CLUB PLANET INTERVIEW: STEVE POWERS

CLUB PLANET INTERVIEW: STEVE POWERS

by Editor
07.17.2013

THE POWERS THAT BE

For those of you who don’t know the name Steve Powers, it may be time for you to sit up and pay attention. The New York native has gone from playing the NYC club circuit to appearing on line-ups all across the country alongside some of the biggest names in the DJ world. From his tracks getting played in clubs all around the globe to his residency at LIGHT Las Vegas, Steve not only has a one way ticket to DJ super stardom, he’s also a damn nice guy!

Club Planet sat down with him before his latest gig at LIGHT Las Vegas to learn more about him and his life as one of the hottest and most exciting DJs on the scene.

Steve, thank you for taking the time to speak to Club Planet. You’ve been very busy, tell us about your summer so far:
Well, last week I played Governors Island with Chuckie for his Dirty Dutch party in front of 6,000 people, then I went to Chicago for the Wavefront Festival and that was an awesome experience . On top of that, a lot of my summer has been built around Las Vegas. I’ve been here about five times so far and it’s been amazing. I played at the opening of LIGHT with Sebastian Ingrosso and Axwell, which was just incredible. We got to kick off the place just the right way, so that was a lot of fun.

You’ve just signed with “The Light Group” roster. Was that an easy decision to make?
Yes, absolutely. You know how you talk to somebody and they know they have something great but no one knows what it is yet? That was what it was like. They knew they had the property, they knew they’d partnered with Cirque du Soleil and, for me, it was taking the experience they had with the nightclub and making it more than just DJs playing music and people going out partying. Now it’s a show, and everything is interactive, and it really makes a difference when people feel like they’re just as much a part of that as the DJ and performers. The whole creativity that surrounds The Light Group is something you won’t find anywhere else.

With the explosion and popularity of electronic music here in the U.S., when did you realize something big was happening?
I think everyone always loved house music and dance music in general, but it was never played when they were out at clubs. Then all of a sudden, the “powers that be” realized they could make money from it and you heard it everywhere. They only difference is that now my Dad knows who Deadmau5 is!

Have you found that you’ve had to adapt your style to changing music trends?
I think you have to evolve, especially in music. I’m one of those guys who you’ll never see playing the same set, as I don’t think it’s fair to people who come to see you and hear the same thing over and over again. I’m constantly playing new tracks so, although my style is always house music, it will always evolve with the music being released.

Can you remember the moment you thought, “This is what I want to do”?
There was never an exact moment that I knew this was my chosen career because I’d always loved music and when you love music, and want to work in music, there’s a switch that goes off inside you—and from that moment, music runs your life. When you hear a new track, sparks fly and you think about where you can play it, how it will sound in your set and how you can remix it. That’s when you know it’s not what you want to do anymore, because you’re already doing it.

Do you prefer to be behind the decks or in the studio?
I think it’s pretty equal. That moment when you’re working on a new track in the studio and it clicks, and you know you have something, is the same feeling you have playing to a room full of people and watching them go crazy. When you get to play that new track and see the reaction, you can’t beat it. Also, when you finally get to the point when you’re really comfortable in a studio and it becomes a one man operation, you really begin to appreciate the whole experience.

Any career highlights?
I played with Paul van Dyk last year on his Evolution tour and he is incredible. To get up there and mix tracks, play the piano live and do what he does, well, let me tell you, that man is an animal! When he plays live, he changes the way tracks sound, like adding synths, and judging by the reaction he gets, he’ll add them to the album, or that track, in the future. He just leaves you in awe. Thanks to great artists like Paul and Tiesto, the path is paved for guys like me to try and follow their leads.

Your latest track is called “Danger.” What was the process behind it?
"Danger" is a really big, heavy track with big build ups and big drops. I play it towards the end of my set and that seems to be the one that people love, and also the track that is getting a lot of plays from other DJs. I’m trying to make it the centerpiece of the album because it deserves to be just that. I started playing around in the studio and the track just kind of happened. People from other studios were coming in, asking what it was when I was going to release it. And when you get that reaction, you know you have something special.

I received an email from a 15-year-old yesterday asking for advice on how to make it as DJ. What would you say to him?
The number one thing is work your ass off and work on your skill set. The other thing about the scene now is that you can’t just be a DJ; you need to be just as good in the studio and be a great producer. So not only do you have to work hard in becoming a DJ, you have to work twice as hard in the studio. That’s how you not only get attention, but prove that you’re the complete package.

Good advice. What is your “get out of jail free” track? The one you keep for those “what if” moments when you have to raise the energy of the dance floor?
Haha, it was always a joke for me that I’d need one of those! Showtek’s “Cannonball” is one of the biggest tracks I have and I don’t know where it came from. But I tell you what, when that drop hits, wow. You can play it in both big rooms and small rooms and it will set off that dance floor.

Steve Powers, we thank you!

You can get more information about Steve Powers by clicking on the links below:

www.djstevepowers.com
www.twitter.com/djstevepowers
www.facebook.com/pages/DJ-Steve-Powers/107076536364?ref=hl
www.soundcloud.com/steve-powers



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