Guide to the Carlos "DJ Styles" Garza Papers
Carlos Garza was born in Mexico and moved to Houston with his family in the 1970s. As a teenager in Bellaire, he fell in love with hip hop music and culture. In the mid-1980s Carlos began break dancing under the name DJ Pace Master. He and a few friends formed the Dynamic Crew, a break dancing group which performed at parties and participated in contests. After a year of break dancing, he decided to switch to DJing and began performing under the name DJ Styles. In 1986, Carlos began working at Soundwaves and, due to his love of the genre, was put in charge of ordering all of the hip hop music. This role allowed him to develop relationships with major hip hop record labels, which came in handy when he started working as a hip hop music producer. Garza has worked as a producer for hip hop artists such as the Odd Squad, Devin the Dude, and the Coughee Brothaz, and continues producing, mixing, and mastering hip hop music to this day.
Faniel, Maco L. “Hip-Hop in Houston: The Origin and the Legacy.” The History Press. 2013
This collection includes personal records, fliers, posters, photographs, business records, audiocassettes, and memorabilia belonging to Carlos “DJ Styles” Garza, and relating to his work as a b-boy, DJ, and hip-hop music producer in Houston from the mid-1980s to 2011. This collection is divided into six series: Personal Papers, Business Records, Promotional Materials, Publications, Memorabilia, and Audiocassettes. Items within each series are arranged chronologically wherever dates are available.
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Carlos “DJ Styles” Garza Papers. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.
Additional materials were donated by Carlos Garza on 02/24/2014
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