DJ RMC Talks House Heads, Getting Head, Milli Vanilli, Bach, Glenn Underground, and More
Eager to attend? RMC dishes out all the details on his upcoming spin session (as well as his feelings about the Valley house scene, a salacious situation he once witnessed at a club, and other choice tidbits) in this week's edition of DJ Dossier.
Name: Ruben M. Candelaria
AKA: DJ RMC
Current club nights: Nakama Restaurant and Lounge for a monthly blend of house music, soul, funk, disco and anything else we're vibin' on at the moment. Going down every first Saturday of the month with my boy Joseph from Next Dimension Music.
Genres spun: My love is house music. However, I grew up with an array of genres. Mostly inspired by soul, funk, Latin rhythms, disco, and rock. These are all elements that will be tugging away at your ears during my set. It's served up with love just for you. The "kickworm" is still allowed on the dance floor I think, so do what you feel.
Preferred poison while DJing? Jack 'n' Coke! Jack is nobody's friend but we get along occasionally during my sets.
How did you get started as a DJ? The inspiration came from the parties me and my close buddies (Junior Madrid and Rob Guzman) used to visit back in the day in Los Angeles. Most memorable for me was Doc Martin's "Flammable Liquid." I wanted to inspire people with house music the way that joint reached me. That party was off the hook like no other in my opinion. In turn, I bought equipment and records and began my journey of "feel good music" many years ago.
Little-known fact about yourself: I can't swim! No joke. Everyone teases me about it coming from California and all. Oh snap, I'm not gonna hear the last of it when others read this that don't know. (*hides*) If you guys just make it easy on me and just point and laugh, I will understand. It's all good.
What's your mantra when it comes to DJing? Vibe always. If you are not in it, or don't believe in what you are doing, no one else will either. A lot of DJs will just "play" music and that's not enough anymore. You need to connect with your crowd, take them on that journey and find out what inspires them. From the person nodding their head to the beat, to the toe-tapper at the bar and of course the folks workin' it out on the floor. (For some reason, there is always a couple salsa dancing' where people are drinking. You ever notice that? Or that one person weaving in and out of people doing the forward running man.)
What do you like about the Valley scene? I like the fact that people are doing what they love most of all and utilize their outlets to reach us. I have a tremendous respect for all the DJs and their passion for music and all the folks they inspire along the way. If I could change anything about the scene, I would expand it more. Our house scene isn't very big out here however, from what we do have, it's generated with a lot of love.
Other clubs and nights you've spun at: Batucada, Lemon Drop, Solstice, ONE, Side Bar, and Skyline. And my all time fave, my child, "UNITY." Without the love of the House Heads and the resident Dj's: Raul Riena, Byron Fenix, "Jus" Donald, D Anthony it wouldn't have happened and I couldn't have had a better set of DJs at my side.
Which bygone club do you miss the most? Flammable Liquid (L.A.) hands down but if I had to choose a Valley spot, it would be Chupa! I met a lot of cool cats through my buddy Blaz Gallegos when I moved here. It was a raw and in yo face joint. I dug that. You just had to watch out when you left the place because there were some choice characters lurking around outside asking for money and eye ballin' your car.
Best experience as a DJ: My best experiences have certainly been the networking involved. I've met a lot of talented and inspiring individuals during the years, it's been a blessing for me. I can honestly say that I haven't had a "bad" experience.
Craziest shit you've seen at a club: A DJ getting pleasured while mixing. How'd he do that? Talk about will power. I would've trainwrecked and checked out, seriously. "Check please."