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DJ PROFILE “DJ STARIO” (SALT LAKE CITY, UT)

 

 

 

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DJING? I have been DJ’ing for 15 years plus.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM? I am originally from Cleveland,Ohio, but reside in Salt Lake City, Utah.

WHERE TO YOU PLAY? I have 2 residencies. One on Friday night at the Summit Lounge in Layton, UT. The other is the well known Downstairs located in Park City, UT which is the home of the Sundance Film Festival.

HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START? My father was a well known DJ in Cleveland, Ohio. He ran the hottest club in the city (Vel’s On The Circle) for over a decade. I was a little kid tagging along and carrying crates into the club during the setup hours. I listened and loved music immediately. He taught me the ropes at a very young age. When I moved to Utah, I ended up hooking up with DJ Latu and DJ E-Flexx (also members of the Mix Syndicate) and started DJ’ing again here in Utah.

MAJOR INFLUENCE? I have to say DJ Jazzy Jeff really influenced me besides my dad. I saw Jazzy Jeff perform numerous times in Philly with my cousins, back when shows were all ages! His style, flare, and precision were the factors for his influence on me.

FAVORITE GENRE TO PLAY? My favorite genre of music would definitely be hip-hop. However, my favorite band is Earth, Wind,& Fire, so the old school gets me going. Also, Lakeside, Gap Band, Ohio Players, Zapp and Roger etc… I could stay in a set like that for days!

FAVORITE SONG?
Favorite song is undoubtedly “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison. That was my dad’s favorite song before he passed away. It was the last song we shared, and regardless, it still has staying power!

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS? In five years, I see myself just trying to get better. As a DJ, and as a person. Thats the only thing that matters to me. Any success that I achieve will just be a cherry on the top!

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO UP AND COMING DJS? The tip I would give a new DJ is, learn the right way. Learn to mix. Learn to beat match. Don’t cheat the system, and have respect for the craft. I would never hold a young DJ down, but when you pay your respects to the game, and those that came before you, your energy will come back to you 10 fold.

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