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Monday, August 18, 2014

DJ Weapon on Karaoke, Lightsabers, and More

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 10:08 AM


With music always in the forefront of his career choices, Bay Area DJ Weapon’s catalog includes audio engineering, music production, and even a “short stint as a struggling karaoke singer.” However, in the past few years, he decided to pick up DJing, a decision that he fatefully made when a friend was looking for a resident DJ for Infusion Lounge on Tuesdays. Thanks to his musical background and determination, it didn’t take long for him to grasp the concept, and just recently he celebrated three years as a resident DJ at Infusion Lounge. We spoke with DJ Weapon about his moniker, playing top 40 clubs, and where his DJ proceeds will go during the whole month of August. He plays every Tuesday at Infusion Lounge.

Is DJing your full-time job?
DJing is definitely a full time job. Last year I played about 200 shows. That's over every other day. But it is not my only job. I am a partner in a bar and restaurant group, Pour Guys Inc, which owns two bars in S.F.: Tempest and Louie's. That is my other full-time job. I'm also really good at Scrabble, and thinking of going pro!

Where did you get the DJ Weapon moniker?
When I was producing, I went by a different production name that was given to me as a teen. Then I had heard a story of a Buddhist monk that lived in a war-ridden country at the time. When ask how he maintained his positivity surrounded by so much violence, he simply replied, "Music is my weapon", which hit very close to home. Music has always been my positive release of my negative energy.

If you were to go into battle, what would be your weapon of choice?
Music! Unless it was an actual, real, physical battle. Then of course, I would use a lightsaber.

What’s the story behind you also being a billboard-charting producer?
This was about the time of the Hyphy movement. I was a straight rap music producer. I did songs with local artists such as Keak Da Sneak, San Quinn, as well as national artists and labels such as, Pitbull, UGK Records, so on and so forth. Many songs had great regional and national success. If you wanna find them, I'm going to make you hunt for them though.

What's your favorite part of being involved in Infusion Tuesdays?
Wow. There are so many things I love about it, it’s hard to narrow it down to my favorite part. I love being a part of such an amazing DJ program, I love that it is a party that my friends and I started, but I think my favorite part is the people that come out to party with us. It's always a combination of local DJs, familiar friends, as well as some new faces. No matter who we are, we all have one thing in common; we all came out to have a good time. And that is a beautiful thing.

What do you think is the biggest misconception of upscale Top 40 clubs like Infusion Lounge?
I think people think that everyone that works there are rude, arrogant douchebags. In reality, a lot of the people that are a part of the Infusion Lounge family are really amazing people that deserve all of the success and good things that come to them. Many are very involved in charity and giving back to the community in one-way or another. And in my case, they have helped put me in a position where I can help others as well. I am very proud to be a part of the Infusion Lounge family.

We heard sometimes you guys get unexpected guests. Who has been the best surprise for you?
At Infusion Lounge, we are used to getting athletes and celebrities coming in to party. But even with that being said, for me as a young DJ, it was crazy to see Dwayne Wade do his birthday party at Infusion Tuesdays. I never thought Lebron James would ever hear me DJ! But E-Rock, Infusion Lounge's Entertainment Director, and Infusion Lounge have given me a lot of really amazing opportunities, and for that I am very grateful.

What's currently rotating on your personal playlist?
My playlist has a wider variety than a buffet table. But I am really proud to see my friends doing some really exciting things. I’m really digging Panic City, Borgeous, Clayton William, Miles Medina, all of which I can easily fit in my set. Off the beaten path, check out Deja Blue. They are a really fun band to watch. It's a blend of rock, blues, reggae, jazz. Very fun.

We heard you're donating all your DJ proceeds to cancer research this month. What inspired that?
Some of the most memorable nights of my DJ career have been being able to do what I love for a good cause. And I don’t think there is such a thing as giving too much, especially to people who need it. I think cancer in one way or another has affected everyone. In fact as we speak, one of my best friends DJ Jose Melendez lost his mother today who has battled with cancer for years. And now is as a good of a time as ever to do something and help raise awareness that there is still a lot to be done in the battle against cancer. My dance card for the month of August has filled up very quickly in much thanks to such great venues like Infusion Lounge, The Cellar in SF, Taste in Santa Clara, La Rosa in Santa Rosa, and many more. 

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