Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 | 6 p.m.
Next month is the biggest and busiest to date in Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio’s career. The one-time second-hand car salesman is getting ready for this weekend’s DJ jump from the Palms to the Hard Rock Hotel, and then the launch of his own 13-episode reality TV show March 29 on MTV on the heels of the series finale of “Jersey Shore” on March 15.
Pauly talked about his busy world -- the 31-year-old is juggling a nonstop whirl of DJ duties across America and is planning the kickoff to “The Pauly D Show” partly filmed in Las Vegas. His residency contract for the new Season 9 of Rehab beginning April 22 includes a debut set at Vanity in the Hard Rock on Saturday.
DJ Pauly D: I’m really, really excited about it all. I get to show the whole world my life and who Pauly D really is outside “Jersey Shore.” We’ve spent the summers together in Jersey, but now you get to see me outside Jersey. You get to see me doing what I love to do, all over the world, which is DJ’ing. You’ll get to meet my friends back home in Rhode Island, you get to meet my family, and you get to see where I’m from.
Robin Leach: Does that mean a lot less drama than “Jersey Shore”?
P.D.: Uh-huh! We get ourselves into some drama. It’s a little different, though. It’s a bunch of guys going on the road, you know like an entourage, not like living in the house with the girls, minus that kind of drama. We filmed a lot of stuff in Las Vegas. We filmed us going out, the nightlife and some of the clubs. We shot normal day-to-day stuff in Vegas, too, as if I were living in your town. Getting a haircut may seem normal, as a lot of other things, but it all turned out funny doing it in Vegas -- we just weren’t used to your city.
R.L.: So, with the end of “Jersey Shore,” are you going to miss this cast of characters? In a sense, you all became family?
P.D.: Yeah, absolutely. We shared something together that no one else in the world shares. Like, all eight of us, we met together, and we’ve kind of gone through this whole process together. I remember we met for the first time on Season 1 as strangers, and now we’re life-long friends, so I’ll definitely keep in contact with everybody. They’re all my life-long friends now.
R.L.: Is everybody going to miss everybody working together?
P.D.: I think so. I know some of the people aren’t really getting along. I know like Sitch [Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino] and Snooki [Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi”] aren’t really talking, so I don’t know if they’ll keep in touch, but I know everybody else for the most part will keep in touch.
R.L.: Any crossover appearances?
P.D.: There are. There are a few guest appearances. They’re like my best friends. … You’ve got to watch to see if the girls turn up on my show. After all, they’re all part of my life.
R.L.: You once told me that you hoped the initial DJ duties would lead to gigs all over the world, and that dream came true. So now what do you hope to get out of this new Pauly D reality show? Where do you hope that leads?
P.D.: I hope that it brings me to the next level now, too. Put me up there with some of the big dogs, you know what I mean, because now you’ve seen me on “Jersey Shore,” and now you’ll see me outside “Jersey Shore,” so I’ll be starring in my own show on MTV, and I hope it takes me DJ’ing to the next level. … I’ve signed with 50 Cent, so I’m working on my album, as well. I’m just trying to keep it going. I hope by this time next year, I’ll be at the Grammys!
R.L.: Why the jump from the Palms to the Hard Rock and its ninth season of Rehab?
P.D.: I think it was just time for a change of scenery in Las Vegas. I had a great run at the Palms. I loved it. I still love everybody over there. Now I guess I want to see what else is out there, and Hard Rock was the place for me. … They’re amazing, and I’m really looking forward to the residency at the Hard Rock. I’m looking forward to spinning where some of the greatest names in the music world have performed. I am thrilled to become a part of the Hard Rock family.
R.L.: Does what you do change in any way? Have you shifted direction with music?
P.D.: No. I kind of just play to the crowd anyway, so I won’t really know until I start spinning what kind of crowd it’s going to be there. I imagine it will be the same kind of crowd, so it won’t shift much. … I normally play a little bit of everything anyway to keep everyone satisfied.
R.L.: The last time we talked, we also discussed girlfriends, and there wasn’t really time for somebody completely, seriously in your life. Is that the same status or different now?
P.D.: No, it’s pretty much the same status. I’m single. It’s really hard to find a girl right now. I’m on the road. I’m in a different city every single night DJ’ing. That’s the only thing I feel is missing in my life at this point is the other person to share all these experiences with, so hopefully she comes along soon. I’m sort of looking, but I heard you’re not supposed to look because she’ll never come, so I’m kind of not looking -- but I am! I spent Valentine’s Day working in a New York nightclub, so that tells you where it’s at.
R.L.: If you’d not become a DJ and a “Jersey Shore” star, what do you think you would have wound up doing?
P.D.: I was in the car business for a lot of my life. I worked at a dealership in Rhode Island for over 10 years. I’d probably be still doing cars. I started off when I was 16 washing cars, and then I worked my way up throughout the dealership, and I worked every single department in the dealership.
I ended up leaving as manager, so I’d probably end up owning a dealership by now if I hadn’t become a DJ. It was always there hankering at the back of me. DJ’ing was always what I loved to do. So the car business paid the bills and at night I would DJ. I got paid, but it was basically for fun because I did it for my own enjoyment. I still do, but I get paid a lot, lot more now.
R.L.: Are you happy, and do you still pinch yourself as to what has happened with your life in such a short period of time?
P.D.: Man, as I’m even telling you this stuff in this interview, I still can’t believe it. All this stuff has happened in a matter of two years. I think when no one in the world knew who I was except for Rhode Island, they knew me as a local DJ. Now you can say my name in any state, and they know who I am. That is still surreal to me. Just one name: Pauly D! It’s crazy. It’s giving me goose bumps just talking about it.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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