Inside The Mind of 'Tito' - Interview

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Inside The Mind of 'Tito' - Interview

Dan "Tito" Davis’s bestselling book Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive is now out on Audible. Yes, once upon a time he was an International fugitive, and his audio-book chronicles his life on the run and takes you along for the wild ride.

Tito was born in a small town South Dakota, but when he hit college he broke out in a unique and life-changing way he started making his own brand of speed, called White Crosses, and the Banditos Motorcycle Club began distributing it.

And yes he ended up in jail. Once he served a nickel in prison weed caught his attention, and a childhood friend set him up. Rather than go to jail for thirty years, Tito headed south of the border to start a new life, effectively becoming an International Fugitive.

He stayed on the run for 13 years, and it was not a jet-set fueled experience, quite the contrary. It was a harrowing trek with danger at every turn, taking him to the underground hideout of the Medellin cartel, into the jungles of the Darien Gap, and straight into the middle of Mumbai's madness, and much more.

All the time Tito was hell-bent on keeping ahead of the Feds and the Federales, and in the meantime, Millions of dollars were made and lost. We wanted to know more so we sat down with Dan "Tito" Davis to have a chat.

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You are a bestselling author, and you are releasing your new audio-book. How was creating the audio-book different than actually writing the book?

Trying to find the right narrator with the proper tone of voice was not easy; we probably listened to more than 50 or 60 different professional narrators.  We picked Tom Hatting because he has the voice that we believe the readers of Gringo want to listen to in the audio-book.

The huge difference between an audio-book and a written book is that you're listening. When a word is pronounced, it is what you hear.  You can't read it or reread it if it is not clear. You have to listen, absorb, and be entertained.  That is why your narrator's voice is so essential, the intonation, the pronunciation, the accent. It is everything!! He is your storyteller!!

While you were working on the audio-book, did you get any new insights into your story?

It had been a long time since I had read Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive. It was refreshing to hear my story told by the narrator, after pushing it away for quite some time.

As far as insights, I realized how unique of an adventure my story really is.   It made me think how fortunate I am to be sitting here, hearing my own life story. How abnormal it is from the usual autobiography.    My life was truly on the edge.

The response to Gringo was phenomenal why do you think your story resonates so much with readers and now no doubt with those who buy the audiobook?

Gringo is shockingly entertaining!! There some things in there that probably no one has done or witnessed. It holds your attention. The average person would never be in those situations. They just can't comprehend it – it is shocking, it is an adventure, it’s true, and it is emotional. It has it all.

While in college I basically invented the real white cross pill which was the Red Bull of the day.  I was framed for a crime I didn't commit.  Rather than get a life sentence I fled and became an International Fugitive. There's plenty of danger. I lived in Columbia under the protection of the Medellin cartel.  My first Spanish teacher there taught me in the morning, and she shot people in the face in the afternoon because she was an assassin. It has sex, love, emotional upheaval, exotic travel, serious action and lots of suspense.

I was kidnapped from Venezuela after I had many near misses.  I went from living in a 5-star resort to using a soggy roll of toilet paper as a pillow in a gray dungy prison cell facing life. Gringo has it all.

Google me:  Dan Tito Davis or check out my website: Gringobook.com

What do you hope listeners will take away from your audiobook?

I hope that everyone from soccer moms to truck drivers will be entertained while they are listening to the audiobook version of Gringo. Before we did the audiobook, we spoke with many people to see what they needed. The only free time these working people have is when they are in their vehicle.  All they listened to were audiobooks because they didn't have the time to actually read a book. After hearing that we knew that doing audiobook was a must.

Now that you have finished the audiobook is there a sequel or maybe a film in your future?

As many reviewers have pointed out this book is what movies or miniseries are made from-it has all of the elements and then some.  It is only a matter of time before Gringo is made into a major motion picture or a miniseries. I have an excess of fantastic material, about another 500 pages that aren't in the book.

We have been contacted by Brad Pitt and Mark Wahlberg's agents – and also Netflix.

Download the Audio-book on Amazon

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When Titans Collide - Adam Beyer x Cirez D Perform in Brooklyn

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When Titans Collide - Adam Beyer x Cirez D Perform in Brooklyn

It’s been a couple of days and the burns still hurts from all the dancing, when techno titans Adam Beyer and Cirez D the darker alter ego of Eric Prydz came to Brooklyn for their back-to-back performance this past weekend. After seeing their performance in Miami last Winter Music Conference, never prayed until then, that day they will return to blow the minds of techno lovers away. Once the techno icons announced their four colossal shows in two major cities, every fan of both artists and music were there.

Adam Beyer who’s the mastermind behind Drumcode Records, Drumcode Radio, and among other creations. Eric Prydz also known by his aliases Pryda and Cirez D created multiple albums and labels, to show all sides of talent and purity of his different style of sounds. Back in 2009 both Adam and Prydz performed for the first time at Exit Festival fast forward almost a decade later with music evolving and techno becoming more popular it was only a matter of time that the two will fuse once again.

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Photo Credit: Off Brand Project

With the help from Teksupport, the leading event company that provides the solution for the best techno and house functions. The double show event took place at a new location, in the Brooklyn burro at a Navy Yard warehouse. Once arrived it looked as if you stepped into another country where you see in pictures from famous clubs and warehouses around the world such as London’s Printworks. Without the disco ball and it’s as if you were at the famous Printworks - Teksupport completely outdid themselves with choosing the perfect location and production. Mix with the music provided by the Swedish music idols it was the greatest and best techno show this entire year and completely blew away all expectations. The massive warehouse was big enough for everyone to move around and dance. The warehouse had multiple levels, the second level was for VIP and table service. This new location is the Brooklyn version of London’s Printworks. Not sure if it was because of the crowd, or the location or the chance to dance with all my friends but last weekend’s Adam Beyer x Cirez D duel performances was even better than at Soho Studios in Miami.

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Night one was on Friday, November 30th, where local techno hero Avision and techno and progressive house producer Cristoph opened for this epic event. Avision served the crowd the perfect techno set of tunes. Producer and techno titan Cristoph was the second opening act. From listening to his Consequence Of Society podcasts and an avid fan and follower of the talented it was a magical sight and privilege to watch Cristoph perform for the first time. Mixing his creative tracks into a blissful set, warming up the crowd the perfect opening set for the main attraction.

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The crowd got very quiet, waiting for their minds to be blown away, not sure to what to expect. It was time for Adam Beyer x Cirez D to take over the decks. When they appeared on stage the entire warehouse roared with excitement and joy. Lights flashing, the bass vibrating with a force like none other. They opened with Multicellular by Enrico Sangiuliano, the same way back in Miami which was surprising. A little melodic, but euphoric. After the first few minutes both Adam and Cirez D continued to pull everyone into the dark hole that they created with their powerful set. There were a few unreleased IDs so it was somewhat difficult to tell who was playing what until Eric Prydz dropped a few Cirez D tracks such as Dare U, Envelopes, and Century Of The Mouse. Adam Beyer played a couple of tracks from Drumcode including No World Order from Boxia. Both Adam and Cirez D played for a solid three hour set, and the end people were cheering and screaming for more. Until night two.

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Photo Credit: Off Brand Project

Night two was on Saturday, December 1st, and was the better and daker night. The production and lights were on a different level, more of it! The track-list for night two was consumed with darker tracks, giving off a somber vibe to the crowd. Beginning with their set for night two was Bart SkilsBells of the Revolution, continuing the set with Adam Beyer’s collaboration with Layton Giordani and Green Velvet Space Date. Again, there were a lot of ID’s in the dark set so it was difficult to pick out the artist until Your Mind was dropped and everyone lost their minds when it happened. On night two was more for exploring the Navy Yard warehouse to other levels, getting the full spectrum of the event. The night got even more obscure when Cirez D played his infamous Backlash track as well as Veerus’ track Phase which was wild. With a few untitled tracks from Cirez D and a few tracks from Drumcode such as 5 Mars from Julian Jeweil. Green and red lights flashing everywhere creating the mood and stimulants perfectly. The night was soon closing to an end, as they closed with Radiohead’s Everything In Its Right Place (Andi Müller Looong Mix) - tears streaming down as the drop came feeling every emotion knowing that the night was almost over, wanting this moment to last forever. Everyone clapping, whistling, cheering for the party of the year.

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Photo Credit: Off Brand Project

From the beginning of the year to now, out of all New York shows that was covered Adam Beyer x Cirez D two-night event was the greatest ever. Combined with the production and the two techno favorites coming together once again for mind-blowing show in Brooklyn dancing the night away with all my friends. It was truly the party of the year and an event that will talked about for generations to come.

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Photo Credit: Off Brand Project

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