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Artist of the day: DJ Santana

santana.jpgIf you've been out clubbing in Tampa Bay, there's a decent chance you've heard the work of DJ Santana.

Santana (first name Paul) started with a Radio Shack mixer and a pair of turntables as a young teenager at a skating rink in Tampa, and he's been spinning at various clubs ever since: Floyd's at the Seminole Hard Rock, Green Iguana, Whiskey North, Ozone, the Fantasy Ranch, Storman's, the Amphitheater and so many more. He became a voracious self-promoter, landing gigs with the likes of BT and Josh Wink. Today he's a resident at a handful of popular clubs, including Hyde Park Cafe in Tampa on Fridays and AJA Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel on Saturdays.

If you like anything Santana has ever done, he's made it easy for you to get your hands on it. At his online store, you can pick up his "Complete Mix Collection," a 64GB thumb drive with all the house, breaks and trance you could ever hope to listen to. (If you're old-school, you can still et it as a $400, 170-disc CD set, too.)

On Saturday, Santana will take it back to the oldest of old-school venues. He'll stop by the United Skates of America in Tampa to pick up a "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the White Party, a 35-year reunion of fans of Tampa's long-defunct Skate Odyssey North. A handful of veteran DJs, including Matt the Bratt and Chris Craze, will also be there. For more on the event, click here.