DJ Six 4 on Performing for Mickey Mouse on Disney Cruise Gig
Over the past seven years, Scottsdale selector DJ Six 4 has scored plenty of experience dropping vibrant mixes for a slew of cartoonish characters in the always-colorful local club scene. Besides earning the cat, known to his mama and papa as Scott Lane, some serious paydays, it's also helped prepared him for a primo upcoming gig working the dials onboard one of Disney's colorful fleet of cruise ships for a variety of, um, cartoonish characters.
Scott "DJ Six 4" Lane
Before Six 4 starts packing and prepping for his high-energy sets on the high seas, however, he took time to speak with Up on the Sun about his career, as well as his feelings about how to create a perfect mix, how opening DJs need to know their role, and how he'll tailor his sets for Mickey Mouse and company.
Name: Scott Lane
A.K.A.: DJ Six 4
Preferred genres: I am open format but prefer EDM. Mainly house.
I open at Axis/Radius every Saturday for J. Alan. Pick up other gigs at RnR, Sandbar at Desert Ridge . . . I'm there the next two Saturdays during the day . . . and open at Martini Ranch once in a while.
What's the significance of your DJ name?
I'm 6-foot-4, I just spell out the six to make it different.
How did you get into the DJ game?
I was a regular at a bar and hung out with the crew who invited me to a spot where I met DJ V-ez and linked up with him. He got me into DJing as well as giving me my DJ name.
What do you did about the genres you spin?
Since I am mainly open format, I like how each different genre gets a reaction from the crowd when I switch to the genre they like most. For me, house is my favorite and I love how it's reached the majority of people regardless of what their favorite genre is. I can take the crowd on a journey throughout my set with multiple genres.
You used to be a regular at Mill Avenue clubs like Crave. Why the change?
I don't DJ on Mill Avenue much anymore because I don't play for cheap and I know my worth as a DJ.
What bygone club do you miss the most?
Probably Myst in Scottsdale, since I saw Afrojack there back in 2011.
What's the craziest thing you've seen at a gig?
Mainly the stuff people do when their trying to show off (spraying champagne), or buying bottle after bottle to show they're better than the other booth. See it all the time everywhere I gig.
What's the key to a good gig?
Have an energetic crowd to play to. I can feed off their energy and go to town with my set.
How do you create energy in your mixes?
I haven't gotten into remixing just yet, so I have to use my song selection with the right build-ups to create energy into my sets. Start off chill and then bring the energy throughout the night and get to bangers or heaters to keep the crowds energy up and wanting more. With my opening sets, it's more of a challenge to create the energy as I can't play the heaters in an opening set. Opening is an art form that has been lost. Most the newer DJs don't know how to properly open a night.