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Inspiring Conversations with Dax Parra of Global Silent Events

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dax Parra.

Hi Dax, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
In 2009, I was battling stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the form of a 10″ tumor in my chest and to top it off, my wife and mother of my four children decided only a couple of months into treatment that we should get a divorce.

But, for me, having cancer was the best thing that’s ever happened to me (outside of my four children). It was almost like I needed it. I was wasting potential and something needed to wake me up and give me real perspective.

Fast forward to 2013 when I had been given a DJ controller by my then girlfriend who encouraged me to start practicing. In August of 2014, after a year of practicing and putting mixes out online, a friend of mine that I worked with found a rave club called Somewhere Loud near Old Downtown that had open tryouts. After trying out and being invited to DJ on the patio, I managed to make the crowd dance and I was invited to DJ virtually every week from there.

As I began to make connections, I began DJing in clubs and events all over southern California, Arizona and Mexico. As I learned more about the intricacies of the nightlife “scene”, both the good and the bad, I knew someday I’d want to run my own events and make DJing and nightlife my career.

After seven years submersed in the San Diego nightlife scene, I decided to take a gamble on myself this past May and quit my lucrative corporate career to pursue my passion full time.

Besides DJing as an artist, I’ve taken on two ventures with talented friends of mine.

I joined my good friend Juan “Casa Nuova” Collazo’s successful wedding business as a resident DJ/MC/Host for his company, The Wedding Entertainment Collective. I’ve already booked ten weddings and look forward to celebrating those days with our clients!

I also joined forces with two of my other talented friends and nightlife veterans, Raul Irok Rios and Antonio “Yodah” Aguilera, and we decided to start with a relatively new space….silent discos.

We formed a company called Global Silent Events and began throwing our Silent Rival branded silent disco parties at Crown Point bringing on many local and talented DJ’s and veterans like Donald Glaude, XOXO, and DJ Frances.

After a few successful parties, we were able to attract the attention of the Gaslamp Quarter Association. With the reopening of Downtown and the newly formed Gaslamp Promenade they were looking to bring on a unique experience for all the visiting patrons and asked us if we could pull it off. And pull it off, we did.

Starting on July 3rd, we are now hosting our Silent Revival Silent Disco Experiences right in the open air at the intersection of 5th and Island every Saturday from 6pm to 11pm. We bring a safe, family-friendly atmosphere with 3 DJ booths playing many styles of music, local talent, full-light shows, interactive dancers, and tons of smiles.

From here, we are looking forward to throwing full live sound production events after the summer while continuing to grow our Silent Revival brand through corporate sponsorships and our own events. We are planning a small festival-style show in Spring of next year so look out for that!

In addition to all of that, I am working on music as an artist for Global BPM which is owned and operated by my partner, Antonio. We will be releasing new music over the next few months.

In addition to my weekly DJ schedule with our Silent Revivals, I will also be a guest DJ for Techniche at The Rail on August 5th and all three of us will be performing at Supernatural Camping Festival (Hosted by my wedding DJ partner, Juan) in Joshua Tree on August 20th.

All of these things that I’m now a part of and have been doing over the last seven years have been, in part, to show my own children that if you love something, you have to pursue it. We all have one life and that’s what cancer made clear to me. So now I choose to live my life as an example and I try to embrace every moment of every day. I’m not into being “normal” or leading an ordinary life. The power of music and the power of getting people to dance is an amazing gift, one I want to get better at and continue sharing. I guess I’m also out to prove that age is really just a number. I started this journey at 37 (I’m 44 now) and in reality, I still have time….and so do you.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It most definitely has not been a smooth road, but adaptability and perspective are key to not letting things get to you. The “scene” is full of cliques, drugs, bad people, etc., but it is also filled with amazing people, beautiful music, and life-changing experiences.

I think if I had to be specific, I’d say that nightlife politics are the biggest struggle and the ugliest part of it. But after 25 years in the corporate world, you aren’t going to rattle me. Lol

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
I actually have three businesses:

Global Silent Events – Silent Revival: A Silent Disco Experience
Instagram @silent_revival

The Wedding Entertainment Collective – Resident DJ/MC/Host
619-456-3676
www.theweddingentertainmentcollective.com

Parradax – DJ/Music Artist
Instagram @parradax

My character comes through in everything I do and I treat what I do as a profession. Working with our clients and event coordinators, my goal is to help make the show/event the best it can be. My other goal is to make you smile, whether it’s through our Silent Revivals, hosting a wedding, or DJing to a packed dance floor.

I’m proud of all of my brands that I’m a part of. Partnering with the Gaslamp Quarter Association, being a part of well-respected wedding business, and DJing in front of hundreds of people are all things I never thought would be a staple in my life.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
I did for sure. I learned to be more financially aware with my investments and that you have to act when the opportunity is in front of you.

Covid really reset a lot of the nightlife industry and is giving way to new audiences and new experiences.

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