Jake Goldsmith on Why Every Single DJ Should Know How to Dance

Categories: DJ Dossier

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The rooftop at Bar Smith during a typical club night.

If you could change anything about the local club scene, what would it be?
Less competition, more love and support. It's cool to push one another along.

But isn't cattiness and competition always going to be inherent to any scene?
Yeah, I guess. I just choose to not associate with such characters. DJing and dance music is about fun...period.

Speaking of fun, what's yer preferred poison while DJing?
Stella, Jameson, Corona, Beefeater, Tequila.

All at once?
Definitely not all at once, and in any order I suppose

What's the craziest shit you've witnessed at a gig?
Other than sex on the dance floor...[there was] fireworks on the dancefloor on New Year's Eve at Bar Smith. Funny shit man...smoke bombs, roman candles, etcetera. Pretty dangerous actually. Dude got tossed out.

Was anyone hurt?
No one was hurt... just startled. Funny thing to see while DJing to a packed crowd.

Did you cue up an appropriate song to fit the moment, bychance?
No, [got] totally caught off guard with it.

Any advice for newbie DJs who are just starting out?
If you aren't willing to learn by playing on turntables with two pieces of vinyl, simply for the love of music and the art of mixing, then don't do it. Leave it for others. I just don't think you can truly learn to DJ without turntables, vinyl, and an audience. Just my honest opinion.

Rebel Disco's Push Push featuring Jacques Renault takes place at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, at Bar Smith. Admission is free before 10:30 p.m., $5 until midnight, and $10 thereafter.

Location Info


Bar Smith

130 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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