MUSICEYES & EDGE

DJ NATHAN DETROIT

MUSICEYES & EDGE
DJ NATHAN DETROIT
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You have surely seen his name around town or been to one of his shows. Nathan Detroit, one of the regular DJs of Holocene's monthly installments of Booty Bassment is making a name for himself. We have run into him on several occasions and had to dig a little deeper into the DJ that always puts us in a great mood. Read on for how he got started, which artist he's really into and the best Vietnamese soup in town.EYES + EDGE: Give us a quick background on how you got into DJing.Nathan Detroit: 1999, sophomore year of college at University of Oregon. I’d already dabbled in a few warehouse parties with a group of friends who got me into rave culture, but it wasn’t until I ventured to Portland one weekend to see Richie Hawtin – on his “Decks, EFX & 909” tour – that my fate was sealed. A 3.5 hour performance on two turntables, using a custom-made mixer integrating a Roland TR-909 drum machine and an EFX pedal; light years ahead of its time and I’ve never seen / heard anything like that since. But the very next week, I was digging through the bins at 360 Vinyl in search of sounds I heard that night and I haven’t stopped since.E+E: What artist has been your go to recently? Anything you are really excited about?ND: French Express – Chris Malinchak, Isaac Tichauer, Jonas Rathsman, Moon Boots, Perseus – are a label / collective that have been hitting their stride this year. They are churning out pure dance floor heat; every artist from their roster is producing sure-fire, fail-safe tracks for my sets. French Express is always a “go-to” for me.In addition, Feel My Bicep – Production Team / Record Label – is run by the Irish DJ duo of Andrew Ferguson and Matthew McBriar. I still keep up on their Tumblr, which provides a healthy balance of retro house / disco offerings as well as up-to-date on the current releases that they are working into their touring DJ sets. Great stuff.E+E: What is your favorite thing about DJing in Portland?ND: DJing in Portland is an exercise in restraint and revelation. As my monthly gigs are a constant rotation of styles and sounds, I’m constantly searching for new music to pump up my sets – a mix of the most current tunes, familiar favorites and tracks that haven’t been given their due. It’s fun to get people hooked on you by playing the new stuff but also fun to see what you can work in-between that gets a great crowd reaction. The dance floor should be an experiment of new, old and unfamiliar rather than just one hit after another.E+E: Listen to his 'Feel Good Musik' track on SoundCloud. Yep.. do it![soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/37716202" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]E+E: When you aren't playing at different venues around town, where is your favorite place to hang out with friends?ND: When I’m not behind the decks on any given night, you’ll find me exploring Portland’s food scene. It’s almost as much of a challenge to keep up on music culture these days as it is with the constant stream of restaurant openings! We’re really blessed with the amount of amazing food and drink this city has to offer and I’m keeping tabs, one meal at a time. I’m currently working my way through the daily rotation of soups at Ha VL on SE 82nd, some of the best Vietnamese soups the city has to offer. You’ll also find me at Dig A Pony or Langano Lounge on the regular.

Upcoming DJ Dates

11/27 – Pussy Control (Prince Tribute Night) – Dig A Pony

11/29 – Lightbar PDX

11/30 – Soft Metals with Nathan Detroit + Natural Magic DJs – Holocene

Keep up with all that Nathan Detroit is doing on SoundCloud and Facebook.