Today we’d like to introduce you to Jonathan Nunez.
Hi Jonathan, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I am a photographer/Dj born and raised in South LA. That works in the festival production industry and also dj’s all over town. I started off taking photos at the age of 16 when I discovered the fascinating look of how cameras operate. My dad surprised me with a small camera one day and I started doing some street photography. Started taking photos of friends, buses, streets, and anything that caught my eye. I started to discover djing off of some mutual friends I met in the photography industry. A lot of my friends that work in the media industry also work in the festival industry. So sometimes, they would have parties out of their offices and would teach me how to dj. After some time of practicing how to dj, I ended up getting my own residency at this venue called 1720 in the arts district area. I play their “Daft Punk Nights” every month.
I started off photography by taking photos of friends and anything that really caught my attention and after meeting a few friends that work in the cycling industry, I started taking photos of bicycle races and from there, it lead to bicycle products and then there was a pause due to the pandemic. Right when it started, I got introduced to dj live streams that started happening since no one could go clubbing at the time. That started my live music photography career.
As for my dj career, photography leads me to that. anytime I would photograph or hang out with my dj friends, they would let me play a couple of tracks or sometimes even take over for them
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has been a pretty smooth road for me. The only challenge I had was the pandemic, it really set me back with being booked for media and djing due to the many restrictions.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am known as a person that does it all in the music industry. I do media for various party groups in LA, I dj for a few venues throughout LA and from time to time, I even do door at a few venues too, haha.
Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
I love how there is so much to do no matter what. You can enjoy some good food in the arts district, walk a few blocks for some ramen and sushi in Little Tokyo or take a walk up and down spring st / broadway to explore a bit.
The only thing I don’t like about the city is that everything is sort of spread out and traffic plus parking is a nightmare.
Photo of me with monopod in hand by Dan Dilworth (@learnloop) photo of me djing Fidel Salazar (Sandrovisuals_)