DJ Cecil’s music has delighted listeners and warmed up dance floors all over the world. Notably talented as a musician, recording engineer and producer, Cecil’s deep love for music stems from a childhood soundtrack of old jazz and gospel records, an adolescence inspired by hip hop’s golden era and the fine tunings of studying classical piano.
However, his arrival to the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 90’s would set the stage for something much greater; a path that would soon position him as an integral part of a burgeoning and beautiful soulful house music and dance scene.
His passion for music is contagious; as he cleverly fuses house with the beautiful nuances of jazz, soul, hip hop and deep world rhythms. The result is a refreshing and colorful dance floor experience, that keeps the body at attention and the heart tenderly in tune.
DJ Cecil is a co-founder of one of Oakland’s signature events, thePeople, which offers a monthly gathering space of music, art, style, dance and community. Now in their seventh year, thePeople’s guest roster includes Rich Medina, DJ Spinna, Boddhisatva, Amp Fiddler and many more. The group’s hard work, innovation and dedication to the community has recognized by Independent Artists Week, XlR8R Magazine and S.F. Examiner.
In 2013, he co-founded SKIN World Wide, a collective dedicated exclusively to sharing and celebrating the music, art & traditions of the African and Latin Diasporas. Immediately met with success, SKIN has hosted Carlos Mena, Osunlade, Samba Funk, Black Gold Dance Ensemble and many percussionists, dancers, visual artists, and DJ’s. SKIN has received accolades from several press outlets including East Bay Express, KALW, Okay Africa, Oakulture & Oakland Local.
Pulling from the influential rather than the derivative commercial end of the record crate, DJ Cecil continues to be guided by his genuine love of music. His work can be found on Ocha Records and United Music in addition to a wealth of underground remixes currently gracing dance floors.