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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Local DJ K-MAC on His Bay Area Influences and DJing a Bon Jovi-Themed Party

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While some Bay Area natives spent Super Bowl weekend taking refuge from the hordes of visiting football fans, those in the nightlife industry seemed to be working every single waking moment. Take for instance local DJ Kyle Mccullough, aka K-MAC, who spent his Super Bowl weekend spinning for artists and athletes like Fabolous, Klay Thompson, and Joe Theismann.

Originally from the Bay, K-MAC grew up in the ‘90s era where Wild107.7 and 106KMEL were the after school staple soundtrack for those who loved hip-hop. Aspiring to become a selector and DJ, he spent his later high school years hanging out at Straight Hits Vinyl Shop and learning the ins and outs of mobile gigs from the manager. Landing his own nights a few years later, he’s now a regular on the South Bay and S.F club circuit, and on-air at 99.7[Now!] on Saturday nights.

We caught up with K-MAC about his wildest parties, Bay Area influences, and favorite places to hang that are not clubs. He headlines tonight [2/18] at Infusion Lounge and opens for Scooter and Lavelle next Friday [2/26] at The Grand.

Who was your biggest DJ influence when you were learning how to DJ?
DJ AM. But also, my friends and local favorites were and still are my biggest influences... Miles Medina, J. Espinosa, Jazzy Jim, and The Rock-It! Scientists.

What's a common misconception you think people have about bottle service DJs?
I think a common misconception is that people don't see or understand the amount of work DJs do outside of the gig. Like Jay-Z said "I'm not a business man... I'm a business, man!" A lot of DJs handle all sides to their business, for example: managing bookings, marketing, networking, finances, digging for music, editing music, production, building your brand, etc. For myself, it has taken years of hard work and hustle to earn where I am today. It really is a lifestyle, and the gig is the pay off.

Sometimes things can get outta control at clubs. What's the weirdest or wildest night you've DJ’d?

One night that comes to mind is when the world's biggest gambler Don Mother Fucking Johnson came by the venue I was spinning at. This guy knows how to party and is a Bon Jovi fanatic, so I unexpectedly ended up playing a Bon Jovi set for the majority of the night. Not the night I was expecting!

How many Bon Jovi songs did you have in your catalog already?
I had enough. I still played the usual club tracks, but mixed in Bon Jovi every few songs or so.

Tell us about your own mix show on Party Rock Radio on 99.7. People are most likely listening to it going home from the clubs, so what do you try and incorporate into it?
99.7[Now!]'s Party Rock Radio is a chance for the DJ to bring the club to your radio. Being on the 1 a.m. set I try to bring my club set and club energy while maintaining the flavor of the station. 
While Super Bowl weekend has passed, what did yours look like?
The energy in the City was crazy that weekend! Super Bowl weekend was definitely one for the books. Thursday, I was at Temple Nightclub along with E-Rock & Romeo Reyes and a performance by Fabolous. Saturday, I was at Infusion Lounge hosted by Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors. Sunday, I DJed a Super Bowl Pre Game event inside Levi's Stadium hosted by former NFL players Joe Theismann, Jim Kelly, and Curley Culp. What an experience that was!

If you were stuck listening to one DJ mix the rest of life, what would it be?
Probably one of the Rock-It! Scientists Blast Off mixes. I still listen to those today. They are timeless with the amount of creativity mashing up so many different styles of music into one mixtape.

What's something you ask yourself about the nightlife scene on the regular?
What a time to be alive!

Favorite place to hang out that is not a club?
Anywhere outdoors, like Lake Tahoe this weekend!

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