On New Year's Eve, one of the biggest party nights of the year, only the best and brightest DJ's get to spin their stuff in our neck of the woods. They include DJ Paul Desisto, performing Saturday, Dec. 31, at The Foundation Room in Showboat Casino Hotel.
"I have a signature backspin beat that I use on occasion," says the very modest Desisto, while discussing how he keeps his sets bumpin'. "I've also been blessed with a great mic voice, so you mix that with my stage presence, and every show is memorable."
Desisto has performed to crowds as large as 5,000 and while some may be daunted by such numbers, DJing is in Desisto's blood.
"About 10-years-ago, my uncle was a DJ," he says. "He gave me his equipment, which included turntables and a full P.A. system. I was in touring bands years ago, and he made me see DJing as another outlet to perform."
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Our Party City: "The nightlife scene is Atlantic City is very young, fun and affluent," Desisto begins. "What I like best about Atlantic City nightlife is the diversity - people travel to come to Atlantic City, so I always see new faces."
Where To Catch Desisto: "The Pool at Harrah's really has a magical feel to it," he says, of one of his favorite venues. "It has a mystical look to it, and customers immediately feel like they've been transported into a tropical paradise."
Get An Education: "I really learned musical theory from studying classical and jazz music when I was younger," Desisto says. "Understanding keys, notes, scales, pitch and rhythms help me to be extremely creative and artistic while mixing. Almost every DJ or producer is an inspiration to me because they all see music from a different angle than I do."
Giving Back: "The most rewarding events I did this year were two fundraisers: one for leukemia, and one for a local burn victim," Desisto says. "It's the best feeling in the world to use my fan base to help generate dollars for donations. Both events were successful, with record attendance. Doing something you love, while making a difference, is a really great experience."
Party With Paul: Check out Desisto 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at The Foundation Room inside the Showboat Casino Hotel. Desisto returns Jan. 11 at The Pool at Harrah's.
- Rebecca Grites