Return of the Ringmaster

DJ Skribble launches new ‘Freak Show’

DJ Skribble is back. Again. And he’s bringing a circus-inspired show to the MGM Grand. Vegas Seven caught up with the legendary DJ as he prepared for his return.

Tell us about your new residency at Studio 54.

They’re calling it a freak show. It’s going to be an experience, not only through music but visually as well. … It’s going to be like a carnival on steroids. I want to be able to take it to another level of what I do musically and … I want to be able to take them on a ride—a musical roller coaster.

Did you like going to the circus as a kid?

I actually remember the first time I was ever at the circus. There was a very famous clown who was dressed up as a bum [and] I remember being really scared of him because he came over and ran and sat on my mom’s lap. … I was traumatized.

If you had to be in a freak show, what role would you play?

I want to be the ringleader, of course. The ringmaster. I want to control it.

How are you feeling these days, personally?

I am content. If it all ended tomorrow and I had to go work at a supermarket as a stock boy, I wouldn’t be happy about it but I’ve done more things by the time I was 21 than most people did in their life. And that, to me, is a blessing.

You’ve obviously been around the block a few times. How do you handle the ups and downs?

You’re never hot forever, and I’ve been hot to warm to hot to warm for a very long time, and I’m still on that wild roller coaster ride. And, you know, every time I think the train is going to pull in the station, and you’re going to put me out to pasture … something else wonderful happens in my life.

Of all your past shows, what’s the one that stands out in your mind?

I’ve done everything from Mardi Gras to Super Bowl to Disney World. I’ve done most things that most DJs would never get to do, and I’m very lucky for that. But I guess the greatest gratification that I’ve ever gotten as a DJ was when I got to go to Iraq and play for our troops [in November]. Hands down, that’s one of the most humbling, amazing, mind-blowing experiences of my life.

What game-changer helped hip-hop crossover into mainstream nightlife?

Rihanna came out with the song “Please Don’t Stop the Music.” It had the full, on-the-floor beat to it. The Black Eyed Peas made it cool for the hip-hop kids to like this music, which I think is great and appropriate for putting the vibe up and the energy in the club. … Now you are playing everything under one roof and there is no segregation on the music anymore.

<p>Do you only play songs that you’re into?

There’s some stuff I may not like but you know what? … I’m not there to play for myself … I’m there to play for the masses that came to see DJ Skribble get down.

What should aspiring DJs remember after they make it?

[Remember] that talent just takes you so far. You can be the most talented person in the world and be a jerk and nobody [will] want to deal with you.

What still amazes you, after all these years?

People in Japan know who I am. That’s crazy to me—I’m from Queens.

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