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From skinny teen goth to porn star and DJ, he’s enjoyed a double-barrelled career trajectory.
DNA: What’s the Dominic Pacifico backstory?
Dominic Pacifico: I’m am a Native American/ Latino gay daddy. I grew up outside the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. As an adult I’ve lived most of my life in California.
How did you get into porn?
I had just turned 18 when I was approached by Titan Media to do my first adult video. From there I went on to a series of photo shoots and twink videos before I became more of a jock and was picked up by Raging Stallion as an exclusive.
You are also a DJ; what inspired that career direction?
My career as a porn star was blossoming at the same time as I was becoming a popular DJ in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ve worked in both fields simultaneously from the beginning, hence the name DJ Pornstar. The name was given to me by event producer Gus Bean. Music and audio production were always my passion.
Do you have a preference for one career over the other?
Having two careers in entertainment has been a blessing and an exciting journey. I would never trade one for the other. Frankly, I would have to say that one career would not have been as successful without the other.
What was your adolescence like?
Growing up in the ’90s I was a 90lbs [40kg] goth skater boy: Phat JNCO jeans with a torn-up Misfits T-shirt describes me best. I came out in junior high at the age of 13. Coming out so young required me to be pretty tough on the outside but I was a playful nerd on the inside. One thing most people don’t know is that I was partially deaf growing up. I had a surgery to correct my hearing at 17. A year-and-a-half later I became a DJ. Luckily, I had a very tight crew of alternative friends of all ages who were like family to me. I wouldn’t say I was popular, but I was definitely known in school by everyone. I’m writing a book with a lot more detail about my youth and how I became a DJ at an early age. Hopefully it will he picked up by a publisher in 2020.