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Sin City

DJ Sin Morera makes his D.C. nod at Be Bar

”I just love [the name] Sin,” Sin Morera says. ”I mean, when you meet me, I look like sin. I just have that edgy, badass [sensibility.]”

Sin is, in fact, Morera’s actual middle name. But it’s a name he’s gone by the name since he was a ”pretty bad kid” in grade school. In the two decades since, Morera has gone from hanging out as a way-underage teenager in New York nightclubs, to writing music for Gloria Estefan and Jon Secada, to working with Junior Vasquez and Frankie Knuckles. Finally, after a decade of fits and starts, he’s finally emerging front and center as a DJ. Morera will make his debut in D.C. this Saturday at Be Bar’s Be: Cherry party.

”My sound is pretty unique,” says Morera, born in New Jersey to a Peruvian mom and a Dominican dad. He draws more from pop, R&B and old-school house than today’s tribal and techno-dominated club music. ”I do a lot of samples, loops. I mish-mash old records from [legendary clubs] Paradise Garage to Sound Factory to my own stuff.”



The 33-year-old Morera took a few years off from music to recover from the death of the maternal grandmother who actually raised him. ”Her passing was very difficult for me. I was basically crippled emotionally, and I couldn’t DJ or write or produce.”

Morera is eager to be back in the music business, and has plans for more songwriting and production in addition to making his mark as a DJ. The mark he’ll make isn’t just about a particular sound. It’s also about sight and smell. ”I love my incense when I DJ. I love my candles when I DJ,” he says. ”It just helps me channel into the spirits of the room. I can’t DJ without them.”

Sin Morera will spin this Saturday, November 10, at Be Bar, 1318 9th Street NW. Doors open 10 p.m. For more info, visit or

Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly.