Hey DJ Ed Smooth, put a record on, we want to dance the night away….at The Pool After Dark on Saturday. How’s that for a parodic lyric? *Shrugs* We liked it.
At any rate, we have a seeking suspicion that is exactly how this Epic Saturday will play out at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City. If you are even a tad bit familiar with the Atlantic City club scene, then chances are DJ Ed Smooth was at one time responsible for your booty shaking and hands in the air. He’s a regular here at Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City and blasts the beats often at The Pool After Dark and X-Bar at Harrah’s. Aside from keeping it hot in his home state, he’s also performed at top joints in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, New York City, Philly, and D.C.
He’ll be back with us at The Pool After Dark on Saturday to provide the soundtrack to Kendra Wilkinson’s hosting gig. Check out our little Q&A with him below.
TAC: How did you get started in this business?
DJ Ed Smooth: My father bought me turntables when I was in high school, and because I only owned about 20 records, I DJ’d in my bedroom teaching myself to mix and scratch. I went to college to study radio/television broadcasting, which allowed me to work on two different radio stations. This exposed me to a local audience and I started getting offers to DJ at nightclubs and private events. I got my big break while living in the Miami, Florida area when I started DJing at Passion Nightclub at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, one of the most popular nightclubs in southern Florida attracting more than 2 thousand people per night.
TAC: What’s the story behind your DJ name, Ed Smooth?
(DJ Ed Smooth is LOLing at this question)
DJ Ed Smooth: Believe it or not, I played basketball in college and a few friends started calling me Ed Smooth after a good game. It just stuck. Now, I guess it is because of my “bald” – I mean – “shaved” head.
TAC: What do you like about performing in Atlantic City and at The Pool After Dark?
DJ Ed Smooth: Working at The Pool After Dark is a DJ’s dream. The atmosphere is incredible. You are the entertainment for 3 thousand to 4 thousand people that treat you like a superstar. The dancers are gorgeous. And, you are given the freedom to be the type of DJ you want to be. It is a great place to spin.
TAC: You’ve worked with tons of celebrities – Pamela Anderson, Giuliana Rancic, and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino just to name a few. Who has been your favorite to work with and why?
DJ Ed Smooth: Wow. Good question. Pamela Anderson. Pamela Anderson still has the “wow” factor. She was sexy, funny and very friendly. She hung out with me and treated me like I was part of her entourage. It was a lot of fun. Oh yeah, she gave me a big hug and kiss when she left.
TAC: Yeah, no big deal, right? What do you think makes you different from other DJs in Atlantic City?
DJ Ed Smooth: I think that there are a lot of very good DJs in Atlantic City, and it makes us all have to bring our “A” games to every event. I think this is good for Atlantic City nightlife and I think it is good for all of Atlantic City’s DJs. Along with keeping up on current music and trends, I really try to focus on the crowd. I play a lot of different genres to keep the crowd interested, and to see which genres the crowd likes the best. It is often that I play a different music style from one night to the next.
TAC: You spin open format music, but what would be on YOUR ideal playlist?
DJ Ed Smooth: Yes. I spin open format music. However, my favorite style of music is 1990’s Hip-Hop and R&B. Mary J. Blige, SWV, Total, LL Cool J, Method Man, Fat Joe and Biggie, to name a few. I am able to spin music from the 1990’s at certain places, but it is not too often.
TAC: What formats have you found are most popular in Atlantic City?
DJ Ed Smooth: Atlantic City crowds really enjoy Top 40 music. Electronic Dance Music is making its push, but from what I have encountered, the crowds of 2012 want to know the words of the songs that they are dancing to whether it is Electronic Dance Music, House, Top 40, Hip Hop, etc.
TAC: Finish the sentence! My staple song that ALWAYS gets the crowd moving is…
DJ Ed Smooth: Be Faithful, Crooklyn Clan. Sorry. I know it seems like the obvious choice, but it works!
TAC: What does “A Day In The Life Of DJ Ed Smooth” look like?
DJ Ed Smooth: Pretty boring, actually. I am a part owner of a health and beauty consumer products company called Eternal Lifestyles, Inc. This takes up most of my time when I am not DJing. I force myself up at 8:30 a.m. everyday to begin working. I always go to the gym mid-day to either play basketball or lift weights. Then I go back home and work the rest of the day. My company is based out of Miami, Florida so I typically spend every other week in Miami. Believe it or not, my typical day is the same there as it is in New Jersey. In the evenings, I search for new music, research new trends and practice new ideas to help my DJ performances stay fresh.
TAC: What do you hope your life looks like 10 years from now?
DJ Ed Smooth: In 10 years, I hope to have a house as big as Frank’s house. Atlantic City DJs, you know who I am talking about.