Boombox Kid: Cory Winget takes you for a ride

by Keenan Ketzner

There’s been a lot of hype around 90s culture lately. As millennials and generation-y have now matured, they’ve begun taking a look back at the culture of their childhood, with many looking through a hazy cloud of irony or painful nostalgia. Boombox Kid however defies any notion of pretension by simply playing the role that any good DJ should, and that is getting the crowd pumped.

Boombox Kid (real name Cory Winget) is part DJ, part producer, part turntablist, even part beatboxer. In fact, beatboxing was how it all started out for Cory. “One day I was just hanging out at the McDonald’s and started beatboxing and the lady behind the counter said ‘Hey, you’re that Boombox Kid,’ and I laughed and said, ‘I guess I am’… It’s the name I started out DJing shows with, and I’ve thought about changing it, but I’m in too deep now.”

It’s these kind of humble beginnings that give way to great artists, as Cory’s friendly demeanor and crowd-rocking attitude has seemed to gain him quite a bit of attention from artists like Del the Funky Homosapien, Hood Internet, even Snoop Dogg.

“It’s a trip man. Snoop Dogg is probably the biggest one I’ve ever done DJing-wise, and it’s just the craziest thing… Like holy shit, I was 10 growing up in Indiana, and now I’m here hanging out with Del talking about things like cupcakes and titties.”

Back in the early days Cory was more of beatboxer, but with his time investment into the Boombox Kid name playing out pretty well, he now he rocks a 2 turntable system with a laptop for Serato (a virtual turntable program) and a MIDI synth controller. Most DJs these days just stick with the laptop and MIDI controller alone, but just like the 90s, Cory is all about taking things to the extreme.

When citing inspiration to dive deeper into turntablism, Cory noted: “Jazzy Jeff, and DJ AM… Those guys really took it and made it an art… and when I saw Roc Raida that’s when I realized that’s exactly what I want to do. I wanted to take a crowd and get them all on the same ride… Being a DJ is kinda like being charge of a rollercoaster. You take people up and you take them back down, and it’s just the best feeling in the world.”

When asked specifically about his interest in 90s culture, Cory recalled that he had a fascination with radio culture and how much music it was able to spew out. The days of actually sitting together with people and listening to radio sits fondly in his mind, and is an aspect of his music that he tries to grab hold of. The entrancing feeling of nostalgia and the intense feeling of cultural excitation is what makes Boombox Kid’s sound so familiar, yet distinct, which he’s received notice of on many occasions by various people telling him his set was like “something they never even knew they wanted to hear.”

Thankfully we all get to enjoy this newfound nostalgia with Cory since he hosts a regular 90s night at the Wild Buffalo (along with a weekly Saturday gig at Glow), which will soon turn into multiple nights with a more 2000s, southern hip-hop themed show on the way. He also hopes to put his impressive display of turntable skills to film, and most excitingly of all he has over an hour of original music that friends have been telling him to release. What kind of tunes will we be imbued with? Mostly likely something 90s, and awesome.

LIVE SHOW: Catch Boombox Kid at the Wild Buffalo on Wednesdays and Glow on Saturdays. Check out facebook.com/BoomBoxKidMusic/.

Published in the February 2016 issue of What’s Up! Magazine