The never-ending economic nightmare hasn't been a complete tragedy for everyone.
In fact, for folks like DJ Slippe it's been something of a boon. As more and more drinkers and urbanites spend less and less of their money at Valley nightclubs, some club owners have turned to the underage crowd to help keep themselves in the black.
Enter DJ Slippe, who operates two of the most popular 18-and-over dance nights at Myst in Scottsdale and Tempe's Cherry Lounge and Pit and is making bank with his promotions company Platinum Nightlife.
Name: Steve Lueder
AKA: DJ Slippe
Preferred genre(s): I can't really say that I have a preferred genre. In general you hear everything from The Police's "Roxanne" to Michael Jackson all the way to some Fall Out Boy tracks. Then there's some Top 40 and electro. That's what people want to hear at the clubs. I generally put everything into a set and don't really tie myself down to one genre.
Club night(s): I own Platinum Nightlife and we do a lot of different events, sometimes I'll spin but sometimes I'll just be in the background and my other DJs will be spinning for me. Right now we've got Tuesdays at Cherry Lounge on Mill Avenue, that's an 18-plus night. Then there's Twist Thursdays at Myst, which has been going strong for about almost eight months. I'm also at Martini Ranch in Scottsdale up in the Shaker Room on Fridays.
How did you get your start: I came out here to Arizona when I was 18. I was in the military at Luke Air Force Base. I had always been into music, playing guitars & bands, that kind of stuff when I was younger. A friend took me to a rave when I was 18, about to leave for the military. I saw the DJ doing his thing and I was like, 'That might be something that I would be into,' because I liked the idea of it. The idea of being a single person there as opposed to just playing in bands.
What are your feelings about the growth of 18-plus nights? When something happens negative, you can always find a positive out of it. I like to think that way. When all the [economic problems] came up, there was definitely an avenue for me to take there. I was grateful enough to have dealt with smart owners, really awesome dudes who were open to the 18-plus thing at Myst. As soon as we did it, it exploded. The kids are looking for something to do and it has been a long time, I can remember, six or seven years ago we would do an 18-plus night at Polly Esthers Culture Club, when it was 1,000 to 2,000 kids then.
Last album or single you purchased: I would say "The Empire State of Mind" Alicia Keyes and Jay-Z.
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Track that you can't get out of your head: There's a song with Lil Wayne called "I Did It Before." It's actually pretty upbeat.
Any new projects coming up? The latest mix tape I got out is called I Got Next. It's mostly a clubby electro remix kinda thing, with a Corey Hart's "Sunglasses at Night" electro remix on there. It's all stuff that's recognizable. I like to keep it like Top 40 and Top 40 remixes. It's got kind of a big room, big club sound.