Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, David fell in love with music at a very young age and started DJing when he was 17. David went to London to study Sound Engineering and worked as an Assistant Engineer at Alpha Centauri, one of Londonʼs top studios. After playing various gigs in Berlin, he soon realized that this was the right place for his music style and moved to Berlin.
With regular appearances in a many of legendary Berlin night clubs, from Club der Visionäre, which would eventually host his marathon Meltdown nights, regular appearances at Sisyphos and Kater Blau, to spots at Tresor, Panorama Bar, and the late, beloved Bar25, the Colombian DJ and producer David Delgado has confidently established himself in the upper level of the German capital’s underground firmament.
In 2012 David joined Tom Clark’s legendary Highgrade label, as well as their booking agency. “I’m a little bit of a perfectionist – this has turned out both good and bad for me. Sometimes, I can get lost in the details. When it feels like it’s in my power to make a production better, I get the urge to do whatever it takes. And take as long as is needed. I want to make it top quality.”
Parallel to DJing, David keeps himself busy in the studio producing music day by day, often with his friends and contemporaries Mihai Popoviciu and Argenis Brito, amongst others. As for his releases, he takes his time to perfect them until the music meets his standards. The newer work is dryer, more minimal, its jazziness increasingly improvisational, with artfully manipulated chords, and baselines often sampled from rare jazz records punctuated by the swell of mysterious orchestra stabs. The mood is suspended, an off-kilter swamp-like haze.
His musical versatility and impeccable mixing skills, the flow of the classic and the new, allow him a canny adaptability, from a spacey early afternoon set at Club der Visionäre to the peak of Panorama Bar closing set. What’s next? His own label, Live shows and more musical expansion.