Around every corner and down every hallway is a kid with headphones in his ears, jamming out their favorite tunes before and during classes. Now imagine for one second if the music they happened to be listening to, was music produced by you. For seniors Chris Murray and Adam Harig, they have made this their reality. Chris goes by the name ‘Cemurrda’ while Adam takes us on the persona of ‘DJ AJ’. Together, they have formed their own company DJAJ Records.
On Oct. 17, they released their first mixtape of all time named ‘The Basement EP’ which is still up for purchase. There are two versions of the tape:
The Original Version: $10
The Deluxe Edition $15
For just five extra dollars, fans can purchase the deluxe edition which features additional songs, a thank you recording, and a signed Basement EP sticker.
How did it start though? According to Chris Murray, rap has been a part of his life since he was a kid.
“My uncle Brian, or as I call him B-Dubz, gave me my rap name when I was a kid. Over the years I’ve had many inspirations that have contributed to my career. Plus I love doing it and I have fun.” Murray stated.
Unlike Chris, many teenagers are still deciding what they want to do with their lives and where they want to take it. However, for Murray, his path is pretty set out for him.
Murray also made note, “Other inspirations would include my mom, my stepdad Jeff, my peers, and last but definitely not least Adam. Adam is such a fun guy to work with and I’m glad he’s by my side in the studio.”
Harig’s take on their rap career was slightly different than Murray’s. Harig didn’t grow up listening to rap music. He actually had no intention or thought of making and producing music until Murray approached him about it.
“It’s something I love doing because it’s extremely fun. And if it’s fun, and people like what we’re putting out there, we’ll do it for as long as we can. Hopefully one day it’ll take us somewhere.” Harig said.
Harig and Murray have a plan for what awaits them in the future.
Chris Murray brought attention to their next project by saying, “Hopefully by late December or early January, our next mixtape titled ‘The Class of 2018 EP’ will be released and it will not cost any money. We don’t do this for the money. We do this because we love it and we want this to be our life.”
Adam Harig then went on to say, “From here on out. We just want to release good music for people to love. The more we release, the more people listen, the more popular we get. It might take a while, but we’ll find our way to the top.”
Chris Murray and Adam Harig don’t plan to end their reign of releasing music anytime soon. Especially after the success of their first mixtape and the fans they have gained, they refuse to let them down. Progress has already begun regarding their next mixtape. If one thing’s for sure, it’s that living in a small town will never limit the creative freedom of students here at Inland Lakes.