A Deejay A Day: Dj Malice Vext (Republished)

(This interview was originally published March 2018, and nothing has been changed)

Is there a meaning behind your Dj name?

Actually yes. When I first started discovering Goth, Industrial and Fetish clubs i ended up dating a dominatrix girl in San Francisco. The fetish clubs were a lot more strict than they are now. Everyone was required to have a scene name in order to keep people's identity safe. At the time Castlevania had just released a game on N64. The girl i was dating knew i was addicted to that game and playing music so she hastily named me after a character in the game who was a creepy kid that was always playing violin just so i could go to the clubs with her. I was actually never a fan of the name but it stuck.

How long have you been spinning?

I'm so bad at remembering dates and stuff. I'm guessing it's somewhere around thirteen years now. All started because i was paying local DJ's where i lived to DJ for clubs i started and i was frustrated that i knew more about the music than they did!

Do you like goblins or gremlins?

I feel like I resemble a mangled cave goblin so I should gravitate towards that, but i feel like gremlins are more spiteful and mischievous. I'm going with gremlins on this one.

Morticia: Haha you are silly!

Do you have a go-to set list? What's the first three on it?

The crowds I DJ for are always changing. I have a massive list of various playlist to accommodate different moods the crowd might be feeling. Over that my DJing is an overlapping network of formulas. It constantly changes because i try to feature the newest hits and artist but my three go-to's for a while have been Nitro-Noize, Sleetgrout, and Chainreactor.

What kind of music do you spin?

As most DJ's in LA i feel comfortable spinning all sorts of different genres but with Noize Faktory, Dark Circus, and the other clubs I'm involved with I've sort of become known for spinning agressive Modern Industrial.

Has anyone ever come up to you asking you to play a song, and thrown up on you or near you? This is my favorite question to ask, for selfish reasons. Haha

I've gotten lucky! No one has thrown up on me. Seen plenty of people falling all over the place knocking things over and grabbing at equipment to try to keep themselves from falling.

So we know you DJ, but tell us what other things you enjoy? Anything you're passionate about?

Wow this question. I do way too much as my close friends know. Without going into too much detail i love making furniture, leather work, classical and electric guitar, composing music. I'm addicted to art and creativity. I'm in love with health and fitness. Basically i don't sleep.

Morticia: Of course! I'm hoping to add photos of these things to this interview later.

When are your next Dj gigs?

Next DJ gig is a massive underground event with fire performers, aerialists, live music, and fetish with a circus theme! It's called Dark Circus. March 31.

Link to event: https://www.eventbee.com/v/fashionandfetishball/event?eid=173066895#/tickets

People want to know; what do you love about djing? Is it being able to get people to dance? Or watching your superhuman Dj skills? Or did you make a deal with a wizard?

9) At the end of the day all the prep work that goes into DJing is a labor of love. I just love sharing my love for music with the world. Beyond that i really try to emphasize feeling and reading the energy of the crowd. You get to a point where you're so in tune to the energy of the crowd you almost have to become one with it in order to steer it where you want it to go. It's actually really intimate. How could you not love that?!

What was your favorite cartoon growing up?

I remember being really addicted to the old X-Men cartoon as well as the Batman one where everyone's face was square and of course the old Gargoyles cartoon.

Do you have any pets? Tell us about them?

I grew up in the country on what some people would consider a farm. We had more animals and pets than i can remember. Recently I helped rescue a dog from the shelter though. His name is Hippo and he went from having a rough life in Compton to being totally spoiled! Follow him on Instagram "Hippobuttimus"

Morticia: Aww He's adorable! That's so cool to hear about all the animals you were around growing up!

Last question; we'll sort of. Leave us with a quote:

"Death we are. Death we've always been."


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