DJ Cubanito a.k.a. Alex Carmenates
Alex Carmenates is the CEO of Salsamania Entertainment Inc. a company dedicated to the development, production and promotion of Latin music and artists in the U.S. and abroad. The company was founded in October of 1992 and the main headquarters are located at 14922 Nuttall Oak Drive, Houston, Texas 77082 from where Alex Carmenates oversees the entire operation.
Salsamania Entertainment opened a branch in Chicago, IL. in 1994 and their third branch in Washington D.C. May of 1998. Under the umbrella of Salsamania Ent., there are several other companies and services provides, such as; Salsamania Latin Record Pool, Crispy Cream Productions, Salsamania Promotions, Black n’ White Recordings, Salsamania Productions, and Salsamania Publishing.
Salsamania Latin Record Pool is now 70 members strong, and the recipient of the Best Latin Record Pool award for the Mid West region of the US at the 2003 and 2006 Latin Dance Music Awards in Miami during the Winter Music Conference. All of their members are legitimate radio, club, or mobile programmers, including some of the top Latin Djs in the world, such as, Baron Lopez, and Norty Cotto. They cover a large portion of the central United States of America region which includes the following cities: Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, New Orleans, Chicago, Washington DC, El Paso, Las Vegas, Austin, Atlanta, North & South Carolina, Orlando and outside of the US in Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Mexico and Canada.
Carmenates has been one of the main organizers and developer of the National Latin Record Pool Directors Association (NLRPDA) and currently presides over the board of directors
Currently he is the resident DJ at Venue Night Club on Wednesday nights, one of the best night clubs in Houston, and is featured at Jones Plaza for POP every Wednesday afternoon as the resident party DJ.
He often travels to Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, NYC and many other US destinations playing at such prestigious night clubs as Billboard Live, Score, Club Ibiza, Chromium, Zen, The Exibit, WetBar, TheChurch, and at important event such as Power Of Houston 4th of July Celebrations, Budweiser’s Noche De Pasion, BMG US Latin Artist Showcase and many more open air festivals sponsored by Radio stations that play his remixes and other product placements companies.
He was contracted recently to be the opening DJ for all the Thalia High Voltage Tour concerts in Texas.
He has headlined in various European engagement at such clubs as Republika De Cuba Strand in Bucharest, Romania, and most recently at Caliente Latin festival and Kaufleuten Klub in Zurich, Switzerland.
Carmenates has been a journalist featured in various industry magazines such as Radio & Musica, Farandula and wrote the Latin Rhythm column in DMA Magazine for five years. He is frequently invited to moderate and speak a various national music industry panels dealing with Latin music such as; Radio & Musica Convention, The Winter Music Conference, Midem and various others.
As DJ Cubanito, Carmenates has remixed and produced several songs for various artists such as Jocelyn Enriquezs # 1 Billboard dance chart hit “When I Get Close To You” (Tommy Boy), as well as, “1, 2 Step” for Ciara feat. Missy Elliot and Adassa, Lucas Ptrata’s “And She Said” which were # 1 hits on Billboard magazine as well.
His most resent remix work has earned him the respect of the Latin DJs community with such dance remixes as “Todos Me Miran” for Gloria Trevi, which became last years Latin gay circuit anthem of the year, plus Paulina Rubio’s “Nada Puede Cambiarme”.
He has also remixed Ray Guell (Sony), Xtasy (Caiman), Bamboleo (Ahi Nama), Chuly (Six Tones), Ruben Vela, (Hacienda), Muzik Box (Dimelo), for which productions he has been in a the running for a Grammy nomination two years in a row.
He was featured as one of the top DJs in the US in RMM’s “Hot Street Remixes” (RMM) CD released internationally in 1995 (The Melting Pot Mini-mega mix) and his productions, Latin House Extravaganza (Thump/Universal) & Mi Cosa Latina (Dimelo) have sold over 24,000 copies each.
He has also worked with such artists as Alma Nunes, Chichi Peralta, Elvis Crespo, Miss Lupita, Adassa, and DJ Cubanito (Dimelo), and many other remixes including “Pregon De Chocolate” by Issac Delgado, “Amor Narcotico” by Chichi Peralta, both which have earned these artists Grammy Awards… “Agua De Fruta” by Ruben De La Cruz, “5,4,3,2,1 (Move Your Body)” by Mass Appeal, “Salsa Pa’ Los Triufadores” by Orquesta Tabaco & Ron, an original track entitled “Mira Como Se Menea” by Chuly, “Francisco Guayabal” for BMG US Latin’s Beny More remix album entitled “The King Of Son”, “Ciao Triztesa” by Barbara Higuera for Medusa Records, Don Manuel’s “Figaro” tribal remix for Toy Robot Records, Miss Lupita’s “Soy Mexicana” tribal remix and “Delirio” Extended Club Mix for Cantu Ent., and Lucas Prata’s “Y Dice” reggaeton remixes for Ultra Records, “La Botella” by Mach and Daddy (Universal) Monter Taxi’s “Boogie Makes A Splash” and “Memory Wack” .
The most resent studio work places DJ Cubanito righ smack in the middle of the re-construction of Foxy’s “Get Off” redone by producer Monster Taxi featuring Rachel Panay. Cubanito was responsible for the “Wicket Tribal Dub”! Also look for Anais latest single “Tu Amor No ES Garantia”, and you’ll find yet another extended Cubanito remix on that single.
DJ Cubanito’s entertainment company, Salsamania, also provides an independent promotion service to all labels through “Salsamania Promotions” and has been responsible for the top charting hits “La Botella” by Mach & Daddy, “Down” by Rakim & Ken Y, Los Ilegales, Otra Nota, Ivy Queen, Adassa, La Factoria, Toque D’Keda, Eddy K, Loe, Jay D, Juaquin Torres, and many others.
Salsamania has also provided artist bookings for many Latin tropical groups as well as dance acts. Salsamania has received Gold and Platinum Albums for such artists as Nino Segarra, Tito Rojas, Big Boy, Pochy Y Su Cocoband and India for their involvement in the promotion of such artists.