Meet DJ-producer Manila Killa, playing and paying tribute to his culture

LOS ANGELES — For electronic music producer Chris Gavino, playing this unique 6AM set — put on by McDonald’s promotion of their Triple Breakfast stacks — is just another chapter in his music career.

The 25-year-old Gavino — who goes by his DJ name Manila Killa — has been creating and performing his music since he was 14-years-old, while living in the Philippines.

This Fil-Am continued his passion for electronic dance music, perfecting his craft through high school and then college in the US.

Gavino has since traveled the world performing for countless people.

“It’s more than a dream. I feel like I have to slow it down a little bit. You know, like, a lot of things are happening all at once. But it’s incredible. Really, like, it’s more than I could ever imagine.”

Using the name “Manila Killa,” Gavino pays (and plays) tribute to the city that introduced him to electronic dance music.

He also uses the name to bring pride to his fellow kababayans.

“I feel like I’m very blessed to be in this position where, you know, I can represent my people just because I’m as proud as any other Filipino.”

From playing in front of thousands at massive musical festivals to playing for over 400 people at a McDonald’s promotional event, Gavino is more than grateful to have the support of his Filipino fans.

“I want to say thank you all for like the support this is more than Icould ever ask for for my people. And I’m just happy that everyone’s sticking with me so cheers to everybody and thank you.”

Gavino plans to keep his momentum going in 2019 — playing at more music festivals around the world, and releasing his debut album.

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