KColl tells all
Photographer and Smile for Camera co-founder Kevin Collier on DJs, dance nights and promoting the Orlando club scene
Published: March 22, 2012
ITunes will probably come in the near future, but we are focused on getting our artists' material directly to the DJs. I don't think many DJs purchase music from iTunes. That's more for the music listener rather than the music producer.
We will probably press some sampler CDs to start, handing out at our events and especially at our Winter Music Conference showcase down in Miami [on March 24]. Our first WMC event, by the way! It's very exciting.
What is the wildest thing that you've personally witnessed at one of your events?
I'm not sure if I recall something specific from one of my events, but being in the nightlife scene I've seen a bunch of fights, a bunch of bouncers choking people out, a glass pane punched through, a bunch of nipples and vaginas (usually just in photos), lots of people actin' a fool, a bum masturbating in an alley, people having sex at an after-party to one of our events and someone dragging a stanchion with balloons attached to it about 50 feet down a street in Miami.
Excluding your residents DJs, who has been your favorite artist to work with?
We've been fortunate enough to book a lot of DJs who are really down to earth, fun and humble. Tittsworth was a fucking blast to chill with. He's the first DJ to come to Takeovr at the beginning and hang out at the bars and talk to people and take pics with people. Dillon Francis is one wild dude. I won't go into details, but that guy can definitely party. Dada Life were really cool, too. They actually hooked us up backstage to the Beatport parties last year in Miami. Justin Martin was super awesome, too. Stereoheroes are one of my faves.
It's surprising to me the amount of DJs that could have huge egos but don't.
Last year Smile for Camera ventured into the nu disco genre with a show with Shit Robot, Galactique and Adam Wright at Firestone. Are there any plans to explore the genre further?
Nu disco is my favorite genre. I just wish Orlando was ready for it. I would love to help push this genre in town like we're helping push the moombahton movement in Orlando, with the likes of Dr. Khan, Ma-less, Frandomeda and Bigmakk.
I want to get an event together with [DJs] Cliff Tangredi, Adam Wright and hopefully Pauly Crush to do some sort of nu-disco event. I drunkenly facebooked Pauly the other night about doing a festival. [laughs] That's a massive undertaking, but I would love to put together a regular event sometime down the line.
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