As a manager and partner at 4AM DJs, I’m always arranging performances, events, and photo shoots around the world. Every day, the reports I get back from my DJs sound like the kinds of wild adventures that I rarely get to be a part of as a desk jockey. The people who flock to these stellar international events get to experience the end result of months of prep, but do they really know what a day in the life of a DJ is like? In this monthly column, you’ll hear first-hand accounts of DJ war stories, with photos and videos from the world’s best to show for it. In this Tour Diary, you’ll read about DJ DL, as he braves the wrath of Irene in the name of a good party. Yours truly, Adam Alpert.
What’s up world! DJ DL, here. I’m excited about starting this tour diary with you. I’m a pretty simple guy. I like good music and good food. I’m also a lover of the arts. I’ve been DJing professionally for 11 years now, and DJed in my bedroom for a few years before that. I have achieved a lot as a DJ, and still aspire for so much more. I hope you guys enjoy the ride with me as I work to achieve these goals.
The last few weeks have been really crazy, and it all started with Hurricane Irene. I spun at Wall in Miami that Thursday, then flew into Indiana on Friday for what was supposed to be one quick gig at Indiana University’s welcome week party at Jake’s Nightclub. Due to Irene however, my trip to Indiana ended up being extended for a few extra days. I missed my gig at Mixx on Saturday, but thanks to my friends at IU, I was given an opportunity to spin at Kilroy’s Sports Bar. I really got the chance to explore my creativity as a DJ because of the high energy the crowd had during my set. It was much different from my weekly residencies, where I cater to a more upscale crowd. But those kids love their Afrojack and Avicii. I had a great time, made new friends, and got insight into what the younger generation listens to at their tailgates and house parties.
I Got back to New York City on Monday, after finding a flight from Indianapolis to Philadelphia. I was happy to see that my town wasn’t swept away. That next week was great. I did my Wednesday residency at SL, and Thursday at Avenue, spun 1Oak that Friday, and did my weekly at Mixx in Atlantic City. All were packed and crazy. It was an extra special week because I finally released my new record Big Up, that I produced with my partner DJ Ani Quinn. It’s been getting great feedback.
Now it’s Fashion Week, and on Wednesday I spun at SL with Michael Phelps who was guest DJing in the booth with me. That was cool. On Thursday I did the Esprit Soho store for Fashion’s Night Out, and had Broadway going crazy. I put one of the speakers from the store out on the street and had the whole block dancing. After that I headed to Avenue and spun a great, high energy set. Then on Saturday, I spun with the Legendary Jazzy Jeff at Mixx in AC. That party rocked. He really is amazing to watch.