Interview with DJ Tap Tap

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Side-note:  This interview is with DJ Tap Tap of America.  This DJ Tap Tap is not the more well known DJ Tap Tap of Switzerland.

In this week’s blogpost we are interviewing a popular local DJ by the name of DJ Tap Tap.  Tap Tap is a resident DJ at Foundation Nightclub, one of the biggest, if not the biggest, nightclubs in Seattle.  He has opened for big DJs such as Benny Benassi, Laidback Luke, and has also had the opportunity to close out Electric Run Seattle.  So without further ado, please welcome DJ Tap Tap.

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First of all, thank you for taking the time to be with us today.  As a participant of it myself, I saw you closed out Seattle’s Electric Run this year.  What was that like for you as a DJ to rock a place of about 10,000 people?

I look at every set the same – how do I make that 1 person in front of me smile and enjoy the music that I am playing. When I DJ at home, I will rock out to 0 people J It is all about the music and the connection with the dancefloor – 1 person or 10,000 people – the dance-floor moves, if you can make it move.

Continuing on the subject of the electric run: DJing for about 10,000 people is not exactly a walk in the park.  Could you give us a taste of what you saw that night in terms of things like the dancefloor’s vibe, your track selection for the night, and anything else you may want to chime in about that you would think DJs reading this would benefit from? 

I am not sure, cause I have never tried to do what works for others, because typically, it doesn’t work for me. So I guess the best thing I can say about chiming in is that you gotta please your audience J Down and gritty: You are a hired hand (sometimes) and you gotta do what you gotta do if you are booked. So when I go  out – I don’t ever plan my sets, I take as much of my music as I can that could potentially be played that evening. Obviously raves, clubs, frat parties, lounges, outdoors, and many other scenarios are going to have different type of crowds. It’s up to you to decide yourself, do you really love the music they want to hear?

Going on a slightly different tangent:  For those of you who may not know you that well, you are a resident DJ at the one of the biggest clubs in Seattle and arguably one of the biggest in Washington State:  Foundation Nightclub.  Many DJs have a hard time getting residencies in clubs, not to mention having a hard time trying to get into a well-known club.  Could you give us some insight on how you got the residency and maybe give some tips to DJs who are looking to gain a residency in a club somewhere? 

Haha – Finding exposure is the hardest thing, once you do that – anyone who can kiss a good ass can get a residency. To get a long lasting and respectable one, you have to be inherently dedicated to the goals of the club, play good music, and not desire the affiliation.

Since you’re a fairly well-established DJ in the Seattle area, you probably know the scene pretty well.  From your perspective what is the electronic dance music scene like around here compared to others you’ve seen?  Any hotspots we should look out for?  Anything you think Seattle could improve on? 

SEATTLE HAS BEEN MADE MY HOME FOR A REASON: I LOVE THIS CITY – BUT THE POLITICS SUCK – the people are amazing – and the love and passion for the music is incomparable.

I saw from your Soundcloud page that you run your own production company called (go figure) “Tap Tap Productions”.  Is “Tap Tap Productions” no more than just a name for your DJing career or are there other responsibilities you have to take on in “Tap Tap Productions”?

“TAP TAP” is derived from my last name: Tapia. In the Navy, they would call me TAP for short, and then Seattle ravers just started calling me that. Tap Tap Studios, Tap Tap Videography were both names I have also used. DJ TAP TAP is my DJ alias, Tap Tap Productions has thrown events since 2007. Boat Parties, Raves, Club Nights, and other collaborations.  Currently I am focused on furthering my professional life and career, and I am only hosting 1 boat party a month now.

To conclude this interview, if you had to give one piece of advice to any DJ what would it be? 

DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON A CONTROLLER – A CONTROLLER WILL NEVER MAKE YOU A GOOD DJ – period. They are good tools, but first learn to DJ. Second piece of advice: Demos – they are good and all, but you’re never gonna get anywhere with a demo, instead – focus on that first gig SOMEWHERE.

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Thank you DJ Tap Tap for taking some time to participate in this interview!  You can find DJ Tap Tap on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/deejayTapTap

You can find me on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/djveaux

 

This interview was compiled by Colin Warn on August 22, 2013.

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