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DJ Panamami’s ‘Ciao Verano’: Parlour x Life + Times Jams!

This is it folks, the last hours of summer are upon us. What are you doing this weekend? In the States we’ve got Labor Day so those of us in Brooklyn will be drinking Red Stripe — OK “Rum and Red Bull” — at West Indian Day Parade and thanks to California’s own DJ Panamami, we can get it poppin’ early! And we’re not the only ones, this exclusive Parlour Jam! is a collaborative release with Jay-Z’s fantastic Life + Times website. Now, meet the lovely Panamanian spinner who kept us all grooving while Shannon and I were slanging piña coladas at Makossa in July. Are you ready? 

Born and raised?
Los Angeles! I actually grew up in Silverlake, which is now an artsy, hipster haven. Growing up though, you didn’t see kids sporting big glasses and dirty $300 dollar jeans, it was a chill, working-class neighborhood.

How did you start spinning?
I was always mesmerized by the art of DJing. I watched selectors in awe, it was another world to me! I’ve always been a crazy music lover and soon I ached for turntables to share my music. Four years ago, I started DJing — out of my bedroom — and I’ve been spinning since.

Favorite song to play at the height of the party?
Depends on the party, two of my favorite tracks to play are C.K. Mann’s “Funky Highlife” and “La Murga de Panama” by Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe.

What did you want to be when you were little?
I wanted to be an actress. I was obsessed with “I Love Lucy” and wanted to be Lucille Ball.

Who are you DJ idols?
I’m blessed to be surrounded by some of the most talented DJs on the planet. DJ CeeBrown, one of the individuals that I throw Bodega LA with, and DJ Oro 11 are two selectors that continuously inspire me, from their song selection and crowd control to the way they take risks with their craft.

Who is the most interesting person in the world?
My dad, Federico, is by far the most interesting person on the planet. The stories that man has …

What’s your favorite country to visit outside of America?
Panama! If I said anything different, my family would come after me.

What’s your favorite saying?
There’s a Panamanian saying that my sisters and I love: “Puro tilin tilin y nada de paleta.” Imagine hearing the jingle of an ice cream truck and you run out to get a popsicle but when you get closer, the ice cream is empty. The saying means people can be full of … hot air.

What piece of clothing do you wear everyday, barring undies?
Do my locs count? They are my greatest accessory!

What’s the last thing you bought to wear?
The cutest, striped bikini that I’ve ever laid eyes on for my recent trip to Mexico.

Favorite guilty pleasure?
Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer,” you can’t imagine how much I love that song.

Favorite movie?
Anything Pedro Almodovar touches.

Five favorite songs?
This is always changing, but in August 2011, my five favorite songs are:

Les Ya Toupas Du Zaire’s “Je Ne Bois Pas Beacoup”

The Whiskey Barons’ “La Murga Skank”

Quetzal Guerrero’s “Mundo Enganador”

Uproot Andy’s “Mayoral”

Los Comuneros de Paraguay “Anahi”

What’s your definition of a good day?
I hear a new song and the beat is so fresh that I excitedly run around my apartment, call people and scream at them about its greatness.

Listen to Panamami’s Ciao Verano mix below or download here. Know a Parlour-worthy DJ,  email me at hillary@parlourmagazine.com!


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