Where did you get your start?
My older brother was a promoter in the mid- to late-'90s and had brought some turntables and records home. When he wasn't around, I would jump on them. I spent most of my early- and late-teen years in the back rooms of nightclubs and warehouse parties. I was usually in the booth or in the back somewhere and it gave me a chance to be around some of the biggest DJs in the world. I played a lot of underground parties and big-room clubs and then landed my mix show on (now-defunct) Energy 92.7/101.1 when I was in high school. I held that for a little over three years, along with random club residencies, and between that time, also landed my residency with Eventvibe.com.
Top 5 favorite songs in your personal life right now.
I don't know if I can narrow it down to specific tracks, but artists I'm listening to right now are:
I always dig mixes from Tommie Sunshine.
What songs are killing it in the clubs right now?
Cowboy Mike's “Fractured” and “Clutch” are huge. The Disco Boys' “Shadows.”
“Infinity” by Klaas is also a huge track. I haven't seen a crowd that hasn't started screaming once the breakdown drops. I've also had phenomenal reactions to Hook N Sling's remix of “He Doesn't Love You.” It's an older track, but it doesn't have to be new to hit hard.
What is your biggest DJ pet peeve?
For me, it's the equipment. It's not always kept up or sometimes it's connected incorrectly. I applaud venues with permanent stationary booth setups that are maintained properly.
Where is your favorite place to go out in the Valley and why?
Myst. It's been my home for quite some time and one of the only big-room dance clubs in the state, and House 7340 is always good times. You'll usually find me wandering around there on Fridays.
What is most important to you as a DJ?
The smiles, the crowd, the song selection. You need all the elements and the atmosphere to have a good time. As long as the song is great and the crowd reacts, the technical ability, beat juggling and scratching isn't such a big deal, but instead more of a bonus.
Where can we catch you next, or weekly if you have a residence?
I have quite a few gigs pending, and I'm working on some new mix-show stints with a couple stations out of state. But you can catch me periodically at House 7340 Fridays at Myst, and if you need your funky house fix, check out my weekly podcast at spencerthomas.podomatic.com.
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