Michael Grosse is DJ Dada. He will play whatever to whoever, whenever. For a price, that is. For a good time, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
What kind of music do you play?Whatever I am paid to play, I play.
A sellout?I would like to think of it as “where art meets commerce.”
Where can we see you deejay?Thursday nights, I’ll be at Bodean’s [6441 Power Inn Road] doing R&B.
How do they like you out there?“White boy can play” is one of the complements I got. I don’t like the words “grown ’n’ sexy,” but it’s like adult R&B.
So it is grown ‘n’ sexy.Yeah, it’s D’Angelo, Maxwell, Mary J. Blige, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding …
By your huge red face, I assume you’re a white person. How’s that going for you?Umm, it’s been 40 years …
You’re 40? You’re looking good for 40!Yeah, it’s the cigarettes.
It’s bad for you, you know.It’s horrible for you!
It’s better than the alternative, I guess.Yeah.
Wait, what is the alternative?Drugs. Unfortunately, drugs are the alternative.
You talk more than any other person on the planet.I’ve always been like that. I can pull out report cards and show that “Mike talked out of turn.”
So you got in trouble for talking a lot?Yeah, I got a little, uh … trouble with the secret service.
Really?I’ll talk about anything, but not that.
I think you just did. So what are you trying to do with turntables?To play music that’s good; that has some redeeming value … I have a goal, I just don’t know how to articulate it.
Is Christina Aguilera part of that goal?You know, [“Ain’t No Other Man”] is a great song. DJ Premier is an amazing producer. As a matter of fact, I think people should give Christina a chance. For a pop musician, she is one of the better ones. But I play it and it falls flat. Wrong crowd maybe. I have to find the right crowd for [“Ain’t No Other Man”]. … Justin [Timberlake] is a good singer.