Super C, one of Cayman’s most prolific DJs, has been at the forefront of music in Cayman. His dedication and hard work have recently paid off as he prepares to represent Cayman’s music scene overseas.
The DJ’s mixing skills saw him win the Green Synergy Cayman final, which enabled him to compete in the Northern Caribbean regional final, recently held at District 6. The annual competition is a search for some of the best DJs in the Caribbean.
The Northern Caribbean regional final saw Super C, aka Stewart Cachas, compete against six other DJs for a coveted place in the Green Synergy final, scheduled for Saturday, 27 October in Jamaica.
The final, which see a US$10,000 prize awarded to the winner, will see Stewart compete with some 12 DJs from across the Caribbean.
‘Winning the Cayman final, I knew I could. I was confident about that,’ Stewart said. ‘The Northern Caribbean final, I wasn’t too sure, but I was amazed when I won. I couldn’t believe it.’
This is the first time a DJ from Cayman will go to the Green Synergy final.
‘I am really looking forward to the finals in Jamaica. It will be an honour to represent Cayman.’
The DJ has been practicing for the finals since his win at District 6, which will see him take to the decks for a 10 minute set.
‘Points are awarded for the most genres of music you can put in the set, so you have to mix fast and clean,’ the DJ explained.
‘I have been practicing to see what blends well. I have just been going through my music selection, picking things out. I want to try and do something different, to catch the judge’s attention.’
Stewart first had his taste of DJing as a member of the local sound Studio One in the late 1980s, early 90s. Soon after, The DJ decided to go solo and he soon garnered his first job, DJing at nightclub Zodiac, now the Globe. Bigger named clubs quickly followed and it wasn’t long before Stewart was performing at local concerts.
In the last few years, the DJ has performed at concerts with headline acts such as Shaggy, Beenie Man and Elephant Man.
Despite his win, the DJ – who has performed in Cuba, Jamaica and Miami – remains refreshingly grounded.
‘To be honest, I don’t really like the limelight. Although I have DJ’d overseas, I prefer to DJ on home ground.’
Born and raised in George Town, the DJ is well known for his love of old school.
‘Michael Jackson, Rita Franklin, The Beastie Boys, Beres Hammond, Bob Marley. I love old school,’ Stewart said.
The self-taught DJ, who got his first set of decks at the tender age of 14, said music has always been a passion.
‘A lot of my family are musicians. I grew up around music,’ he said.
‘For me, DJing was a natural progression.’
Asked how he feels about the forthcoming competition, Stewart is surprisingly cool.
‘I’m just going to go there and feel the vibe. I’m not going to have a set all planned out. I’ll have an idea of what I want to play, but I’m going to be open minded.
‘I have lots of experience that I know is going to stand me in good stead. I think I have a good chance at winning.’
DJ Super C plays at Helium every Friday, 9am to 2am and at the Mango Tree, Wednesday, 8pm to 1am.