The road to Syphe’s recent breakthrough was paved years ago by a chance conversation he had at concert meet and greet. “I was talking to a woman and I mentioned that I really liked Pitbull, who was opening that night,” he recalls. “She said: ‘Wait right here, I’ll bring him over. That’s my son, Armando.’ He and I have stayed in touch ever since.”
Seven years later, when Pit needed a DJ for his world tour, he called on Syphe. During his two years on the road with the international star, Syphe performed around the globe and made high-profile appearances on the Latin Grammy Awards, Super Bowl Halftime Show, Today Show and Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve.
“Watching Pit evolve from opening act into Mr. Worldwide has definitely inspired me to step up my game,” Syphe says.
Touring solo now, Syphe performs regularly at clubs and festivals, including a recent stop in Brazil where the only thing standing between him and a crowd of 50,000 was a pair of Technics SL-1200 turntables. “It was crazy looking out at that many people and remembering those backyard parties,” he says.
When he’s not on the road, Syphe spends much of his time in the studio remixing and producing music for a growing list of artists. Earlier this year, he also began producing music for Pitbull’s record label, Mr. 305 Inc. The move, Syphe says, puts him one step closer to realizing his lifelong ambition.
“Whether I’m DJ’ing in Johannesburg, Beirut or Tokyo, certain songs always flood the dance floor, For me, the ultimate dream is to produce a classic like that and then get a chance to play it everywhere so