DJ Profile :: DJ Manuel de Diego
Hailing from Spain, DJ Manuel de Diego is the latest dance floor discovery by Masterbeat and the resident DJ of WE Party. Inspired by every genre of music and a passionate maestro to any crowd, the DJ/producer/remixer is a unique voice in the blur of DJ culture. noiZe caught up with him to pick his brain over music, Masterbeat and the importance of getting enough sleep.
What influenced your love of music, or why did you become a DJ?
My love for music was born with me, something I’ve felt from my first memory. I have always had a love for all styles of music, from jazz to R&B to pop to house, even classical. Fate brought me to the DJ booth and then on to studio production, and I couldn’t be happier.
Who gave you your big break, or what was your first big gig?
My first big break was to play for WE Party’s launch in Madrid, and since then we have gone around the world and grown together. Now I’m the resident of WE Party and a Masterbeat exclusive. I’m proof that dreams really can come true.
How do you prepare for your gigs? Anything special?
Sleep! The most important thing for me is to be well rested before I land in the DJ booth so that I can give all that energy to the audience in my set. While everyone else may be out partying at the pre-party, I’m home resting. In fact, one of Masterbeat’s favorite stories is that they sent a driver to the house to pick the WE Party team up for WE Formula at Universal Studios last year, and it wasn’t until everyone arrived at the park that Brett Henrichsen asked, "Where is Manuel?" They had left me home sleeping in bed!
Now that you’ve started playing at WE events in THE USA, how do you think the clubs or audience compare to Spain?
Musically speaking, I have not noticed much difference. I maintain my musical style regardless of location, and people have been very supportive both in Spain and the USA.
What DJs have inspired you?