Jeremiah Gratza Talks DJing as President Gator, Opening for Jimmy Eat World, and How He Almost Managed The Format

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Jeremiah Gratza, also known as President Gator


Turns out local concert promoter Jeremiah Gratza has more on his plate than just putting on shows, passing out flyers, helping run Crescent Ballroom, and hanging out at hip dance nights.

The 29-year-old, who's a promoter with Stateside Presents, occasionally has performed as DJ President Gator over the past four years. He's spun up a musical menu that includes chillwave and electro at Crescent (natch) or at special appearances at Sticky Fingers and Cheap Thrills.

We spoke with Gratza recently about his part-time DJ career as well as how he got into spinning and how, back in 2005, he almost had a chance to manage The Format.

Name: Jeremiah James Gratza

A.K.A.: President Gator

Prefered genres: Indie, electro, downtempo, chillwave, witch house

How did you get into the DJ thing?
Funny story, actually. My friend from the "west side" wanted to start a dance night out there a few years ago and [asked] if I would be her resident DJ. I told her I didn't DJ and had never done it before and she said, "That's fine." So I asked William Reed and Jared Alan if they would help and teach me. They did [and] we all DJ'd at this dive bar in Glendale called Donna Jean's Libations. So when all these "hipsters" invaded Glendale, it was the funniest thing ever! I think I have pictures somewhere. I keep getting horrible requests from the regulars.

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Jeremiah Gratza behind the decks as President Gator.

Like what?

Bon Jovi, Lynyrd Skynyrd, et cetera. They had never heard of anything we were playing before! Needless to say, that dance night didn't last but two or three weeks, if that!

What's the significance of your nickname President Gator?
Oh, God. I used to manage bands back in the day, and I didn't have a name for my company at the time. I really wanted to manage this new up-and-coming band called The Hot Guy Band (it was members of this older band called Nevergonnascore [also] featuring Sam Means and Nate Ruess). When they broke up they formed, The Format and The Hot Guy Band. Mike Jarmuz put his money on The Format, and I put mine on the later. Needless to say, they were interested in me managing them under one condition: I call my company President Gator, based on a comic book they gave away at their shows. Eventually people just started referring to me as President Gator.

Location Info

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music


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AnthonyPsandoval
AnthonyPsandoval

Whoops, I forgot to add; I hope you get cancer soon and/or have deformed/stillborn children. I hope for  this everyday Jason & Anthony. Please Lord Jesus let this be so someday, please please please.

AnthonyPWoodbury
AnthonyPWoodbury

Jesus... another fluff piece about a unethical narcissistic asshole that's been stealing money from bands for years. DJ Jeremiah Sycophant was taught how to DJ by William Reed? Uhhhhhhhhhh, who the fuck cares? Aren't there about 100 hard working, actual creative artists more deserving of this "attention"? Nah, you corporate hacks need to get your quota of fluff pieces for untalented dickheads (smooch that ass for the free tix yeah) and dismissive shit stirring hack jobs in. Fuck reality and hard working artists, stir and talk that shit and get that corporate check!

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

You can reach me at jason.woodbury@newtimes.com to discuss any of your concerns. Look forward to talking. 

JasonPSandoval
JasonPSandoval

pssssh, yeah like i have the desire to educate you on the ethic responsibilities of your corporate job. don't start growing a conscience now jason p woodbury, your karma i'm sure will be on its way. email you? if i wanted to waste my time that bad i'd go to church. the creative genius behind hands on fire wants me to email him to get more readers for his masters. don't you have a legitimate artist to slander or ignore @ your corporate job now that you aren't in a band anymore? better get on that shit and get that cheddar, slave.

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