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DJ Collective Cera Será brings vinyl back to Santa Rosa

Mayra Lopez
Written by Mayra Lopez

For vinyl collectors, there is no sweeter sound than the slight scratch of a needle hitting the record. Listening to music on vinyl has made such a comeback that Record Store Day is a national event. For friends, Leslie Corral Cisneros (DJ Chiquita) and Gabriel Ferreira (DJ Chicano U Turn), their shared love of record collecting led them to form the Santa Rosa-based vinyl DJ collective, Cera Será.

They met while working for AmeriCorps at Meadow View Elementary, and realized that they both loved listening to music on vinyl. Cisneros first discovered vinyl albums while attending college in San Diego. She befriended some DJs who introduced her to playing records. For Ferreira, it was an event called “Open Turntable” that sparked his interest in vinyl. “If it wasn’t for ‘Open Turntable’, I would probably just be an album collector,” he said.

Open Turntable was created two years ago by Jill Brogan, another vinyl DJ. The event invites vinyl lovers to get behind the decks and try DJing. “I went about 5-6 times by myself and I kept telling Leslie about it because I knew she had an awesome vinyl collection and good taste in music. Eventually, she started coming and we became regulars,” he said.

About a year into Open Turntable, Brogan decided to follow some personal pursuits and asked them to continue the event. “She saw how passionate we were about it and how much we enjoyed coming out, so she asked if we would be willing to take it on,” said Cisneros.

As they started DJing more frequently, they felt a need to play events where they could stay longer and have more control over the music. “We needed to come up with an entity for that so we came up with Cera Será, an ode to wax and vinyl. We wanted it to be a Spanish name because we are both Latinos,” she said. Cera Será translates to “it will be wax” in Spanish.

This past March, the collective celebrated their one year anniversary. Although the core collective members are Ferreira and Cisneros, they also have what they call an “extended family” of other DJs who play with them under the collective name.

“We meet a lot of folks that meshed well with us at the Open Turntable nights and end up asking them to join us for other events,” Cisneros said.

Cisneros cites collectives such as West Coast-based, Chulita Vinyl Club, an all-female vinyl DJ group, as an inspiration for wanting Cera Será to come together. She even created an event called “Analog Gxrls”,  where female DJ’s have the space to take over the decks.

The two friends also share a passion for craft beer and tend to choose local breweries as venues. “Most likely we are playing music somewhere that has some craft beer,” said Cisneros.

Cera Será plays DJ events all over Sonoma County. They host Open Turntable at the Whiskey Tip every third Thursday of the month and regularly play at Cooperage Brewery and Mission Kitchen and Bar in Rincon Valley.

When asked what their favorite vinyl albums were, Cisneros answered without hesitation, “Selena’s Collectors album.” Ferreira went for a hip hop classic, “Ready to Die” by The Notorious B.I.G.

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Noticias y eventos desde la región vinícola del norte de California para la comunidad latina.

Posted by La Prensa Sonoma on Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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