University disc jockeys spinning to success

submitted photo: NICK HENNIG/GRANT OWENS NGOH PLAY to their audience at a live show in front of the DeNaples Center. They play downtown Scranton on Oct. 17.

submitted photo: NICK HENNIG/GRANT OWENS
NGOH PLAY to their audience at a live show in front of the DeNaples Center. They play downtown Scranton on Oct. 17.

LIBBY GARDNER
Arts & Life Correspondent

Music has always been a form of expression for both Grant Owens and Nick Hennig, two prospering disc jockeys here at The University. Owens and Hennig met at The University, sharing a love for music, but more specifically for DJ-ing. Their interest in music began at an early age and developed over their childhoods.
Owens began playing percussion instruments in third grade and then began playing the piano in seventh grade. He then joined a Christian band with friends, in which he still participates.

“Music also isn’t limited to earthly bounds for me. I see it as the ultimate method of prayer and a powerful way to strengthen my relationship with God,” Owens said.

Owens, along with some friends, ultimately created a music-based prayer group at The University. The group meets at 9 p.m. Thursdays in the Montrone Multipurpose Room.
Hennig began in a similar way, though he played the saxophone and piano in grade school and continued throughout high school by participating in the marching, concert and regional bands. Hennig said “being a shy kid” led him to express himself through music. His and Owens’s love for music grew and would continue to grow at The University.

Hennig introduced Owens to house music after they met in their first year.

“[Owens] actually really enjoyed the sound of it, and he gave me his support both freshman and sophomore year, constantly coming to my shows and making sure I was doing well throughout. He is such a wonderful person,” Hennig said.

They decided to team up as DJs when Owens asked Hennig to join his band in the Battle of the Bands last year. They became known as NgOH, their current stage name. Both science majors, Hennig says they “thought outside the box.” He also mentioned that the name consists of their initials in a specific order that can be easily said, which he says is important when coming up with a stage name.

Both Henning and Owens have had a great influence on each other in the art of DJ-ing, always introducing each other to new tracks.

“It is so awesome having someone who diversifies the sets, because it gains a greater audience. Believe it or not, Grant has taught me more about DJ-ing in the short month we have worked together, than I ever had in my five years alone,” Hennig said.
Their influence on each other is obvious, but it is also amazing that they work together in their gigs to accommodate the audience. DJ-ing is an art for which they have the talent.

“It’s our goal to play, mix, mash-up and EQ the right tracks based on the crowd’s vibe,” Hennig said.

Although Hennig and Owens find different meanings through music, they are able to come together and use their talent to share the art of music with their audience.
Do not miss the opportunity to see these talented students doing what they love in downtown Scranton Oct. 17. There will surely be some awesome beats that will blow you away.

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