Picking up music at the early age of five, Vlad grew up taking intensive piano, alto saxophone, and voice lessons until he turned eighteen and left for college. As Vlad’s love for dance music grew, he got his first sound system on his 9th birthday. His mixing style began to develop, with influences from various mixtapes and live sets by DJ Markski, DJ Caffeine, DJ Inphinity, DJ Rozz, DJ Flipside, DJ Bam Bam, Tony Arzadon, and more recently, A-Trak and James Hype.
When he was thirteen, Vlad’s parents booked him to perform at a surprise Romanian party for family friends, bringing his mixing skills to a live audience. The party was a hit, and the Romanian community on Chicago’s North Shore welcomed his services with open arms.
By fifteen, Vlad’s DJ business had grown, and he incorporated his mobile DJ company, employing a staff of DJs, dancers, administrative and logistics coordinators, party planners, and audio/visual technicians. Vlad trained several young, aspiring DJs and held mixing workshops, as well as dance workshops for entertainers and emcees. Before graduating from high school, Vlad’s company was performing at over 50 shows per year, from corporate events, weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, to high school dances, fundraisers, and local social events. In addition, DJ Vlad was booked at 16+ and 18+ club events, including several sets at Warehouse nightclub and pop-up events such as Raver’s Fantasy, Club 500, and Existence.
In college, as tailgate chair of his fraternity, Vlad revolutionized the tailgate scene at Indiana University by putting on a complete performance on the grassy tailgate fields across from the stadium, with a generator, speakers, lights, and a live DJ. Soon, all of the other fraternities began putting on performances of their own. Shortly thereafter, Vlad landed his first residency as the Friday night headliner at Brother’s Bar & Grill on Walnut, and he played shows at Dunkirk and Club 902.
Back in Chicago, Vlad has performed on 103.5 KISSFM, at The River Kitchen and Bar (and was a resident at the former Mad River), as well as Scarlet, Minibar, ProgressBar, Splash, Maxbar, Happy’s Bamboo Bar & Lounge, The Drop Lounge (where he was a resident for several years), ROCBAR, Clutch Bar, Play Chicago Kitchen & Cocktails, HVAC Pub, Tavern on Rush, Whiskey Sky (W Chicago Rooftop Louge), Bar Umbriago, Newport Bar and Grill, Dillinger’s, The Alley in Highwood, and Gabe’s Backstage Lounge.
Now, as a practicing commercial litigation attorney, Vlad has been the open-format Resident DJ at D.S. Tequila on Saturday nights since 2016, when he helped start #DSLate. Vlad is also a monthly resident DJ at Electric Hotel Nightclub in River North. The Northalsted Business Alliance has been proud to feature Vlad as a performer on the PrideFest DJ Stage annually since 2015!