In Full Effect DC presents DJ Enferno at Tropicalia.
When: Saturday, August 6th.
Where: Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C
Time: Doors open at 10pm to 3am
Admission: Free w/ RSVP
DJ Enferno has come a long way from his early of days of making mixtapes and slinging vinyl crates. Enferno (known then as Eric Jao) began manipulating music at age 14, splicing and rearranging his favorite 12” records using a boombox and cassette tapes. He began his DJ career playing mobile gigs while attending the #1 high school in the nation (Thomas Jefferson HS), thereafter earning his stripes (and business degree) while attending the University of Virginia. Post college, as an IT professional by day, Enferno spent his nights DJ’ing in Washington DC’s most legendary nightclubs, and battling in the nation’s most prestigious DJ competitions. After etching his name in history by winning the 2003 DMC USA Championships (placing 2nd in the world), Enferno said goodbye to corporate America. Since then, he’s performed for over 3 million people in 35 countries including a 2-year stint as Madonna’s tour DJ. His current gig schedule balances his home-town DC club and private event performances with regular trips to venues across America, including his residency at Tao Nightclub in Las Vegas.
As a producer, Enferno’s got range. He’s made music for Madonna’s “Sticky & Sweet” tour, Michael Jackson’s posthumous Cirque Du Soleil shows, and 20th Century FOX’s 2015 “Peanuts Movie”. He’s released bass-driven music on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label, as well as mainstream tracks like his chart-topping “Party Rock Anthem” remix on Interscope Records. His E.A.S.Y. (i.e. “Enferno And Shiftee, Yo”) collaboration has produced both remixes and original tracks, combining hip-hop and bass music with pop and soul.
As with his music releases, Enferno’s performances reflect a wide range of abilities. His DJ style blends the best of your favorite booty-shaking hip-hop, fist-pumping EDM, and guiltiest-pleasure throwback rock and pop jams. With an encyclopedia-like mental music catalogue, Enferno cooks up genres, decades, and BPMs like a master chef. Also a classically trained musician, Enferno uses his piano and percussion skills to create and perform music on the spot. Using drum pads, samplers, and a keyboard, Enferno’s unique #LiveRemix shows successfully combine the versatility of a DJ set with the performance value of a live band.
Beyond the stage, Enferno is a trendsetter in music education. Himself a father of two children, Enferno founded Mix Major, teaching kids grades K-12 how to create their own music, regardless of their musical training or ability to play an instrument. Through this initiative, Enferno is transforming the way music is taught while positively affecting the trajectory of kids’ lives.
Enferno is a seasoned professional, decorated competitor, accomplished producer, and forward-thinking educator. From mixtapes, to Madonna, to making a difference, he’s earned his place among the world’s elite.