Chiacgo, United States
Diversely decadent and never predictable, DJ/producer Marco Morales has made a habit of jocking audiences on a smorgasbord of sweet beats that skew from hip hop, rock and pop to house, electro and soul. Morales’ crates run deep, delving into reggae, R&B, B-More and more—making him one of the most varied selectors on Chicago’s scene.
Marco first earned his professional name as a skilled turntablist when he was 17. He took early inspiration from his father’s vinyl collection of funk, soul and disco before putting his own spin on the sound under the moniker of “The Hustler.” The late ’90s saw him entering and winning dozens of Chicago-based DJ competitions that showcased both his trickery on the decks and the depth of his crates.
But it was a live performance by the Beasties Boys’ own Mix Master Mike that revealed his true passion for juxtaposing rhythms and sounds with startling, party-starting ease. “Seeing him do his mash to Rush’s ‘Tom Sawyer’ with a live brea