• Producer Rvssian Talks Upcoming Migos and Bad Bunny Collab, Producing ‘Krippy Kush’

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    Jamaican producer and singer Rvssian recently sat down for an interview with DJ Lechero from Power 106’s The Cruz Show.

    Born in Kingston but based in Miami, Rvssian is best known for producing Farruko and Bad Bunny‘s Latin trap hit, “Krippy Kush.” The multi-platinum selling producer hasn’t always worked in Latin music, however. He got his start in dancehall in 2010, working extensively with Jamaica’s Vybz Kartel and Konshens. It wasn’t until 2014 that he crossed over, bringing together Sean Paul and Farruko for a bilingual track called “Passion Whine.” The 27-year-old has since become one of the most sought-after producers in the genre.

    During the interview, Rvssian reveals that he’s working on two big collaborations: one with Migos and Bad Bunny, and another with J Balvin and Farruko. He also discusses being an English-speaking producer in a Spanish genre, among other topics.

    Watch the interview above.

    Related: Bad Bunny Talks Breaking Barriers, Future Collaborations, and Getting Latin Trap on US Radio

  • Diplo to Launch His Own SiriusXM Channel

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    Diplo at XS Nightclub in Las Vegas on Jan. 21, 2017. (Source: Facebook)

    Diplo has announced that he will launch his own, exclusive channel on SiriusXM called Diplo’s Revolution. It will replace Electric Area on channel 52.

    The channel, which will launch March 22, will feature tracks selected by Diplo, as well as original shows hosted by Diplo, Dillon Francis, and Major Lazer members Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire. Diplo’s Revolution will also air live coverage from electronic music festivals around the world like Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, and more.

    Diplo will host a weekly show, Records on Records, that will air on Fridays at 7 pm ET. He will also host a monthly show, Diplo’s Wavelength, which will showcase the cultures and music he discovers while touring the world. Diplo’s Wavelength will air the first Friday of every month.

    He said in the press release:

    “Back in 2012, I had a show with [SiriusXM] called ‘Blow Your Head,’ and it’s awesome to be back in the family launching this project together … I’m excited to share my favorite music from all over the world, and can’t wait to have tons of friends on to do the same.”

    The channel will be kicked off with a live performance from Faena Theater in Miami Beach on Thursday, March 22 at 9 pm ET. It will feature DJ sets from Diplo and others.

    Related: Diplo Teams With Lil Yachty and Santigold for New Single and Video, ‘Worry No More’

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  • Facebook Signs Licensing Deal With Warner Music Group

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    Facebook has signed a “holistic” licensing agreement with Warner Music Group (WMG), according to a press release from the label. The deal means that Facebook is now partners with three major music companies, the others being Universal Music Group (UMG) and Sony/ATV.

    The agreement will allow users to “create, upload and share videos with licensed music” from WMG’s catalog across Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and Oculus.

    Like the UMG and Sony deals, DJs and producers should be free to upload videos of their mixes, remixes, and routines that contain music from the label.

    WMG’s family of labels includes Atlantic Records, Warner Bros. Records, and Parlophone. Their roster includes Skrillex, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Uzi Vert, PartyNextDoor, Cardi B, and Ed Sheeran. They also control the catalogs of giants like the Wu-Tang Clan and Linkin Park.

    WMG did not specify when users will be able to start using their content.

    Warner/Chappell Global Digital Strategy EVP Eric Mackay said in the press release:

    “The team at Facebook is creating a truly innovative product and is showing real commitment to its participation in the growth of the music business. We’ve taken our time to arrive at the best possible deal, one that recognises the value that music creates on social networks, while empowering our songwriters to reach audiences around the world.”

    WMG Chief Digital Officer Ole Obermann added:

    “Our partnership with Facebook will help expand the universe of music streaming and create supplementary revenue for artists. Fan-created video is one of the most personal, social and often viral ways that music is enjoyed, but its commercial potential is largely untapped.”

    Related: Facebook Signs Licensing Deal With Sony/ATV

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  • Meet Jose Luis, One of the UK’s Most Influential Latin DJs and Promoters

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    Jose Luis (Source: Jose Luis)

    Latin music is exploding worldwide, and one of the DJs and promoters leading the charge in the UK is Jose Luis.

    Born and bred in Venezuela, Luis has lived in London for half of his life. For the past 11 years, he has been DJing and promoting at his monthly La Bomba event at the O2 Academy Islington, which he calls “the original reggaeton party in the UK.” Luis has promoted shows with some of the biggest names in Latin music, including Don Omar, DJ Nelson, Plan B, Tego Calderon, and DJ Kazzanova. As a DJ, he has opened for stars like Daddy Yankee, Juan Magan, Calle 13, and Hector El Father.

    When Luis isn’t DJing and promoting, he runs Latino Life, a website focused on the UK scene. He’s also a founder and managing director of the UK Latin Awards, which “recognizes the contribution of Britain’s one million Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese residents.”

    We recently spoke with Luis about the UK scene and Latin music in general.

    How did you get into throwing parties?

    I was always involved in parties when I was in secondary school. I was a party animal and had a big record collection. I was into house, punk, and salsa music. When I first came to London, I landed a job at a Latino record shop called El Barrio. The owner was a promoter for Colombian acts in Europe. I learned a lot from him and started DJing. After a while, it was a natural progression to do my own thing.

    What styles of Latin music are played at your events?

    Mainly reggaeton these days, but with London being such a multicultural city, we mix it up with what’s popping here. It could be afrobeats, dancehall, hip-hop, Latin trap, etc. We sometimes have a room where we play more traditional Latino music such as salsa. But even salsa has got an urban treatment these days. There is a newish sub-genre called “Salsa choke” from Colombia, which is great and is gaining ground everywhere.

    Have your parties gotten more popular with the rise of Latin music?

    Yes, but there are also a lot of new people doing big events which kind of split the audiences a bit. But yes, the recent popularity of Latin music has increased the number of people at the parties for sure.

    Jose Luis
    Jose Luis (Source: Jose Luis)

    Where do you see Latin music going?

    Getting bigger and bigger. Latinos are not a race, we are a culture, and our culture is made of many influences, which allows new influences to be part of it. For example, right now Baile funk is having a comeback. The latest big hit from J Balvin is a remix of a funkeiro track by Brazil’s MC Fioti, which features Balvin himself (Colombia), Future (USA), Stefflon Don (UK), and Juan Magan (Spain). “Despacito” just got a Mandarin-Spanish release for the Chinese market, and the list goes on. I truly believe Latin music, at least in the UK, has arrived and people will embrace it.

    Do you see any potential between UK and Latin artists?

    That is kind of my focus at the moment — to create a bridge. If UK artists realized the potential they have in Latin America, they would be all making Latino influenced beats! It is hard because the UK is a very dynamic and unforgiving market for artists, so they need to be on the ball. But I would love to see people like Skepta, Lethal Bizzle or even Wretch 32 doing Latino collaborations. For some reason, I never paid proper attention to Wretch and recently started listening to him proper. I can see him collaborating with someone like Residente. That would be sick!

    What differentiates the UK Latin Awards from other Latin awards?

    We are the only ones recognizing UK based talent. The UK is such an amazing place for music. Latin music is being created all over the world, and the UK, having such a massive variety of genres, is not an exception. We wanted to give UK and European artists a platform for the world to get to know them better. Most, if not all the major Latino Awards are created in the United States, and we wanted to create a counterpart in the UK and Europe.

    What do you have planned for the future?

    I just keep working man! I am a believer in hard work. This year we are planning two free outdoor events. One has been confirmed in the South Bank outside the Mayor of London’s office. It’s a festival called La Clave and will take place on June 9. We’re waiting to confirm the second event, but if it happens, it could be a game changer for Latinos in London and the UK.

    Also, I just started a new show on Colourful Radio every Thursday. It is the very first urban Latin program on terrestrial radio or DAB, which is the equivalent to satellite radio in the UK. Once independent radio stations start playing it, it is just a matter of time until the big stations to do the same.

    2018 should see me doing more music production, too. I have about 20-25 tunes to release with my crew La Kasha, which is a DJ-percussion crew. We are doing some mad stuff at the moment, trying to create a London Latino electronic sound. We’re already talking to labels about releases. Hopefully, I can get that on the road. And we are taking La Bomba abroad again. It has been a minute since we did a tour and international gigs with a full crew. We already have something about to be confirmed in Germany where I have been working for the last 10 years. I think that will keep me busy for the rest of the year!

    Listen to Luis’ new mix below and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and SoundCloud.


    1. Rocky Theme
    2. MC João – Baile De Favela – Teriyaki Boys Blend
    3. Dennis DJ, MC Léléto, & MC Maromba – Automaticamente
    4. DJ Isaac – Jiu Jitsu
    5. MC Fioti, Future, J Balvin, Stefflon Don, & Juan Magan – Bum Bum Tam Tam
    6. Kid Kaio & Moradzo – Aranha
    7. MC Kevinho – Olha A Explosao
    8. Janessa – Tarraxa – JL Reggaeton Edit
    9. Shinehead – Jamaican In New York – DJ Panji Reggaeton Mix
    10. Daddy Yankee vs Ed Sheeran – Shakes of You – JL Mashup
    11. Daddy Yankee – Dura – Refresh Hype Intro
    12. DJ Nelson ft. Alberto Stylee – Flow Salvaje
    13. J Balvin vs Toto La Momposina – Ginza’s Curura JL Mashup
    14. El Chombo – Introduccion B – El Cosita Mix
    15. Tropikore ft. Tony Touch, Chipy D, & Nigga Sibilino – Om Curry
    16. Joe Arroyo – No Le Pegue A La Negra – O.M.F. Moomba Mix
    17. J Balvin & Willy William – Mi Gente – Dillon Francis Remix
    18. Lao Ra ft. Almighty – Me Gusta
    19. Eve – Who’s That Girl – Stavros Martina Moombahton Bootleg
    20. Pitbull – POW

    Related: Chuckie Talks J Balvin Collab, ‘Machika’

  • Shecky Green: How DJ AM Became the Highest Paid DJ in the World

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    Jonathan Shecter aka “Shecky Green.” (Credit: L.E. Baskow / Las Vegas Weekly)

    Jonathan Shecter aka “Shecky Green,” the co-founder of The Source magazine and current Editor-In-Chief for Cuepoint at Medium, was recently a guest on the Reflections of a DJ (R.O.A.D.) podcast.

    A former director of programming for the Wynn, Shecky played a key role in negotiating DJ AM’s groundbreaking deal with Las Vegas’ PURE Nightclub in 2006.

    During the convo, the show’s co-host Crooked asked Shecky about how he helped broker the deal. Shecky discusses how the negotiations went down and how it raised the bar for DJs going forward. He also talks about how the death of AM marked the beginning of the EDM era.

    Reflections of a DJ is hosted by Las Vegas DJs Crooked, D-Miles, Neva, and Jaime Da Great.

    Watch the clip and listen to the full interview below. New episodes go up on Wednesdays on iTunes and SoundCloud.

    Related: DJ Scooter: WTF is Open Format DJing?

  • Calvin Harris Talks New Single, New Musical Direction, and Thoughts on EDM

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    Calvin Harris
    Calvin Harris

    Fresh off the release of his dancehall-influenced single “Nuh Ready Nuh Ready” featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR, Calvin Harris joined Annie Mac for an interview on her BBC Radio 1 show on Thursday.

    Among the many topics, the Scottish DJ/producer discussed what prompted him to move into a different musical direction on his last album. He also talked about how he feels about dance music and why he put Migos on “Slide.”

    On what influenced him to change his musical direction:

    “At the end of 2016, I put out a tune towards the end … And it came out and did alright. And I was like ok, great. And then I realized I never felt so unexcited about what I was putting out in my life … I knew that I needed to take action for my own sanity because my entire life is making music. I don’t do anything else. So I was like no, I need to be elated with what’s coming out. So then the last album I did was a reaction to that. I was like, you know what? I’m just going to do whatever I want and I’m going to spend all the money I’m making in Vegas on features and I’m going to get everyone to do a hip-hop album … I’m going to put Young Thug on a Motown funk tune, because no one else will because it’s a waste of money. So that’s what I did.”

    On how his new musical direction affected him:

    “… what music is now, it’s like, what playlist is this going to be added to? Or, is radio going to play it? And I didn’t care. So it felt amazing! I was like, I know this isn’t going to be successful. And then, I don’t know how, but some of the tunes did well. I was like, that’s absolutely amazing! So I had an amazing year and I felt so good about it that I was like, I’m just going to keep doing this. I’m just going to do whatever I want to do.”

    On his renewed thoughts on EDM after taking a break:

    “The other thing that’s funny as well is that at the end of 2016, I was like I hate this EDM thing. I think it’s awful. And then after taking a break I was like nah man, I think it’s amazing. Some of the best producers in the world make EDM … they’re amazing and I love it. So it kind of refreshed my opinion of all that. Some of the best producers in the world are Dutch, you know? Face facts. It’s true.”

    On why he put Migos on “Slide.”:

    “I’m not going to do a trap record, like an EDM trap record, because that makes me feel sick. Just the thought of doing that. I can’t do that. I wanna do something with soul and something that I want to listen to again. So I’m like, I wanna put everyone on something that I think is gonna work.”

    Stream the entire interview here.

    Related: Calvin Harris and PARTYNEXTDOOR Drop Dancehall-Influenced Single and Video, ‘Nuh Ready Nuh Ready’

  • Spotify Now Shows Producer and Songwriter Credits

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    Following last week’s changes that benefit remixers, Spotify announced on Friday a new feature that gives producers and songwriters the recognition they deserve.

    From now on, users will be able to view the producer and songwriter credits of tracks on the the Spotify’s desktop app. The performers are also listed.

    To view the information, right-click on a track and select “Show Credits” from the menu.


    The credits are provided by record labels, and in some cases, artists. As such, Spotify’s announcement includes the following disclaimer:

    “We realize some of the label-provided credits are incomplete or may contain inaccuracies, but this is just the first step in displaying songwriter credits on Spotify. The feature will continually evolve to become more efficient, provide better functionality, and incorporate more information from industry partners over time.”

    Tiffany Kumar, global head of songwriter relation at Spotify, said:

    “Songwriters are an integral force behind the music we love. With the newly launched credits feature, we aim to increase songwriter and producer visibility and, in turn, foster discovery among new collaborators, industry partners, and fans.”
    “The more we share information, the more opportunities we can help create for songwriters. This is just the beginning of making songwriter and producer credits more easily available to Spotify listeners, and we look forward to continually improving that information, in close collaboration with our music industry partners.”

    Producer Frank Dukes (Drake, Kanye West, and more) added, “It’s amazing to see Spotify give the unsung heroes of music some recognition on their platform. Definitely a step in the right direction.”

    The feature also benefits fans and journalists who have, up until now, had to search for credits outside of Spotify.

    Related: DJcity’s Spotify Playlist Update: Jan. 30

  • 2018 Grammy Winners

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    Bruno Mars and Cardi B perform at the Grammy Awards in New York City on Jan. 28, 2018. (Credit: Theo Wargo / Getty)

    The 60th annual Grammy Awards went down at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday night. The night belonged to Bruno Mars, who took home all six awards that he was nominated for. Kendrick Lamar also came up big with five Grammy wins while JAY-Z walked away empty-handed despite leading the pack with eight nominations.

    Below are the winners of the categories most relevant to DJs. Check the full list on the Grammys’ website.


    Record Of The Year

    Redbone – Childish Gambino
    Despacito – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber
    The Story Of O.J. – JAY-Z
    HUMBLE. – Kendrick Lamar
    WINNER24K Magic – Bruno Mars

    Album Of The Year

    “Awaken, My Love!” – Childish Gambino
    4:44 – JAY-Z
    DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar
    Melodrama – Lorde
    WINNER24K Magic – Bruno Mars

    Song Of The Year

    Despacito – Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber)

    4:44 – Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (JAY-Z)

    Issues – Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels)

    1-800-273-8255 – Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid)

    WINNERThat’s What I Like – Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

    Best New Artist

    WINNER – Alessia Cara
    Lil Uzi Vert
    Julia Michaels


    Best Pop Solo Performance

    Love So Soft – Kelly Clarkson
    Praying – Kesha
    Million Reasons – Lady Gaga
    What About Us – P!nk
    WINNERShape Of You – Ed Sheeran

    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

    Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
    Despacito – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber
    Thunder – Imagine Dragons
    WINNERFeel It Still – Portugal. The Man
    Stay – Zedd & Alessia Cara

    Best Pop Vocal Album

    Kaleidoscope EP – Coldplay
    Lust For Life – Lana Del Rey
    Evolve – Imagine Dragons
    Rainbow – Kesha
    Joanne – Lady Gaga
    WINNER÷ (Divide) – Ed Sheeran


    Best Rap Performance

    Bounce Back – Big Sean
    Bodak Yellow – Cardi B
    4:44 – JAY-Z
    WINNER – HUMBLE. – Kendrick Lamar
    Bad And Boujee – Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert

    Best Rap/Sung Performance

    Crew – Goldlink ft. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
    Family Feud – JAY-Z ft. Beyoncé
    WINNERLOYALTY. – Kendrick Lamar ft. Rihanna
    Love Galore – SZA ft. Travis Scott

    Best Rap Song

    Bodak Yellow – Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Shaftizm, Jordan Thorpe, Washpoppin & J White, songwriters (Cardi B)

    Chase Me – Judah Bauer, Brian Burton, Hector Delgado, Jaime Meline, Antwan Patton, Michael Render, Russell Simins & Jon Spencer, songwriters (Danger Mouse Featuring Run The Jewels & Big Boi)

    WINNER – HUMBLE. – K. Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)

    Sassy – E. Gabouer & M. Evans, songwriters (Rapsody)

    The Story Of O.J. – Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (JAY-Z)

    Best Rap Album

    4:44 – JAY-Z
    WINNERDAMN. – Kendrick Lamar
    Culture – Migos
    Laila’s Wisdom – Rapsody
    Flower Boy – Tyler, The Creator


    Best R&B Performance

    Get You – Daniel Caesar ft. Kali Uchis
    Distraction – Kehlani
    High – Ledisi
    WINNERThat’s What I Like – Bruno Mars
    The Weekend – SZA

    Best R&B Song

    First Began – PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton)

    Location – Alfredo Gonzalez, Olatunji Ige, Samuel David Jiminez, Christopher McClenney, Khalid Robinson & Joshua Scruggs, songwriters (Khalid)

    Redbone – Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

    Supermodel – Tyran Donaldson, Terrence Henderson, Greg Landfair Jr., Solana Rowe & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (SZA)

    WINNERThat’s What I Like – Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

    Best Urban Contemporary Album

    Free 6LACK – 6LACK
    “Awaken, My Love!” – Childish Gambino
    American Teen – Khalid
    Ctrl – SZA
    WINNERStarboy – The Weeknd

    Best R&B Album

    Freudian – Daniel Caesar
    Let Love Rule – Ledisi
    WINNER24K Magic – Bruno Mars
    Gumbo – PJ Morton
    Feel The Real – Musiq Soulchild


    Best Dance Recording

    Bambro Koyo Ganda – Bonobo ft. Innov Gnawa
    Cola – Camelphat & Elderbrook
    Andromeda – Gorillaz ft. DRAM
    WINNER – Tonite – LCD Soundsystem
    Line Of Sight – Odesza ft. WYNNE & Mansionair

    Best Dance/Electronic Album

    Migration – Bonobo
    WINNER3-D The Catalogue – Kraftwerk
    Mura Masa – Mura Masa
    A Moment Apart – Odesza
    What Now – Sylvan Esso


    Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

    Calvin Harris
    WINNER – Greg Kurstin
    Blake Mills
    No I.D.
    The Stereotypes

    Best Remixed Recording

    Can’t Let You Go – Louie Vega Roots Mix (Loleatta Holloway)
    Funk O’ De Funk – SMLE Remix (Bobby Rush)
    Undercover – Adventure Club Remix (Kehlani)
    A Violent Noise – Four Tet Remix (The xx)
    WINNER – You Move – Latroit Remix (Depeche Mode)

    Related: 2018 Grammy Awards Nominees

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  • Spotify Helps Out Remixers

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    What a time to be a remixer.

    While not all online music platforms have been particularly remixer-friendly in the past, Spotify has put a foot in the right direction.

    In an email sent to artists, the Swedish streaming giant has announced a shift in the way streams of remixes are factored into an artist’s monthly listener count. Previously, streams on most remixes only counted towards the original artist’s total. However, the streams now count towards the remixer’s total as well.

    Additionally, remixes will now appear on the remixer’s profile under both the “Latest Release” and “Popular” sections. Previously, remixes were generally only listed at the bottom of an artists profile, under the “Appears On” section.

    The changes are significant for several reasons. Firstly, they shine a bigger light on remixers and their craft. Secondly, they mean that remixers can now see the performance of their remixes via Spotify’s Artist Insights dashboard.

    DJ remixes have played a starring role in breaking pop singles in recent years, with records such as Mike Posner’s “I Took A Pill in Ibiza” and Starley’s “Call On Me” being propelled into Billboard’s Hot 100 by remixes from Seeb and Ryan Riback, respectively. And while Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” didn’t need any help becoming a hit, Skrillex’s remix has been streamed over 25 million times alone.

    Spotify’s email:

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    Written by Matt Downey and edited by Anthony Polis.

    H/T: Works Hard Playlist Hard

    Related: DJcity’s Spotify Playlist Update: Jan. 23

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  • DJ Scooter: WTF is Open Format DJing?

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    DJ Scooter at at 1 OAK in Las Vegas on Sept. 20, 2017. (Source: Facebook)

    DJ Scooter, a San Diego nightlife icon and member of the duo Scooter and Lavelle, was recently a guest on the Reflections of a DJ (R.O.A.D.) podcast.

    During the convo, the show’s co-host Crooked asked the question: WTF is open-format DJing? The answer may seem obvious, but Scooter and the hosts had different definitions.

    Reflections of a DJ is hosted by Las Vegas DJs Crooked, D-Miles, Neva, and Jaime Da Great.

    Watch the clip and listen to the full interview below. New episodes go up on Wednesdays on iTunes and SoundCloud.

    Related: DJ Franzen: Do DJs Still Break Records?