So, Philly, who’s ready to straight up dance and have a good ol time this weekend? At this point in the week, that’s like asking if it’s late January.
Well, lucky for all of us in the City of Brotherly Love, those dancing shoes just might get a tad bit worn out before you head back to work on Monday as Felix Jaehn, Austra, Love City Djs and G. Love and Special Sauce are all on their way to make you (yes, you) feel all sorts of it, but most importantly…defintitely not that.
Also on this weekend’s pulsating groove roster are esteemed DJs Worthy and Oliver Dollar, who are more than ready for a tantalizing takeover at Coda this Friday. But before we get down to all of that beat business (and that it will certainly be…go here), Worthy stopped by Philly Mixtape to spill some good old-fashioned dance music tea in which he broke Lennox mugs about the ever-changing dance music industry, the touring life and just what’s on his agenda for the crowd at Coda when he takes them all over with those grooves on Friday.
And of course, it’s to makes us dance, dance, dance for our lives. But first, let’s spill with Worthy and then..get ready.
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How are you feeling heading into your show at Coda this Friday? I’m super excited, man. You know, I’ve got Oliver Dollar on the bill and he’s an old friend of mine. Last time we played together was in London at Ministry of Sound last year around this time. He’s just the coolest guy and to have him on the bill in Philly is super exciting and I can’t wait to be playing with him.
Let’s talk about the dance music scene for a moment. What is one thing you want to see more of and maybe one thing you want to see less of? I want to see people get in line with the underground scene. I feel like there’s been a lot of growth in it, but at this point, the more people we can get in there, the better so we don’t lose the underground aspect of it. And [how about] less cheesy-ness on the EDM side of it. A little too much cheese on the vocals and vocal lines. It’s always been there, but maybe a little less prominent.
Any New Year’s goals for you in both the creative and personal sense? Getting this tour together for the first part of this year. I don’t even know what’s going to happen, I’m really just concentrating on getting everything together for this endeavor of a tour because it is pretty grueling and pretty awesome at the same time. There’s just a lot of aspects to it. After I finish the tour, I’m just going to be really excited to get back in the studio and get to crankin’ out some tracks. There’s a bunch of stuff that I was working on that I didn’t get to finish up, so I’m excited to get back to [them] and making some other beats, in which I’m sure I’m going to be super inspired after playing with so many other different artists on the tour.
Now, I know I’m the kind of creative person who starts to itch if something is left on the shelf and I can’t go back to it. Is that the same for you? Sometimes I’ve had some really great things happen after I left tracks for a while and come back to them, and they feel fresh and I know exactly where things needs to go. And there’s definitely one or two sitting there that I can’t wait to finish up. Last week I was working on a mix and I found a file that I didn’t have the time to work on, so I’m definitely kind of itching to get back to that side of it already. I’m sure in another couple of weeks I’m going to be like, “Oh, my God! Please let me work on some music!”
This is actually going to be your second time in Philly. Did you get to do anything fun the last time you were here? Any fun plans for this go around? When I was here last summer, I got to walk around, I got a cheese steak at one of the spots that are right there across from each other. [Pat’s & Gino’s, of course] I checked out the Liberty Bell, walked around downtown for a little bit, which was pretty awesome. Unfortunately this time I’m coming in and I’ll pretty worn out from the night before and I’ll have an early flight out the next morning after the show. That’s definitely the one aspect of this tour that’s grueling is the lack of sleep I’m getting!
Is there any one thing that you have with you at all times on tour? Besides those grooves and your headphones, of course. For this tour, I have my whole Go Pro camera set up and backgrounds to interview all of the different music artists, so that’s something new for me. They’re definitely cool little toys to have with you.
Any words of encouragement and wisdom you would give to any dude or diva whose decided to get behind the decks this year? I always say to get yourself involved with a crew of other same minded individuals who’re in the same position that you’re in. That’s kind of how all of us started up Dirty Birds, we found that all of us wanted to do this and we’re super driven to make music and make it in this industry. So, if you surround yourself with those types of people and one of them takes off, you’re able to make connects through them as well. You know, it’s also good to look outside of your small surroundings around you, like in your city and trying to befriend other artists who’re coming up as well because [they might] have a couple other connections that you don’t have, maybe a connection to a label that would listen to [new music]. Just working those little channels always helps to get your music heard by a label head.
One last hype for your Philly fans before Friday? It’s going to be a really awesome show. I’m really looking forward to this one because Oliver is just an amazing DJ and producer and he’s more on the housier side over the couple of artists I’ve played with so far. And I’m sure we’re going to get an insanely awesome crowd of people who just want to listen to some great music all night long. It’s gonna be a good one!
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