Aaron Taylor Talks KISS FM, DMX, Bob Marley, Usher, Masters At Work, and More

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DJ Aaron Taylor
ame: Aaron Taylor

AKA: Vanilla Gorilla (not really)

Current club schedule: Thursday at Jackrabbit Lounge, Friday at Suede, and Saturday at Myst.

Genres spun: Hip-hop, Top 40, old school, electro, reggae, or anything else you might tip for.

How did you get started as a DJ? Back in '94, a buddy had one Technics turntable from a garage sale, one Realistic turntable, and a Radio Shack mixer in his basement connected to a house speaker. We'd buy old break records and try to beat match for hours...got hooked, the rest is history.

Best experience as a DJ: Being able to DJ at KISS FM events/concerts for 15,000-plus people, open for famous acts like Nelly, E-40, Nas, The Game, Jon B, Tony Toni Tone, George Lopez, Dave Chapelle, etc.

And the worst? It was DJing a wedding and introducing the bride and groom, and saying the wrong names. HORRIBLE!

How did you get involved with 104.7 KISS FM? I've been in radio for about six years now. I was a banker before, getting paid close to six figures, but hated every second of it. Had a good friend that owned a record pool, and was in radio. At the time I was just DJing at home as a hobby. Made a decision that I wanted to pursue music and radio, so talked to my buddy, and quit my job to work in promotion part time for minimum wage. At the time...stupid decision, but now...well worth it! Worked my way up and earned my dues.

​What determines what is played on FM radio? Many things...We use a lot of research tools to gauge what people like and dislike. We check music charts of other radio stations across the country and what works for them, phone/text/email requests, album/single sales, reactions in the clubs, the history of the artist, etc. And finally it comes down to my experience and what my gut tells me.

Does a day job at a radio station make it harder to do club gigs at night? No, because I'm on Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Although after a crazy Thursday night in the club, Fridays mornings can be a lil' rough. God bless Starbucks.

Ever been stalked by a listener? Yes...but mostly they're young girls, so they don't worry me too much!

Craziest shit you've seen at a club: This is a hard one because coming from the Bay Area, I've seen some bad stuff. But most recently a very memorable time for me was DJing DMX's Birthday Party. He's a guy that I've listened to since the start. And playing his songs and having him rap along next to me, with Flava Flav also by my side was memorable!

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