DJ Tonic Kemestry on Dodging Dildos At A Gig
What's your favorite track of the moment?
Calvin Harris, "Sweet Nothing." Track gives me chills every time
What other artists have been working their way into your sets lately?
Zedd, Stanton Warriors, and this awesome guy I met on Soundcloud. His name is DJ Tweezy [and] he does a lot of breakbeat remixes of some great tracks.
How do you go about crafting your sets?
When I'm recording a set I am going through my entire music list and listening to each song for about two minutes. If the sound moves me just right...bam. It's going in the mix. I could spend over a week finding new tracks for a set. Live sets. It's all about winging it. You either do well or you don't.
Rver feel constricted as a DJ in that you're expected to only play certain songs?
Depends. I'm there to play music and I try my best to meet the taste of everyone there. But no matter what I will always get that one guy that wants to hear a complete opposite style of music that is catered to the event. "I'm sorry my EDM remix of 'Make it Nasty' by Tyga wasn't good enough for you."
Do you have a mantra when it comes to DJing?
I believe that your heart should be in the right place. Before one becomes a DJ you are that face in the crowd. What made you move? If you were to switch places with that person what kind of music would make you dance? That's what I envision with every track. Would it make me dance first. Some people DJ for the glamour and that's not at all what it's about
What's your favorite dance move when listening to EDM?
Oh man, I wish I could shuffle. Every time I get the urge to I end up doing some Running Man kinda thing. So I just jump up and down and throw my hands in the air.
And wave them 'round like you just don't care. What's something that no one knows about you?
I guess that I get really bad anxiety for no reason. I could seem perfectly normal but on the inside I'm freaking out.
What's your preferred poison when DJing?
I like to take a few shots to ease the nerves. Believe it or not I get very shy when it comes to me going on stage. When I drink I get loose enough to have fun with it.
What's been the biggest moment of your career thus far?
Right now man, I'm just starting to play gigs out of town. I'm getting more and more fans every day. This is where it's all starting to pick up for me. In this moment.