Welcome to our second edition of Discovery Sessions, I want to thank everyone who showed support to our debut edition last week with DJ Tysen. This week we are bringing you another more known but still relatively unknown outside of the southern California area dj, he goes by the name of Eddie Portillo. We are excited to debut his exclusive mix for us and hope you enjoy it, below you’ll find the questionnaire that we sent out to him to answer so you can best get to know him, his thoughts on the music and the mix is all the way down below. Enjoy!
So_Cal_Edm_Events (SCEE): Thank you for taking the time to answer this interview let’s start off simple what is your name? What do you go by? Are you from southern California? If not where are you from? And what genre of electronic music do you play?
Eddie Portillo (EP): My name is Edson Portillo. I go by Eddie Portillo. I’m born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and have lived some time in Orange County and Long Beach. I enjoy playing house, tech house, afro house, and progressive house.
SCEE: How long have you been producing/Djing? What inspired you to become a producer? Who is your biggest inspiration? Do you have any residencies locally?
EP: I started DJing when I was 18 years old and I’m 27, so almost 10 years. I was inspired by going to clubs and watching ONE person dictate the crowd with song selection. I’ve always enjoyed music but could never sing. DJing was the closest I could get to be an artist. I was always an open format DJ but in April 2013, I decided to focus my time and effort into EDM/House music. I started producing music last year in 2014 and I have a couple finished tracks I haven’t released. My biggest inspiration is Sunnery James for many reasons. I DJ frequently at Sutra, Exchange, and Create but have no contracted residencies.
SCEE: What has been the biggest festival/Club you’ve played at? How was that experience? Was it memorable? What would you change?
EP: My biggest festival has been none other than Wet Electric this year 2015. I was on the main stage and part of the same line up as Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and the godfather of EDM, Tiësto. The experience was unforgettable. Unlike any other feeling of accomplishment I’ve ever had in my life. I wouldn’t change anything. It was perfect.
SCEE: Where do you plan on being in five years career wise?
EP: I gave myself until 30 years old to be a successful producer and travel the world as a full time DJ. I say this now, that’s looking very promising. In 5 years I want to be booked 90% of my time doing gigs for different countries and producing chart topping music.
SCEE: A lot of people will be reading this article, if you could tell them something about yourself to maybe support you what would you say?
EP: My love for music has always been genuine and as much as you care about the set you’re going to witness, I care about how I make you (the crowd) feel. I will always show my people love and hospitality and hope that everyone that follows me has the courage to let me know if they feel I’m losing site of the person I am before the person I plan to become. I have made some amazing friends just through people contacting me online that they were at a show and heard my set. I appreciate each and every one of you out there.
SCEE: We have a great deal of followers following us, what would you tell the people who are going to hear this to expect from your mini mix? What do you want to them to take note of?
EP: I started with good tech house, blended into some house, then mashed up some house jams with progressive house and used some acapellas as well. It shows a little bit of everything I enjoy listening to.
SCEE: What do you do outside of music?
EP: I’m an accountant. I work 7-3 Monday thru Friday.
SCEE: What do you think of the current scene? Do you think new people need to freshen up the scene?
EP: Everyone will always have their own opinions about every scene. My thoughts, continue having your own opinion just don’t shun anyone else’s thoughts because they don’t go along with yours. Respect everyone for who they are, what they choose, and what they think. We are all different. It’s a beautiful thing when we can embrace that and become one in music.
SCEE: Finish this sentence… Music is
EP: Power. Music is power because we find feelings in music we can’t put into words ourselves.
SCEE: Lastly we’d like to thank you for participating, for anyone interested in following you more where can they do so?
@djeddieportillo on Twitter and Instagram
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