||3-2-1976 in Long Beach, Ca
||Hard progressive house, UK hard
house, Nu NRG
||Tony De Vit, Lisa Lashes, Judge
Jules, Pete Tong and Andy Farley
LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE: Lucky
me - I was recently invited to a private
underground party to see DJ Rob in action.
After spending most of my nights getting
stories in the nightclub scene - I was
very excited to attend a "pseudo-rave".
Hidden in the darkest corner of Downtown
Los Angeles, I entered a "loft"
full of partiers, glow sticks, Ikea furniture
and, of course, loud music. I can't remember
the last time I saw a place going off
like this!! It was sick. The people were
great - the vibe was great. I was so stoked
to be there amongst real partiers, and
needless to say I didn't get myself home
till 6 in da mornan.
Anyway - DJ Rob was kind enough to chill
with me for a minute to do the interview
- he's a laid back cat with immense style.
Check out what this crazy kid has to say
to Raves.com about his life and times
as a DJ. For more info on DJ Rob Martin,
you can visit his website at www.djrobmartin.com
Annalee: So how did
you end up getting started in this business?
Rob: I was spinning at a house
party in whittier and this guy came up
to me and asked me if I had ever thought
of doing this professionally and it just
went from there.
What was the 1st record you ever
Up To No Good. By the Porn Kings.
Where was the 1st gig you ever played?
I played the second room at fry4five.
My name then was Jedi
Do you currently have any residencies?
I am a resident for the world party tour.
Are you in the studio now, do we
have anything to look forward to in the
near future, maybe some collaboration
with someone else?
I am going to go into the studio and start
working on my first publicly released
track and am hoping to have it out by
What type of music do you listen
to when you are not spinning?
I listen to a lot of hard house, hip-hop
Have you ever worked on a Movie Soundtrack?
What are your thoughts on the scene
right now locally?
I think the scene is about to change.
There is a new hand-full of dj's coming
out right now that are going to change
up the energy a little. Locally I like
how UK hard house Is becoming a bigger
influence than trance.
Do any favorite moments that come
I remember the first time I everÝ spun
in front of a crowd and I looked at my
friends and they all were looking at me
at the same time and we all had the same
thought going through our head. That was
the first time I started making a difference
in how people saw the party scene and
In the many places you have performed,
which one is your most favorite?
I would have to say the garage because
if your at the garage you're there for
the music, not the club or the chicks.
How has your creativity changed over
the last 10 years?
Do you tend to stay with your own styles/ideas
or do you allow the mainstream to influence
you and your work? I tend to stay with
my own styles and Ideas because that is
what got me here. I didn't get here by
being "the mainstream DJ".
What is your current Goal as a DJ?
I want to start producing more.
What would you be doing right now
if you never bought that 1st record and
became a DJ?
Probably playing baseball.
OK! Last question and the cheesiest
of all... What is the dopest thing about
Knowing you have complete control over
the emotion of the room you are spinning
-- written by Annalee
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