DJ Gilbert Hamel’s passion for music began at an early age, when he listened to music his parents enjoyed back in the day. He bought his first Dance records in 1976 and with the arrival of Disco on the Radio waves. Gilbert knew his calling was to be a DJ. His first experience behind the tables was in 1975, fast forward to 1980 he began working in a neighborhood Bar / Lounge which he was associated with for 25 years. He is a graduate of the renowned school Musitechnic and now he performs as a DJ for MixHitRadio and various events with Classic Disco 54
My story begins back in the 50s. Growing up in the German town section of Philadelphia. My mother and father were always listening to the popular music stations of the day. I grew up listening to Motown, Soul and Rock ‘n Roll. While in high school, my taste in music favored Motown acts like the Temptations, four tops, the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, the Jackson Five etc. On the rock end I loved the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Doors. When I went to parties I was always asked to bring my records and play music. I started collecting 45’s records back in the early 60’s.
As I got older and began going out to nightclubs in the early 70’s, I was a big fan of post disco or the underground sound called Proto Disco, groups like the Equals “black skinned blue eyed boys” Barrabras – “women”, were a main stay sounds in the early Philly club scene along with the TSOP ( The sounds of Philadelphia). At this point I decided to start a mobile DJ Business. I remember running out to the record shops every Saturday morning to stock up on the latest dance singles.
One night I was out with some friend’s at our favorite club the DJ got sick and had to leave. The manager asked me if I could fill in for the night since we were friends because he knew I did mobile parties. That was way back in 1976. I was scared to death and had no idea was I was doing. I do remember the first song I played, that night it was “I love music” by the O’Jays. The crowd screamed with delight! I was hooked right then and there. I really had fun I played some great tunes I had no idea how to mix music back then. The next day I ran out and bought 2 turntables and a mixer. I would practice every day after work for hours trying to perfect my skills as a club mixed and trying to develop a style. All my hard work paid off. I began to get some attention and began playing at some local clubs and parties.
I’ve had a long and successful career playing in clubs like Pulsations, Egypt, Rock Lobster, Adelphia, 8th Floor, Yellow Jackets, The Barn, the Village Inn, The West Side Club (my first gay club) and so many other places. I’ve had the chance to play with some very popular musical groups of the day like the Trammps, the Village People, White Bridge, Chaka Kahn etc. I’ve even appeared on local TV with Hall of fame star DJ Jerry Blavit.
Fascinated by animation and music, Simon Lapointe has over 25 years experience as a host and DJ. His spontaneous, entertaining ease of interaction with the public has made him an important part of MixHitRadio. Simon also has significant experience in the business world which makes him a very versatile person for corporate entertainment gatherings and functions. He has worked with the S.Roy Ltd. which specializes in animation, master of ceremonies, press conference and radio animation.
Montreal native Sheldon Caplan is well known in various entertainment circles as “Mr. Disco”. His long presence in the music industry and the promotional trade, makes Sheldon the perfect person for the organization and promotion of various Disco partys and events held in Montreal and surounding areas. As the founder of Classic Disco 54 and CEO of MixHitRadio his vision of quality is always top priority to ensure everybody has a very enjoyable time at any of his events.
Jose “DeeJayJose” Hernandez hails out of Miami, Florida. Jose became passionate with the art of mixing at the age 12 when he would watch his cousin DJ at home parties with a couple of turntables, a receiver and speakers by Fisher, a Sears brand. It was 1977 and disco was it! The disco scene was just getting started in Miami and all over, clubs were being opened spreading the disco craze. Even teen discos became popular and Jose, a teen himself, would sneak out of his room late at night and walk several miles to get to a nearby teen disco. By the age of 15 he had managed to purchase his first entry level DJ equipment and borrowed a bunch records, all disco, from his cousin. Luckily, she was a huge Love & Kisses fan. In a very short time, Jose grew his record inventory, amassing a huge collection of classic disco, Italo disco and freestyle disco heading into the mid 80’s.
He loved the nightlife found in the South Florida club scene and there was no day of the week where Jose was not to be seen at a local spot. His favorites were typically not the mainstream disco’s and often went to clubs that played mostly imports, whether it be Italo disco, alternative dance or later in the 80s, European influenced industrial techno. His love for dancing and the crazy fun to be had with his friends made it easy for him to not find himself working as a club DJ. Though there were many opportunities to spin at many of the local clubs, Jose was more about having the freedom of the weekend and got his DJ kicks through local events and parties. The lure of being a resident DJ never became a passion he pursued. Nevertheless, his taste in music was diverse and anytime he played at an event, it was a resounding success.To this day, Jose still DJ’s and while he is very selective about the events he commits to, has managed to keep his music inventory updated. He still has most of his vinyl records, but has been able to convert, download or purchase his entire playlist of 50,000+ mp3’s over the last 15 years. He now spends more time preparing mixes as a hobby and truly just downtime from the craziness of life and the stresses found. Nothing is more enjoyable than the seamless transition in a mix where two songs become one. That is the art and Jose “DeeJayJose” Hernandez is an artist always striving for the perfect mix that becomes music in of itself.