This month Vince Patricola (who performs
under the nom de plume of "DJ Shortround") launches the
print magazine, Detroit Electronic Quarterly, which aims to be a
strong global mouthpiece for Detroit's upcoming and established
electronic musicians and DJs. Each issue will have interviews, top
10 lists, and other hip culture bits... helping people from around
the world to understand more about the music and our city. There's
also a Detroit CD sampler with each issue.
Patricola's love affair with
electronic music began when he heard Mike Huckaby playing Carl Craig's
"The Climax" at Record Time in Roseville back in 1995
or so. Despite not really knowing too much about DJing at the time,
he quickly got up to speed. Working and shopping at Record Time
also helped him understand more about music and the art of DJing.
Sharing a common bond in music, he became friends with other DJs
and musicians in the area. "I think the artists here are colorful,
talented, fun and cool people to know. Just don't piss them off."
Patricola currently holds residencies at the Town Pump on Sundays
(6 years running) and the State Bar on Saturdays. On Fridays he
is promoting a night called "Depth", where he brings in
guest DJs to spin every week. I also work at Record Time in Ferndale.
"My styles vary... depending on the gig. It's usually everything
from jazz, lounge, soul, house, and low pressure techno. I'm pretty
much a vibe guy... nice volume levels are important."
Patricola took a few minutes during his Sunday night set at the
Town Pump to answer thedetroiter.com's famous four questions. (As
told to Nick Sousanis)
Detroit is filled with creative minds. There are a lot of creative
people here -- music, photography, layout, design, and more -- so
many people are here with those kind of skills, who are all so colorful
and so nice. It makes it all worthwhile just knowing the people
who are here. That's why they are such valuable commodities overseas
and around the world.
Detroit is like a launching
pad for successful people.
I just got sick of a lot of
the other music that was on the radio and so forth. Electronic music
has a lot of really unique elements in it - it's such a creative
art form, DJing, the fusion of Jazz, funk, electronic, and the musicianship
really make it all worthwhile. It's just more interesting than anything
on the radio or any commercial bullshit.
IS THE FUTURE OF DETROIT?
It is basically what we make
This is our city.
If we look at things in a positive
way instead of looking at things negatively, I think Detroit can
be a much better place. If we clean up our own backyards, focus
on doing our own things, be influential, and contribute to making
things better than when we found it for the coming generations.
I think that Detroit can be
something very special.
IS THE FUTURE OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC?
If people don't quit and just
keep plugging away at it, we can keep trying to reach new people
and do what we can do to expand this music, it can be something
very incredible and a revolution can begin. It already has begun
but it can be stronger.
I believe in the future of it.