DJ DiGiacomo never thought he’d win. “I read about the contest several weeks before the deadline and thought, ‘I’ll never win, why even bother entering?’ Then I saw the contest ad again on the last day submissions were being accepted, and thought, ‘Well, why not, I’ve got nothing to lose?’”
So DiGiacomo took a 30-minute extract from a mix CD he recorded in the spring (“I knew I wasn’t gonna win, so I didn’t even record something new specifically for the contest”), and sent it in.
The mix: “Imma Be” – Black Eyed Peas; “Telephone” – Lady Gaga ft. Beyonce; “Rude Boy” – Rihanna; “The Power of Music” – Kristine W ft. Big Daddy Kane; “Bulletproof” – La Roux” and “OMG” – Usher ft. Will.i.am
The result: DJ DiGiacomo wins Hollywood Hamilton’s “DJ Expo/Remix Top 30 Countdown Contest.” “Frankly, I couldn’t believe it,” said DiGiacomo. “I thought there must be some kind of catch. I was half-expecting DJ Times to say something like ‘You’ve won! Now if you pay $__ to join our DJ Pool…” or “You only need to send us a check for $__ to process your winning entry.”
“I’m pretty cynical.”
The prize: Four one-hour DJ spots mixing on Sean Hamilton’s Remix Top 30 Countdown, a weekly 3-hour radio program; each hour of the show is mixed by a DJ from their regular roster of four. He’ll be joining this roster for 4 weeks.
DiGiacomo has freelanced in lots of local NYC bars & clubs. “My last full-time job was as Music Director/In-store DJ at the store Jeffrey New York in the Meat Packing District. I currently play once a month at David Barton Gym in Chelsea.”