''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.''