DJ Vice, The
Mayor DJ of Las Vegas, holds it down all around the world and is no stranger to travel. With non-stop DJ gigs, opening a boutique, and most recent collaboration with Tumi for his co-branded DJ / Travel bag, the Tumi x Vice Brief Pack, it’s safe to say dude is busier than ever. We sat down with Vice to catch up and talk shop.
You started as a Radio DJ on Power 106, how did this help you to become who you are as a DJ?
Radio trained me to perfect my mixes with no flaws. We mixed live on the air so there was no room for error.
You have held a residency at Tao in Las Vegas for years now, how do you keep it fresh for yourself and the crowd?
Vegas has a rotating crowd. Every weekend a new wave of people come to town which brings a different vibe to the room. It’s the same puzzle just different pieces every week!
What does your travel schedule like?
Busy! I rival a politicians campaign schedule.
From talking to Roctakon, Ross One, and other touring club guys, it seems like the touring DJ life is very lonely. Lots of time to think, repetition etc. What is your take on it?I try to find new things to do in cities I visit frequently. I’m also a big shoe collector so there is always somewhere to dig…guess it replaced my vinyl hunting in someways.
Is the DJ lifestyle cushy?
It’s a never ending grind. I’ve been DJing over 20 years now and still find new inspiration daily…the moment I sit comfortable is the moment I will retire.
Can you list the DJ things you bring to a gig (be specific)?
– My Tumi X Vice Briefpack carrying my MacBook Air 11″,
– Bose Noise cancelling headphones
– USB cords for HID mode on CDJ 2000’s
– AIAIAI headphones
– Zagg USB charger
– Multiple USB jump drives
– My custom ear plugs to protect my ears…they don’t always make it in.
You have played your early set and you are moving into prime time. How do you get the crowd to recognize there is a real skilled DJ behind the decks? Do you have go-to mini-sets. What are your most effective one?
I honestly don’t have any go-to sets…I still feel like I am a house party DJ doing my thing in a mega nightclub or festival. I have tried to plan a set here and there and every time I end up free styling after a couple records.
Do you ever say F it and play things that a big vegas crowd might not want to hear?
Sure!! That’s what makes us DJs!
Do you ever mess up?
All the time! Like I said…I don’t plan my sets or tricks or even word plays so if I mess up or my mix slips a lil bit that actually feels human to me and I hope the crowd can appreciate that in some sort of way. Take risks!
Do you play requests?
Who has inspired you as a professional DJ?
Jazzy Jeff, Jam Master Jay, KDAY mixmasters, Baka Boys & DJ AM!
Tips / words of wisdom for aspiring big club DJs?
Do You! Represent yourself and know your brand. Be humble and know that what ever you envision can happen.
What input did you have on your Tumi bag?
The bag is kinda pricey, what is your response to that?
The brief pack is the best in class quality hands down. Do you wanna fly coach or first class in life!?
TOP 5 DJ Records of ALL TIME
TOP 5 Listening Records of ALL TIME
1. Moby – Porcelain
2. Bob Marley – Is This Love
3. Garden State Soundtrack
4. Depeche Mode – Somebody (ED note: FUCK YES!!!)
5. The Cure – Lullabye
TOP 5 Things to eat
1. Pho – Pho So1 Vegas
2. Ramen – Totto Ramen NYC
3. Pizza – Lou Malnati’s Chicago
4. Turkey Burgers – Five Napkin
5. “Win Omlet” Bea Bea’s in Burbank CA
What were you like high school?
You like Asian girls?
I married one!