David Berrie, better known as dBerrie, is atypical from most DJs. He didn't get his start through superstar DJs or by getting signed to a label, but instead began his career by playing for celebrities. Being from New York, knowing how to DJ, and maintaining connections with the right people put dBerrie on the path to becoming a successful DJ. “I used to play all the high end posh parties for celebrities and bottle service-y type crowds,” he explains. “The scene was pretentious and never about the music. That's when I had to get out.”
dBerrie is also atypical because he's best known for re-mixing non-EDM songs and making them danceable. One of the defining moments for the DJ was when Fedde Le Grand played his remix of "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye at Ultra. “I was partying and wasted at a Winter Music Conference party at Shelbourne Hotel and about 30 mentions came flooding in on my Twitter,” dBerrie said. “I was on cloud nine before the tweets came in, but that just took it to a whole other level.”
While he carefully chooses which songs to remix, it can be hard trying to remix one genre into another. “I will say that remixing pop acts such as Chris Brown was a challenge because you never want to make it too cheesy,” dBerrie explains. He now not only has support from Fedde Le Grand, Paul Oakenfold, and Ferry Corsten, but has also released tunes on Ultra Records. His debut release “Underslang” reached #25 on the Beatport Top 100 and #3 on Beatport's Tech House chart. “Underslang,” and popular remixes of songs like Chris Brown's “Yeah 3x” and Adele's “Rolling in the Deep” helped him earn residencies at Pacha New York to Liv in Miami to Revel in Atlantic City (his current favorite).
I think I’ll always prefer a smoky low-lit club to a huge production stage. Dont get me wrong, I love me some bright lights, but it’s those dark club rooms where people really get lost in the music.
We got the chance to quiz dBerrie on touring before he embarks on the Generation Wild tour. What does he use instead of an iPod? What cereal does he eat? And what's this about a tapeworm inside of him? Read below to find out.
Travel probably takes up more of your time than it does the common man. Do you have any tales of extreme excitement or extreme boredom that the average person might enjoy reading?
Traveling is probably the least exciting thing about a DJ's life.
Are there any cities or club nights you’re looking forward to playing most on this trip?
New City Gas in Montreal. Probably one of the sickest clubs I've ever been to and when I played my sound cut out like four times. Afterwards I found out it was a crappy USB cable. The vibe was so good and I was so heated. So I’m excited to go back there and make it up this time.
Do you have a favorite airline? If yes, what’s so great about it?
Delta. Great service, reliable and one of the best reward programs.
Are there any airlines you won’t fly?
Yes Spirit Airlines! On top of the worst service and legroom, they actually charge you for carry ons!
Do you make a right or left when get on a plane (first class or coach)?
Do you remember the first time you had a live audience’s complete attention? Do you remember how you felt at that moment, what records you were playing?
Yes first time I played my Gotye remix at Santos Party Haus in New York. The place blew up. I knew that was going to be an important remix for me.
What have you learned about yourself from being on the road and touring?
Touring is becoming not only just the tour, but my time to socially interact with the real world. When I’m home, I’m mostly locked away in my cave aka my studio.
Do you have any pre-gig routines or green room rituals?
Some Patron to smoothen the edges.
Which do you prefer, a smoky, low-lit club or a big stage with bright lights and colored gels?
I think I’ll always prefer a smoky low-lit club to a huge production stage. Don't get me wrong, I love me some bright lights, but it’s those dark club rooms where people really get lost in the music.
What’s on your Rider?
Patron and Red Bulls. Just the bare necessities.
Do you have an adventurous palette?
I basically have a tapeworm in my stomach, so people that know me know that when I eat, I eat for two. But adventurous palette? Not so much. I'm a huge fan of American chain restaurants.
What’s the most memorable time you’ve had on the road outside of the club?
When I was in Korea I went to Lotte World, which is basically and indoor theme park like Disney World. I'm half-Korean and I used to go like 12 years ago with my family. So going back was like revisiting my childhood.
How do you like to spend your free time/days off on the road?
I like shopping sprees at Whole Foods. I do love to cook.
What’s the most disturbing event you’ve bore witness to?
The birth of a child.
Describe a moment of what may or may not have been “paranoia” in your life. In the end, what was “true?”
Getting checked up for you know what at the doctor. I'm all good though! I swear.
How, if at all, is being on the road conducive to your creative process?
It's everything: different places, people, food. You don’t get that sitting in your studio.
Do you work on music while touring?
Yup, sometimes I even pack mini studio speakers.
If you were to describe your sound as a scent, a signature fragrance as it were, what would it be called?
Old Spice Swag, the deodorant I actually use.
How would you describe your sound to a deaf person?
What the first thing you do when you wake up?
Cinnamon Toast Crunch. [Ditto. -ED]
What the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
New episode of Breaking Bad.
What do you look forward to most when the tour is over?
Sleeping in my own bed.
You probably shake a lot of hands on the road, if people were really to listen after you shook their hand for the first time, what would you say to them?
Buy my tracks on Beatport.