Tacos, Beats, and Balance with DJ Vice
DJ Vice Exclusive Interview
Eric Aguirre, also known as DJ Vice was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Always a fan of music, he bought his first turntables at the age of 12. This man manages to balance it all and fill his life with his passions – his family, his music, his love of sneakers and of course, tacos!
We recently had the opportunity to talk to him as he headlined a night at Marquee in NYC – one of the many residencies he currently holds. We highly recommend everyone check out a Vice set if your paths cross. The energy is infectious, so get ready to dance! We had an opportunity to interview him at Marquee in NYC and this is what he shared up with us…
Raver Magazine: You went for one hell of a run today according to your Snapchat. How was it?
DJ Vice: Oh yeah – I literally had just gotten into town and I dropped my bags and ran out there. Just three miles to warm up and then I got on a CitiBike and biked back to the hotel another three miles. We were in Washington DC and Cleveland the two nights prior so I had to sweat out some of the tequila from those shows.
Raver Magazine: Speaking of tequila, talk to us about tacos. What’s up with this taco love?
DJ Vice: Tacos and beats! I grew up in Los Angeles – born and raised. I do not speak Spanish, but tacos are in my blood. I love finding different tacos in different cities as we travel on tour. I’m always on the hunt for the best tacos. Some people are all about different coffees or drinks they want to try, but I’m all about tacos. On top of that, I spun this love into a web show called Electric Taco, where I run around with different celebrities and I pick them up in my car and we go grab tacos. I’ve had everyone from A-Trak to Mario Lopez to Travis Barker…the list goes on! It’s all about good conversations, good people, and good eats.
Raver Magazine: One of our favorite tracks of yours is still “World is Our Playground”. Talk to us about how that came about.
DJ Vice: That was actually my first single that I got to put out on my own label called Flight Club. I got introduced to Mike Taylor, the artist featured on it, through a friend of mine who played me a demo of his and I was like “this guy’s voice is insane!” It has a little bit of a Phil Collins touch to it and his voice is so unique and so dope. I met with him and his vibe was even better. We got to get in the studio and he had already written the lyrics to the track and together we produced the final piece.
I really love that single as my first single because I’m all about traveling. I don’t get burned out by hopping from city to city so when I say that the world is our playground, that is what I treat this world as.
Raver Magazine: So you’re married. This industry can be tough with traveling – what is your key to a successful marriage and a happy family?
DJ Vice: Balance! It’s really just a balancing act of understanding each other’s time and when we are with each other to make it all about that other person. Every time we eat dinner together, I put my phone away because my time is limited when I am back home with my family. If I only have one hour to spend with my daughter I make sure that full hour is just for her. My other tip for success is to try to meet your significant other in their world. My wife and I are two very different people – her world is hiking and meditation and being in the moment. I try to calm my pace down and meet her in her world. And then if I really want to go out one night she’ll jump right into that mode and we’ll go out. That’s the balance right there.
Raver Magazine: You’ve got some pretty cool shoes on. Talk to us about your shoe stores.
DJ Vice: Shoes are my other obsession. The obsession started when I began to buy vinyl records – hip-hop records like N.W.A. and Run D.M.C. and it was all about their shoe game! As a 9 year old boy I thought that was how you looked cool. Plus rappers always rapped about shoes. So it just became a thing for me, like you could have the most raggedy outfit on but if you have fresh shoes it pops everything out. It really wakes up your outfit.
From there I opened two shoe stores in Santa Barbara 8 years ago called CRSVR. Then when Marquee opened at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, I opened a store right next to that as well. So eight years later I’m still a shoe salesman. I just don’t sell tacos yet!
Raver Magazine: What’s in the future pipeline for Vice? We hear you have a new single out now and you’ve got a lot in the works.
DJ Vice: I’m signed to Atlantic Records now so that’s a really big deal for me. I’m a year into that and onto my third single. The newest single is called “Obsession” featuring Jon Bellion and it’s super dope to have been able to work with him on this. I’m a big fan of his, even though I’ve never met him.
On top of that, I have some really big remixes coming out. I have Deorro in the pipeline for a remix as well. I’m still a fan of just everybody. I hope to work with many more people.
Raver Magazine: What is your inspiration? What drives your sets?
DJ Vice: First and foremost, it’s the crowd. I’ve always been a DJ that’s ‘for the crowd’ and I don’t ever prepare a set. I don’t ever know what my first record will be – I just start thinking when I’m walking up towards the stage about what the DJ before me was playing and I figure out where to go with it from there. I’ve tried to prepare sets in the past but don’t feel that it works well for the crowd. I want to watch them and vibe with them and feel like I’m in the middle of the dance floor with them. I like to make it one big party and want everyone to enjoy themselves more than they’re enjoying me.
by Michael Beas and Kristine Kennedy