What does Skrillex, Dillion Francis, Porter Robinson and Zedd have in common?
Just one person in particular, and he goes by the name of Stephen Vasquez, but in the underground party scene, simply SAV. A world tour with Skrillex, epic New Year’s weekend with Afrojack & Diplo, love from Dillion Francis, and a friendship with Afrojack & Zedd have elevated SAV to the top of Americas most wanted list. SAV is not only your now newly favorite DJ, but he is also a visionary as he completed the first documentary of the contemporary Electronic Dance movement. It’s rare to catch SAV in New York City as he usually plays the underground circuit, warehouses, or simply flying to Puerto Rico on a given weekend to spin. Whenever he is in New York City, he’s usually partnering up with Pacha/RPM to set the pace for the night for the heavy hitters that headline their sold out shows, most notable - his friend Afrojack. He is also accompanied by his mysterious sidekick and partner Mystereo.
SAV was born and raised in Queens, New York, and immediately fell in love with the EDM music scene prior to it blowing up. Memory serves us right, we first saw him playing at an underground party in a synagogue in midtown Manhattan, then on to illegal warehouse parties in Brooklyn. One time he was busy playing a crazy warehouse party with Skrillex and A$AP Rocky, which lead A$AP Rocky & Skrillex to form a stronger relationship. Last time we witnessed his greatness was at the Afrojack + Diplo + Rusko show in New York City.
You can catch SAV at his next show with Mord Fustang at Pacha this weekend, and we’ll also be hooking up fans with free tickets to the show, but first, we want you to checkout our interview with him, and why you should start traveling with him to these amazing underground parties and massive concerts.
Who is DJ SAV and Mystereo ?
I’m DJ SAV the initials stand for my name Stephen Alex Vasquez. I’m a producer, film-maker, writer, editor, DJ, and a great Salsa dancer
Mystereo is my hype man and former DJ. He toured with Skrillex, Zed & Porter Robinson two years ago. He wears a mask at ALL times, lives in a cave and once had a baby bat by the name of Baby Eddie (R.I.P) he was killed in a tragic accident involving a Staten Island Bro and Diplo.
Why should people listen to your music? Because it will make them dance and feel better about themselves. I’m trying to make really emotive dance music that still makes you think and reflect on your life while still making you move.
Favorite spot to eat at in New York City? Sea in Brooklyn.
Playing in front of thousands of people, can you describe the feeling? It’s indescribable. The only thing that comes close to playing for any crowd, be it large or small, is the feeling one would get as they’re ascending to the top of a roller coaster, just before the drop. Those two seconds of “Holy F” why did I get on this thing? Once it’s over the adrenaline rush kicks in and you’re glad you got on.
You’ve created an amazing documentary a few years ago named “The Electro Wars”, are you still a filmmaker? Yes, I am. I’m actually releasing a music video I made for two rappers (Otis Clapp, Nine2Five). The video is shot Cinema Verite/Found Footage style. I’m also working on a few music videos with Dj Echo, Des McMahon and my girlfriend Carly M Burns. I’m also releasing a Moombahton documentary with Skrillex, Diplo & Atrak’s YouTube Channel “Potato”.
You played with Skrillex, Afrojack, Diplo, Zeds dead, and other notable DJ’s, what keeps them relevant? The quality of their production. The aforementioned producers are excellent at what they do. They bring a musicality to dance music and the fans are receptive to that. They’re also able to reinvent themselves, especially Diplo.
Your next show is at Pacha playing with Mord Fustang, how do you determine what and how you play prior to his set? I usually have two to three sets prepared depending on the show and time slot. I’m playing from 10-1 on Friday so this set needs to be paced meticulously. I need to be conscious that I’m not headlining but I also want to get the crowd moving for the headliner. It all boils down to DJ etiquette. I’ve toured with a lot of credible artists that always complained or oftentimes felt disrespected when openers would drop every track on the Beatport 100, so I’m well aware of the notion of having an overly aggressive opening set.
You toured with Skrillex throughout Europe, what can you tell the fans and upcoming DJ’s about the European music/club scene, is it as wild as it seems? I wouldn’t say “wild” per-se the crowds in Europe are more aware of the artist and their catalogs. It’s the complete opposite from the American club/music scene in almost every way. The crowds out there are studious, they want to listen to intelligent sets that will spawn conversation or debate post set. They’re not really into the “bangers” they want emotive dance music. Don’t get me wrong guys like Skrillex do EXTREMELY well in Europe because the crowds are generally receptive and open to forward thinking music.
What’s next for DJ Sav in 2013?
I’m dropping my first solo EP in a few weeks but before I do that I will release a collaborative Moombahton EP with an extremely talented producer by the name of Happy Colors. I want my solo project to promote a new sound that exists outside of Moombahton.
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This is the link to his YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/djsavnyc
Soundcloud mix is here: http://soundcloud.com/djsavnyc/sav-live-set-recorded-live
Only DJ Chuckie would give SAV a random haircut before a show at Lavo….