RotPG – Petro Uno 08/17/2012
Petro Uno is a tribal house and Latin house DJ from Los Angeles, California, well known for his role as a promoter and resident DJ of the Imagination, Evolution, Bulletproof and Insomnia After Hours parties and events that defined L.A. underground house music in the 90’s and 00’s.
At age 14, Petro was already known for his passion and dedication to dance music. In 1989 he changed his name from Sergio Espinoza to Petro One, a name that had been bestowed upon him by his friends in the So-Cal rave scene, as a testament to his love for music and the family of people it brought together as one.
Petro One started to get more involved in the scene in 1993 when he threw his first rave called “Shrooms”, and he continued to stay involved by promoting for the popular club Metropolis and the legendary after-hours “Dream”. In 1996 Petro threw his own highly-respected after-hours called “IMAGINATION”. “IMAGINATION” ran bi-monthly from 1996-1998 and its success was recognized in XLR8R Magazine who named it “The most influential event/party in 1996”. Since then Petro One has been promoting his own parties and providing sound and lighting to many first-class events with his company ECOSYSTEMS.
Living in the epicenter of electronic music, Petro One was exposed to some of the best DJ’s in the world. By 1997 Petro started spinning records and his inspiration was drawn from the drums, tribal beats and DJ’s such as Eric Morillo, Danny Teneglia, Steve Lawler, Hernan Canttaneo, Wally Lopez, RJ Spinher and David Hopper. Petro quickly earned a loyal following which resulted in DJ residencies at EVOLUTION and INSOMNIA After-Hours, the longest running Saturday night underground after-hour’s party in L.A. Since then Petro has had the privilege to open for Steve Lawler, Nick Warren, Sandra Collins, Barry Jamieson, Taylor, Kazell, Mark Lewis and Frankie Bones.
In 2011, Petro One’s official DJ name was updated to Petro Uno, a name that more closely reflects his mixed Latin American identity heard in the music he plays. Petro Uno’s trade relies on a mix of groovy, seductive and scorching Latin, tribal and funky house records, which integrate southern elements in rhythms and colorful patterns in sound. Whether it is exotic vocals, organic drumming, or chunky bass lines with attitude, Petro Uno’s style of L.A. underground house music is 100% authentic and it is arranged to drive a big room sound through the deepest of underground gatherings. If you ask Petro what his music sounds like he will simply tell you, “I play music that has t
he right energy, the right attitude, a good vibe, and that is sexy and uplifting.” Focused in the live arena since 1996, Petro Uno is now looking ahead to production and playing in and out of LA.