For most guys, being the Florida Marlins' Official DJ would be plenty. DJ Vertigo is not most guys. In addition to his stadium spinning for the hometown ballclub, he's the resident turntablist at clubs such as Louis, LUX and Cameo. In other words, this cat's got some major spin going for him. Niteside met with the mega-busy DJ on the eve of the Marlins' season-closing weekend. Here's what he had to share.
As the Official Marlins DJ, what exactly does that entail? I help to enhance the experience fans receive at the Friday, Saturday and sometimes Sunday home games. It's a whole production, unlike any other team in Major League Baseball. I host various games, trivia contests, giveaways, and T-shirt tosses that take place in between each inning. This along with my own personal flare of hyping up the crowd, getting them out of their seats and cheering on the players, be it leading fans in Marlin chants, starting the wave and, my favorites, the dance cam and kiss cam. There is always something going on to keep the game exciting!
This weekend marks the Marlins season closer -- what's in store for everyone? Each Saturday home game we have what's called "Marlins Super Saturdays." At the end of each Saturday game there is a full production concert. And we're talking some big names. This being closing weekend we have rock legends the Steve Miller Band. On Sunday's closing game we will be giving away tons of Marlins gear. Following the game all the players will come out and greet and thank the fans for their support all year long. There will also be a performance by Florida-born R 'n' B artist Casely. It will be a great end to a winning season for the team.
What were a couple of the highlights of Season 2010? Well this year's Super Saturday concert series brought some big names including Nelly, Kevin Rudolph, Fat Joe, P Diddy, and hometown favorite Pitbull. We've also had Willy Chirino, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Tito Bambino, and Zion y Lennox. And those are just the ones I remember!
Where will you be spinning in the new Marlins stadium in 2012? The area where I'm set up currently is down the first base line, an area called Bud Beach. It has hot tubs, a bar and a buffet. In the new park everything is taken to the next level. I will be set up in an area called La Playa, which is in left field. There will be a full-size swimming pool along with a large permanent hot tub, also a huge bar and buffet and, yes, a DJ Booth. It will be the new place to be in Miami!
You're not just the Marlins DJ; in fact you booth-up in clubs all over town. Where are you in residence right now? I've been shakin and movin South Florida bodies for over 11 years now. In fact, I've played in every single night club in town. Currently I hold residency at Louis each Thursday night, Fridays are fun because I get to jump around between Pangaea up north, MIA in downtown, and Cameo on South Beach. Finally I am the resident DJ for LUX each Saturday night, where I'm back working with Gerry Kelly, perhaps the most connected man in Miami. It's great because each night of the week has a different crowd and a different flavor.
Is there a big difference between spinning say, at Louis and at LUX? Yes, there is actually. One of the main differences is that Louis is mainly a tourist-driven party. Don't get me wrong there are plenty of loyal local supporters that attend my parties, it's just that Louis is inside a very popular South Beach hotel. It's the place to be. Now LUX has a bit of tourists but it's a real Miami party. I know over half the people there, maybe not personally but I've seen them with their hands in the air groovin' to my music here and there over the years. It feels good to have that confidence from the crowd. It allows me to break new records. They trust me. They're ready to party 'til 5am. It's a great feeling. Plus it's Saturday night and everyone goes out on Saturday, so LUX is always rocking 'til the very end!
Can you name some of the hottest tracks in current rotation? I'm really feeling these cats Far East Movement. I've been a fan of them for about five months now. I was the first DJ down here to play their song "Like a G6," and with the help of my friend and music director Baby Bree I even got their song played on Power 96. She fell in love with the track and believed it was a hit. And now it's on top of the charts. I'm also really digging the song "I Like That" by Luciana. That funky electro stuff gets my heart racing. And anything by the Swedish House Mafia, those dudes are on another level.
Don't get me wrong: I love my hip hop. I love Rick Ross' album, Drake's still blowin' my mind, I've always had love for Pitbull and I'm lovin' what Kanye is doing, too. He's releasing a new track every Tuesday on Twitter. It's fresh cause he's making those good head- boppin' hip-hop tracks again. I missed that. Also be on the look-out for J Cole. I'm also working with pop sensation Elijah King. He has a solo album coming out with a single titled "Never See You Again" featuring Gyptian. That song is a banger. He's going to top the pop charts for sure! Very talented young man and I'm fortunate to have the chance to help him build the foundation for a long musical career.
What's coming up for DJ Vertigo? Well as the Marlins go so will DJ Vertigo. It has opened up another dimension for me -- one of TV, video, hosting. I hope to build on that. Working with Elijah King (even doing some production and remixing) and VIP Music, which is orchestrated by the legendary Eddie Mixx (former music director of Power 96) and has a full in-house television production studio, I hope to expand to other forms of media as well. So be on the look-out for DJ Vertigo literally!