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  BEETLEJUICE

   

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Born into an average sized family back in good ol' Cleveland Ohio, Beetlejuice (yes that is his name) never suspected that he would end up hitting the big time as a DJ in Southern California. Coming from a long and steady background in jobs that pertain nothing to music in any sense, Juice only discovered dance music a mere three years ago and has been spinning for two. In that short period of time he has managed to achieve what most can't even dream of during their entire career. He isn't, however, planning on giving up his nine to five Monday to Friday job as a contractor building houses under the beautiful So-Cal sun. But nine to ten times a month, after he gets out of his coveralls and spikes up that blonde hair, he transforms himself into a hardcore NUNRG in-your-face-DJ that will leave you feeling used and abused.

Yes, in only a period of two years he has released two CD's, "Elevate Your Mind Part 1" LISTEN HERE (which in fact I bought from him on over a year ago at the FRO BAR in Santa Monica for a measly $10 after seeing him spin) which is a great mix of the best and loudest hard house jams one can imagine. The second CD was a dream come true as he was chosen not only to be resident at, but to also do a mixed CD for the infamous "CLUB RAW" (The RAW IMAGE) in Orange County. And most recently he wrote and produced the track "Morze Kode" with Mikie Smithers which is a errie tale of a man trapped underwater (yikes) who tried to SOS his way out of oblivion. EEEEW! Oh and did I mention his collaboration with the Speaker Junkies (UNHUMAN)? Here is a free Morze Kode MP3 that we have so nicely posted for your listening enjoyment!

Friends of many other DJ's I have interviewed, (thanks Jupe), I was intrigued by the notion of someone from Ohio no less, who managed to bust into the scene with such force that everyone knows his name in such a short period of time. I had to meet him to see if he was all the hype. So I set up a meeting at the NOT SO POSH West Hollywood haunt, Barney's Beanery to see this guy in person. And after an hour or so of talking and throwing back some brewsky's I must admit, I was smitten. He is energetic, lively, personable and most importantly down to earth and appreciative of where he is. He hasn't lost sight of his roots and he definitely has managed to do what many other DJ's have tried but unsucessfully accomplished; to cross that border from Rave DJ to the more lucrative and steady gig as a club DJ. This guy has it all, he is even scheduled to appear this month on LA's morning show G'Day LA and one of his tracks will be on EXtreme Dating on UPN. He seems to always be at the right place at the right time. Now its your turn to see if he lives up to all the hype, read his interview for Raves.com and check him out at one of his many gigs as his tour with Jupe starts next month.

Name: -BeetleJuice-

Marital Status: -Single-

Born: 06-10-70

Years spinning: -3-

Music types: Nu-Nrg - Nothing but the best!

Influences: The way the crowd reacts to the music when I'm up there. That's what keeps me going. And how much they truely appreciate the music, without the enhancement of drugs.

Annalee: How did U get started?

BeetleJuice: I was at Gothem a Night Club in San Bernardino,CA. I saw this hot girl dancing a little differently than everybody else! So I asked her her name and what style of dancing that was? She said - Renee- and it's called "Candy Walking" it's the way you dance at Raves. She invited me to go with her the next time she went. So I did. That was in the year 2000. I went to my 1st Rave three years ago, and never looked back. That was the first time I had ever seen a Dj. or heard that type of music. He was having the time of his life up there on stage. That's when I thought to myself, I want to do that. Be up on a stage and having thousands of people dancing smiling, just having a blast. And all because of one person. The DJ."

What was the 1st record you ever bought?
The name of the song was "Freefall" the artist "Chris C."

Where was your 1st gig?
Believe or not it was a Rave at the Master Dome in San Bernardino, CA. I performed with Christopher Lawrence, Keoki, and Thomas Michael.

How did you end up in Los Angeles?
Well I heard people talking highly of this guy named -Gavin- this big Promoter for a club in L.A. called Naked. So I called Gavin, he said I needed to give him a CD "demo" Three weeks later I'm the Headliner at Club Naked. D.J. Mea opened for me.

Do you currently have any residencies?
Yes, I have: Naked in L.A. Fridays By- Weekly, Last Man Standing in L.A. Every Saturday morning, Club Raw, in Orange Co. once a month, Liquid Lounge in Orange Co. Every other month, Club Wed. At Grand Ave. in L.A. Every Wed. Just to name a few.

Do you currently have any albums out?
Yes, I just released my first album called UN-HUMAN

Are you in the studio now, do we have anything to look forward to in the near future, maybe some collaboration with someone else?
It's funny you should ask. I'm really in the studio as we speak. I just finished building my own studio. To answer your 2nd question, I will have more records out in the near future. I just got signed by a major label in the U.K. called Devilish DJs. We http://www.devilishdjs.com or log on my site www.beetlejuice1.com re setting up a tour at the end of June, middle of July. So feel free to log on to the site and find out more details. www.devilishdjs.com http://www.beetlejuice1.com

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?
Put it this way, if they have our music constantly playing on the radio, you'll see fewer people at the clubs. Do the math....

What type of music do you listen to when you are not spinning?
The very first time I heard this music, was in the year 2000 at my first Rave. I haven't listened to the radio in three years!! I just put on a CD and press play. But it will always be Nu-NRG, U.K. Hardhouse or Break Beats.

Have you ever worked on a Movie Soundtrack?
Not Yet. But I just started producing. Give me time, it'll happen.

What are your thoughts on the scene right now locally?
Well, as of about a month ago, "This is the first year to date in history mind you" that turntables have out sold guitars!!!!!!! It's booming. Something to think about, huh?

Do any favorite moments in your career come to mind?
Here's two moments. When I first became a resident at Naked they asked me to make their first CD, and I had only been spinning a few months. That was my first CD. It's called "Elevate Your Mind." It sold very well in Virgin Records, and Tower Records. I was the most excited guy in the world! Then my second moment was when Darryl Garcia " The Promoter for Club Raw" asked me to make their CD for them as well. The title of that one is called "The Raw Image." Those were for promotional use only. We gave out well over -3000- copies. Now keep in mind, both clubs have there own residence. I just started as one of the HeadLiners. How do you think I'm feeling now????????

In the many places you have performed, which venue is your favorite?
That's a very hard one to answer. I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. It's gonna have to be two places. Raw and Naked. Those are the two venues were I started. There like home to me.

How has your creativity changed over the last three years?
Do you tend to stay with your own styles/ideas or do you allow the mainstream to influence you and your work? Well, I constantly progress with my mixing skills. I mean who new you could do all that stuff with a mixer. My music hasn't changed and it never will. I love NRG way too much to even think about changing. I mean if you've ever seen one of my performances, you know it's not rehearsed. I can be dead tired but as soon as I get behind the tables it's like a switch turns on, and I can't turn it off!! What I'm trying to say is, name a job that when you can go to work and have the time of your life, by jumping around screaming, dancing, talking and hanging out with all your friends and fans. You can't can you? See, I have the BEST JOB IN THE WORLD. Tell me I'm wrong....

What is your current Goal as a DJ?
Well so far every goal that I've had has been met on time if not sooner. My current Goal was to get signed by a big label in the U.K. I just met that one. Next, another song. Stay tuned!

Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
A major Producer. Not only in the Club scene, but for movies as well.

What would you be doing right now if you never bought that 1st record and became a big time DJ?
I would still be building houses "construction" don't get me wrong, I love manual labor, always have.

Last question... What, in your opinion, is the greatest aspect of being a DJ?
Making people laugh, smile, and have a great time. Here's my motto, when I'm up there on that stage, if I can make just one person smile... my job is done....

-- written by Annalee Stone

 

 

 

 

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