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"Harry Cross, Jr."

You’ve most likely seen Harry Cross, Jr. in the DJ booth at Jam in Salt Lake City, spinning today’s hottest dance tracks. A Salt Lake City native, Cross was recently made Jam’s Friday- and Saturday-night resident disc jockey. Perhaps what you didn’t know is that music isn’t his only true love. Cross is a bit of a bigamist artisan. Along with his passion for music, he works daily on several media projects: motion picture production, photography and writing.

Cross is a senior attending Westminster College in the Sugarhouse area of Salt Lake, studying business and communication. His extracurricular participation on campus has made him a highly recognizable personality among the Westminster community. Cross has appeared on stage with Westminster’s theatre, is a contributing writer for the College’s newspaper and has received two consecutive nominations for the title of “Mr. Westminster.” Cross is also known for his significant contributions to the motion picture activities of theReel Griffins, a student association sponsored by Westminster College. Having no official film production program in the College’s curriculum, Cross was lauded by academic and industry peers for volunteering his time to direct the film, “On the Other Side.” The film was Westminster’s first ever student-produced motion picture.

Before pursuing his degree, Cross worked more than seven years in the motion picture industry. He has eight (8) feature film credits along with numerous commercials, public service announcements (PSA), documentaries and short-films. He’s spent over five years on the audio/visual crew for “Music and the Spoken Word,” the longest continuous network broadcast in the world and concurrently worked for KSL Channel 5 TV (NBC) inside the news broadcast studio.

Harry Cross, Jr. will complete his bachelor’s degree Spring 2012. He says he’s going to continue working in multi-media; producing new and exciting content. He looks forward to collaborating with other artists because it fosters growth in everybody’s talent and creates new methods of expression. To see Cross’ online portfolio please visit http://harrycrossjr.com. - TheGayHotSpot.com


"DJ Harry Cross Jr. spins signature beats at JAM"

Friday and Saturday nights at JAM are high-energy experiences with resident disc jockey Harry Cross Jr. The sexy 27-year-old Westminster student is a staple in the queer club scene and has been spinning at JAM for over a year.
Starting as an opener on weekends, Cross developed a style that he calls “high-energy familiarity.” Working as the DJ at JAM, Cross focuses on the top hits in the country, but occasionally tosses in a way-back throwback.
“Finding the right sound, the right track, the right mix for the right time can be so challenging,” Cross said. “Utah crowds, and JAM crowds, can be so distinct … I would say reading a crowd is one of the biggest challenges of being a DJ, no matter where you are.”
Cross spends hours prepping for his weekend sets at the club, but no matter how much time goes into the preparation, the crowd determines how each set will play out.
His experience with motion pictures and television, including American Pastime and the Sunday morning broadcasts of Music and the Spoken Word, has helped Cross understand production and other artistic endeavors. And his two years of experience as lighting director at Club Sound has given him the opportunity to work side-by-side with some of the most well-known deejays in the gay club scene.
“I learned so much from some great talent, and being the lighting director got me interested in being a DJ and helped me learn some of the skills needed,” Cross said. “(DJ) Naomi Watts was one of the biggest influences on me and she is such an awesome DJ.”
Although he doesn’t have as much experience as some other deejays, Cross’ intuitive command of the room and a self-analyzing and critiquing nature helped make him the weekend resident DJ at the Fabby Award-winning club after just months of practice.
“I’ve done my best to follow what other deejays have taught me. I’ve had the great privilege to work with great talent and learn from them,” Cross said. “People like DJ Mike Babbitt and Sergio \V/ helped me so much and now I’m starting to really develop my own sound and signature style.”
A part of Cross’ research includes listening to other nationally recognized DJs and going to clubs whenever he can throughout the week. Some of his biggest influences include DJ Chuckie, Dave Audé, Bimbo Jones, Skrillex, Dead Mouse and Porter Robinson.
Catch Cross and his signature style at JAM, 751 N. 300 West, every Friday and Saturday nights and check out his website, harrycrossjr.com for examples of his work.
- Gay Salt Lake


"Fabby Award Results"

Best Local DJ
DJ Harry Cross, Jr. — The resident and veteran disc jockey at Club JAM, Harry Cross, Jr. plays all the best hits from the top 40 and some of our favorite oldies. When he’s spinning, the dance floor is packed and there’s no better place to be on a hot, Friday or Saturday night in Utah. - Gay Salt Lake


"Pride Party Guide"

Club JAM: The annual Pride-Idol karaoke competition is well underway, and the winners will be performing at the festival. JAM is also having Pride parties all week. Fabby award-winning DJ Harry Cross Jr. will be spinning all weekend and it’s sure to be packed so get there early.
751 N. 300 West - Gay Salt Lake


""Damn These Heels" Opening Party"

The Utah Film Center kicked off the 2012 Damn! These Heels Film Festival with the screening of Gayby, Jonathan Lisecki's film about a single woman who decides to have a child with her gay best friend, on July 13 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. The opening night party was held right after the film, where about 350 guests enjoyed music by DJ Harry Cross Jr. and donated food from ZY, Mazza, Bambara and Toscano. The party was hosted by Gay Hot Spot and UP 365. The film festival was held through July 15. - Salt Lake Magazine


"Damn These Heels! Recap"

The DAMN THESE HEELS! Film Festival kicked off with the screening of Gayby, a hilarious flick by Jonathan Lisecki about two longtime friends who overcome their mutual life doldrums and relationship dumps to have a baby together, which deals with sexual stereotypes and roles. The film set an overwhelmingly positive tone on the opening night party, which followed the screening. D.J. Harry Cross JR played an energetic set as three ladies danced for the crowd on separate platforms throughout the venue. Patrons were united in filling up on food provided by Mazza, Bambara, Toscano and ZY, with a wide range of delicious offerings. Conversation seemed to flow as freely as the booze, as people fondly discussed the large projections of handsome dudes dressed as skaters, lumberjacks and other random studley figures. My wife and I will now always remember the fine occasion with our pics from a free photo booth full of costumes and accessories. Although the prints were labeled "Damn These Hills," I don't think anyone will forget where they actually were. Here are a couple of highlights from the films screened over the weekend: - SLUG Magazine


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Since early 2010, DJ Harry has been the Friday and Saturday night resident at Jam In The Marmalade, an award winning gay bar in Salt Lake City, Utah. Off to a great start, DJ Harry was soon headlining the 2011 and 2012 Utah Pride Festivals, Utah's second largest festival. With a regularly pack dance floor, and an unbelievable music selection, DJ Harry is a Disc Jockey sensation. When he is playing, you are dancing.