At Baruch College, one student is making his musical presence felt throughout campus, one dirty dutch mix at a time.
DeMetree Anastasios Kesoglides, better known as DJ SANiTY, has managed to become the DJ of choice when it comes to providing the music at club events, fashion shows and parties. Wearing an eyebrow ring and often clothed in his typical DJ attire of a long button up shirt with the sleeves rolled up, a brightly colored vest and matching bow tie and Yankees hat, SANiTY attentively hovers over his booth as his mixes resonate in the air.
Although he is paid for these gigs, SANiTY’s main compensation is seeing others have a good time and enjoy the music as much as he does.
“Music has that power to effect emotions, to move bodies in unison, to possess no boundaries in terms or race gender [or] anything,” he said. “Music is a universal language. That’s what I love about it.”
To think it was only a year and a half ago that he met his first Baruch gig, the Purple Hearts Party, with success and, since then, went on to DJ roughly 30 parties on campus.
SANiTY is an open format DJ, usually playing popular songs in the genres of reggae, hip hop, R&B, soca, Latin music such as salsa, bachata, merenegue, and reggaeton, pop, house, and dub step, and top 40.
Dirty dutch house, also known as electro house or bleep house, is his favorite music to mix and he hopes to be the next Afrojack, who is considered one of the best electro house DJs.
If you’ve attended any of Baruch’s biggest parties this year, whether it were the Freak Fest, the Masquerade Ball, or the Cinco de Mayo fiesta, you’d know that SANiTY has the uncanny ability to make the multi-purpose room feel like a club at full-throttle.
Some say his skills are insane however that’s not how he came up with the name. SANiTY, which he proudly wears on his upper back in black ink, is a combination of the impact music has had on his life and his admiration for his favorite basketball player Vince Carter, whose nickname is “Vince Sanity – half man, half amazing.”
“No matter what was happening in my life, music always kept me sane. Like I said, its the soundtrack to my life [...] music is my sanity,” he said.
He feels like he has something to prove just like Carter, who had become an underdog after not meeting expectations of becoming the next Michael Jordan.
With dreams of working his way to the top as an A & R executive (talent scout) at a top record label, SANiTY has kept his plate full preparing for that endeavor making music a part of his academic and business affairs.
He has interned at Atlantic Records doing digital media and marketing for the likes of T.I., Lupe Fiasco, Flo Rida, Trey Songz, Metallica, Kid Rock, Sean Paul and Jay-Z.
This pass semester he served as the president of the New York Music Industry Association, a Baruch club whose purpose is to help students find their niche within the music industry.
Currently interning at EMI Music Publishing, he’s gained experience relating to copy right law, intellectual property, and exporting music onto TV, film and commercials.
Despite his hectic schedule, he finds the time to maintain “DJ SANiTY’s Top Five Tracks of the Week”, in which he objectively predicts the next hit songs for his Twitter followers to listen to, and manage FTL entertainment, a company he co-owns.
FTL Entertainment Inc. has two divisions. The For The Ladies Entertainment Inc. division deals with providing entertainment, such as DJs and artists for parties, event hosting and club promotions, and the Faith, Teamwork & Loyalty Entertainment Records division is an indie label.
Graduating in June with a bachelor’s in Management of Musical Enterprises, he has a busy summer ahead of him before he starts NYU’s graduate program for Music Business.
This summer he hopes to make FTL Entertainment Inc. a limited liability company and he will drop his first mix tape S.O.S — Summer of SANiTY, which will feature his first house production called Lose Your SANiTY.
The song is an effectively electrifying medley of techno bases,sounding like a heart beating simultaneously with clapping. It makes several transitions into snare drums, sounding like metal trash cans being pounded on, light and whimsical dream-state trance beats and early ’90s freestyle rhythms. The distorted words, “Wash Yo Ass,” is the most memorable part of the song.
He’s as excited about its release as he is for the upcoming Baruch Bash, his last gig as a Baruch student. On May 27, many seniors will be having an epic night, but for SANiTY it will be bittersweet, considering his soon-to-be departure from where it all began.
“This is how DJ SANiTY became DJ SANiTY. It’s all because of the Baruch students,” he said. “If it weren’t for the Baruch Community, I wouldn’t be where I am today.