Started about 7 years ago, music always having been a really big part of his life.
Current resident DJ at Pink Cadillac.
Other places where he has worked: Mangos Discotec (OKC), Thunder Alley Pub (OKC), Dan O’Briens Pub (OKC), Club One 15 (OKC), SkyBar Ultralounge (OKC), Cross Eyed Moose Cantina (OKC), The Office Drinks & Nosh (OKC), Venu Bar (OKC), Social Nightclub (OKC), Club Albee (OKC), Social Room (Shawnee), and Nevada Max’s (OKC).
He has opened for: DJ Muerte (OKC), DJ Fashen (International), DJ Captn20 (International), DJ 2K (OKC), and B-Hamp (National artist). He also has residency on a show named “A Huevo Con Ganas” which is an inter radio station provided by Radio Crystal. He has worked for Tyler Media, which is famous for owning stations such as La Zeta, Now, Jake FM, Telemundo and Univision.
Interview with Vj Pollito
How did you get into DJ-ing?
I started DJ-ing professionally about 7 years ago. I had a big influence by Dj Bola (Ok Corral resident DJ). It would be amazing seeing him move people’s moods by just changing the songs or hyping people up with talking on the microphone or just saying something really simple. The club is fairly big so seeing how he could move a crowd of about 2-3 thousand people week in and week out is just amazing. I learned most of my basic essentials from my mentor and friend DJ Muerte (Mango’s Resident DJ). He is the one who thought me the basics like to have beat counts, beat matching, where to get music, what to play, how to make a show, paying attention to your crowd and what to play at what times.
Which artists and what styles inspire you?
The DJ artists that inspire me are a few, my top 5 would have to be
– DJ Fashen (Skam Artist)
– DJ Trentino (Red Bull Champion National)
– DJ Jayceeoh (Master of Mix Champion)
– DJ Dynamix (King of La)
– The late great DJ AM
Why the name DJ Pollito?
There is a funny story about how the name came to. Growing up I use to hang out with my buddy who’s name was “Pollo”. He was a really tall person standing at a whooping 5’11”! Needless to say this was the middle school days (laughs). I only stand at 5’5″ so seeing how the difference was people just started calling me “Pollito”. VJ stands for (Video Jockey) because what I do is mix videos with my shows if the venue permits or has the capability of showing it. So that is how the name came to be. I have enough hits online that if Google searched, it comes up with only typing in VJ.
Do you have any great stories from when you were just starting out? Mistakes you made, gigs that went horribly wrong?
Man, well everyone has made mistakes, it’s inevitable to have something go wrong.
One of my favorite stories from when I started out was actually having the ability to play my very first New Year’s party. Everyone goes out to celebrate the new year but having the privilege to play for a sold out packed house and being able to play by myself plus have complete creative control was just amazing.
Mistakes I have made… have been many, but who hasn’t when growing and learning how to perfect your profession? I haven’t had a train wreck night were I haven’t been able to control the crowd completely, but some of the toughest nights have been when I was in my college days and would play for small house parties or dorm parties were there might be little to no security. Having young people who most of the time binge drink and have no control is never a good thing, but like I said we all make the mistakes and learn from them as we grow.
What do you usually start with when preparing for a set?
This is a great question and it all has to do with what type of club, bar or party you are playing at. It all depends on the crowd and atmosphere you are in. For instance, if playing with an opening DJ at a nightclub, you would want to start out with a bang to get the energy going and keep it up throughout the rest of your set. Mostly at bars you would start out with some soft rock then eventually just read the crowd and progress to change the mood throughout the night. For private parties it mostly had to do with what the client wants so they will at times give you a playlist and then you just go around that.
What makes you decide to play a particular record during one of your sets? Is there a criteria other than pure subjectivity, for selecting what to play at a gig?
The records that you play and when you play them all has to do with the crowd. I love to play hip hop and trap but if I have an older crowd or a chill crowd you can’t go to hard at the beginning. It all comes to what type of crowd you have at the event, because they are there to have a great time and it’s up to you to provide that for them. There are some songs that may change the mood completely and those are the sets that allow the people to get hype, high five, dance or hit the bar for their next shot. Just all depends on timing and playing the correct records at the correct times.
What are currently your main challenges as a DJ? What is it about DJing, compared to, say, producing your own music, that makes it interesting for you?
I love being challenged and am up to learning new things. When I started I was 100% hip hop VJ. Now I am able to play not only Hip Hop but also genres like Top40, EDM, Trap, Twerk, Classics, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, Pop, Soft Rock, Country, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Nortenas, Corridos, Cumbia, and some Dembow. Producing your own music takes lots of patience and is a different factor when producing and DJ-ing. Being a DJ for me is having control of the crowd and navigating them to a great time.
When you show up at a nightclub, what elements make it enjoyable and fun to play?
When I show up to a nightclub what I like to do is say hi to all the staff that is there. I’m a very humble person and it’s really a team effort for the night to be a success. What I like is when everything is working great and my set is up and ready. I like to go on and kill it! I like to take you on a journey to where you have no worries and are living in that moment and make sure that you and your friends have a great time.
What is the best part of life as a DJ?
For me the best part of being a DJ is not the fame, recognition or even attachments you get from it. This for me is my passion and I enjoy it. I’m very privileged to provide a living from this. I have so much fun at work no matter if it’s an intimate private crowd of maybe 20 or a packed club of about 500+, I will give you my all because people are there for a good time and it’s up to me to provide the atmosphere for them.
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