If you’ve been loving getting down to the sounds of DJ Patrice McBride at Toga Bar at Caesars Atlantic City, then you should check him out at The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City this Friday for the ultimate mega club experience. Through the ones and twos, Patrice has the ability to rock crowds of all vibes and sizes.
We recently caught back up with Patrice who spoke true to this point and more. Learn more about him, below.
TAC: In our last interview with you, you told us that you moved around a lot as a kid and believe that you are able to speak to different audiences well through your DJ style because of that. Can you give us some specific examples of this?
Patrice McBride: Well, it’s safe to say that my personal style is pretty Hip Hop, but I often spin concert after-parties or venues that feature a Rock-music format. My years of grade school in upstate New York, and time spent in places where Rock and Metal were the music of choice really helped me connect with the music and its fans.
Living in Central Jersey broadened my spectrum in a different direction. EDM and House music are as popular as ever now, but I remember my friends and I catching on to House and Club music way back in the early 90’s, when it was still very underground. We used to sneak into clubs from Trenton to Newark to hear the latest House DJ’s and watch people lose themselves in the music. I feel like that early exposure to these different genres gave me an understanding and special appreciation for different types of music, and how to read and cater to different crowds. I know what songs will and will not work with a crowd. As a DJ, that’s essential.
TAC: We know what you like about spinning at Toga Bar at Caesars, but what about Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort?!
Patrice McBride: Harrah’s Pool After Dark is one of the most unique venues in the country. Besides the fact that it is a giant, temperature-controlled glass dome, the way the DJ booth and stage are set up allows for DJs, performers and hosts to be in the spotlight, yet the stage is still small enough where performers can interact with guests. It’s a large venue, but still intimate at the same time. Also, with multiple cabanas, jacuzzis, The Loft (where they offer gaming now) and the rooftop section of the club, there are mini parties happening throughout the club, which just adds to the energy. Then there are the perks of DJing for the likes of Cee Lo and the R&B crush of anyone who grew up in the 90’s, Mya. I know a lot of my friends wish they were in my shoes that night. You haven’t done AC, until you’ve done The Pool.
TAC: What’s something you get from DJing that you don’t get from studio work and production?
Patrice McBride: A friend pointed this out to me years ago and it is so true. One of the most satisfying parts of DJing is the instant feedback. When you do a good job and rock a party, people will let you know almost immediately. Studio work and production don’t always offer that. Besides the feedback you get from people you are collaborating with or the people in your inner circle, you really don’t know what the response will be until the project is done. With DJing, it’s happening as you spin. All you have to do is look at the dance floor to know if people are feeling you or not.
TAC: What’s the newest song you’ve discovered that you love incorporating into most of your sets?
Patrice McBride: Right now, I’m really diggin’ Major Lazer’s remix of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’, “Can’t Hold Us.” The original version is great, but the response I get when I play the remix is huge!
TAC: You released a new EP since we last spoke with DJ Kontrol, Feck You. Tell us about it!
Patrice McBride: I always get a kick out of hearing people say the title, “Feck You”! “Feck You” is a four song EP featuring sample-based Moombahton tracks with an old school Hip Hop feel. Kontrol and I are close childhood friends who shared a love for music from early on. With “Feck You”, we wanted to revisit and sample some of the songs we grew up listening to and recreate that old school-vibe, but with the sonic-quality of today’s Moombahton.
TAC: Very cool! What inspires you when creating mixes these days?
Patrice McBride: Most of the mixes/recorded sets I spin these days are for radio. I have a mix show on AC 102.7 from midnight to 2 a.m. every Saturday called the #SouthJerseySupermixx. I find inspiration in tracking down the hottest remixes and bootlegs of today’s hits and introducing them on the show.
TAC: Awesome. What would be a dream gig for you?
Patrice McBride: You mean besides a gig as Beyonce’s tour DJ?! How about we book her husband (Jay-Z) at Harrah’s Pool and have me DJ the event!
TAC: Sounds good to us! Now that we’ve heard about your best gig AND your dream gig, what about the strangest gig you’ve ever played? Is there one that you look back on now and laugh about?
Patrice McBride: I’ve had too many insanely funny gigs to count, some that aren’t exactly appropriate for this blog. I’ll give you a “PG-13” one though. I was DJing last year when out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a young lady calmly strolling towards one of the illuminated dancing platforms in the club. She stepped onto the platform, kicked off her shoes, took off her pants and started dancing around in her panties. She was so nonchalant about it, which made it just as strange as it was funny. Security however did not feel the same way.
TAC: HA! What do you like most about your job?
Patrice McBride: I like to make people happy. People come to the club to have a good time, de-stress, celebrate birthdays and other milestones. The fact that I can contribute to the celebration, or in some cases make them forget even if only for a few hours all that is wrong with the world, is a real privilege.
TAC: You have a very extensive musical background as we previously discussed. What would you be doing if you weren’t DJing?
Patrice McBride: I’m sure I would still be doing music in some capacity, maybe playing guitar or keyboard in my spare time. I love kids though, so I could see myself teaching or maybe coaching sports in my next lifetime.