NYC-based Rissa Garcia, is the Dancing Room Only resident DJ and founder of NightChild Records.
Having been inspired by Danny Tenaglia during his residency at Club Vinyl from 1999 through 2004, Rissa Garcia has been avidly collecting records and rinsing them at various high-profile club gigs for over a decade. She's shared the decks with legends including Danny Krivit, Todd Terry, Tony Humphries, Kenny Dope and Ultra Nate, among others, and her own productions channel the vast amount of dance music knowledge she's accumulated over the years.
Industry Talk. Where the players of the nightlife game sit down and discuss life, success, & ambition.
Every week, The Jason Experience And DJ Marty Rock host a sit down with the lifelines of nightlife. DJ’s, artists, & performers alike speak their heart into a microphone, as Jason and Marty dig deep into the depths of nightlife personnel.
What moves them? What keeps them going? What are they looking to accomplish?
A platform like no other, Industry Talk builds a connection between the listeners & the producers of NYC’s club scene.
Neil Jackson’s versatile sound moves crowds and launches many memorable nights — whether it’s heard in strobe-lit nightclubs or at exclusive events by globally recognized brands. The New York-based open-format DJ utilizes his wide-ranging, up-to-the-minute knowledge of music and magnetic personality to create a lively, high-energy experience for an audience that has included luminaries such as Jay-Z, Drake, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Bruno Mars.
A native of Los Angeles, Jackson’s DJ career spans over 15 years. After getting his start spinning at rap battles hosted by acts like Pharcyde and the Black Eyed Peas, he quickly made a name for himself as a promoter for LA’s top radio stations and as a DJ for parties throughout Southern California. In 2002, Jackson brought his talents to the East Coast, where he’s manned the decks at Marquee, Lavo, and Beauty & Essex in New York, Rumor in Philadelphia, and Gold Room in Atlanta. He’s since taken his sound overseas, spinning in Paris at Matignon and Titty Twister, VIP Room in Dubai as well as hotspots in Monaco and Tanzania.
His ability to work a room has made him the top choice for events hosted by media, corporate and philanthropic brands such as Levi’s, Facebook, SiriusXM’s BPM, and UNICEF, as well as film and music festival parties from Sundance to Coachella. He also showcases his skills by crafting official remixes for artists like Flo-Rida, ASTR, Kid Ink and Marina and the Diamonds.
Growing up in the South Bronx, Les Carbonell was influenced by many things in the neighborhood. But, music was the most prominent force during his formative years. It was a constant background noise, synonymous with the sounds of the city: buses whirling by, cars beeping, children playing, and music seeping through open windows. At any given moment, a mix of Hip Hop and Afro-Latino beats pulsed through the air, like the neighborhood’s inexorable heartbeat. And it was this heartbeat, this fusion of musical variances that eventually became the inspiration for Les’ signature style today. His blends include a mixture of deep soulful beats, melodious vocals, and quality Techno.
Beyond the influence of his neighborhood, other great inspirations came in the form of people. World-class DJs like Little Louie Vega, Kenny Dope Gonzalez, Hex Hector, Danny Buddah Morales, Oscar G, and Victor Calderone, to name a few. And, of course, one of the most robust motivations, the apex of his inspiration…is his family. Les' wife and children continue to be constant muses. "I play for her, she has shown me what true love is, and as long as I can reach people through music, I know I've succeeded."
Driven by passion and a fervent desire to constantly grow as an artist, Les continues to build his musical prowess, taking his audience on euphonious journeys whenever he performs. His latest endeavor is his own Merge parties, where he strives to bring together elements of music, people, and passions. He says, “I must say first & foremost, MUSIC has been an immeasurable influence in my life, as a child to the present. It's permeated every aspect of who I am today, says Les. "It has taught me to express myself in ways I never thought possible. Live, Love, Laugh, Learn & make sure you have one hell of a soundtrack as you go!"
DJ React is seasoned by more than a decade in radio, industry events, weddings, professional sports teams and more. He regularly plays at the top spots in NYC & Westchester, has served as an on-air DJ and at Shade45 SiriusXM Radio, DJed for travelers onboard Norwegian Cruises, was a semi-finalist at Pepsi's DJ Division US Battle, along with being the New Jersey Devils and New York Jets Official DJ from 2013-2015. His list of A-List clients also include the likes of fashion mogul Christian Louboutin, Ice-T, & RNB artist Marques Houston's Tour DJ. Currently residing in Queens New York, React continues to push the envelope of turntable creativity while playing for thousands of people every week. He is currently a resident at Fortina in Yonkers, NY and Stamford, CT.
DJ Ragoza got his start in 2003 when he persuaded his parents to buy him a set of turntables, a mixer and some records for his birthday. Ragoza was self taught and learned all of the fundamentals of DJ'ing just by listening to the DJ's on the radio. In high school, he would never go to parties unless he was the DJ, otherwise he would spend his weekends at home practicing. Ragoza dropped out of high school to pursue his dreams and ended up landing plenty of gigs as a show DJ for various, local Hip Hop and R&B artists. DJ'ing for these artists allowed Ragoza to get inside of the clubs even though he was underage and he was able to start gaining residencies. Years went by and Ragoza continued to grow in terms of skills and career, holding down countless venues throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. His fun and energetic style that consists of multiple genres was constantly gaining attention. In 2015, Ragoza Won his first DMC title in Tampa Florida, became an Editor on Crooklyn Clan and started to consistently release videos online which became very popular. In 2015 and 2016, Ragoza's popularity rapidly increased as he continued to Edit for Crooklyn Clan and drop videos. In 2017, Ragoza won his second DMC title and continued to branch out. As of 2018, you can find Ragoza spinning at venues all up and down the East Coast and he is now the Co-owner of the very successful online business, Crate Gang, where he and his Editors supply fun, useful Edits and Mash Ups for DJ's to use in their sets.
Uncle Chip (Chip Fernandez) is a disc jockey currently based in Jersey City, NJ with over 20 years of experience behind the turntables. He is also a member and co-founder of the dj collective, The Elite Camp. Chip has been a fixture in New York City dj scene for many years, holding down residencies at such venues as Le Poisson Rouge, bOb Bar, Fat Buddha, Stay Lounge, The Skinny, Red Rooster, Friends and Lovers, as well as guest appearances in NYC staples such as APT and Santos Party House. He has also been one of the founders of parties such as More Than Enough, Sneaky Saturdays and Word is Bond. He has also participated in DJ battles such as DMC, The Guitar Center Spinoff, and Ahhyeah's Weekday Warriors.