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Respect the DJ Interview with DJ DCASO

Amanda Giordano

How did you get into DJing? 

I’ve always had a passion for the arts. I found that what I lacked in verbal expression I was able to convey through drawing and playing various instruments. I never believed nor had a desire to be a DJ but gravitated towards throwing parties my junior year of college. With promised returns on investments, four friends financed the purchase of my original equipment and the rest is history.

Within that year, I went from dorm parties straight to the big stage with the assistance of an early mentor Raj Stewart, “DJ Enigma.” His influence fueled my passion and lead to me pursuing the many facets of DJing.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

I was present. I took every opportunity to surround myself with individuals more talented, more experienced and willing to provide guidance. I put ego to the side and what I wasn’t able to grasp in the moment; went back and practiced on my own. I made sure I was resilient enough when given No’s and resourceful enough to stay motivated.

Along with teaching others what skills I’ve grasped, I held regular practice sessions with other upcoming DJs in the city. I tribute most of my turntablism to DJ G.I Joe - the tour DJ for Immortal Technique. Joe gave me the necessary fundamentals to succeed; from body tricks, to proper hand placement, to set construction and more. G.I. Joe has been one of the most impactful characters in my evolution.


What did your first set up look like?

First Setup

  1. Hercules DJ Console

  2. 2 passive gemini speakers

  3. 1000 watt generic amplifier

Second Setup

(1) Numark mixer, & 2 Numark turntables

What does your current set up look like?

(1) Serato Rane 62 x 2 Technics 1200MK2’s

(2) Pioneer S9 x 2 CDJ 850s

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How did you get your DJ/Artist name?
DCaso is a play on Picasso. Along with Djing I play several instruments and draw. I believed I needed a name that encompassed my full ability. I also believe DJ’s paint pictures with sounds in an abstract way, therefore my admiration for Picasso. I changed the “P” to “D” as anyone that truly knows me calls me “D”- so Dicasso. I took out the “i” & one “s” in order to avoid anyone from being able to use my name as a pun; and was left with DCaso.

If you could DJ at any 3 events/festivals what would they be?

(1) Redbull 3Style 

(2) Boiler Room

(3) Electric Zoo

If you could DJ in any 3 cities what would they be?

  1. Atlanta

  2. Texas

  3. Toronto

If you could be a tour DJ for any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?

Uncle Luke. Not only does Florida bass bump, but everyone looked like they were living their best life. Also, Luke was a pioneer in the music game as far fighting for freedom of speech and the birth of the parental advisory sticker. Djing for him and the 2Live Crew would be one for the books. 


What is your goal when you play live?

I want everyone to leave sweaty and smiling from ear to ear. I want everyone to live in the moment and avoid the use of social media. I want people to remember why each song resonates with their soul. I want people to genuinely have an AMAZING time.


What's your go to song right now?

R&B: Meek Mill ft Ella Mai - 24/7

HIP HOP: Meek ft. Drake - Going Bad

AFRO BLEND: Casanova ft. Tory & Davido - 2AM 

LATIN: Casper Magico -Te Bote

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What is your dream as a DJ?
If you were to ask me this question a few months ago, it would be to travel the world DJing. Luckily, I can say I’m living my dream. In the last 3 months I have dj’d in Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Haiti, St. Marteen and am going on a 3 month tour with an up and coming artist I can’t yet mention. Everything is finally falling into place and its so rewarding. Hopefully, with time I’ll be able to pay it forward to new and upcoming DJs.


What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become a DJ?

Firstly, Id ask: What are they willing to sacrifice to make their dream a reality? 

I am a firm believer that a jack of all trades is a master of none and that to fully explore your truest abilities that you must be fully immersed in whatever you are pursuing. Once you’ve gained a significant hold on that lane, pursue another until you have fulfilled all your desires and passions or at least gave them a valiant effort. “Making mistakes is better than faking perfection.”


Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)