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Originally finding his rhythm within the soul of hip hop music, in early 2008 the pace of his internal beat quickened as house music began to call out to him. Trusting in this feeling, he obtained CDJ's and began exploring the depth of sound mixing that he didn't know existed before embracing electronic music. The steep learning curve most newcomers experience wasn't an obstacle for Demarco, and within half a year he had not only placed in but flat out won a mix contest on -houseplanetdj.com-
Riding this wave through the house party scene and underground venues of Las Vegas into the next year, Demarco found himself playing highly sought after gigs at Local Love high atop the towers of the Palms Casino. To the surprise of many, excluding the lucky few that had witnessed his live performances, he found himself in the final three of the Local Love competition with the well established Vegas DJ's Brett Rubin and Mike Remedy. He was interviewed in the Las Vegas Weekly (a local staple and an authority on what is important in nightlife) after winning the third round which granted him a spot in the finals where he made a serious musical statement. In far too many DJ competitions the winner is determined by an arbitrary interpretation drunken club applause, but the house purists and artists present that night at Moon nightclub knew that they were seeing a unique talent unfold before their eyes. All politics aside, the fact that Demarco was even in the finals at all with nary a year of mixing under his belt is not coincidental.
This co-founder of Epyk Entertainment and host of the Underground Tactics Podcast is nearly allergic to commercial music and using Shazam/Soundhound to learn the name of a mysterious banger during one of his live sets will typically be a waste of time. He has conquered Nevada landscapes across the board including: Rok inside New York New York, Day Dream at the M Resort, Mezza Lounge, La Costa Grill, Bikini Bar, blue martini, Obsession After Hours at the Playground, Artisan Afterhours, The Cathouse, Posh Afterhours, Foundation Room, Burning Man 2012, 2013 and 2014, Forgotten City (Las Vegas Burning Man Regional) 2013, 2014, 2015 Serenity Gathering 2014 aswell as House of Blues when he opened up for Lucent Dosier and the locally Vegas Sounds of the Underground raves; but it is not about WHERE he has played that makes these words an important map towards reaching his positive energy, it is about HOW he plays.
His first collaboration with Dert Cheep called "Shoots and Ladders" was released on Dance Lab Recordings and there are several more in the pipeline that after just one experience of his live sets will have you confused with yourself for stalking his tracks and bookings. He has recently been exploring the sounds of trap under the Alias XklusyvV and its clear to see this artist has many different styles to show the world. For Demarco, it's all about the vibe, and in his presence there will be no doubt in your mind just infectious that can be.
DeMarco Cruz (XklusyvV)’s playlists