Brian Sadiarin a.k.a. DJ Geometrix, from the Washington, D.C. area, is one of those envied artists that makes a living doing what he loves to do. He gave up his corporate day job, as a computer programmer, to pursue his passion for music and performing. He's been a student of the DJ game since 1993 and has been rocking the D.C. nightlife scene for the last 10 years. DJ Geometrix is truly a master behind the decks, and his amazing skills, celebrated experience and extensive knowledge of music has helped him become the #1 “go-to” guy in the D.C. metropolitan area.
Music and DJ culture has been a part of Brian’s life since he was brought into the world on April 19, 1978. Some of his earliest memories as a child were of listening to music with his mother at home. At an early age, Brian learned how to mix on turntables when his older brothers were mobile DJ’s in the Philippines during the 80’s. He would accompany them to their parties as the designated "record boy,” at the same time, learning the importance of rocking a party with great song selections. Brian’s family then moved to the United States when he was 10-years-old, forcing his brothers to leave the turntables behind in the Philippines.
Brian fell in love with hip-hop after discovering “Yo! MTV Raps.” After watching the likes of DJ Aladdin, DJ Scratch, Jam Master Jay, DJ Cash Money, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and DJ Premier rocking the turntables on TV, he knew that he wanted to be a DJ. “I’ve been exposed to hip-hop since I was a kid. When I saw DJs perform, I just felt it. I knew that I wanted to be that person,” he said. In 1993, Brian’s father found an old Pyramid DJ mixer at a neighborhood garage sale, bought it for $5, hooked up an old belt drive turntable and a Sony Walkman into it, and DJ Geometrix was born.
DJ Geometrix began spinning at house parties, school events, and mobile gigs in the Northern Virginia area during his high school years in the 90’s. He made friends with a couple of DJ’s from high school who shared his passion for music and in 1998 alongside DJ Quixotic and DJ Sneek, they formed a DJ crew called The Trooperz Crew. A few more DJ’s joined the crew afterwards, among them Madonna’s tour DJ – DJ Enferno, World Champion DJ I-Dee, and The Original Oz. The Trooperz Crew helped DJ Geometrix sharpen his skills in scratching, beat juggling, and being an overall performer, and after practicing countless hours and studying many DJ videos, he decided to enter the DJ battle circuit. From 1998 to 2003, DJ Geometrix won numerous DJ competitions, even making the national finals in major organizations such as DMC, ITF, Guitar Center, and Kool Mixx. He traveled the U.S. performing in DJ showcases while earning the respect of his peers as a world renowned turntablist. “In the D.C. nightclub circuit, I probably have a great advantage over most of the other DJs. Battling has given me that edge over my competition and the overwhelming confidence to perform night in and night out,” he said.
DJ Geometrix’s success in the DJ battle scene got the attention of local nightclub promoters in Washington, D.C. and in 2000, he landed his first club residency at the now-defunct Cage Nightclub. Since then, he has been a staple in the D.C. nightlife scene, regularly performing and holding residencies at every major nightclub, including Love/Dream, Fur, Ibiza, Park, 1223, and Ultra Bar to name a few. His hard work and creativity has earned him a place among Washington, D.C.’s elite DJ’s, even being nominated as Best Hip-Hop/Rap DJ of the Year at the 2004 Wammies, the D.C. version of the Grammys. He has shared the stage with some of the industries' best including Diddy, Ice Cube, Fat Joe, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, KRS-One, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Gangstarr, EPMD, Wale, the legendary DJ Q-Bert, Grandmaster Roc Raida, and DMC World Champions DJ Craze & DJ A-Trak.
Worldwide, DJ Geometrix has been a featured performer at high profile events such as the Winter Music Conference in Miami, Fla., Starscape in Baltimore, Md., Tuner Bash After Dark in Seattle, Wa, and the Mountain Dew AST Tour in Baltimore. He has performed in nightclubs around the U.S., most recently DJ’ing at Red Bull New Years Eve party in Las Vegas, Nev. He has even DJ’d out at sea, acting as the celebrity guest DJ on Royal Caribbean International’s Freedom class cruise ships.
In 2003, he was named Breakthrough DJ of the Year by The Scene Magazine and has also been featured in XLR8R, Best Events, DJ Times, URB, Tablist, The Washington Post, Empire, City Paper, and Go Magazine. DJ Geometrix was also mentioned in “ON THE RECORD: The Scratch Academy Guide” by Luke Crisell, Phil White, and Rob Principe, which guides readers through 40 years of music, creativity, and DJ culture. He is currently sponsored by RANE, Aerial7, dbmLabs, and Soy Clothing.
In 2010, DJ Geometrix, along with partner Stylus Chris, opened the Beat Refinery (www.beatrefinery.com) in Bethesda, Md. This DJ academy offers courses in scratching, mixing, and marketing yourself as a DJ and is open to all ages. In the future, courses on music production will be included. “I tell my students to use DJing as an expression, a creative avenue. Don’t do it just to be cool or to be a rock star; use it to express your feelings, use it as an artform.”
DJ Geometrix earned his spot among D.C.'s nightlife elite through hard work and dedication; and he stands to be at the top of the game for some time…prepare to be envious.