DJGWK Interview on Metromix.com
Check out the interview I did this week with Metromix Tampa Bay!
Hey DJ, play that song
Javier HernandezSpecial to Metromix
March 3, 2009
Ever wonder who that face behind the music is? We did to. That's why we've set out to uncover the mystery of the Disc Jockey's that you dance to nightly. This week we've caught:
DJ Goofy Whitekid
From: Harrisburg, PA
What is the significance of your name?
It is what I am. I think. Right?
How did you get it?
After college, I wound up working at a new radio station competing against a bunch of my old college friends at another station in town. We couldn’t let them know what was coming, so I had to change my original name, but I couldn’t come up with anything really unique or memorable. During my first on-air show on the new station, the jock just said on the air, “DJ Goofy Whitekid is playing the music today.” And there it was.
What kind of music do you like to play the most?
I’ve always loved playing all flavors of house and trance. I don’t get to play a ton of dance music anymore, but I do 20 or 30-minute mixes for download or promo giveaways every once in a while. The club-goers in Florida are a lot more accepting of the electronic genres than where I was before, and if I get a chance to slip some onto the radio station or on our HD-2 station, I’ll do it.
What made you interested in DJ-ing?
A mix of passion for music, an interest in technology, and being bored at parties in junior high school.
How long have you been a DJ?
12 years, it’ll 13 in May.
Where are your favorite venues to spin at?
I just started my Thursday night at Floyd’s at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino with FLZ and Rat and Puff, and that’s a blast. I played Green Iguana Anderson on Thanksgiving Eve last year and they had a fun crowd. Also, the guys at the St. Pete Times Forum were great when I opened for Kevin Rudolf, and I wouldn’t mind getting back into playing arena events. Beyond that, I haven’t been playing out much in the area… hint hint…
Outside of work, do you ever go out to clubs?
Every once in a while, though when FLZ is your work, it’s kinda work all the time… I’ll go support my fellow FLZ and Beat mixers when I can, and it’s always fun to check out the big names when they come to town.
Do you take music requests?
Usually I will; it depends on how crazy things are. I might not play every request, but if it makes sense and you’re not being a total Becky, I’ll probably play it.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen while you were working?
3,000 people in anime costumes at Otakon 2002 in Baltimore, dancing to what I was playing for 4 hours straight non-stop with no bar around… I’ve never seen anything like the costumes those kids had, it was pretty wild. Anime conventions are surprisingly good parties.
What’s been your biggest gig so far?
Either playing the Danity Kane “Damaged” video premiere, opening for T.I. in 2007, or the Otakons… they were all really big, and a lot of fun. I’m working out a deal to play at the Crawfish Boil in Birmingham AL, which is this huge 25,000 person festival with concerts and shellfish, apparently.
When you are up there, do you have a playlist or do you read the crowd?
It’s a mix of both... you have to have an idea of what they’re going to want to begin with, but you also need to be able to adjust to the crowd, and be prepared to give them stuff they might not expect to like.
Best DJ experience?
When you just run on instinct and play what you’re feeling, and you look up and everyone’s 100% with you. It’s a hard feeling to describe, but you know it when you’re in it.
Do you prefer playing at clubs or bigger events?
Huge events are a ton of fun and are always more about the music than being seen, and I’m doing big events more than clubs right now, but you can really get closer to the people and what they’re feeling at a club. I guess that means I don’t have a preference, huh?
With so much music now a days have you gone to Serato or do you still carry the old fashion milk crates?
I’m on Serato, as are a lot of DJs now. It’s changed the entire game and opened up so many possibilities. I was late going to Serato too, simply because I had so much vinyl to move to digital, and I was playing out 5 nights a week. That said, I don’t think I’ll ever stop buying vinyl.
What DJs do you look up to?
Ferry Corsten easily tops this list… he’s constantly breaking new ground, and I’ve never heard him have an “off” night. DJ AM is an eye-rolling obvious answer, but he really is next level, and he got me into the New York Times! DJ Roctakon is another of the best traveling DJs out there, and one of the coolest guys in the game right now. I also would love to be in the game as long as Cosmic Kev and Richie Rich have been in it in Philly.
Are you associated with or are you part of any groups in the music industry?
I’ve done remix work for a few artists, but I’m not currently signed to any labels or working with any of the major industry groups.
Would you or do you work with any radio station in the Tampa Bay area?
I’m on 93.3 FLZ 7 nights a week, and I do a syndicated mixshow on about 20 other radio stations across the country.
What are your future plans?
Short-term, I’m looking to get more established here, since I’ve only been in Tampa Bay for 6 months. I also just finished up a project for Christina Aguilera’s tour, and I’d like to start producing and remixing more again. Down the line, I’d love to be traveling more.
Where can we find you?
Every night at 6:50pm, Saturday and Sunday nights at 1am, and every once in a while on Rewind Sunday, all on 93.3 FLZ; Thursday nights at Floyd’s at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. I’d like to add to that list…
What is your website or Myspace?
Website is djgoofywhitekid.com. You can find my MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, podcasts, photos and a ton of other fun stuff there.