Ponsolo will be performing at our HOLY SHUCK event this Thursday, June 27th at Blizzarts! Check out the Facebook event HERE.

So how did it all begin?

My parents met in a club in Toronto. They got busy in ’89 and 18ish years later it started pretty much like every other DJ. I fell in love with dance music at an after party and said: “That looks hella fun, I think i could do that”.

Where did the name come from?

I had tried a couple different names and always got tired of them – I wanted to pick something that plays with my name so it wouldn’t get old. 

What gave you that initial push?

My first warehouse party, the sense of freedom and community that came along with dance music culture. 

What’s the best event you’ve played at/put on? How did it go?

I went to Ottawa once with the other half of Jealous Lovers (Christopher Mac) to DJ Carlton University’s Architecture Graduation party in 2011 called Kosmic Light. It was in a church and there were some amazing light installations in the basement where we were DJing, with a couple other different rooms. The floor above in the big churchy part was for live bands and then there was a 3rd floor with some weird performance installations. It was wild and we played a stellar set. It was the first time we played with Mike Mind and he held it down as usual.

What was the first record you bought?

Well when I was 15 I bought a Frank Sinatra “best-of” vinyl at this huge antique store in my hometown. But the first record I ever bought as part of my collection with the intent of playing it in a set was a Wolf compilation release for Medlar’s “Terrell”. I heard it on Don Rays Midnight Maraudaz podcast and HAD to have it.

Out of all the tunes you have, which one ‘never fails?’

No tune is invincible…but there’s a remix by Gigamesh and Discotech of Radiohead’s Everything In It’s Right Place that I love to play.

What’s you favourite tune of all time?

Other local DJs you want to shout out?

Vosper & Francis Oak hold it down so hard those dudes are super talented and I’m always happy to play alongside them.

When you play is this pre planned set?

Naw I usually have an idea of the first 3 or 4 tracks I’m going to play , then I read the crowd and how many arms are up in the air.

When should your mix tape be listened to? Before going out? Studying? Driving?

You should listen to this mix right before smoking a joint on a rooftop or terrace with five or six close pals, sangria highly recommended but totally optional.