Aug 6

The Borgata Nightlife Interview: DJ Ruckus

Most of Borgata Nightlife’s resident DJ’s are in demand, but how many can claim to be the most sought after DJ in the world?

DJ RuckusOne—DJ Ruckus.

Well, at least according to GQ, which dubbed him “the most sought after DJ in the world” and it’s pretty easy to see why. DJ Ruckus plays more than 180 shows a year, is a resident DJ in nightclubs around the country including exclusive destinations in New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Atlantic City (at MIXX at Borgata) and Atlanta and has played private shows for celebrities including Adrian Brody, Christina Aguilera, Diddy, Magic Johnson and Steven Tyler.

He also provides the music at exclusive parties for corporate clients including Calvin Klein, PlayStation, Prada and Virgin and fashion shows and film premiers around the world.

It all started when he received some turntables for his 14th birthday. In just a couple of years he was headlining at some of the biggest clubs in his native Miami and playing private parties for Diddy in Morocco.

In 2010, DJ Ruckus hooked up with hip-hop pioneer Rev Run (another Borgata resident DJ) collectively joining old school and new school music and hip-hop and electronic music. The two have performed festivals around the world, but you can catch them right here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa at MIXX nightclub Saturday, August 9.

We sought out DJ Ruckus ourselves for a quick chat about DJing and his career. Here’s what he had to say.

When did you start DJing?

October 10, 1998

What kind of equipment do you work with?

Pioneer DJM-900, Pioneer CDJ-2000s, Technics 1200 Turntables, Rane Serato, Mac Laptop, SD cards (what you’d put in a digital camera). 

Where do you spin usually?

All over the world! Borgata (AC), Hakkasan (Las Vegas), Finale (New York), Mason House (London), Studio Paris (Chicago), LIV (Miami), VIP Room (France) and more.

What was your favorite party in the last year?

Neon Carnival with my cousin Zoe Kravitz and Borgata and dGi Management fam DJ Politik and DJ Kayper.

Who is your favorite DJ/Artist?

Solomun and Kayper. 2 best DJs in the game. Different styles, but both brilliant.

What are your music predictions?

I predict more electronic elements and/or arrangements continuing to be incorporated in all music styles. I also see soul and organic and analog instruments having a renaissance. The next sought after pop sound may be the 2 step dance R&B vibe that we saw in the recent Michael Jackson single “Love Never Felt So Good” or tracks “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky”. 

Favorite Lyrics?

Cause all of me loves all of you. Love your curves and all your edges. All your perfect imperfections.” – John Legend

Most people you ever played in front of?

60,000 at Sun Life Stadium with Cee-Lo.

First feeling of being star struck?

Quincy Jones!

The track I’ll be opening my next DJ set with:

A new track I just finished with Maestro Harrell and Jermaine Dupri!

The track I always play to rescue a dance floor:

Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough

The track that got me out of bed this morning:

A$AP Ferg – Work

The ideal festival track:

Martin Garrix – Tremor

The best track by my favorite new artist:

Foals – Late Night (Solomun Remix)

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