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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)

Respect the DJ Interview with DJ Tommy Vee

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into DJing?

When I was a kid I was kind of fat and the other kids didn’t let me play soccer with them because I was slow...So I focused on other interest...like music...and this is how it started...

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

Keep listening to other djs and producers...riding the wave...

What did your first set up look like?

1 regular turntable,1 mixer and 1 technics 1210.

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What does your current set up look like?

4 cdjs pioneer nexus and a Pioneer mixer...2 sticks.

How did you get your DJ/Artist name?

My real name is Tommaso Vianello. Vianello is very popular in Venice, where I come from, so it sounded kind of cheese. So I put a Vas the Hip Hop tradition says. But friends were joking about that, calling me Tommy the Fith..;))And then I put the 2 ee

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

Maybe Burningman, Coachella and a Circoloco.

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

NY, London and Tokyo...I’m missing Tokyo so far...but other 2 were years ago.

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

The Daft Punk...I was violently influenced by them.They are my age and I literally grew up with them.

What is your goal when you play live?

Make people sexy, dancing, smiling and having a great time.

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What's your go to song right now?

A new track of mine named Kunye.

What is your dream as a DJ?

Keep playing for the rest of my life.

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

Good luck...it’s really hard now#everybodywantstobeadj

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

Instagram mostly so far... @djtommyvee But also on FB as Tommy Vee.

Respect the DJ Interview with Dj Architect

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into DJing?

Being a DJ was always my wish of becoming one,even as a kid,I was fascinated by the scratch,and the sound that DJ makes by moving record back and forth. But unfortunately I didn’t have opportunities in my country, where I could go and learn such things. But in 2009 one of Serbian best DJs, opened his workshop and I spent there next 4 years,learning how to mix, beatjugle, scratch etc. Where in 2015 I decided to apply for IDA (International Dj Association), which my country didn’t have rights to apply, but I managed to win a wild card and enter the competition, and represent Serbia. Ending up in semi finals, which was a huge success for me.
After that my career began. I started doing so many shows, as resident and as guest around the world.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

As I mentioned in the previous question,I spent 4 years learning in workshop all the techniques,and beside that,practiced every day at home for about 5-7 hours a day.

What did your first set up look like?

My first set up looked like it looks even today. I saved my money to buy myself pair of turntables and a decent mixer. I’m a turntabelist, so I use turntables and mixer, but I also know how to work on CDJ’s and controllers so my abilities are not a problem. But my main set up is a pair of turntables and mixer.

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What does your current set up look like?

My current setup looks same as the first day. Only that I have added couple controllers to help me spice my sets a bit. Beside Traktor Z2 mixer and pair of turntables I use X1 and F1 controlers to manage my effects,cues,loops and samples much easier.

How did you get your DJ/Artist name?

Well, I’m actually architect by profession, so…I’m still doing architecture and design cuz its my first love, but I’m doing only projects that I think that are worth of doing them, and if I see that the project is challenging.
I don’t do any simple projects and stuff that high school students can do in their free time.

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

3 events that I’m still dreaming about are EDC, ULTRA and TOMORROWLAND. Of course there is Coachella and Hard Summer but the top 3 that would make my dream come true are the first 3 I mentioned.

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

Hmmmm there are a lot of them I could think of, but Sydney, Las Vegas, and Miami are the top 3.

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

Of course first person would be Drake, then maybe Future, and Migos. Hip Hop was part of my whole life, been listening to it when I was a kid, till today.

What is your goal when you play live?

My goal when I play live is to make crowd happy and to see them enjoy my set. That’s all I want.
Because the energy that I give to the crowd is the energy that’s  twice stronger when they return it back.

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What's your go to song right now?

My go to song right now would be Rampage by Gravedgr.

What is your dream as a DJ?

My dream as a DJ would be accomplishing things I have set up for myself. And that’s playing on the best festivals in the world, have a track that would be a hit and sell millions, and make a collaborations with some of the artists that have been my idols since I was a kid.

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

The best advice I could give to someone who wants to become a DJ would be, to work hard every day all day, to be different then others, and don’t be a copy cat. Be unique. And always work on yourself and always improve.

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

People can listen my music on:
Spotify: https://goo.gl/v31iMZ

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/djarchitectmusic

And all other music platforms (iTunes, Deezer, Tinder, Beatport, Google Play etc)

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/djarchitectmusic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/djarchitectmusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/deejayArchitecT