Audio Playback Mix #4 — Alex Olson

Audio Playback #4. Alex Olson's Caffeinated Mix.

Alex Olson's Timeline:
1986 born in L.A. raised in Santa Monica
1999 moved to Hollywood
2007 turns pro (skateboarding, that is)
2011 pro rider for NIKE SB
2013 moves to New York starts Djing in the city, eventually at spots like Lot Radio and Happy Endings
2014 starts Bianca Chandon
2014 starts talk radio show on Know Wave called Skate Wise then DJed at Know Wave party
2015 starts Call Me 917 Skateboards
2015 releases first EP on Bianca Chandon called Bianca Chandon presents & Co. ‎– Best Of Friends
2016 DJ’s in Milan Italy for Slam Jam store reopening
2018 releases EP on Jolly Jams Records. Balearic Skip - Jolly Jams Dec 14 is played at a Paris Fashion week runway show
2019 DJ’s in Ibiza
2019 DJ’s in Bali at Potato Head Beach Club with Virgil Abloh

Listen to the mix here:

In what city were your most memorable times?
That's a hard one. It's really depends on what time in my life but I would say L.A.

Where are you currently based and what do you like about living there?
I'm living in NY at the moment. It's very convenient for some things but I've been running the question why I'm still in NY when most of the people I knew aren’t there anymore. It feels like it's turning into a mini Dubai (side note: I've never been to Dubai).

What’s your favorite city to work in (dj)?
NY is fun when people get into it but that seems far and few. Doesn't seem like my generation that lives in NY is really into dance music but more into Trap and hip hop.. the new gen of NY kids are curious about dance music and are kind of open minded it seems.

What are your “must haves” when you travel for work?
I bring a guitar pretty much wherever I go. Kind of cringe but I don't mind.

What’s currently on your rider request?
I like to have four cdj's. But I don't really mind that stuff anymore. I mean, I like when a system has sub to feel a thumb in your chest but I'm not that dope of a dj to have a request like that.

Do you dance when you go to a party and aren’t DJing?
Fuck, I used to. It's hard to get into it sober. Some friends used to call me footloose ha!

Beatles or Rolling Stones?
Lol! Nice one! Both are good, but I'm a Beatles fan.They tried different things, tried different instruments. That whole leather jacket rocker downtown scene has always kind of bugged me in NY.

Paradise Garage or The Loft?
Wow I like this question!!! It's kind of easy for me, The Loft. A lot of favorite songs I learned from The Loft. Fun fact: helped out setting up the loft once and we went to Mancuso's place to pick up the receivers and when we went inside his place, there was this La Scala speakers shrine in the corner of the living room with candles. I didn't get to meet him :(

What’s your most memorable club/disco moment?
The LA Rub n Tug party! Was very good!!! I would go solo to 718 sessions cause none of my friends were into the music. I remember I started to make friends with locals cause I went a lot. There was one mass production song that came on and I felt comfortable and let loose and danced. The locals came up and said, "Wow you really let loose!" Still to this day I don't know if he was hitting on me, giving me a jab about my skill, or complementing me. Regardless, that party is amazing with an amazing crowd. Not always my favorite style of dance music but it's dope!

What's your favorite party phrase?
Tough crowd, easy gig.

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