Now entering its 29th year, the Aid for AIDS of Nevada’s Black & White Party seeks to create a dance experience to add its outrageous costumes and food and beverage options. One of the acts slated to spin the charitable event August 29 at The Joint in Hard Rock Hotel is Los Angeles-based gay DJ duo, the Perry Twins. Doug Perry gave us the lowdown on the event, as well as the Twins’ new music and his favorite spots in the city.
What can we expect at AFAN’s Black & White Party?
They want to focus on the dance aspect. Music-wise we’ll probably drop some new remixes. This is [our] big gig to close out the summer, so it would be the right place to debut some new songs and remixes. We just did a remix of that Justin Bieber and Jack Ü song [“Where Are Ü Now”], so we’ll most likely play that. We’re really excited about the event. It’s awesome how they raised $133,000 last year, and this year around, it might be more. It’s always fun doing good. We’ve done a lot of parties where all the money goes into the promoter’s pocket. But this is a party that’s helping out the community.
The Perry Twins have spun at Las Vegas gay hot spots Share, Krave and Piranha. When you’re not behind the decks, what spots do you hit up?
I love Vegas! I love it for all the DJs—even the local ones. We look up to people like Laidback Luke, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki and Above & Beyond, and they’re all there. It’s like one big party! I was just there for Memorial Day weekend and I came with a long list of DJs to see, and I got to knock out a couple of them. I just love seeing the Stratosphere, and the High Roller, even if I haven’t been on it. I wish I lived there full time!
Is there a difference between spinning at a gay club and a mainstream club?
Now that dance music is popular and in the mainstream, it’s all becoming sort of unified. There’s more equality, and clubs are becoming similar. [But] we’ve seen it change since we started in the ’90s. More straight people are going to gay clubs, and more gay people are going to straight clubs. It’s just all about the music. Now everybody is just there to party and have a good time.
You’re known to bless fans with a podcast mix every so often. When can we expect another installment?
We’ll definitely do another podcast. In fact, we’ll probably do one for the event and release it within the next couple of weeks. It’ll probably be called the Black & White podcast or something [laughs].
What have you guys been listening to lately?
We’re into everything! You know how it is with people sending you new music and searching online for the hottest tracks. There’s just so much; I definitely have a new favorite song everyday. Lately I’ve been digging some Middle Eastern/Persian kind of hip-hop stuff. That’s the kind of stuff I vibe out, relax and chill to. But at the same time, I’m into the total mainstream stuff, such as Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Skrillex and Diplo.
Who are your biggest influences?
When we first started, it was a lot of the gay ones—Junior Vasquez, Hex Hector and Thunderpuss and Richard Vission. But now that’s evolved. We just take inspiration from all these dance music artists, styles and genres.
What’s next for the Perry Twins?
We’ve got a couple of original songs we’re working on, one with Rhona Bennett. We became fans of hers when we saw her on The All-New Mickey Mouse Club with Britney [Spears] and Justin [Timberlake]. Stay tuned for that. We’re working with [singer] Jania again. We released a song for her years ago [“Activate My Body”] that reached No. 3 on Billboard’s Club Play charts. Other than that, we’ve been playing gigs in West Hollywood, and a few of my friends are playing Burning Man, and I’ve always wanted to bring my brother to that, so maybe we’ll be able to work something out to be able to play.