Meet Your Counselor: AmRo

1. Describe a moment at camp that inspired you or an “ah ha moment.
-We were in the remix workshop and a student played a track that they had been working on for a few weeks. This track was amazing. It had great sound, was harmonically on point and was a groove. I was speechless. I told myself I have to step up my production game to match the student’s because they were creating awesome music.

2. What motivates you the most to volunteer your time at Camp Spin Off?
I believe that being around approximately 60 like-minded individuals for five days and being able to share stories, listen to the kid’s and counselor’s experiences and learn from each other is irreplaceable. If I had been able to attend a DJ camp when I was younger, I would not have been able to sit still as the time for camp approached and my DJ career would have started much sooner. I believe that volunteering my time to help teach, learn from and mentor the next generation of DJ’s is a no-brainer. Experiences that occur at camp can have a profound effect on people (in a positive way) and I want to be a part of that.

3. What jobs did you work prior to becoming a full time DJ!
Bagger at a grocery store, Bellman, Front Desk Clerk, Kitchen supervisor (Atlanta, GA), General Manager of a hotel (Dallas, TX) , Sales Manager (Miami), Director of Marketing (Washington DC/Los Angeles) Regional Director of Sales & Marketing (Los Angeles), Vice President of Social Media (Los Angeles).

4.When did you realize that you wanted to be a DJ?
In 1995, I saw Biz Markie play at a club (Quigley’s) in Washington DC. His set that night was amazing. The crowd was on fire for the entire set. He did a small mini-set of TV theme show songs that was awesome. Everyone was singing along to every song! I knew right then that I wanted to be a DJ. It took me 17 years from that night to gather to courage to go for it.

5. What are some must have items for camp?
Flashlight, sunblock, swimming trunks, zip drive, open mind, great attitude, carrying case for your bathroom items, and a nice blanket (it can get cold at nighttime).

6. What is your favorite camp activity, workshop, guest speaker or class and why?
It would have to be a tie between the music business class which was super fun and informative and the silent disco party. The music business class was very informative and I even learned different techniques that I applied to my personal DJ business. That was my first experience with a silent disco and to see everyone dancing around with no music playing was funny. Hearing different sets from my fellow camp counselors was great too. I can’t wait for the next one!

7. Give a “pro tip” to any first time campers attending Camp Spin Off this summer.
Get to know as many campers and counselors as possible. Being around this many people at one time interested in DJ’ing is very rare so take advantage of it. Make sure you listen to people’s stories and be genuine. Some of these friendships will last a lifetime and you could be performing with your fellow campers and counselors in the near future!

8. How would you describe Camp Spin-Off to someone?
It’s an overnight camp for DJ’s where everything we talk about and do is centered around the culture of DJ’ing. We get great access to major people in the DJ world and other people who have the same passion as us. We are extremely lucky to have an opportunity to attend and I treasure it. Camp Spin-Off is the highlight of my summer. It is pure heaven!!

9. What are your future goals or new projects on the way as a DJ?
I want to continue to learn and improve my music production skills. I am working on my 5th remix and then I will release my first remix EP in the next few months. I am also learning piano and music theory which is amazing, very challenging and humbling at the same time. In terms of my DJ sets, I am working on adding more acapellas into my sets and using the launchpads while I am mixing.

10. What are your top 3 favorite songs?
I am an old soul and it is hard to pick just three songs. I will go with “17 Days” by Prince, “All I Do” by Stevie Wonder and “Object of My Desire” by Starpoint … and a bonus pick of “Roxanne, Roxanne” by UTFO!

11. Where can we find you on social media?

Twitter – @ahr19
Instagram – @ahr19
Snapchat – @ahr19
Facebook – facebook.com/djamro1
Hearthis – https://hearthis.at/amro/

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