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A whirring energy hovers in the air, waiting for direction…needle hits groove on vinyl.
In a blink, electricity meets precision, and an explosion of sound ignites the room, giving birth to a crowd that has been hopeful with anticipation. It’s about creation: arms rise, feet move, bodies sway. The vibe is doing its thing.
“I feel the music in every heartbeat,” says Cristian Ortiz, working as DJ Drop D.
Rightly so – a mighty heart is the catalyst to his art, as much about learned expertise as it is passion. His fingertips call upon thousands of songs and hundreds of song sequences, sound segues, and samples of phrases that provide for and demand infinite creativity and intuition. It would take mathematicians years to decipher the shifting calculations that DJ Drop D applies instantly, hour upon hour upon hour. His precision and focus are unwavering; he is a dynamo, pulsing and radiating both soul and joy … yet remains absolutely serene in the vibe.
It’s this desire to communicate that fuels DJ Drop D: “Colors are feelings, life is a canvas, and music’s the brush,” the artist explains.
The vibe first touched him as a child in Santiago de Chile and again in Woodside, Queens, New York, before he moved to Miami in 2001 to continue his now twelve-year career as a DJ. In South Beach, he dominated the club scene with his upbeat groove. Not only was he the resident DJ at Lounge Love Hate, but he also brought his vibe and name to venues such as The Mondrian, The Florida Room at The Delano, The Mokai, Bardot, Cafeina, The Stage, La Cote, Coco Deville, ShoreClub Hotel, The Mondrian Hotel, Mansion, Dream Night Club, Cameo, and Aero Bar … just to name a few.
Over the years, DJ Drop D has transported the sounds he cultivated in Miami to Glo Lounge in Dallas, Carpe Diem, Halo Lounge, and Highlands Inn Bar in Atlanta, Clift Hotel in San Francisco, and numerous other locations in New York and Los Angeles.
DJ Drop D has worked with a variety of genres, from a rich archive of hip-hop, to the 80s, open format, and house music. House marks his latest endeavor, as he synthesizes it with the latest in mainstream music. Indeed, house mash ups enable him to explore and provide an abundance of musical styles and rhythms to channel his vibe onto the dance floor.
His musical aptitude extends well beyond the club world. In addition to working with companies like The Morgans Hotel Group and The One Group, DJ Drop D has worked on music videos with Rick Ross in Miami, and Funda in Belgium. His twelve years as a DJ are beginning to blossom into the world of music production, as he endeavors to continue a legacy of mixing and mastering.
DJ Drop D receives mad props from the elders of the scene, such as Miami Ink's Ami James and Chris Nunez, as well as scenester chronicler John Hood. All agree: DJ Drop D drops the spin Old School. The vibe is with him, and after twelve years, has brought him back to his roots in New York City. His synergy of art, passion, and broad experience pave the way for his continuing career.