DJ Quits Day Job, Heads to WMC

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Jay Gutierrez from El Paso threw his hands up last night in frustration and told his boss, “I quit!”  He then went home, packed, dropped his Labrador Sparky off with a neighbor and drove to the airport, waited on line for nearly two hours to check a bag, endured another hour-long wait for a security check, where his carry-on bag was rifled through with the dexterity of a Turkish prison warden, and then finally hopped a flight to Miami. “Winter Music Conference,” he said to himself as he paid $3 for a bag of peanuts on the plane, “Here I come.”

That’s the kind of fanaticism WMC attracts. In order to feed his passion for music, to perhaps make a direct connection to any UK grime/dubstep producers—music he loves to spin at underground El Paso parties—DJ Jay chucked it all, told the boss who was unwilling to give him the time off at his graphics design job to stick it, with no prospects when he returns. For the love of music and keeping the party going, DJs sacrifice all sorts of things—steady incomes, 401Ks, healthy sleep patterns, respect from certain fundamentalist churches, etc—but this level of commitment and sacrifice? We thought it deserved special mention. That’s how hypnotic WMC can be.

“Actually, I’m going to WMC to meet this girl I’ve been following on Facebook,” DJ Jay said.

Oh. That’s cool too.

On March 25-27, “DJ Times Shortlist” DJs Geronimo and Emily Tan from Sirius XM AREA will broadcast live from the W Hotel pool from noon to 4 pm. The daily ’cast will feature exclusive live sets and interviews from top DJs like Frankie Knuckles, Bob Sinclar and more.