For this week’s Solo Artist Spotlight, I’m breaking new ground, featuring a DJ! DJ REK’D (aka Derek Donato,) is a local guy, and graduate of my own Alma Mater, Springfield High School! I figure, since I’ve featured a ton of bands, singer/songwriters and rappers, a DJ is the next logical step!
The thing about my blog, is while I want to represent the entire Local Music Community, I will only support acts that perform live. To me, you aren’t a real musician until you lay it on the line and play live for people. As far as DJs go, its tough to find a solid DJ that performs live, but DJ REK’D is one of those few.
Photo Credit: Matt Russo, Matt Russo Media
Here’s what he had to say about his transformation into a Live Dj, “My name’s Derek Donato, I’m currently going to school in Scranton, PA and the past few months I’ve been working hard getting myself off the ground. So far it has been extremely successful. Although I haven’t done many performances in Delco, I Still live there during breaks and such and I’m currently booking gigs for the summer.
I recently DJ’ed at the Kildare’s in Scranton for their St. Patty’s Day Parade, which is one of the largest in the country! Along with live DJ’ing stuff, I also produce mashups, which will eventually be all original productions. I have been getting exposure from a number of online music blogs for my mashups/productions including, RemixNation.com, Earmilk.com, the website Hypem.com, DLM.fm, FMITracks.com and TopHouseMusicBlog.com.
I’m not your typical DJ, or your typical laptop DJ for that matter. With the Help of Ableton Live Software and an Akai APC40 Controller, I loop, sample and remix on the fly!”