Hernán Cattáneo comes from all over the world to the It’ll Do Club
Jumping between the northern and southern hemispheres is a good life if you can swing it – gallant Argentinians hit the beaches of Uruguay in January when it’s summer and the Rockies of Colorado in February in the heart of the winter. As Hernán Cattáneo’s wife and daughters shred trails of black diamonds in Aspen, the padrino of Latin American DJs works by the fire on his weekly podcast.
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“My podcast gives me a new chance to promote new producers from all over the world – South America, Sri Lanka, Australia, everywhere. It gives me a chance to show the world new music,” Cattáneo says from the warmth of his Colorado cabin.
He’s not as good a skier as his wife and daughters, but he’s the best DJ in the family. Even with competitors such as Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano and DJ Marky, Cattáneo remains the most famous South American DJ to date. He was the resident DJ at the legendary Pachá nightclub in Buenos Aires in the late 90s when headliner Paul Oakenfold came to town. ‘Oakie’ appreciated Cattáneo’s mastery of the controls so much that he asked him to join his world tour as an opener – just as Oakenfold had toured the world as an opener for U2 in 1992 on their Zoo TV tour, Cattáneo took off opening for the star OG DJ.
“I kindly told the owner of Pachá that I was going away for three months to play on the Oakenfold World Tour,” Cattáneo recalled with a laugh. “I was respectful because I wanted to have my residency when I got back, but I didn’t come back for 15 years.”
Oakenfold discovered what everyone in Buenos Aires already knew: Cattáneo is a top DJ with an incredible ability to manage energy, tell stories and create moods. His sound leans melodic, but he uses nuance to create great moments. Once the world tour was over, word was out about Cattáneo’s capacity, and then it was over 200 international gigs a year for 20 years.
“I was respectful because I wanted to have my residency when I got back, but I didn’t come back for 15 years.” – DJ Hernan Cattaneo
For the DJ, one of the lucky few to have traveled the globe dozens of times, it’s the unique, different and unexpected places that make an impression. Texas is Cattáneo’s because he first thought little of places that weren’t called New York, Miami or Los Angeles. But once he got his boots dirty in the Lone Star State with gigs in El Paso, Austin and Dallas, he gained a greater appreciation for North America’s diversity.
“A DJ friend of mine [Sasha] told me about It’ll Do Club before I played there for the first time,” Cattáneo said before his Feb. 12 concert at the Dallas club. “He said good things, and then I came in and I could see the people who built it knew what they were doing,”
The Cattáneo family’s Aspen winter getaway is nearly over. Then it’s a Friday gig at The Sound in Los Angeles and Saturday at The It’ll Do Club, ending a four-year drought in Dallas for Cattáneo.
“I always do my best when I play and that’s what I’m looking for,” he says. “Some people will fall in love on the dance floor and some will break up which means some people will have amazing nights and some not so many but my 100% effort is still there.