A Look Back at the Wonderfully Strange Career of Kyle MacLachlan on His 54th Birthday

Let’s be real: who doesn’t love Kyle Maclachlan? No one? Correct. The bizarre and dashing actor has been gracing both our television and film screens for over 30 years now, and like the fine wine he so enjoys, only gets better with age. As a fresh-faced young weirdo, we saw him emboy the leading roles in two of David Lynch’s most iconic films as Blue Velvet‘s amateur detective Jeffrey Beaumont and Twin Peaks’ Special Agent Dale Cooper—whom you could look at as simply an extension of young Jeffrey. We later saw Kyle in a series of female-driven television hits as an impotent and/or sociopathic husbands that you could not help but love in absrudity. And now he’s back on televison and oh no, we’re not complaining. So, as today is his 54th birthday, let’s take a look back on some his most wonderous and strange roles. Enjoy.

Dune, Paul Atreides

 

Blue Velvet, Jeffrey Beaumont

 

Twin Peaks, Dale Cooper

 

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Dale Cooper

 

Sex and the City, Trey McDougal

 

Desperate Housewives, Orson Hodge

 

Hamlet, Claudis

Portlandia, Mayor

Jonathan Schwartz Talks South Pointe, This Summer’s Hamptons Destination

There were a few times this winter when the summer seemed as impossibly distant as an Oscar for Tom Cruise. I still look for patches of tough snow when I walk the puppies through McCarren Park, and yet here we are, less than 2 weeks away from the summer season. The big news on the Hamptons party circuit is the redux of the Tavern space in Southampton as South Pointe. Leading the charge at South Pointe is Jonathan Schwartz, a one time promoter who has often been associated with Noah Tepperberg, Jason Strauss, and The Strategic Group.

I (and many others), simply assumed that Jonathan was just fronting for the big guys, but I am told that is not the case at all. I asked Noah about it and he told me, “I love John and think he will be one of the future players in the Hamptons scene, but because of his sometimes affiliation with me, my partners, and our venues, we have already been linked to his venture, which I’m sure you can understand bothers us since we have nothing to do with it.”

Noah continued, saying, “After 15 years, me, Jason, Strategic Group, Lavo, Avenue, and Marquee are finally not doing anything nightlife related in the Hamptons this summer.” Noah and crew had been doing the Steve Lewis-designed space, Dune, for four years with Matt Shendell but have dissolved that partnership. Matt decided to keep the name and that has led to rumor and speculation. Noah tells me that they are “concentrating on our Vegas and NYC hotel venture.” The Dream Downtown is getting close and I am promised a tour soon, so I’ll keep you posted. Noah emphasized how much he loves and respects Jonathan and wishes him the best with this venture.

After sorting that out, I caught up with Jonathan Schwartz and asked him about South Pointe.

Tell me about South Pointe and how you become involved. I’ve spent the past four summer seasons overseeing marketing and hospitality at Dune nightclub, also in Southampton, so my experience and knowledge of Southampton nightlife is of the highest level. However, towards the end of last season at Dune, I noticed that my friends, clients, and industry peers seemed to be looking for something new, so in January when Gordon and Erik von Broock, along with Stephen Tedeschi approached me about coming on board as a partner/owner to steer the ship for South Pointe , it was time to take the next step, ownership. Can you explain the transition from being in promotions and marketing to owning a slice? It’s 1am on a Tuesday night and I’m sitting in the office gearing up for South Pointe’s Hamptons debut on Memorial Day Weekend and for my birthday party in just 2 days (to be celebrated at Lavo NYC with two of my favorite DJ’s, Steve Aoki and Jesse Marco, where I expect 1,200 to 1,500 to show up). As I sit, going through staffing, sound & lighting, graphic design, contracts, budgets, DJ line ups, celebrity calendars, and special events for South Pointe, I realize that in just ten days I will be opening the “go-to” spot in the Hamptons for summer 2011 party goers.

You seem confident. Why? The team we have developed is a “Dream Team.” With nightlife veterans Randy Scott and Jamie Hatchett running VIP operations—the top image hosts on the East Coast—and my partners the Von Broocks, Ben Greiff, David Marino, Stephen Tedeschi, this will be the freshest Hamptons experience offered in years. This is a music-driven venue, boasting the best DJs from around the world and New York City. If the DJ is king these days, then South Pointe is home, boasting the world famous DJ talents of Avicii, Calvin Harris, Max Vangeli, Funkagenda and many more while also keeping the New York State of mind with local staples such as David Berrie, Jesse Marco, Ruckus, Jus Ske, and The Chainsmokers.

How did you get involved in the hospitality business? Prior to the South Pointe venture, I spent many years coming through the ranks of the nightlife hierarchy—so to speak—to get to the Pointe where I am today (pun intended, ha). Growing up in New York and Alpine , New Jersey, I always had an interest in hospitality such as fine restaurants, nightclubs, and concerts.In college, I would do holiday parties through out the year such as Thanksgiving Eve at Serefina and Lobby. Then in the summertime, I would take over venues and throw weekly events, which my friends would attend while home over the summer months. When I graduated from college in 2005, I began working full-time on my events, taking pride in breaking sales records in different venues across the city, leaving owners impressed and wondering who this new, young entrepreneur was.I caught my first break when I was hired at Aer by Eli Jafari to help run promotions at the Meatpacking hotspot. Following our run at Aer, I also ran Manor in Meatpacking, which is where I met many of my peers. After a year, I left Manor to take on the promotional directing role at Arena in Midtown, which was new territory. The venue was a huge success, and to date, one of my fondest moments in nightlife was when we had Kanye West perform his new single at the time (“Stronger”) before it was released. People went nuts, the venue was packed, and I was responsible on that evening for the best party in New York. I realized at this moment that I was on to something special.

What was your role within The Strategic Group? My promotions had grown from my closest ten friends, to one thousand people following me per night. Arena went on to be sold which is when I found my new home where I have spent the last three years as Director of Marketing and Promotions For Noah Tepperberg, partner/owner of Hospitality power house Strategic Group, Tao Group, Lavo Group, Avenue NYC, Marquee LV and Marquee NYC. Working day in and day out with the likes of Noah has shaped me into a business man, rather than just a promoter with a work ethic extending 20 hours per day. Now, I look to take these years of experience, work, and drive back out to Southampton and create a brand in South Pointe that can hopefully be rolled out as part of a bigger picture plan.

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Industry Insiders: Matt Shendell, Club Creator

At 33 years of age, Matt Shendell is a veteran by nightlife standards. The club and restaurant owner began his impressive career at 17 as a promoter and doorman, and has since tried his hand at multiple stations in the fluctuating business. From his first venue, Chinawhite, which opened in New York in 1998, to Southampton mecca Dune, to his new DUMBO outpost, Pub One, Shendell has used his experience to create hyper-current and markedly New York-centric hotspots. Here, he gives a brief rundown of his rise to the top and his predictions for the next wave of nightlife trends.

On his main draw to nightlife: Nightlife is something I’ve been involved in since I was 17. I’ve always been intrigued by it and I’ve worked as a doorman, bartender, and pretty much every other position in the industry. After opening up our first place in 1998, everything we did — including Dip and our sports bar The Hill — became bigger and better. We were good at it, and kept being successful, so we kept going. It’s an interesting and exciting business, and we’ve been lucky to always have a great team to help us.

On New York nightlife, as it was and as it will be: The big clubs have had their day, but I don’t think they’re in anymore. New York City is oversaturated with touristy, bridge-and-tunnel places. Gastro-pubs like The Breslin and The Spotted Pig are the next wave. For example, what we did with The Ainsworth – the comfort food and British pub style — that’s what you’re going to see in the next five, ten years.

On the most challenging part of the job: There are two things that stand out. One is dealing with the staffing, personalities, and finding the right people. There’s a high turnover in my business, so dealing with that can be a little crazy. Secondly, loss prevention, theft, and watching the money is another big battle.

On Dune and the Hamptons: Originally it was called Jet East and then Cain the first year we bought it, but it’s been Dune ever since. We came up with Axe Lounge one summer — a marketing partnership with Axe Body Spray – with the help of our marketing partners, Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss of Strategic Group. We’ve kicked around Dune for expansion, but it’s more Hamptons-specific. I don’t know if it’s a brand you can just place anywhere. I don’t think you could put a Dune in Chicago and have it be a hit just because it was Dune in the Hamptons.

On his latest, Pub One: We opened up Pub One in DUMBO three weeks ago. It’s going to be a relaxed sports bar – a smaller version of The Ainsworth, which is 6,000 square feet with 25 foot ceilings. It’s going to be a real neighborhood haunt, a comfortable spot with antique lighting, wood paneled walls, and over ten specialty burgers. We want it to be a real neighborhood staple where you can watch the game and have great food and great drinks. We’re also looking to open one in Manhattan, to expand the Pub One brand. Maybe we’ll do something big with The Ainsworth in a casino destination like Atlantic City or Las Vegas, but Pub One is a newer entity that we really want to get behind. We’re also looking at a place in Nolita, which we should close on soon.

Megan Gaver Joins Tao Group

Winston Churchill said, “History is written by the victors.” My status as some sort of knowledgeable nightlife source probably has a great deal to do with my ability to hire right. Today’s current crop of owner/operators is heavily laden with those who worked with me, for me, around me, and despite of me. They tell people I knew my stuff, and some are silly enough to believe it. The people who learned from me are fortunate that I worked for so many great operators. Being an anally analytical workaholic, I was able to glean the best from each of my tutors and pass the stuff that dreams are made of to my staff. I also tried hard to leave bad habits and techniques behind. Learning from mistakes is a very difficult but a very necessary part of success in nightlife. Although the fundamental things about running a nightclub applied long before Rick’s Café Americain, each of my teachers each had a different approach. They imparted their own unique personality and methods to marketing, control systems, staffing, liquor sales, and the thousands of little variables that need to be understood to be successful.

Rubell, Schrager, Gatien, Brahms, Rudolf, John Argento, Arthur Weinstein, Peter Frank, Roy Stillman, and all the rest were thoroughly grounded in the numbers but had their own ways of running the show.

One of my ex-employees actually wrote a novel, which my ex-wife says has me all up in there, and not in a good way. Although I haven’t read the book, I have been told that my former staffer portrayed me in a very unflattering light. At this age, almost all light is unflattering and well, you get used to it. I was never really sure she knew what was going on, but she was my ex’s best friend and needed a gig. She wasn’t extremely dumb or as useless as tits on a bull, so we always found something for her to do where she wouldn’t hurt herself. She never even invited me to a reading.

I relied heavily on pedigree. Not only did my purebred Chihuahua, Arturo, have to like the person but they had to be better than the job they were applying for on paper. My staff were graduates of Harvard, Wharton, University of Michigan, Columbia, N.Y.U. and other prestigious schools. Many were just spending a year or two until they got their law degree or MBA and moved on to big business while others saw the club business as having big opportunities for them. Many of them are the players running things today. They are the victors.

Those fortunate to work with me during my trials and tribulations learned a valuable lesson on what not to do. One of my best hires came out of left field. Back in the Life nightclub days, we distributed invites as the clubs of that era were prone to do. Even though we were the hottest club out there, we still had people on corners near other hot clubs handing paper to their patrons about what we were doing. This flyer distribution was headed up by a sharp young man who also had the task of getting invites mailed out. Long before Facebook, spam and mass texting, we annoyed people on corners and with junk mail. Each day in-between games of Tetris, I analyzed the various methods of marketing we employed. I became suspect of the distribution by the street team and ventured off one night with a couple of my trusted dudes. We went to the corners where I’d ordered distribution and found none occupied by my staff, while the other clubs were represented in force. I called my distribution chief in for a meeting. College kids were stuffing envelopes with invites in banquettes which were occupied at night by superstars and celebrities. He sauntered into the room with a look on his face similar to the one my cat Buster has after he bags a pigeon. I fired him in front of everyone. I always wanted to kill them, draw a chalk line around their limp bodies so all would see what happens when I got crossed but just as we have no smoking rules in modern clubs we weren’t allowed to whack anybody back then. So I just got loud and threw him out. He screamed back at me, “Who you going to get to replace me!!!!????” I spun around and saw this young, blond college girl quietly stuffing envelopes, pointed in that direction and said, “Her. Now get outta here and never come back.” It was as affective as a chalk mark.

Megan Gaver started working directly for me and over the years became my right hand, left hand, feet, eyes and ears and even fed Arturo and the fish when I traveled. She got a law degree in her spare time and went on to work for Jon B and his merry band of elves and scallywags. Now she has moved up the ladder again and is working for my old friends and co-workers Jason Strauss and Noah Tepperberg and that crew at Tao Group. She included me in his mass e-mail. She got good at that.

“As some of you already know, after many great years with my current company, I have decided to move on and take a position as Director of Business Affairs with the TAO Group at their newest space in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. We are slated to open this exciting new venue in December 2010. I look forward to speaking with all of you soon and doing continued business with you out in Las Vegas!”

I congratulate all involved as Megan is a knowledgeable, dedicated player who will be a great asset. Churchill once said, “I am easily satisfied with the very best.” I’m sure she will satisfy them and they her. Tao group is TAO New York, TAO Las Vegas, LAVO New York, LAVO Las Vegas, Marquee, Stanton Social, Rue 57, Avra, and Dune. Now what’s better than that?

Industry Insiders: Richard Shemtov, Design Scion

Richard Shemtov is the founder of contemporary design firm Dune, which started as a small furniture production facility in Red Hook back in ’96 and has since grown into an internationally recognized studio in Tribeca and New Jersey. The Parsons graduate describes himself as “genuinely optimistic, a problem solver and always up for a challenge,” and constantly pushes boundaries with his cutting edge designs for city living. Tips for city living and where to find inspiration after the jump.

On a typical day: After I take the kids to school, I arrive at work on Wooster Street around 8:30 am. I begin by responding to emails and have scheduled conference calls each morning. I then head over to our factory in Harrison, NJ to check over our production schedule and look at some of the new furniture pieces we are building, all of which are in various stages of completion. A couple of hours later I’m back in the city and have lunch around 2 or 3pm. Afterward, I’m in meetings with clients, and then between 5-7pm there is some creative time as I work with our design team on the development of their custom furniture drawings. I get home around 8pm and have dinner with the family and in bed by midnight.

On keeping his head in the game: Getting married has definitely changed my life. It’s kept me grounded, which allowed me to grow as a designer and refine my company’s direction.

On trends in the design industry: The most positive design trend I see this year is a decline in the interest of “limited edition” furniture. It’s a dismal trend that alienates the public with a message that contemporary-designed furniture is precious art and should be collected rather used.

On Dune in 2010: We’ll complete our new 300-page Dune furniture catalog later this year and there will be new collaborations with some incredible designers for new projects in 2011.

On his dream project: I’d like to design and furnish the interiors of an entire city. We got close a couple of years ago but the developer lost his funding with the recession.

On the difficulties of getting started in the ’90s: The biggest challenge was just starting from scratch. After the initial introduction of our first furniture collection, we had to figure out a way to make these new designs relevant to people and give them good reason to buy it. Over the years it’s been a constant and ongoing reinvestment in new product introductions and marketing efforts.

Tips for furnishing small city apartments: If you’re furnishing a small space, definitely look for furniture that can serve multiple functions and has smaller-scaled proportions. I’d also keep them tight to the perimeter, and don’t overcrowd your floor space.

Design basics that every apartment should have: Every apartment should have either white or light-colored walls and really good lighting. It’ll not only enhance your mood but also any furniture you are planning to use.

On finding inspiration: I constantly look at the market for what’s missing. It’s the lack that initiates the design process for me. I then draw my inspiration from contemporary art, pop culture, film, or my dreams. I believe there’s a progression of design from where we’ve been culturally as a society and where we should go next.

On the ‘Dune lifestyle:’ The Dune lifestyle is meant to be honest, provide comfort, and allow people to tailor the furniture to their needs and personality through our unique customization.

Favorite design piece: A few years back, we needed a comfortable sofa-bed that could be brought in through our 27” wide doorway. I designed one that worked really well. We’ve since added the piece to the collection, called “Newborn”, and it’s been very successful.

Favorite city for design: From a design perspective, New York is my ultimate favorite city. It’s a creative powerhouse that’s full of design energy. The shortage of significant architecture is undeniable but there are many sensational interiors here in restaurants, hotels, and cultural institutions.

Go-tos: Bar Pitti is my absolute favorite, I could eat there every day. Simple ingredients prepared flawlessly. I also enjoy Café Mogador for Moroccan. They make a stellar Lamb Tagine. There’s Omen for Japanese, love their sashimi.

Rachel Uchitel & Tiger Woods: The Club Connection

So my editor wanted me to write something about Tiger Woods. I thought it was a stretch. I write about clubs and his wife maybe swung a golf club at him. Then it was explained to me that there was some sort of connection between Mr. Woods and club icon Rachel Uchitel. Rachel and I met for the first time when she was dating Tao/Marquee/Lavo partner Jason Strauss and was the director of V.I.P. Services out in Vegas. I remember her being very insistent that I get that title right, so I hope I did. Uchitel was beautiful, intelligent, articulate and driven. Did I say beautiful? She was the go-to gal for tables at hotspots like Pink Elephant, Dune, Marquee, Tao (Vegas) and most recently Griffin. I asked some of her close friends about the allegations of her affair with the Tiger. Although her friends say “probably,” I could not confirm the affair. I got a lot of “I wouldn’t put it past her” and “she rolls in those kinds of circles.” I did get one reliable “she told friends she was friends with him.” One in-the-know type said, “She told me she was splitting to L.A. to avoid the papparazzi camped by her door. I love her to death, but she makes things tough on herself.” Then I did some checking on Mr. Woods just to see if the “homewrecker” label being tossed around had any validity. It seems Mrs. Woods might have a lot more to be teed off about.

The allegations of Rachel driving a wedge between the married couple seem silly. I am not a gossip columnist but I did ask around “certain circles.” These “circles” scoffed at the idea of Tiger’s innocence. I was told that over the last three to five years, many a jet was occupied by Mr. Woods and his entourage, with an ex-working girl tasked to provide beauties for the beasts. Come back tomorrow for more on the working girl in question — a lady based out of Chicago who is a regular “pal” of one of Tiger’s inner circle. “The jets would touch down in L.A. or Vegas or wherever the party was,” said my source. I asked if Mr. Woods was partaking in the girlie action? She responded with “duh.”

The superstar celebrity meeting the beautiful girl in the club story seems old hat. Why are we shocked when a Kobe or a Michael or a Mel Gibson or a senator is caught with his pants down? The Spitzer thing was kind of beyond the pale sick because he was prosecuting those kinds of crimes while partaking. But everyone in clubdom knew Ashley and her ilk and their resumes. Why is the world at large shocked? I mean, there aren’t too many average joes affording $1500-an-hour call girls. These gals are hitting lots of famous chit.

Rachel is being painted as a homewrecker, and it doesn’t seem fair. It takes two to tango. And if the shock, jealousy, and moral indignation of the shamed wife is entertaining, it’s still strange. When watching Tiger toss clubs around and scream at people at televised golf tournaments, does it seem like he’s a person who cares about others’ feelings or plays by rules of decency and decorum? Did his wife expect that he would play on a one-hole golf course? Egomaniacs take what they want and live by their own rules. Rachel is a doll, and I’ve always admired her strength and professionalism. She has survived the unsurvivable and thrived when others would have withered. She will come out of this on top and someday fulfill — what I have been told — is her dream, to own her own joint. I have a great name for it but will keep quiet for now. I heard old Tiger isn’t saying much. Good for him. I will borrow a few lines from Miss Daisy Eyebright to guide him: “If wisdom’s ways you wisely seek, five things observe with care: of whom you speak, to whom you speak, and how and when and where.”

Speaking of secrets not being kept well: The closing of Civetta, its renovation, and the December opening of a restaurant commandeered by Nur Kahn and Paul Sevigny is the talk of the town. I attended the closing-night party at Civetta Saturday night, and everyone was saying it out loud. Nur was in denial when I reached him via text. His comment is, “I wish I had a dollar for every time someone suggested that Paul and I were opening a new restaurant/bar together.” I’m going to send Nur a buck and Paul as well. I’m hoping and suspecting that it’s all true, and I’ll have a place very close to my home to stumble home from. Civetta was ill-conceived. Opening an Italian restaurant with attitude on Kenmare and Mulberry is like bringing “superior” sand to the Sahara. I loved everyone there and I would pop in constantly. I was told the irony is that the joint was “actually making money,” but an insider told me its “complicated menu and the recessionary times doomed the place.”

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Industry Insiders: DJ Reach, Beat Boy

Semu Namakajo, a.k.a. DJ Reach, is Manhattan’s very own household name when it comes to the world of nightclubs. Bringing his gift for musical mish-mashing to haunts across NYC, Vegas, the Hamptons, and Miami, Reach is best known for being one of the nicest dudes in the biz — just ask any club owner in town. In a city where the sincere have dwindled down to a mere few, this New York native brings nothing but the realness in his music as well as his life. That’s because the music undoubtedly is his life.

How’d you get your start DJing? I was one of those people who saw the craft and got the fever for that cool activity when you see somebody at the nucleus of the party, who is able to dictate the direction of the vibe for the night. So, whether you were coming in from having a hard day at work or celebrating the greatest day of your life, you’re at the mercy of the DJ. I thought that was so powerful. It just drew me in.

The first place you DJed? It was at a junior high school dance at the Cathedral School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and I literally had a couple of records and cassette tapes. I went back and forth from a boom box and one turntable that was my brother’s.

What about your first paying gig? I don’t really remember my first paying gig. I feel like I should. It should be like when you go to one of those bodegas and they have the dollars on the wall. I should have my first paycheck on my wall.

What’s your weekly line-up? Tuesday’s at Brother Jimmy for an after-work party followed by late night at Southside. It’s a down-low hipster spot. Wednesdays I do Avenue, which is a sceney spot and all the celebs are there. That’s my image night. Thursdays I can’t even reveal. On my Twitter, I call it the “secret spot.” So, you have to follow me on Twitter to find out about it. It might move around a bit. Fridays I jump on a plane and I go to Las Vegas to spin at Tao, which is like doing a concert every week because 2,000 people come together under one roof, and the DJ booth is right in the center of the dance floor. If I’m not in Vegas on Friday, then I’m at the Hotel on Rivington. On Saturday’s, I’m anywhere from Vegas to the Hamptons at Dune. You can catch me all over. Miami at Fontainebleau, maybe I’m in London … who knows?

Who do you look up to in the business? Because I have a marketing company as well called Big Picture Marketing Group or BPM, plus I’ve been a promoter and a DJ, on the business side I look up to Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss. They’ve been like mentors to me, as well as big brothers. I’ve worked for them for seven or eight years now since the very beginning of Marquee to the number-one grossing restaurant and nightclub in the country, which is Tao Las Vegas. On the DJ side it would be DJ Stretch Armstrong. I used to stay up way too late taping his late-night show, and then I ended up interning for him.

You also DJed on a late-night show for Carson Daly. What was that like? TV is totally different from any nightclub experience because so much is scripted and planned out, and there are retakes, and even though you’re in front of a live studio audience, there’s still a general path that your producers want you to follow. Carson is such an amazing and generous guy. He really loves music, and he gave me some creative license to play what I wanted to play as long as I stayed attuned to the general vibe and atmosphere he had going on. If it was Gwyneth Paltrow and she was talking about growing up on the Upper East Side in a townhouse and how she used to listen to the Beatles, I might play some Beatles songs and go into commercial with that.

What’s your favorite kind of music to play? I’m known for my musical palette, my repertoire, and it’s just a variety. I don’t want to use the term “mash-up” because I think it’s played out. I play the music that is representative to the soundtrack of the lives of the people who are in my generation. I play legends like Michael Jackson and Kurt Cobain and Jay-Z. But it also includes anyone from The Cranberries to M.IA.

Does your line of work get you lots of ladies? It has its advantages. It’s a testament to the fact that you are in a category of performers, and if you do what you do well, you could be a rock star. You could be somebody’s hero, whether it is for just one night or for actual love.

Does it get annoying when people make requests? It opens you up to a challenge. If someone wants to hear Ritchie Valens, I have to figure out how to blend that in with Nas. I have to be like, “Okay, let’s try it.” Sometimes it’s annoying as hell.

Where do you go out? I’m such a foodie. You’ll catch me at La Esquina, Blue Ribbon Sushi. I also like hole-in-the-wall places for having beer and wings like Brother Jimmy’s.

What sort of negative trends do you see in the business? A lot of trends people tend to say are negative, I see as positive. They say, “All the DJs now use lap tops and Serato, and it takes away from the creativity and the craft of using vinyl.” I have 10,000 records in my house to this day. I’ve gone to the deepest, darkest crevices of record shops around the world. I value all of them. People think it’s limiting to have all the same music all download-able. You have to challenge yourself as an artist and as a creative thinker. You have to decide how you’re going to put it together and how you’re going to let your identity show despite the fact that everyone has access to the music.

What’s your dream project? It’s a project I’m working on right now. I’m approaching my 30th birthday, and every year I throw a huge party. All of my friends as well as celebs show up. We’ve had a thousand people come in the past. This year I’m taking 30 artists that I respect and have influenced me in some way and asking them to pick 30 songs, one per artist that has impacted them in the past 30 years. It will be a compilation of 30 artists who have influenced me and the songs that have influenced them during my lifespan.