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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