Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link.
Who? DJ Penetrate is a professional nightclub and radio DJ and music producer. He serves as a consultant for some of the largest nightclubs and bars in the U.S.
Home Base: "Based out of Houston but perform everywhere," he says.
Why Do You Stay In Houston? "It's home and I love this city," he says. "Houston is so diverse and there is always something to do."
Good War Story: "I was DJing at Rich's on a Thursday in 2002 (maybe 2003) for Hedonism," Penetrate recounts. "At about 1:30 a.m., a guy jumped off the second story and onto the dance floor, landing on his face. He was out cold and the club was packed.
"Security had to keep the crowd from trampling him," he adds. "Police came to the booth and told me to stop my show. I told them no. They pulled out the handcuffs. I quickly faded out the music."
Story continues on the next page.
Music Scene Pet Peeve: More wise words:
Artists who bringing me their demos in the middle of my set. I refuse to listen to them during my sets. I will gladly take it and listen to it later, but never during my shows. If you want me to listen to your music give it to me before I start my show.
Also, don't give me a CD labeled with Sharpie. Would you fill out an application for a job in crayon? Probably not...take some pride in your demo.
Five Desert Island Discs: "So much great music that I can pick just five records I can't live without," he says. "How about my Top 5 songs from my shows this week?"
- Demi Lovato, "Neon Lights" (DJ Penetrate Remix)
- Jason DeRulo feat. 2Chainz "Talk Dirty"
- Oliver Heldens, "Gecko"
- Far East Movement & Sidney Samson, "Bang It to the Curb"
- DJ Penetrate, Fresh As Fuck
Best Show Ever: "Smashing Pumpkins at South Park Meadows in Austin in 1994, or Danny Tenaglia at Space in Miami in 1999," he says.
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You might catch Penetrate during his six radio shifts during the week on Hot 95.7 FM, as well as his four local club gigs (Drink Houston, Ei8ht, etc.). His remix of Demi Lovato's "Neon Lights" recently went No. 1 on Billboard's dance chart, and more than 160 mixes are available free on his Web site, djpenetrate.com.
See the rest of the Rocks Off 200, and the Rocks Off 100's 2013 alumni, on the next page. THE ROCKS OFF 200
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