When Nickelodeon needed a deejay for their Kids Choice Sports Awards, there's only one kid they called. When Diane Von Furstenberg needed a deejay for the launch of her GapKids collection, there's only one kid she called. When Cartoon Network needed a deejay for their Hall Of Game Awards, there's only one kid they called. When Vogue Bambini needed a deejay for their Kids Fashion Week show, there's only kid they called…
For the past three years, DJ Fulano has been the life of the party…and he is only eleven-years-old.
When considering the creative cloth from which Fulano Librizzi was cut, his awe-inspiring talent and accomplishments almost seem reasonable. Born on July 13, 2003 in New York City and raised in Harlem, Fulano was surrounded by art before ever taking his first breath. His mother, Latham Thomas, a renowned wellness specialist, filled their house with the sounds of Stevie Wonder and A Tribe Called Quest on the weekdays, while on the weekends, his father, visual artist, Nemo Librizzi, filled the house with the sounds of Nina Simone, Roy Ayers, and other artists he played on his radio show, "Jazz Alternatives." Meanwhile, Fulano was exposed to fine art by his grandfather, veteran New York art dealer and friend of Andy Warhol, Rick Librizzi.
Before birth, Fulano was drumming on his mother’s stomach. After birth, he was drumming on his crib. At age two, Fulano was drumming on his Fisher Price drumset. At age four, he was taking drum lessons. Then, at age five, Fulano's mother brought him to New York City deejay school, Dubspot. Impressed by the youngster's natural talent, the school offered their youngest student a scholarship.
"Fulano told me he needed a cell phone because he was going to be travelling the world making people happy with music," recalls Latham." The budding deejay's forecast would soon prove prophetic.
A couple of years later, Fulano stumbled upon a DJ Cassidy mix on the internet and immediately became infatuated with the renowned deejay known for rocking parties around the world for Jay Z, Beyonce, Diddy, Jennifer Lopez, Naomi Campbell, Oprah Winfrey, and President Obama. Fulano began tweeting Cassidy every morning before school, sending him links to download his own mixes. Then, by coincidence, Cassidy was referred to Fulano’s mother for yoga instruction. When the two deejays finally met, a mentor and protégé were born.
“Fulano’s vast musical knowledge, sophisticated rhythmic timing, and uncanny ability to read a crowd supersedes his age in ways that create utter wonder," explains Cassidy. “A lover of all genres and eras of music, Fulano brings a truly refreshing musical diversity to the dance floor. Hearing him play is invigorating, not only because he is so shockingly young, but because he is so innocently sincere and inspiringly passionate. Fulano defines the phrase "old soul." I began deejaying when I was ten, but Fulano continues to outdo me in every way."
A full-time sixth-grader, Fulano has already deejayed around the country for a truly diverse list of clients from the world's of fashion, television, art, sports and beyond. The roster includes Gap, Diane Von Furstenberg, American Eagle, Old Navy, Reebok, Happy Socks, Haddad Brands, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, PetitePARADE's Kids Fashion Week, Fashion Week of Rochester, Vogue Bambini, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, CNN, Bugaboo, The Andy Warhol Foundation, The New York Knicks, Madison Square Garden, The Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, Flips Audio, Revolution Foods, and Morgan Stanley. Fulano also deejays regularly for many charitable organizations including VH1 Save The Music, The Clinton Foundation, The Children's Museum of the East End, Generation NXT, Bent On Learning, Solving Kids' Cancer, and The Center For Youth.
With his signature afro and sartorial fashion, DJ Fulano is a natural attention-stealer when he walks into a room. It is no wonder, then, that Fulano continues to make his mark beyond the deejay booth. Fulano acted as the house deejay on Nickelodeon's 2014 Kids Choice Sports Awards and has deejayed live on ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today Show. He modeled in Gap Kids' fall 2012 campaign and in Gap's 2014 Winter Holiday campaign featuring Victor Cruz and Chanel Iman, shot by David LaChapelle. Fulano has been featured in Vogue Japan, DuJour, Wall Street Journal, New York Observer, Ebony, Time Out New York, Earnshaw's, New York Post, New York Daily News, and many other prominent publications.
As if deejaying wasn't enough to keep the child prodigy satisfied, Fulano has dreams beyond the turntables. "I want to be a hotelier one day," the youngster asserts. "Every room in my hotel will be made of gold, and there will be a huge nightclub in the lobby where I will deejay for free; but, for now, I just want to keep making people dance and making people smile. That is why I deejay and that is why I love what I do."