DJ Q/A: Rich & Kiss

March 29, 2014 in DJs, Events, images, Words by Mark Vicente


Let this DJ Duo help you groove your way into Spring. Rich & Kiss will be manning the decks tonight at Peopl. Not to be missed! Here’s what they had to say about the Art of DJing

Mark Vicente: How would you describe the Rich & Kiss sound?
Rich & Kiss: Deep. Uplifting. And hopefully arousing. There are many different factors to consider when playing a set: your mood, the crowd, the venue. All things considered, we generally have a soulful spice that’s buttered up with heavy undertones.

Mark Vicente: As a duo, how do you guys like to share the deck duties?
Rich & Kiss: We pretty much duke it out for playing time but having 4 hands helps with things like sound effects. It offers room for versatility so we’re incorporating a few other cool plug-ins like the Maschine.

Mark Vicente: Why is Club Culture an important aspect of society?
Rich & Kiss: It brings people together. No matter what race, religion, sex, etc. None of that matters any more. Everyone is together for one simple reason: the music. It’s so healthy.

Mark Vicente: What has been your proudest moment as DJs so far?
Rich & Kiss: Cliche as it sounds, we’re having so much fun that it makes everything pretty awesome. That being said, our residency at Peopl is something that we love.

Mark Vicente: What is the perfect party experience?
Rich & Kiss: Having a great sound system, a full venue (but not overly-packed) where EVERYONE is dancing and loving our shit. Gets us high.

Mark Vicente: What would be your dream city/club/festival to play for and why?
Rich & Kiss: There’s so many gold-standard venues, like Space in Ibiza, that are a backbone for the culture. We’d be privileged to be added to the list of performers. But in all honesty, we think things will keep changing – venues, events, themes. The scene is so dynamic and getting so integrated with modern society that innovation is inevitable – not exclusively for the sound. It should create some colourful dynamics and we want to contribute and share with everyone.

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DJ Q/A with Heidy. P

March 8, 2014 in DJs, Events, images, Words by Mark Vicente

I’m so excited that the THUMP crew gets to throw a party with this cool cat this Saturday at The Royal Phoenix. Here’s what she had to say about DJing.1607098_424393124362624_2013711726_n

Mark Vicente: What inspired you to become a DJ?
Heidy.P: I became a dj because of radio. It all started with this radio show I was hosting on CISM 89,3FM, Ce soir on danse. I was 19 years old then and did the show for 7 years. Not long after starting hosting it, a friend asked me to be a guest dj at a night he was doing at Saphir. I agreed and ended up liking it a lot. Soon after, I convinced Korova owner (back then it was Jose…remember when korova had a dragon head behind the bar?) to give me a weekly on Sundays, Week-ends never end. My music taste changed a lot throughout the yeas and I slowly shifted from a more post-punk/indie sound to house and techno.

Mark Vicente:Why do you think Club Culture is important in today’s society?
Heidy.P:I think club culture is important in a society cause people tend to be more open minded in nightlife. It can be a way to change people pre-conceived idea and let them explore their creativity.

Mark Vicente:Describe your perfect party
Heidy.P:A perfect party relies on a good soundsystem. If you have enough bass the rest should follow. Also having an open minded crowd that is there for the music and not just to do drugs is an important factor. I’m also into discovering new spaces. There was a Resident advisor mini documentary about the club culture in Paris and the promoter was explaining how finding the perfect spot was part of the thrill. He’d take a scooter trip to find perfect places a little outside Paris. I really hope to be able to do that at some point; drag Montrealers outside of their comfort zone (Plateau/Mile-end) and throw parties in warehouses, unusual buildings or even remote fields or lakes…

Mark Vicente:what is one of you proudest moments as a DJ
Heidy.P:Last Saturday at Montreal en Lumières was a moving experience. I got to DJ for 4 hours in front of 10 000 people at Place-des-Arts. It was freaking cold but most of the people at the front stayed for the whole set and danced their asses off. The crowd was way younger than I’m used to (at the front at least) so it was a challenge to keep them enthusiastic for the whole set but it the end I was able to balance my old school house with newer bassy sounds and it worked just fine. It was a rewarding experience.

Mark Vicente:What do you love about the Montreal Electronic Music Scene and what could it improve on?
Heidy.P:I really love what has been happening in the Montreal electronic music scene in the past few years. There are a lot of new players that keep the scene healthy (Forbidden Planet, Booma Collective, Morning Fever, Thump,…) . Now what has to improve is the city’s obsession to shut down after parties and give fines to clubs due to noise complaints. We’ll see how things change with Coderre open to the idea of keeping certain bars open until 6am.

Mark Vicente:What kind of experience can people expect from a night with Heidy Pinet?
Heidy.P:I consider myself equally a host and a dj. I’m in the nightlife for the love of music but also for the love of partying. I like to talk people coming to my shows and I try to make them feel at home. I put a lot of pressure on myself to make sure everything is perfect and everybody is having a good time. I’m not afraid to drop some classics here and there to make people smile. I’m tryng to make it as fun as possible and I’m not affraid to go from house to techno to disco and mix things around.

Come see Heidy. P at THUMP tonight!


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January 24, 2014 in DJs, Events, Words by Mark Vicente

B’Ugo will be spinning this Saturday along side heavy hitters Jojo Flores and JaBig for the 15th Anniversary of Therapy at Peopl featuring Julie McKnight. This party is going to bring much needed heat to these cold Montreal nights. Check out what the prolific DJ has to say about his craft.

1488027_625847640806359_1907488035_nMark Vicente: When was the moment you started DJing professionally?
B’Ugo: I was lucky enough to start directly at the club without much practice. That was over 15 years. it kinda just happened. I was able to practice on the job and perfect my technique with each live gig. I then started investing in a set up at home so I could make my own mixes. Back then it was a little harder to get live recordings of yourself at the club… I would give them out in cassettes! Remember those?? LOL

Mark Vicente: Montreal has a vibrant electronic music scene. What do you love about it and what, in your opinion, still needs improvement?
B’Ugo: I love the people. We’re all a little crazy and probably wouldn’t hang out in the daylight. But at night anything goes right? I’ve always been attracted to things that are outside of the norm so the dance music scene was perfect for me. I’ve been lucky enough in my 15 years in the biz to be able to cross the different sub-scenes : 1 week I can be doing a aggressive electro party like Gaybash at Cabaret Underworld and the next a deep house gig with Julie McKnight at Peopl. Throughout that I’ve managed to keep my own signature B’UGO Sound. Everything always needs improvement, but I’m not one to be nostalgic about how things used to me. IMHO when you start talking in the past too much it might be time to think about retiring.

Mark Vicente: Who are the DJs/Producers that inspire you?
B’Ugo: I’m a Danny Tenaglia groupie. He has and continues to inspire me musically to this day. I try never to miss his marathons when he’s in town. I like many others like Carl Cox, Frankie Knuckles, Manny Ward, Junior Vasquez. I also dig more newschool jocks like Nathan Barrato, Carlo Lio and the techno queen herself Nicole Moudaber. I’m into deep and dark shit when I’m on the dancefloor.

Mark Vicente: Describe your perfect Party/Club experience
B’Ugo: I love marathon parties where you stay in at the club for over 12h. Stereo is the best place to do that in Montreal. For it to be perfect there need to be a lil production and not too many Djs playing. some seating is a must and a bar with Alcohol can be a bonus! :D I also dig Beach parties which I’ve been doing latley in Turks and Caicos. Going back this summer for another one.

Mark Vicente: What are you most proud of as a DJ?
B’Ugo: I’m still here doing what I live. I’m obsessed with it and very lucky I get to play out as much as I do.


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Q/A Craig Dominic

December 24, 2013 in DJs, Events, Words by Mark Vicente


Craig Dominic just celebrated his sixth year as resident DJ at Crews/Tango and I am very happy that I get an opportunity to DJ alongside him this Friday for College Night. Here is what he had to say about the Art of DJing.

DJ Mark Vicente: When did you know DJing was a passion you wanted to pursue?
Craig Dominic: I realized I loved DJ’ing even before I started. I just never admitted it to myself. I DJ’d (cue’d tracks) in highschool and always spent my time listening to, giving my opinion on, sharing music with everyone else. It was just a matter of time I guess.

DJ Mark Vicente: Who are the DJs/Producers that continue to inspire you?
Craig Dominic: R&B is my first love so the top producers for me give R&B beats.
Even though he’s not so present anymore, Babyface has always been my number one producer.
I have loved Timbaland, Rich Harrison and Rodney Jerkins over the years.
Otherwise I am a huge fan of Dave Aude, Calvin Harris, Avicii right now.

DJ Mark Vicente: Why is Club Culture important in Society?
Craig Dominic:Club culture in general is overlooked as a drunken fantasy life but today it’s where the majority of social interaction outside of work happens. It’s in some ways one of the last great equalizers we have. People of different status, finances, careers, lives etc all find themselves in the same clubs intersecting.

DJ Mark Vicente: How would describe your perfect Party Night Out?
Craig Dominic: My perfect night out is a night filled with R&B music. I’m going on 35 and if anyone plays me R&B from the 90s you’ve basically made my night. I don’t need to drink much, just give me three songs in a row I want to dance to and I’m warmed up.

DJ Mark Vicente: In the past year, what is your proudest moment as a DJ/Producer?
Craig Dominic: My proudest moment as a DJ the last year would be my sets over Toronto Pride 2013. Without getting into it this was the hardest year I’ve ever had on this planet and the epicenter of it all was in June of this year. That I was able to still go out there and play maybe the best I have this year on such a grand scale makes me proud.

I will be spinning with Craig Dominic this Friday for a Special College Night at Church in Church


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Q/A with Oren Nizri

July 4, 2013 in DJs, Events, Words by Mark Vicente


Oren Nizri is the resident DJ at The Manor Complex, one of the biggest and most successful clubs in South Florida. During the past few years Oren Nizri had very successful shows from Coast to Coast; and has toured internationally throughout Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Mexico, Canada, Central America, Europe, Asia, Israel and Australia. Oren Nizri has also headlined major LGBT events including The White Party and Winter Party Festival in Miami as well as major festival Hell & Heaven 2011 – one of Brazil’s most attended annual music conferences. Other major international festivals include Sounds Festival in Lima (Peru) , Summer Sounds Festival in Mexico, Gay Prides in Canada, Fall Festival in Argentina, Black Party in London, Winter Music Conference and ULTRA in Miami.

Oren Nizri will be at Appollon, Montreal on Saturday July 6th as part of Inferno Canada Men
Check out what he has to say about DJing!

Mark Vicente: Who would you say are your DJ influences/Inspiration?

Oren Nizri: I grew up on the classic house sound of the 90′s , so the list is endless. Just to name a few Danny Tenaglia, Roger Sanchez ,Masters at Work, Grant Nelson, David Morales, Frankie Knuckles etc

Mark Vicente: At one point did you know that your passion for DJing would also become your career?
Oren Nizri: I wanted to be a movie director as a kid but that idea didn’t last for long. At the age of 16 I really got into music when house music exploded globally – in the mid 90′s – I got so hooked. That’s the first time i ever thought of just and idea to become a DJ but not too seriously and then little by little i knew that’s what i really wanted to do.

Mark Vicente: Why do you think Nightlife/Club Culture is important in Society?
Oren Nizri: For so many reasons but I think one of the main reason is that the whole club culture has always been a way to escape. People work hard all week and when the weekend come, all they wanna do is go out and escape for few hours.. get lost in the magic of the lights the music, not worry about anything just pure fun.

Mark Vicente: What’s one thing you’d like people to know about the Art of DJing
Oren Nizri:It’s not as easy as it looks .There’s a lot of hard work into it in every aspect and it never ends. Every night is like a brand new start. The crowd’s mood and vibes are changing from gig to gig and you always have to be 2 steps ahead. Most importantly, a good DJ should be able to adapt, to entertain and to deliver every time. Every performance is never the same and that makes our work fun but also challenging.

Mark Vicente: What kind of experience can people expect from an Oren Nizri set?
Oren Nizri:I really believe in a journey, a concept that seems to get lost this days. I’m all about taking you to a magical ride of quality house music that is very driven and energetic. I describe my music style like a mixture of sexy and uplifting euro big room house music. If my style sounds exciting to you, I promise you a night you wont forget.

Mark Vicente: How would you describe the perfect party?
Oren Nizri: High production, amazing sounds system and creative themes and visuals, always make for a great experience. I love parties where everyone comes together for the experience and the music. There are a lot of parties like that in Israel, and the energy is just out of control.

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Q/A with DJ Superstar Tom Stephan

June 27, 2013 in DJs, Events, Words by Mark Vicente


Tom Stephan (aka Superchumbo) is an International DJ with a reputation for sexy, percussive beats. His monthly party DISH at East Bloc continues to rock London, England and he frequently makes his way across the pond for big events like WMC, Black and Blue, Pride and Divers-Cite. Check out what he has to say about his passion for the Art of DJing.

Mark Vicente: what are the qualities of a great Dj?
Tom Stephan: When a dj really loves what they’re playing, you can hear it. Also think it’s so important to be flexible and interactive with the room. Deciding what to play ahead of time might be a helpful guide, but you’ve got to go with the flow or you’re just a mix cd!

Mark Vicente: why is club life/nightlife important in society?
Tom Stephan: I think it’s about escape- the music, the lights, the atmosphere all help to create the fantasy. It’s a place where you can be who you want to be (like Tony in Saturday Night Fever!) It’s also about connection- a shared communal experience. Being in the middle of the dance floor when an entire room of people emotionally reacts to a song is a very powerful experience!

Mark Vicente: what techniques or rituals do you use to keep from being overwhelmed or stressed from the Dj lifestyle?
Tom Stephan: I’m sober!

Mark Vicente: what is one unexpected gift you received from being a Dj
Tom Stephan: Travel. I grew up in a small town of 15,000 people, and I remember arguing with my French teacher about why I should bother to learn another language. I never imagined I would have the chance to see so much of the world, and I’m immensely grateful that I have.

Mark Vicente: what elements of djing continue to inspire you
Tom Stephan: Technology. I have always found technology inspiring and was always looking for new ways to manipulate music. Playing on Traktor now is mindblowing- compared to trying to do live loops with a Jam Man. (Anybody who knows what I mean will know what I’m talking about!)

And most importantly music! I have yet to become bored. There’s ALWAYS new music out there that gets me moving, excites me when I dj, and inspires me to create more myself.

Mark Vicente: what can people expect to experience from a Tom Stephan/ Superchumbo party?
Tom Stephan: Lots of drums and drama- and hopefully a sense that I’m loving every minute!!

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Our latest Q/A DJ Erez Ben Ishay live at Appollon for Grindr Tour

June 25, 2013 in DJs, Events by Mark Vicente

Official Opening DJ for AX Pride Toronto at the Phoenix

June 23, 2013 in DJs, Events by Mark Vicente

AX Pride Toronto 2013

I’m so excited and honoured that I get to be the opening DJ for this Event. Being a part of Toronto Pride is important to me because I spent most of my “coming-out” time living in Toronto. And the fact that I get to share my love and passion with music at this At Asian Express means that I get to be proud of my Filipino heritage as well! What a great way to start the Pride Season. It’s not too late to get your tickets! Go to the FB page for all the details.

DJ Q/A with Erez Ben Ishay

June 22, 2013 in DJs, Events, Words by Mark Vicente

Erez Ben Ishay is one of the hottest Djs in the Gay Circuit Scene right now. Currently on tour with his Grindr show, Erez Ben Ishay will be hitting Appollon tonight in Montreal and will be at FLY in Toronto for Pride the following week. Here’s what he had to say about being a DJ:

MV: What/Who inspired you to become a DJ?
Erez Ben Ishay: Peter Rauhofer of course. I can’t forget the day I saw an article about his first Live@Roxy cd and I didn’t know him back then but something told me I should buy it. That’s what made me fall in love with circuit music.

MV: Can you remember the gig/moment that propelled you from local DJ to International DJ?
Erez Ben Ishay: My first international gig was in one of the best clubs in world! The Week, São Paulo, so I can say for sure it was the point in my career that changed everything.

MV: What is the importance of Club Culture in society?
Erez Ben Ishay: First of all, I think that anything that related to music is important to society. But for me it’s the option to have a place to run from all your daily problems and to have few hours of pure fun with your self and with your friends.

MV: What kind of experience can people expect from an Erez Ben Ishay Party?
Erez Ben Ishay: First people can expect to have updated beats; I’m always in search-mode because I get bored quickly from playing the same tracks. And secondly in today’s gay market you can see lots of Djs playing the same commercial shit and I can’t handle it anymore so that’s why I try to keep the commercial aspect to a minimum as much as possible.

MV: To date, what are you most proud of in your DJ career?
Erez Ben Ishay: I think the fact that I’m the only Israeli DJ that, in almost 4 years has done gigs in more than 40 cities around the world is enough to be of proud no? :)

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@ Sky

December 22, 2012 in Events by Mark Vicente

Slow nights are tough. I don’t know if people realize how much DJs rely on the crowd as an indication for how a party is going. It’s easy for doubt to creep in. And then these two guys show up and in that instant I think “this is why I do this. To see people dance.”