Written by Administrator Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:00
DJ Lazaro Leon
37 years old
What inspired you to become a DJ?
My love for dance music and making people dance started at a very early age, working at a dance music record store and going out to the clubs. Listening to DJ's like Abel, Ciro Llerena, Deren Friedman, Louis Puig, Luis Diaz, Jorge Vidal, Henry Rodriguez, Felix Sama and Phil Jones on the radio was also a tremendous inspiration for me. In fact, I sold many records to these DJ's. I feel like I've always been part of this culture even before I started DJ’ing professionally in the late 80's.
What artists do you like to spin?
Most people would expect the answer to be Madonna, Beyonce or perhaps local favorites like Alan T or Michael M. But in reality it depends on the occasion, the event, the party, the place, and of course the people. You're not going to spin happy commercial anthems at Space or minimal house at Twist. It just doesn't work out. Also, in the DJ world there are two types of artists: the performers and the DJ's themselves. This makes for a list of favorites too long to mention.
Do you have any particular staple or song that you always play? If so, why?
It is very limiting for me to just pick one song to play all the time. There are too many tracks and not enough time to play them all. I do like different styles of dance music but primarily I tend to play music for my Hispanic people and those who love some Latin influences in their dance music.
What are some other DJ's do you look up to or have influenced you in any way?
David Padilla, Ciro Llerena, Danny Tenaglia, Ralphi Rosario, Junior Vasquez, Little Louie Vega, Eric Morillo, Roger Sanchez, Peter Rauhofer, Tom Stephan, Chus N' Ceballos and many others.
What is your favorite city to spin in and why?
Miami, of course! Without a doubt it is always best to come home and spin for the people you know and love and are familiar with your style. People in Miami are very open-minded and knowledgeable when it comes to dance music. This of course allows us DJ's to become more creative and always play new stuff. Miami is the city of the Winter Music Conference, the biggest dance music event in the world. Every DJ wants to play in Miami at least once.
Where do you typically spin in South Florida?
Well, since the extinction of the major nightclubs like Coliseum, Salvation and others, I always look forward spinning at places like Twist, where the crowd is extremely responsive, the vibe is always great and the dance floor packed until the very last minute before closing.
Do you have any special performances coming up?
I do have a few gigs coming up, they will be posted on my links:
written by Danilo de la Torre , September 03, 2009
You go Lazaro !! Love you !! Danilo