Love This City TV caught up with DJ Addy after he played at Aries Music Festival alongside Justin James, Casjmere and for a crowd of festival-goers who were ecstatic to see Toronto’s veteran DJ do what he does best. Addy has been a staple in the Toronto music scene for almost two decades and shares with us why Toronto can’t be compared to any other city, advice he would give to up-and-coming DJs, where he would go to party and so much more.



Q: You’ve been killing it in the Canadian music scene for a 15+ years; tell us about your sound back in the 90’s and where it’s at today?

A: Generally in the 90’s, DJs, including myself, were playing at a faster pace. We were playing at 132/ 133 bpm, that’s almost unheard of now—and I found over the years, you have to evolve as the new sounds come in. I think I found a formula to sway to the new sounds and still keep the ADDY sound with it. Having tools like Ableton…you throw that into the mix and its makes things a little easier and very interesting.

Q: You have seen the electronic music scene in Toronto evolve, how do you feel about where Toronto is today compared to the rest of the world?

A: For me, you can’t compare Toronto. It has its own thing going on. We are a world class city and we have our own unique scene going on you can’t really compare, especially in the last few years with festivals like Digital Dreams and VELD coming into the picture; Toronto has the strongest scene in Canada. On top of that, there are all types of different genres and all kinds of different scenes and pockets here in Toronto that we might not necessarily see. There are all kinds of stuff going on in Toronto and we definitely have our own thing going on here!

Q: You have played all over the place, had residencies everywhere from Comfort Zone and Guvernment, to playing massive festivals like Digital Dreams and here at Aries. What is your favourite place to play?

A: Right now, Ryze. The sound system is crazy. It’s a dream sound system for a DJ. It’s so good that I don’t even use monitors! I literally come in, set up my gear and once I’m done 2-3 tracks, my monitors are off and I just play. And of course Stereo in Montreal! And as of lately, Tabu in London is throwing some crazy parties!

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Q: You know how to put on a serious show, so I’m sure your expectations are high. Where and who would go see if you wanted to party?

A: My all time favourite is Carl Cox. He needs no introduction. The journey he takes you on speaks for itself. The proper setting would be Stereo Montreal. That’s the spot if I want to get my dancing on!

Q: With summer coming up, tell us about some upcoming events you’re playing at.

A: I’m playing Digital Dreams again, the after parties, lots of boat cruises, the Beach Club festivals and Stereo Montreal. We’re also planning a bunch of big events at Ryze, including one with Steve Lawler in May. There are tons of events this summer—I’m really excited!

Q: What’s your opinion on the term “EDM”?

A: One thing I learned is not to hate! EDM is what it is. I would rather have EDM than gangster hip-hop in clubs like it was at one point. At least it is some form of electronic music being played for people. I’m real and I don’t hate on any genres. I like music. I could be wrong, but I have a feeling this big EDM bubble will eventually burst, and when it does, it will go all back to the underground. When the music starts sounding all the same to the general public, they start looking for what else is out there, and there’s all this house and techno, and I have feeling that’s where it’s going to end up.

Q: Who are some of your favourite artists right now?

A: There’s just way too many! But right now I would probably say White Noise, Jewel Kidd, DJ Anna, DJ Webba and our own Nathan Barato from Toronto is killing it. Those DJs are in heavy rotation right now.

Q: As a veteran in the industry, what advice would you give to an up-and-coming DJ?

A: We are in an environment now where pretty much everyone wants to be a DJ. I would say play it cool, support the events, show your face and lend a hand to those who you want to work with. You have to get out there and have your music up with social media and all the others. But actually showing up at the events, supporting and being in peoples faces in terms of DJs and promoters—you would be surprised how fast things work when your face is seen.


Quick Questions, Quick Answers:

Favourite track right now? Kansas City Shuffle.
Day party or night party? Night.
If you could go on vacation right now, where would it be? Fiji Islands
If you had a day off, what would you do? Paintball, I’m a paintball fanatic!
Favourite food? Pho.
Favourite car? Street car Lexus LSF, weekend car Lexus LFA.
How would you describe your music in 3 words? Chug. Baseline. Tech.


By: Christina Shmidt