started the NYC legendary club SQUEEZEBOX which became world
famous for giving rock’n’roll back to NYC. It was the place to
be, where celebrities were dancing with everyone and the stage
was kingdom of rockstar, rockers, punky drags and anybody in
love with good old rock. He found himself leader of one of the
real last glamrock band TOILET BOYS touring with the big names
all over the world. Now he’s one of the best djs in NYC and
soon he’ll be out with his own CD “TAKE ME TO ANOTHER WORLD”
so before his departure for another world enjoy this interview
and run to his dj sets…he might be soon one of the “ last of
the international icons”…
Globe: How did you start Toilet Boys?
ASKED A FEW
FRIENDS, WHO PLAYED INSTRUMENTS, IF THEY WANTED TO PLAY WITH
ME FOR ONE SHOW OPENING FOR DEBBIE HARRY & THE RESPONSE TO
THAT FIRST SHOW WAS SO GREAT THAT WE GOT ALL THESE BOOKINGS.
Are you guys still together or have another project?
NO, WE'RE NOT.
WE'LL DO SOME SHOWS IN THE FUTURE, BUT NOT ANYTIME SOON. SEAN,
EDDIE & I ARE ALL DOING OUR OWN THING & AS FOR THE OTHER GUYS,
I DON'T KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THEM, SO I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE
What are the bands that inspired TB?
INSPIRATIONS AS A GROUP & INDIVIDUALLY. I GUESS THE ONES WE
AGGRED ON WERE THE RAMONES, KISS, THE MISFITS, MOTLEY CRUE &
THE LIST GOES ON REALLY.
Was it difficult to have your first record to be published?
NO, SOME GUY WITH
A SMALL LABEL IN L.A. WANTED TO PUT IT OUT. THAT WAS
ROCKANDFUCKINGROLLRECORDS... OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. HE PUT
OUT THE LIVING LIKE A MILLIONAIRE EP.
How was touring with the real big names like RHCP in huge
HIGHLIGHT OF OUR RUN AS TOILET BOYS. IT WAS SO FUCKING GREAT &
WE HAD THE TIME OF OUR LIVES AND RHCP WERE REALLY SUPER NICE
TO US! AND OFCOURSE PLAYING ARENAS WAS OUR ULTIMATE DREAM
ALTHOUGH WE WANTED TO BE THE HEADLINERS, BUT
Can you tell us more about the legendary “SqueezeBox”, how did
you start djing there?
WELL, I STARTED
THE NIGHT WITH A COUPLE FRIENDS & IT TOTALLY BLEW UP BEYOND
OUR WILDEST IMAGINATION. WE WANTED A FUN NIGHT WITH GOOD MUSIC
& CUTE PEOPLE.THAT WAS OUR MAIN MOTIVATION. NOT TO MAKE MONEY
OR HAVE IT PACKED WITH CELEBRITIES OR BECOME KNOWN
INTERNATIONALLY, BUT WE LIKED ALL THAT TOO!
When “SqueezeBox” started, it was a real news for NYC clublife.
I remember that other clubs were all about house and dance.
Now in NYC is very cool to play rock. How was the reaction at
the beginning? How are the clubs now?
THE REACTION WAS GREAT PRETTY MUCH RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING
BECAUSE THERE WERE A LOT MORE PEOPLE INTO WHAT WE WERE INTO
THAN WE THOUGHT. THE CLUBS NOW ARE THE SAME I GUESS. YOU JUST
HEAR MORE ALTERNATIVE MUSIC THANKS TO ME & SQUEEZEBOX.
Do you have a role in the movie about “SqueezeBox”?
I WAS INTERVIEWED
FOR IT & I GUESS THEY'LL SHOW TOILET BOYS FOOTAGE FROM WHEN WE
USED TO PLAY THERE.
You are a very well known dj at the moment. How do you choose
PUT ONE OUNCE OF THOUGHT INTO IT. I GO TO MY DJ GIGS & START
PLAYING WHAT I WANT TO HEAR & SEE IF THE CROWD IS INTO IT & GO
What about your next record? I know you have a solo project?
How did you go from glamrock to electro?
WELL, I JUST DID
ONE DANCE SONG, IT'S NOT A NEW DIRECTION. I'M STILL DOING
ROCK, BUT I WANTED TO TRY A FEW DIFFERENT THINGS BECAUSE I
LOVE ALL TYPES OF MUSIC. AND NOW I'M WORKING WITH THESE
PRODUCERS CALLED SUPER BUDDHA WHO ARE AMAZINGLY TALENTED & CAN
PLAY A LOT OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF MUSIC, NOT JUST R'N'R.
What are you planning for the future of your artistic life?
Any cooperation with other artists?
I'VE DONE A SONG
WITH BOY GEORGE, I'VE DONE A COUPLE SONGS WITH DEBBIE HARRY &
WE'RE GOING TO WRITE MORE & I'M HOPING TO DO MORE
COLLABORATIONS WITH FRIENDS & PEOPLE I ADMIRE.
One of your best friend is Debbie Harry which is a real living
legend. How did you meet her?
YEAH, SHE IS A
LEGEND & THE SWEETEST PERSON IN THE WORLD! I LOVE HER SO MUCH!
WE MET SEVERAL TIMES OVER THE YEARS & STARTED GETTING CLOSE
ABOUT 5 YEARS AGO I GUESS.
Are you fascinated with rock celebrities? Who inspired you
I USED TO BE, BUT
NOT REALLY ANYMORE. I'M A MUSIC FAN STILL & I LOVE JACK WHITE!
AND MISSY ELLIOTT! I GUESS ELTON JOHN & DAVID BOWIE INSPIRED
ME MOST AS A CHILD. AND BOY GEORGE WAS VERY INSPIRING AND
STILL IS. HE'S SO TALENTED & I'D SAY HE'S VERY UNDERRATED.
HE'S A GREAT SONGWRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER, FASHION DESIGNER, DJ
AND HE ALWAYS LOOKS AMAZING! JACK WHITE IS A BIG INSPIRATION
TO ME TODAY & BILLY CORGAN FROM SMASHING PUMPKINS. AND I LOVE
Your look is now imitated by any NYC alternative wannabes.
Proud or jealous?
I THINK IT'S NICE.
What are you listening at the moment ?
NOVEMBER RAIN BY
G'N'R BECAUSE .ME & A FRIEND ARE SINGING IT TOGETHER AT A
G'N'R TRIBUTE NEXT WEEK, SMASHING PUMPKINS, ELVIS COSTELLO,
ELO, HOLE, BOWIE, ELTON...
What do you think about MTV music generation and all new
I LOVE AND HATE
MTV! I THINK IT'S RESPONSIBLE FOR RUINING MUSIC & YET I STILL
WANT TO BE ON IT. THE FEW WEEKS THAT MTV2 PLAYED OUR VIDEO FOR
ANOTHER DAY IN THE LIFE WAS GREAT. I REALLY THOUGHT THAT WAS
IT, THE BIG TIME. HOW WRONG WAS I!?! I DON'T THINK MUCH ABOUT
THE BOY PUNK BANDS. I DO LOVE GREEN DAY THOUGH.
Is rock’n’roll homophobic in 2005?
MAYBE A LITTLE.
IT'S ALWAYS BEEN SLIGHTLY HOMOPHOBIC WHICH IS HILARIOUS
BECAUSE SO MANY ARTISTS ARE GAY & EVERYONE KNOWS THAT. BUT I
THINK IT'S MOST HYPOCRITICAL IN R'N'R WHERE MEN HAVE ALWAYS
LOOKED OUTLANDISH... ELVIS, LITTLE RICHARD, MICK JAGGER,
BOWIE, MARILYN MANSON, ETC. THAT'S WHY I THOUGHT IT WAS SO
WIERD WHEN PEOPLE WOULD FREAK OUT OVER ME WHEN WHAT I WAS
DOING WITH TOILET BOYS WAS NOTHING THAT
BEEN DONE BEFORE. WELL, MAYBE I PUSHED IT A LITTLE FURTHER,
BUT IT WAS STILL THE SAME IDEA OF ENTERTAINING WHILE ON STAGE.
THANK GOD FOR MEN IN MAKE UP! KEEP 'EM COMING BECAUSE IT IS
ENTERTAINING AND EXCITING. DOES THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION?
5 things you want to say to people you know (you can name them
if u want) and 5 things you want to say to people that still
don’t know you (if there are any between our readers)
HOTTPANTS, I WANT TO HAVE SEX WITH YOU.
2-MOM, YOU'RE THE BEST.
3-SEAN & EDDIE, THANKS FOR SOME REALLY FUN TIMES.
4-AND DEBBIE, YOU'RE TOO GORGEOUS.
ANYONE I DON'T KNOW... CHECK OUT MY MUSIC AT
10 MUST HAVE records…
1-SIAMESE DREAM BY
2- EAT TO THE BEAT BY BLONDIE,
3-STATION TO STATION BY BOWIE,
4-GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD BY ELTON
5- LIVE THROUGH THIS BY HOLE,
6-MY AIM IS TRUE BY ELVIS COSTELLO,
8-COLOUR BY NUMBERS BY CULTURE CLUB,
9-APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION BY G'N'R,
10-ALL THAT YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND BY U2
& MY CD, TAKE ME TO ANOTHER WORLD, WHEN IT COMES OUT NEXT