Set by EDM/hip-hop DJ to be a New Year’s high­light

The Review - - NEWS - By Brian Binga­man bbinga­[email protected]­tu­ry­ @bri­an­binga­man on Twit­ter SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Dead­maus has the gi­ant mouse head, Marsh­mello wears a marsh­mal­low mask that obscures his face, and Am­bler/Blue Bell’s DJ Dosk blows CO2 fog onto the dance floor with a de­vice called a club can­non.

“Peo­ple love it be­cause it’s re­ally weird,” said the ris­ing tal­ent, whose real name is Dy­lan Dos­kicz. “Es­pe­cially in elec­tronic (mu­sic) cir­cles, it’s very gim­micky.”

Unim­pressed by the DJ at his first party as a stu­dent at Penn State, the Wis­sahickon High School grad de­cided to try his hand at DJ-ing. The in­ter­na­tional busi­ness and sup­ply chain ma­jor be­came an en­ter­tainer on PSU’s party scene, but it was a se­mes­ter in Italy dur­ing his ju­nior year that made him say: “Damn, I wanna do this for real.”

Get­ting op­por­tu­ni­ties to play clubs in Rome — on one oc­ca­sion draw­ing hun­dreds of stu­dents to a club on a night when it’s nor­mally closed — “I started get­ting real money out of it,” he said. “Get­ting back from abroad, that’s when I got re­ally into it, and came up with a logo.”

Now a DJ on the Philly scene, that oc­ca­sion­ally also sets the en­ergy for crowds of danc­ing rev­el­ers in New York, Florence, Barcelona and Prague, Dos­kicz doesn’t merely remix ex­ist­ing IF YOU GO

What: New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tion fea­tur­ing DJ Dosk.

When: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

Where: Sona Pub & Kitchen, 4417 Main St., Manayunk.

Tick­ets: $110 (in­cludes open bar, and a buf­fet avail­able from 9 to 11).

Info.: (484) 273-0481, son­ songs. He pro­duces and col­lab­o­rates on sin­gles by hip-hop and EDM per­form­ers like KJ, Sarah Kane and Philly rap­per Edd Chronic.

The video for the DJ Dosk song with Edd Chronic, “Static Shock,” has a video that was shot one win­ter in the park­ing lot of the Wil­liam Penn Inn in Lower Gwynedd. Ac­cord­ing to Dos­kicz, the trees out­side the restau­rant, which were adorned with strings of lights, made it an at­trac­tive set­ting.

You can ex­pe­ri­ence DJ Dosk for your­self New Year’s Eve at Sona in Manyunk. “New Year’s Eve, to me, is easy be­cause every­body is down to cel­e­brate,” he said, not­ing that the best DJs have a big mu­sic col­lec­tion and suc­cess­fully read the shift­ing moods of the crowd.

In the New Year Dos­kicz plans to re­turn to Barcelona for some club dates in Jan­uary. “My goal is like a Euro­pean spring tour — Prague, Florence, Is­rael,” he said. More orig­i­nal sin­gles are also forth­com­ing. One fea­tured per­former on the fu­ture re­leases is Rose from the Ro­ma­nian girl group Car­di­nale, whom Dos­kicz says is go­ing to be giv­ing up mu­sic to con­cen­trate on her stud­ies at Drexel Univer­sity.

Dos­kicz’s fa­ther is mu­sic pro­ducer and for­mer Record­ing Academy pres­i­dent David Ivory, who is also Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege’s di­rec­tor of sound record­ing and mu­sic tech­nol­ogy. “Grow­ing up, my dad ob­vi­ously had mu­si­cians at the house — rap, R&B, jazz and rock. I tried learn­ing gui­tar. I tried learn­ing pi­ano. But in high school, I was more into sports. I just wanted to do some­thing else when I went to col­lege,” he said.

Now that he’s grav­i­tated to the mu­sic busi­ness, did his fa­ther have any ad­vice? “In this day and age, mu­sic is def­i­nitely busi­ness more than ever,” he said, men­tion­ing web­sites, so­cial me­dia and elec­tronic press kits. “You have to be 110 per­cent in, and not half-ass any­thing. You have to have the grit and have the will­ing­ness to push through.”

For more go to­, @dj­dosk on In­sta­gram and face­ Dj­Dosk.

Matt Tay­lor, op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor of the Roxborough Devel­op­ment Corp., poses with Santa.

Rod­ney An­der­son, of the UPS Store, vis­its with Santa.

DJ Dosk cools off a crowd with CO2 mist from a club can­non.

Nathan Lan­dis Funk, aka Ed the Elf, en­ter­tains with tra­di­tional Christ­mas songs.

Liz McShea dis­plays son Kel­lan’s fin­ished arts and crafts cre­ation.

A view from DJ Dosk’s DJ booth.

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