Tomas Serrano (born April 30, 1982), known professionally as DJ IDeaL[3] or IDeaL, is a Mexican American producer, musician, and DJ.[4] He has gained notoriety in the EDM community, producing tracks in numerous electronic genres. He has worked extensively with other established EDM artists like J-Break, Tristan D, and Paul Oakenfold.[1] He has also played numerous major EDM festivals, including the Ultra Music Festival, Life in Color, and the San Diego Pride Festival. DJ IDeaL considers San Diego, California his hometown.[5]

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Background information
Birth nameTomas Serrano
Born (1982-04-30) April 30, 1982 (age 40)
Mexico City[1]
Occupation(s)Producer, musician, dj
Years active1997–present

Music careerEdit

Serrano's interest in dance music was spurred by a family member when he was only 8 years old.[6] He began DJing at 15 for a senior project in high school.[7] From that point, he began performing at house parties and underground events. He also attended UC Santa Cruz where he became active in the rave scene.[8] By the early 2000s, Serrano was working in rave and nightclub scenes at 18+ & 21+ nightclubs in both Tijuana and San Diego.[1] In 2006, he was a promotions manager for Giant while also managing the Belo Nightclub in San Diego.[3]

Jägermeister sponsored DJ IDeaL in the late 2000s, making him their first house music artist.[8] He has also been the resident DJ at numerous nightclubs, including most recently at Avalon Hollywood in California and Guacara Taina in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.[9] DJ IDeaL first teamed up with J-Break in 2011 on a remix for Eddie Amador's "Morning After." He went on to produce original mixes with Eddie Amador and J-Break, including "I Need You" in 2013. In 2014, he released an original mix with Tristan D entitled "Miami" which reached #14 in the Beatport Trance charts.[2] Throughout his career, IDeaL has performed alongside notable EDM artists like Paul Oakenfold, Tiësto, and The Crystal Method[1] in locations across the United States, and the Dominican Republic, Greece.[9] He has also performed at the Playboy Mansion numerous times.[8]


Year Single/Remix Peak positions
US Dance
Beatport Trance
Beatport Top 100
2012 "Arrow Through My Heart" by Eddie Amador & Kimberly Cole (remix w/ J-Break) 16  –  –
"The Rush" by Warren Nomi (remix w/ J-Break) 4  –  –
2013 "The Lucky Ones" by Kerli (remix w/ J-Break) 1  –  –
2014 "Miami" (original mix w/ Tristan D)  – 14  –
"The Rising" by Five Knives (remix w/ J-Break) 9  –  –
"Bombs Away" by Gia (remix w/ J-Break) 3  –  –
"Tonight" by Aiden Jude feat. Nafsica (remix w/ J-Break) 4  – 35


  1. ^ a b c d Reneae, DeAnna (June 10, 2013). "The Journey Behind The Music of DJ IDeaL". BLVD Central. Archived from the original on August 13, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "IDeaL Releases". Beatport. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Cepeda, Nelvin C. (November 30, 2006). "Tomas Serrano AKA DJ IDeaL" (PDF). The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  4. ^ Chinn, Derrik (November 26, 2008). "Strobe Light Diaries: The Time I Od'ed on Red Bull". UT San Diego. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  5. ^ Deal, Chad (September 27, 2013). "Touching Bass". Pacific San Diego Magazine. Archived from the original on July 24, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  6. ^ "Catching Up With DJ Ideal". DJ Mag. July 15, 2013. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  7. ^ "This month: Tomas Serrano". UT San Diego. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  8. ^ a b c "In The Mix – DJ IDeaL". Revolt in Style Magazine. March 2012. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Fabbri, Pierro (July 15, 2013). "Catching Up With DJ IDeaL". DJ Magazine. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2014.

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