The Lonestar DJ
Vail, CO Colorado
Name: DJ D:Fuse.
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Style or genre/s: House, funky progressive, down tempo/lounge.
Not too many DJs have the time to play the drums in between loading new records onto the tables, checking the levels and trying to stay hydrated during the workout. And then there’s DJ D:Fuse. His percussion kit includes rock and world drums and he’s not afraid to jump on mid-set and use them.
This DJ from Austin, Texas told us how he feels about the future of music and why he dances while performing.
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Vail Daily: How and when did you get your start in the industry?
DJ D:Fuse: I was tired of the up and down world of playing in bands. Went to a club and had the quintessential club experience and immediately bought turntables in 1995. My real starts were getting signed to Moonshine Records in 1998 and being picked up by Paul Oakenfold to tour with him in 2002 and 2003.
VD: Why should people come see your show?
DJD: I play a very funky mix of music and perform live percussion with my sets. It’s a very rhythmic and energetic show.
VD: How do you differ from the other DJ’s out there?
DJD: I really get into the show and love performing for people. I’m up there having fun and dancing just as much as they are. I want crowds to know that I’m in it with them ” not above them.
VD: What kind of music do you play?
DJD: I really focus on playing music that has a very sexy bass-driven vibe and groove while still being funky. I’m not afraid to play just enough vocals and melody to keep your mind into it as well. I play a style that blurs the line between house and progressive.
VD: What has been your major impact on electronic music and how do you plan on impacting the future of electronic music?
DJD: I hope my biggest impact will be turning dance fans into very eco-friendly people. I’m putting together an 800-mile bicycle ride on the original Route 66 to raise money and awareness for earth-related causes next spring. It’s called “Earth66.” I’ll be doing daily video diaries that we’ll be broadcasting online. We’re putting it together now but you can see our progress at http://www.earth66ride.com. Other than that I hope the impact I’ve had is to move people through the music I’ve written over the years. I was one of the first electronic acts to post my music on iTunes and I like to think it helped show others in the electronic scene that downloading is the future of music. It’s great to see online music buying such a force in today’s market.