Berko

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Biography

  • Berko's style and substance are regarded as delightful and intoxicating...a pleasure for anyone who dares to get involved on the dance floor.
    Born and raised on the coast of Vancouver Island, BC - Canada, Rob Berkowitz, more known as BERKO to his friends, has been hard at work making waves in the electronic music community by producing and promoting quality bookings and events for over a decade now. As an original member of the North Island collective 'House Ten85,' 2006 would see Berko light a creative spark and vision to continue down the road less travelled and carve out his own path. In the summer of 2013, he landed in "the birthplace of house music," Chicago, where he co-founded the artist and promotions collective "3feetdeep." He has seen plenty of opportunities in the Windy City come by way of solid DJ gigs at iconic venues like Smartbar, Spybar, Primary Night Club, as well as holding an ongoing five year residency at the go-to spot for the rooftop season, Virgin Hotel Chicago’s crown jewel, ‘Cerise Rooftop.’ Constantly progressing with the times, Berko is always trying to keep things fresh in his DJ sets and studio mixes. Currently finding himself in an ongoing love affair between house and techno. You will hear anything from a subtle and soulful house groove with a techy bounce, to deep, melodic and sexy beats with a progressive flair. It’s all about the constant energy shift of the crowd or listener, with an aim to connect and being able to create the perfect vibe, whatever suits the room in the moment. Over the years he’s had the honor to support some of the most prolific names in the industry, and warm up alongside international artists such as Rodriguez Jr., Wehbba, Jay Tripwire, DAVÍ, Quivver, John Monkman, Tim Engelhardt, and Matthias Meyer, just to name a few. After 7 years of strength in historic Chicago, he has recently moved back out to the west coast, landing himself in the “Big Box” of beautiful San Diego, CA. Closer to family, and way more doses of Vitamin D, is exactly what was needed for this veteran disc jock. Now just under a full calendar year as a California resident, he has slowly settled in through the Covid era and has luckily been able to play a handful of gigs virtually for the locally respected ‘Soul Workʼ & ‘Pineapple Liveʼ crews, as well was a recent guest for The ‘Clam Jamʼ collectiveʼs weekly night on Twitch. More recently, he has curated a guest mix for renowned music magazine and record label, ‘Music Is 4 Lovers,’ as well has just appeared Live in the ‘Vortexʼ with ‘Lee Reynoldsʼ via Desert Hearts Records on DHTV. Berko's style and substance are regarded as delightful and intoxicating...a pleasure for anyone who dares to get involved on the dance floor.