8 Questions With DJ Spade
In the short time he’s been DJing, DJ Spade has been able to make a name for himself as one of the hottest DJs in Southern California. Whether he’s getting the crowd amped in the I.E. (Inland Empire) or competing for Power 106‘s Who’s Next On The Decks, DJ Spade is definitely somebody you want to keep on your radar. I recently stole a few minutes of his time to pick his brain about his experience in Japan, love for vinyl and his definition of success. Catch what he had to say below.
What’s the story behind your stage name, DJ Spade?
The story behind my name…I didn’t know what to go by at first, but I knew that whatever I was going to have as my stage name had to mean something. It took me a while to really come up with something. I eventually came up with “S.P.A.D.E.” which means “Simply Put All Dreams Exist”. For a while a lot of the older people would come up to me and ask why is my name “Spade”. They always referred back to slavery days and I would have to explain. Seems like now a days people have caught on.
When was that exact moment you knew you wanted to DJ professionally?
I knew I wanted to DJ professionally one night I was DJing at a local bar in Japan and the owner came up to me and told me that he had never had such a huge turn out at his bar. More so, he had never seen so many happy people in one place. This led me to come to the conclusion that I wanted to spread the love of music 2 turntables at a time!
You’ve spent quite some time DJing out in Japan, what was the culture and club scene like over there?
The culture and club scene is so different compared to the states. First things first, majority of the Japanese citizens speak no English; however, at every show they would sing along with the music I was playing (which was in English) and knew it word for word. This was quite interesting. Later on after doing more studying and learning the language as well as spending a lot of time with my Japanese friends I learned that they were extremely traditional. The people in general are very friendly and love Americans. The younger generation which ages from around 18-25 attempts to dress like Americans. More so, they like to dress urban because they watch a lot of YouTube videos and see what the artist wear in their videos.
Do you keep it old school by spinning vinyl or are you more into the digital side of things?
When I first began to DJ I started out on a Numark NS7 which is digital, but I learned how to DJ on Technic 1200s and fell in love with the feel of vinyl. Ever since I learned how to DJ with vinyls I haven’t went back to my NS7! Along with this, it’s imperative that you learn your craft and learn both digital as well as vinyl due to most clubs using vinyl as their source of music.
Name the first album you bought and the experience that came along with it.
The first album that I bought was “The Documentary” by The Game. Being only about 11 or 12 listening to this album my mom used to be on me a lot due to the language, but she eventually got over it. I used to play this album back to back everyday! I had known about the West Coast due to Dr. Dre, N.W.A. and Snoop Dogg, but this was when I really got a true sense of the West. To this day I say that “The Documentary” is a classic album and by far one of The Game’s best albums he’s pushed out.
Are there any specific venues you’d like to spin at in the future?
I’d love to spin at Exchange LA, The Observatory in Santa Ana and The Playhouse in Hollywood.
Where do you want your career to ultimately take you?
Ultimately I want to be known as that DJ who was extremely diverse, knew how to get any crowd hype, world-wide known and also a teacher of the craft.
What’s your definition of success?
To me “success” is a journey, not a destination. It’s not just the accomplishment of a single goal. It is a continuous process of accomplishments that collectively amount to a major achievement in life. Success is the result in which you achieve by your hard and smart work which gives you satisfaction as a result.