DJ NY6ARD (Mark Nygard) is a young DJ who is slowly becoming a fixture in the local nightlife scene. The Sacramento native got his first shot at DJ'ing in front of a crowd six years ago and has loved spinning ever since.
The 24-year old is happily taken.
Where can people find you working?
Primarily Numb3rs Nightclub; also at Rich's San Diego.
When did you start spinning, and why?
I wanted to be a DJ since my first experience at a live DJ set at EDC 2006. I got my first set of decks that year and taught myself everything I could about spinning, by working with them and reading online forums 24/7.
Vinyl or CDs? Why?
CDs. They save space, have less pieces that can break or need to be replaced and offer all the advantages of vinyl and more.
What type of music do you spin?
I'll play anything the dancefloor will move to, but my personal favorite genre is electro or progressive house. When I get to play a set full of hard-hitting EDM is when I'm happiest.
What type of music will you NOT spin?
Every venue and crowd calls for something different, so there isn't any genre I absolutely won't spin. That said, I've never played any dubstep in any of my sets before (although I would like to play a venue where that would be a possibility in the near future).
What is the most bizarre song request you have received?
Probably a request for "I Love this Bar" by Toby Keith while I was playing at a nightclub. Couldn't really figure out how to work that one in.
What song do people request the most?
"We Found Love" by Calvin Harris
Do you adjust your music to fit the crowd? How?
Every night of spinning is different and reading the crowd is one of the most important things a DJ can learn to do. I try to play a unique set every time I play that's specific to the crowd listening to it. I think it's a skill that every DJ is constantly improving on throughout his or her career.
What is the funniest thing you have seen on the dance floor?
I'd have to say it was a woman who must have been in her 60's grabbing a bottle from behind the bar and dancing on a pedestal to "California Girls."
What is the most scandalous thing you have witnessed while spinning?
I once saw someone get a drink thrown on him by his girlfriend in the middle of the dancefloor. I'm sure whatever led up to that was pretty scandalous!
Which venue or party was your favorite?
My favorite party to play would have to be Voltage with DJ Nikno at Rich's San Diego. The energy that that event generates is mind-blowing and it makes it so much fun to be spinning.
What do you love most about being a DJ?
Music is the most important thing in my life and what I love about being a DJ is that I get to share that with an entire building full of people every time I spin.
What advice would you give someone who wants to get into your profession?
When it comes to being a good DJ, nothing is more important than passion and dedication. It takes tons and tons of time and it's something that you never stop learning, but if you love the music, it's easy to put in the time.
What song best describes you and why?
The song that best describes me would be "Move for Me" by Kaskade & Deadmau5. It's a song about the way music brings people together and overcomes all our differences and I believe that 100%.
Do you have a web site, and if so, what is the address?
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