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Interview with Society Moves You DJ/ Producer Ohzee
Q: Where were you born and raised?
A: Little Neck, Queens, New York
Q: How did you first realize you wanted to become a DJ?
A: In 1991 I think I was 12 years old my family started this annual fundraiser for kids who had cystic fibrosis. A lot of people volunteered their time including a group of Djs who played music at this event. I stood behind them in the Dj booth watching. I can remember saying to myself “holy shit this is the coolest thing ever”. The Dj was playing freestyle and mixing records together. Ill never forget him mixing “Temptation” by Corina, into “Together forever” Lisette Melendez. I knew right then and there I wanted to do this.
Q: What did you first learn to DJ on?
A: I learned on 2 techniques and a Gemini mixer.
Q: What were your influences when you began Djing?
A: I starting going out in the mid 90’s. Back in those days there wasn’t as many Djs in NYC like there is today. Jonathan Peters was a huge influence on me that is for sure. Junior Vasquez, Danny Tenaglia and Dj Boris were huge for me as well. I studied these guys every weekend. Most of my friends were going away to college I was going to Nightclubs on the weekends and spending my week days in Manhattan record stores.
Q: What was your first major event?
A: My first event was at a huge nightclub called “Metropolis”. It was in queens. I was playing at local bars and lounges before this. I remember playing at this place called JB’s on Friday night then I had to play at Metropolis the next night. I went from playing in front of 100 people at JB’s to 3000 people the very next night. I was pretty nervous to say the least. But I think I rocked it out.
Q: What are some Djs you’ve played with?
A: I’m definitely fortunate enough to have played with many Djs including a few Grammy award winners as well. Sharam, Hex Hector, Victor Calderone, Mindcontrol, The Martinez Brothers, Junior Vasquez, Jason Ojeda, Jonathan Peters, Oscar G, to name a few.
Q: What record labels have you been signed to?
A: *69 and Ultra Records were probably the biggest.
Q: What were your biggest productions?
A: I was hired to do a remix for Suzanne Palmer. The song was called Luv 2 Luv. It sold thousands of copies and was on the Billboard Dance chart.
Q: What cities have you played in?
A: NYC, Montreal, Miami, Rome, Las Vegas, Cancun, Acapulco, to name a few.
Q: What are your accomplishments?
A: I have played in many cities and also every night club in NYC worth mentioning from the mid-90s to present.
Q: How would you describe the sound you are trying to convey to your audience?
A: It is hard to describe something that is constantly changing for me. I just want to stay fresh and exciting. I want to always play different things for people. My mood is always a factor for what I play.
Q: What genre do you play?
A: My genre would be considered “houseytechnopopingtechygroovybombs”. I think I just made that up!
Q: What are your influences presently?
A: Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Luciano, and Danny Tenaglia get me excited so I would have to say those guys.
Q: What are you looking forward to in the future?
A: To make more people dance, it’s that simple.