The voice of pirate radio in the mid-90s and a native Angeleno, Raul Campos has come from the underground to represent the eclectic airwaves of KCRW. From his menagerie of influences, Raul dreamed of becoming a radio broadcaster. His youthful affection for music began with the 8-track and vinyl collection of his Mexican parents and six older siblings. Their musical influences ran the gamut of genres and styles. Before even developing the ability to speak, Raul would regularly babble tunes from the radio using his own made up words. By age 8, Raul was avidly playing the likes of The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Donna Summer and The Beatles, sprinkled with the rancheras, cumbias and mariachi music of his parents.
His assorted collection expanded as tapes became the format of choice and Raul began to experiment with cutting and mixing tapes on a boombox. At the age of 14, he finally put the needle to the record and stepped behind the decks as a DJ. Specializing in house parties, college mayhem, nightclubs and underground events, Raul quickly developed a reputation across Los Angeles.
Laying his urban planning career aside, Raul followed his dream into the world of radio. He established a residency on Power 106FMs longest running after hours mix show Power Tools, along with Richard Vission and Swedish Egil, cutting his teeth banging out mega-mixes.
Embracing KCRWs devotion to diversity, Raul secured a weekly show, formerly called Nocturna. Weeknights, from 10 PM to midnight, you can follow Rauls seductive accent to a place where funky beats, underground rhythms, heartbroken guitars, Latin-loving and daring melodies live.
Campos still loves to rock the club and has been billed along with some of the world's biggest talents, including Louie Vega, Paul Van Dyk, Mark Farina, Miguel Migs, Paul Oakenfold and Sasha to name a few. He's also opened for some of music's greatest artists, from Martin Gore (Depeche Mode), Stevie Wonder and Cafe Tacuba, to Booka Shade, Groove Armada and Lionel Richie.
You can catch him in the mix all over town and at his two monthly residencies: Moonshadows in Malibu on the second Saturday of the month most of the year and at the King King nightclub in Hollywood, every third Saturday of the month for Flow, a celebration of deep, soulful and sexy house music. Along with co-resident DJ and mentor Steve Beltran, they'll be celebrating 2 years of Flow in January of 2011.
Raul also continues his work behind the scenes as a remixer, putting his special spin on tracks by Femi Kuti, Supreme Beings of Leisure, Aterciopelados, Jill Scott and many more. Also, his critically acclaimed mix CD "Loteria Beats Volume 1" has opened the door to release the 2nd volume due in early summer of 2011. This will be just in time for the 12th annual Latin Alternative Music Conference in NYC, which he's been the host for the last 4 years running.