K.P. Peters | April 2017
DePaul students sure know how to throw a good party, and a vital part of that is the music. The right DJ can make or break the vibe, so we sat down with popular DJ DIY Dan to talk about his music and the party scene.
Describe your music in 5 words.
Strange, upbeat, bass heavy, space.
Space is a weird one, haha.
Yeah, I like to get the weird samples. If you’ve ever listened to Space Jesus or any kind of rhythm dubstep, they use really cool samples. I want to do that but with house music.
What inspires you when you are making a beat?
I listen to a lot of artists that inspire me. Ever since I saw Disclosure do a DJ set, I knew I wanted to do that. Also, you have to have something you are writing about, a feeling you want to ignite. I usually go for a feeling, like what kind of vibe I want.
What’s it like performing at DePaul parties?
You have to do a little bit for yourself and a little bit for them. People like different music than what I like, so I can’t just play all my tunes. You have to read the crowd for what they want and what you think they want. You can’t just put on all experimental beats before they are ready for it; you have to work up to it. It is fun to see people’s reactions to a song. I love doing it.
What is your funniest story from performing at a DePaul party?
There are always people trying to request songs, and like, that’s fine. But there was this mob of girls all trying to request a Beyoncé song, I don’t even know what it was. I was like, “I’m sorry, I don’t have it on my computer, I’m sorry.” They really wanted it, so I had to download it on my computer in the moment. I haven’t seen anything too crazy yet in terms of crowds.
How can people book you for future gigs?
On my SoundCloud there is an email address, DJThomas9@yahoo.com. I’m free to do events on the weekends, and I’d love to do more parties.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Right now, I’ve been pretty busy with school, but over the summer I’m going to really dive in. I’m still brainstorming, but I know I want a cohesive collection of songs. It’s going to be high passed dance music. I think I’m going to collaborate with a few vocalists and rappers too.
After that talk, we did a series of rapid-fire questions. I asked short and easy questions, and DIY Dan had four seconds to answer each. I hope you enjoyed getting to know your local DJ and catch him at a party near you.
Disclosure – When a Fire Starts to Burn
Cats or dogs?
If you were an ice cream flavor, what flavor would you be?
Boxers or briefs?
Best brand of mac and cheese?
The golden one. Velveeta!
One thing you would eat at the stu?
Chicken creaser wrap. I just had it and I would have it again.