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Sunday, 22 April 2018

PITBULL MOTIVATIONAL TALK AT TONY ROBBINS UNLEASH THE POWER - LONDON 2018

There was a Pitbull 'unleashed' in London last night! 

Pitbull dazzled the crowd at Excel London at the Tony Robbin’s Unleash The Power Within in more ways than one.

Firstly, Mr Worldwide got the energy in the room even higher with sizzling performances of Echa Pa’lla, Fireball, Don’t Stop The Party and of course showing how he took his life from negative to positive with Give Me Everything.

Secondly, Pitbull gave a powerful motivational talk full of Pitbull wisdom nuggets we as fans know and love to hear and be reminded again and again with the story of how his mum slapped his hand as Pitbull tried to switch off Tony Robbins in his mums car radio. To taking short steps but having that long vision in business and life.
The biggest risk you take is not taking one, the music business and entrepreneurship within and how other players play and how he sets himself apart to get ahead and take over the game. That Instant gratification doesn’t exist! History and journey of hustling in the streets to becoming an international music star and entrepreneur. Legacy - Sports Leadership And Management schools (SLAM) and with that how money doesn’t make you happy it’s what you do with it that does and giving back isn't a responsibility, it’s an obligation. 

Pitbull says he is NOT a celebrity, but a hard worker. Straight out of the mouth of Mr Humble Worldwide. How failure is the mother of all success. These are only a few inspirational food for thoughts to educate the mind and spirit. The harder Pitbull works the luckier he gets. A gifted way with words that deliver the message with a sharp punch and leaving footprints behind after the spoken words.

Thirdly, also one of THE most impressive points is that Pitbull was surrounded by a crowd that was not from the ‘usual’ Pitbull fandom who already knew what he was about and start cheering even before Mr Worldwide had even stepped onto the stage. We know that Pitbull knows how to move in a room full of wolves as the lyrics go, yet being first hand amongst quite possibly a predominantly non hardcore, die hard 'Pitbull fan' audience, I could observe how he moves and works a room like this from the stage and to give a powerful motivational talk that moved this crowd with his life story, wisdom, inspiration and being received by a new ‘market’ if you like, with cheers and applauses and roars of approval from the crowd. That was impressive. Charismatic Chico Pitbull is worldwide and audience-wide with the gift to gel and engage anyone and he talks A LOT of sense and lessons to take on board long after the talk has finished.

Without giving too much away, check out the videos below. Beginning with Tony Robbins introducing his good friend. Which is a good sign, especially as the young Armando couldn’t wait to switch Tony off in his mum’s car!
























Tuesday, 10 April 2018

BACK TO SCHOOL: SLAM MIAMI

Athletic and physical based programs are not the sole focus of SLAM (Sports Leadership and Management School) in Miami.  I soon discovered there is so much more to their range of academic programs and courses available to students and equip them with the knowledge and skills for a range of careers within the Sports Leadership and Management industry. Amongst the core curriculum of science, Language Arts, Mathematics and Social Studies the ground breaking school also offers Broadcasting in the form of Digital Television and Sports Media Production, Sports Medicine, Sports Marketing, Entertainment and Management.

Upon approaching the new building, the first thing I noticed was the arresting enclosed walkway bridge linking the top of the main SLAM 1 and SLAM 2 buildings with the school’s distinguished, attention grabbing and striking red logo.

Inside, the dinner hall is packed with excited students as school starts very early.  I can only describe as being overcome with a pleasantly surprised and reassuring feeling to realise that the younger students who start at 7:30am are also provided with a free breakfast and students are taken care of beyond just educational responsibilities by SLAM. The atmosphere is always positive, upbeat and driven from the moment I step into the school each time with smiling and welcoming faces of not only the students but also the teachers and staff alike with the utmost professionalism, approachable and friendly manner who have a  wealth of knowledge and skills to share and pass onto students of SLAM.

A school which is currently passing students at 95% as Pitbull highlighted on his second annual Pitbull Cruise. With the aim of getting it to 100% pass rate through the innovative program provided at SLAM.

It was a great opportunity to experience some of these valuable classes as an older overseas student but before we get to class I had to check out the main building again and say hello to some friendly faces and visit the brand new building SLAM 2 across the road.

Having seen the site almost exactly a year ago as a building site with construction in progress, it was astonishing to see how the new SLAM 2 building has come along since. With some areas still in progress inside.

First stopping by at the cafeteria area and briefly popping into a Sports Marketing class run by teacher Mrs Capdevila.

Onwards to visit the huge basketball court / gymnasium and the weights room where the Slam Titans train. The huge room where the Slam Talk Radio Studios will be homed in SLAM 2 was the next stop. Still to be equipped, it was a great moment and honour to be able to visit the space with a beautiful Miami skyline through the large windows which I can only imagine would look great as a backdrop. It is exciting to see how the partnership with SLAM Talk Radio and SiriusXM develops and the recently announced alliance with Telemundo.

Moving upwards towards the walkway seen from the outside. But not before taking a glance to the left before stepping foot on the bridge where the corner of my eye catches a very young Armando Christian Perez in a basketball team photograph.

Walking over the short walkway bridge was an unforgettable moment with the two giant SLAM logos beaming outwards on both sides. To walk from SLAM 2 back over to SLAM 1 where we are met by the gym area nearby  (I was a little disorientated on arriving at the other side just for a moment but that’s OK, I heard Pitbull did the same)  

SLAM Building 2 wasn’t where it ended. The school is simply growing and SLAM Building 3 is also in the making for sixth graders.

After the tour of the new building it was time to do some work and get to class.



Sports Broadcasting

First stop, the class of Mr Larry Milian. The Sports Broadcasting Teacher, Assistant Boys Basketball Coach and Middle School Basketball Head Coach. Larry ‘The Amigo’ Milian, a long time radio personality was also part of another moment in media history as one half of the ‘The Dos Amigos Show’ which was USA’s first Spanglish sports talk show. Now a Teacher at SLAM, Mr Milian has a very positive impact on the younger generation as students steal the title off Michael Jordan ‘The GOAT- Greatest Of All Time’ and hand it to Mr Milian.

Upon walking into his classroom the first time I couldn’t help but light up at Mr Milian’s Quote Wall that went viral on social media when Pitbull made a surprise visit only three days before. A video which featured this famous Quote Wall with motivational and inspirational quotes. Many from Pitbull and other greats in the world. Mr Milian takes us through the Quote Wall in more detail in the video below on what it is and what his personal favourite quotes are, one of which is to ‘Win The Day’ (Navy Seal quote). A quote which has become a large part of what they embody at SLAM Talk Radio in particular. Mr Milian goes to explain that if students are the best version of themselves that day then they will ‘win’ that day and do something positive each day which at the end of they can look back and say that it was an accomplishment. Something they have never done before and put the students in a positive mind-set.


The Quote Wall wasn’t the only highlight in the room as Mr Milian also has a Thanks Giving Wall where students post notes on what they are thankful for. In particular, messages of gratitude towards Mr Milian and stories of how Mr Milian has helped them seems to be a prominent theme. There is also folder filled with letters written to Mr Milian. I’m touched upon reading these letters and posts of appreciation towards a teacher. SLAM are very fortunate to have a teacher with an abundance of knowledge, skills, experience and genuine care and attention for the education of students.

With all the positivity and gratitude emanating from the walls, a folder of letters to Mr Milian to the countless students popping by just to say hello, hi, hug, goodbye to Mr Milian during my time spent it was clearly visible that Mr Milian is a very much loved and respected teacher.

With motivation and inspiration flowing through the class and an encouraging influence on the students, Mr Milian’s teaching style and approach relates to the students in a unique way. Mr Milian - everyone’s, teacher, mentor, motivator and even ‘school-parent’ that students easily seem to relate to and gravitate towards. Truly a remarkable teacher inside the classroom and outside, as I followed him into the dinner hall a few times to rev up students for the ‘tail-gate’ (another term I learnt) and get the students rowdy and excited about an upcoming SLAM Titans Basketball match, the team who made the regional finals and if won the following day would have taken them to the State Finals.

SLAM will be launching Slam Talk Radio on SiriusXM in the fall of 2018 where for the first time in radio history a school will launch a radio station that will produce national programming with the focus on sport, entertainment and journalism which is run and produced by students. As the Sports Broadcasting Teacher with a wealth of experience and knowledge, Mr Milian is currently preparing students for this ground breaking journey.

Watching a pre-recorded podcast of students in preparation of SLAM Talk Radio, it was very exciting and impressive to see what is to come on the radio show where the students in training  are visibly confident, professional with strong presentation skills. Trained and coached by Mr Milian. The team that are about to make radio history in the fall of 2018.

In another exercise, students were exposed to a press conference setting in Mr Milian’s class. Where students were able to gain insight into the structure of this particular media environment first hand and gain experience asking questions. Students were the press and Mr Milian the person of interest about his career and SLAM Talk Radio. The calibre of questions, the delivery and manner in which they were asked along with the attention and engagement of the students was outstanding.


Mathematics

For those that know me, know that me enjoying a maths class (yes maths, I’m British!) doesn’t ‘add’ up. Let alone ask to be in one voluntarily. I prefer the Pitbull approach of “Taking my letters and making them numbers” For a long time however, I have been following Mathematics Teacher Mr Rivera’s inspirational videos, quotes and snippets of his teachings in class, style and how Mr Rivera makes maths so interesting and relate to everyday situations to deliver the message and help students understand. I was compelled to ask Mr Rivera if I could sit in his class.

Mr Rivera’s lesson starts even before his class does when you will find Mr Rivera standing outside his class during class switch overs in the corridor holding his quote on the board “The Old You And The New You Cannot Co-Exist, Eliminate One!” A tough, chilling, perhaps shocking reminder to make a choice and take action. Either way, very impactful. To recognise and decide which one you want to be. Inside the classroom, motivational quotes on and around the whiteboard and walls. Plenty of thought provoking words and phrases within. In addition to these inspirational quotes Mr Rivera has a Sports Vocabulary Drawing Wall (see video below) where students are given a math topic and assigned to draw a picture and make that math topic relate to sport (See video of student Juan Garcia below) 

Mr Rivera incorporates mathematics, sports and real life examples that apply to the student age group which is what makes the experience of being in his class so phenomenal. The ability to relate and deliver certain topics such as fractions, volume, parameters of a pentagon pyramid to a real life situation in an engaging and comfortable manner is captivating. In my personal experience, an unprecedented teacher that can make maths fun and understandable with a gift to relate to students and connect with mutual respect.

Being also a Motivational Keynote Speaker, Mr Rivera brings in other aspects into his teaching methods to help build confidence and rapport skills. For example, students often walk up to the main white board to explain a math problem. If a student is too fixed on memorising and repeating what they have heard, Mr Rivera encourages students to focus on talking about what they do know and understand about the problem foremost. Letting that be the lead to how they explain the problem to the rest of the class. With the emphasis on  “getting students to understand more than focus on how to release and explain the math they have learnt. If you understand the reasoning you don’t have to memorise things” says Mr Rivera.

Mr Rivera also encourages the students speaking to the class to slow down, pause and process slowly. To talk slower and draw in the attention of fellow students. Little nuggets of wisdom and techniques on getting individuals to listen and obtain engagement when speaking.

Another unusual and fun technique I found was how Mr Rivera put a math problem on the board and the students all had their own mini white boards and pens to work out the problem on. Rather than the traditional pen and paper which was very different and could see the students clearly enjoying it.

It may be a maths class but apart from the related examples, there was still an additional sports discipline element. A sense of respect between students and teachers. When Mr Rivera raises his hand, that is an indication to pay attention and be silent. The students in turn raise their hand to indicate they have received the message and stop talking or doing what they were. I found myself doing it too. Those that didn’t pay attention at the time automatically drop to the side of the class and give a few press ups (bringing in the sports discipline part). It is a Sports Leadership and Management School after all!

Mr Rivera’s classes continue to challenge students minds, and mine too. as he draws a shape on the board and asks the class what it is. All say square. Mr Rivera challenges the thought process behind the shape and tells the class it is not a square. Even I’m saying it’s a square at this point and wondering where the teacher is going with this. “What makes you think it’s a square?” as he adds the dimensions of 5cm horizontal and 15cm vertical to the shape. Making it a rectangle. Message behind it is to ask for more details and get enough information for a problem. Very interesting.

Mr Rivera also threw me out of my comfort zone to get up and talk to the students about me, British media and more. It became an open floor to ask anything and everything.  I was here because I was interested in the students and their school. Never for a minute did it occur to me that they would be interested in me and so I find myself standing at the front of the class taking questions with no bars held.


Broadcasting

It soon became apparent that no teacher wears just the ‘one hat’ at SLAM and the Head Volleyball Coach Mr Daniel Benitez is also a Broadcasting teacher at the school.

Each morning the students make announcements about the school which are heard through all three buildings SLAM 1 the main building to SLAM 2 and SLAM 3. It is the ninth graders who take control and work on the basics to bring this daily broadcast announcement to fellow students where they learn how to video edit, take pictures and write articles. The juniors are responsible for making the morning announcements. The programme is fairly young and kept to basic information this moment in time. However, the school plans to expand on having an entertainment, weather and a sports segment with additional information on what SLAM is doing outside of the school building too. 

The seniors are currently working on a fifteen minute movie for which they are responsible for producing from idea to execution. The seniors are also responsible for supporting the athletics team where they film, take photographs and write articles about their games. Taking on a ‘Broadcasting Management’ role in some respects for the team. Not even the students wear the one hat in cases such as this where many programs actively integrate with another at the school and tap into the skills and resources of one another.

A very impressive broadcasting hands on program with a professional studio adjoining the classroom with the up to date broadcasting equipment. 

The broadcasting students have also interviewed the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.



Sports Medicine 

A whistle stop to see the Sports Medicine Teacher, Ms Mujagic. The teaching room fully equipped with examination tables for athletes and where teaching is also taken out of the room and practice in real time when games are taking place where athletes may need physical attention.

l left SLAM with a clearer idea of what this wonderful school is and represents. The atmosphere at the school is full of excitement and promise. The energy and drive of the students who are brimming over with enthusiasm to learn and so very proud of their school. To the teachers and staff that are so dedicated and go above and beyond duties to teach and coach students to provide the next generation with the knowledge and skills to further their sports related career with an innovative and fresh approach. Giving the students at SLAM a competitive edge.

Firstly, thank you to everyone involved in making this wonderful experience happen. Thank you Principal Jimenez, Vice Principal Rey, Lead Teacher and Math Department Chair Mr Montelongo, Mr Rivera, Mr Benitez, Ms Mujagic, Mrs Capdevila with a special thanks to 'amigo' Mr Milian who took on the role as my personal guide and took me under his wing as well as teaching me all about broadcasting at the school. To all the teachers and administrators from the security, front of house secretaries to into the classrooms for your warm welcome and taking the time to talk to me and allowing me to sit in classes and learn more about SLAM with a practical approach. Thank you to the students that also made my visit really educational and enjoyable too and taking the time to talk about themselves and their projects. I’m very excited about all that is yet to come at SLAM Miami. 


Rina

WALKING ON BRIDGE FROM SLAM 2 TO SLAM 1


MR MILIAN'S QUOTE WALL




SNIPPET OF MR MILIAN'S PRESS CONFERENCE CLASS EXERCISE WITH THANKS TO STUDENT RUBEN CARDERO






MR RIVERA'S SPORTS VOCABULARY DRAWING WALL





STUDENT JUAN GARCIA EXPLAINS HIS WORK FOR MR RIVERA'S SPORTS VOCABULARY WALL 




PHOTOS

 SLAM 1: GYM







 NEW BUILDING: SLAM 2




VIEW FROM SLAM 2 

LOOKING TOWARDS MAIN SLAM 1 BUILDING





SLAM 2: NEW GYM/BASKETBALL COURT




SLAM 2: BASKETBALL TEAM PHOTO WITH PITBULL 


 SLAM 2: SLAM TITANS WEIGHTS ROOM 





SLAM 3



MR MILIAN'S QUOTE WALL


THANKS GIVING WALL IN LARRY MILIAN'S CLASS  








LARRY MILIAN'S CLASS: PRESS CONFERENCE



SLAM MISSION & VISION STATEMENT



MR RIVERA 


MR RIVERA'S CLASS: QUOTES AROUND BOARD & CLASSROOM







WHITE BOARDS FOR STUDENTS TO WORK OUT MATH PROBLEMS






EXAMPLE OF WORK ONSPORTS VOCABULARY WALL WITH THANKS TO MELISSA HIDALGO



MR BENITEZ: BROADCASTING CLASSROOM




BROADCASTING ROOM WHERE MORNING ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE MADE 




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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

EXCLUSIVE: THE LATIN PRINCE


The Latin Prince is an accomplished DJ with an exceptional gift to sense and respond rapidly to the crowds ear at a deeper level with his thrilling and surprising sound blends to drive the dance floor wild. Be it Hip Hop, Latin, EDM and spanning to any genre or decade. With an ‘open format’ approach and versatility to meet all music tastes. The Latin Prince keeps those feet moving and energy on a high and in his own words ‘puts himself in the middle of the dance floor’ and ‘reaches out to capture the soul of everyone’ and give them the best experience.

A bridge between the artist & audience, the International DJ also steps out of the DJ booth to create various avenues to other ventures. Collecting more titles under his belt throughout his early career such as producer, remixer, video DJ, founder of Bum Squad DJZ (now known as The Mix Syndicate), Director of Rap Promotions at MCA Records, Head
 ing promotional campaigns at TVT Records (Pitbull’s early career) National Director of Mix Show West Coast for Universal Records/Motown Records in Los Angeles. The Latin Prince has also launched his own marketing and promotions company called Urban Jungle Music. Still room for fingers in different pies, fast forward to today The Latin Prince takes the crowning title as Regional Director ‘East’ at DJ City,  Yet The Latin Prince still finds time to cut and scratch put together remixes for Pitbull’s Globalization radio on SiriusXM on Channel 13 every week and DJ at various spots around the world. Known also as simply ‘LP’, with his outside the DJ booth thinking the Latin Prince is also a Brand Ambassador to the Official Belaire and has his own clothing line Official Sucia.

Humble and approachable, The Latin Prince always gets the crowd going not only through the airwaves of Globalization Radio but also on the dance floor where he mingles with the crowd in between to take snaps with party goers and makes time to stop for a friendly chat. After what felt like many nights of dancing away to his energetic and spellbinding mixes, I was lucky enough to catch the talented DJ and entrepreneur on the Pitbull Cruise who has a warm, fun and magnetic personality to match.

The Latin Prince talks to us about his career, DJ City, Globalization, Pitbull, influences and favourite artists to a DJ’s super powers of controlling emotions and sparking memories, his new upcoming album and much more.

   
Hi Latin Prince! Thanks for taking the time to talk to me…So tell me, how did the name Latin Prince come about?
It’s very simple, especially because I’m Latino - there’s the ‘Latin’ part of it but I’m also a huge fanatic of the artist Prince. So that’s how the ‘Prince’ part came about. Latin Prince! I’m Latino then the Prince part of it.

Kind of like a homage to the King. I’m a fanatic! I got to meet Prince before and the story goes on ..but that’s the origin of where the name came from.


Interesting….I would not have thought to put that together
Simple. But to the point.


For anyone who hasn’t yet heard one of your sets, how would you describe your style?
I would say I’m an open format DJ. I don’t like to ‘pigeon hole’ myself to a particular genre and be thought of as “We want to hire him because all he plays is Hip Hop or we just want him to do an EDM set because that’s all he does” For me it’s like being an open format DJ and being able to play everything.

I consider my set a journey. I take you into a journey where you’re going to listen to your favourite R&B, you’re going to listen to some up tempo dance stuff and be “Oh I haven’t heard that“ for a minute and be like yesterday (on the Pitbull Cruise set) you heard some journey. We played Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond) and music like that. Just some feel good music that motivates the heart and gets you going. I want people to be in that atmosphere where they feel like “Oh My God this is just amazing, I’m listening to some of my favourite jams that I haven’t heard in a while” or just the way it’s put together and the execution of how I do my mixes - so definitely open format is the journey I like to take people on.

  
What music did you grow up listening to. Prince being one of them, as you have talked about and who are your favourite artists today?
Growing up I would go through my mum’s collection of music – she has Spanish music but also Funk. Commodores, Tower of Power when I was growing up and those kind of genres of music. Very, very Funk influenced life so I love it. In the 80’s listening to Cameo.

I love Cameo!

You know what I’m saying! Exactly, like Word Up. That kind of vibe. Even when I started first DJ-ing I just loved playing that kind of funky stuff like Midnight Starr and those kind of vibes. It’s so funny because I was playing some of that stuff last night and I was looking up and there was this guy like ”Rightyou’re playing that stuff” but they really don’t know what you’re playing because it’s a younger generation. Even when playing freestyle like Expose, Debbie Deb. Some people and demographics know their music. But that’s what I grew up on for the most part growing up in San Fransisco.

One of the greatest cities where I feel there’s a music culture where you listen to everything (laughs). So I would say those were my influences at the very beginning and of course some Spanish.

What about Today?
Today? Who are my favourite artist besides from Pitbull? I love The Weeknd – he’s amazing. A very talented artist. That’s a hard question.  I cannot forget about Bruno Mars. Bruno Mars is, how can I say this, he’s like the new James Brown. He’s such a good performer he just gives you that energy, he goes in all 100%. JLO I love. 
  
How do you prepare for a set?
When I’m looking at my computer I have my sets categorised. But for the most part I just go with the flow! Some DJ’s prepare their sets and go with “I’m going to play this” For me because I DJ so much I have an idea of what I want to play and I’m just watching the crowd. What I do is put myself in the middle of the dancefloor. LP is right in the middle of the dancefloor so If I’m a party goer what do I want to listen to? If I throw in this jam or play this other song. I’m going to lose it. That’s how I prepare myself.

You definitely made people lose it on this ship!
And that’s my high. Making people feel good! I told a friend a long time ago, you know how there’s a God and doctors might be God-like because they can help save lives or heal you? In a way as a DJ to be able to control people’s emotions is a very powerful thing.

You can be in the middle of the dance floor and hear a song and feel a certain way. For example for me it’s like I would listen to a song and think what was I doing? What kind of great memories sparked when I heard that song? Maybe I had a break up or maybe I had the best time on this trip with my boys, or I would be just doing something fun and that song would be the most popular one at the time. It’s a journey where the music touches you. Like you reach out and capture the soul of everyone and you move them. And that’s very powerful to be able to control peoples emotions.

That’s so on point and explained really well. I get it

You get right?

Completely…Tell me, for those of us that aren’t familiar, what is DJ City?
DJ City is the No.1 record pool on the globe. If you’re a DJ and you need content where do you go? You go to DJ City. Record labels give DJ City promo music which they are pushing and give us the files. You pay for those files. Basically, we curate the music and give you the best. There’s a lot of music out there but we make sure that when you come to DJ City you pick the right music, the best quality and we have everything from Hip Hop, EDM to House, Spanish to Dancehall and Reggae. Like I say, everything. Whatever is popular, whatever is coming up and making waves. That’s where you go to DJ City. It’s $1 a day – as $30 a month subscription. You subscribe, we do a little background check and if all is ok you get in.


Our offices are world headquarters. Culver City California. We have DJ City Japan, DJ City UK. It’s really huge for us in the UK. We have Germany and we have a lot of satellite offices like in Italy, France, Finland and much more so we are definitely a worldwide operation and we take pride in that too. To make sure everyone is getting the best service.


As Regional Director East at DJ City tell us more about what that entails...
I’m in charge of all East Coast operations and I look out for markets from Florida to all the way to the top, New England. You know how they say out sight out of mind? My job is to make sure that people and DJ’s understand and know that we are here. That DJ City is here to help you, here to serve you by any means necessary. My job is to create events.

I have DJ City ambassadors in Miami, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston and New York. My ‘gig’ is basically to have DJ’s come on and subscribe to the site and a lot of marketing. A lot of pushing and making sure people understand us and “hey! Come check us out”


You’ve stepped out of  the DJ arena expanding to, Producer, Remixer, Video DJ  – You’ve worked with so many artists in so many different ways, are there any particular projects you are the most proud of?
Every project I put myself into, my hands into, I endorse, or I am a part of in anyway promotion-wise or just in the making of.  I think every person I work with is very special. Everyone definitely has a special touch and I think everything that I have worked with has been a dear project to myself.

  
I’m scrolling through your Instagram and one minute you’re in this city, next minute you’re in that country! Looks like you’re giving Pitbull a run for the ‘Mr Worldwide’ title. What’s your favourite city?
Wow! my favourite city? Hong Kong has been amazing. I say Hong Kong because it captured my eye. But you know I’ve been around the world and been to so many different places. I think every city I love because every city has its own touch, its own spark. So when I go to Croatia I love it because the food is amazing, the beaches, the islands and just the whole vibe is incredible. I love Berlin, I think there’s a certain swag about that city. When I go to the UK and go to London I’m just about the castles and the medieval things!


When you’re in London, let’s go inside Buckingham Palace!
Yes, lets book that! I think every city that I go to has it’s own special moments. It’s tough. I think I love every city because it brings something to the eye and my heart and I really have fun. Thailand has his own thing, Australia has its own beauty. It’s been a pleasure to be able to experience and see all these amazing places and be able to talk about it. Get paid to do what I love. I LOVE EVERY CITY GODAMMIT!

(Both laugh)
   
Speaking of Mr Worldwide,  you both go back a long way - how did you  first come to work together?
When Pitbull got signed to TVT (Records), they said “Hey, we got this new kid named Pitbull. Just take him with you and do what you do” and we went on the road and my job was to introduce him to every DJ and every possible situation where it would benefit him. I said to Pitbull “Listen, you’re going to meet all these guys. I want you to take everybody’s information, I want you to give them information as well and if they need anything, if they need a drop? Do it. If they need a jingle or if they want you to do a mix tape with them? Do it. I want you to be accessible to the guys who are going to be helping you break your music. Because at the end of the day it all starts with the DJ and it all ends with the DJ.

  
For you, what would you say is the best part about working with Pitbull?
Learning from him. I continue to just learn. Pitbull’s vision, energy it motivates me. When I listen to the new music it just makes me push harder and now that we’re independent and we don't depend on a label, it’s our show, it’s even better and we’re playing by our own rules. Pitbull is just an incredible soul, he’s very driven and I appreciate that from him.


I really enjoy your sets on Globalization - How did the station come about on SiriusXM?
When Pitbull got the channel, Edwin (DJ Phenom. President of DJ City Worldwide and SiriusXM Radio Program Director of Pitbull's Globalization Radio) said we definitely want to get you a slot.

I’ve been blessed to be able to entertain the masses and every week when I put my shows together I take a lot of pride and really take my time to mix. I want to make sure that everyone listens to some new stuff, stuff that’s about to become big and of course sprinkle some old stuff and again take them into that journey. I’m cooking, I’m cooking (laughs) That’s what I’m doing.

That’s how the whole thing came about. It’s been amazing to be able to transfer that energy.


Do you have a favourite Pitbull song or album?
Calle Ocho has always been my favourite. I just love that sample!


What’s your ‘banker’ Pitbull song guaranteed to get the crowd going on the dance floor?
Timber – Always! Pitbull has a lot of bangers but the girls especially seem to love the combination of Pitbull and Kesha.


We’re here on the Pitbull Cruise – What three things can’t you cruise without?
Hmm…. (long pause and thinks hard) What are your three things?


You’re not meant to interview the interviewer!   (Both Laugh)
I would say my shoe collection, my camera and my equipment.


Are there any crazy things that have happened on your journey so far?
There’s been a crazy situation when I was DJ-ing and some drunk guy just came and poured their beer on my equipment and everything just stopped working.

Wow, someone actually did that?
Yes. When people request music and you don’t play their music sometimes they become obnoxious “When are you gonna play my song? When are you gonna play?”  I’m like, I got you. Don’t forget I’m not going to just pass my journey so I could play your song. So I say I promise I will play it but you’ve got to give me some time to fit it into my set. For the most part I always like to play their requests and it’s lovely when they come back and say “Thank you so much that meant a lot for you to play the song” But there are times when you deal with unpleasant people.


What’s the most valuable lesson you have learnt in the industry?
To be humble at all times. Stay humble at all times. I’m not bigger than anybody else. I stay grounded and I think that’s something I will continue to do no matter what – oh and treat interns properly! (laughs)


Can you share a momentous or high point in your career so far…
I thank you Pitbull very much for letting me open up for you and Enrique Iglesias at Madison Square Gardens. That was amazing. That was the highlight - I mean that’s a legendary venue to be able to open up to a sell-out crowd. That was an amazing experience and Pitbull put me there. That’s something that was the moment for me as a DJ.

  
You’ve been in the game for a long time, do you think technology has damaged the true authentic art of DJ-ing with vinyl or helped it along?
I think that for us older DJ’s…I’m not trying to age myself (laughs)


Shall we say ‘experienced, veteran?
Let me take it from there! For us ‘seasoned veterans’ the technology has helped us to not carry crates of records. I remember back in the day travelling and just carrying records, losing records on planes, or somebody left my crate behind.

I think that technology is coming. You can’t stop it. In all fields from medical to music – it comes to where you are getting new tools for how to do your job and you have to embrace it.

There’s been conversations in the past ‘anyone can be a DJ’ if you have a music library but its about how you present and execute it. That’s what separates you from everybody else.

I embrace technology. Everyday there’s new things coming out and I’m teaching myself and I’m learning new things. I don’t think that they created this stuff to take away the value. I mean, I still go by vinyl and I have turntables. When you listen to vinyls and MP3’s you can tell the difference between the two. I do miss vinyl, but I don’t miss vinyl (laughs)

  
Your mixes make me want to get up, dance and escape! A complete energy shifter! Are there any DJ’s that do it for you?
Jazzy Jeff - He is somebody who I really enjoy. DJ Craze. Some of these freestyle guys just really bring some fire to a set.


Who would be your dream to DJ, produce or remix for?
To DJ with? I’d say Jazzy Jeff. I would love to do some remix work with DJ Craze- he’s also from Nicaragua and definitely has a dope ear!


So you’re going to teach me how to DJ right? When is that happening?
We definitely have to prepare a class for you. The question is do we need to get you some gear?


Why, do you think I will mess up your equipment? (Both laugh)
No, because if I show you and teach you and that will be the end of that


What do you mean…..?
Like you’re going to go home and you won’t practice.


I will practice!
So the first thing we need to get you is a controller.


You’re going to have to teach me all the technical stuff…
The first thing you are going to have to learn is your Beats Per Minute. BPM.

Every song has a Beats Per Minute.  One song might have 102 BPM’s another has 90 BPM’s. That’s the first thing as a DJ you have to learn, your Beats Per Minute because that’s how you blend. All the songs are blended by their beats per minute. For example, I have a song that’s 94 BPM’s and I have another one that’s 94 BPMS and it’s a smooth transition.

And keys - Is it an A or B? And they blend smoother.

Learn your history about music. Especially the young DJ’s. I ask who do you think is old school and they come up with an artist that really isn’t old school. Us DJ’s need to somehow find a way to educate the youth and bring them up to speed and have them learn.

Music has been around so long. I mean even last night when I was playing Stand By Me (Ben E King) it’s that feel good journey. If you ask someone who did Stand By Me and they say is that Travis Scott?  No.


Actually, my next question was going to be if you had any advice to up and coming DJ’s?
The only advice I give to DJ’s is:
1.To continue to work
2.The networking amongst DJ’s is a must. That’s how you are able to advance in your career. It’s part of your job
3.Stay humble, don’t think that you’re better than anybody else.  I really respect a humble DJ. For example when I speak to Jazzy Jeff he’s so humble and gives me the time and respect but yet he’s such a huge talent. When you have that mentality of humblness and level of respect, your peers will really respect you.

What’s next?   
I’m working on my album. What I’m planning on doing is put out a 2 cd and 2 vinyl where one side is going to be Hip Hop and R&B and the other side House and EDM. Some up tempo dance on one side and then some Hip Hop that you could groove to.

It's going to be called Music Is My Weapon.

Looking forward to that! Please Let us know when the album is coming out Latin Prince! And thank you sharing more with us and all the great memories and music on the Pitbull Cruise! An absolute honour and pleasure to have meet you. 



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