DJ John LePage is one of the most-loved “Bear” DJs in the country. But with his DJ, producing, and remixing talent, combined with his good looks, it’s clear he’s a force to be reckoned with no matter what category you place him in.
A connoisseur of eclectic House, LePage has an ear for the variety of sounds and beats that ignite a dance floor. He’s toured North America for more than a decade, playing at some of the biggest clubs and venues. From his new platform at the helm of his own record label, Groove Records, LePage has also carved a niche for himself as one of the country’s hottest up-and-coming music producers.
So why does everyone love John LePage so much? We sat down with him to find out.
Probably the question you are asked the most, what do you think is hot in the clubs this week and why?
“Everything That I Got” by Kristine W—great set of remixes and Kristine W returns as the Queen of House. I’m also loving DJ Paulo’s & Jackinsky’s remix of “As Long As You Love Me”– their hypnotic and tribal remix takes all of the cheese right out of this Justin Bieber song.
What is your favorite thing about being a DJ?
Nothing beats playing live and really having the crowd get into the groove you’re feeling. It creates an energy in the room that blows me away every time. I also love that I get to travel all over the country, meet different people, and play great music at parties where people are there to let loose and have a good time. It’s a dream job.
How did you get your start?
When I was at university in Montreal I bartended at a club called K.O.X. DJ Billy Carroll from New York City would spin there once a month. One time I hung out with him in the DJ booth during a party he played over Black & Blue weekend. Every record he put on got this phenomenal reaction from the dance floor. I loved the control he had over the mood of the party and I knew then that I wanted to do that as well.
Tell us about one of your favorite moments from traveling around the world to DJ.
I love it when people know the words and sing along to a track. Spinning in P-town recently at the Crown & Anchor I mixed in “Where Have You Been” by Rihanna. At first I noticed a hum emanating from the dance floor. It slowly got louder until it seemed like the entire room was singing along to the track. You know you have a happy dance floor when that happens.
What was the song of the summer?
Do I have to pick just one? It’s a toss-up between “Starships” by Nicki Minaj, Titanium” by David Guetta featuring Sia, and “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful” by One Direction.
Who is your favorite artist and favorite remixer and why?
Debby Holiday is such a classic club diva, but I’m definitely biased. For artists with a different sound, I love Sia and Ellie Goulding. Danny Verde from Italy has been my favorite remixer for a number of years now. He always has beautiful, melodic, trance-like synths in his productions that are popular in Europe. But his mixes also have a harder edge to them that work on American dance floors.
Do you have any funny tales from the road to share with us?
As a DJ, people often recognize your name before they recognize your face. Recently I was at a big party weekend when I started chatting with this guy. He asked what I did and I told him I was a DJ. He then asked if I knew John LePage because he was his favorite DJ. I thought he was kidding at first, but he was totally serious.
What songs are on the tops of your playlist?
1. Spectrum (Say My Name) (Taito Tikaro & Flavio Zarza Remix) – Florence & The Machine
2. White Light (Steven Redant & Phil Romano Remix) – George Michael
3. Celebrate (Peter Rauhofer Reconstruction) – Mika
Where will you be spinning in the coming weeks?
I was just in my hometown of San Francisco for Folsom weekend. Next, I’m back to Provincetown at the Crown & Anchor for the second time this year; the fall is beautiful there, and my boyfriend is coming with me. I will also be back in San Diego for my quarterly residency at Rich’s.
Do you have any music you can share with your fans?
Sure, you can listen to one of my podcasts at www.djjohnlepage.podomatic.com/
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