Marito Chiclana (DJ Marito)
New York City
1.        What or whom inspired you to become a salsa DJ?
singer Pellin Rodriguez, 12 blocks from the great Ismael Rivera, and my house was in front of the Bomba y Plena
group La Familia Cepeda.  I lived in the same neighborhood where Cano Estremera, Jose Alberto “El Canario” and
Tommy Olivencia used to hang out.  Imagine the "rumbones" in my neighborhood!!  This passion that I have for my
Caribbean music is what motivates me to do this.  I love to see the dancer “gozando” (moving and grooving) on the
dance floor, enjoying the music that I play.

2.        Why did you pick your DJ name?  Is there a special meaning behind it?
Not really, I just keep it short and simple.  Salsa Brava is just “un poquito de sazon”.

3.        At what point did you realize you had enough music to pursue DJing seriously?

Around a year and half later, more or less.

4.        Name three of your favorite bands/artists of all time?

Wow, this is a tough one!  I have to say Willie Rosario, Bobby Valentin and La Sonora Ponceña.

5.        What qualities must a song possess in order to make it to your playlist?

A good or decent lyric, a meloso mambo and at least more than 5 minutes in length.

6.        What other types of music do you like aside from this genre?

Merengue, Disco, 70s, Latin Jazz, Trios, Soul, Slow Jams and Bolero.

7.        Who are some of your favorite salsa DJs past or present?

The truth is I don`t have a favorite DJ.  To me, if you as a DJ have the dance floor full the entire night, you are my
favorite.  

8.        Every DJ has a bucket list of goals as a DJ – What is one of your “DJ bucket list” dreams or goals?

Well, the 30th anniversary of “El Dia Nacional De La Salsa” in Puerto Rico passed, so I guess I will have to wait for
the 40th anniversary, lol.  My goal is just to be a great salsa DJ and when somebody speaks about me, I am
remembered by a good memory.                                                    

9.        If someone were to talk about you as a DJ, what would they say?

I don`t know; that I am a humble and funny guy that tries to please the dancers if they have requests.  At least I
hope to.

10.        What does being a Salsa Warrior mean for you?       

Simply, it is a true honor to be a part of a musical family that is unique in its class.  Being a part of that family fills
me with pride and honor!  I am immensely grateful to be part of it!!!

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