Teen DJ scratching his way to the top

Logan Bohbot is still at Greenwich High School but he’s already making a name for himself as an up-and-coming DJ on the electronic dance music scene.

Logan Bohbot is still at Greenwich High School but he’s already making a name for himself as an up-and-coming DJ on the electronic dance music scene.

He has 18,000 Facebook fans, 15,000 Twitter followers, and 300,000 SoundCloud listens and has performed at prestigious venues throughout the Northeast. And he’s 17- years-old.

He’s Greenwich resident Logan Bohbot, an up-and-coming DJ on the EDM (electronic dance music) scene, and he’s not your average high school student. He not only dropped his debut album, Story of Now EP, in June but watched it rise to No. 42 on the iTunes electronic music chart, all while maintaining a successful GPA and participating in school sports at Greenwich High School.

In an interview with the Post, Logan said the story of his music career began at the close of his freshman year of high school in North Carolina, just before moving to town. A huge fan of EDM, the teen said he recognized that many of the key players within the genre ranged in age from 18 to 23, ensuring him that he was not too young to give it a shot. Popular DJs like 18-year-old Danny Avila and 19-year-old Porter Robinson are just two examples of “young producers that showed if they can do it, I can do it,” Logan said.

Working with just a laptop, electronic keyboard and music-making program, Logan began remixing songs and posting them online, garnering him plenty of attention from the blogosphere. In fact, it wasn’t long before one of his remixes, Forever Mine, had received 100,000 hits, officially launching him into the world of DJing.

After his initial success producing remixed songs, Logan began to focus on his own original music, which culminated in the Story of Now EP, he said. The album is comprised of four original tracks that the teen began working on even before moving to town. That time and effort paid off as the album, as well as each track individually, scored plenty of sales and positive feedback, Logan said. Just as important, he said, he has developed his own unique sound as a DJ, which is critical to succeeding in the music industry.

Although EDM comprises a broad range of styles, Logan said his personal sound is a progressive, upbeat form of electronic music that follows in the steps of artists like Avicii and his personal favorite, Swedish House Mafia. The most important part of any EDM song is the drop — a sudden building of textures leading to a climax — Logan said, which is why the young musician has made that the center of his personal style. With a focus on creating big, progressive drops, Logan said he aims to produce the kind of songs that “make you jump, rather than just throw your hands in the air.”

Fortunately, Logan has had several chances to make the crowd jump over the last few years, playing gigs at venues around the Northeast, he said. In fact, one of the first shows he played was at the New York City nightclub Pacha, where he opened for Hardwell — currently the world’s No. 1 DJ, he said. The sold-out show was “completely insane,” he added, and it ultimately jump-started his career.

“It was actually a non-paying gig, so I just got the experience from it, but it opened the door to so many things,” Logan said.

After his Pacha performance, Logan was able to line up gigs with some big names on the EDM scene, including Dada Life, 5&A Dime, Audien, Hoodie Allen, YONAS, and several others. Logan’s biggest performance to date, he said, was a college show in Boston where he opened for one of his idols, Kap Slap, in front of a sold-out crowd of 8,000. The experience was “eye-opening,” Logan said, adding that his nerves were a bit overwhelmed before taking the stage.

“Before every show I always get that butterfly feeling, but five minutes into my set it’s gone,” Logan said.

The Boston gig was no exception. Feeding off the crowd’s energy, Logan said, he almost felt “invincible” after warming up behind the turntables that night, forgetting his fear as the crowd jumped up and down to his tracks. By the time his hourlong set was over, he didn’t want to leave the stage, he said, adding that the experience opened the door to many other college performances.

When it comes to producing and performing, Logan said, it’s difficult to choose which one he likes better.

“They’re both so different but so alike at the same time,” he said.

As a performer, the wilder the scene, the better it gets, Logan said. It’s “so surreal” to see a crowd screaming and dancing to something he created and spent so much time on, he said.

“I have to say when I’m behind the turntables in front of a crowd, it’s an amazing feeling, if it’s 50 people or if it’s 8,000 people,” Logan said.

On the other hand, producing music is a completely different experience. When it’s time to create, Logan said, not even his phone is in the room with him. He requires a distraction-free environment where he can focus his creativity, whether it is alone or in collaboration with another artist.

Collaboration is something Logan said he is looking forward to this summer, when he goes on the 10-day “The Untold Story Tour” in July with fellow Greenwich High School student and DJ 18-year-old Dextasy. The tour already has bookings in Boston, Manhattan, Chicago, and Washington, and other locations are expected to be added soon, he said. As an added bonus, the tour will allow Logan to check out 10 to 15 colleges in the daytime, then perform nearby on nights, meaning he will gain a sense of not only the schools’ academic programs but also their social scene, he said.

And although Logan’s music career is on the rise, the teen said he has not forgotten that school must come first, at least until he hits the big time. With the overwhelming support of his parents and close friends, along with help from a tutor, Logan said, he has managed to maintain a GPA he is proud of and participate in school sports, while performing as a DJ seven to 10 days per month.

The balance, he said, isn’t easy and sleep is a rarity, but those closest to Logan have helped keep him in check, he said. Although he admits to having gotten cocky a time or two, Logan said he is grateful to his friends for keeping him grounded, as well for as helping him decipher who is interested in him because of his status and who truly cares about him.

As for his future work, Logan said he has no shortage of song ideas, and has even started releasing a new track approximately every two weeks. His next big release will be If You Can Dream, which will be available on a whole new level, he said, since it will be released on iTunes worldwide, as well as on Amazon. There are even current talks with a physical distribution company, Logan said, which has proposed selling the upcoming track on physical discs in stores in the region.

If You Can Dream, which will be available on iTunes by the end of the year, is one of many future tunes the young DJ said he hopes to release. Until then, “I have some tracks in the bag that I have for a rainy day but nothing I’m really ready to release yet,” Logan said.

 

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