Simplicity is the key to good house music
For a person who practices and preaches simplicity, Mario Calegari’s style of music is sure to make you think. Born and raised in the Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey. Mario was drawn to the music world by his roots and surroundings. As the son of a native Brazilian, the passion for music was in his soul. Combined with the elegant touch of his Portuguese mother, Mario was the perfect combination for success. At the age of 16, his father, then a pub owner in Newark, gave Mario some extra dj equipment he had at one of his locations. Mario learned equipment setup by trial and error. With the help of his older cousins who played disco and gave him music, Mario was ready to learn the ropes. He remembers pulling tricks at the doors of local nightclubs, like putting socks in his shoes to look taller so he could get in and enjoy the nightlife scene. It worked. Mario began listening to hip house at local clubs and attending events regularly. After that era, Mario was drawn to the big lights of New York City and began attending the Tunnel nightclub weekly for sets with Danny Tenaglia, who became Mario’s biggest inspiration. Mario would attend Danny’s nights sometimes by himself, dance by the speakers and learn what good house music was all about. He was also inspired by other great dj’s like Underground Sounds of Lisbon’s DJ VIBE and partner Rui DaSilva, Victor Calderone and Deep Dish.
In 2000, Mario opened a record store in Newark called PLANET GROOVE and began making contacts in the dance music industry. Everyone in Newark and the surrounding area would flock to the shop to find out what was hot and where to go party.
With some years of practice and an incredible drive to succeed, Mario began promoting
Himself to his native Brazil and landed some amazing gigs such as performing at
Sao Paulo’s Ultra chic ANZU nightclub, Donna SP, Spin Porto Alegre, SKOL RIO,
BEATS N’ BANDS and RIO PARADE.
During this time Mario also decided to create his own following and opened an afterhour’s club in Newark called FUEL. At first it was a challenge but he overcame that and gathered an amazing group of people to attend on a regular basis and enjoy house music at it’s finest. He would invite amazing talent to play with him at FUEL, such as Saeed, Boris, Chus & Ceballos, Richie Santana, Peter Bailey and AJ Crypt to name a few, never forgetting his friend dj Danny Way, who opened the dance floor every week. Mario would sometimes play for 15 hours straight because nobody wanted to leave. His nightclub opened doors for many people who love house music.
Mario then realized that his next step was producing the music he played. He teamed up with
Ray Brione’s, a fellow Brazilian who was living in Queens, NY and began making tracks. With so much music in his mind that he had gathered throughout the years, Mario and Ray’s first official single “DARK SAMBA”, which was released by FATAL-MUSIC from Holland, was an amazing success. Top Dj’s from around the world charted “DARK SAMBA” in there top ten and commented that the track was great and rocked their dance floors wherever they played.
Mario’s bass driven, drum pounding, progressive style of house music is a sure bet for any party in the dance industry. He takes control of the crowd in his humble ways and punishes them with his tribal beats.
For 2006, Mario is working on 2 singles that will be released at the Winter Music Conference
in Miami on Distant Drum Recordings. He also has teamed up with Dance Impresario ALAN.T, for a single that will be released on Fatal Music at the end of November. Mario is looking forward to producing more and pleasing his crowds thru his music in the years to come
He’s a simple guy. He loves the beat, loves the people, and loves the dance.
For more information or bookings please contact:
Planet Groove Management
307 Jefferson St
Newark, New Jersey 07105 – USA
Fone: + 1-973.589.0225