A dash of Techno and a dash of
Trance, sprinkle Linkin Park for
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Resident at Southern California's infamous
Club Rubber, Beej is one busiest and most
successful DJ's in the state. Residing
in Orange County, Beej got his start by
simply trying to find a fun and different
way to pay his way through college while
majoring in architecture. As of now, Beej
has one album out entitled "DJ Beej-Club
Rubber" which has been in stores
nationwide since 2001, and he is set to
release his second album, "The Big
Bang" which will be on his own record
label, Velocity Records, this May.
Beej has played alongside some the heaviest
hitters in the industry and can definitely
keep up if not run them over with his
unique style. Simply put; Beej is a DJ
Superstar. His down to earth attitude
keeps him grounded and humble, and his
love of music keeps us up every other
Saturday night dancing like there is no
tomorrow. From his elaborate onstage costumes
to his wickedly dark tracks, seeing Beej
live is an experience that will never
Annalee: How did U get started?
Beej: I was looking for a primary
source of income whilst going to college.
Funny how I switched from a degree in
Architecture to becoming a full fledged
What was the 1st record you ever bought?
I think it was a picture disc of Send
Me An Angel although it could've been
ACDC - Back In Black or Depeche Mode's
A Broken Frame?
What/Where was your 1st gig?
The resident at an all ages club I had
frequented quit on the spot and they had
nobody to fill in. All my friends (imaginary
lol) told me I should do it. One thing
led to another and I was up there rockin
it! I really had no idea what the hell
I was doing but I looked good? haha
How did you end up in Los Angeles?
Grew up living in Orange and Los Angeles
Counties. I'll never leave! Love it here!
Diversity and beautiful weather helps
out tons =)
Do you currently have any residencies?
Club Rubber is my heart and soul. Ironicly
when I was a throwing clubs, John &
Joey (Rubber Promoters) used to work for
me, now I'm their biotch hehe. I also
have residencies at Naked in LA and Glo
in San Diego.
Do you currently have any albums out?
"DJ Beej - Club Rubber" has
been in stores nationwide since '01. It's
on 4Play records. Dave Aude was kind enough
to be the executive on that release and
I will be indebted to him for years to
come. I think you can get it on amazon.com
or any other store for that matter =)
Are you in the studio now, do we have
anything to look forward to in the near
future, maybe some collaboration with
I have a new CD titled The Big Bang due
for release in May of this year. That
thing was a monster to put together. I'm
just not at the point yet where I can
get everything up front from all the labels
I like. Needless to say, I bought everything
in advance for this upcoming release.
I would love to bang something out with
Dave Aude but that kid never has any free
time. I just started a label with a good
friend Khoi Nguyen called Velocity Records.
Look for great releases from that and
its sister offshoots including the infamous
Kazelle and guys like Scooter & Lavelle.
What do you think about all this mainstream
techno on the radio these days?
Do you think it is good for the scene
or are you 100% against it selling out?
God I wish we had as much electronic music
played on the radio as crap rap genres
in the states. Funny how we even have
survived without radio play in the first
place?! 15 years of house music and not
enough venues in radio & television
to express it to this day!
What type of music do you listen to
when you are not spinning?
I love it all, really. Hard Rock, Butt
Rock, 80's & Goth. Frank Sinatra was
a pimp! I even listen to George Michael
& Sade for chilling out to. It dosent
mean I'm homosexual =P
Have you ever worked on a Movie Soundtrack?
No, but how I love artists like Vangelis,
Tangerine Dream, Hanz Zimmer & Lisa
Gerrard who do. I've been a fan of Lisa
since Dead Can Dance & This Mortal
What are your thoughts on the scene
right now locally?
Well being that there seems to be a lull
in the "Underground" scene I
guess we'll focus on the Club aspect.
I have the highest amount of respect for
the clubs that are paving the way forward
with progressive trance and house. I genuinely
think Hard House as we know it is going
thru a major change and I look forward
to hearing what becomes of it in the future.
To hear it at every club spun by every
"Johnny Come Lately" drives
me crazy. You shouldnt have to play it
fast and hard to capture your audience.
Build it up to a climax as if your participating
in a sexual act hehe not a constant pummel!
Do any favorite moments in your career
come to mind?
Last years Pimp 'N Ho was definately a
high point looking out on a sea of 10,000
+ people who are following your every
tune! It's always a blast to dress in
theme too. I like to take advantage of
it as much as I can. Special shout to
Dog Pile and Catwalk for their support
in clothing me recently. Check 'em out!
I look forward to this spring break in
Arizona. I hear thats going to be a blast.
Had to throw a special shout to Valerie
of The Vibetribe, who has an eloquent
way of words. Thanks so much for the support....I'm
eternally in your favor.
In the many places you have performed,
which venue is your most favorite?
Not really a venue but more like a city....Everytime
I play in San Diego! I love it when Rubber
goes down there. Such a beautiful city
and the nicest people. On Broadway is
a great venue as well though I wish it
stayed open later! My "house"
(Rubber OC) is still the greatest too.
How has your creativity changed over
the last 12 years?
Do you tend to stay with your own styles/ideas
or do you allow the mainstream to influence
you and your work? I go thru cycles. Last
year I was really trying to take an effort
to push the progressive house sound to
no avail, particularly at after-hours
venues. I tend to try and educate with
new releases as well as please the crowd
with familiarity these days. Just not
enough great harder stuff out there recently
without diving into Velveeta Cheese once
in awhile. It's hard to please everyone
too! Sheesh, it's great we have so many
diverse styles and tastes out there though.
Somehow I end up favoring the darker stuff
like what artists Shockwave and Marc La
Cruz are doing but even more fun to bring
the back into the light.
What is your current Goal as a DJ?
To help provide a geniune good time to
anyone that comes and wants to shake their
ass! Don't ask me to juggle though hehe.
And perhaps enlighten anyone through music
thats willing to open their ears =)
Where do you see yourself in the next
Hopefully still doing what I love which
is DJing hehe...I'd love the label to
go over well! Anyone interested can check
the progression at www.velocityrecords.com
and last but not least an explosion of
my creative side to bang out a ton of
What would you be doing right now
if you never bought that 1st record and
became a DJ?
I'd probably be involved in club life
somehow..some way. It's so enriching to
learn all aspects of electronic music
from the retail floor, to purchasing for
a chain of record stores, to advertising
and promoting....you name it! Exciting
times..I count my blessings.
OK: Last question and the silliest
. What, in your opinion, is
the greatest aspect of being a DJ?
Its a constant learning experience everytime
I step up to the plate. One that I will
never stop loving. Picture yourself in
my shoes as an artist painting a picture
but instead of oil and canvas its music
and an unlimited audience. You can do
anything your imagination sets forth...follow
-- written by Annalee Stone