Best DJ - 2012
Costa Mesa's DJ Kaboom was born in Mexico City, but he carries with him a distrito universal musical philosophy. Eduardo Iniestra's love of music had him at the turntables in high school, spinning genres from hip-hop to drum & bass, from underground to mainstream, citing DJ Premiere, Honda and Heretic as guiding influences. He moves crowds at diverse locations around OC, including Costa Mesa's La Cave and the Constellation Room and El Zócalo in Santa Ana. And DJ Kaboom puts the needle to the groove to see his community improve. Seeing the wheels of steel as a way to steer at-risk youth in Costa Mesa away from trouble, he oversees an after-school arts-and-music program at the city's nonprofit SOY (Save Our Youth) Center and sets up his equipment for other nonprofits and fund-raisers throughout the county.