My Cousin Vinny

  • Genres
  • Electronic Dance Music
  • Global Bass
  • Awards and Nominations
    • SAMMIES 2019 Winner★ Electronica/Experimental ★
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Electronica/Experimental ★
  • Musicians
    • Vinny — deejay
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Q & A

All-time favorite song?


That's a tough one. I would say "Music Sounds Better With You" by Stardust.

How do you describe your music to people?


Eclectic. I like so many different genres/styles of music, and on my artistic journey, I'm continuing to find ways to bring them all together as my sound.

Tell us about how you first started gigging.


I vividly remember my first "gig" ever was in seventh grade DJ'ing my friend's birthday dance party. But as I got older, the more frequent gigs were playing private parties, house parties and eventually club venues.

Tell us about your best gig in Sac.


My best show recently would have to be Concerts in the Park this past summer. They put on such a great event, and to play in front of an 8,000 person crowd brings so much energy.

What's next for you?


I just came back from my South by South West (SXSW) tour in Austin, TX, so I'm juiced. I will be working on producing more music and honing in on what makes me tick.

What's the story behind your stage name?


It’s inspired by one of my favorite movies I watched growing up, My Cousin Vinny. But it’s also a play on words, because I have a lot of cousins that come to shows sometimes, and it’s a running joke when people ask who’s playing, and they’re like, “My Cousin Vinny. No but really, he’s really my cousin.”

What's your favorite local artist/group?


Mike Diamond is one of them. He was a mentor to me when I was getting more serious about DJ'ing many years ago, and he's one of my best friends. We collaborate/play shows together to this day, which is dope. My homies Daims, Vincent Salas, Ajotta Chrisupreme, AJ Sachs and Allan Guevara are are also some favorites; We are really good friends and all work on music and collaborate.

Who are your biggest influences?


There's so many. Toro y Moi is a big influence, with his diverse production skills that keep the listener guessing. I get inspired by El Dusty and the whole electrocumbia/global bass sound. Then there's the Egyptian Lover when I think of the 808 bass beats and electro sound. There's hella more, but I'll keep it short.

Who first inspired you to play music?


As long as I can remember, I've always had an attraction towards music. Somewhere along the journey, I found myself making beats on my computer and picked up DJ'ing all around the age of like 12-13.

Words to live by?


Enjoy this life and try not to take things so seriously. None of us make it out of here alive, anyways.

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