Cali, Colombia. Born in 1978 Luis Felipe Valero has discovered his passion for music at an early age. Favoring at first Rock and Pop, he felt in love with Caribbean rhythms. During his time in Europe, he worked as DJ in dance clubs throughout Germany for about five years, before returning home to Colombia to start his own radio show at the University of Santiago de Cali.
DJ El Chino is not just a DJ, he is also a music producer, promoter and cultural manager. Today he is an allround talent and one of the most important figures in the Salsa & Latin Jazz scene worldwide. Thanks to his invaluable and tireless job with his website, the Solar Latin Club became maybe one of the three most important sites for Salsa DJs as well as the most popular non-commercial radio show around the world.
As DJ, he has shown his exquisite sessions in Germany, Sweden, Norway, France, Switzerland, Austria, The Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, UK, Portugal, Poland, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Luxembourg, Slowakei and in some other countries as well as in his native Cali, Colombia. The key to his success is based on his ability to encompass a wide international range of music, while delivering the latest recordings of contemporary Salsa, Latin Jazz and world music styles but also the rarest treasures of Salsa, Son, Mambo and Guaguanco records of old times.
In his sessions he puts the music in the foreground and that´s because he lets the music rock till the end. „That´s the respect I owe to the artist, who created a complete song“, he says. In a DJ set he brings together old songs from the 60´s and 70´s with the lastest releases in an unconventional, unique style. His repertoire includes a lot of “Guaguanco“, Descarga, Contemporary Salsa as well as almost lost rhythms like Son Montuno, Cha Cha Cha and Danzon. He also combines the music with the images and films about music.
Nowadays, DJ El Chino is columnist in puertorican´s website “Herencia Latina“ as well as official compilator of the „Salsa World Series“ for Walboomers, the record company based in Amsterdam. Furthermore he is collaborator of the section Top 20 Hit Parade at the “Latin Beat Magazine“ from California, which is one of the most important magazines for Salsa/Latin Jazz rhythms worldwide. Beside other compilations of Solar Latin Club, DJ El Chino’s CD „Salsa World Series Vol. 2“ is the most selled CD in Salsa Around the world !!!