LA based Deorro has been making some serious waves of late. The electro DJ and producer – who was previously known as Ton!c – has now been fully subsumed into Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak family.
His latest output on Aoki’s raucous label comes courtesy of a remix of Felix Cartal’s euphoric EDM bomb ‘New Scene’, which features the vocal talents of Ofelia.
Playing at Lollapalooza in Chicago shone out as Deorro's most memorable event of 2019. “It was a goal of mine for a long time to play there, and I was so happy to be able to do it this year,” the bounce master tells DJ Mag. He's spent a massive amount of time in the studio this year, working on his new radio show, and in his own words “preparing for my wedding!”.
Deorro is one of those accomplished types that started DJing at the early age of 14 and his passion for the craft erupted in 2012 when his remix of Chuckie's 'Make Some Noise' threw him into the spotlight. Collaborations with the likes of Steve Aoki, Diplo, Laidback Luke and R3HAB have helped to keep the burn going for the loved-up DJ.
With 2020 beckoning, Deorro plans to keep the hot releases coming. “I have a Latin EP in the works, which will include lots of genres,” he says about the high-energy vibes he'll be sprinkling over forthcoming singles.
What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?
“I have started recycling more and I got myself a hybrid!”
What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?
“A piano. I loved musical instruments.”
What’s your guilty pleasure?
From: Los Angeles
DJ style: “Bounce.”
Best known for: “‘Five More Hours’ and catchy bounce tunes.”
Fave tune of 2018: “Marshmello ‘Happier’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Rezz.”
Mexican-American Erick Orrosquieta, aka Deorro, is not afraid of hard work; he’s been DJing from the age of 14 and got his big break in 2012 after remixing Chuckie’s massive single ‘Make Some Noise’ — before then he had produced a string of releases under the name of TON!C.
As well as juggling regular world tours and enjoying chart success, he also runs his own label Panda Funk Records. He’s collaborated with the likes of Chris Brown, Steve Aoki, R3hab, Laidback Luke... the list of megastars goes on. When we ask him about his 2018 he tells us he’s been “working on new music, all kinds. More club tracks, some Latin vibes, and of course, more Melbourne bounce!”
Aside from being in the studio he’s been touring across America and Canada, hitting Las Vegas, Seattle and Texas. He’s also been tearing up the festival circuit playing EDC in Mexico, Electric Love Festival in Austria, Festival Riverside in Quebec, plus Lollapalooza in Buenos Aries, Chile and Brazil.
Words: ANNA WALL
Deorro, born Erick Orrosquieta, started out DJing when he was just 14. Keen to encourage his interest in music, his father — also a DJ — bought him a copy of DAW Cakewalk Sonar aged 17, and he’s been producing ever since.
The LA-based producer and DJ’s breakthrough moment came in 2012 when he was asked to remix Chuckie’s ‘Make Some Noise’ — the resulting track reached the Beatport Top 50. Orrosquieta has since gone on to release singles on Hardwell’s label Revealed Recordings and collaborate with Steve Aoki, Diplo and R3hab.
In last year’s DJ Mag poll, Orrosquieta was voted in at No.19, the highest charting new entrant. Shortly before voting closed, the American-Mexican DJ made the surprise announcement on Twitter that he would be taking a break from performing to focus on producing and expanding his own record label PandaFunk.
The gamble seemed to pay off: in December, Orrosquieta’s single ‘Five More Hours’, featuring Chris Brown, reached top 10 in charts across Europe. He’s since returned to DJing, playing Coachella, EDC Las Vegas, Electric Zoo earlier this year as well as making a couple of appearances in the UK.