DJ Mark Leventhal | Miami’s Top DJs

DJ Mark Leventhal
DJ Mark Leventhal

Where are you from?
I was born in Boston, moved to New Jersey, New York and then Miami.

During the summer months I keep it light by doing Wednesday nights at Felt, a really nice pool hall and lounge. For the last two years I’ve done the VIP room at Crobar on Fridays. Saturdays I do the main room at Amika, which is out of hand. Sunday during the day there has been talk of the Raleigh pool, and Sunday night I do Inferno Sundays at Crobar.

Number of years spinning:
I’ve been DJing since 1978, you do the math. [27 years].

How did you get started spinning?
I’ve had a love of music since I was a baby. I believe you do what you are, not you are what you do, and this is what I am.

Who are your musical influences?
Musically I listen to everything from Miles Davis to rare grooves, Classic Rock, Funk, Soul and Hip-hop.

Describe your current sound.
Right now I am playing Hip-hop and Rock with Disco and ’80s mixed in.

What equipment do you use?
I have switched over to a laptop using a program call Scratch Live by Rane. It uses a record to control the music on the laptop, so you scratch and mix using the record.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had (as a DJ or otherwise)?
Oh, there have been so many of them…

What’s your most memorable night in a Miami club (working or not
How do I answer that? DJing for three Prince shows. DJing for the Lenny Kravitz concert. Every night at Fat Black Pussycat. DJing Madonna’s house for New Year’s. Sylvester Stallone’s house for Christmas dinner…

What would be the theme song to your life?
“Go, Speed Racer, Go.”

What makes your DJ style unique?
I tend not to be afraid.

What have you done recently to make the world a better place?
I have three beautiful kids.

Describe who you are in three words.
Dad, workaholic, nice guy. Was that four words?

Where can we learn more about you?
My web site,

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