“I love the ability I have to invoke emotions every time I DJ anywhere”
A 2011 Stylus Nominee and two time Black Canadian Award DJ of the year nominee, Sean ‘Smartiez’ Crooks is in a class of his own. His humble beginnings on homemade turntables grounded him to strive for more and become the sensation he is today. Not satisfied as being labeled a “Club DJ”, Smartiez invested in his craft, researching modern genres in order to create fresh and new mixtapes. Thus, forming his iTunes page and website [DJ SMARTIEZ Sounds/DJSMARTIEZ.com] with multiple mixes, each with thousands of plays.
From right here in Toronto to all the way to South Africa, DJ Smartiez can be heard on the airwaves weekly. However, his home is on one of Toronto’s very own urban radio stations, VIBE105FM. He produces his own FM radio show, entitled “The Essentials” on VIBE. The nightly segment showcases a wide variety of new and forgotten music – as well as many ‘essential’ talented artists in the city & worldwide. The #LATELUNCHMIX, a VIBE105FM original, is another freestyle type environment where his talents are displayed, every Friday from 1-2PM.
DJ’ing for some of the biggest artists in the industry, Smartiez has really made a name for himself. He has had the pleasure of playing [at parties] for the likes of The Weeknd, Kanye West, Rihanna and the man of Toronto himself, Drake. He even had the honour of being the opening DJ for Big Sean at York U’s frosh week event back in 2015. But not everything is always glitz and glamour for him. Taking an active part in the community as well, Smartiez has had his fair share of spotlight in the communal eye. While continuing to keep his relationships with nearby colleges/universities, he has also branched out to become a new official DJ for the mas band Fantazia at Toronto’s annual Caribana festival. But his hard work does not end there. Smartiez has managed to be selected 4 times for one of Canada’s largest creative broadcasts, 24DJ’s, an event where the top 24 DJ’s from across Canada are chosen and left to battle it out. Smartiez has proven through his music that there isn’t a limit he isn’t willing to push – may the best DJ win.
Be on the lookout for DJ Smartiez and his upcoming brands.
“I live off of the emotions of the crowd. I sit back, read the crowd and give a performance they can walk away talking about”