Name: DJ Mondo
Occupation: DJ and radio personality on Hot 105.5 with Neuhoff Media.
City of Residence: Bloomington
What was your first big break as a DJ?
I started doing college radio at Illinois State University back in 2006. Then I started at Hot 105 in 2008. So I've been doing this officially a little over 10 years now.
Did you always want to be on the radio, or did you originally have another career path in mind?
Ever since I was little, I've always wanted to DJ. When I started off doing club shows and various parties, I was just doing the mixes at first. Then when I got to college, I started talking on air, and I kind of liked it. It just took off ever since then.
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What's your favorite genre of music to play during your sets?
Old school house music. I like hip-hop and R&B too, but I like old school house music because it's feel-good music.
Do you choose the songs you play at live events ahead of time, or do you make decisions based on how the audience is reacting?
I really just feed off of the crowd. I know what the top songs are, and what everyone wants to hear, but I don't really make any specific playlists. I'll just have a lot of songs that people want to hear, and some stuff that I think will sound good, and just feed of of the crowd's energy.
What advice would you have for anyone who aspires to be a DJ?
Start DJing on turntables first, so you can really learn how to DJ and not just push some buttons. When you have more control over sound and you're doing it yourself, you put more of yourself into it. That's what distances you from other DJs. If you can master that, then the things you can do will be even better than what you can do with computer assistance.