“DJ Groove” was born as Amit Sonnylal on September 24, 1985 in Newark, New Jersey to Trinidadian natives, Balliram and Leela Sonnylal. At the young age of 12 Groove developed a passion and love for music and producing many “groovey” mixes. Groove said “I was always fascinated with music & musical equipment, but the moment that I realized I wanted to become a DJ I was the moment I heard 2 songs blended together; I was immediately intrigued”; “I was like how does he do that?”
As a teen Groove’s popularity grew, and although Groove loves all genres of music, he discovered “Soca In Meh Veins”; his true love for Soca music (the native music of Trinidad & Tobago). Groove highly admired the legendary Sound City team (president Regan & Ricardo “Back 2 Basics”). In the late 90s, Groove had the opportunity to meet his inspiration (Sound City) & observe their unique style of DJ-ing synchronized with live e-drumming. Around this time Groove also began to create his own “mixtapes” on cassettes. “I used to spend hours making mixes just for fun”- Groove said
In the early 2000s Groove attended Montclair State University, taking classes to enhance and build his knowledge and skills in communication and production. Immediately after college, Groove’s radio career began in 2006, when Blaze Radio 99.9 approached Groove to become a morning personality. In November 2006, Groove met the love of his life, Nalini Sonnylal, they got married in May 2010. After 5 years of underground radio Groove became one of the original webcast personalities via Ustream & Livestream in 2011. Later that year, Groove became a Bacchanal Radio personality. His one of a kind presence on air has acquired him the tag name “The Real Voice of New Jersey”!
Today DJ Groove is the founder of his own entertainment team and brand; Team Groove, co-founder of the Siren International, a Bacchanal Radio DJ/Personality, a Rhythm City FM DJ, a resident DJ at several venues in NJ & one of the most known DJ’s in New Jersey! DJ Groove is also one of the key individuals responsible for creating the West Indian events & club market in New Jersey! DJ Groove and Nalini are parents of two, amazing twin boys, Jayan and Aaryan Sonnylal. He is constantly being hired to play his “grooves” at private and public venues all over! DJ Groove is living proof that with prayer and a dream, all things are possible. “Life is what you make it”- I love this quote and I am living proof that this is true.