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DJ PS1 & DJ Benzi

As a 12-year old kid, Peter Conigliaro walked into his Howard Beach house one day to find his brother messing around with recently purchased turntables. Little did he know it would form the basis for his whole career. 12-year old Peter is now DJ PS1, one of New York's most sought-after DJs and the go-to guy to rock the rich, famous, semi-famous and infamous. Diddy requests him. Britney hops in the booth when he spins. And when PS1 steps into a club, it's as if a rock star has entered the building. But before all the mentions in CosmoGIRL, US Weekly and Page Six, there was a curious kid. 'My brother's a music producer and he put a studio together in our apartment,' says PS1. 'I used to stay up til five or six in the morning every night and just listen to what he was doing. I would mess around but at that age, I didn't know what I was doing. I was just throwing records on.' The addiction had begun. Like the junkie getting his first fix for free, the budding DJ knew he wanted nothing more than to get on the decks and stay there. At 18, after random one-offs at Queens teen parties, friend and mentor DJ Skribble took PS1 on the road for six months, playing over 20 cities across the country. 'It was nuts going to a different club every other day,' he recalls. 'I got no sleep, but it was crazy fun. That was the turning point for me where I said, 'I need to do this now.'' As the club gigs became more frequent, PS1 also took time to indulge in his other passion: sneakers. The owner of, at one time, over 400 pairs (Including a $2,000 custom-made pair), he opened and ran N7, a chic sneaker store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn before deciding to call it quits and DJ full-time. Since then, PS1 has held it down all across the country, dominating New York's top clubs like Marquee, Cain and Pink Elephant while locking in residencies at Atlantic City's mur.mur, Foxwoods' Shrine and New Jersey's Bliss. His sets, mostly electro and pop with hip-hop thrown into the mix, are an ADD patient's dream. 'When I spin, I don't play a record longer than 20 seconds,' says the DJ. 'I'll play the hook and get out.' It's this creativity and constant energy that have made PS1 a favorite on the celebrity set, and his picture routinely pops up in all your favorite guilty pleasure magazines. Having been on the road since he was 18, PS1 feels right at home in any major city, instinctively knowing what does-and doesn't-work in a set regardless of where he is. Now if we can just prevent Britney from interrupting his sets.

My Artists Sessions

Friday, March 18

7:00pm CDT