Deorro has had a pretty big year, overall. He has been touring extensively and his label PandaFunk has been doing exceptionally well. However, as you might remember, back in May he announced that he would quit DJing. Not only that, he stated in pretty clear terms his reasons, and to be honest, I can’t really find fault in them. Not that it should even matter what I think, he is his own man and can do what he wants.

At only 23 years old, Erick “Deorro” Orrosquieta already has two children, with one beginning school. And according to him, he has already missed enough of his children’s precious moments.

“Touring has blessed me with everything that I have . . . But now that I have everything I need, I also want to give the same thing to others . . . I’m going to replace myself with ten people that also want the same dream . . . Don’t get me wrong, I love to DJ, I’m gonna miss it. I’m probably gonna miss it two days after I go home but I’d rather miss DJing than my family.”

Deorro also talked about building a multi-studio complex in Los Angeles, replete with living quarters and “bunk beds” for budding producers to use and apply their talents. It is clear that Deorro’s ego, however much of it he actually has, is well overshadowed by his love for others. Deorro placed #19 in this year’s DJ Mag Top 100, and while it is the opinion of most everyone that the poll is a farce, I don’t think anyone could argue that he didn’t deserve that spot.

Dubstep fans might remember that Benga also quit DJing this year, back in February (albeit in a more curt fashion).