Self-taught DJ and producer spins at Miami clubs, studies atBoston University
Up and coming DJ Diego Camejo is a 21-year old Miami native who has accomplished so much in so little time. Not only does he play at some of Miami’s hottest venues like Mokai, Set, Cameo, and Mansion, he’s a full time student at the Boston University and it’s only been a year since he made his debut. The self taught DJ/Producer released his first EP, Rise, this summer which includes remixes to popular tracks such as “Silvia” - Mike Snow, “Lights” – Ellie Goulding, “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” – Daft Punk, “No Hatred” – Cris Cab, and “Seen it All” – Ronski to name just a few.
How did it all begin?
It all started in the summer of 2010 when I went to Mansion for the first time and saw Dirty South and Afrojack perform live. I had just started listening to dance music, but it wasn't until I saw a whole production put together that I really started to understand the power of the music, and fell in love with it. After those nights I knew I wanted to become a Dj/producer, so I bought my first DJ controller and began to practice.
What gave you that initial push?
My first big push into the scene was in 2011 when I got a chance to perform for the first time at a South Beach club in Miami: Mokai. I was lucky to get a main set to begin with, and after that night I immediately became a resident there.
What started first, DJing or Producing?
Ever since I can remember, I have been doing some sort of music. I started with playing the piano and moved into the guitar. But I never found the right genre of music until I discovered house. I knew I had to do both DJing and producing, so they both started around the same time.
Tell us about what led to your recent release.
Because I have only been producing for a year and a half, I have been in the studio working on a lot of different music. I have been trying to figure out my style, and this is exactly what my Rise EP is. For the first time, I wanted to release the style of music I would like to continue to produce and push forward.
Which other countries have you played or put parties on?
Up to now I have only performed in the U.S., but have played in New York, Boston, D.C., North Carolina and Miami.
What was the first event you ever played at or put on?
First DJ gig ever was at a small party at the Boston University Sailing house. It was agreed to be unpaid, but they enjoyed the music so much they insisted on paying me.
What's you favorite tune of all time?
“I Remember” (Deadmau5) – Kaskade. It is really hard to narrow it down to one, but I fell in love with this song when I first got into house music. I still haven't been able to get it out of my head. I think it is an incredibly beautiful piece of music.
When all the partying is over how do you like to chill out?
Besides DJing, there is nothing better than going out on the boat with friends and just hanging out and enjoying the beautiful Miami weather or going spear fishing. I also enjoy playing guitar.
When you play is it a pre-planned set?
I always like to plan out a general idea of what I want to play for the night, but I have never played a completely pre-planned set. I always get a feel for the crowd and switch it up to play for them within my own style of music.
If you could stage a rave anywhere, where would you choose?
There is a Marine Stadium in Miami on an island called Virginia Key. It is a stadium that faces the water. It closed a while back, but it used to hold concerts where bands performed on huge barges. I think it would be an incredible place to throw a rave on the water. Boats could also come and watch.
What advice would you give to up and coming DJs?
I think the best advice I can give anyone would be to work hard and always keep your eye on the prize. It is very important to know exactly what you want to do and to set goals for yourself; always have a next step. Finally, most important of all however is to go out, network, and meet as many people as you can!
If you had a time machine what year would you go back to and why?
I think I would have to stay in the present. I think that this is one of the most exciting eras of our history. Our huge technological advances are precisely what have created this huge movement of DJs and dance music possible. I would however like to go check out when the Egyptian pyramids were being built. It would be interesting to see how everything was put together.
My new EP is available at www.diegocamejo.com I would also like to thank everyone that has supported me.
Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Diego Camejo Remix) by Diego Camejo
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