"Well, I should be finishing up in the studio next week with Depeche Mode. We are doing their new song "Precious". Victor replied, "Then, I'm booked till the end of the year with club gigs".
And for a real scoop, my Dah'links....Victor Calderone has recently been signed on to appear at SPACE/Miami for the upcoming "White Party/2005" afterhours slot in November!
I asked him why he was doing the afterhours party and not the main event? "I really think my style is more conducive to the afterhours crowd...usually by that time of the evening, everyone is really in a more sexy mood", said by Victor with a devilish grin.
After the first of the year, January/February/March, Victor will back into the studio with Madonna, and working on some new projects with her.
"Do you prefer producing over spinning in the clubs now?" I asked.
"Absolutely not" Victor replied. "I still love the energy of being out there...it's an instant fix!".
Being a performer/female impersonator, and having my every move being scripted, I've always wondered if he ever scripted his sets? Does he put together any kind of a "game plan" before he goes into a club???
Believe it or not, "No, I just play by feel...I gauge how the night is going and go with my instincts.", Victor responds with a big grin on his face. "I have tried it in the past, but it always backfires."
It was interesting to hear how he uses the dance floor as a "lab" to not only experiment with new ideas, but also gauge how people's tastes and attitudes change with time and geography...with the world's diverse cultures & eclectic influences that he has been lucky enough to have experienced first-hand, he's absorbed all of them...and feeds off their influences to maintain a state of constant "Evolution".
But, I think we can all say that Victor Calderone is truly an "American-style DJ", and it is he who influences others! (...as Victor painfully blushes )
"So, are you going to spin for the rest of your life???", I ask.
"No, I don't want to outstay my welcome....when it feels like it's time to go... then I'll focus more on spending time in the studio." he replied...we both giggled at the thought of not wanting to be that "tired old queen who doesn't realize the lights are on and it's time to leave the club, dear"...lol
Well, it's been 5-years since Victor has been back in Chicago and spinning at Crobar...what happened?
Within the last couple of years, they have remodeled, and a huge part of the new "Crobar Brand" is having a heavy-duty, state-of-the-art sound system, and top-notch DJ booth. I have to admit, I've caught myself standing in awe (...like a big Barbie-mannequin) at Crobar's DJ booth more than a few times. Victor has had some personal ties to Crobar corporate through his relationship with them in Miami and NYC...and after talking about it, looking at each other's schedules, and I would imagine some "good ol' down-home begging"...he was finally able to come back...and I for one, was completely blown away by not only meeting him, but also hearing him just tear apart Crobar /Chicago from 10pm till 4am...WOW!
(...I think I'm "moist" now...lol)
After about 30-minutes of chatting with Victor, I just now started to feel like we only scratched the surface of who he really is and what really inspires him as a human being...and one of the top DJ/Producers in the world.
But, unfortunately, Crobar's tall and hunky GM, Colin, comes over to our little cozy spot in the corner of the dimly-lit VIP lounge and steals him away under the guise of it being 4-minutes till doors open...and there is a line going down the street waiting to come in.
...Well, being the gracious person that I am...I release Victor to go off and actually get started doing what he's getting paid for...lol
So, we took a few quick pictures of us goofing around...followed by a few comments of "a lovelier couple has not been seen" (sorry, Athena)...and off he went to the DJ booth....as I went off to rally up my "Bumper Boyz" in attendance, have a few cocktails with Crobar's resident PR Diva, Claudia, and settled in for a night of amazing music...Oh, and of course followed by a few more pictures of Victor in action, and me "getting my schmooze on" with all the hot sweaty Chicago-menz!
Thank you Victor Calderone...I truly feel I have a new friend now...and I can't wait to see you again at the White Party in Miami!