International Club King. Heavy Hitter. Host of the #1 show at 2 PM in the #1 radio market in the United States. Party Rocker. Ciroc Boy. Before he was any of these things, DJ Camilo was a Colombian kid from Queens named Juan Camilo Sanchez. Introduced to the art of turntables at age 12, Camilo debuted his first mixtape in the 1990’s called “CAMILO Vol. 1”. Encouraged by the response “CAMILO Vol. 1” received, Camilo began releasing mixtapes every month and quickly made a name for himself in the NYC club scene. In 2001, he caught the eye of DJ Enuff, who not only was the Notorious B.I.G.’s former DJ but also worked at the most famous hip-hop radio station in America: New York’s Hot 97. Along with the late DJ Threat, Enuff invited Camilo to join their new DJ crew- The Heavy Hitters.
In 2001, Camilo earned himself a spot on Hot 97’s roster, hosting his own Saturday night show called “Take It to the Streets.” The success of “Take It to the Streets” led to an additional show on Friday nights, appropriately titled “The Heavy Hitter Hour”, as well as occasionally filling in on the “Rush Hour” show for DJ Enuff. Currently, Camilo continues to host the “The Heavy Hitter Hour” and in 2010 added the “New at 2”, which airs daily. In an era of a market flooded with free Internet mixtapes and constant album leaks, Camilo blesses his “New at 2” listeners with the hottest new songs everyday. No wonder it’s the #1 show in the 2 PM slot in the #1 radio market in the country!
Besides hosting two shows at Hot 97, DJ Camilo continues to live up to his title of International Club King: to date, he has played in Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, London, Paris, Saint Tropez, Cannes, Spain, Finland, Germany, Japan, Italy, Sweden and Amsterdam, among other countries. In 2010, he partnered with Diddy and Ciroc Vodka to become one of the “Ciroc Boyz”, a crew of sponsored urban DJs from across the nation, and was featured in a national promotional ad campaign. Recently, Camilo joined Heineken’s Red Star Access Tour, performing in New York and Philadelphia with G.O.O.D. Music’s Pusha T. He was named Latin Mixx’s DJ of the Year (East Coast) in 2010, and along with DJ Enuff and DJ Cipha Sounds starred in the reality show “The Wizards NYC” which aired on MTV2 and Hot97.com and was featured in the New York Daily News.
So what’s next for the Colombian kid from Queens? In addition to documenting his adventures as one of the most sought-after DJs in the country via his YouTube series “The Warning Chronicles”, he is a married father of two and is also a part-owner of Blend restaurant in Long Island City, Queens. Camilo continues to play multiple clubs 6 nights a week, and whether its a trendy NYC club, 60,000 fans at Summer Jam or an exclusive party in Cannes there’s nothing this Heavy Hitter can’t handle!