When did you start DJing – and what and/or who were your early influences?
I started DJ’ing in 1996. My early influences were DJ Lefty, DJ Baby T, DJ Chris, DJ Mastermind (CV brothers from Lights Out DJ’s), DJ Amorim, DJ Joao Reis, DJ Cubanito, Linzinho (CV DJ in the States), DJ Colazouk (CV DJ in the States) DJ Kid Capri (Hip Hop DJ Legend), DJ Paul Michael (Reggae DJ). Those DJ’s definitely shaped how I approached music till today. I originally started DJ’ing because I wanted to broaden the music one listened to in Cape Verdean clubs in the US.
What are your pre-set rituals or what you do to prepare for your set?
I don’t really have pre-set rituals, but I guess something I must do is arrive at the venue early so I can check sound, make sure everything is ready to go. In addition, it gives me an opportunity to listen to what other DJ’s are playing so I don’t play the same records. Finally it gives me a chance to see what the crowd may react to or something different that I can add to the night.
What’s been the best event that you’ve ever played in and why?
I’ll exclude the events I organize. The best event I’ve ever played at (pauses and thinks) there are many, but one that stays in my memory is a Splash Concert I opened up for in the late 90’s, there were 2,000 plus people in the venue and the energy was amazing. It’s an indescribable feeling to have a crowd go bananas to what you are selecting to play. You definitely play with their “feelings” (laughter).
What advice would you give to upcoming DJ’s?
The advice I give is to always keep working and stay humble. You can learn from anyone you DJ with, don’t assume you have reached the mountain top for that is the moment you stop evolving. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Put your time in and don’t expect things to be given to you. #respectthecraft
Outside of music, what else do you do to relax, hobbies & interests?
Outside of music, I love travelling; going to new places and meeting new people, cultures, etc. I love spending time with friends and family. I love going to the beach, although I don’t go nearly as often as I would like to.