Born and raised in Queens, NY, the Colombian-American, DJ R-1 grew the love for music. DJ Red Alert, FunkMaster Flex, Latin Rascals, Tony Touch were some of the names of influence that he looked up to. By the age of 13, he laid hands on his first pair of turntables. Through long nights of practicing he developed his own personal art of mixing. He started to collect hand me down records from local Dj’s until he was able to purchase his first record which was, Real Love – Mary J. Blige in 1992. His collection started growing ranging from R&B, Hip-hop, Reggae, House and Etc… But of course after obtaining so many records the cd was invented.
In 1996-98 a powerful Latin movement came across nightclubs and the radio. Having the exposure to his Colombian roots he always had the knowledge of Latin music in his blood. This movement inspired Dj R1 to take another direction. He had made it a priority to touch the Latin urban market and Dj for crowds that would appreciate the Latin Rhythms and vibes including salsa, merengue, cumbia, bachata and more.
Years have passed, DJ R1 decided for a change in his life. He migrated to West Palm Beach, Florida in search of it but his dream wasn’t to far. After living in West Palm Beach for a few years, he was approached by a Big Time Club Promoter by the name of Pacinos. Pacinos not knowing him took a great chance by giving DJ R1 the opportunity to Dj a brand new upcoming night and movement called Reggaeton Thursdays. Within the years of Reggaeton Thursdays he had been able to Dj for Notch, Baby Rasta, Cheka, Pitbull, Jim Jones, Ludacris to name a few. As years past his name became known around town, that other promoters started approaching him for parties and gigs of their own. But his friendship and loyalty played a big role to Pacinos. They had remained strong for many years, within those years PacinosParties was developed including Serg aka Mr. 561.
Another local known Dj by the name of Dj Lil’Jay recognized the talent that DJ R1 was worth being a part of a Dj crew called LMP (LoMaximoProductions), the #1 Latin website in the world. He later was apart of one of the biggest mixtapes in the whole east coast called Dominican Day Parade 2009, which ended up winning Latin Mix Award best mixtape colabo. Also, in 2010 he was labeled as the Most Valuable Dj of LMP. Dj R1 started to shine with his personable skills, contributing to every person’s style which made him different always thinking outside of the box by mixing with each and every genre of music.
DJ R1’s career grew from traveling back and forth from Florida to NY, Connecticut, New Jersey and Philadelphia. From this exposure he has even be requested to go overseas and have his name recognized all over Switzerland, Paris and other areas of Europe
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