Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 | 5 p.m.
It’s been exactly one year since Miami’s DJ Obscene, aka 25-year-old Jonathan Garcia, served as party leader and spun at his first iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.
DJ Obscene is back and ready to make another scene, and I caught up with him ahead of his busy weekend.
Welcome back to fabulous Las Vegas. How was your first iHeartRadio Music Festival experience last year?
Thanks, I’m glad to be back! Last year was amazing. There were so many great parties associated with the festival, and, as a fan, the show itself was incredible. Seeing Prince perform live with Mary J. Blige was something that seemed like it was plucked right out of a dream.
And when Billy Joe Armstrong from Green Day went on his tirade, I knew right away it was going to be a huge deal. It was one of those moments that you could feel the magnitude of as it was happening; you knew it was going to be something special.
What do you have in store for the iHeartRadio Music Festival this year?
This year, I will be handling the duties of spinning all the private VIP parties for our most important guests. From pre-parties to pool parties and everything in between, if you’re one of our iHeartRadio VIPs, then I will be playing for you.
What have you been up to since we talked last September?
The past year has been so great to me, and I really can’t believe that it’s only been that long. I can definitely say that I’ve been blessed with some memorable moments over the past year, having played at tons of venues in more than 14 cities.
Just this summer alone, I DJ’ed in Cannes for four days, played at the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party, partied with Miley Cyrus and opened up for Calvin Harris and Kaskade when they came to Miami.
What are you working on now? New projects?
On the DJ front, I’ve been excited about spreading my brand and sound to all the new venues I have been playing at over the past year, and I’m looking forward to expanding even more. I have realized that I bring a certain atmosphere and vibe to every party that I play, and everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy that regardless of where you live.
I also have been spending a good amount of time lately looking for upcoming talent, as I have a few projects that I’m looking to infuse with upcoming artists and writers. I also have a few things being developed on the radio side of things that I can’t fully go into at the moment, but I can say that I’m excited about the evolution of my career and where it’s headed.
Who are you most looking forward to seeing at the iHeartRadio Music Festival this weekend?
I am definitely looking forward to Paul McCartney and Elton John, as I never imagined I would ever get to see either perform. J. Cole is one of my favorite rappers at the moment, so I can’t wait to see what he brings to the stage this weekend.
And of course you can’t forget the dance heavyweights Tiesto, Benny Benassi and Zedd, who are sure to bring the house down with their high-energy sets.
How can listeners in Las Vegas stay connected to your music after this weekend?
I always have free mixes and podcasts available on my website ObsceneSounds.com. If you follow me on social media (@DJObscene), you can stay in the loop with my schedule to see when I will be returning to Las Vegas or playing in another city near you.
Also tune in to catch me mixing Friday and Saturday nights at 10 p.m. ET via the iHeartRadio app by searching “Y100 Miami.”
DJ Obscene spins at iHeartRadio’s the Village, which is across from the Luxor from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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