Marco Castro aka DJ Madness, born 1963 in Virginia, and raised in the Lower East Side of Manhattan better known as “Alphabet City”. His brother Joe introduced him to playing music in the early 70's in the Disco era. During this legendary time he felt such a passion and love for the music it became him.
In the mid 60's as a young boy when house parties rocked, he was influenced by his parents to the world of music and needless to say, all types of music was heard in his home. He remembers that his home was always open to music lovers and the party people, which started his blood flowing towards the love of music. He will never forget the dancing, laughing, and the sound that surrounded him, also which lead him to who he is today.
In 1979, he worked as a stock boy in a Record Shop named ‘Sergeant Peppers’ in Staten Island where he continued his huge rare collection of music. He says, "90% of my salary would go right back to the store, I actually worked just to buy Music." At this time of his life he would have done many types of events, house parties, small local clubs and after hour spots.
His first dance club experience was at the Park Villa in Staten Island when he was just 15 yrs old. He never really knew what it felt like to feel the thump of the bass until he entered this club and he was completely amazed at the sound that came from the speakers. Then came Park Villa 2 in Staten Island, a small version of Studio 54 on 54th St in NYC where it was 10 times louder and bigger than Park Villa1 and this is where his journey began into the world of clubbing.
Now old enough to drive, he started exploring the dance clubs, The Palladium, The World, 1018, Roseland, The Tunnel and many others. Then one day he was introduced to the Legendary "Copa Cabana" the Greatest Latin Club ever on 60th Street in NYC where the Salsa and Freestyle took control. He became a regular to amazing clubs watching all of the beautiful people, dress to impress, dance to the amazing remixes played by the DJ, which was totally different from the radio played music he was collecting. This drove him to want more. He was 17, at this time, and Roller Skating was at its peak. Alternating from dancing to Roller-skating, he met my life-long friend and Brother Elliott Venegas. Because of Elliott, he was able to experience the most amazing sound of the ‘Paradise Garage‘ on King St in NYC where the legendary Larry Levan owned the DJ Booth. He became a member of one of the most the amazing clubs he had ever entered. Underground House music completely transformed him into the versatile DJ he is today. The Sound System was tremendous and he learned a whole new style of dance at the Paradise Garage.
For about ten years he gave up the music because of my Christian beliefs feeling that is was the right thing to do. In his own words he states, "God gave us all a different gift in life, mine happens to be music, I thank God for this gift, so I’m pursuing my musical gift to hopefully draw people to Him “God”."
He is, actually, just getting to know this new age style of mixing and music. With all of this digital technology, he still prefers the feel of true vinyl, and why he owns a Rane Serato 4 set up, which gives him the ability to go from Vinyl to Mp3 at the touch of a button. He says, “It’s truly amazing to know the difference between lugging records, speakers, and all the heavy equipment to entertain people within your sight, to just turning on the computer and playing for the world wow, what a technical miracle.”
With this being said, DJ Madness will be DJing on one of the hottest Internet Radio Shows known. He would like to thank Dj EV for opening this door for him to pursue my musical talents on FacethebassLive.com.
He also gives a special thanks to the CEO DJ Speedy and Utopia, and the rest of Admins involved in this site. God Bless You All.