Peace for Earth with The Perfect Cyn – What The Festival 2016 Artist Spotlight and Interview

Written by DJ Mkulima (The Farmer) on June 16, 2016

The Perfect Cyn, Portland local favorite DJ warmed up the decks last night on Learning to Grow with DJ Mkulima (The Farmer) pre- What The Festival 2016! Cyn has the great honor of opening up the late night Dragon stage. Tune in to hear about what about The Perfect Cyn makes such PerfectCyn!

Download or stream the Podcast here at KPSU // Soundcloud // Mixcloud!

If Idle hands are the devil’s tools, then one fateful decision to spend a year off learning to DJ has most definitely saved Cynthia Valenti’s life.  Valenti is Portland’s The Perfect Cyn, and ever since that decision, her hands have been busy as one of Portland’s most sought after DJs.  As an instigator of trouble on Portland dance floors and beyond since 2002, this self-taught DJ has built a reputation for bringing uncompromisingly forward-thinking music to the people, time and time again.

The Perfect Cyn

Cynthia has been a music freak since childhood. Raised in the Chicagoland area of Indiana, she experienced the disco/house transition of the early 80’s and the house/rave transition in the early 90’s. To her it was clear; something big was happening and she liked it! She attributes the encouragement to move from spectator to participant solely to Portland’s positive attitude toward women in all areas of music. The years between her youth and learning to DJ bear witness to a love story between a girl and music of all kinds: from the Beatles to AC/DC, Kraftwerk, Bikini Kill & Underworld, there is a memory attached to every song in between. Cynthia learned classical music through playing the flute and piccolo during High School and then moved on when she was old enough to go see live bands. Finally, in 2002 she found herself unexpectedly unemployed. Armed with proper instruments, the ear of an audiophile and a lifetime of attention to music, she taught herself to DJ. Now she could finally give back to this thing that had brought her to every positive person and place in her life: MUSIC.

As a driving force in the PDX techno and minimal scene that emerged in the early and mid 00’s, Cyn helped found Sexy Robot Music, a local collective who held numerous events at the city’s most cutting edge venues. Working together with Andrew Kelsey from Blue Collar Entertainment, Sexy Robot Music took a gamble on bringing the rascally Barclay Crenshaw aka Claude VonStroke to Portland for the first time in 2007. Continuing to encourage other women interested in learning to DJ, Cynthia was a founding member of the Portland Chapter of the Sister DJ Collective during that time as well.

From 2009 to 2012 as a founder of the Alga-Rhythms collective, Cyn continued promoting and performing regularly throughout the city, including a residency DJing and curating the musical program at the longtime PDX electronic haunt SauceBox. Alga-Rhythms collective was also responsible for bringing a host of top-notch talent to PDX, including J.Phlip’s infamous Indigo Rooftop bon-voyage party before moving to Berlin.

Today Cyn is part of Modern Ritual Events with partner-in-crime Laura Lynn, perpetuating her desire to break dance music’s newest sounds, while the event plays host to dance music’s most current darlings each month. Her original production schedule always in flux, soon she will unleash her unique take on that signature slutty yet bouncy sound she’s become known to play. As for DJing, she continues to bring a unique, sensuous sound to every set, preferring to not refer to her sets by genre due to her ear for the unexpected.

For What The Festival 2016, Cyn is proud to be bringing her penchant for melodies, heart shaking rhythms, and booty-rattling bass to Dufur for the Dragon stage’s inaugural set.  Be sure to be there at 11:30pmFriday– you will not be disappointed.

The Perfect Cyn

Check out The Perfect Cyn at: Facebook, Instagram, TwitterSoundcloud, Mixcloud and Resident Advisor!


Some upcoming shows with The Perfect Cyn!

Saturday June 25Playground Phenomenon Presents Playground in the Park – Cathedral Park, Portland, OR

Set time:  7:30pm


Immediately following-

Saturday June 25Modern Ritual Presents Playground Afterparty with Jeni Luv and Davi – The Liquor Store, Portland, OR

Set time: 10pm


Saturday July 9 – Lot 13 Stage – Mississippi Street Fair, Portland Oregon

Set time:  TBD, 4001 N. Mississippi Avenue





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  • Never Give Up (Alex Lario Remix)
  • Set Me Free (A1 Baseline Remix)
    Marc Romboy
  • Not Gonna Make it
    Folding Time
  • Physical Therapy
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  • Constitution
    Sable Sheep (mashup with) DJ Flint
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  • Body
  • Romper Stomper
    Clement Meyer
  • Impact
  • This Could Be
  • Peace of Mind
    Claro Intellecto

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