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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

EXCLUSIVE Q&A with Dj Woofy B

Dj Sonido Woofy B (Dj Woofy B for short) is part of what makes L.A. so hot. You can hear his upbeat mixes on Sobel Nation Radio when you dance at night and lock the doors where no one else can see.  I truly enjoyed our Q&A with this new, exciting talent who brings excitement back to dancefloors as well as to Internet radio.

Dj Buddy Beaverhausen:  It's indeed a joy to interview a favorite dj of mine, Dj Sonido Woofy B! Thank you for agreeing to do this Q&A, Woofy. 

Dj Woofy B: I would like to start out by saying what an honor it is to be a part of the Sobel nation and to have the opportunity to help promote all of the wonderful music from our army of producers.

DBB: Now, you most likely were not baptized Sonido Woofy B any more than I was baptized Buddy Beaverhausen. Where, why and when did you adopt that name? 

DWB: Woofy B is a nickname that I was given about 10 years ago in my hometown of Atlanta from fellow bikers in a motorcycle riding club in which I was active. One of my favorite leisure activities is riding on long-distance motorcycle road trips. The “B” really has two meanings. It refers to “Bear” and it is also the first letter of my given name. “Woofy” is a term of endearment used in bear culture by someone who is considered attractive or sexy by this admirer. 

DBB:  We can hear you on Sobel Nation Radio as Dj Woofy B, Saturday nights at 8 pm EST, 5 pm PST. What can people who tune in expect to hear? Who is your target audience? 

DWB: My target audience is part of a pretty large, diverse spectrum: Fans of circuit house music, listeners who want to checkout some of the newer dance releases, and audiophiles who want a different option from the everyday radio stations which are known to play the same track line-up hour after hour. I do post my completed mix shows on With Soundcloud, I am thrilled and grateful to have a pool of loyal listeners. I aim to please and always value listener feedback. Some followers report bringing my downloadable mixes with them to the gym, some play my mixshow in their retail shops to entertain their customers while they shop, and a couple dance club owners on the east coast reported playing my mixes a couple times a week on nights when they were missing an in-house DJ. Those are the types of stories from listeners that delight me. 

DBB:  I love your upbeat mixes. And I love that they're very diva-oriented for a large part. Who are some of your favorite dance divas? 

DWB: I have been a huge fan of Inaya Day since I first started going out to the Atlanta clubs in the early 90’s. Within the big world of dance music, urban soul (aka uplifting vocal house music) has always been one of my favorite go-to genres. Divas who really put me in “the zone” are Inaya Day, Kim English, Vernessa Mitchell, Michelle Weeks and Amanda Wilson. 

DBB: If you could pick one ~ and only one ~ dance-music diva you'd like to meet, who would she be? 

DWB: Inaya Day. Her music has been such a huge influence in my musical journey and in my life over the past 20 years. Whenever I have to think too long about what song to play next in my set, I go just right into the Inaya collection. 

DBB:  Born in Atlanta, you moved out to L.A. When, and why? 

DWB: I moved from Hotlanta to LA in 2011 as part of a company relocation. I have been with this same company for a little over 15 years now. You could say I am a bit of a geek. In my day job, I do technical troubleshooting on data networks. Before this year is out, there is a likelihood of me doing another relocation to our office in Dallas. I would be excited to checkout the Dallas scene. 

DBB: How's life out on the West Coast been treating you? 

DWB: I really enjoy West Coast living. In the last 3 years, I have made some wonderful friends and have an adopted California family who support me in following my dreams and have been there for me with when my recent long term relationship ended. In California, I feel more connected to the music scene, in and out of the club scene. Some of my favorite producers hail from San Francisco which is another wonderful city that I enjoy visiting. 

DBB: You can also be heard on Dance World Radio. How did that come about? 

DWB: I can really thank Barbara Sobel for believing in my mixes and recommending me to the station manager of Dance World Radio, John Carroll. I went from doing a monthly podcast on Soundcloud, Bear Night Radio, to a regular weekly set on Sunday Nights at 10PM EST. I am really thankful for the opportunity to be a part of internet radio and to help promote the latest releases. 

DBB: At what point in your life did you become interested in dance music? What/who were your early influences? 

DWB: For those of you who can remember back to the mid-80’s, I had a boombox in my room and often cranked up many of the popular billboard tracks at the time. I started collecting 12” vinyl remixes in the 90’s and DJ’d at fraternity parties. Before I started following diva house music in the late 90’s, some of the earlier 12” remixes which I played a lot were New Order, Information Society, and Depeche Mode. 

DBB: On Facebook, you wrote "My local coffee shop has turned into a full blown community music production studio. Music and caffeine are my addictions." I believe you were at Starbucks at the time. In what way did it become a studio? And what's your favorite drink there? 

DWB: At any time of day or night, my local Starbucks will have a customer with a laptop on just about every table. I have seen customers bring full-sized keyboards in to work on their music tracks, a couple will bring an entire iMac in to work on their guitar tracks, A few podcast DJ friends (we follow each other on Soundcloud) work on their mix shows at Starbucks pretty regularly while they are getting their coffee buzz on. I like to checkout the latest remixes from Sobel Promotions while I am warming up with a java. My favorite drink is called a red eye. That would be coffee with a shot of espresso for a little extra kick. 

DBB: Is it true that, when not in public, you like to spin in the nude? 

DWB: That particular rumor does hold some truth. On occasion I do go nude. I find that the less clothes I am wearing, the more free my mixes flow. It really brings out the creative streak. Regarding the other part of your question- Who says that you can’t spin nude in public? This is California, a pretty liberal state. Ok.. semi-nude in public. If I am doing a club event in public I prefer DJ’ing at venues which allow me to go shirtless. That’s why I don’t do weddings. 

DBB: Thank you so much, Woofy! Any last shout-outs to the world? 

DWB: I want to say that I am grateful for each and every one of my loyal listeners who tune in to my weekly shows. Keep listening!

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