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tony moreno: artist, rockstar, purveyor of all things funky
TONY MORENO is an artist like no other. Armed with passion, skill, a world-class music education and a cavalier attitude towards life, Tony rocks each party harder than the last. While starting as a multi-instrumentalist playing and writing rock and classical, it wasn’t long before he fell for electronic music. Tony shines as a DJ, but can also be found locked in his recording studio writing and producing or heading up his label, Carpe PM records.
How it began… Tony has come full circle with his musical taste. Growing up with RUN DMC, Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel and the many other early hip-hop artists he began his musical education. To this day he still has the original breakdance record on K-Tel that he attempted scratching on his parent’s belt driven turntable. Needless to say both the record and the turntable are in pretty rough shape today.
As he entered his teens he was exposed to much more rock driven music. Always enjoying anything new musically he picked up a guitar and 2 months later had locked himself in the basement for 8 hours a day for the next 2 years. During this time he began studying classical piano and classical theory in high-school. Within 6 months he had outgrown what the school had to offer and along with the musical director of the high-school developed a complete 4 year music theory and innovative technology program which still remains to this day. At 17, Tony was recruited by Julliard to join a prototype program for stringed instruments but he declined to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston because of his love for modern music.
While attending college, Tony started going to clubs and was soon drawn into promoting for them. This was where he rediscovered his passion for electronic music but this time it wasn’t hip-hop that caught him. It was house, trance, drum&bass and breaks. Suddenly there was a new door that was opened wider than any he had seen before. It was love at first listen. He bought a pair of 1200s a dodgy mixer and the rest is history as they say.
Since then he’s held residencies in Boston, plays gigs around the US and UK, produces music for TV and film including SpikeTV and The Speed Network, remixes, engineers and produces anything he can get his hands on and recently started the record label Carpe PM records. Never satisfied with the norm he is always pushing the envelope on the search for the next innovation, technique or sound.
As a DJ his ability to weave seamlessly from funky to progressive to electro to breaks and beyond makes him the go to DJ for any party that wants to stand apart from the rest. A set delivered by Tony can take you from sweet sublime soundscapes to full on hands in the air high-energy intensity and everywhere in between.
As 2009 rounds to a close the energy has been refocused on the label, production work and a bi-weekly podcast; solarPoWered but it’s only a matter of time before a natural performer gets the gigging itch. Look for gigs coming up in the near future in the Boston area to start, but another tour is long over due.