DJ Boris: "There's More DJs Than Doctors, Lawyers, Police, and Firemen Combined"

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Top shelf iced vodka shakes on the VIP table with each thump of pounding bass.

The walls vibrate.

Half-naked model chicks dance on couches, slap each others' asses, and take pictures.

NYC's DJ Boris surveys the scene from his booth, builds his sound like an architect, and then smashes through the house with a crushing drop of subs.

The people of Gryphon go insane. They all believe in Boris.

Here's what he has to say about it before his Friday night show.

New Times: Wasup man? So you're from Russia?

Boris: That's where I was born, St Petersburg, Russia. I came here when I was two-years old to New York City and started DJing professionally pretty much when I was 17.

Where at?

At a place called Tilt, a club that no longer exists, in 1992, in Manhattan, on Varick Street. The party took off, and I was a resident for two years, playing house, hip-hop, reggae, classics, everything, basically the mashups of today, I was doing that back then.

You've been around the world, is there a difference between say Miami and New York and Chicago and LA?

Every city has its own taste and certain places like want it harder, more techno, more house, every city has a niche. So I try to give em a little of my flavor in that city.

What's your style?

I would say a lot of buildups, a lot of peaks and valleys, a very energetic type of sound.

What's up with your own production?

I just had a big EP on Sci Tech, that's Dubfire's label. I got a big record coming on Toolroom, a collabo with Chus, did something with Roger Sanchez, stuff on some techno labels, and then the next Believe In The Music coming out on Nervous in time for the WMC.

How does music publishing and copyright work in the EDM world?

You're either ASCAP or BMI, and they collect for you, like if you got a big record out, and they're playing it in Madison Square Garden, at sporting events, or in commercials, they absolutely get that money for you, and it's a good revenue stream.

Location Info


Gryphon - CLOSED

5707 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL

Category: Music

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