. So because of my love for both styles of music I’ve kind of adapted my fashion sense to both genres. I wear form-fitting clothes but also rock Jordans. I like to have a little mixture of each.
What life activities are made better when listening to music? Talk about the last time you enjoyed one and the other.
Working out. I have a hard time getting in the gym as much as I’d like, but a good song can give you that extra push. My go to workout song is “Stronger” by Kanye. Also, music while driving is a necessity.
If you visualize music as you listen, what (generally) do you imagine?
If you could send advice via a fortune cookie to up-and-comers, it would read:
Follow your vision and don’t let others sway you.
What is a song that inspired you to create?
The Skrillex remix of “Levels” by Avicii.
Tell me about your most memorable night out.
Probably my first gig I ever did—it was for a carnival. I didn’t get paid, but I was finally doing what I enjoy and I haven’t looked back since.
Tell us about a specific event or period in your life that is linked in your mind to an album.
Get Rich or Die Tryin’ by 50 Cent came out when I was young and solidified my love for hip-hop.
Are there any dots to connect with where/how you grew up to your musical output?
My family is very musically inclined; music was always playing around me growing up. My dad plays the drums. I think I got my musical talent from my dad and my passion for it from my mom.
How does listening to music figure into your creative process?
Listening to artists like Skrillex really inspire me while working on my own production. Skrillex basically started a whole new genre—he’s the man.
What value do you place on environment as a creative springboard?
I really like my studio setup to have dim lighting. I normally work in my home studio, but working in other studios—being in a different place—helps me a lot. Working from home can cramp my creativeness.
Talk about some of your “classic” memories of touring?
My first time being in Chicago was sick. I’m a big pizza fan and having original deep-dish pizza was awesome. The hotel was crazy too. Performing in New York City for the first time at 16-years old was crazy; I got stopped on Broadway by a fan while walking with my manager. It was really cool to see people from across the country know who I am.
What has changed in the realm of headphones since your first pair?
I first started my career with bootleg, horrible headphones. As my career has gone on I’ve gotten the newest and “best” headphones every year and now that I’m on the SOL REPUBLIC team I couldn’t be more proud. They are truly innovators in the field.
Soundtrack Of Life:
My life is music. My passion is music. Not many things happen in my life that doesn’t revolve around music. My other passion outside of music is shoes. I have a shoe addiction. I’m often at Flight Club in LA spending way too much money on Jordans. Most recently I picked up a pair of retro, black/cement, Jordan 3s—one of my favorite shoes hands down. For my soundtrack I simply went with songs that I can relate to and ones that inspire me.
The lead line on this song is unforgettable. Afrojack is the freakin’ man.
One of my favorite Kanye tracks, it’s perfect for the gym!
This record is so much different than other EDM on the market. It’s definitely a winner in my book.
Tyga has blossomed into a well-established artist. It works great at urban clubs. This is a personal favorite.
Everything about this song is crazy! If this doesnt get you pumped up, I dont know what will.