Chris White, popularly known as Mr. White, is a progressive DJ and producer who describes his signature energy house, electro and dubstep sound as “Heavy Beauty” – and we can only assume that is exactly why he was selected to spin DiscoverSD’s first-ever No Pants Dance Industry Mankini Contest + Champagne Spraying Party. Heavy Beauty also happens to perfectly describe the ridiculous party scene we’re about to witness Tuesday, August 30 at Voyeur: the local nightlife industry’s larger-than-life man candy strutting down the runway in nothing but barely-there bikinis, enhanced with their own macho flair.
Mr. White is a resident DJ at Voyeur, which means he’s always game for the rowdy scene, and no longer surprised by the unpredictable party habits of mankini contestants Jeff Smith, Matt Foster, Camron Zibaie, Chris Martin and Nadav Wilf, among others. I sat down with Mr. White to get the Insider scoop on what mankini-clad babe he’s betting on, his favorite champagne spraying anthem, and in all seriousness, what new projects he’s working on this fall. Although he’s not competing, Mr. White did dream up his ideal catwalk look, which he styled to be a mix of soft cashmere and rough elephant trunk. Fierce. My guess is he’ll be rocking his design underneath that raincoat while spinning jams and spraying champagne during the No Pants Dance. Want to join us? RSVP here!
Get to know Mr. White in this week’s DJ spotlight.
DSD: How did you get convinced to DJ the first-ever Mankini Contest & Champagne Spraying Party at Voyeur?
Mr. White: Voyeur is like my home away from home... So a lot of the guys involved in the competition are friends... plus how often do you get to DJ in a raincoat while obese men in bikini's strip and compete for cash prizes?
DSD: If you could design your dream Mankini – what would it look like? Mr. White: Not entirely sure...but I know it would involve an elephant trunk and some sort of cashmere.
DSD: Out of all the Mankini contestants, who do you think will be the hottest on the runway?Mr. White: Tough one... I think Matt Foster might have this in the bag, but Alex Amador and Jeff Smith are very creative people I'm anxious see what they come up with...
DSD: What songs can we expect to hear during your set Tuesday night at Voyeur? What is the best Champagne Spraying anthem?
Mr. White: My usual brand of high energy house, electro and dubstep... Best Spraying Anthem= Welcome to the Jungle.
DSD: Outside of your residency at Voyeur, what other venues do you play in San Diego, and across the nation? What big shows do you have coming up this fall? Mr. White: I'm also the resident DJ at a party myself & Ryan Jaso throw in Hollywood called CONTROL @ The Avalon. I’m actually taking a few months off from DJing in the fall to write some original music. I've been doing so much remixing lately I’m anxious to put out some of the original tunes I've been working on.
DSD: At what age did you first start making music? When did you know you wanted to pursue it professionally?
Mr. White: I've been DJing since I was 16, but it's only been a career for about 5 years. Been remixing a bunch the last couple years for labels like Interscope, Def Jam, Vicious, and Dim Mak. I was in film school before I pursued music, but I knew immediately when I played my first show in OC that DJing and music was my path.
DSD: How do you classify your style of music?
Mr. White: Heavy Beauty... I look for tracks that have a punk rock soul to them but with very beautiful orchestral like elements.
Mr. White: I think most people know me from my remix for Deadmau5- Sofi needs a ladder (Dj Mr. White Remix) or my remix for Vandalism-Rockin' in the place (Dj Mr. White Remix) but they are all like my children. Though I really enjoy listening to my older remixes and putting them against my newer stuff to see how I've improved writing wise and sound design wise. I'm all about constantly trying to improve what I've done in the past.
DSD: What new projects are you working on now? Mr. White: Now my focus is on doing some originals and some collabs, I'm friends with so many great producers I'm eager to see what comes out of the next few months.
DSD: What producers and musicians are you inspired by?
Mr. White: Too many to list... But I'm a huge fan of Laidback Luke, Hans Zimmer, Justice, Skrillex, Dust Brothers, Prodigy, The Beatles. I like listening to old tunes and genres completely outside of house music and think how would this translate into say Drum and Bass or Moombaton.
DSD: If you could collaborate with any artist, dead or alive, who would you choose?
Mr. White: Queen
No Pants Dance: DiscoverSD presents the Industry Mankini Contest + Champagne Spraying Party at Voyeur on Tuesday, August 30. RSVP for a hosted cocktail reception, and enjoy cheap $50 bottles of champagne all night – perfect for spraying our hot mankini contestants. And remember, the no pants dress code will be strictly enforced. Get details!
Pictured: Mr. White main photo by rukes.com