One of Storm DJs most in-demand DJs, the magical DJ Billy Gonzalez is next on our DJ Interviews, where we aim to find out some interesting facts and stories from our roster.
House, Nu-Disco, Bass, Chillout, Multi-Genre
Current Favourite DJ Performance Equipment
2x Traktor Kontrol D2 alongside Rane’s MP2014 rotary mixer
What got you into DJing?
The love for the music! When I started in 2000, buying vinyl was the only way to get hold of non-mainstream songs.
Which big name DJs’ style do you most reflect?
Tricky question, as it depends on the event but somewhere between Eats Everything and Maceo Plex might reflect my club sound.
Do you remember your first ever gig?
Of course! Charterhouse Bar in Farringdon with a full-on flu… I was determined to let nothing stop my debut set 😉
Tell us about your all-time favourite artists.
I’ve always enjoyed the music out of Berlin’s Get Physical label from MANDY, Booka Shade and DJ T. Sometimes fun and disco-influenced, sometimes deeper but always high quality.
What has been your most ridiculous DJ request to date?
I have had several people come to request the song that was actually playing at the time.
How do you think DJ technology will change into the future?
Stems technology that splits out the basic elements of a track might catch on – allowing a DJ to pick out a vocal, bassline, drums or lead melody then swap it with another at will. I look forward to live remixing during my sets with this, putting a touch of originality to well-known tracks.
What was your best ever gig and why?
Playing one of the last ever events in The Cross, that was our favourite club over the years, hosting the VIP room all night and then closing the main room to a packed crowd.
Do you think we will see DJ robots soon?
I really hope not. How awful would that be! At least Daft Punk are humans underneath.
Do any ‘star’ DJs get on your nerves?
I think Guetta is annoying a lot of people but yes, I remember him coming on as one of several big artists at Space, Ibiza and starting off his set by thanking everyone on the microphone for coming to see him – yes coming to see him and forget about all the other acts haha!
Your best ever YouTube clip
My Fashion Show mix of course!
What one useful tip would you give to the layman looking to book a DJ for their event?
Go for an experienced and versatile DJ – someone that will play for the crowd and the event, not just for themselves – someone that can react with a change of tempo and style when they need to respond to their audience.