DJ XSV (born Rob Bedford) has been djing and producing for over 14 years. Inspired by Hip-Hop's early years, he absorbed the essence and energy of the heyday crews like Eric B. & Rakim, Ultramagnetic MCs, and Public Enemy; groups that prominently featured DJs in their ranks. After washing dishes in a restaurant for an entire summer, a 16-year-old XSV bought his first set of turntables and mixer. His first real gig came when he was 18 years old in Pensacola, FL., where he played for an empty room for no pay. What others would have thought of as a stumbling block, XSV only saw as an opportunity to improve and hone his skills. In San Diego, he found ample opportunities. Fraternities and sororities at San Diego State University started booking him for their parties and events. With more gigs came more exposure and recognition, until eventually, he became one of the most demanded DJs in the area. In 2005, all his efforts in the southern California area paid off when he had the pleasure of opening for Snoop Dogg and The Black Eyed Peas to a sold-out crowd at San Diego's Street Scene festival. Long gone were the days of playing for empty rooms.
Always looking for a chance to grow, DJ XSV moved to the east coast and eventually Charlottesville, VA. Although he has lived in Virginia for less than 5 years, XSV has already left his mark on Central Virginia by djing for local All-Star bands Space Cadet 7 and Guerilla Tactics. Since coming to Charlottesville, XSV has played up and down the east coast, opening for acts such as DJ Spooky, Guru, DJ Vadim, Bassnectar, Kid Koala, The Glitch Mob, EOTO, Dan Deacon, Archnemesis amongst many others. In this day of ever-evolving music, DJ XSV is always on the cutting edge and continuously looking for new ways to share his music.
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