DJ Anthony Valadez (KCRW)
Anthony Valadez purchased his first set of turntables with money he earned working a summer job at a public pool in Sylmar. Ever since, he has kept his eyes on the prize and focused on conquering the Southern California music scene.
Anthony joined the Marines, later pursuing a degree in Theater at Cal State Northridge. Music was always an escape and not just from typical teen troubles -- two of Anthony's brothers are incarcerated and he credits music with keeping him straight.
The Santa Monica resident (who loves the beach but can't stand seafood, interestingly enough) draws his biggest inspiration from simple people watching.
"The 'people' element is why I live by the beach. There is definitely a special energy here," said Anthony. "I'm influenced by the underdogs of society and single mothers, the people I see at bus stops and the folks I ride by on my bike. The people who make up Los Angeles inspire me."
Anthony has been DJ'ing for over 15 years and listening to KCRW for even longer. He explored the dial for obscure beats before he was old enough to enter the clubs.
He has opened for a wide range of talented artists, including; Les Nubians, Ben Harper, Van Hunt, Doug E Fresh, Amel Larrieux, Bilal, Eric Roberson, Dengue Fever, Meshell N'degeocello, Nikka Costa, Sa Ra Creative Partners, and J Davey. He currently holds down four DJ residencies across Los Angeles, from Venice to Highland Park, each with a different vibe. He has also worked behind the scenes in marketing for Interscope/Geffen/A&M and A& R at Dreamworks Records/Urban.