DJ Drew G Launches The So Cal House Sound to Gay Clubs
By Timothy Larcombe
The last year has been a prodigious one for DJ Drew G and his Dirty Pop brand. In addition to procuring official remixes for some of the hottest music artists in the world including Lady Gaga and Britney Spears, Beyoncé and Madonna personally selected Drew and his production partner Brian Cua as the official remixers for their new singles.
Their productions now play in clubs around the world. Even Tiësto has used Dirty Pop’s remixes in his live sets.
While the duo have no plans to stop their collaboration, Drew G announced last week that he is venturing out on his own to explore his latest evolution of tribal circuit, a sound he is calling SoCal House. “I’m excited to show club fans who I really am,” he says. “I want them to see where my passions lie, what my motivation is, what my life is like.”
We spoke with DJ Drew G to learn more.
What is So Cal House?
Drew G: It’s a blend of all the elements of EDM, circuit and house that I have grown to love over the years. It’s extremely high energy.
Is Excuse Me Bitch an example?
Drew G: (Laughing) The song is actually my response to a nasty Facebook comment that was
made in regard to my track, “Hands off”. There’s no reason to get in the mud when you can just make a banging track and giggle to yourself about its meaning.
What inspired your new sound?
Drew G: The fact that so many cities have a sound. There’s NYC House, Chicago House. As a resident of San Diego, I figured why not create SoCalHouse? It’s kinda cool that a lot of DJ in San Diego and Los Angeles are referring to it as their sound now.
But you’re from NYC. Have you given up your NYC roots?
Drew G: There are definitely elements of NYC house in the SoCalHouse sound. I take a lot of influence from the greats that have been around long before me: Peter (Rauhofer), Junior (Vasquez), Victor (Calderone)… all NYC house legends.
How did you get started DJing?
Drew G: I went to see Peter Rauhofer play with a friend at Roxy in New York. I bought all his cds the next day.
What prompted you to move out West?
Drew G: The weather. I hate winter and snow.
How did you meet your husband?
Drew G: I met him on Scruff! We met in August, 2013. We were engaged that October. When you know, you just know.
Does he call you his Dirty Pop?
Drew G: (Laughing) No, but he has plenty of other embarrassing nicknames for me.
Speaking of Dirty Pop, are you still collaborating with Brian Cua on tracks?
Drew G: Brian and I are currently working on the next single with Daniele DeLaite from Australian Idol. It should be out by year end.
How long have you been working with Beyoncé?
Drew G: I’ve been remixing her tracks forever but the first official remix started with “Love on Top”. Then “End of Time”, “Blow”, “711”….
What about Madonna?
Drew G: Again, forever, but our first official remix was “Living For Love”. It was probably the last true EDM based track Brian and I did. After that, we started working toward the SoCalHouse sound with “Ghost Town” and “Bitch, I’m Madonna”.
What direction are you taking Drew G into?
Drew G: I just want to continue making music. I’m so blessed to be able to play my work for an audience. But you know, I never have expectations. I go where life takes me.