DJ Associates: Meistro

In his own words, Marc has been “runnin’ tings in Washington, DC since forever.” With monthly residencies at Wonderland Ballroom (since 2004), CafĂ© Saint-Ex (since 2006), and Napoleon (since 2007), and most recently the bi-monthly Sol Power party at the Eighteenth Street Lounge with the aforementioned Deep Sang and DJ Stylus (dropping afrobeat, latin jams, Brazilian grooves, house, disco and funk), you can be assured Meistro’s got ample crates & skills. Check his Soundcloud page for downloadable proof.

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How long have you been DJing?

12 years.

How long have you been DJing weddings?

3 years.

How often do you get on the mic?

Really, only when necessary — announcements, etc. I let the music do the talking.

What are some of your all time favorite wedding songs?

I think the best wedding songs are those that all generations recognize. Things like:
Stevie Wonder – “Signed Sealed Delivered”
Earth Wind and Fire – “September”
or any Jackson 5 song.

What kind of music do you DJ when you’re not at a wedding?

Everything — hip hop, disco, funk, house, reggae, Latin

What is your philosophy on weddings?

My job is to make sure everyone has fun. If they have fun, especially the bride and groom, I know I am doing it right.

What size wedding do you prefer to DJ?

Any size!

What makes you different from your competition?

Meistro at Wonderland BallroomYears DJing in different clubs, house parties, and bars has taught me to masterfully read the crowd and respond with just the right song or mood changer at just the right time. I always like to stay at least one or two songs ahead of my audience.

What do you do to motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?

Hasn’t happened yet (see above!)

What training have you received?

On the job training in clubs, bars, and house parties in different cities for 10 plus years.

What problems have you encountered at a wedding and how have you solved it?

Very occasionally something technical goes wrong — a missing cable, last minute venue change, etc. You just have to be early, flexible, and roll with the punches.

Who are your preferred DJ gear Manufacturers?

Technics, Rane and Serato

What are your favorite record labels?

Greensleeves, Bastard Jazz and Sofrito

What are your favorite DC nightspots?

U Street Music Hall on Fridays and ESL on Sundays

What is the best DJ moment of your career (so far)?

Opening for Dimitri From Paris at U Street Music Hall.

What are some of your favorite restaurants?

Anywhere at Eden Center in Falls Church.

“I can’t hear myself think in here!” Favorite spot for a quite cocktail?

Round Robin Bar at the Willard Hotel

What are your five desert island discs?

  1. Rockers! Soundtrack
  2. Johnny Osbourne Yo Yo
  3. Yellowman Mister Yellowman
  4. D’angelo Voodoo
  5. De La Soul De La Soul Is Dead

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