Island DJ talks performing at music festivals, meeting headliners like Gwen Stefani

Island DJ talks performing at music festivals, meeting headliners like Gwen Stefani

Victoria’s Bryan Capistrano (DJ Boitano) has finally caught his breath and his voice after performing at the Laketown Shakedown music festival in the Cowichan Valley followed by DJ’ing the Canada Day celebrations in Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

“I finally got my voice back, but it was pretty raspy on Monday night!” he told CHEK News on Wednesday.

You can’t blame Bryan for needing a rest day. Working the main stage at the Laketown Shaketown music festival where he pumped up the crowd and got to perform alongside the likes of Gwen Stefani, Busta Rhymes and BBNO$.

“They put the word ‘artist’ on my festival pass which felt weird since I always think of myself as more of the stage crew working behind the scenes,” he said.

Boitano says he got to rub shoulders with some of the big names, and while he wanted to stay out of their way, he said it felt pretty surreal to chat with artists he samples all the time.

“I was trying to be as cool as humanly possible, but I kind of faltered in that area I’m sure.”

Capistrano also got the crowd to pay respects to his late friend, Dylan Willows, who died of cancer last month. Bryan and Dylan worked together at the Zone 91.3 for 16 years so the DJ wanted to make sure he honoured his fallen friend.

“He was my brother. It was a powerful moment when I got the crowd to light up their cell phones,” said Capistrano. “I wanted to light it up like Dylan lit up the Island music scene for so many years.”

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If that wasn’t busy enough, Capistrano then packed up his DJ equipment to perform and emcee the Canada Day celebrations in Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

“It was too bad the drone show didn’t go because of the wind, but it was still an honour to play for so many people during the day and into the fireworks show,” he said.

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The island DJ is also getting a shout-out from one of the biggest up and coming names in Canadian music right now, DJ Shub.

“He sent me a private message after the show saying he loved my stuff and to keep on doing my thing.”

It seems DJ Boitano’s thing is to stay very busy – which he will continue to do this summer.

“It’s going to be an amazing summer, but there’s just something I love about live music, it’s the best and it makes people happy, so I’m going to keep doing it.”

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