DJ and producer DJ Thee-O out of LA gave MyWayDJ a few minutes of his time. This seasoned DJ of over 25 years has no plans on slowing down any time soon.
First off.. How are you doing?
Doing good. Just keeping busy. Got a lot going on in the studio right now, so that is always good.
What gear are you DJing with?
My current set up is:
- Pioneer DJ XDJ-1000 MK2 (x2)
- Pioneer DJ DJM-900NXS2
- Pioneer DJ RMX-1000
- Pioneer DJ Toraiz SP-16
- Pioneer DJ Toraiz AS-1
- Technic 1200 (x2)
What do you personally consider as your career highlight thus far?
Wow. That is pretty hard to answer after 25 years of highlights. A recent one was DJing at EDC20 last year. It was such a great time. A highlight that I also remember is being on every massive event in 2000. EDC, Nocturnal, Monster Massive, How Sweet It Is. I DJed them all that year. But to be honest, being able to share the music I love after 25 years of doing this is pretty much the only highlight that matters.
How do you balance your relationship with giving the listeners what they want and putting them on to music they need to be exposed to?
I believe in “Edutainment”. It is half education and half entertainment. To me, I feel people that know me, know that I try to give new music and while throw something familiar everyone once in a while. I feel I have set peoples expectations for me a long time ago.
DJs are the original record breakers, so what local/regional artist do you currently support?
I am a big fan of the LA House producers, especially people like Wally Callario.
Pass the torch. What DJ should MyWayDJ interview next and why?
Frankie Bones…because well it’s Frankie Bones!
About DJ Thee-O
“Thee-O started DJing at the young age of 13 and by the time he was 18 in 1992, he started DJing in the thriving underground rave scene of Southern California. He has created a name for himself while changing genres and staying true to his integrity, committing to what he feels is the best in underground dance music. His consistency of skillful mixing and lively scratching has cemented â€œhis soundâ€ regardless of what genres co-mingle in his style.
In addition to his DJing, Thee-O is also an accomplished producer and remixer that have landed tracks on Bedrock, Suara, Perfecto, Looq, Drops and System Recordings to name just a few. His approach to music production mimics his DJing artistry in the aspect that genre comes second over the feeling of the music. Genres and styles are split, shattered and then reformed into songs that work on multiple dance floors.
Recently, he was DJing and producing with Robert Pointer (AKA Robtronik) under the name Stylus. Stylus is also responsible for some of the most engaging events to occur in Los Angeles . Their events have occurred in amazing venues such as King King in the heart of Hollywood, The Standard Rooftop in downtown LA and Los Globos in the trendy Silverlake area, while attracting international talent of both House and Techno to join in on the fun.
Currently, Thee-O is relaunching Viva La Tech with his partners to create underground events, radio shows and perhaps even a label with a strong Techno focus. On the House music front he continues to work with the LA Based “”re:love”” crew to continue to throw the legendary park parties as well as pushing the brand to extend itself into new venues and opportunities.
While a lot can be talked about when it comes to â€œOld School,â€ Thee-O walks the walk. He has accomplished a lot in his 24 years of being a DJ, producer and promoter and he is just getting started. He remains wildly popular while staying firmly planted into the underground scene and not falling into the hype that can surround the current EDM culture. With new ventures, new branding, new tracks, and new ideas, the future is going to be one for the books with lots more to come from this music innovator.
“For those of you that don’t know THEE-O, the man is the mayor of L.A. I don’t think there is a DJ on the west coast that has his name on as many flyers as Thee-O…word” -Frankie Bones