By Sean Robinson – Senior Staff Writer
Neon colors whip through the room as house music floods the crowd of gyrating dancers.Atop the scene stands DJ Brent Crampton with his music boards and headphones, laying down song after thumping song.
UNO graduate from 2007 and one of Omaha’s most notorious DJs, Crampton has spun his way to success, providing the soundtrack to Omaha’s nightlife and hosting themed dance parties attended by hundreds each month.
“I think it only made sense for me to be a DJ,” Crampton said. “It’s my purpose. I’ve always felt I was meant to bring people together, and in this role I can bring together people of different cultures and background.”
Crampton stays true to his word as he weaves together Omaha’s diversity through his monthly dance parties called loom, Omaha’s longest running party since its formation in March 2006.
At Espana on Nov. 4 and Indian Oven on Nov. 13, Crampton will continue the fiesta. With internationally themed events, Crampton blends thumping techno with global beats to create a unique sound all his own, a sound he began crafting before and during his time at UNO.
Crampton became inspired by the ’90s rave style in high school and began to take classes to learn how to DJ. Arriving on the scene with determination, he played at coffee houses and local venues until he developed his own flair and character. He found himself co-creator of loom just a year before graduating from UNO.
A journalism and religious studies major, Crampton spent time writing for The Gateway and working with MavRadio as a freshman.
“College just really expanded my view of the world,” he said. “High school is so basic, and I never thought that I would be exploring the world in the way that I did in my college [courses].”
Following his studies, Crampton surfaced as the king of Omaha’s nightlife. From 2006 to 2008, he won three Omaha Entertainment Awards as Best DJ. He was also named Scion Breakthru Emerging Artist in 2006 and called a “Deep House Pioneer” by The Reader, an Omaha publication for which he now writes.
He later became a consultant for the Red Bull Music Academy, seeking up-and-coming musicians to crown Nebraska’s Mr. X.
But if he were stripped of all his accomplishments, Crampton said, the message of his art would remain. The rest, he said, is just “icing on the cake.”
“While in college, I really realized my gifts and I figured out the role I think I was intended to play in the web of life,” Crampton said. “Having a dose of ambition, the ability to network, and push for creativity is my advice for artists. All this and my execution helped me.