DJ Desisto Stands Out At The Pool After Dark At Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City

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DJ Desisto has already made a name for himself at the ripe young age of 24. In May alone, he’s set to hit the turntables twice at The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City and pave the way for some of the heavy hitters like DJ Webstar and Pauly D later in the month. He’s also well-known at Foundation Room at Showboat as well as other popular nightclubs in Atlantic City, other parts of Jersey, Philly, Miami and Vegas. Whew!

Maybe his success can be credited to is vast musical knowledge. He just knows how to work different beats. Or maybe it’s because he has the smarts. He knows how to market himself and cross paths with the right people. It’s probably a combination of all of these things, though. We grabbed a couple minutes recently to chat with DJ Desisto about all this and more. Check out the interview, below.

DJ Desisto

TAC: Your Uncle was a DJ and kind of set you up on this path by giving you his DJ equipment after seeing you perform in touring bands over the years. Has DJing been your sole musical outlet since then or do you still perform in other ways?

DJ Desisto: DJing has been my only musical outlet the last 8 years.  When I was in college, I would refine my skills performing at many fraternity and sorority events—the club business came to me very quickly after.  Eight years ago there were hardly any DJs and it was very easy to stand out and build a solid following.  I used that following to make a name for myself and that’s one of the main reasons I’m performing at the places I am today.

TAC: What is it about DJing that you can’t get from performing through any other musical outlet?

DJ Desisto: As a DJ, you’re the “go to” person.  I personally control the crowd, and it’s that recognition that gives you a thrill.

TAC: So true! You studied classical and jazz music when you were younger. How has this shaped the way you view music?

DJ Desisto: Most DJs don’t understand the backbone of music, and for someone that has a deep knowledge of music, it makes mixing sound much cleaner and natural.  There are a ton of songs that sound better when they’re mixed together because of their chord progression and key, and I’m one of the few DJs out there that can recognize this.

TAC: You produce a lot of gym mixes. Why gym mixes in particular and how do you gage that they will help during a workout?

DJ Desisto: I call my mixes “gym mixes” because it’s a unique marketing campaign that works.  There are a million DJs that release mixes online that get lost because there’s nothing that makes them stand out.  From my own personal research, I found out that the only time the public will listen to a DJs mix was during the gym or driving a car.  By naming my mixes “Gym Mixes” it helped them spread virally.  Currently, all my mixes have about 50-60 times the amount of plays than other DJs mixtapes.

TAC: Ah, very clever! (See what we mean? Smart!) What do you like most about spinning at The Pool After Dark?

DJ Desisto: The room makes you feel as if you’re in a tropical paradise.  The Pool is always very busy and has a fun and energetic crowd.  There’s no other club on the East Coast that comes close to how unique the venue is.

TAC: What makes you different from other DJs in Atlantic City?

DJ Desisto: Back in September I was hired to work for Billboard as a Dance/club chart reporter.  Since I started working for Billboard, there were a ton of doors that opened for me and it really helped me understand this music business.  One of the biggest perks working for Billboard is my ability to get songs and remixes typically 2-3 weeks earlier than they’re released to the public.  When I play a room these days, I’m the only DJ playing the newest and best songs and remixes because I’m the only DJ that has them.

TAC: That’s awesome. We were just going to ask you about your Chart Reporter position at Billboard, actually. What does this job entail?

DJ Desisto: I accurately report music on a weekly basis to Billboard to present the public with a true representation of the most popular music across the United States, coast to coast and beyond.  I work very closely with major record labels, record label promoters, artists, and management to discover new music and determine what records react best to the public.  It’s a very powerful and prestigious position, and it has truly widened my rage of music, made me a better DJ, and opened the doors to the biggest contacts in the music industry.

TAC: Very cool. Fill in the sentence: The song that ALWAYS gets everyone on their feet is….

DJ Desisto:  Quintino- Epic

(Please hold. It’s time for a dance break!)

 

TAC: Okay, now that we got that out of our system, what are the most diverse artists you house in your collection to spin?

DJ Desisto: Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Passion Pit, Whitney Houstin, Linkin Park, and Nirvana.

TAC: Nice.  You have encountered many celebs through spinning live. What’s your best celebrity story?

DJ Desisto: My favorite story was when I only 22 years old and had the opportunity to DJ with Avicii and Cazzette at an arena in front of 5,000 people.  This was my first experience I’ve ever had DJing a concert, and it opened my eyes to the bigger picture in the entertainment business.  This experience was the most beneficial and meaningful to my career in the entertainment industry.

 

Impressive, right?! We think so! Be sure to catch DJ Desisto in action tomorrow night for Wet N’ Wild Wednesday’s Neon Nights at The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort with DJ Vito G and DJ Mazz! Pricing starts at $10!

 

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A music junkie and pop culture nerd, Jackie has been storytelling and producing exclusive content through various forms of media since she was a teenager running online fan clubs on Yahoo Groups. Remember those? A Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Ithaca College took her to the City of Angels where she scored bylines in The Hollywood Reporter and dabbled in music PR. An East Coast girl at heart, she circled back to her home state of New Jersey where she penned Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City’s Atlantic City Blog and hasn’t looked back since.

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