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Respect the DJ Interview with Pablo Ezequiel Cosentino

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into the DJ?

I started as a DJ in 2016 by passion and recommendation of a DJ colleague. I love music

  

What did you do to improve your skills / knowledge?

I believe that the best thing to improve is the practice, in addition to the studies.

  

How was your first configuration?

My first configuration was an event for 150 people.

  

How does your current configuration look?

I think it improves day after day.

 

How did you get your DJ / Artist name?

Currently my artist name is "Wonder.why" because I think it is possible to ask ourselves why we like music.

 

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

I would like to play my music for original events like "burning man", "tomorrowland" or some massive festival. If it's for a good cause, I'd love to play for the love of music.

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

From Argentina: Buenos Aires, Cordoba and Bariloche

From countries around the world: Ibiza (Spain), Belgium and Amsterdam

 

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

My favorite Dj is Hernan Cattaneo and I would like to tour with him and his team.

 

What is your goal when you play live?

My goal when I'm live is for people to dance and have fun.

 

What is your going to the song at this time?

Boose - Motip White

 

What is your dream as a DJ?

My dream is to play in the tomorrowland

 

What advice would you give someone who dreams of being a DJ?

Let it begin that it is never late.

 

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

My artist Instagram from @ Wonder.Why__

My personal instagram is @Cosentinopablo

My Soundcloud is Pablo Ezequiel Cosentino

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)

Lea Anderson - 'Pronounced Lee' Interview

Amanda Giordano

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Why did you make this album?
I created my album for people who need authentic, honest songs with pure emotional content. Like me! I took notice in the feedback I was getting from my song “Real Love” --- I heard repeatedly that it was moving, organically beautiful, and made you want to fall in love. I realized, as an artist; it is my responsibility to provide music in that lane. I’m not just a singer; I am a healer and minister, too. Why give you one song when I can give you fourteen? 


What inspired the title 'Pronounced Lee’?

Since my album is my testimony, it could have easily been a self-titled project. But people say my name wrong. ALL. THE. TIME. It’s a forgivable mistake if you’ve read it once. But after a while, it becomes a matter of respect. If someone can pronounce Constantine, or Socrates, or Shakespeare, you can pronounce my one syllable name correctly. I have to teach people how to pronounce my name before I can have a self-titled album or else everyone would be talking about someone who isn’t actually me. You are disrespecting yourself when you allow people add letters and sounds to your name. So that’s who I made the name of my album a lesson.


If you could do a remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?

I would love to make “Sistah” a duet with India.Arie. I’d appreciate the Weekend’s spin on “More Than I Could”. Ultimately, if Bobby Humphrey decided to come out of retirement and redo the entire LP, adding more flute and teaching me her game in the process, I would faint. 


Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc.

I wrote all of my lyrics and they came first before anything—-I must make that clear. I don’t write to beats. No one writes for me. I invented the melodies and wrote my story first. Once that was set, the climate of the song chose the instrumentalists and producers. It’s not whom you know, but whom you connect with. Who aligns with your vision and decides that they want to be apart of your dream, too. Everyone who performed on this LP, have been heaven sent. I’m honored to have the King, Asante “Tut” Amin produce/compose “Love Yah!” He was born in New Orleans and gave all of that down bottom on this track. It’s a juke joint and sounds like the best parts of the dirty south. “Skin” was perfect for my peaceful and loving homie/producer/composer Brian Fender, who added his Scorpio, island vibes. I wanted something I could meditate to, and he delivered. He played every instrument on “Skin,” too! I didn’t know Warren Fields beforehand, but I knew he was the best I could find when he understood my weird time signature in “Know Me”. He not only gave it what I asked for, but his expertise and pure emotion could match the distress of my greatest heartbreak. It was allowance to practically cry on the track without telling me to fall back in sake of the piano. He enveloped my tone and let my voice lead. Which is what is supposed to happen in R&B music.

What is your favorite track? Why?

Well it changes everyday ---Right now it’s “Inspiration.” It sounds like South Carolina: where I spent most of my life. It’s a reminder of where I came from, where I started, and why I still pursue music as a career. I dedicate that song to the network of supporters that I’ve had since day one: my parents especially. I was inspired by long time, hometown friend, Dane Smith after meeting his daughters for the first time. “Inspiration” is my current anthem. Let your inspiration help you become more inspiration. 

When did you know you wanted to make music?

I saw Mariah Carey perform “Can’t Let Go” live on TV when I was like 4? Maybe? I got chills. I was rather young, and I didn’t understand the content of the song but I knew her voice was a force. Her voice was was larger than Mariah Carey herself. At that moment, I suddenly felt that I had the capacity to move people through music the way she moved me. Overtime, I became obsessed with making people “feel” music that there wasn’t any question of what else I could be doing. Every plan B (other jobs) failed. Plan A (music) always worked out. 

What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?

I have so many dreams and tons of ideas. I’m not certain that this dream is complete until I travel afar and perform my music spreading my sounds. Like I said before, music is a ministry. Like every great spiritual leader: Jesus, Buddha, and Muhammad—-they all traveled sharing their teachings, touching people individually one by one. An artists dream isn’t fully accomplished until they do the same. 

Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more.

 Yes. As a black woman I am probably the most stereotype’d demographic. Someone once told me that it’s uncommon for me to be 1. Sweet 2. Intelligent 3. Talented and 4. “That” pretty. I should have something wrong with me because allegedly most black women do have some sort of flaw. But I know plenty of women of all races who are just as sweet, intelligent, talented and beautiful as I am. And just because we are of a certain race, doesn’t mean we cannot be all of those qualities without being angry. It’s actually normal to find black women that are beautiful inside and out based on my experience. Women can work together and we do get along. We aren’t whores: we are queens. Being Stereotype’d is basically what my song “Sistah” is about. 


Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it

 Everyday. I am leading by example and thriving. Growing more as an artist is breaking my stereotype. I don’t have many memories of a day of Middle School or High School where someone, whether a student or teacher told me that I was ugly and/or that I couldn’t sing. Their bitter advice was that I stay in my small town and just be a teacher. Probably because that’s what people have told them. There’s nothing wrong with being a teacher—-but that’s what was expected of me upon graduating High School. So just by me living in NYC, performing, recording and being my dreams and am breaking the stereotype. Crossing one thing after the next off of my long-term music goal list is breaking the Stereotype.


My Website
 

Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pronounced-lee-deluxe/1453898692?app=itunes

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pronounced-lee-deluxe/1453898692?app=itunes

Amazon Music: https://www.amazon.com/Pronounced-Lee-Deluxe-Lea-Anderson/dp/B07NZWZ7TN

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/168UjVXG4cLVEp5NUTh2e4?si=8tlZoQ_ES9i64lj9FVS6rg

Tidal: https://tidal.com/album/104482644

GooglePlay: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Lea_Anderson_Pronounced_Lee_Deluxe?id=Bxbilqvdrmenlllpqwnrolf5qym

Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/en/album/88028722