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.
Marital Status: -Single-
Years spinning: -3-
Music types: Nu-Nrg - Nothing but the
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
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
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
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
Do you currently have any albums
Yes, I just released my first album called
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.
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
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,
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
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,
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