It was a year ago today that we received the tragic news that we had lost Carlos Avila aka DJ Primo. After struggling with severe depression, the army veteran took his life. Having served in tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Houston, Texas native is survived by his wife and two children.
I have a lot of memories of Primo. We connected almost immediately after I started The Wade-O Radio Podcast back in 2006. He was doing mixes on DJ D-Lite’s 3rd Coast Fiyah Mix Show at the time and would send me southern music that I wasn’t up on yet. I returned the favor by helping him start his “DJ Primo In the Mix Podcast” shortly thereafter. Periodically, he’d email me while on tour oversees to remind me he was checking in on the Christian Music scene back home and that he missed being state side.
I also remember when he first got video Serato and started doing all of the video mixes on Youtube. I was blown away at the technology and happy that he was taking things to a whole other level with his video mixes. Every time he dropped a new video, I was tuned in. I recall Sketch even telling me that seeing him mix videos at live events really took those events up a notch.
My most striking memory of him comes from the first time we actually met in person. Ironically, this happened at SXSW last year, just 3 weeks before he took his life. We joked that this was the first time in all these years that we’d actually met. He thanked me for helping him start his podcast and even tossed around the idea of him guest DJing on Wade-O Radio in the coming weeks. Little did we know that this would indeed happen, but posthumously.
The Christian Hip Hop community really rallied behind Primo’s family last year when news of this broke. I’ll leave you with a few of the really moving tributes from around the web:
Sketch the Journalist eulogizes his friend, ministry companion and homey on The Houston Chronicle’s, (their hometown newspaper) religion blog. Read More
Primo guest DJ’s on the show posthumously as we remember his life and legacy.
One of Primo’s closest friends and ministry partners remembers the life, legacy and humility of DJ Primo.
I couldn’t Chop-N-Screw nearly as good as Primo. But this is my way of telling him that I appreciated his spirit and heart. Primo was always willing to help other DJ’s. He never had a competitive spirit when it came to kingdom work and he showed everyone love.
The most trafficked Christian Hip Hop website afforded a platform for its readers to share memories of DJ Primo in the immediate aftermath of his death. Read More
A member of the Christian DJ fraternity shared his thoughts on Primo’s life and legacy.
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