DJ SONIDEF aka Sonja Elarco is an up and coming local DJ making waves in Calgary. Her previous background in dance has allowed her to easily transition onto the 1s and 2s and enjoys an eclectic range of styles including R&B, Funk, Nu-disco, House, Hip Hop, Dance hall, Electronic and everything in between. From street dance battles to runways, dance parties to cocktail lounges, she can adapt to create a vibe for many types of events. Catch her spinning around town including her weekly Friday Residency at Untitled Champagne Lounge, Commonwealth Bar & Stage once a month with Teddy Celebration and friends for What-A-Time and numerous pop up events.
"My intention for this excursions mix was to create a warm vibe that reminded me of summer and songs that are groovy to my ear. A mix of Nu-disco, R&B, dancehall, house and other sub genres with nice soulful vocals too."
- DJ SONIDEF
How do you go about preparing a set?
I try to make crates of potential songs I would like to play for that set and freestyle my set based on reading the vibe of the crowd. Planning and editing does not come natural to me because I tend to overthink way too hard hence the last minute of preparation of this mix haha. Going with the flow is how I pretty much live my life.
What are you working on now? What’s next?
I do want to make more mixtapes to showcase all the other genres I love to play. Eventually learning how to produce my own edits in the future!
What was the last show you saw?
I don’t go out that much but one of my most favorite shows I’ve seen recently in regards to DJing is seeing Questlove this past summer. His musical tastes are undeniably awesome and that set he played took the whole crowd on a journey.
Little Dragon – High (Shea Butter Extra Hi Edit) [Bandcamp]
Ashanti – Only you (WNTR Remix) [Soundcloud]
Childish Gambino – Redbone (Full Crate & PimPim Remix) [Soundcloud]
Nick Wisdom – Rock the Cash Bar [Bastard Jazz Recordings]
Sam Wills – So Bright [Self Released]
Midas Hutch feat Shakka – Get Mine (Wantigga Remix) [Soundcloud]
Mars Today – Chico’s Groove [Mixto Music]
Boulevard 95– Summer Madness [Soundcloud]
Mac Ayres – Devil in the Details (Jon Reyes Doowutchyalike Edit) [Soundcloud]
Reva Devito – Kisses ( Blvd95 Magic Kiss Edit) [Soundcloud]
Amine – Redmercedes (Ryan Fennis Bootleg) [Bandcamp]
Cosmo’s Midnight feat Kudu Blue – Mind Off [Soundcloud]
Eric Benet feat Faith Evans – Georgy Porgy (SOULSPY George Benson Remix) [Soundcloud]
Justin Timberlake – Rock your body (Paul Oakenfold Mix) [Jive]
Y4NN – Talk to me [Soundcloud]
Dabeull feat Holybrune – DX7 [Roche Musique]
Shay Lia – What’s Your Problem? [Soundcloud]
J-Felix – 101 Reasons (El Train Remix) [Tru Thoughts]
JR. JARRIS with Mikos Da Gawd – Get Lost [Bandcamp]
Luke Million feat Sam Sparro – Back to the Rhythm (JaFunk Remix) [Soundcloud]
Zo! feat Eric Roberson – We Are On the Move [Reel People Music]
Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You (WNTR Remix) [Soundcloud]