Dj-RJ a.k.a. “SalsaDoc” is one of the key players in the salsa and bachata scene in Colorado. Over the years he has helped the scene grow as a DJ, dancer, and supporter of live music. Without Dj RJ the latin music scene would not be the same. Physician by day, hence the name “SalsaDoc,” and latin music Dj at night, he does not speak spanish or come from a latin/spanish speaking background. But this has only helped him in his Dj-ing as he has studied latin music history since the early works of Tito Puente to the newer artists such as bachata singer Joan Soriano, accompanied by an extensive music collection of over 10,000 songs, in digital and in vinyl formats. This collection of music includes all major genres of latin music–cha cha, salsa, mambo, bachata–and their subgenres, even regional music such as Punta from Central America.
Not speaking spanish has helped him appreciate the music history and instrumental elements of songs instead of the lyrics, saying “I can’t understand the lyrics, but I still listen to the rhythms…I’m just learning but I can say one thing–when a piece of music comes to me through my feet before my ears–it’s probably worth dancing to.” Dj RJ, who has been dancing salsa since 2003 and Dj-ing since 2005, knows the “hits,” beats, rhythms, and instruments in a song that make people want to dance. He adds “The really good music comes through my ears but simultaneously through my feet. By that, I mean it makes me want to move to the music. It’s a feeling, not necessarily a ‘listening’.”
Dj RJ has been passionate about music since he was a child, remembering his father playing Tito Puente and mambo music. There was one beat played by his college marching band’s drum section that was unique to his school–the mambo beat. He considers the music of the 60’s and 70’s to be a “goldmine of creativity,” wishing that today’s technology had been around in those days to capture that music. All throughout his years in school, his favorite “fun course” was music history. But Dj RJ literally searches the world for these unique sounds in different types of formats besides digital. He brings these hard-to-find songs to Colorado, both new and older songs not played in local radio stations.
The doctor prescribes music and dance for your soul, “From the Dj booth, it’s fun to see dancers do just that…working their passion for the moment. Dance (and music as well) is a tonic, it’s good medicine, it’s a soothing and smoothing substance.”
Dj RJ a.k.a. SalsaDoc plays regularly at several venues in Colorado (Turnverein, Opal, Avalon, and D-Note) and occassionally at national latin music events. Contact Marcia for his Dj schedule, email@example.com