Canadian DJ duo Buggin' Out first formed in 2006 after Cam “Cam B” Ballantyne and Walter Deans spent years scratching, making beats and collecting records as self-taught hobbyists and High School friends -to- now competing with the world’s top DJs.
From skate competitions and art galleries to popular nightclubs and college residencies, the duo developed a brand and distinct sound which led crowds to a weekly event of their own called ‘Buggin Out Saturdays’ in a local skater bar that ran from 2009 until January 2018. Buggin’ Out became synonymous with hip hop reminiscent of a house party vibe in a fun, light and inclusive atmosphere and became the longest running weekly rap night in Ontario’s budding art mecca of Hamilton.
While playing, producing and promoting successful events across the province, the pair went on to continually entertain audiences at sold out parties and played alongside various international artists from Grandtheft, Astronomar, Shad, Cormega, Large Professor and Riff Raff to the late Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest.
After suffering a skateboard injury that left Buggin' Out’s Walter Deans with a paralyzed hand, it was that downtime he spent learning about production instead of practicing scratching and turntablism. It was in those years following he focused his energy towards studying music production while working one handed shows with Buggin' Out while growing the brand alongside DJ Cam B. It was during that downtime that Deans had a taste of viral success with what started out as a collaboration between The Fader and Seinfeld 2000 to celebrate Seinfeld joining streaming service HULU; Deans was called on board to provide a DJ mix inspired by the show at a time when media outlets were searching for Seinfeld related content. The mix went viral in less than 24 hours and garnered over 50,000 listens before ultimately being taken down from Soundcloud. It wasn’t until a nerve transplant and years of recovery that Deans is back to practice his love of turntablism again and will be re-entering the world of competitions in 2018.
Over the years both Cam and Walter have been among the select few Canadian DJs chosen by Red Bull to compete in the world renowned Thre3style Competition. Recently, Cam B beat out competitors from across the country in the ultimate battle at the national finals and was crowned the 2017 Canadian Champion, in addition to also placing second at the infamous DMC Scratch Battle earlier in the year.
In February, Cam B will be moving on to the world finals and will be representing Canada in Krakow, Poland where he will be competing against the world’s top DJs from more than 20 countries. Following the big competition in Poland they plan on returning back to their homeland turf continuing the momentum. Buggin' Out will be relaunching their popular weekly rap night with a new location as well as releasing brand new videos, remixes, edits, and heaps of online content to match the larger than life presence the brand carries so strongly.