SRG Philly house resident DJ SRG has been quickly making his mark in the house scene. After having residencies throughout the city and opening for some of the biggest heavyweights, SRG brings his sound and style to this interview with WHO?MAG. Check out this first look at SRG!
interview by Rob Schwartz
WHO?MAG: Who is SRG? SRG: That’s a good question…Each day allows me to realize who SRG actually is. SRG is a musician, a DJ, a producer and most of all, a true fan of music. My alarm clock, starts the day off with different tracks that I love to hear and it just starts my day off that way. Without music in my ears, make sure you stay away from me because I’m grumpy. (laughs)! Music is my way of expressing myself and without that, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
WHO?MAG: How do you feel about house music today? SRG: I love house music! That’s my baby! I love going onto websites like beatport and just go through all of the new sounds that are coming out each day and it’s just so beautiful, because everyone can get there hands on production tools and just bring such new sound to the industry. I feel like a little kid in a candy store!
WHO?MAG: What was your favorite performance you DJ’d? SRG: From all of the events that I have dj’d at so far, it had to have been at Philadelphia, at Lounge OneTwoFive on a Saturday night. OneTwoFive is not a big place but house music and the history is in there and the crowd feels every second of your mix. There were over 400 people on the dance floor and every single person had there hands up in the air. To be able to control a crowd like that, and see them enjoying the music that I play. It is very inspiring to continue my dreams.
WHO?MAG: Tell me about your production style. SRG: I’m still trying to find out my exact style, but my production is definitely leaning towards an instrumental, tribal, deep house style.
WHO?MAG: Where do you see music going in general? SRG: Music is something that will only grow more and more and more each day. Music allows people to express themselves and so many people have so many different ways of expressing themselves, that each day, sound is just evolving and becoming more creative. Hopefully I’ll be one of those people who can push my own unique style to the house music scene.
WHO?MAG: Do you feel it’s more of a disadvantage to a house music producer since people tend to buy house mixes opposed to albums? SRG: To be honest…I could care less. I’m not one who wants to be selling albums. I want people to know who I am. I don’t care if people download my music or buy it. I want people, to walk into a house club, and stop to listen to the track and realize that, that is my track being played. I guess the only reason I think of it like that, is because the more people know of your music, the more people would come out to an event where you are DJing and that’s what I want. I want people to come out to all of my events and have the best time they ever had.
WHO?MAG: How do you feel about the Philly house scene? SRG: The Philly House scene….it’s a tough scene, let’s just put it that way. I remember when I was 15, going to all of the clubs with a fake ID…but don’t tell anyone (laughs) and everyone loved house, trance and it was just the coolest thing I have ever experienced. Then it slowly started progressing towards the top 40s and then hip hop and so on. It’s a tough crowd, especially after being a resident DJ at lounge OneTwoFive, where house music lived for 10 years. That place was legendary for the house scene and it’s a shame that it was turned into a hip hop club, even though I love hip hop but house music is definitely not what it used to be.
WHO?MAG: Who are some of the DJs/producers you would like to collab with? SRG: It would definitely be an honor to collaborate with producers like Axwell, Oscar G, Mastiksoul, Tocadisco just to name a few.
WHO?MAG: What’s next for SRG? SRG: Definitely focusing on production. There’s nothing else to it, without production, it’s really limited in the career of DJ’s now days. So production is something that I am focusing on and hopefully within the next year, I will be able to put out my first single and go from there.