Based in Mexico City, Edgar Morales, aka DJ Nico, owns Antromovil and also works as a sound engineer for artists. He has even completed two world tours with Los De Abajo — a famous Mexican band. With over 15 years of experience, Dj Nico’s performance style merges rhythms from all around the world including alternative sounds and contemporary styles such as Bhangra, Punjabi, Balkan, Flamenco-Hip Hop, Rumba-Dub Step, Gipsy-Cumbia, dance, classic party anthems and Top 40 power beats. He caters to weddings and birthday parties, but also loves performing at festivals and being the opening act for concerts. Read on and get to know more about your fellow DJ.
1. How and when did you get started as a DJ?
At the age of 14, my mom and brother helped me purchase my first light and sound system and I started DJing at school parties and family reunions. When I turned 18, I started working in nightclubs. I began studying sound engineering and fell in love with it. Since then, I’ve continued to work on my two passions — DJing and large-scale productions.
2. Is this a full-time job or something you do on the side?
Music is my life. In high school, I was always the kid wearing headphones and listening to music. If I’m not Djing, I’m touring as a sound engineer.
3. What fixtures are included in your setup?
My setup includes the following: two 4BAR, two COLORdash Accent and four LED PAR 56-24B wash lights; a Geyser RGB pyrotechnic-like fixture; four LED Pinspot 2 pinspots; two 4PLAY CL effect lights; six Mini Strobe LED strobe lights; a MotionDrape LED, Motion Façade LED and SparkleDrape LED; one CH-31 portable truss system; and an Obey 3 and Obey 3 CL DMX controller.
4. What is your favorite fixture and why?
For long time, 4PLAY CL has been my favorite fixture — the colorful movement is what makes it so fantastic. However, Geyser RGB is having a huge impact on clients as well as the big production companies I work with. When they saw Geyser RGB in action, they weren’t expecting to see colorful bursts of haze and I really enjoyed seeing the reactions.
5. Best advice you can give someone just getting started in the DJ industry?
First, you have to be prepared — this is 50 percent theoretical and 50 percent practical. Second, practice a lot and know how to move the crowd. I heard this quote and it is something that has stuck with me — “Life is like a crossroad, one way is knowledge and the other way leads to opportunities. You have to travel the first road before you make it to the second.”
6. What are your top three most requested songs?
It always depends on the type of event that I’m performing at, but lately I would say my top three requests are: “Alive” by Empire of the Sun (Zedd Remix), “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell and “Moombah” by Silvio Ecomo & Chuckie (Afrojack Remix).