|Hungry? Try some brains4breakfast|
|Written by Brian B. Bettencourt|
|Thursday, 07 April 2011|
in the morning, last call for alcohol, but you don’t care because you’re glued
to the dance floor. For some reason the thought of a mash-up remix of The
Notorious B.I.G.’s hip hop beats with the “electronica” rhythm created by Justice
seems about as appealing as eating ice-cream with soup while getting punched in
the face, but your ears disobey your prejudice and you can’t help but bust a
If you were to look around to find out who’s responsible for your v-neck being drenched in sweat, and for numerous reggae fog horns going off over the course of the night, you won’t have to look much farther than the DJ booth.
You’ll notice an average-height man, with an average set build, and that’s about where the average attributes end.
Sporting a grizzly beard that any lumberjack would be proud to call their own, a flipped up cap, jean vest over top a tank top, and with an upper body and arms used as moving pieces of art, is 25-year-old Ottawa DJ Dario “Dj brains4breakfast” Petruzzi.
Thanks to his recent success and growth in popularity, it seems that that Dj brains4breakfast is performing everywhere, no matter where you go, and it’s almost unimaginable to project how quickly and far his career will continue to launch. If you’ve gone out to a bar in the downtown area on any night of the week, you’re likely to have run into Dj brains4breakfast at some point or another. His unique musical style has been growing along side the changing and fast-paced alternative “hipster” scene here in Ottawa. If you’ve gone to The Standard on Elgin Street on a Sunday night, Ritual Nightclub in the Market on a Monday or Thursday night, the university of Ottawa’s campus bar 1848 on a Tuesday evening, or perhaps Bank Street’s Babylon Nightclub on a Friday, you’ve likely been a lucky victim of Dario’s energy and ability to take control of a party. And while he slowly conquers Ottawa, he doesn’t forget his goal and dream; to move to Toronto and expand his brand and career. At this rate, it’s easy to claim that Dario Dj brains4breakfast Petruzzi isn’t dreaming in technicolor anymore.
Petruzzi is one of many local DJs attempting to change Ottawa’s nightlife.
“There’s no rage spots in Ottawa,” said Petruzzi.
“There isn’t a place where people can go every night and just have a completely ridiculous night.”
Unlike the average DJ, Petruzzi is able to bring a unique fusion of music to his playlist on any given night. If you happen to catch him playing at Ritual Nightclub on a Thursday night during the Drop It Like It’s Hot event, you’ll witness a unique collage of hip-hop, dub step and electronic beats and rhythms.
It’s hard to imagine that at the tender age of 14, Dario Petruzzi began his DJ’ing experience just across the bridge in Hull, at a bar named Fusion. Alongside his childhood friend Patrick Mooney (DJ Paq from the Real World Cancun reality television show), they performed for various events, but never made any real money. Once Petruzzi began attending University of Ottawa’s visual arts program, an opportunity to DJ the Twoonie Tuesday event at the campus bar 1848 was presented to him, and that is where his career truly began.
“1848 was my first paying gig.” said Petruzzi. “ I got paid in pitchers of beer, it was great.”
Although that payment was able to quench his temporary thirst, Petruzzi wasn’t about to sell himself short for too long, and eventually began to get paid in money for his efforts.
Petruzzi made the decision to put his post-secondary education in the back seat and became a part-time student. He decided to let his career be his main focus and take over the wheel. It proved to be an excellent decision.
In the summer of 2009, Dario’s career got an incredible boost when Ritual Nightclub invited him to be a full-time member of their team. This position created incredible opportunities for the DJ.
“I like all my gigs for different reasons,” says Petruzzi. “ But Ritual has been like a second home to me.”
Most of Petruzzi’s early success came from simple word-of-mouth and personal networking, but it was only a matter of time before someone would approach him and would help add more fuel to his career.
Cheif Bosompra, 20, is the founder and main man behind the local clothing and accessory line Bad Habits. Bosompra is a young entrepreneur that is heavily involved in the alternative scene here in Ottawa and his clothing line is often the sponsor of major events such as Grillz and Glam held at Babylon Nightclub. Bosompra spotted Petruzzi during his routine gig at Ritual on a Thursday and approached him about being sponsored by the Bad Habits clothing line.
“(Petruzzi)’s style is in tune with the brand and what we represent,” said Bosompra.
“He feels free to display himself the way he wants to be displayed, and not because of social purposes.”
Having Petruzzi join his crew allowed Bosompra to gain access to a new market, an older and more alternative crowd. In return, Bosompra was able to act as a manager for Petruzzi and find him gigs to work at, including re-occurring events at Babylon sponsored by Bad Habits clothing line.
“Bad Habits is a way for him to expand his brand. He represents our brand and people, and in return we do the same for him,” said Bosompra.
“We’re a team, you know? We’re a family.”
Bosombra isn’t the only business partner of Petruzzi’s that predicts future success for the Ottawa DJ. Sam Francis, 26, a long time friend, room mate and business associate of Petruzzi’s only see’s his following getting bigger.
“I remember visiting Dario at the Cabin for cheap wings, and he’d be playing in front of 13 douche bags,” said Francis.
“Now, he’s playing sell-out shows in front of 200 amazing people who love him and respect what he does.”
Francis has a deep belief that success is inevitable for Petruzzi, comparing him to the internationally acclaimed British dub step sensation Rusko.
“If you watch Rusko’s video ‘Hold On’, that is what Dario Petruzzi will be one day,” said Francis.
“Dario plays for himself, and that’s what sets him apart. When he’s let loose to do his own thing, the man can truly surprise people with his unique approach to music.”
Although Petruzzi is striving for success that mirrors that of Rusko, the bearded Italian has already dipped his feet in the big pond, having spent time with the likes of the members from MSTRKRFT and Death From Above 1979, and recently opening for the internationally recognized Steve Aoki at an event in Sudbury,Ont.
“I love opening for someone, it gives me the potential to make connections,” said Petruzzi.
Petruzzi was bullied growing up, but was quickly able to find an escape for himself and a place that draws his attention, literally. Petruzzi likes to channel his creativity through visual arts as well as his music.
His father Cesar Petruzzi, 67, noticed his son’s creative talents at an early age.
“He started drawing early on, while he was in public school,” said Mr.Petruzzi.
“There’s a wall here at home, it’s like a mural full of drawings that Dario made.”
Although haters are gonna hate, Dj brains4breakfast is always up for the challenge of mixing up something new and unique. With the reverse fragmentation of cultures, styles and music, haters won’t hate for long.
“I’ll probably play a song you love, and cut it right at your favorite part, seriously,” said Petruzzi.
“You’ll probably want to punch me in the face for it, but you’ll be too busy jamming to the next mix.”
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