We got to know the Filipino-American decksmith ahead a Klub 360 gig
Time Out Bahrain staff
We caught up with the Hollywood-based spinner prior to his set at Klub 360.
You’ve been described as one of the ‘fastest rising stars to come out of Hollywood’, is Hollywood home or where are you originally from? I was born in the Philippines and moved to the US in 1992. And hollywood became my home. I’ve been in love with the place ever since.
How did you get started in the music business and how long have you been performing? I’ve always had an enormous passion for music. I started DJing at 14 years old. My uncle was a DJ and there was just something about records and turntables that I couldn’t resist. To this day, I’m still fascinated by them and music technology as a whole.
Your style is described as ‘seamless integration of house, hip hop, pop, Bmore and rock’, so can we expect something a bit different to the regular house, house, house so beloved in Bahrain? I’m an open format DJ so I tend to go all over the place but always keep in tune with the crowd. It’s always important to keep an eye on your audience so can see what works first hand. I’ll still be rocking them with house but hopefully with a few more surprises than their regular guests. You can definitely expect something different. I promise you that.
Rock is not something usually associated with mix music, what sort of rock are we talking here and how do you integrate such a diverse range of styles? The best thing about DJing is creativity. You can mix any genres and make it work. I work on edits and remixes a lot of the time to take well-known tracks from various genres and bend them to fit into an energetic set.
Your website mentions that you’re one of the ‘top 10 remixers of all time’ – is this an official title? Yes lol. I’m one of the top 10 remixers from a prestige audio website for DJs. The remix site Crooklyn Clan.
What’s your own personal musical favourite style and who are your musical heroes? I don’t really have a favourite. It depends on my mood I guess. Right now I have Daft Punk’s new album and Mayer Hawthorne on my iPad. As for musical heroes? I have a huge list. Frank Sinatra is definitely one.
You’ve worked with some pretty impressive names, who’s been your favourite and why? I like Livvi Franc. She was my fist official remix for Sony/Jive records. She actually came out to Miami when I was booked there just to watch the show.