EDM has become one of the newest and fastest-growing genres of music to hit the nation, including the UCF community.

I have come to find people either absolutely love it or hate it. I tend to be open to any type of music, so of course as soon as the beat has started and the bass dropped I fell in love. Ever since I heard my first song, I have been on the hunt for someone in the area who creates that euphoric feeling just by having a buzz in your ear buds.


Valencia student Dylan Ogles, otherwise known as DJ SideFX is doing just that. Recently signed to Tan Tan Entertainment, Ogles has been creating quite the stir at local gigs.

KnightNews.com got the exclusive chance to sit down and talk to SideFX for the inside scoop.

Q: Thank you for taking the time to talk to us. How did your career really begin?

A: When I was about 16, I was able to sneak my way into a club. I remember seeing some guy spinning records, and he looked like he was having the time of his life. He was really into it, ya know? Everyone else was having so much fun just because of this one person. I figured I’d give it a try. I worked a lot to save up for my turntables, and I taught myself everything I know now.

Q: That’s very impressive! How did you come up with your DJ name?

A: I was DJing a house party one night; it was big, loud and awesome. One of the people there came up and was agreeing with others and myself about how awesome the party was. He asked what my name was and I didn’t have an answer for him. He made it his mission to come up with one. He continued to compliment me on how cool my music was, and he was really enjoying himself. I replied with, “It’s just one of the side effects I have on people.” Thus, DJ SideFX was born.

Q: Do you have a favorite mix you’ve created?

A: I don’t really have a favorite, if we’re being completely honest. It’s too hard to pick just one.

Q: That’s understandable. Well, what artist(s) inspires you?

A: An artist that inspires me is definitely 12th Planet for showing diversity in his sets. I’ve loved him as long as I can remember. He doesn’t stick to a single genre and he still looks like he is having the time of his life at every show. We’ve all seen those DJ’s on their phones at the club or bar just looking like they can’t wait to get paid and go home, and that’s not what it’s about at all.

Q: I agree with you there. The crazier the DJ, the better time the people will have. How has the UCF community impacted your success?

A: It’s made all of the difference! It’s so much easier to find people with the same passion for music and will want to get involved in my success, whether it’s just sampling mixes or spreading the word about who I am and what I do. This is also Orlando, one of the best places to be for entertainment, and the market is only growing!

Q: Where can fans find you DJing in the future if they want some live “performances”?

A: As of right now, I have a couple parties planned in the next upcoming months. Wherever they want me to be seen though, they can request me and my manager will take care of it!

DJ SideFX plans on attending UCF after earning his associate degree from Valencia College in the next two years.

“I will definitely keep studying music, and doing what I love in the future,” he said.

To hear some samples or to download free mixes check out his Sound Cloud here.

For more, follow DJ SideFX on Twitter @DJSideFx6.