Whether we’re at our favorite club, workin’ it out at the gym or making dinner at home, great music makes every event more memorable.
There are some classic songs we can’t go a week without listening to, and there are new beats topping the charts each month that change the way we listen to and understand music. As we approach the end of 2009, we invite you to reflect on your year in music.
DJ Loczi may still be spinning parties across town throughout 2009, but he’s already looking ahead to predict hot music trends in the New Year. From wild parties and top tracks of ’09 to why he loves the San Diego scene and what genres will transform the industry next year, get ready to nod your head to this music lesson.
What were your top 3 favorite tracks to spin in 2009?
1 - Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon / It's a great track with high energy and incredible crowd appeal in multiple markets throughout the United States, which helps in uniting your crowd and defining a collective feeling of togetherness.
2 - Anyway - Ducksauce / This is a track made by two great DJs that understand the meaning of "Feel Good Music," and with this track they helped resurface that positive energy that can stem directly from proper melodies and revamped lyrics produced to be relevant for today's music scene.
3 - Flipping Out - Pump Up The Volume - DJ Loczi / This is a proper Electro House track that I was really proud of this past year. I was supported by several DJs who played it, and it was one of those tracks that I felt very connected to after producing it. It has a classic vocal sample and a grooving melody that allows this track to retain an upbeat feel and a smooth funkiness at the same time.
What was the craziest party you DJ’d in San Diego in 2009?
The craziest party in San Diego this year is a toss up between two different events. The first is the Ivy Rooftop which I do the first 3 Fridays of every month. I love this party because it is a consistently solid event every week with the best rooftop venue in San Diego, plus an amazing crowd that is open to multiple genres of music and has a willingness to listen to something new. Playing at the Ivy, I am supported by great management (Bruno) and VIP hosts that cater to the cutting edge culture of San Diego's nightlife scene that’s on par with some of the hottest cities I’ve ever played in.
The second was the Fleetwood Block Party, where The Fleetwood utilized the street outside of the venue to create hands down the best daytime Block Party I have ever been a part of. Aaron, the owner, knows how to bring the right people together in order to create an event that kept people dancing and drinking all day and night! In addition, the staff at The Fleetwood is an incredible collective of positive individuals without egos or pretentiousness and an absolute pleasure to work with.
What are your favorite things about DJ’ing in San Diego?
Ultimately my favorite thing about DJing in San Diego is the people. The people are young, fresh, excited about life and are eager to hear something new. San Diegans are loyal and support events and DJs that have the correct energy behind them. San Diego feels like home with a tremendous positivity always prevalent, plus managers and owners that do business with a sense of morality, and of course the weather can’t be beat.
How do you predict the DJ / club music scene will change and evolve in 2010?
I believe the music scene will become even more educated and selective. With the high influx of DJs and online music sharing, social media, etc., there is a higher level of competition, which naturally results in everyone pushing themselves to do their best. I think you will see DJs that will improve their skills and live a direct reflection of their true passion, and in addition you will see loads of DJs realize that it's actually a bit difficult to do it well. The scene itself, I believe, will move more away from Hip Hop strictly, as it has been doing the past several years and become even more focused on uptempo house and electro remixes. I do believe that you will continue to hear the classics being played throughout the sets of the main room DJs, reminding everyone why they fell in love with music in the first place.
Can you explain how you chose your top ten list, and why we San Diegans must have these tracks on our iPods as we party into 2010?
These tracks are a great collection of music, and they offer DiscoverSD readers options for new artists, remixes, and producers that can expand their personal music library. In addition, these tracks are solid upbeat dance tunes that you could play at a party and they will keep the place moving. San Diegans always want something fresh. By being exposed to new tracks in collections like these you can really build your collection exploring more of what any of these artists have to offer. I do have to say, if you are planning a BBQ and/or a mellow house gathering for New Year’s Eve versus a blow out party, Jamie Lidell, Mayor Hawthorne or David Gray are the way to go for the true soul with a refreshing twist making the sounds current and on point.
Top 10 Songs for 2010
1 - Jack That Body - Alex Kenji
2 - Difference Between Me & You ft. Christopher Wight - DJ Loczi & David Hopper
3 - Insight ft. Asheru (A. Skillz Remix) - Fort Knox Five
4 - 96 Degrees - Olivier Giacomotto
5 - Trippin At The Disco - People Under The Stairs
6 - I'm Not Your Toy (Jack Beats Remix ) - La Roux
7 - Just Me ft. Seefor & Kadeve - DJ Loczi & David Hopper
8 - 12 inch Therapy (Bass Kleph's Dirty Ows Mix) - Rob G
9 - I Don't Care (Hot Mouth Music) - I Don't Care
10 -Together - Dean Coleman & Roger Sanchez
How did you get involved in music?
I love music, I love the moment and am present to the NOW, recognizing that life is a gift and embracing the moment gives the collective ability to rejoice in the presence of grace, allowing energy to guide and faith to bind the human spirit into a joined connectedness that evolves from the beats, rhythms, sounds and the depths of our true selves. I believe music is the answer and will change the world. My DJ style is reflective of my core beliefs. If I feel it, I play it. I think music is an emotional experience and I feel like DJing is a direct reflection of the artistic extension of the individual mixing and/or performing.
What’s coming up for you in the New Year?
In 2010, I plan to do a bit more traveling with the "SOUL OF OUR CITY" tour and release of my new Mixed CD, with dates in North America, Mexico, Europe, Asia and Australia being finalized. In addition, I am setting up and coordinating all entertainment for the largest college tour company on the West Coast for their Spring Break events. For more updates and a full calendar of events and links to new mixes, videos of live shows, and videos of interviews, please visit my website, DJLOCZI.com, or follow me on Facebook: DJ Loczi or Twitter twitter.com/djloczi.
Watch Loczi in action in our San Diego nightlife photos.