DJs for 2014
Henry Knowles, Henry has been part of the IHSC since its inception in the year 2000. In 2013 we are pleased to be sharing Henry's incredible music with both our Salsa and Hustle dance communities. This very special disc jockey's mixing abilities are unmatched and respected worldwide.
Henry Knowles is commonly known as the # 1 Salsa DJ in the world. Invited to play at the the top salsa dance congresses across the globe, Henry is the consummate professional with more than 20 years of experience catering to the serious Salsero.
Born in New York City’s ‘Spanish Harlem’ and of Puerto Rican descent, Henry's love for the music that makes his blood flow was born during the family parties in New York City and afternoon rains of his childhood summers in Puerto Rico. On this tropical island, and in New York City is where he found his soul—and learned to dance Salsa. A dancer, practically all his life—"My heart beats on clave" —he is known to hold his own and understands how to honor and inspire a Salsero on the dance floor. Henry has performed as a disc jockey, master of ceremonies, sound engineer, video jockey and promoter in major nightclubs and venues around the world throughout his career span.
With his yearly visits to the IHSC, Henry developed an interest in Hustle and its music.. To that end, taking his extensive knowledge of Latin music along with his incredible mixing skills, Henry is quickly making a name for himself as one of the Top Latin Hustle deejays as well! His fresh approach to Hustle and Dance music has left both old school and new dancers screaming for more. Henry is "The DJ’s disc jockey", spinning that tension-building beat and filling dancers with ánimo. With la clave in his heart and the music in his veins, he carries his passion for Latin culture and music into this genre, adding a strong percussive element to his mixes.
Nelson Paradise Roman is a popular, sought-after premier Underground and Hustle Classics DJ in the United States, and has successfully produced many of his own projects as well as collaborated with other artists and record labels. Nelson is one of the most respected Disc Jockeys in the New York area, which is reflected by his huge following. Nelson has over 20 years experience as an independent DJ and collaborating with several club promoters such as Wildpitch and Underground Network. In New York and New Jersey, he continues in dance studios as a DJ, specializing in classics and hustle music. Nelson also DJs annually and assists in the promotion of many competitive and social dance events such as Hustle USA, Disco America, Summer Hummer, International Hustle & Salsa Competitions, Hustle and Salsa Congress, World Disco Classic, Millennium Hustle, Midnight Summer Festival at Lincoln Center as well as other dance studios throughout the United States.
Nelson collaborated with Craig Kallman to form Big Beat Records. He then became A&R Director, and in that capacity, he signed successful acts like Tara Kemp, Jomanda, Jay Williams and Robin S. In 2002, Nelson won the top spot at the Club Classics DJ Competition, held in NYC.
Nelson also continues to DJ in clubs, competitive and social dance events and dance studios throughout the Tri-State area, as well as working with various promotional projects.