1 DJ / Host of Univision's Award Show "Premios Juventud" in 2013 DJ for Official MTV Latin America Events Guest DJ at Univision's morning show "Despierta America" Winner of Univision's Nation Wide Contest PJ DJ for Vogue Magazine Latin America & México Founder of "Fundación DJ" (Fundación Desarrollo Juvenil) +1 (305) Facebook.com/DJMParra YouTube.com/DJMauricioParra
2 Biography All of them have shared the stage and the magic of musician and DJ, Mauricio Parra. Mauricio has a gift. He knows innately how to entertain audiences with his unique energetic style and enthusiastic stage presence. He breaks the barriers of being married to one genre and adapts to any situation and crowd. Not only can he spin records, but he is also an extraordinary percussionist who knows when and how to take listeners to the next level with his addictive beats. Mauricio is not your average DJ, but a true artist who embodies the soul and heart of what music is all about. His entertainment industry career began at age 19 when he joined Radio Caracol (Colombia s # 1 Radio Station Network) as an on-air DJ, producer and MC for their nationwide Top 40 radio station Oxigeno F.M. Mauricio also worked as on-air talent for The Adam Bomb Show at Clear Channel Radio s Y100.7 F.M. in Miami. For over 15 years Mauricio has been playing at the hottest clubs and events in Paris, New York, South Beach, Mexico and many other Latin American countries. He won Univision s nation-wide contest PJ and became the official DJ/Host of the award show Premios Juventud (Youth Awards) in He is a regular guest DJ for Univision s Morning Show Despierta America (Wake Up America) the DJ for Vogue Magazine Latin America and he DJ s at MTV official events. Audi, Absolut, Puma, T-Mobile, Smirnoff, Adidas Y-3 and Osklen are some of the brands Mauricio has also worked with. Named by Vogue Magazine as Vogue s DJ and Ocean Drive Magazine as a Local Celebrity in Miami, Mauricio has also been featured in The Huffington Post, Vogue Mexico and Latin America, Ocean Drive, Miami Magazine and Complot. For six years, Mauricio managed the music programming at MTV Networks for the channels MTV, VH1 and MTV Tr3s. He has worked closely with artists, music labels and media outlets throughout the U.S. and Latin America. Mauricio is the founder of Fundacion DJ a foundation that uses music and DJing for the advancement and development of youth. Some of the partners and supporters of Fundacion DJ are: MTV, Inter-American Development Bank, UN Women and the Organization Of American States. With the many talents that Mauricio possesses, it s no wonder why he is so busy and in demand. His exceptional ability to entertain and enrapture his audiences is in a class all its own. Mauricio Parra knows how to pull out all the stops. He doesn t just get a crowd moving, he moves hearts and spirits. Now if you can only be so lucky to be there when he does it.
3 DJ MAURICIO PARRA SPINS TO SUCCESS IN SOUTH BEACH Posted on August 13th, 2013 With his voice still raspy from hyping up a celebrity filled venue from the night before, DJ Mauricio Parra begins to tell me about the best night of his career. Parra was the hype man and official DJ of Premios Juventud the Latin awards show in which he spun intermittently for Latin music s biggest pop artists including Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Ricky Martin. The roaring fans who waved, sang along and danced throughout the show were following his lead and the energy flowing from his DJ booth to front and center of the stage. The energy of the crowd was amazing! During commercial breaks, I got the chance to hype people up and they were responding to me incredibly. The energy and support from all the people in Miami was just unbelievable, says the DJ, who has a strong fan base in Miami and his homeland of Colombia. It wasn t too long ago that Parra was recording pop hits off the radio onto cassettes and playing them at parties during his school days in Bogota. He remembers always wanting to be the one in charge of the music at these adolescent gatherings. Music carried him along, and, still in his teens, the then-novice Parra became the assistant to a very prominent DJ at one of Bogota s hottest clubs, giving him the ammunition he needed to take those homemade mixes to the next level and embody the hype man. Then came a radio gig for Radio Caracol, Colombia s No. 1 radio station, where he spun on-air and at clubs across the country; the next stop was Miami, more specifically South Beach. THE HUFFINGTON POST I became a South Beach DJ. You name the club in South Beach and I ve spinned there, says the 35-year-old Parra, who is still beaming from the PJ awards. As far as performances and venues go, This is at the top of the list Everyone in the acting business and the music business was there, he says. But one wonders what could be on the personal playlist of a DJ of Parra caliber. He says it s nothing like the music he plays at clubs mainly house, tribal house and lots of percussion, as he himself is a percussionist. He rocks out to Metallica, mellows out with Bob Marley and chills with Pink Floyd. There s also another intriguing fact about this South Beach master mixer that you should know. He makes a killer impersonation of a Latino Sponge Bob. In fact, Parra was the voice of the Latin American Sponge Bob, of Santa Claus and did voice-over commercials for Snickers and Coca-Cola. After years of working as a radio DJ, he went to a casting call for voice actors, and when producers heard his deep radio voice he was about to be shown the door but then he called on the high-pitched voice of the sponge and landed the part. They said, Oh my God, we love it! He was hired on the spot. DJ Mauricio Parra uses music to strengthen his community While spinning for the Hollywood crowd is glamorous, Mauricio Parra is not just focused on the outside. He set his sights on creating a foundation to use DJs for good. He founded the Fundacion DJ in March 2012 and in just one year has created the largest network of DJs in Latin America who promote positive social messages like not drinking and driving, wearing a helmet if you re riding a motorcycle and ending domestic violence. The foundation has teamed up with MTV Latin America to promote its second DJ Agentes de Cambio contest in which DJs submit a two-minute video promoting a social theme. This year s theme is El Valiente No Es Violento or The Brave Are Not Violent. The winner lands a 30-second spot on MTV Latin America, a chance to spin with Parra in Quito, Ecuador and a feature in DJ Mag. Parra s climb to the top of the music business is just getting started. He s going places internationally, and he welcomes fans to follow him along in that journey. My next step would be to have a permanent job doing this, being a host of a show and being able to spin for thousands and thousands of people. Getting to tour the country or the world, and sharing my music and my energy. That s what I would love to do.
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