Ten years after Christmas' eve 1991 when he first mixed for a salsa crowd in Nijmegen, (Holland), Cisko moved to Belgium, while his name were heard in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Arnhem, Eindhoven, Düsseldorf, etc. He carried on with his activities in Holland organising parties or being invited as a dj but he wanted to be a part of the Belgian Salsa Scene and festivals where fellow dj's were heating up the local dance floors. Cisko clearly had a different way of playing salsa and the crowd liked it. He is often invited to plug his headphones on World's Salsa events, from Brussels to Dubai, Sofia, Bucharest, Paramaribo, Athens, and Amsterdam to name a few locations. About his passion, he said: "..I am not sure I have a "style" as SALSA evolves as music as well as a dance. I learn a lot listening to local and international dj's around the world. I try to adjust with the audience and smoothly bring him to react to my inspiration of the moment. My audience inspires me: a smile, a glance, a shine, a hip movement or a Salsero (a)'s footwork and I there I go for a next song or a mix. One guideline though, it has to be a good song, with a rich text or a great musical arrangement.
I play salsa from New York, Miami, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Africa (oh yes) or Colombia, and from Europe or even Japan, I play salsa that makes one willing to move (including myself behind the deejay boot)! I play salsa without time or space barriers. I play salsa as if I were in an endless journey through Time and Space. I play salsa for all, Black or White, Chinese or Latinos. I play salsa for Jewish, Muslims, Christians, Gays and Straights, Young and Elders people. I play salsa for Nowadays Word Citizens… …. because I strongly believe that The Salsa World should inspire the World today! Imagine that! I must confess, I never plan or think of my sets hours before and I most of the time decide what the next song will be during the last 30 seconds of the current track. The idea is: if one goes out for a party, he deserves to have fun. Hence once I push on the "play" button, nothing else is more important than focussing on the dancers' and listeners' pleasure, my pleasure.
Even if they won't remember the face behind the mixer at the end of the evening it is always a great feeling to see happy faces leaving the party and say to the person they came with or just met or have been "chasing" for so long: "see you here next time"? And there is usually a next time. So see you next time?" And when I am not playing, grant me with a smile or invite me for a dance!
J'ai commencé ma
carrière en 1991 à Nimègue, (Hollande), et je vis
en Belgique depuis 2001. Je considère la musique
en général et la salsa en particulier comme un grand
amour! Même si on ne se marie pas toujours avec,
on en garde la passion reste toute sa vie. Depuis,
je crois avoir rejoint le club des meilleurs dj
salsa internationaux pour son talent et sa chaleureuse
personnalité. Il est souvent invité aux grands évènements
salsa en Europe. A propos de sa passion, il affirme:
"Je ne suis pas certain d’avoir un “style” car la
salsa évolue en tant que musique et en tant que
danse. J’apprends toujours en écoutant les collègues
dj locaux et internationaux. J’essaie de m’adapter
au public tout en l’emmenant progressivement à réagir
à mon inspiration du moment.