It all started with the double disc CD from Mykonos Greece, ‘Cafe Paradiso All Star Chillout’ in the year 2000. Violetta ( DINO ), heard Nightmares On Wax, Aphex Twin and curator Jose Padilla for the first time, and she was hooked.
“I felt like I found my space. A laid back tempo and rhythm that conjured images of the runway. It was a sound that matched the images in my mind.”
Violetta began collecting compilations from Greece and Ibiza every time she traveled overseas. After 13 years as an avid collector of the distinct “chill-out” sound, and during her career as a photographer, photographing musicians and dj’s, she was persuaded by one DJ in particular to buy a mixer and try mixing music herself. It came naturally but, Violetta never intended to play live anywhere and definitely not in front of anyone.
She was convinced to play an opening set for her DJ friend one night at a local lounge in May of 2013 and from there, music took a turn for the serious. DINO, (a nickname from childhood), became the alter-ego of Violetta’s photography persona. She began djing at coveted venues such as Flash, Tropicalia and Mate. Fashion shows, art happenings and high profile events soon followed.
In November 2016, Violetta became the DJ in Residence at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown and The Ritz-Carlton Washington D.C in 2017, curating The Living Room,The Yard and Quadrant Bar. Currently she is the DJ in residence at The Ritz-Carlton Washington D.C and The Four Seasons Washington D.C.
She continues to play what she refers to as, “Beats & Beautiful Music”, creating mixes and live recordings that can be found on Mixcloud and on her weekly radio show at The Line Hotel in Washington D.C.
“The music I play cannot be categorized I feel. Simply, it is beats and beautiful music fusing soul, jazz, electronica, deep house, orchestral and instrumental elements. It is cerebral, elegant, soulful and sensual. My goal is to take the listener on a journey of self discovery. To offer them a sound they haven’t experienced before.”
Track of the Week
DJ Residency at The Ritz-Carlton Washington D.C
Every Saturday 9 – midnight
The Ritz-Carlton Washington D.C
1150 22nd Street
Washington, D.C 20037
Every Saturday in the elegant Quadrant bar, I curate an eclectic soundtrack for guests while they enjoy some of the city’s best cocktails. Weather you’re staying at the hotel for the night or venturing into the city, I’ll be playing songs that get you in the mood for an exciting night ahead. Expect genre-defying sounds from beats to disco to house and soul. My goal is to take you on a journey. No genres or specific BPM’s. I hope the music moves your heart, your mind and your feet.
DJ Residency at The Four Seasons Washington D.C
Every Saturday 2-5pm
The Four Seasons
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue
NW Washignton DC 20037
Every Saturday in Seasons Restaurant at The Four Seasons, I play a blend of classic chillout, international and soulful sounds reminiscent of Hotel Costes in Paris while guests enjoy a first class tea and champagne service.
Beats & Beautiful Music at The Line Hotel
Every Sunday 3-4pm
The Line Hotel
1770 Euclid Street
NW Washington D.C 20009
Every Sunday at The Line Hotel in Adams Morgan I am live on Full Service Radio, playing you all my favorite new discoveries I have shazammed and incorporated into my sets. 60 minutes of what I like to call “Beats&BeautifulMusic.”
DINO Beats&BeautifulMusic For EL TECHO - recorded live July 27 2019
Beats&BeautifulMusic on Full Service Radio - Episode 15
The Heart is Knowing III - An ongoing series of deep house and electronic sounds exploring Heart Intelligence
Genres are Passé. Beats & Beautiful Music is What I Play.
Every week I get to take people on a journey and simultaneously tell people who I am. What a huge blessing this is to be able to do this through sound.
This past Saturday was no exception. Walking in I had no idea what I was going to play but I noticed some head-nodding and feet tapping to the Afro-brazilian sounds I started with.
From there I went to deep house, soulful house and some moody vocal sounds. I hope you enjoy the journey and enjoy wherever it takes you.- Violetta Markelou