The Rocks Off 100: Elroy Boogie, Top-Notch Turntablist
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Who? Elroy Boogie of the Almighty Kracker Nuttz, is also a principal of popular Boondocks night Top Notch and NanaChill, the party/collective he runs with Dayta. The Filipino native says he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1996 and Houston a year later, and as a DJ, has been "killing the game since 2007."
Home Base: Elroy says he practices in his living room in the Montrose, but "you can catch performing me everywhere."
Why Do You Stay In Houston? "Friends and family," he says. "I've put in a lot of work in this city we call The 'H.' I love this place."
Describe Your DJ Style: "I'm gonna make you dance, I'm gonna make you move, I'm gonna make you sing," Elroy gushes. And (wait for it...) "I'm gonna make you boogie!"
Good War Story: "The first time I did the H-Town Sneaker Summit, I wasn't actually even booked for that gig," opens Elroy. "But I had my set up in the car. DJ Cipher (OG Krackernuttz) was the DJ in the main room for the event, and it was seven hours long."
I knew for sure he wasn't going to DJ all seven hours, so I started setting up and nobody said anything. Cipher went on and just basically murdered his set. But then, after DJng for at least three hours, he looked at me and gave me the go-ahead.
Now I'm the H-Town Sneaker Summit official DJ, and have been for four years now.
Music Scene Pet Peeve: "I hate it when new artists or DJs don't put in work," he says. "They expect to get all the gigs but don't pay the dues."
5 Desert Island Discs:
- Mountain Brothers, "Galaxies"
- Dee-Lite, "Groove Is In the Heart"
- Jamiroquai, "Virtual Insanity"
- Toro y Moi, "Saturday Love"
- Stephen Marley, "Traffic Jam"
Best Show Ever: "The last Redbull Thr3style at Fitz," says Boogie.
What's the Next Show/Project You're Promoting? "All Star Weekend is going to be crazy," Elroy says. "I've got the Nike Experience in The Galleria, a Jason Markk event at Premium Goods, the sneaker summit, and PF Flyer pop-up shop with Yasinn Bey (aka Mos Def) at The Classroom.
"I'm also working with The Classroom to host a more grown up party (23-plus, dress to impress, suit and tie), so stay tuned for that," he promises.
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