Nicholas (DJ MAD MARDIGAN)
HOMETOWN: Bloomington, MN
COLLEGE: WINona state university
DJ/PERFORMER SINCE (Year): 1999
MAJOR CAREER ACCOMPLISHMENT(S):
*10 Seasons as MN Timberwolves & Lynx Official DJ
*3-Time NBA All-Star DJ
*2016, 2017 MN Vikings DJ
*on-air dj for wcco-tv midmorning
*2-Time Red Bull World Crashed Ice DJ
*2016 Ryder Cup DJ
*3-Time schwans world cup dj
*2013 & 2010 TCNC DJ of The Year
*finalist 2013 red bull thre3style
*performed with numerous international acts including: dave chappelle, montell jordan, dj q-bert, bad boy bill, tag team, rob base, mix master mike, aloe black
CURRENT DJ/PERFORMER RESIDENCIES:
*Target Center (MN Timberwolves & lynx home games)
*U.s. bank stadium (MN vikings home games)
*Hennepin theatre trust vip cast parties (MONTHLY)
*THE EXCHANGE - DOWNTOWN MPLS (MONTHLY)
musical influences: A-TRAK, DJ CRAZE, GENNOW DJS, LAIDBACK LUKE, THE DOORS, MOZART, eminem
FAVORITE ALBUM OF ALL TIME: "WAVETWISTERS" by: DJ Q-BERT
FAVORITE TRACK OF THE MOMENT: "NO PROMISES" BY CHEAT CODES FT. DEMI LAVATO
His real name is Nicholas Dircz, but most people know him as the one and only DJ Mad Mardigan – The Official DJ of The Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx, and creator/owner of GenerationNOW Entertainment.
Mad Mardigan is a movie reference to the classic adventure film “Willow” starring Val Kilmer as the greatest swordsman that ever lived. Even though DJ Mad Mardigan doesn’t own a sword, he does slice up records & musical sounds like a legendary swordsman on a weekly basis at some of the largest venues in the country. He also is a B.A. graduate from Winona State University, an honorary Eagle Scout, a passionate lover of 90s Hip-Hop, a proud #DJDad & husband, and one of the most sought-after Turntablist DJ Entertainers in the Midwest.
Mr. Mardigan’s DJ career began in college when he purchased his first turntable in January of 1999 while a freshman at Winona State. He started out with a deep desire to be a turntablist (one who utilizes the turntable as a musical instrument), and battle local DJs with his own style of vinyl manipulation. Mardigan became obsessed with collecting records and finding interesting sounds in them to scratch. He formed a relationship with KQAL, the WSU radio station, in order to help them purge their massive record stash.
Throughout college he competed in numerous DJ battles, and was a finalist at the 2001 DMC Minneapolis Regional. Mad Mardigan’s crowning achievement at WSU was performing original songs with his Jazz professor live in front of the entire music department in an effort to convince them that the turntable is a musical instrument. They responded by offering him a teaching segment in the “Intro to Jazz” course.
After graduating college, he began working in the corporate environment as an insurance agent. Mardigan learned some valuable things in that world, especially the profound realization that it just wasn’t for him. This became even more obvious when his younger brother Elliot passed away in a tragic car accident in December of 2004…
So he decided to risk it all — quit his job, move in with his mom, and focus on becoming a full-time Turntablist DJ Entertainer.
Fast-forward to present day, and Mad Mardigan is dominating the DJ scene by playing many exclusive gigs throughout the Twin Cities, the Midwest and beyond. Here at home in Minneapolis, he splits his time between: operating GenerationNOW Entertainment, DJing for The Minnesota Timberwolves, The Minnesota Lynx, & The Minnesota Vikings; producing unique remixes/edits; bringing his brand of turntablism to some of the Twin Cities’ hottest nightclubs, and being a #DJDad.
He has performed at virtually every venue in this market including: U.S. Bank Stadium, The Target Center, Target Field, TCF Bank Stadium, The State Theatre, Varsity Theatre, SEVEN Ultralounge, The W Hotel, The Pourhouse, The Exchange, and the historic First Avenue Nightclub. He also performs at numerous weddings, corporate events, school dances, charity galas, and other private parties via GenerationNOW throughout the entire year.
DJ Mad Mardigan has also performed at: The 2016 Ryder Cup; The 2016, 2013, & 2012 NBA All-Star Weekends; The 2015 MLB All-Star Game Gala; and The 2012 & 2013 Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championships.
Staying true to his roots, DJ Mad Mardigan prides himself on being the most versatile, professional, unique, and talented Turntablist DJ Entertainer in the market today.
Connect with DJ Mad Mardigan—> www.DJMadMardigan.com