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Agent 21 Spotlight: Put My Record On – Part 2

26 Apr

erickmorilloThe record continues to spin for part two of my series.  If you missed yesterday’s blog don’t worry here is the link, Put My Record On – Part 1.

Today’s lineup: Erick Morillo, Hollywood, Chris Garcia, Mike Remedy, Relapse, Tina T, Gusto, Five, Eric D-Lux

Erick Morillo
Marquee Day and Nightclub
www.erickmorillo.com
www.facebook.com/ErickMorilloOfficial
twitter.com/erickmorillo
www.youtube.com/erickmorillovideo

www.subliminalrecords.com

A21: Hometown:
EM: I was born in New York City, but I grew up in Columbia so I consider myself a “New Yorker” but Columbian.

A21: You have had different names with various groups, what made you stick with just your name? 
EM: I have had other names for groups, but DJs names, just one. For me, I didn’t think (DJing) was going to be a career. It was something I started when I was 11, but I always DJ as “Morillo.” It was just something I did in school. I started making music. I had some success with some of the groups and that’s when I decided to become a DJ professionally. In the “house” world, it wasn’t about having names.

A21: Describe your sound in your words. 
EM: When I went into it I played a little bit of everything, disco, reggae, hip-hop, but when I decided to do it professionally I went fully into house music.

A21: Who are your influences? 
EM: Todd Terry, David Morales, “Little” Louie Vega, Frankie Knuckels, all those people were my heroes.

A21: Who would like to work with?
EM: I’ve been working on a new artist album with Harry Ramero and Jose Nunez. I’ve collaborated with Pitbull, Jessica Sutta from Pussycat Dolls, Craig David, Shaggy, Busta Rhymes and the list goes on and on. It should be out towards the end of the summer.

A21: I read you started your DJ career at age 11, what was your first gig? 
EM: My very first gig was probably for a wedding. I had to borrow equipment from people, a van, the whole works, but that was my first “real” gig.

A21: If you weren’t a DJ, what you would be doing?
EM: I don’t know an electrician or an actor.

A21: I read that you left Reel 2 Reel in feared your financial success would damage your creative drive. Do you feel you made the right choice?
EM: Well, it was more when I was younger and came to the industry. Reel 2 Reel was a great thing that happened in my life. I mean it was incredible with the success of “I Like to Move It.” It allowed me the freedom to go to Europe, and it introduced to a culture that was really blowing up over there.

It allowed me a lot of financial success as well. It was such a great thing, but it did become very commercial and to be DJing in those days it was to be underground. So it was a battle I was having within myself and having commercial success or being a good DJ, underground DJ, a cool DJ. But you know I think they were terrific, I did two albums, but after two albums I just decided I wanted to go to the underground. That’s when I created Subliminal Records and try to become the king of house music. So I don’t regret anything and I’m happy about how my entire career has gone.

A21: Favorite spot to spin at?
EM: Ibiza hands down. That’s why I have a house there. I have spent my last 13 summers there. I threw a party at Posh beginning June through September, every Wednesday. You have people from all over the world, all summer long coming for the love of club dance music. It has some great clubs, great DJs, good restaurants, and just a really chill vibe.

A21: Favorite spot to party at in Las Vegas? 
EM: Right now, Marquee is the number club in Vegas. Love the people festival atmosphere, festival production in a club. I can’t wait for the weather to get better for partying in the pool. But I have been around, and in Vegas for many years and there lots of places I like to go. It’s a big playground and it’s not about taking part of one place. It’s about bringing your crew and anywhere you go, you are going have a good time because Vegas has a little bit of everything for everyone.

A21: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 
EM: I would like to be the guy in dance music. I want to become the Dr. Dre of house, the Timberland of house music. That’s why I’m focused on production, making decisions, working with artists; I want to bring the whole dance music thing to a whole other level. That’s my goal, to be making music for anyone who wants to make dance records.

A21: Any advice for aspiring DJs? 
EM: Do your thing. You’re there to make the crowd absolutely mental however you can do that whatever music you want to do. It’s about making people dance, it’s about people having a great time. Never forget that you play music for the crowd and you will have a good time.

A21: Is there a place where fans can download your music? 
EM: You can go to my website, http://www.erickmorillo.com/, or my record label, http://www.subliminalrecords.com/, we put a monthly podcast there with whether I’m hosting it or some other DJ. You will be able to hear new music coming out. We have a lot of music through Subliminal so that would be the place to go.

DJ Hollywood
Jet Nightclub, Gallery Nightclub, DJ Hollywood’s Pizza & Gyro
www.djhollywood.net/reach_out.php
www.facebook.com/pages/DJ-HOLLYWOOD/64766992823
twitter.com/ImDJHollywood
www.beatclan.com

A21: The name your parents gave you? 
H: Leandro Theofanis Vlastaris Jr. Hollywood is soooooo much easier (LOL).
A21: Hometown: 
H: Linwood, NJ

A21: How did you choose your DJ name?
H: It was given to me on a whim and I’m so superstitious; I kept it.

A21: Describe your sound. 
H: Party Rocker through and through.

A21: Who are your influences? 
H: My mom and dad, Billy Joel, and Sade, a sexy side of music with an old school flare.

A21: Who would like to work with?
H: Donald Trump and Howard Stern

A21: How long have you been spinning?
H: 21 years

A21: What was your first gig? 
H: A “Sweet 16” for a childhood friend, she created a monster!

A21: If you weren’t a DJ, what you would be doing?
H: You mean when I’m not DJing, I’m running my restaurant DJ Hollywood’s Pizza & Gyro with my family.

A21: Favorite spot to spin at? 
H: The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s in Atlantic City, NJ.

A21: Favorite spot to party at in Las Vegas?
H: DJ Hollywood’s Pizza & Gyro on the corner of Twain & Decatur!

A21: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 
H: As the owner and operator of the fastest growing franchise in the world, DJ Hollywood’s Pizza & Gyro!

A21: Any advice for aspiring DJs?
H: Yes, it takes more than the Serato scratch program to become a DJ.

A21: Where can fans download your music? 
H: DJHollywood.net, Beatclan.com, DJHollywoodspizzaandgyro.com, @ImDJHollywood (Twitter)

Chris Garcia
Drai’s Las Vegas
www.facebook.com/pages/DJ-Chris-Garcia/137633559581092
www.djchrisgarcia.com/
www.twitter.com/ChrisgarciaCGC

A21: The name your parents gave you?
CG: Christophe Garcia

A21: Hometown:
CG: Arles, France

A21: How did you choose your DJ name?
CG: Chris Garcia, it’s just my name

A21: Describe your sound.
CG: Every type of house music

A21: Who are your influences? 
CG:  For classic: Erick Morillo and Roger Sanchez, and new vibe: Luciano and Axwell

A21: Who would like to work with? 
CG: For play or produce now, Swedish House Mafia

A21: How long have you been spinning?
CG: 20 years

A21:  What was your first gig?
CG: Oops! Don’t remember… too long ago, (LOL).

A21: If you weren’t a DJ, what you would be doing? 
CG: Never think about it.

A21:  Favorite spot to spin at?
CG: Drai’s Las Vegas

A21: Favorite spot to party at in Las Vegas? 
CG: (LOL) Same… (Drai’s Las Vegas).

A21: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 
CG: Still traveling around the world to play my music, like I’m doing now.

A21: Any advice for aspiring DJs?
CG: Believe in yourself and keep the motivation.

A21: Where can fans download your music?
CG: Everywhere on Internet, www.djchrisgarcia.com, I-tunes, Beatport, etc.

DJ Mike Remedy
Marquee Nightclub 
www.mikeremedy.com
www.facebook.com/djmikeremedy

A21: The name your parents gave you?
MR: Michael Winowski

A21: Hometown: 
MR: Westfield, New Jersey

A21: How did you choose your DJ name?
MR: I was dozing off in my high school geometry class and the teacher yelled, “Mike! What’s the remedy to this problem?” I woke up startled and said “What?” He yelled, “Mike… the remedy!” several times. From that day on my friends called me “Remedy” as a joke because I was horrible at geometry. I kicked ass in Physics and Algebra though.

A21: Describe your sound.
MR: Although I’ve been in Vegas for over 6 years I’ve managed to stick to my New York City house roots. I love to play tracks with lots of drums, sexy vocals, and kick ass buildups.

A21: Who are your influences? 
MR: Danny Tenaglia, Robbie Rivera, Roger Sanchez, Erick Morillo

A21: Who would like to work with?
MR: Any and all of my four influences listed above.

A21: How long have you been spinning?
MR: 15 years total, 5 years professionally.

A21: What was your first gig? 
MR: My first gig was spinning an open turntable night at Ra Sushi in February 2006.

A21: If you weren’t a DJ, what you would be doing?
MR: I don’t DJ full time yet but I hope to in the near future. I actually have a day job. I’m a Traffic Manager at CBS Radio.

A21: Favorite spot to spin at?
MR: Marquee

A21: Favorite spot to party at in Las Vegas? 
MR: Marquee

A21: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
MR: DJing full time and touring around the world sharing my love and passion for house music.

A21: Any advice for aspiring DJs? 
MR: Practice and learn how to DJ without relying on technology to do it for you.

A21: Where can fans download or buy your music? 
MR: You can subscribe to my podcast at iTunes. Search the iTunes store for Mike Remedy. It’s called “A Very Girthy Podcast.” I also produce with my best friend, PJ Produkt, under the name “Down2funk.” Our debut track “Funkin Horny” was released last month. It can be found on Beatport, Traxsource, iTunes, and a bunch of other music download sites.

DJ Relapse
Jet Nightclub and The Pond at Green Valley Ranch
http://www.facebook.com/pages/DJ-Relapse/218026714877864

A21: How did you choose your DJ name? 
R: It actually refers to a girl I dated years ago. She was the first white girl I had dated in 7 years, so I said I had a relapse and went back to white girls. It had a nice ring to it so I made it my DJ name.

A21: Describe your sound.
R: I play all vocal house, stuff with a lot of energy or some sexy female vocals. Music you can sing along too, not just the same monotonous beat for 10 minutes at a time.

A21: Who are your influences? 
R: IIO, Bob Sinclar, David Guetta (before he got so commercial), and I also like to play Brazilian house. It has so much energy with the drums and singing and such. You can’t help but be happy when you hear it.

A21: Who would like to work with?
R: I’d like to have Tiesto open for me some day. Guess I would know I made it then. (haha)

A21: How long have you been spinning? 
R: I started spinning 6 years ago. It was never my plan to become a DJ. I would hang out with a friend when he was spinning and started learning just for the fun of it. I suppose it worked out pretty good for me, huh?

A21: What was your first gig? 
R: My first gig was at Teatro inside the MGM. It’s not there anymore. Hmm…. I hope that’s not because of me.

A21: If you weren’t a DJ, what you would be doing?
R: I do some stock trading during the day. I used to do it full time, but the stress was killing me. I’m more mature now and can control my emotions better so when it’s time to hang up the headphones, I’ll move back into that.

A21: Favorite spot to spin at? 
R: I don’t want to say I have one favorite spot, but pool parties in general are the most fun. Getting paid to hang out with women in bikinis, that’s an easy one.

A21: Favorite spot to party at in Las Vegas? 
R: Weather permitting, Surrender at Encore never disappoints. I can’t really explain it, but the energy is always so good there. From the people at the door, management, the go-go dancers, everyone is full of love.

A21: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 
R: If I’m still alive, I want to have my own talk show. I know that’s a stretch, but hey, you got to go for the big dreams or don’t dream at all.

A21: Any advice for aspiring DJs?
R: There’s two ways to make it as a DJ. Try really hard to be great at what you do and get work based on your talent, or kiss a lot of ass and make friends with whoever hires the DJs at a club. After all, this is Vegas. Knowing the right person is more important than being good at what you do. Sad, but true.

DJ Tina T
Marquee Nightclub 
www.djtinat.com
www.campspinoff.com
www.facebook.com/DJTinaT

A21: The name your parents gave you? 
TT: Christina Turnbull

A21: Hometown:
TT: Seattle, WA

A21: How did you choose your DJ name?
TT: The first time I entered a DJ battle, they asked for my DJ name so I had to think of one on the spot; my crew named me “Tiny T.” Later, as I started to grow up it became “Special-T;” then ultimately I decided my first name and last initial felt the most natural.

A21: Describe your sound.
TT: A mix of hip hop, house, rock, and of course anything that feels fitting to the vibe of the audience.

A21: Who are your influences?
TT: Mix Master Mike, DJ AM, DJ Craze, DJ Q Bert, DJ Shortee.

A21: Who would like to work with?
TT: I love DJing with live bands by adding in scratching and cutting. The Black Keys and Two Door Cinema are my favorites right now and it would be a dream to work with them.

A21: How long have you been spinning?
TT: 13 years

A21: What was your first gig?
TT: The first time I played in front of a crowd was a DJ Battle at The Boys and Girls Club in Seattle. The first time I played at a nightclub was in college at Washington State University. The power went out and everyone booed me, it was horrible.

A21: If you weren’t a DJ, what you would be doing?
TT: Cake decorating

A21: Favorite spot to spin at?
TT: SIMA surf summit in Cabo, can’t beat DJing on the beach.

A21: Favorite spot to party at in Las Vegas? 
TT: Marquee

A21: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
TT: Doing everything I am doing now times 10. Building a team and expanding my DJ camp: Camp Spin Off to run all summer long.

A21: Any advice for aspiring DJs?
TT: Be a nice person to work with. Keep in touch with every person you meet. Surround yourself with good people and build a strong team that supports your career. Don’t be afraid to do something different and try new things. Take chances.

A21: Where can fans download or buy your music?
TT: http://www.beezo.net/djs/djtinat/

DJ Gusto
Chateau, LAX, Venus Pool and Wet Republic
twitter.com/djgusto81
www.gustomejia.tumblr.com
www.skamartist.com/djgusto
www.djgusto.net

A21: The name your parents gave you?
G: Gustavo Ernesto Mejia

A21: Hometown: 
G: San Francisco, CA

A21: How did you choose your DJ name? 
G: It’s a direct play off my name. I wanted to choose something personal that would identify me, what better than my own name.

A21: Describe your sound.
G: High energy dance music, the soundtrack to your day/nightlife.

A21: Who are your influences? 
G: Bad Boy Bill, Richard Vission, Dirty South and DJ Vice

A21: Who would like to work with?
G: Bad Boy Bill, Dirty South, Laidback Luke, Kaskade and Alex Kenji

A21: How long have you been spinning? 
G: What year did Serato come out? (LOL) Just kidding, I’ve been spinning for 16 years now.
What was your first gig? Junior High School dance…serious!

A21: If you weren’t a DJ, what you would be doing? 
G: I’d probably be a general manager for Starbucks.

A21: Favorite spot to spin at?
G: Anywhere people will let go of their inhibitions, let the music take over them and just enjoy life.

A21: Favorite spot to party at in Las Vegas?
G: Wet Republic

A21: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
G: Producing music, traveling around the world sharing music I make and opening a coffee shop aptly named “Gusto’s.”

A21: Any advice for aspiring DJs?
G: Work on your craft, stay humble and network, network, and network! DJs don’t understand how key networking is in this industry.

A21: Where can fans download or buy your music? 
G: Check out www.gustomejia.tumblr.com, www.skamartist.com/djgusto, www.twitter.com/djgusto81, or www.djgusto.net (Coming Soon)

DJ Five
Tao and Vanity Nightclub
twitter.com/djfive
Skamartist.com/djfive

A21: The name your parents gave you?
5: Jerid Choensookasem

A21: Hometown:
5: Cerritos, CA, but Vegas for 15 years now.

A21: How did you choose your DJ name?
5: I was in a lil’ hip-hop group in high school and the guy would call me “The Five Foot Assassin” because of my height. Then it was shorten to DJ Five Foot, but when I grew a few more inches I just shorten it to DJ Five.

A21: Describe your sound. 
5: Silky smooth

A21: Who are your influences?
5: D-styles, DJ Premier, Melo-D, Stonerokk, Kid Capri, and a few others.

A21: Who would like to work with?
5: The Captains of Industry or The Notorious Party Boys, they’re both pretty rad!

A21: How long have you been spinning?
5: 17 Years

A21: What was your first gig? 
5: It was at a house party with either a bunch of Asian kids or a bunch of Cholos. I can’t remember. (haha)

A21: If you weren’t a DJ, what you would be doing?
5: I’d be a food critic.

A21: Favorite spot to spin at?
5: Tao Worship Thursdays and Vanity Sundays, both great industry nights and has been going on for 5 Years now.

A21: Favorite spot to party at in Las Vegas?
5: Wynn Poker Room

A21: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 
5: World Series of Poker or World Poker Tournament Champ!

A21: Any advice for aspiring DJs?
5: Yes, have a backup plan.

A21: Where can fans download or buy your music?
5: Skamartist.com/djfive

Eric D-Lux
Marquee and Vanity Nightclub 
www.facebook.com/ericdlux
twitter.com/ericdlux
www.skamartist.com/artists.php?aid=12

A21: The name your parents gave you?
ED: Eric De la Torre

A21:  Hometown: 
ED: Carson, CA

A21: How did you choose your DJ name?
ED: Eric and the D from my last name made me think of D-Lux.

A21: Describe your sound. 
ED: High energy, open format, club party rocking!

A21: Who are your influences?
ED: The movie, Beat Street made me want to start DJing.

A21: Who would like to work with?
ED: Jay-Z

A21:  How long have you been spinning?
ED: 13 years

A21: What was your first gig?
ED: A backyard party for a friend, I had to beg him. I had no idea what I was doing. It was a train wreck!
If you weren’t a DJ, what you would be doing? Probably broke somewhere…

A21: Favorite spot to spin at?
ED: Las Vegas

A21: Favorite spot to party at in Las Vegas?
ED: Pool Parties

A21: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
ED: Producing and writing music more, hopefully get some more platinum hits like “Shots.”

A21: Any advice for aspiring DJs?
ED: Stay hungry and grind. Get your name out there as much as possible.

A21: Where can fans download or buy your music?
ED: twitter.com/EricDlux for updates!

Please join DJ Karma and myself at The Bank Nightclub this Friday, April 29.  Open bar for all ladies, 10:30-Midnight, and free entry for those who RSVP at SpyOnVegas.com.

Part 3 of my spotlight blog will be posted tomorrow. Wednesday’s lineup: Lil’ Jon, Rick Rude, DJ 88, DJ Que, Melo-D, Jeffrey Thomas, DJ Shift, Eric Forbes