Growing up in El Salvador and moving to Victoria at age 13, Raul Espinoza taught himself to use turntables in the year 2000 and soon after became DJ Su Comandante.
Since then, he has opened for acts such as K-OS, Wyclef Jean of the Fugees, Yellowman, Kinnie Starr, Kytami, Native Guns, Canary Sing, Gabriel Teodros, Alpha Yaya Diallo, Kevin Finseth, the Boom Booms, Mindil Beach Markets, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderrer, Long Beach Shortbus, Rodney Decroo, The Furios and Fishbone. He has also been featured at events such as Groovefest, Skafest and YoFest in Victoria along with Diwali and Under the Volcano in Vancouver, and hosted a radio show of underground hip hop for 5 years at CFUV radio in Victoria. He is currently one of the staff at Highlife Records on Commercial Drive and spins regularly at the Reef Restaurant on Main Street. He is also a youth empowerment workshop facilitator who works with Hip Hop Hope, the Surrey Urban Youth Project, the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, Leave Out ViolencE and the Metaphor project.
Su Comandante participated in the LGP collective in Victoria and now collaborates with many artists in East Vancouver including Curtis Clearsky, Banyen Roots, Kia Kadiri, Sara Kendall, Buzy B, Cander, Mike D, Dub-G, and Ndidi Cascade. He is currently working on an EP with Los Migrantes, a project with spoken word lyricist Stahz Grandson, and just finished a Mix Tape with CR Avery which will be free to download soon.
Raul can be reached sucomandante(at)gmail.com