Born in Madrid in the 80’s, De La Swing (real name Domingo Bellot) started his musical career at the age of 16, influenced by techno and drum&bass.
Over the years he had the pleasure to share turntables with some of the biggest names in the electronic music scene, such as Marco Carola, Loco Dice, Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Laurent Garnier, Joseph Capriati, Adam Beyer, Paul Ritch, Paco Osuna, Vitalic and many more.
As to festivals, he has played at many international events like Monegros Desert Festival (Spain), Eastern Electric Festival (London), Kingsday Madness (Holland), We are Together (Marseille), Plages Electroniques (Cannes), Ultra Cape Town/Johannesburg & Origin Festival (South Africa), becoming rapidly very popular in several countries as Spain, France, Italy and Holland.
Since 2010 the Spanish DJ and producer is one of the pillars resident DJs of elrow, the after hour based in the ever-growing electronic hub of Barcelona, that has become one of the best clubs worldwide, brainchild of the organisers of Europe’s only desert festival, Monegros, and owners of the acclaimed techno club Florida 135 in Fraga, Huesca.
De la Swing is also in charge of different labels as elrow Music, Florida Music and Ker Recordings, having also produced and remixed for labels like Form, Drakos Recordings and Amazing Lab.
When playing at Ker Club Barcelona, he shows his more underground side under his Smoke Signal moniker, sharing his talent with artists such as The Martinez Brothers, Art Department, Maceo Plex, Maya Jane Coles, Seth Troxler, Scuba and Los Suruba.
His latest effort is his new EP titled Face to Face. Out now via elrow Music, the EP features three solid, dance-floor ready tracks, two original productions and a tech-house remix by rising star Shaf Huse. Grab a copy here!
We caught up with him to talk about his career, collaborations, elrow residency and more.
Watch De la Swing‘s DJ set at elrow @ Social Music City in Milan below!
How did you start your career as a DJ?
I started DJing with the drum & bass collective that some friends had. They organized clandestine raves in Madrid (Spain).
You have shared turntables with different top-level DJs like Marco Carola, Loco Dice, Richie Hawtin, Joseph Capriati and many more over the course of your career, so of course I want to ask you what’s your favourite collaboration you have ever made? And who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
I have met these artist during my first years, under my stage name, De La Swing. They were a huge influence, but in the last few years I’ve shared decks with almost every artist in the techno/tech-house scene. I usually collaborate doing b2b with fellow artists and friends as WaFF, Nathan Barato, Pirate Copy or even Skream and Eats Everything a couple of times. In the future, I would love to do something with Jamie Jones…
Since 2010 you are one of the resident DJs of the famous event concept and party series, elrow. Would you like to tell us more about this experience?
It’s been 8 years as elrow’s resident and every show is an unique and one-time experience, because each session is about going into a completely different stage with the same goal: entertain since the beginning till the end to every single person attending the party.
You are also in charge of different labels as elrow Music, Florida Music and Ker Recordings. What’s your role within all these imprints?
Nowadays I am elrow Music’s director. I take all the final decisions on each release, artists, promos and marketing with the help of Agus Arbol (Baum), who is my right hand. Without him I wouldn’t be able to run the label and take it to the next level. As far as Florida Music, it is managed by the Florida 135’s resident, Andrés Campo, and Ker Recordings stopped any activity 3 years ago.
What equipment do you use during your live performances?
During my performances I usually play with an Allen Heat Xone 96, 3 Pioneer CDJs 2000 Nexus2, 1 Pioneer Rmx 1000, 1 Boss DD7 and 1 Boss RV5.
What’s next for De La Swing? Any new projects on the way?
Yes, there are some records on the way, on labels as Circus Recordings, Mother Recording, elrow music and some collaborations with the rest of elrow’s residents.
What do you think about our project House of Frankie Underground Radio & Magazine?
I really like to keep track of the industry by other means different from Facebook or Instagram. I think it’s a more professional and critic media. Please, don’t ever stop shouting from that social part!
Thank you! Keep up the good work!
Listen to De La Swing’s latest releases on SoundCloud