by Aiden Klein -
SGN A&E Writer
Seattle, mark your calendars! On April 5, the infamous DJ Drew G brings his successful national dance party tour, Dirty Pop, to Neighbors Seattle (1509 Broadway). For eight years, Drew G, one of the nation's most sought-after DJs, has brought the party to cities like Las Vegas, New York, and Los Angeles. On April 5, the wait is over as Dirty Pop makes its Seattle debut - for good! DJ Drew G announced to Seattle Gay News that Dirty Pop is scheduled for Thursday nights at Neighbours Seattle from now on.
Not only is DJ Drew G hot (he spins with his shirt off, and sometimes in just underwear), he boasts an impressive resume, remixing for artists such as Britney Spears, Deborah Cox, P!nk, and the late Whitney Houston. In other words, if it is a sweet pop toothache you're looking for, DJ Drew G is the candy man.
'The Dirty Pop sound is basically a blend of the highlights of popular music all mashed up together,' DJ Drew G told SGN. 'It's not just dance music, it's a cornucopia of sound. Electro, rock, classical, jazz, Latin, there's a touch of everything blended together.'
The 'Dirty' references the edgier sound that he's given his mixes. 'The original Dirty Pop party came about from a brainstorming session with a friend and promoter in NYC by the name of Chris Ryan,' explained Drew G. 'We put together the first Dirty Pop in NYC at the now defunct Hose in the East Village. The party then moved all around the city and spread south and eventually west, to L.A. And now we're bringing it to Seattle!'
DJ Drew G told SGN he's excited to bring Dirty Pop to the Pacific Northwest because Seattle is the entertainment hub of the region.
Plus, given the size of Neighbours Seattle's dance floor, 'It just makes sense to make it the location of Dirty Pop in Seattle,' he said.
DJ Drew G's mixes hit you hard and then - boom! - he's on to the next song. It's fast, frantic, and oh-so good. He promises you won't have to sit through a monotonous 15-minute track. 'I feel like a lot of DJs still play these long, dragged-out remixes, I don't really think my generation really loves an epic, long remix anymore,' he said. 'We all have ADD and want to know the words to every song.'
To say that Drew G is booked is an understatement. Nearly every single weekend - from now until the end of the year - he's scheduled to perform in clubs and at festivals around the world. Still, he's taken by the Emerald City.
'My partner recently brought me to Seattle and I loved it and spent the majority of my time out and about looking for the right space to host Dirty Pop,' he said. 'Neighbours Seattle GM, Steve Tracy, is amazing and sees the concept for what it is and isn't afraid to try something fun and new! I'm very excited to see the party mature and grow in its new home.'
'As far as future projects, my remix partner Brian Cua and I are lucky to be working with Beyoncé on a few tracks,' said Drew G. 'It's kind of exciting getting to remix my favorite diva. Brian and I truly are blessed and honored to do what we do.'
As if looking drop-dead gorgeous wasn't enough, Drew G is talent personified. He comes from a musical background and can play 10 different instruments including the guitar, drums, and keyboards. He 'gets' music and what makes people move.
When he first started out in the club scene, he was mentored by the great Peter Rauhofer. 'I reminded him of himself, and how I had no limits or boundaries,' said Drew G.
'I like to think that's the lesson I took home from working for Peter,' he said. 'Follow your dreams no matter what.'
In his spare time, Drew G donates time and money to pro-LGBT equality campaigns. He's also an avid supporter of President Obama. 'I honestly don't see Obama losing this election,' he told SGN. 'I say 'no' to Mitt Romney and especially 'no' to that psycho Rick Santorum. They can't get it together within their own party, so how do they think they are going to win a general election? Just won't happen, so I foresee four more years of progress.'
At the end of the day, however, it's all about the party. Drew G promises that Dirty Pop is going to blow your mind. On April 5 and every Thursday thereafter, Drew G says you can expect, 'Hot go-gos, mashups, vocal remixes, and cheap drinks in an uninhibited environment where you can let loose and have fun!'
'I look forward to bringing Dirty Pop to Seattle and really pushing the boundaries of the scene,' he said. 'See everyone every Thursday night at Neighbors Seattle!'
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