DJ Profile: Derek Monteiro
By Out.com Editors
Photo: S. Tong Photography
In the mid 90's Derek Monteiro was fortunate enough to hear Felix Da Housecat dj an amazing house set that changed his life. Walking into the club there was an unexplainable energy in the air. The music was a solid kick to the soul. Bass lines funky and fresh like a disco night at studio 54. So deep and hard you would loose your breath. Vocals that gave you intense emotions like a slap to the face. You could feel your heart thump through your walk. Dancing was not an option, you were paralyzed in heaven. Today Derek Monteiro infuses that experience in every set he DJ's.
Growing up in a traditional Portuguese home, music and dancing was a part of daily life. Originally from the east coast Derek Monteiro has over 12 years experience as a DJ. Based out of LA Monteiro has traveled the country playing numerous events. He toured for Manolo Blahnik for Sex And the City movie promo and dj'd for well known designers D2Squared, during fashion week in NYC. He has played Matinee Las Vegas Festival, the White Parties in Palm Springs, CA and Las Vegas. He's dj'd the world legendary Playboy Mansion in Beverly HIlls for Halloween. San Frans The Endup after hours & Fresh T-Dance. New York Cities Splash & G Lounge. Holding down residencies in some of the biggest clubs in California, such as the Abbey in West Hollywood, voted 2009 Best Gay Bar in the world by MTV & Logo, the Monteiro experience has started a buzz that just wont stop.
He specializes in house music mixed with latin and tribal influences, dirty drum loops, deep dark & funky rhythms laced with sexy vocals. Through a lot of hard work and persistence, he’s been able to steadily become part of the music scene in the United States. As an avid music lover, he’s constantly expanding his knowledge and expertise. Spending countless hours searching for new sounds to infiltrate the speakers, he incorporates his early love of techno, booty house, freestyle, hip hop, and garage music to bring a feeling to his audience that will pump through their soul and inspire them to dance.