After falling in love with his buddy’s DJ equipment in college, Parker Rhodes aka DJ Redasko knew he had found his niche. Read on to get to know East Falls’ new kid on the scene.
How did you get into DJing?
Redasko: I got into DJing back in 2012 during my senior year of college at Penn State. My friend from Detroit had an old controller he never used so I would spend hours on end learning how to DJ and practicing on different techniques. I spent the previous 6 months before that in Copenhagen, Denmark where I spent almost every weekend at a club called Culture Box. It’s a super intimate space so I learned a lot of my techniques just by standing in front of the DJ booth or watching the 2 TV’s they had facing the dance floor which had a live video feed looking down onto the CDJ’s. Something just clicked at that time and I knew I wanted to become a DJ when I got back to the States.
Who were your early passions and influences?
Redasko: The first show I ever went to was Pretty Lights and from that point on I never looked back on the whole electronic dance music scene. A few of my early influences would have to be Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, Nic Fanciulli and Eats Everything. What those DJ’s can do behind the decks is something I dream about everyday. That’s what decades of experience can really do for you.
"What those DJ’s can do behind the decks is something I dream about everyday"
What do you personally consider to be the pivotal moments in your artistic career?
Redasko: After moving back home to California after college, I knew that DJing was something that I had to keep doing since it was such a huge passion of mine. I had a friend back in high school who was DJing in San Diego at the time. He asked me to come DJ one of the parties he was spinning at and that was when we first went b2b together. Our styles fit really well together and we had amazing chemistry. We ended up forming Coast to Mesa which ended up being a huge success playing parties and clubs across Southern California.
What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a DJ? As an attendee?
Redasko: The most memorable night out for me would be at Berghain in Berlin. The sound and the overall vibe and atmosphere is unmatched anywhere in my opinion. I also love how each DJ gets about 4 hours so they can really get the crowd into it and tell a story with their music. The club also doesn’t close until Monday so you can get really lost in there. It would be a dream to DJ at that place one day. The most memorable night DJing would be on New Year’s Eve a couple years ago when Coast to Mesa had a 7 hour set. It was by far my longest and most challenging set as Coast to Mesa but the crowd loved every second of it which made it that much more special.
What advice would you give to aspiring DJs?
Redasko: The best advice I would give to aspiring DJ’s is to never stop learning and always go with your heart. You DJ because it’s what you love to do so always have fun with it. Play what you love to play and don’t give in to anything negative people say about your music. Everybody has their own style of DJing so believe in your abilities and give it all you got.
What festivals/venues would you most like to play at?
Redasko: Festivals: EDC, Lightning in a Bottle, Desert Hearts, Crssd, Distortion, Amsterdam Dance Event, Venues/Clubs: De School, DC-10, Fabric, Culture Box, Smart Bar, Rumor
"Play what you love to play and don’t give in to anything negative people say about your music"
What do you try to communicate to the audience through your vibe?
Redasko: I obviously want the crowd into it and dancing the whole time so I have to take them on a musical journey in a way. I want to make them feel connected to the music as much as I am and hopefully enjoying it as much as me as well. I like to give people something they’ve never heard or experienced before. My goal is to have the crowd get that feeling of euphoria on the dance floor where nothing else matters in the outside world and the only thing that matters is the feeling of music and being in the moment.
You’re stuck on an island, name three must-haves:
Redasko: Lights and Music by Cut Copy, Amber by The Revivalists, and Finder by Ninetoes.
What’s your favorite spot in Philly to hang at?
Redasko: My favorite spot in Philadelphia to hang out is Wissahickon Brewing Company. It’s where I work at so I spend my most time there. There is nothing better than to sit back and relax on a delicious beer while watching sports. We are opening April 1st to the public so stop in by for some good times with good people!
Redasko: Tacos with spiciest salsa imaginable.
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