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 GroovCast 028 : Mono Henao : 19 Jul 12 iTunes Podcast | download | listen | discuss

Born and raised in Cali, Colombia, Mono spent most of his teenage years in "Chango", a famous club neighboring his hometown. Inevitably, his philosophies in music and life have been strongly influenced by the club itself. Chango rarely ever closed its gates throughout the week as various parties seemed to blend into one continuous party, with the crowd dancing for hours upon hours, always wanting more and more. Mono takes those experiences from his youth and translates it to the decks each and every time he plays out for a gig; his music and track selection is widely noted to be the kind that makes party-goers dance continuously for hours on end. His zest for life, the realities of the country he left behind are part of the imprints that he tries to leave on each set he plays. Whether it be that spicy Latin flavor, the passion in salsa one of his main influences growing up, or the true knowledge of feeling alive, he communicates all of the above without hesitation. No filters, no veils, no apologies. What you hear is what you get. Right now, that sound he is bringing to the dance floors is rewarding him and making him a much sought after figure in the NYC & Miami scene.

Living in Miami and New York since 1988, Mono's ability to create opportunities for himself to play in various well-known venues for unique audiences is astounding. Always finding himself in the right crowd at the right times, his DJ'ing ability has been noticed time and time again.
Although his opening sets gets the crowd properly warmed up for the big headliners, Mono's mainstay are long DJ sets that render from down-tempo warm up sounds, slowly transitioning the audience to deep house grooves, followed by more serious dance floor oriented house, to finally ending his sets with the finest, sickest techno tunes. "I like to be diverse in the music I play. One must be led by the crowd and how they react, as long as the music is picked in a fine way and everything is combined harmoniously. The key is that each record is picked perfectly!" His diversity goes from playing at major night clubs such as Miami's Club Space, to Playboy parties at the Versace Mansion, to top fashion designer shows where he picks perfect melodic house tunes that models march to on the catwalk.

However, Mono’s talents do not stop in the DJ booth. With his trained ear for great music, Mono was recruited to be the A&R for Deeper Substance Records (UK), as well as the co-founder of the fast-growing, where he is constantly looking for new DJ talent for their wildly popular Electronic Groove podcast. His faithful involvement with EG can be explained easily. Mono is the man who does not need to be called a music producer, instead he likes to find, research and bring to the bigger audiences the people behind the birth of every track he finds something in. On his own with much dedication and serious thought he prepares for all his sets. Working endlessly around those tracks, experimenting with them, cutting, editing, re editing; basically giving them the “Mono” feel that make his sets unique and unforgettable.

From his first 20 years in Colombia to his time here in the United States, Mono has spent his entire life learning, teaching and leading in the music industry. Without doubt he will spend the rest of his life doing just the same.

1. Phase In (Original Mix) - Odd Machine Aka Ricardo Villalobos & Tobias Freund
2. Derecha (Digital Only) - No Regular Play
3. Rons Connecticut Dub - Swayzak
4. While The Cold Winter Waiting - Trentemoller
5. Sublow Spazm - Marc Adamo
6. Horn - TOOL *
7. Love Cry (Joy Orbison Remix) - Four Tet
8. Deep C - 6th Borough Project
9. Pusherman - Redeyes
10. Mike Up Your Mind (K7 Records)
11. Hizou - Four Hands
12. Fall Back (Spiritual South Remix) - Middlewood Sessions
13. TOOL
14. You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) [Original 12'] = Sylvester

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