Spin and Win: DJ Loczi's Life
Whereas most DJ's are just trying to make it where they can, DJ Loczi is taking it to the limit. Working with some of the biggest celebs in the music business and pumping up crowds at some of the hottest locations makes for not just another spinster. And with his own radio spot and starting a DJ school, he's not just the man of the moment. There's still more to see from Loczi.
Cliq Magazine: What sparked your interest in DJing?
DJ Loczi: My initial passion with music and my intrigue with music's ability to transcend all cultural boundaries put in place by humans, resulting in the collective gathering of souls, concentrating and rejoicing in the simplicity of the moment. As a DJ I can orchestrate collective gatherings and create experiences for those present, resulting in a focused energy and a pure release from the hustle and bustle of our daily schedules.
CM: Well put. Do you have any other passions besides music?
DJL: I have always loved soccer, and grew up with a ball at my feet 90% of the time, playing on competitive traveling teams since the age of 11. I enjoy the beauty of the game and the finesse that accompanies the development of play on the field. I also really like just hanging out with the guys on my team. They are all really genuine people that love the game as much as I do.
CM: You’ve worked with the Black Eyed Peas, Blink 182, Kid Rock, Flo Rida, Three 6 Mafia, The Rolling Stones, and many other famous artists. What was your favorite collaborative project and why?
DJL: I have been very fortunate to play some amazing events with some incredible acts that have all inspired me in some way, but most recently I worked in the studio with T. Lopez (CASH MONEY RECORDS) and it was a lot of fun because I was able to create a new sound for her that she wasn't normally used to performing. She is normally involved with hip-hop and R&B tracks, but together we created some straight up electro dance floor bangers! For me, my favorite collaborations are ones that allow for influence from both artists to be present in the project, as well as the openness to go somewhere new or unexplored for the individual I am working with. At the end of working with T. Lopez in the studio, we had finished products that we both believe in, had input towards their creation, and were able to collectively push the boundaries that pop music has established for her as an artist up to this point. My production team, Voyage Music, is focused on creating cutting edge sounds that fit the artist perfectly to set them up for success in a highly competitive market. On a side note, the concert I did with the Black Eyed Peas was really unique. It took place on a mountain in the snow overlooking Lake Tahoe. There were several thousand people there, a live band backing up the B.E.P.s, and halfway through the show it started to snow. But everybody just stayed and danced all the way until the end! It was a great moment to be a part of.
CM: You’ve played at some of the hottest parties and dance clubs across the U.S., in Mexico, and in Europe. Where’s your favorite spot to play? Any particular memorable event?
DJL: I have several places that I absolutely love playing at, but most recently I did a show for S.W.A.T. (Summer Winter Action Tours) in
Lake Havasu, AZ during Spring Break for the West Coast Colleges. It was a tour date for the "Soul of Our City Tour" I have been playing recently, and it was an amazing night. It was an outdoor amphitheater directly next to the lake, under the stars, and just under 4,000 people had an amazing time. The energy was simply electric! In the same week, I did a party at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, for Michael Jackson's father, Joe Jackson, and his family at Tabu Ultra Lounge, where I both introduced Joe Jackson and his family, and played a tribute set to Michael for them at the club. Both experiences took place within the same week, but each had their own identity as being unique and special, providing pure party at one and an opportunity to play for a legend at another. They offered rewards that were vastly different, the positive response of a youthful energetic crowd and the affirmation from a musical icon, but in the end they were both rewarding in the fact that people came together over music.
CM: Do you have any advice for college students who want to make music professionally?
DJL: Life truly is what you make of it; if you follow your passion with determination and integrity, allowing the music to come first, you will find yourself naturally excelling within an ever evolving industry. I urge artists to both retain the originality that makes them "them," while at the same time remaining open to and searching out ways to continually keep learning and expanding your knowledge base. Good music is very seldom an accident, but more often than not the result of a tremendous amount of effort, hard work, focus, and plenty of songs that were nowhere close to amazing. The artists that stand the test of time are the ones that conduct themselves in a genuine manner and their focus is always about making quality music. I suggest Icon Collective (www.learn2produce.com) for people that truly want to make music professionally. This school is by far the best choice for aspiring producers/remixers, with instructors that not only operate successfully within the industry but are truly effective in conveying the knowledge you need to excel at the highest levels as a producer.
CM: Lastly, what’s next for DJ Loczi?
DJL: I am just finishing up a busy tour schedule for "Soul Of Our City - LRG Tour," 40 shows in the last 30 days, am working on producing
tracks for several mainstream pop artists…and am looking forward to an international tour later this year throughout Asia, Europe, Central, South, and North America. I am scoring an independent film about culture and music in Hawaii. In addition, I am excited about my residencies in Las Vegas, and will be playing at both the MGM Grand and Aria (City Center) every weekend throughout the remainder of the year. I plan on continuing to mix on my radio show with host Kid Jay, (rated #1 for the last 3 years), the ShockwaveMIX on 99.1 KGGI FM, and instructing lessons for the world's premier official online DJ School for Serato Scratch Live (www.turntableU.com). Above all I plan on continuing to live my passion: live, love, and love life.