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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

Summer In November

by DINO Beats&BeautifulMusic | 100% vulnerability, 100% feels from SiR, Al Green, Childish Gambino, Flamingosis and more. A blend of soul, sensual vocals and electronic soundscapes that pull at the heart strings. For your approval ladies and gentlemen, for your enjoyment.

Listen LIVE!

Beats&BeautifulMusic is now on Full Service Radio at The Line Hotel in Washington D.C. every Sunday from 3-4 pm.

Go to Full Service Radio and hit “Listen Live” for 60 minutes of sonic gems of every BPM carefully selected to take each listener on a journey.

Upcoming Events

You Are Forgiven

October 28, 2018
Sun 12:00 PM 

El Techo
606 Florida Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20001

With an intention to raise the vibration in the room using elevated emotions, thoughts and MUSIC, please join me for my monthly residency at El Techo starting this Sunday October 28th.

‘You Are Forgiven’, hosted by myself DINO “Beats&BeautifulMusic” and special guests each month.

Expect genre-defying sounds that take you on a journey. Each DJ bring’s their own unique history to present. No genres or specific BPM’s. We will be playing sounds that move your heart, your mind and your feet.

Decibel Collective Halloween Takeover

Friday, October 26, 2018
11:00 PM – 3:00 AM

815 V Street Northwest,
Washington D.C.

The Decibel Collective is back for Part II at Backbar! Come out and support local DMV DJ talent at what will be the ‘spookiest’ show of the year!

We encourage you to dress up! I know we will ~~


DINO Beats&beautifulmusic
Kevin Stucki
ChairmanK b2b Micfreak

$5 gets you dancing!

My Last Set At The Yard

Aug 22, 2018 at 7:00 PM – Aug 23, 2018 at 10:00 PM

The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown
3100 South Street NW,
Washington DC 20007

It’s been an amazing (almost) 2 years at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown. A place that trusted me to curate their music for The Living Room and The Yard.

I am sad to go but I firmly believe that when one door closes, another opens 🙂

Join me this Wednesday to give it a proper farewell.

I will play a song for each of you who comes through. Hope to see you for one last session of Beats&BeautifulMusic

Live Mixes

YOU ARE FORGIVEN - I - Recorded Live @ El

by DINO Beats&BeautifulMusic

DINO Beats&BeautifulMusic Live @ Quadrant Bar & Lounge - October 13 2018

by DINO Beats&BeautifulMusic

Adventures In The Land Of Music - Beats&BeautifulMusic Mixtape 3

by DINO Beats&BeautifulMusic

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


Underground Hip-Hop Artist/Poet Genesis The GreyKid

DINO Beats&BeautifulMusic presents Underground Hip-Hop Artist/Poet Genesis The GreyKid. In my first video interview for Beats&BeautifulMusic Channel, Genesis and I sit down in the vibrant Shaw neighborhood in Washington DC and talk music, hip-hop, poetry, his influences and more.


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