Student Spotlight: Marcus Carter ('17)

Published on Feb 24, 2015
Photo Credit: Emiliy Madigan ('15)Photo Credit: Emiliy Madigan ('15)

By Sheila Headspeth ('15)

Marcus Carter, a sophomore Music Business Management major, discovered his love for disc jockeying (aka DJing) when he was nine years old. Now known as DJ Thunder, Carter has taken his initial curiosity to a whole new level. He’s currently the youngest DJ at Entertainment Cruises at Navy Pier where he DJs on four yachts per day. His workload doesn’t stop there; he also interns at React Presents and DJs at weddings, school events, and gospel cruises. 

“I never thought that my hobby would turn into my full-time job,” says Carter. 

Carter stands out from his peers by merging different music genres and styles while DJing.

“I’m really an open format DJ, so I can be versatile for everyone’s genre. I can play hip-hop and mix it into country, or take country and mix it into a trap song--I love doing that!”

He credits Columbia for giving him a competitive edge. One of Carter’s professors at Columbia, Johnathon Gust, aka DJ Zebo, taught a DJing class that encouraged him to become a better DJ.

“I really thought that this was the only institution that I could express myself as a DJ, as well as make numerous connections with other creative individuals,” says Carter

Carter chose to major in Music Business Management because he wanted to learn more about the business side of the music industry with hopes of being more financially successful.

“I just realized that here I am DJing and putting my music out and that I want to learn the business side a little bit more,” explains Carter.  

Check out Marcus’ awesome DJing on his Talent Pool or on his website!