1. What contributed to your passion for electronic music?
First off Ultra Music Festival in Miami. I hold both a promotions position as well as a dj residency with them. This March (2017) will be my 12th & 13th times behind the decks at their festival over the past 10 years. I will be performing on two seperate stages for them this year. I have been blessed to perform at many other amazing festivals nationally and even some globally over the past several years as well. Some of these include: Pyroglyphics (ME), Tropical Dreams Festival (Belgium), Elemental Fusion Festival (NJ), Bella Terra Festival (NY), Stress Free Summer (NY), EDC (Chi), Street Parade (Switzerland) & several others.
This always makes me crack a smile. Although these two music styles are considered day and night by the majority, I disagree. If you are a good enough performer, you can take any genre of music, play to a crowd of thousands and make them love both that music and you. The trick is knowing how to do that. Many dj's these days rely strictly on "crowd bangers" to keep their crowds interested. Sorry, but i'll stay and listen to a technically skilled dj who loves what he does and took the time to learn how to use their equipment properly over a dj who drops "big room tracks" or "club bangers" the whole set any day. So my preference... Neither. Just be damn good at what you do before you step out onto that stage. Be confident. Put your time in..
8. What are your predictions for electronic music over the next 5 years?
None. I honestly do not think anyone can predict what tomorrow will bring let alone . 9. How does NYC differ from other places you have spun? This is a tough question because I will always love my hometown the most. But every city, state & country around the globe has a scene, a tight knit group of people that truly love their music and its community. The only thing I would say that TRULY sets us apart from ANY other city is Konkrete Jungle. It is the longest running weekly in the world. Every night since 1994, "Mac" has opened his doors for Drum n Bass and all music lovers around the globe to give djs a place to spin and people a place to dance and gather. I have been blessed to be involved with more events with them then I can count both djing and coordination. And although I believe at times people forget where they come from, I will always give credit to KJ for being consistant and doing something no one else has done this long. 10. If you could preserve one element in electronic music culture in a time capsule what would that be?
Wow!! What an amazing question. An extremely tough one as well. I think it would have to be the 90's rave clothing/style. 70 inch bottoms, hidden pockets, UFO's, kandi, fuzzy backpacks, visors, pacifiers and more. Mostly all gone these days. Except for Kikwear still pushing their brand and styles, you really do not see any of the old stuff around. Although at my age I wouldn't personally dress this way anymore, I think it was a lot of fun to do it when I did.
The Tunnel (NYC). It closed in 2001. Although I was there countless times, it was only as a patron. The sound, layout and history of that place was unreal. Back then If you had a residency at or played main floor there, you made it.
* Final note.. Although I wasn't asked this I am a firm believer to give credit where it is due. If it weren't directly for the following crews/companies I wouldn't have been given the opportunity to be where I am today: Caffeine events, Stuck on Earth/ Ratt Pack, Local 13, Columns of Knowledge, TRUE Crew, 209 Productions, Sonic Groove, Satellite, Cousins & Animaniacs. THANK YOU <3
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