Interviews

Solano

Given how his performance at House of Blues Boston last fall led to being hooked on “Take Me To The DJ” and “Sting,” David Solano was added to “must see again” list. The Life In Color (DayGlow) resident DJ returned to Boston with the touring show last night, where we not only witnessed another killer set, but also got to fit in a quick chat about his track selection process, favorite tracks and memorable moments.

What’s your favorite part about doing a touring show like Life In Color [DayGlow]?
There’s more than one, but I would definitely say that the crowd makes it all worth it.


How do you determine what you’ll play in a set?

When I first started, I used to plan out my sets thinking “this song works better with this song,” but now I realize you gotta pick your tracks on the spot because every crowd is different. When you play in Miami, it’s a very educated crowd; when you play in Boston, it’s a different crowd. I just pick them on the spot.

Currently, what are your three favorite tracks to play with the best reactions?

  • I’ve done a mashup of Mickey Mouse and the crowd loves it.
  • Linkin Park’s “In The End.” I think it’s one tracks we all connect to. It’s old, but who cares – we all sing it and know the words. I love that.
  • I have a new song called “Inside Out.” It’s been working out great. I actually performed it live last night [in New York City] and it was amazing today [in Boston]. The crowd responded great.

How did you get started? Is there any advice you wish you had gotten?
Stop DJ’ing and start producing. Everybody can DJ now… you buy a laptop and now you can DJ, but not everybody can make music. Making music is where it’s at.

Can you pinpoint the moment when you knew it wasn’t going to be just a hobby anymore?

My first time playing in a club, at the end of the night. It started like a hobby. I used to do this and I wanted to play soccer for the rest of my life, and next thing you know I’m in this club where I played a gig and it was unbelievable. At the end of the night, people were saying my name and I couldn’t believe it. After that night, I was like “okay, this is what I gotta follow.”

What’s the most memorable moment you’ve had and why?
DayGlow Miami two years ago. It was my first time going to play and people were like “David, David.” I had experienced it mellow but not to that intensity and it was the first time I was like “yo, going crazy, we have to get security.” That was special, that was amazing.

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