Urban Kiz

Interview: DJ X-tra

Hailing from the beautiful country of Luxembourg, Patrizio Monteiro, aka DJ X-tra is a seasoned DJ both locally and internationally.  He is one of the organizers of Kizomba Luxembourg, one of the biggest Kizomba festivals in Europe.  DJ X-tra is known for his versatility; he’s always keeping it fresh and will leave you craving for more on the dance floor.  He DJs at the biggest clubs in Luxembourg and can spin everything from hip-hop to ghetto zouk. We caught up with DJ X-tra in Los Angeles before his set at Kizomba After Hours.

Tell me about your background.

I was born in Italy while my mom was studying in college. My whole family is from Cape Verde. Later, I moved to Luxembourg and that’s where I’m currently living.

Tell me when you started DJ’ing.

I started DJ’ing almost ten years ago. I’ve been DJ’ing hip-hop and top 40 music since school. It’s always been a part of me and will continue to be, even before Kizomba and my aunt’s influence.

When did you get into Kizomba?

Kizomba came into my life with my aunt, who is a big fan of Kizomba. Growing up, I was forced to learn to dance passada and she was always playing Kizomba, Ghetto Zouk, Kompa, & Semba - which I eventually grew to love.

Describe your sound.

It’s “extra”(laughs), every set is different and I always try to do something new focusing on the crowd in front of me. The crowd is my inspiration and is what determines how the night will turn out.

What genre do you like to play most?

All music. I play everything I like and make myself dance and groove to the beat which ultimately transmits to the dance floor.

What’s your favorite song at the moment?

There’s so many….but right now I would say Atrevido by Djodje.

What’s a scary moment you had while DJing?

One time there was a concert for Djodje in Luxembourg and the music stopped mid-set. It wasn’t my fault, thankfully, but the sound turned off and I had to scramble to fix it. Thankfully, I had a mixtape of DJ Chu, which helped me out.

What was one of the most memorable moments?

It was when I was playing for Booba, a French rapper. It was a special moment for me because it was my first time DJing a big concert.

What’s your favorite movie?

The Intouchables.

When did you decide you wanted to become a DJ?

When I was really young… around 14. I used to see my cousin play in Holland, Danny Delgado - shout out to him. Yeah, saw him DJing all the times with big names like Afrojack and Lil Bow Wow. I think he pushed me to do what I’m doing today.

Who inspires you?

DJ Khaled. I love his positivity, it drives me forward.

What’s something that you live by?

Happiness and positivity. I always try to be myself and bring joy to people.

What are your plans for the rest of the year and going into 2020?

I’m going to focus more on marketing and producing.

Keep up with DJ X-tra by following him on his Facebook or Instagram.