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Originally hailing from Boston, Wally Callerio (a.k.a. Poncho Warwick) made his way to the sandy beaches of Orange County as a young child and hasnʼt looked back since. An avid music lover as a young child, the transition to djʼing was a natural progression. “I donʼt really know why I got into djʼing” Callerio says, “I just loved music and listening to it. This was a way for me to not only listen but manipulate what I was hearing…I was interested in mixing 2 different sounds…”

Widely regarded as one of the premier producers and selectors in his genre, Callero continues to push the musical envelope. With over 40 original tracks and 15 remixes under his name in 2011 alone, itʼs no wonder that his label, Dufflebag Recordings continues at the musical vanguard even after 14 years. From itʼs humble beginnings with acclaimed tracks “Deju vu/Whispers” and “In Your Arms/Thisgo,” Dufflebag has since released music of both house heavyweights and up-and-coming talents alike including: Derek Dunbar, Corduroy Mavericks, Manjane, and Will Jax. Contrary to other labels, Callerioʼs philosophy and approach to creative disposition is simple: trust the artist and give them full discretion over their artform.

As a dj, Callerioʼs signature sound showcases a blend of improvisation, technical
wizardry, and a crate that spans nearly two decades. Drawing upon influences from Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, A Tribe Called Quest and Frank Sinatra, Wally knows where he wants his focus to be: the vocals. Callerio explains, “I want people to walk away whistling a melody or singing a vocal that sticks with them.” And if youʼre one of those who have had the opportunity to experience it firsthand, you can attest to his ability not only make your feet move, but your ears smile.

As a producer, Wally challenges and stretches the boundaries of musical construction. Experiments in phrasing and selection are some of the key ingredients that produce the creative dissonance that is signature of his sound. Wally explains, “I am trying more musical, crossover house while trying to keep that underground feel. I donʼt want my music to be limited to just 8-bar phrases. I like to experiment, break some rules and make the listener think about what they are hearing.” And with over 20 years under his belt, his diversification goes unmatched; his tracks have been known not only to be enjoyed on the dancefloor through massive sound, but also in listenerʼs homes while enjoying a lovely dinner.

2012 marks the iconic labelʼs 15-year anniversary. Whatʼs next? “For one, a number of new changes…” Callerio remarks, “ I donʼt try to predict the future of house, I just try to give it my imagination and push with my music. I try to inspire people into making and playing the right stuff.” Although these changes remain to be seen, if the past is any indicator of what to expect, one can only be sure that Callero will have a few tricks up his sleeve.


Apart What / where was your very first DJ gig, and how old were you?
Wally Callerio 9th grade 1988. dj’ed a wedding. literally bride in tears & whole party screaming at us.. u get what u pay for i guess

Apart Which artists had the greatest impact on your decision to pursue being a DJ?
Wally Callerio I would def have to say Mark Farina (@djmarkfarina) and Derrick Carter (@blucu) .. and they still do…

Apart Describe ‘your sound’ in three words.
Wally Callerio Funky Ass Biotch.

Apart What are your top favorite 3 clubs (or cities) that you have performed at?
Wally Callerio Fabric, London — Mexico City – Portland, Groove Suite

Apart What’s one place or club that you haven’t DJ’ed at yet, that you really want to?
Wally Callerio I am dying to go to Japan

Apart When you are traveling, what are three items you absolutely can’t live without?
Wally Callerio Phone, Laptop, Music.

Apart Do you have any of your own productions out? If so on what labels?
Wally Callerio Ep on Dufflebag last month, Tomorrow an Ep on @Sampledd3troit @traxsource and Beatdown and Cajual soon as well

Apart Name one track that we can expect to hear you play Friday at Studio 200?
Wally Callerio The Tracks I just finished with @sonnyfodera and @mikeyhawt this past week.. Really happy with them.

Apart What is your favorite thing about Milwaukee?
Wally Callerio The Food and People… Love seeing old friends and eating some cheese curds!

Apart Finish this sentence: Nobody would ever guess that I _________
Wally Callerio Am the Michael Jordan of Cornhole and Horseshoes