"After seeing crowds of 2,000 dance like crazy all night to this unknown stuff, I know I've just been doing it wrong."
Mads checked in with DJ Olmec, a.k.a. Nick Inzucchi '11, who has been spending his summer in Tokyo.
Mads: What have you been up to this summer?
DJ Olmec: Well, I've been on the Japanese department's summer program since May 31st - Living in the heart of central Tokyo, taking classes at an all-girls school fully of bubbly j-poppers, and generally having a baller time with the people here. Plenty of stories for you kids when I get back.
Have you been doing any DJing?
Unfortunately no live spinning (lame). I spoke with a few promoters once I landed and I would basically be working an empty room on Monday or Tuesday from 3-4. This city is absolutely flooded with wannabe DJs like myself and getting in someplace decent is pretty hard.
You make a lot of your own beats and mashups. Have you been working on any new projects?
Of course! Check the new mix on djolmec.com for a sampler. Also, I met Adam Russin '11 on this trip, a really gifted musician, and we've been working out a way to add more customization and creativity to my live sets with his synth work. Give this dude a keyboard and he can start a dance party solo in 30 seconds flat. Hook up our laptops live and it's game over.
Have you gotten into new music on your trip?
Absolutely. In two months I've seen so much of the incredible Tokyo club scene. Of course I'll be bringing a little bit of Tokyo house back to Vassar, but Baltimore club, Detroit deep house, and electro are all really big. A lot of times at Vassar crowds get anxious when you play 2-3 consecutive songs they don't know. Being a pretentious Vassarite, I used to think these kids were just slaves to the pop machine. But after seeing crowds of 2,000 dance like crazy all night to this unknown stuff, I know I've just been doing it wrong. I'll still drop the good pop, don't get me wrong, but there's a lot of funky electronic that needs to be heard as well.
Any plans for the Fall?
Well, we've been working on putting together a little something very early for the incoming freshmen. Think last year's 80's night but not played off of an iPod...and with more alcohol. VT also has big plans. We're looking to land a regular Mug night, pull some good NY DJ's up to school, and buy a shit load of bonafied party gear.
As always, check out DJ Olmec's music and blog at djolmec.com.