RUBI, a force of nature...
How would you describe your music style, in non-technical terms?
Well, I enjoy going out of bounds in selecting unique sounds to share with like-minded music lovers. My sound is Deep and Eclectic of genres such as House, Techno Soul, Tech House, Soulful, Afro Tech/Afro House, and House Classics. I also enjoy playing Funk, Disco, 80's, 90's, and Old School Hip-Hop.
How and why did you decide to become a DJ?
Well, I enjoy bringing people together by sharing dance music. Taking them away from their everyday routine. DJing is not about being popular or to fit in, but a way I've only known that music can bring people together, and that music is medicine for the soul.
Tell us a bit about your fans.
Well, the fans that support me are house music lovers, and dancers who appreciate my versatility in dance music. They share my events, my mixes, and have positive words about my selection.
What are your top 3 influences? Doesn't have to musical.
These are my top 3 influences: Vince Watson, Derrick May, Kerri Chandler. I must add one more, sorry, but his name is LARRY HEARD!
Any guilty pleasure(s)?
Playing Classics from 1985-1990 is always a must for me during the end of my sets.
All-time favorite track(s)?
Moments In Time by Vince Watson, Atmosphere by Kerri Chandler, Can You Feel It by Larry Heard, Beyond the Dance by Derrick May, to name a few.
What is your favorite festival, why?
Detroit Electronic Music Festival - I love this festival because it's open to a diverse collage of DJs who each are unique in underground dance music.
Funniest/weirdest thing that ever happened during a gig?
Back in 2005, I had MKL as my guest DJ for my birthday at The Belmont Lounge, anyhow, it was my turn to go on after him, and I accidentally took the needle of the record! Luckily I put the needle back where it left off. Sorry MKL, LOL!
What advice do you have for someone looking to book a DJ? Other than "book me!" ;)
I always tell DJs who are starting out to stay confident and humble; to bring more to the table than just the music, by networking and connecting; to never put down other DJs in the music industry, and when your playing it is always important to read the crowd, and know your selection by keeping it organized.
Anything else you'd like to share (optional)?
Since 2005, I have had great opportunities in playing for popular events in New York City, and I have met great DJs and legends whom I've had the pleasure in play with in the DJ booth such as DJ Disciple, DJ Ebar, Tony Humphries, Kenny Summit, MKL, Tony Touch, Anané, Analog Soul, Peter Reyes, Scott Richmond, Oscar P, The SOUP Crew, and Sleep & Boo to name a few.