Last time we saw New York City's own Junior Sanchez, he played us his remix of Katy Perry's 'I Kissed A Girl' before the track had even hit shelves -- he's just that early. But despite being one of the world's most lauded remixer/DJs, he's not one of those jocks who just plays the newest stuff. That's why we thought he'd be perfect to come headline our CityPages.com 80's/90's dance party, Timewarp, as his skills behind the decks span many decades and genres.
Junior spends most of his time when he's not traveling to gigs across the world running his new label in New York, Brobot, which he started with (among others) Bryce Wilson of Mantronix and Groove Theory fame. And Brobot is not your typical label run by a dance music guy, one that's full of shut-in electronic producers who only know their way around an MPC. It's actually a label of pop and rap artists including Solomon, The Retro Kidz (produced by Junior's best friend, Armand Van Helden - video here), and amazing new vocalist, Franchesca (hear Junior's remix of "Luv Sux" here. It gives Christina a run for her money). So being the busy guy he is, especially preparing for his set on Saturday night at the Loft, we sneaked a New York minute with Junior before he jets off to Chicago and then Minneapolis this weekend....
GN: So many DJs just care about playing the newest stuff before it's out on shelves or on the Internet -- what do you think it'll be like to play a set of music that all came out before 1999?
I think it will be a fun time -- I love playing eclectic sets anyway. I'm the type of DJ that likes to surprise myself every time I play. I'm like, 'Oh shit, did I just play that?'