OVAH MAG Interview: Get To Know DJ Larry Peace

"This person impressed me today with his Soundcloud mixes that I could not resist featuring him." - Corey Wesley, Founder of OVAH MAG
A black and white image of DJ Larry Peace in a black puma t-shirt holding earphones

God has blessed me so much this year! It’s unbelievable how far I’ve come in a year. I’m excited to see what comes my way in the months to come. However, nothing compares to the overwhelming messages and comments I’ve been receiving saying how much I’ve inspired individuals like DJ Larry Peace creatively, personally and in business. WOW!

I’m just a messenger. God used my mistakes for good and I’m happy to share with each of you. Larry Peace impressed me today with mixes that I could not resist featuring him.

DJ Larry Peace iphone x mockup in portrait position against a blur background on Kinkster MAG

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My ears are plugged into DJ Larry Peace. Within seconds of hearing “The Dom’s Guide to House (Vol. 1) – The Kinkster Edition” I was hyped up and ready for the Black Party.

This mix is on point! From the title, the beats, and imagery, I love everything thing about this mix. It’s a supreme mix for the grown and sexy! I was touched when DJ Larry shared that OVAH MAG and OVAH Music had a heavy influence on him while creating this project. Inspiring others to be creative is the best part of OVAH MAG.

This is a mixture of deep house, a hint of electronic sounds, and lyrics that set the tone for a sensual and erotic night.

“Kinkiness and house music are both gender-neutral rabbit holes in which an individual is allowed to travel as deep as they so desire. This is a soundtrack for the journey.”

*This feature is x-rated and recommended for kinky audiences. 18+ DO NOT PLAY THIS if easily offended.

Introducing DJ Larry Peace:

When did you start DJing – what were your early passions and who have been your influences?

I started out as a mobile DJ back in ’90-’91. My passion was always music and my influences were Prince, Flytetyme (Jam and Lewis), and Chicago House Music (especially Cajmere, DJ Funk, Paul Johnson, Frankie Knuckles).

What do you personally consider to be some incisive moments in your artistic career?

The first time I got to spin for my childhood idol (Prince) is probably top of the list, so far. Along with spinning my first pride in San Francisco and Long Beach, California. Those were some of my biggest audiences to date.
What stories or messages (if any) are you telling through your music?

First and foremost, I’m always telling the tale of life from the perspective of a black, gay boy finding his place in this world while promoting the celebration of diversity, inclusivity, and coexistence. It’s in every set I play any song I create (and that’s the short answer).

Do you believe in the ability of “reading an audience” – and how do you put it into practice?

Absolutely. Nearly every gig has had to rely upon me doing just that. I can’t speak for others, however, audiences give off incredible energy and a great night is when we all connect with one another creating an amazing ebb and flow. Being in tune with this energy lets you know, as the artist, when it’s time to switch things up or perhaps you’ve switched it up too soon. It’s a skill not all DJs possess, but I take pride in it.

What has been your favorite city and/or venue to DJ?

San Francisco…so far.

How many years before you did your first residency? Where?

It was five years as a mobile DJ before I landed my first residency in ’97 at a bar called The Pendulum (San Francisco).

What do you consider to be your most successful gig? Why?

I’d say any gig where I’ve been a guest DJ. These can be a bit intimidating because you aren’t familiar with the audience (and the reverse), but if you rise to the occasion, deliver the goods and they invite you back is a sign of successful gig to me.

Do you feel a crowd is actually able to appreciate the intricacies of complex DJing, if they don’t actually know what, precisely, is happening behind the decks?

I think it may be difficult to appreciate the intricacies behind the decks if they don’t see it for themselves, and a good DJ is going to make that shit look easy, so unless they are standing over your shoulder while you navigate four decks it’s a tad difficult to appreciate all that’s going on. I do believe crowds can fully appreciate an amazing mix beating down the dancefloor, however, and that’s what matters most to me.

Rekordbox or Traktor/Serato? Why?

I haven’t spent a lot of time with Traktor and Serato simply because so many DJs in my area use them both, so I went with Rekordbox primarily for that reason.

What do you think about the status of nightlife in the LGBTQ community? Especially with the rash of gay bars and nightclubs closing across the country. How has that affected your work if at all?

It’s sad, honestly. Club life is changing, especially in the LGBTQ community. Not only are the clubs becoming fewer, but there appear to be more DJs than ever, which can make it challenging to get guest gigs. I am hoping that with the closing of so many clubs that more special events and parties will take front and center.

What would you consider to be your ultimate goal as a DJ or music producer?

Honestly, I want to become the black, gay David Guetta. Gotta dream big, right? LOL. I whole-heartedly want to be blessed enough to make it to the level of Guetta, Harris, Tiest0, Aoki, etc.. Forbes has a top ten for highest-paid DJ/Producers of the year, and I don’t think there’s ever been an openly gay, queer-identified one (please correct me if I’m incorrect) yet alone one that looks like me. That’s the dream, but I’d be just as happy to be a heavy hitter on the LGBTQ scene as a DJ and Producer playing events for him, her, them and they, Kink parties to pool parties. Now that I’ve mentioned it, someone needs to do a queer top ten, highest-paid DJ/Producers. I’m so curious.

There’s been a shift in the type of music being played at some of the larger events across the country and a lot of big-name DJs have moved away from circuit sounds. Where do you see big room music going in the coming years as this shift continues?

Music goes in cycles and no genre is immune. The circuit sound has always evolved over the years and I think the same will happen now. You’re always going to have a group that comes out for “the drums” and there’s going to always be a DJ that will serve them up. I’ve personally been working on a sound I call “tribal funk” which is a hybrid of that circuit sound. It keeps the drums and a lot of the familiar hits and synths, but I give it a little more soul in there along with some current sounds. It is just another way I get to incorporate diversity and coexistence within my work. 😉

Knowing what you know now, what would you do differently? Would you still DJ?

Absolutely. I put my first needle on a record, and broke it, at the age of four. I saw what the music I played did to people and I fell in love with that. Yes, it is great to generate income doing this, but I would still do this without pay because I love it that much.

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