DJ Marc Antomattei, who is also sometimes credited as “DJ Antomattei of Tokyo” (born January 4, 1983) is a black Puerto Rican professional disc jockey of Italian and Native-American ancestry. He is both a musical connoisseur and an autodidact. He is known for playing many eclectic styles of music including house, hip hop, soul, acid-jazz, disco, lounge, bossa nova, and salsa among other styles. The self-proclaimed “Miles Davis of DJs” got his start as a DJ while residing in Tokyo, Japan in late 2005. Antomattei credits DJs Tony Humphries, Masters At Work, and Dimitri From Paris as his influences.
Marc Antomattei himself comes from a family that has a rich history in Latin music. Marc is the nephew of Agustin “Augie" Antomattei, an exceptional salsa trumpeter who has performed with Latin greats such as Eddie Palmieri (2x Grammy Award winning orchestra), Bobby Valentin, Cano Extremera, Jose Alberto, Pellin Rodrguez, and the Puerto Rico All Stars (a legendary salsa jazz band that was the Puerto Rico alternative to the acclaimed New York based Fania All Stars). He is also a nephew of Victor "Cano" Gonzalez, another salsa trumpter who has been performing with the world famous El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico (2x Grammy winners) since 1980. Marc's grandfather's brother Candido Antomattei, was one of two main vocalist in Arsenio Rodrguez's conjunto, a band that was part of the roots of latin music genres such as mambo and salsa.
In 2006 Marc Antomattei befriended Mark Dwayne, a singer and magazine owner from Birmingham, England. The West Midlands based magazine “Street Cred”, is the UK’s number 1 entertainment and lifestyle magazine in which Antomattei was occasionally featured in at the time. In July 2008, Dwayne booked Antomattei in the UK’s second city of Birmingham to play an event on Boxing Day, December 26, 2008 at the Street Cred sponsored event “Funkaliscious”. The event took place at the now defunct club Barracuda and had an attendance of over 1000 people. At the time it was the West Midlands biggest monthly residency party.
In his resident city of Tokyo, Japan Antomattei has played at venues all across the Greater Tokyo Area including Shibuya, Harajuku, Roppongi, Aoyama, Shinjuku, Akasaka, Yokohama, Chiba and the Shonan beach area. In the later half of 2009 Antomattei branched out to the western part of Japan's mainland, where he played gigs in the city of Nagoya.
Antomattei still today is one of Tokyo's most active and important expatriate DJs. In the world's largest city where the city is over-saturated with dime a dozen DJs, Antomattei remains a prominent individual for cutting out a niche for himself and staying true to the music. In a monotonous sea where most DJs sound the same, Antomattei has branded himself with his unwavering commitment to not be a faceless DJ that only plays top 40 as so many do, but instead be a real DJ with his original sound that goes against the grain that can't be replicated.
You can find Antomattei playing today at his original club branded events produced by MAP (Marc Antomattei Productions) and Tokyo Knights.
DJ Marc Antomattei’s tracks