We caught up recently with DJ Ideal to see what has been going on since we last spoke to him.
Catch his weekly Mix show “In The Mixxx” on FM 949’s Glow San Diego every Friday (7-10pm) & Saturday nights (9pm-Midnight)
This is what he had to say:
What have you been up to in the last few months?
Where did you last play and how did the crowd react to you?
Whom will you be collaborating with next and what’s in the pipeline?
Will we be seeing you in Europe in the next six months?
How is your new radio show getting on and which special guests do you have lined-up for the next few months to come?
An ideal is an unattainable standard to which you can aspire but never fully achieve. In that respect, it’s the perfect symbol of DJ IDeaL’s career. Despite his long list of accomplishments, he considers his journey in dance music to have only just begun.Upon watching him improvise behind the decks, DJ IDeaL’s tenure as a DJ and producer becomes immediately evident. Having actively contributed to dance culture since the late ‘90s, his influence extends through numerous avenues of the international phenomenon as well. In addition to performing across the globe and releasing music on labels like Black Hole Recordings and VANDIT Records, he’s established himself as a noteworthy promoter, writer, label boss, TV host and radio personality.
DJ IDeaL recognized the connective nature of electronic music from early childhood. Born Tomas Serrano in Mexico City and raised in San Diego, an early language barrier led him to seek out a more universal medium so he took an interest in DJing and remixing culture as early as 10 years old. By 15 he started to learn how to play records, and after graduating high school he actively participated in the Bay Area rave scene while attending college in Santa Cruz.Shortly after DJ IDeaL returned to San Diego and began gigging throughout SoCal, he began a long foray into radio. In 2000 he became one of the select DJs of a program called Rewiredon the Tijuana radio station More FM 98.9-a job he held down for the next three years. In the time since he’s hosted the Sirius XM show UMF Radio, co-hosted ZDMon 90.3FM, San Diego’s three-year-running #1 mix show, and Saturday Night Energyon Energy 103.7FM. Most recently, in 2017 he helped launch the show In The Mixxx on Glow Radio/FM94.9, where he works as a host to the present day.With his work in radio adding dimension to his platform as an artist, it didn’t take long for DJ IDeaL to start gigging outside of the SoCal nightlife circuit.
After maintaining residencies at such San Diego destinations as Belo, Fluxand Stingaree -as well as a six-year run with Los Angeles mainstay Avalon Hollywood-he got involved with promotions and for major SoCal brands like Giantsand Realivze Tribe. A major turning point arrived when he became the first West Coast promoter for Ultra Music Festival in 2002. The opportunity has enabled him to DJ annually at the festival for over a decade, and he’s also added gatherings like Life in Color/Dayglowand EDC Las Vegas to his résumé.DJ IDeaL has also performed at nightclubs across several continents. From high-profile hotspots like Drai’s Las Vegas to such renowned Ibiza locations as Edenand Es Paradis to a club housed in a cave called Guacara Taina to the Playboy Mansion(at which he has DJed six times), he has proven himself versatile enough to play the room in a multitude of live music environments. In his time abroad, he also became the first California guest on Mexico’s largest dance music radio show, BeatFM
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