GATHER MIXTAPE: KICKOFF TO SUMMER
The first GATHER: Oak Park of the season is right around the corner! To get you excited, DJ El Conductor put together a playlist that will get you ready for those warm California nights in Oak Park. While you’re vibin’ to the playlist, check out our interview with Mason Narez, aka El Conductor.
How did you come up with the name “El Conductor”?
When I’m DJing I feel like I’m in control and I’m driving the party. So when I first thought of the name, I thought of a conductor conducting a symphony or driving a train, like a party train. That’s how I feel in the heat of the moment when everyone is going crazy and I’m the one in the control and helping them reach that. It also pays homage to my heritage.
What originally inspired you to become a DJ?
I’ve always been drawn to the flavor and culture of urban communities and the elements of hip-hop that are found in it. But I always say, I really got my start by dancing. I was never a really sick b-boy, but I can still bust a move.
I want to see these moves! Will we see you dancing at GATHER: Oak Park?
That’s pretty much inevitable. [laughter]
Favorite part of DJing?
When you’re at an event like GATHER: Oak Park and you see people from different backgrounds come together and they’re all feeling the music. Everyone is going crazy and we’re sharing that moment, that’s definitely what keeps me doing it.
What inspired the playlist?
Summer classic vibes and happy-styled tunes that are fresh. It has a family vibe, not in the typical sense, but more in a human sense- like we can all agree that this is good music. It has that summer vibe where the weather is great, the food is great, drinks are flowing, and everyone is in a good mood.
At GATHER: Oak Park, we feature a variety of food trucks serving a variety of flavors. What flavors of sounds will you be serving us that night?
You’re definitely going to hear some Prince, Michael Jackson, and Kool and the Gang mixed in with some future house vibes. Funk and soul are also big in my sets – things that have a good groove that people can dance to but that are interesting at the same time.
Speaking of food trucks, which food trucks are you looking forward to at GATHER: Oak Park?
Drewski’s is great, but I’m also excited to try Masa Taco Kitchen.
Come dance with El Conductor at the first GATHER: Oak Park on May 12th. GATHER: Oak Park will kick off on Thursday May 12th, 2016. It will be held every second Thursday of the month (May-October) from 5 pm – 9 pm. Inspired by warm California nights and the emerging trend of the food culture, GATHER is a take on the city as a dining table. GATHER is produced and professionally managed by Unseen Heroes. Can’t get enough of El Conductor this Thursday? Catch him playing at Hype at the Golden Bear after GATHER for an after party. He also has an upcoming EP album featuring a collection of original and remixed songs