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DJ Hans About DJ Hans: DJ Hans, born on 7/28/73 as Hans Batista, hails all the way from Havana, Cuba where he & his family migrated to the U.S. (Miami, FL to be exact!) in 1980 on a makeshift raft out of banana leaves & plywood. This early resolve would set the standard for his tenacity to live out his dream and make his mark in the DJ world. His first real interaction with the art of DJ’ing came at t he precocious age of 11 when he & his upstairs neighbor decided to join forces, each with their single turntable to make 2 wheels of steel, & DJ Hans started experimenting with scratching to, the very apropos song by Egyptian Lover, “What is a DJ if he can’t Scratch”. At this age, he also had his first brush with producing by editing his recordings on his Realistic tape deck.By age 13, DJ Hans & his cousin extraordinaire, Aramis Lorie (aka Jokey Jam), began earnestly dabbling with DJ’ing with their aberrant pairing of a Realistic & Gemini turntable & Pyramid mixer. However, this charismatic duo would be put on hold for about a year as DJ Hans briefly relocated to California where he had his first encounter with the almighty Technic 1200’s. He was exposed to the sounds of disco & freestyle being played at a high speed by a Mexican DJ. His stint on the west coast was short lived due to him being a menace to society, but this gave him the opportunity to link back up with Aramis & get back to work on his craft, where they began experimenting with the classics such as Dominatrix, Running by Information Societ y, Planet Rock, Gigolo T ony, et c. ... and all of this from his cousin’s apartment in Hialeah, done in true Cuban style! DJ Hans is never one to shy away from creativity, or his next big idea, & so was born Quixotic DJ’s, which started with just himself & Aramis doing house parties until they ultimately destroyed the Technic speakers they had “borrowed” from Aramis’ dad. Like everything in life, all good things must come to an end & Quixotic DJ’s eventually fizzled out, but DJ Hans just moved on to his next adventure, which was Nightlife Productions, where he threw some of the best parties at Hot Wheels, banquet halls, and small clubs all over Miami.The year is now 1994 & this is where DJ Hans gets his first real taste of the nightclub arena by having the privilege to work with Lisa Cox, who was with Women of the World & was known as the biggest promoter in the gay & lesbian scene. He got to play at some of the most iconic clubs on South Beach such as Warsaw, Amnesia, Cameo, Pacha, and Salvation & was also a part of the exalted rooftop parties, some of which t ook place at t he Sony building & The Collect ion in Coral Gables. DJ Hans got to play alongside the distinguished DJ JoJo Odyssey whose affinity for house music, as it was evolving, had an immense impact on Hans. During this time, the after hours culture was just revving up so, instinctively, DJ Hans got in on the action & was spinning at local clubs Boomerang & Mickey’s, to name a few. Keep in mind that he was simultaneously doing weddings & private & corporate events, which allowed him to explore the many depths of the open format style. DJ Hans then went to DJ for an underground radio station called Fever Radio, which subsequently got shut down by Power 96, & that gave him the interest to be a part of the radio realm. As he ventured into the beginning of the millennium (luckily DJ Hans’ bank accounts & computer survived the impending Y2K “disaster”) along came Ovidio Santiago, who was the Promotions Director at a local Miami radio station, Mega 103.5. Ovidio earnestly believed in DJ Hans & what he had to offer the music industry so he gave t his DJ a break. This is where his DJ’ing career was about to reach new heights & this radio station was the catalyst! Aside from being an on-air talent, doing the coveted 5pm traffic mix, DJ Hans was the official DJ for events such as KC & The Sunshine Band Signing Party, Disco Inferno 1 & 2 concert series, Madonna’s GHV2 concert (greatest hits volume 2), Cher’s ‘HBO Farwell Tour Special’ concert & Phil Collins VIP Party. He also did mixes for Party 93.1 & was the opening DJ for John Secada, Paul Van Dyke, George Acosta & ATB at Party 93.1’s 2004 4th of July bash. He also played at the 2004 Freestyle Concert Reunion, which was also sponsored by Party 93.1. Concurrently, he submitted a video to Mountain Dew in the hopes of landing a job with them as not only a DJ, but to be the manager of their street promotions & local events. With his gregarious attitude he was, naturally, a perfect fit. DJ Hans did a plet hora of local event s wit h Mount ain Dew, as well as some in Milwaukee & the X-Games in Orlando, FL. Never one to back down from work, he additionally took on a position with Red Bull at their Miami Red Bull Music Academy, which had him playing at the Diesel store in NYC, club Twilo & at the legendary Bartender’s Bash in Key West, FL. Next up was an opportunity to work with Coca-Cola for their Latino concert series. Amidst this whirlwind of amazing concerts & exposure, he started DJ’ing at Cocowalk’s notorious college night Thursdays at Fat Tuesday & the annual Mardi Gras & Halloween block parties where thousands of people, from all the various ‘burbs in Miami, come together for a night of debauchery. Speaking of debauchery, DJ Hans was about t o up t he ante at a Ft. Lauderdale club called Rush Street. He started what they dubbed the “Wall of Fame”, which basically was a collage of photos of girl’s breasts. You’ve heard the stories of the groupies & the ones who want to hang in the DJ booth so the pre-requisite to do so at Rush Street was to have your boobs photographed & proudly posted on the wall. It got so infamous that this “wall” ended up taking up the adjoining hallway wall & wrapped int o t he manager’s office! However, this lasciviousness was brief as he met his wife the following year &, no, she never made it on that wall! Loving the current scene that was transpiring on Riverfront in Ft. Lauderdale back in 2006, DJ Hans was able t o get a weekly Sat urday gig with Side Bar after Rush Street shut down. This, in turn, lead to him doing live broadcasts with Y100 for Art Bar & West Palm Beach’s Wild 95.5 for Blue Martini in West Palm Beach & Boca Raton. However, he was missing his Miami gente so he seized an opportunity take over one of the longest running ladies night in South Florida at a place called Gatsby’s, located in the heart of Kendall. He was able to breathe life back into this well-known Wednesday night, much to the appreciation of the locals. As always, DJ Hans is never one to rest on his laurels & in 2007 he went on to win 2nd place in a Denon sponsored mash-up contest. From there he was able to seek a weekly radio show on Wild 95.5 show called ‘Wild House Sessions’, which aired every Friday & Saturday & garnered him more publicity with the locals & his steadfast fans.Wanting to remain relevant in this ever fluctuating industry is what has kept DJ Hans a permanent staple in many clubs from Miami to West Palm Beach to this very day &, thus far; despite his late-night club jobs he has always maintained his busy daytime schedule with plenty of corporate events, private parties & weddings. Keep in mind that throughout his entire career he has rigorously maintained his penchant for producing tracks, making mash-ups and coming up with his signature mixes. In 2011 DJ Hans was voted as the Best Club DJ by the Broward/West Palm Beach New Times. What made this victory the sweetest was that it was based on the reader’s votes so the politics was kept separate from the actual talent. The music industry has been known to chew people up & spew them out like last night’s final round of tequila shots, but DJ Hans has held fast to his undying passion & has never wavered from his one true ambition & calling in life. Raised with tremendous integrity, respect, & a work ethic uncanny to most, he finds a way to keep it classy & simple in a way of life most people would deem complicated & seedy. “Life is like music; it must be composed by year, feeling and instinct, not by rule.” – Samuel ButlerDJHans Batista

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