DJ for close to 20 years in the electronic music scene. Has played throughout the US and Internationally. Focuses on blurring the line between deep and tech as it pertains to house.
Where are you from?
I am currently living in Seattle, WA but I was born and raised in Florida.How did you start DJing?I started DJing at a friends house for fun sometimes after high school. But my fascination really started when I was around 10 or 12. My father threw parties when I was growing up and would DJ on his dual cassette player. Seeing him going tape to tape and how much fun everyone was having when he played certain songs really fascinated me and made me start to pay more attention to music. When I first started DJing, I found that it gave me an opportunity to express myself musically without boundaries. I started listening and rediscovering music in a new way and became very passionate about the art. I studied other djs, always watching how they mixed and how the crowd reacted to them. Eventually I started doing nights locally and it's been fun ever since.
Who are your influences?
Being that my parents are foreigners, I was brought up listening to many different styles of music, anything from Calypso to old americana/folk music was played on daily basis in the house. But as far as people go, I would have to say Peter Tosh, Jon Lennon, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Byron Lee, Junior Murvin, The Temptations, the Smiths, Pixies, David Bryne and Michael Jackson have all influenced me in one way or another.As far as influences in the scene I would have to say DJ Three, Jeno, Terry Fancis, Doc Martin and maybe a few more.
What genre of music do you play and what is your DJ style?
Well I say that I play house but others say I mostly play deep house. I like all styles of house and get bored if I play in one style to long. It's my belief that DJing is like telling a story; you must take your listeners on a journey that evokes emotion all the way to the end. No one enjoys listening to the same sound over and over again so I try to leave an impression every time I play a gig. I like to read the crowd and try to figure out what's going to make them dance and enjoy my set. I never plan my sets before I play. I like to get to a venue early and listen to what others are playing and see how the crowd responds because it helps me narrow down what style the crowd will like the most. In the end its about making people dance and have fun.
What are you up to lately?
A lot actually. I am currently doing A&R for Viva! Recordings and, along with my partner Jon Lemmon, are planning some good stuff for the coming year. Also working on remix projects for a few other labels and getting ready to start my first album, so I'm keeping myself busy.
Selected discography Chad Neiro
The Native EP - Connected Music
You Know Me - Undertow Project vs. MastikSoul - Is This
Tribal Bounty - Undertow Project vs. Mastiksoul - Yoda Records
Nobody's Leaving EP - Chillin Music
EastBound EP - Soul Fuel Recordings
Community EP - V/A Viva Recordings
Trouble 3 EP - V/A Mindshift Records
Park Authority EP - Uniting Souls Music
Rollin With the Pain EP - Clique Trax
Moving Forward EP - Innerflight Music
Wha ta Funk - Mindshift Records
Jon Lee - Please Stay (Chad Neiro Remix) - Viva
Distant Relatives JHB - Lovely Daze (Chad Neiro Remix) - Viva
Brian Busto & Luigi Selja - Primitive Emotion (Chad Neiro Remix) - Slightly Off
Hanssen - Wrong Direction (Jeromy Nail & Chad Neiro Remix) - Viva
Michael Manahan - Regulate the Deep (Neiro Remix) - Uniting Souls Music
Jesus Pablo & Adam Brass - Sacrum (Neiro's Dreamscape Remix) - Viva
Pedro Faria - Same Ground (feat. Kavina Ladean) Neiro Remix - Viva
Homero Espinosa - On The Other Side (Chad Neiro Remix) - Tight Recordings
Moshun - The Ride (Chad Neiro Dubdown) - Tight Recordings
DJ Sulli - When She's Gone (Chad Neiro Remix) - Aspect Audio
Easily Influenced - This N That (Chad Neiro's Emerald City Remix) - Zoot Suite
Formidable Force – Zip Jumper (Chad Neiro Remix) - Eight Tracks
Nic & Lon - Here We Go (Chad Neiro Remix) - Connected Music
Hap from Greenland feat Juno - Play With You - (Chad Neiro & LuRob) - Amfibius Recordings