DJ Del DeLeon started DJing in 1975. Born and raised in the South Bronx, NYC, his passion for music and spinning landed him his first club residency at the age of 15 under the nickname “DJ Butch” at a small social club named “Manny’s Cabaret”.
He learned his craft on the streets of tThe Bronx at block parties in Rosedale Park with Afrika’s crew (Soundview Projects) and from old school Long Island DJs like Jimmy Gaffey and Bobby Lombardi, (who legend claims started the BPM concept). During the late 70’s, when nothing was cooler than being a DJ, he went to and DJ’ed at all the clubs you had to go to like Sidestreets, The Riddler’s, PC’s, Starship Discovery, the original Limelight and of course Studio 54 to name a few.
The Miami Years
In 1978, he moved to South Miami where while attending classes at the University of Miami, quickly landed the weekly Wednesday night dance party at the school’s Rathskellar. He landed his next job in 1979 at a mid-sized venue named Visions of Kendall, where he auditioned for and later became good friends with DJ Scott B. @ Faces cir. 1982legend Scotty Blackwell.
He and Scotty worked together at Visions and later at Faces in Coconut Grove for nearly 3 years. Under the stage name of “DJ Butch”, he was rated top 20 out of 100 DJs on the South Eastern Disco Association’s roster,which included such Miami old school jocks like Artie Jacobs, Carlos from Honey’s, Luis Martinez (from Casanova’s and producer of Expose), Billy Swan (Club Manhattan) Joe Linders (Skaramouche). During his tenure in Miami (1978-1985) Del also has residences at Club Ménage, Applause, the Poodle Lounge at the Fountainbleu Hilton and the Club at Carillon’s. He also programmed guest spots for the Saturday Night Dance Party on radio station Super Q with popular host DJ Leo.
The NY 2Ks
Moving back to New York City in 1986, Del had some guest spots with Scott Blackwell at Private Eyes and went to his Bronx spot the Devil’s Nest (with a then young “Little Louie Vega”), various other venues when he decided to take a “day job” and join the corporate world. Retired for DJing for nearly 12 years, Del was asked in early 2003 to DJ a party for a friend at a lounge in Ft. Lee, NJ named Latitude and the bug bit him again. After a 18 month residency at Latitude, DJ DEL has continued to move dance floors at such venus as G2 (Meat Pack Dist.), LUV 247 (SoHo), Duvet (Chelsea) and other NY night spots.
Musically, Del’s style runs the gamut from R&B to classics to mainstream remixes to trance to Latin salsa to tribal house. His philosophy is to feel the crowd, feed off their energy, use his extensive experience & collection to play an eclectic selection of international music taking the people on a worldwide dance trip. His energetic style, smooth mixing abilities, musical diversity and professional business approach to his work has separated him from the average DJ..