In 1983, Carlos Sosa AKA DJ Sneak, moved to the city of Chicago from the island of Puerto Rico, where his early musical experiences and influences were rooted in salsa, meringue and Latin orchestras. Chicago, like Puerto Rico, is a city rich with musical styles and sounds. In Chicago, Sneak found inspiration in underground house music, Warehouse parties and “old school” mix tapes from the early pioneers – Farley Jackmaster Funk, Ralphi Rosario, Steve Hurley and local radio station shows played on WBMX.
Sneak earned his nickname rocking graffiti-tags and began working at retail stores as an airbrush artist, which kept him out of trouble and allowed him to make important local industry contacts. Development as a DJ came while working regular mobile DJ jobs and local nightclubs. But, in an already saturated DJ pool, Sneak focused on his music production and started his independent label – Defiant Records.
In 1992, using the fundamental studio pieces, Sneak began recording tracks with an unusual new style. In 1994, while still working at local store Gramophone Records, Sneak met Cajmere (Green Velvet) owner of Cajual and Relief Records. Cajmere released three of Sneak’s catalyst tracks, which helped to bring Sneak international recognition, and with it, a global DJing career.
In 1995, Sneak’s new sound revolutionized house music with inspirational sounds and rhythms never heard. The disco filtered house grooves became Sneak’s signature sound. Innovator to many, Sneak’s love for music inspired others like Daft Punk, Basement Jaxx, Armand Van Helden.
In 1996, DJ Sneak’s ‘You Can’t Hide from your Bud’, on Derrick Carter’s Classic Recordings, ironically became an instant classic itself; a blueprint for funky, filtered disco-influenced house – AKA Sneak Style – redefining Chicago’s underground music. From 1996 to present day, DJ Sneak has perfected his remix skills, seizing opportunities to work with world-class talent and fine-tune his sound. His highly anticipated remixes take dance floors around the world to levels of climactic frenzy with his trademark booty-shakin, bass-heavy beats and rhythms.
After years of development, DJ Sneak is a familiar name across the world’s club circuit playing the very best venues and events. A frequent visitor to Ibiza – the island of spiritual parties and Mecca of dance music culture, Sneak has participated in several events with the best UK production companies – Ministry of Sound, Cream, Manumission, and Miss Moneypenny’s to mention a few.
A favorite at United Kingdom’s summer festivals (Creamfields, T in the Park), Sneak shows no mercy on the sound systems and is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Recognized as the disco filter innovator, his productions and musical style has maintained his status as one of the Top 100 DJs in the world. Dynamic in style – from furious banging Chicago tracks and Latin tribal beats, to disco filtered reworks of retro classics and melodic rhythms to suit your soul.
In fall 2001 Sneak launched a new record label Magnetic Recordings, where he has been releasing new music (including Sneak’s 2003’s booty shakin’ top 20 uk hit ‘Fix My’ Sink’ and subsequent album ‘Housekeepin’), with compilations to come, along with the introduction of new musical talents. He continues to contribute to the evolution and definitive sound that is Chicago House Music. The future brings light to DJ Sneak’s journey, focusing on the development of electronic music’s revolution and ongoing struggle to be acknowledged as the sound of tomorrow.
In 2005 Sneak was enlisted to mix the first installment of the acclaimed ‘House Of Om’ series on Om Records. Ministry of Sound came calling in 2006 to have Sneak mix a double CD for their ‘Sessions’ series as well as hosting Sneak’s quarterly ‘Sneak Beats’ residency at their flagship club in London.
DJ Sneak, Steve Angelo – MTV Club Offenbach Clubnight 17-11-2007 (Part1)
DJ Sneak, Steve Angelo – MTV Club Offenbach Clubnight 17-11-2007 (Part2)
DJ Sneak, Steve Angelo – MTV Club Offenbach Clubnight 17-11-2007 (Part3)
DJ Sneak & Ali Nasser – Live at Night on one Club Station Bucharest 04-12-2008
DJ Sneak – Live at We Love Space Ibiza 14-09-2008
DJ Sneak – DJ Set at Telekiunken Edinburgh 08-08-2008
DJ Sneak – Live at Jack Fridays 13-06-2008
DJ Sneak – Live at Otis San Francisco 11-04-2008 (Part 1)
DJ Sneak & Derrick Carter – Live at Industry (on 4 decks) 00-00-2011
DJ Sneak – XMAS Boogies DJ Mix December 00-12-2011
DJ Sneak – DJ Set at To The Club 03-12-2011
DJ Sneak – Live at Sneaks Birthday Beats, Bucharest 05-11-2011
DJ Sneak – Live at SmartBar, Chicago 23-11-2011
DJ Sneak – Live at Circo Loco, DC10 Ibiza 00-00-2011
DJ Sneak – Live at Casanostra, Room26 Rome 07-01-2011
DJ Sneak – Live at Innovation Weekender, San Diego 30-09-2011
DJ Sneak – Live at Space, Ibiza 20-09-2011
DJ Sneak – Live at The Face of Ibiza Preparty on Ibiza Sonica 11-08-2011
DJ Sneak – Live at Exit Festival, Serbia 09-07-2011
DJ Sneak – Live at Circus, Liverpool 29-05-2011
DJ Sneak – Live at Cafe D’Anvers, Antwerp 27-05-2011
DJ Sneak – Live at Junk Department Warehouse Party, London 24-04-2011
Doc Martin vs. DJ Sneak – Live at House Guests Party, Love-Hate Miami WMC 12-03-2011
DJ Sneak – Live at House Guests Party, Love-Hate Miami WMC 12-03-2011
DJ Sneak – Live at Sneakbeats, Club Eve Miami WMC 11-03-2011
DJ Sneak – Live at Stompy.com Party Miami WMC 11-03-2011
DJ Sneak – Live at Take A Trip, Miami WMC 08-03-2011
DJ Sneak – I Am A House Gangster Miami Promo Mix 00-03-2011
DJ Sneak – DJ Set at Ibiza Spotlight 01-03-2011
DJ Sneak – Fly DJ Mix 00-02-2011
DJ Sneak, Doc Martin – Live at Mintwarehouse, Leeds 00-10-2012
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DJ Sneak – Live at Blue Marlin, Ibiza 25-08-2012
DJ Sneak – Live at Sonica Radio Festival 08-10-2012
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DJ Sneak – Live at Carnival, Sanekys Ibiza 28-07-2012 (Radio 1′s Essential Mix 04-08-2012)
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DJ Sneak – Live at Blue Marlin, Ibiza 20-07-2012
DJ Sneak – DJ Set at The Dogs Club Podcast 00-06-2012
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DJ Sneak – Live at Blue Marlin, Ibiza 22-06-2012
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DJ Sneak – Live at CircoLoco After Party, Morgan Warehouse New York 12-05-2012
DJ Sneak b2b DJ Dan – Live at Love Hate, WMC Miami 00-03-2012
Dubfire vs DJ Sneak – Live at Circo Loco at The Surfcomber Hotel, WMC Miami 22-03-2012
DJ Sneak – Live at DJ Mag Recession Session at The Shelborne Hotel, WMC Miami 21-03-2012
DJ Sneak – DJ Set at Der Club on Sputnik 18-03-2012
DJ Sneak – Live at Dolans Warehouse, Limerick 24-02-2012
DJ Sneak – Live at Fabric, London 18-02-2012 • Mirror
DJ Sneak b2b Phil Weeks – Live at Sankeys, Manchester 28-01-2012
DJ Sneak – Live at The BPM Festival, Playa del Carmen Mexico 00-01-2012
DJ Sneak – Fake Artists Promo Mix 11-01-2012
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