As soon as he broke out onto the electronic scene in the late 90′s, everyone knew that there was something special about . Armando Salazar AKA DJ LA started scratching back in 1997 doing small back yard party’s, small weddings and school party’s. He stated out just playing cd’s off a house set up at first then started to fill in for a friend at 89.1 WIDR WMU in 99. He was just playing cd’s and that same year he picked up some used turntables, Armando always has loved djing and playing good music but fell more in love with the art of djing, scratching,trick mixxing, and so on.
DJ LA resides from the Kalamazoo (KZOO) area of Michigan and loves to work on his whips when time allows for it. As for his music of choice? There nothing he don’t play, House,top40,classic hip hop and r&b Latin and much more.
MIEVENINGOUT: After hours of DJing, sometimes it may be best to get away from the studio monitors. Where does a DJ like you go to grab a drink on a night off?
DJ LA:In all honesty the last place i want to be after djing 4-5 nights a week in bars in back in a bar on my time off, its rare for me but if i do its at one of the places i dj at, so i can get to know the staff a lil better.
MIEVENINGOUT: You’ve always been an DJ that’s in high-demand, meaning the hours can get pretty extensive. If there was one restaurant you could take with you where ever you go, which would that be?
DJ LA: I’m not a picky person but I would have to say any type of Chinese food to go!
MIEVENINGOUT: We’re sure you’ve seen the rise and fall of many trends in the club. What aspect in club culture do you think has changed the most since the start of your career?
DJ LA: The biggest is the cancer of dj’s playing gigs for next to nothin, 50$ and a bar tab! I used to get paid more years ago then i do now and its b/c of these fly by night wanna be dj’s and are driving the market down for real dj’s that do it for a living, but at the end of the day, their gone after a few years and the Talented dj’s will always shine!!
MIEVENINGOUT:You’ve played some of the biggest clubs in the Michigan I am told. If there’s one venue that just feels like home every time you play it, where is it and why?
DJ LA: I would have to say the Wild Bull in Kalamazoo,i’m no longer there but it was close to my house and alot of ppl that went there i knew since a young lad.
MIEVENINGOUT: There’s nothing like a good cocktail to celebrate a successful night in the booth. What’s your poison for such an occasion?
DJ LA: Jack Daniels!
MIEVENINGOUT: Everyone’s had an issue or two with a doorman every now and then. Have you ever had a run-in with a cocky doorman?
DJ LA: No i never had, i alway’s have had good guys to work with and watch by back and always befriend them
You can also listen to some of DJ LA’s Mixtapes in our sidebar.
More Info on DJ LA:
DJ LA spinning on the radio in Grand Rapids every Friday 10 till Midnight & Saturday
night 1-2 am 104.5 WSNX WWW.WSNX.COM Listen live online!
Monday @ Bi-weekly The Venue
Tuesday @ Louies/The Rocket Lounge – Monthly
Wednesday – Open for booking
Thursday @ Gippers Sports Bar-Grand Rapids
Friday’s @ The Venue / E 21
Saturdays @ Louies Bar/The Rocket Lounge
Sundays-Open for booking
Email me at Armando_widr@msn.com
for all bookings
Dj Bio – With world class Dj skills that can make any crowd get up and dance! Sometimes we go with the flow,
Sometimes we go with what we know.Other times we follow our soul.
That’s exactly what happened when DJ LA heard dj’s mixxing on the radio and on mixtapes for the first time.
The cutting the scratching and the pure music hit his soul . While other dj’s just get into djing to be popular or just make money, DJ LA was in love with
the Art of of djing and learning to be a well rounded dj, From Radio to Club’s to Mixtapes and special Mall and School events .
In 2001 DJ LA began performing all throughout Michigan.
He’s gotten crowds hype in Club’s all over the Midwest.
And with over 1,000 show’s and events under his belt
DJ LA is one of the hottest Dj’s in Michigan playing
Top 40 , Hip Hop , R&B , House , Mash-Up’s, Classic Rock, 80′s and 90′s Hits.
DJ LA ‘s Nights Clubs and Event’s Resume
Arist opened for-
+ many more!
Show’s and clubs in the michigan i’v spun-
5/3 Ball Park- Party in the park W/ 104.5 WSNX-09
Hot Import Nights Columbus Ohio
Nissan Cube Dj Both
The Wine Loft
Boma Night Club- Columbus-Ohio
View Night Club-Cleveland Ohio
The Taphouse Lounge
The Wild Bull
The Crossroad’s Mall
Sirens Night Club
Piggy’s Night Club
The Rocket Night Club
Liquid Night Club
Snickker’s Night Club
The Whiskey Lounge
The Orbit Room
Karma Teen Club
Sixx Night Club
And many more…
89.1 WIDR WMU| Kalamazoo
104.5 WSNX | Grand Rapids
103.3 WKFR | Kalamazoo
107.7 KSLZ | St Louis Mo
89.3 WHFR | Detroit
103.7 WUVS | Muskegen
The Mixdown Radio Syndication-
Aired in 12 Different Country’s.