Desert DJ’s

Gypsies Liven Up Calico Ghost Town This Weekend

Gypsies Liven Up Calico Ghost Town This Weekend

By | May 2, 2013 at 9:59 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels Now that the music festivals are over and the temperatures are rising, it’s a perfect time to take a road trip. While Las Vegas may have some interesting shows, there’s an attraction just off the I-15 Freeway in the town of Yermo that will showcase a...

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DJ E-Money Serves Up Some Tasty Mixes

By | April 17, 2013 at 7:51 pm | No comments

Following the path of many immigrants before them, the parents of Emmanuel Avalos (DJ E-Money) moved here from Mexico to give their family a better life. Emmanuel graduated from Palm Desert High and like most teenagers was really into music. “I loved to downloading music, my...

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Blake Williams Producing Sounds Both Big and Small

By | April 3, 2013 at 6:07 pm | No comments

Born and raised in Palm Springs, Blake Williams says his friends have inspired many of his accomplishments. While his friends have been inspirational, it was actually a relative who first peaked his interest in music, “My interest started when I was seven and first heard my...

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Mirage Events Makes the Coachella Valley Their New Home

By | March 19, 2013 at 8:01 pm | No comments

Ask DJ Noe Hilario how he likes owning his entertainment company and he will tell you, “Djing is more than just my job, it's my passion. I am not a hobbyist; this is what I was meant to do. Whether it is a small gathering or a huge event at a large venue, I give them the best...

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A Taste of Coachella in Palm Springs with: Tachevah

By | March 6, 2013 at 12:40 pm | No comments

The massive three day Coachella Music and Arts Festival which takes place at the Empire Polo grounds in Indio has become a rite of passage every spring for many concert goers. This year, Coachella festival will expand its vibe to the west side of the Valley with the incarnation...

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United Way “Rockin’ VIP Challenge” Will be Fun & Games!

By | February 27, 2013 at 5:41 pm | No comments

“Survey says”...the United Way of the Desert knows how to put the f-u-n in fundraising! I am honored to be a part of the 23rd annual “Rockin’ VIP Challenge” event at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa in Indian Wells. The public is also invited to experience this...

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Rosie’s Kids Got Talent Finals at Date Festival

By | February 20, 2013 at 6:15 pm | No comments

Growing up living a very modest lifestyle as the daughter of farm workers, Rosie Welmas was familiar with the struggles of a low-income family. For Rosie, playing sports was her way of fitting in and feeling accepted, regardless of her family’s economic status. From the very...

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Robb Roberts Brings His East Coast Attitude to the Desert

By | February 13, 2013 at 7:43 pm | No comments

“As a child, I had always dreamed of being a DJ. I’ve loved music since my first record player and 45 record collections at the age of 6,” Robb recalls. Growing up on Staten Island in New York, Robb’s love of music was first fed by taking piano lessons as a young child....

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DJ Day Gets Back to His Roots

By | February 6, 2013 at 1:21 pm | No comments

Born at Desert Hospital in Palm Springs, DJ Day grew up in the Coachella Valley and feels a special bond to the Desert, “I love this place, it’s changed a lot over the years but there’s a vibe about this place that’s unlike anywhere else,”remarks Day. When he heard...

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A Cowboy and a Dancer Create a Stampede at Stadium House

By | January 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm | No comments

“Big John" Miller didn’t realize when he volunteered to fill-in for the DJ one night at the old Stuart’s Steakhouse where his wife Sandy was a line dance instructor that it would lead to his next career.  After the in-house DJ had walked off the job minutes before the...

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Bridal Faire at Indian Wells Country Club Always Well Attended

By | January 16, 2013 at 10:54 am | 2 comments

The Palm Springs area is one of the fastest growing destination wedding locations in the United States. With no shortage of country clubs, hotels and various other unique venues in the desert, many vendors count on the wedding business to fill a large portion of their calendar....

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CVDJA to Hold First Mixer of 2013 at ShareKitchen in Cathedral City

By | January 9, 2013 at 6:51 pm | No comments

For many individuals and business owners, the new year usually opens up new opportunities. Especially in the Coachella Valley; January marks the unofficial start to “the season.” Entrepreneurs are usually busy placing ads in local newspapers and online while others are...

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Typical Tommy is Anything but Typical

By | December 26, 2012 at 9:55 am | No comments

From the Coachella Valley to Tahiti and back, music has always been a constant in DJ Tommy O’ Conner’s spontaneous life. A native of the desert, Desert Hot Springs is where he calls “home.” Tommy recalls that growing up he listened to mostly Hip Hop and Rap music, but...

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The Bigster is blowing up!

By | December 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm | No comments

Born and raised in the Coachella Valley, DJ Bigster, whose real name is Mario Nuno, was really into cars like many boys going to Cathedral City high school. Bigster loved everything about cars from working on them to doing custom body work. All that changed once he graduated...

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Austin Del Rio Going Solo as DJ Nudgie

By | November 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm | 2 comments

Born and raised in the Coachella Valley, Austin Del Rio realized his appetite for music at the age of six with a little help from his parents. “My mother and father have always been very supportive of my music endeavors. From a young age I was put in piano lessons and dabbled...

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DJ Dirty Ish, Diverse as the Music He Plays

By | November 14, 2012 at 10:28 pm | 14 comments

There is no shortage of culture when talking with DJ Dirty Ish whose family has held the title of Baron in Hungary since the 1600’s. Istvan Burgyan, (AKA Dirty Ish,) learned to speak Hungarian from his great grandmother and was taught to play piano at five years old....

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DJ Nano Has Indio Pride

By | November 8, 2012 at 12:58 am | 4 comments

Growing up on a ranch off Madison Street in Indio, Nano, (aka: Fernando Venegas,) was always playing outside. Being the middle child out of eight siblings, there was always lots of noise, “we were never bored,” laughs Nano. His grandmother noticed that he was vertically...

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Dave Acosta “Passionate About the Oldies”

By | October 30, 2012 at 6:44 pm | 281 comments

Growing up on the East Coast in Philadelphia, Dave Acosta knew he loved music so much that at the age of 12 he tried to get a job at local radio station. Although he was told by the program director he was too young, Dave did not let that dampen his enthusiasm for music. He...

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DJ Ray expects B B’s Halloween Bash this year to be the biggest and best.

By | October 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm | One comment

Ray Phillips is one of the few DJs who was born and raised here in the Coachella Valley. Spending much of his youth in Palm Desert, Ray eventually graduated from Indio High School. At the age of 16, Ray got his first job in the drapery and upholstery business which he still...

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Game Show Mania is Fun for All Ages!

By | October 17, 2012 at 8:22 pm | 366 comments

If you’re planning a party or special event, one of the most important items on the check list will be to make sure your guests have fun. Having an experienced and interactive DJ to help guide the crowd through the event and play the right music at the right time is key. Once...

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DJ Keith Engber Can Carry a Tune

By | October 9, 2012 at 9:06 pm | 46 comments

Many DJs are skilled at playing a variety of music to please their audience but Keith Engber not only plays the hits, he sings them too! “I’ve been interested in singing since I was about seven years old,” Keith recalls. As a teenager growing up in Philadelphia, Keith...

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From Surf to Sand: Geoff Allan’s Expansion of His DJ Business in the Desert

By | October 2, 2012 at 11:10 pm | No comments

Growing up in Newport Beach, CA., Geoff Allan spent his free time like most young kids who grow up near the beach: surfing for hours and long boarding down the pier. While in junior high school, Geoff became intrigued with the sounds some of the DJs like Jam Master Jay were...

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DJ Michael Wright, the Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

By | September 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm | 87 comments

There is so much information that I find interesting about Michael Wright, that I could almost write a sequel to this column but here goes with the Reader’s Digest version. I have known Michael personally for over 20 years and never knew his father was the Lead Singer in a doo...

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JF//Discord Has Metal Roots

By | September 20, 2012 at 7:23 am | 45 comments

From an early age Jeremy Ferguson, (known as JF// Discord,) has been involved in music. During elementary and middle school, Ferguson played in the school band as the first chair clarinet player. Somewhere between Nellie Kaufman Middle School and Cathedral City High School,...

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DJ Ish Likes to Mix Things Up

By | September 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm | 173 comments

Most Djs could be placed into a few different categories. Some DJs are strictly club jocks, while others focus their energy on producing their own music and putting on shows. The largest category of DJs usually like to mix it up by performing for weddings, private parties and...

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Martinez has Music in His Blood

By | September 4, 2012 at 8:03 pm | 1,504 comments

It’s no surprise that Chase Martinez learned to operate a pair of turntables before he learned to operate a car. Spending a good part of his youth in Long Beach, CA (a city put on the map by rapper Snoop Dogg,) Chase moved to the Coachella Valley at the age of 12. Three years...

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Aaron C. Goes from Vinyl to Video

By | August 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm | 731 comments

At first glance Aaron Cortes (otherwise known as Aaron C) doesn’t look old enough to remember when they actually played music videos on MTV. Raised and schooled in Riverside, California, Aaron, (who now lives in Rialto), has been commuting to the desert each weekend for the...

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The DJ Name Game

By | August 21, 2012 at 9:51 pm | 31 comments

For many DJs, coming up with a good stage name can be as challenging as learning the craft itself. Some DJs make it easy by modifying their real name, you switch a vowel here, move a consonant there or you might be one of the lucky ones who were blessed with a cool DJ name at...

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What’s Your Plan?

By | August 14, 2012 at 7:46 pm | 1,101 comments

Ask a mobile DJ how they like performing at weddings and you will get a different answer every time. From, “I love being a part of someone’s special day” to “I hate bridezillas.” Many DJs who are great club jocks are not necessarily good wedding DJs. A good wedding DJ...

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Cirenia Guerrero, Leaving Her Mark on the Valley

By | August 7, 2012 at 10:08 pm | No comments

You can’t help but feel the energy exuding from Cirenia Guerrero when having a conversation with her. It is easy to see why she has been able to establish herself as a local radio and TV personality, with her larger-than-life smile accompanied by her friendly but delicious...

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Elementia Keeps It Fresh!

By | July 31, 2012 at 11:18 pm | 651 comments

DJ’s have come a long way since the phrase was coined by American commentator Walter Winchell in 1934. Elementia does more than just play music, he is constantly in his studio producing new sounds and remixing old ones.  Considered more of an artist and producer, Elementia...

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Island Sounds in the Desert

By | July 24, 2012 at 9:14 pm | 1,456 comments

Although the dry desert scenery is a sharp contrast to the lush tropical Islands of Trinidad and Tobago, where Sherwin John (known as “DR.”) and Kerwin Greenidge (known as “Gov'ner”) grew up, both have made themselves right at home in the Coachella Valley. Island...

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T-Bone: Hooked on Karaoke

By | July 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm | 1,248 comments

After being asked several times to join the party in the lounge after bowling, Todd Avery, (A.K.A. T-Bone) decided one night to see what he was missing. Much to his surprise, Todd found many of his bowling buddies singing, dancing and really whooping it up! Todd decided to stay...

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Two Businesses Are Better Than One

By | July 11, 2012 at 8:52 pm | No comments

I really resonate with Mark Karlstrom’s life story because we both have had many of the same experiences— working on cruise ships, TV, radio and nightclubs. Mark has traveled an interesting path which has led him to the Coachella Valley where he currently has a successful...

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By | July 11, 2012 at 8:51 pm | No comments

1. Contact a DUI lawyer asap pursuant to the pink piece of paper you received when they snatched your license. Your attorney has 10 days from the arrest (Stop and Snatch of your CDL) to request a DMV HEARING. If you do not do this within 10 days your license will be gone for 4-5...

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