There is a stark difference between a hobby and a passion. A hobby is an activity a person does to relax in their spare time. A passion, however, is an unyielding desire embedded in a person impossible to ignore. They wake up pondering ways to perfect this passion. It remains on their minds all day. They go to sleep with it plaguing their mental. For Manotti da Vinci, music is anything but a hobby.
Following graduation, Manotti (f/k/a DJ RNS) was recruited as an on-air DJ for Richmond’s massively popular radio station, 106.5 The Beat of Clear Channel Communications and then later acquired his own live mixshow on XM Satellite Radio’s RAW 66 channel with Leo G and Mz. Kitti. It was in 2004 when his first major break would arrive. He was pegged the opening act for Usher’s Truth Tour which featured none other than Kanye West.
His ever-evolving brand is vital to Manotti’s progression as an artist and entity in music as well. His projects – trademarked by his innovative mesh of remixes and mashups – have earned him acknowledgements and placements from outlets such as RVA Magazine, MTV.com, Ozone Magazine, FKN-Famous.com, Datpiff.com and a countless more. His list of corporate clients with whom he has stellar track records with include: XM Radio, Clear Channel, Def Jam Records, Winter Music Conference (2011), Vitamin Water, Downtown Locker Room (DTLR), UV Vodka, Crown Royal and AMP Energy to merely list a portion.
Jockeying such notoriety to his resume, Manotti has since gone on to work with and perform alongside heavyweights in the vein of Diddy (Puff Daddy), Talib Kweli, Ludacris, DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Chris Brown, Steve Aoki, Designer Drugs, Midnight Conspiracy and more. With 15 years and counting as a professional DJ – having played at numerous events and venues throughout the East Coast – the desire for more continues to be a motivational factor.