DJ Memo

Nombre(s) : Raymond Diaz Bruno
Nacimiento : January 6, 1985
Lugar : Puerto Rico

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When one stops listening to melodies and songs, thinking only of changing them, mixing them together, and fine tuning them to your liking, the passion for music becomes a calling. From a fan you become creator of this art. For Raymond Diaz, known in the music business as DJ Memo, the interest and love he always felt for music has turned him into one of the best producers in Reggaeton music. He has been the mastermind behind hits like ‘Suelta’ from the album “One Team Music: The Hitmakers”, ‘Móntala’ by Miguelito, and ‘Quítate El Pantalón (Sienteló)’ by Joan & O’Neill. Most recently, he was the producer of the first single from the new compilation “Los Bandoleros: Reloaded”, ‘Anda Sola’ performed by Don Omar. With only 21 years of age, DJ Memo is living up to his nickname “The Most Wanted” when it comes to producing Reggaeton hits.

Although it is necessary to mention that DJ Memo is the nephew of arguably the most influential Reggaeton music producer in DJ Nelson, this fact did not guarantee his entrance to the business. This young producer had to work hard to show off his talents as an individual and be recognized for his own work: “Since I was a kid, music always made me curious, even though I never had the opportunity to study or practice it.” To Memo, there is more to music than just sounds and rhythms that we all enjoy. It is like any other science that has to be studied to be good at it. He recounts in our interview: “While in High School I started listening to all types of music, and after graduating I took music in college. From that point on, I chose Reggaeton as my music, because I have it in my blood. It wasn’t easy because at first I didn’t know a thing about music, but studying I learned it. Because of that effort, I’m among the best today.” His dedication and long hours spent in the studio paid off and Memo started to shine on his own, in the eyes of DJ Nelson. However, is not a coincidence that his career took off in 2004. The previous year, his father passed away, and being only 18 years old at the time, Memo had to take the role of the man in his house. Suddenly with more responsibilities, he focused more on his job and took his producing skills to the next level, gaining the respect of the Reggaeton community, and producing professionally for the first time. “The first beat that I made professionally was the remix of Baby Rasta & Gringo’s ‘En La Disco’ for their company Ilegal Life Records, which was a hit single from ‘The Flow 2 (Sweet Dreams)’” he relates for Reggaetonline.net. This remix was part of the album ‘Flow: La Discoteka’, one of the most popular compilations of 2004, which along with the track by Aldo & Dandy, became Memo’s first commercial productions. He also worked in Baby Rasta & Gringo’s last album “Sentenciados”, collaborating with producer Taz Manian in the mix and drums. After that he signed with Flow Music, owned by his famous uncle, where he currently works.

With the explosion in popularity that Reggaeton music has had, the opportunities for success have increased, along with the number of producers and artists. In this competitive environment, being original is paramount to appeal and stand out to the public. Memo, whose nickname was given by his mother as a kid, has a fresh sound where innovation and musical fusions are his trademarks. “I got my own style and I can do anything in terms in of Reggaeton; in that regard I’m flexible.” says Memo with pride. When we asked him who he compares his style to, he quickly answered: “Honestly, I don’t compare myself to nobody. I’ve learned from everybody listening to them, and I thank them for their contributions to our music.” He also credits Tunes from the famous duo LunyTunes, for helping him in the process of making beats: “I remember one person that sat down with me and explained to me how to elaborate the drums for Reggaeton beats, and that was Tunes. He was the only one that helped me in that regard and I always thank him whenever I see him.”

With so much success and his whole career ahead of him, sometimes is difficult to believe that DJ Memo actually had an album in 2006. Named “La Revolución del Reggaeton” (Reggaeton’s Revolution), it was one of the most solid records of 2006, even if most people (especially outside of Puerto Rico) weren’t familiar with it. When Reggaetonline.net approached the subject, although a little uncomfortable, Memo commented: “I did my part in handing in the disc, if they didn’t do their part with my promotion I can’t do anything, because I only produce. It is my name in play, because the album came out in May and there are people in the streets asking me if the album came out and that bothers me a lot. I did my job, but because of different circumstances my promotion wasn’t what it should’ve been.” Even though he thinks he should be more visible at this point, he’s looking forward to his new projects to get his career to the next level: “I’m not worried, because I’ll be recognized soon enough making beats for different albums, while also producing new sensation Miguelito’s debut album ‘Más Grande Que Tú’ on its entirety, which is guaranteed to be a hit. Plus I’m coming out with my second album ‘The Most Wanted’” As soon as we touched on the subject of his second album, you could feel his excitement. Memo is confident that this project is going to be night and day compared to his first album. He described it in his own words: “In my opinion it will be, without taking anything away from the other productions, the most transparent album out there in terms of music, and let me explain myself: in this record you’ll have all my strength, my dreams, my rage, love, hate, all kinds of feelings are involved in terms of music and songwriting. I would dare say that this album will make you laugh and cry, dance, jump, get you hyped, let you chill – you’ll do everything with this one!” Very honest and irresistible, if it becomes everything that this young producer describes. We’ll be waiting patiently for this promising release.

About the future of Reggaeton, Memo understands that is his and his colleagues’ job to keep the momentum going for the music, and keep working hard to get even farther. However, he recognizes that the road is full of obstacles, especially for the new talents: “I see the genre stronger - it has come a long way, but is always getting stronger. It gets harder everyday though, because the multinationals (labels/distributors) only sign artists with established careers. Yes, there is a lot of new talent that’s really good, but they prefer the ‘old guys’. The only thing I can say to my colleagues in Reggaeton is to work on hit-records, because is up to us to keep this thing going. Remember that what comes fast, goes fast, like the ‘Lambada’” making reference to the meteoric popularity of the Brazilian rhythm in the 80’s, which fell out of relevance by the early 90’s. Nevertheless, with Reggaeton’s future in the hands of young adults who love the music and have the talent to express themselves like DJ Memo, you can be confident that this new musical revolution will convert most listeners into believers.

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