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 in guitar and drums,” recalls Austin.
The young musician favored the piano as he entered his teenage years but would realize he didn’t need an instrument to make music when he attended his first rave at 14 years old. Austin was inspired by the sounds of electronic music and began dreaming about one day being on stage creating his own sounds with turntables and digital software.
As luck would have it, Austin’s dad owned a night club with an amazing sound system where he would come in and get tips from the DJs after the club would close. With perseverance and some self-teaching, Austin began developing his DJ skills and expanding his music knowledge. “I can mix several genres from Nu Disco, House, Drum and Bass, Dubstep and Hip Hop Instrumentals,” explains Austin.
While attending Palm Desert High School, Austin began playing at house parties, school dances and some birthday parties. As he continued to develop his DJ persona, Austin also began purchasing more and more DJ and sound equipment which he began renting out for parties and special events. Eventually Austin found himself working with Extinct Entertainment performing in a duo known as the Gentlemen @stronauts, playing Dubstep and Drum and Bass. Austin’s first experience working with an entertainment company did not turn out as fruitful as he planned so the teenage DJ decided he would perform solo for now using the name, DJ Nudgie, a childhood nickname given to him by his brother.
Austin is very passionate about his music and emphasizes, “I strongly believe in the culture and mindset that EDM (Electronic Dance Music) has brought to the world and I hope my music brings happiness and provides the P.L.U.R (Peace, Love, Unity, Respect—it is the ravers’ code) lifestyle to those who listen. Dreaming to create his own electronic sound at bigger venues such as concerts and festivals in the future, Austin knows his path is filled with top 40 and dance hits for the time being until he can find his niche in the music scene.
For now the desert is his haven for creativity and provides him with a quiet and inspirational place to work on music and explore and further his vision. At 17, Austin is currently attending Oasis College Prep school while working on his first EP which is a fusion of electronic and NU Disco. With the continued support of his parents he hopes to move to Los Angeles after graduating high school and attend the Musicians Institute to get a degree in Audio Engineering. If you would like to contact Austin (AKA – DJ Nudgie) his e-mail is:
Written by: Craig Michaels
Musical Affair Entertainment
(760) 880-3848


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