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Conversations with Armando Gudino

Today we’d like to introduce you to Armando Gudino. 

Hi Armando, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
My name is Armando Gudino born on September 6th, 1987 in Merced California, my Mom Martha and Dad Jose took me and my sister Karla moved to Detroit in 1994 because my dad couldn’t find work in Santana, Cal where we grew up. After being in Detroit for a couple years my other brothers were born Jose and Omar, then came my little sister Dalia.

My DJ career basically started in high school where my passion grew to become a DJ. Staying consistent throughout the years being self-taught for many years until great mentors came into my life and stirred me in the right direction. But it all literally started with the passion for music that I have had since I was a little boy. Music was always playing in my household and because of that, I grew to have a good knowledge for music. I have come across a lot of important people in my life that has helped me tremendously in my DJ career and with all their help and my passion I grew a business a business that makes memories for my clients and all with the power of music. Not many can say they’re making a living doing something they love but I’m happy to say it’s helping me take care of wife and my 3 little girls. My first gig was a high school prom then came house parties, Gard parties, local bars, and venues. I was able to lock in my very first residency at a local bar in Southwest Detroit and was able to make a name for myself and the rest in history. I’ve been a Resident Dj for Delux Bar and Lounge Downtown Detroit for many years now. I’ve had the pleasure to DJ for Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Hall & Oats, and even SIA through Live Nations, and now focusing on Weddings my journey has been a blessing and I hope to continue doing this for a very long time.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I have came across many struggles through my career from equipment malfunctioning, equipment being stolen, computers being damaged, gigs being lost, bridges being burned. I’ve had a situation where all my files were accidentally deleted my way of making a living is through music and trying to find music new music organizing it’s all a job you forget that you are your own boss and there isn’t a clock to clock in and clock out and it’s very hard to keep family time and business time separate. You learn how to with time and screw-ups but at the end doing your best is all anyone can ask for. These past few years have been hard and a big learning lesson, so take the time to better your craft soon enough someone will listen and it could help your business grow even bigger! 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Well, I’m a Disk Jockey (Dj) I play music for many different types of events. Everyone knows how I DJ and it seems like everyone enjoys it. I’m most proud of teaching others how to DJ coming from not having anyone to help me learn the how-tos and don’ts for DJing to becoming that someone I needed when I first started is the best. I’ve helped 2 different peers learn the how-tos to DJing and both have started DJing for a living. Prior to COVID we had free DJ classes for anyone on our neighborhood of Detroit, had 2 students learn how to and even do a performance with me and we even gave them their own DJ names, I love teaching my craft to anyone that what’s to learn BUT you gotta have the PASSION for it, if not what’s the point. 

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
My attention to details! I have OCD as I like to call it, I have to have my DJ wires nice and organized very clean setups, I always go that little extra mile to help my events be as successful and stress-free as possible! I have a very happy and friendly personality. It never fails at mostly every gig I do people look at me I know I may not look like the type I guess you would say but once the party starts and rock it out, I always get compliments at the end of the night. Music is literally its own language and with it you can speak to many people of many different backgrounds and they’ll understand you without saying a word. It’s weird to read about it but it’s amazing to see! So, my attention to detail, my friendly personality, my support, my passion for music, and professionalism has to be the key to my success without a doubt! STAY CONSISTENT! 

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