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Thursday, April 24, 2014

(WPPS 2014) The DJs Bring All the Boys to the Yard (Part 3)!

by BeBe Sweetbriar

Over the years the growth of White Party Palm Springs has definitely been heightened by the most ambitious and mind blowing audiovisuals, cutting edge design and spectacular decor transformations of party venues, and the most elaborate and innovative stage productions with spellbinding performances. But, it has consistently been the music that "brings all the boys to the yard."

In "Part 3" of our very own BeBe Sweetbriar’s look at this year’s DJ line-up for the 25th Anniversary event, BeBe chats it up with some of the party’s biggest names headlining the weekend’s most exciting venues. If you haven’t locked in your tickets yet for what will be the most extraordinary Circuit Party of the Season, may we suggest you do so now - because 25 is alive and the White Party is kicking off the spring like no other music festival this year!

BeBe spoke with 8 of White Party’s DJs to get a feel of their excitement in playing this world renown event, and a hint of what we can expect on the dance floor come White Party Palm Springs weekend.


A two-time Grammy nominated remixer/producer/singer-songwriter and DJ known for remixing the most popular artists, Tony Moran began his career back in 1981, when he and friend, Albert Cabrera, teamed up. Together they were "The Latin Rascals," whose re-edited versions of hit songs spliced together enjoyed major air-play on New York dance radio WKTU’s popular mix show.

Shortly thereafter, they were contracted by another studio, Fever Records, to write and produce a song for one of their new acts, The Cover Girls. The result was "Show Me," a song that not only became Tony Moran’s first Top 40 gold record, but also helped to usher in the freestyle era of music. Tony Moran credits his freestyle background for the pop sensibility he incorporates into his music, today. He eschews the strict underground house mentality preferred by many of his contemporaries and instead prefers to impart his remixes and productions with a hook-laden commercial appeal that is both radio-friendly and dance floor-ready.

Tony measures a successful dance floor with the number of hands in the air, and the number of people dancing and singing along. Moran currently is considered one of the most well-known DJs in the house/electronic music genre, playing to massive crowds at events throughout the world. He continues to produce music and has produced some major hits played in dance clubs.

BeBe: Fast forward to the end of your DJ set at WPPS, how do want White Party goers to describe their experience partying to your set?

Tony Moran: That it was unique and a perfect way to build up an incredible weekend.

BeBe: What mix do you always go to, as of late, to get a circuit party going?

Tony Moran: I normally create my own customized track that gets the fuse lit rather than a particular song that is current. You will definitely get along with other stimulating tracks to make the night memorable.

BeBe: If there was a song title created to best describe the vibe of the music you spin and/or produce, what would that song title be!?

Tony Moran: "I’ll Never Stop Dancing"

BeBe: What is your next big gig following WPPS?

Tony Moran: It is pretty busy. I will have just recently have returned from Songkran in Bangkok, FIESTA in San Antonio, BPM in New York and of course back to LA for Momentum and Prides in NYC, Toronto and San Francisco. (www.tonymoran.com)


Wayne G made his DJing debut at London’s infamous Red Heart party in April 1996, performing alongside Grace Jones to a dance floor of 3,000. However, it was his 9-year residence at London’s world’s famous Heaven nightclub that made Wayne a household name.

Wayne has gone on to play huge festivals all over the world including Sydney Mardi Gras (4 times), Sydney Harbour Party (3 times), Sydney Gay Games, Berlin Love Parade, World Pride, The Adventjah Festival, Folsom St Fair, Fantasia in Bangkok, White Party Palm Springs (4 times), D2 in Shanghai, Provincetown Pier Dance, Winter Party Miami, Gay Days/ Wonder World Orlando, Hong Kong Pride, White Party Miami, WinterPride, Provincetown independence, Destination in Beijing, Hell & Heaven Brazil, San Diego Zoo Party, Whistler Ski Week, Trip in Phuket, Connections in Perth, Big Gay Day in Brisbane and the prestigious Fire Island Pines Party & Independence Day Party.

Over the last year his travels have taken him to clubs globally from Mexico City to New Mexico, from Sydney to Shanghai, from Johannesburg to Juneau and from London to Lima. Wayne is also a resident on the Atlantis cruises.

His remix work and productions in the studio have been consistently topping the billboard dance charts and smashing dance floors around the globe. Producing for his own label, Bennu Recordings, he has seen artists as diverse as Debby Holiday, Alison Jiear, Shauna Jenson, Peyton and Brian Kent with more to come. Wayne G’s production and remixing skills have always been much in demand, his previous credits include remixes of tracks by Cher, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Christina Aguliera, Celine Dion, Backstreet Boys, Deborah Cox, Whitney Houston, Darren Hayes, Erasure, Jerry Springer The Opera, Kelis, Olive, Holly Johnson, Jimmy Somerville, Andy Bell, Belinda Carlisle, to name a few.

Averse to categorization in any one particular musical style, Wayne takes crowd on a musical journey starting with house, electro, tribal, anthemic vocal house and bringing the energy, percussive beats and the uplifting infectious riffs seamlessly together to create a melodic high energy journey. His sets are notorious for being filled with his own productions, many of which remain unheard unless you get to experience on of his marathon sets. From the Hard House sounds of EDM to the funky house sounds of classic house, DJ Wayne G is a DJ/Producer that has no boundaries and no limits.

BeBe: Fast forward to the end of your DJ set at WPPS, how do want White Party goers to describe their experience partying to your set?

Wayne G: That it was a joyous, once in a lifetime set that they will always remember. That’s my goal with this party. To make it something special that you will take away as a memory that will last forever.

BeBe: What mix do you always go to, as of late, to get a circuit party going?

Wayne G: Gosh, that’s a tough one. Disclosure feat Mary J "F For Love" Duke Dumont "I Got You" and Stewart Who? "The Hustler." All my own remixes of amazing tracks are guaranteed to get any party started across the globe.

BeBe: If there was a song title created to best describe the vibe of the music you spin and/or produce what would that song title be!?

Wayne G: It’s out on iTunes on my digital label, Bennu Recordings. Wayne G feat Alison Jiear "I Just Wanna Fucking Dance." That song sums up everything about my music and DJ sets. EVERYTHING!

BeBe: What are your Top 5 songs on your playlist?

Wayne G: 1. "Crazy Sexy Love" (Wayne G Throwback Anthem) - My Crazy Girlfriend, 2. "Never Lost His Hardcore" - Wayne, 3. "The Hustler" (Wayne G Throwback Anthem) - Stewart Who?, 4. "To Russia With Love" (Wayne G & LFB Anthem) - Courtney Act, 5. "I Got You" (Wayne G Throwback Anthem) - Duke Dumont

BeBe: What is your next big gig following WPPS?

Wayne G: Big gig after is Long Beach Pride on the Queen Mary Ship and then Peniscola for Memorial Weekend but I have a bunch of club stuff before and after. (www.djwayneg.com)

Jeffrey Sanker Presents White Party Palm Springs 25 occurs April 25-28 in Palm Springs. For more information on WPPS and the events all Djs will playing during the weekend go to www.jeffreysanker.com

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