passion- Being Portuguese and raised to dance and sing in a Portuguese folk group, music and dancing was always around my family. As a teenager going to underground dance parties/ raves my love feel deeper and deeper as my brothers friends were dj’s and we would collect vinyl and travels countless hours to check out dj’s all over the east coast. Moving to LA in 2002 where I started working for a club promoting, djing, and scoring lots of private/ house parties I knew this wasn’t just a passionate hobby and I would make this my job/ career and share it with everyone.
craft- I have a strong work ethic and that has helped me mold my craft! The amount of time in late 90’s/ early 00’s i spent in record stores listening to all kinds of underground music really took my passion for music to another level. Hearing sounds old and new on all different levels of music from house to dicso, r&b to jungle, and booty house to freestyle.. i was teaching myself what moved me and got me feeling the sounds i appreciate and love to play in my sets. I spent a lot of time in my bedroom practicing, mixing vinyl!! I was so bad for so long trying to beat match..then with no computers! When i finally made a mix tape i would go out and hand it to promoters and club people. That cycle happened for a long time before i landed some gigs! I still to this day practice and make mixes and send out to people! The hustle never ends and I dont mind that at all:)
influences- I think i need to group these.
house- cajmere/green velvet, Armand van Helden, dj funk, Todd terry, Paul Johnson Felix da housecat dj sneak were all my house dj influences who really impacted my love for house.. thoughi could sit here for a while listing djsi have loved for years!!
pop/ hiphop- janetjacksonshannonwu tang Biggie
that is a lot but it all majorly influenced me!!
3-5 – ugh… not enough;) Armand van helden, green velvet, dj sneak Biggie janet
in 5 years- traveling the world djing events/parties. see myself working on music, producing and remixing tracks. possibly own a record label
Challenging- i was recently asked this and i think just staying busy and relevant on a honest passionate level. I think it is easy to sell out on most creative jobs. Though on the flip side iwouldnt want to have it any other way, work hard and do what i love honestly and passionately is how i live my life. The challenge now is scoring bigger and better gigs, but im in a great place so extremely enjoying my journey
Proud- I’m most proud of what i have accomplished! The events i have played and the people i have met is beyond me and i never imagined growing up i would be here. On the same note, the amount of people i have made happy and brought a good time into their lives whether it be once dance or countless nights of fun! That shit is what i will look back on and remember and smile!
current state- i think in some areas i love how music for this example house is more known to the average person and the underground in my eyes is being appreciated or shall I say being given more a chance for all to hear. House music in the 90’s for me was not known by many. When its good and I love it, I want all to share and enjoy! Regarding hiphop, i have mixed feelings and think it needs to give me more, a lot is a sample or remade. I like/love some what’s out there don’t get me wrong, but i think its more so as its all we are givin’!! Where is my biggie and wu tang, rappers like mos def and talib kwali, slick rick who i think brought such a depth of beats lyrics and rhymes that is lacking in today’s hiphop
success- in any career its hustle your ass off and do it on a honest level!! Put yourself out there on a level you didn’t think possible and then hustle even harder!! People appreciate honesty and a hard worker! Stay true to yourself and expect struggle and some people not agreeing or on your level. You weren’t put here to please everyone and that’s ok!
DJ Derek Monteiro
My passion comes from being Portuguese and raised to dance and sing in aPortuguesefolk group. Music and dancing was always around my family and as a teenager going to underground dance parties/raves my love for music fell deeper and deeper. As my brother’s friends wereD.J.’s, we would collect vinyl and travel countless hours to check outD.J.’sall over the East Coast. In 2002, I moved to L.A. whereIstarted working for a club functioning as promoter,D.J., and scoring a lot of private parties and house parties.Iknewthiswasn’tjust a passionate hobby; Iwould make this my career and share it with everyone!
Ihave a strong work ethic that has helped me mold my craft. The amount of time in late 90’s and early 2000’s, spent in record stores listening to all kinds of underground music, really took my passion for music to another level. Hearing sounds both old and new at all different levels of music from House toDisco,R & Bto Jungle, and Booty Houseto Freestylewas developing and teachingmyselfwhat moved me. It is what got me feeling the soundsIappreciate and love to play in my sets. I spent a lot of time in my bedroom practicing and mixing vinyl! I was so bad for so long; trying to beat match – back thenwith no computers! WhenIfinally made a mix tapeIwould go out and hand it to promoters and club people. That cycle happened for a long time beforegigs were landed. I still practice and make mixes and send out to people. The hustle never ends andIdon’tmind that atall.
ThoughIcould sit here for a while listingD.J.sIhave loved for years, influences who really impacted my love for House are: Cajmere, Green Velvet,ArmandVanHelden,D.J.Funk,ToddTerry,PaulJohnson,FelixDaHousecat andDJSneak. In the Pop/Hip Hop genre:JanetJackson,Shannon,WuTang and Biggie. For Soul music andR & B:ChakaKahn,LutherVandross andWhitneyHouston. Those are a lot of influences, but they all majorly influenced me.
Iwas recently asked about challenges in the craft. Ithink just staying busy and relevant onanhonest, passionate level is a challenge. It would be easy to sell out on most creative jobs. Although, on the flip side;Iwouldn’twant to have it any other way, I work hard and do whatIlove. Honestly and passionately is howIlive my life. The challenge now, is scoring bigger and better gigs, butI’min a great place and so, extremely enjoying my journey.
I’mmost proud of whatIhave accomplished; the eventsIhave played and the peopleIhave met, itis allbeyond me.Inever imagined growing up, thatIwould be here. On that note, theamount of peopleIhave made happy and brought good times into their lives, whether it be one dance or countless nights of fun, that shit is whatIwill look back on and remember with a smile!
Currently, Ilove how music, in my eyes, for example House, is becoming better known to the average person and now the underground is being appreciated. Or, should I say being given more a chance for all to hear? House music in the 90’s was not known by many. When it’s good and when Ilove it, I want all to share and enjoy! Regarding HipHop,Ihave mixed feelings and think it needs to give memore,a lot is a sampled or remade. I like/love some of what’s out there. Don’t get me wrong. Where is my Biggie andWuTang, rappers likeMosDef andTalibKwali, Slick Rick? Those are whoIthink brought such a depth of beats, lyrics and rhymes; that is lacking in today’s HipHop.
Inany career, it’s hustle your ass off and doit on an honest level! Put yourself out there on a level you didn’t think possible and then hustle even harder! People appreciate honesty and a hard worker. Stay true to yourself and expect struggle and expect some people not agreeing or seeing on your level. You weren’t put here to please everyone and that’s O.K. In5 years, I see myself traveling the world to D.J.events and parties as well as working on music, producing and remixing tracks, possibly, evenowning a record label.