Industry Insiders: Talking to DJ Diego Harispe

For our Oct./Nov. issue’s Industry Insider section, we interviewed professional house music DJ Diego Harispe. In the business for over 10 years, Harispe approaches his craft old-school, mixing CDs and vinyls, and weaving the sound into a story. Currently based in Miami where he’s found DJing at such spots as Nikki Beach and Mynt, Harispe has DJd across South America (Crobar in Buenos Aires) and Europe, where he honors the local cultures’ music. Here, Diego shares what he thinks a DJ should never do, the one song everyone loves, and what he reminds himself in the midst of success.

You’ve DJd all around the globe. What place do you look forward to spinning in the most?
That’s a hard question. I think every city and every country has something special. My favorite place is always the next one to visit, so this week it’s Ibiza. In Ibiza, every dancefloor is filled with different nationalities and cultures, but what is amazing about this magic island is that everybody speaks the same language: MUSIC. 

What’s a DJing-don’t? Something a DJ should NEVER do?
A DJ should never become a DJ for other reasons than the love for music itself. Unhappily, we have lots of supposed “DJs” in the industry  that are there just for exposure, a certain lifestyle, or other vein reasons than the music.

What is one song that people always love?
Gotye’s “Somebody That I Use To Know.” There are so many good remixes of it.

You’ve been a pro for years. What have you learned about success?
It’s not something that you finally reach. Success is being able to do what you love. It’s a forever path, and the key is to have faith in you. No matter how hard things get, with faith and consistency you will always achieve what you want.  

Chicago: Top 10 After-Hours Bars

1. Berlin (Wrigleyville) – Dark omnisexual house/industrial/video club for serious dancers and adventurous straighties. 2. Bon V (West Loop) – Bottle service on Randolph Street? A Bears superstar’s sibling tries his luck with a VIP lounge in the famed district. 3. Charlie’s Chicago (Wrigleyville) – Country boys early, with their cousins from the city taking it over for late-night dance parties. Yee-haw!

4. Circuit (Wrigleyville) – Y tu juicy booty tambien at this enormous dancehall/sweatlodge. 5. Crobar (Near North Side) – Chicago’s original mega-dance club still holds its title and gets all the celebrities in the house. 6. Diversey Rock ‘n’ Bowl (Logan Sqr/Humboldt Prk) – All-night bowling for the rock-n-roll jet set: tattoos and tequila meet 10 pins. 7. Estelle’s (Bucktown/Wicker Park) – Rockers, industry, and trixies convene in red booths post-2 a.m. 8. Le Passage (Near North Side) – New owners try to get Le Passage back on top of the nightlife food chain. 9. Rednofive (West Loop) – One of the area’s only after-hours bars hits a high note with late-night partiers. 10. Underbar (Roscoe Village) – Roscoe Village’s prime 4 a.m. bar draws an interesting mix of night owls.