Music is very important to Isaiah Scates, so much so that he’s making a career of it.

“Where would we be without music?” he says.

Known as DJ Zaitrix, Isaiah spins his turntables at weddings, parties and on campus for Moraine Valley’s Student Life events.

“My aunt bought me my own turntable, and I’ve since gotten a few different ones,” he said, noting a lot of his musical influence comes from two professional DJs—both of whom he considers great role models and legends in Chicago.

He also plays guitar, drums, bass guitar, and keyboards, hopes to make films and produce music, and is a martial arts instructor. In his spare time, Isaiah enjoys watching action, comedy and superhero movies.