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Makati, Philippines


Opal Tapes
Cao Beatport


Carlo, or cao as his close friends call him, started djing when he was 11. He was living in SF at the time when his cousin first introduced him to it. Soon, he was able to buy his first turntables, mixer and started buying records. His first record ever purchased was Buffalo Stance by Neneh Cherry. His crate quickly filled up mostly containing rap, r&b, and club classics. His influences were a wide range from Big Daddy Kane, Heavy D & The Boyz, Bel Biv Devoe, Digital Underground to Janet Jackson, Lisa Stansfield, Black Box and Technotronic.

Fast forward to 1999 in Manila. Cao frequented the night scene and the places he frequented were Mars, El Cirkulo, Release, Industria, Insomnia, and finally ABGs. He believes that ABGs played a major role in Manila clubbing and that the vibe during those days were the best ever. He wanted to bring that vibe back.

He didn’t touch his equipment again until around this time when he took notice in the DJs during those parties. He went back to playing and soon landed a residency at Wasabi in 2001. He started playing Chill Out and Lounge for The Chillout Project and soon started getting gigs all over. He briefly started playing trance and hard house but eventually fell in love with house music with the likes of Miguel Migs, Julius Papp, Hed Kandi, and Kaskade. He has since played at venues like The NBC Tent, Le Pavillion, Azzurro, Ebisu, Absinth, Flute, Halo, Yero, Chili Peppers in Naga, Isabela, and even landed a gig in Taiwan.

He presently holds two residencies, on a Friday and Saturday respectively, and has just launched a radio show called BPM on 923JOEY. He plans to focus on the radio show and help the Philippines gain status on the International scene.