Oscar G on Space and His Childhood Ambition to "Be the Resident at the Best Club in Town"
"Space," Oscar G insists, "was all I ever wanted."
No doubt, during his decades in the dance music game, the 305 house legend has achieved far more significant things (like, say, 12 top-ten hits in 17 years with Ralph Falcón on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs chart) than a residency at a downtown Miami club, even a place as pivotal and influential as Space Miami.
But as a pre-teen disc jockey, spinning block parties and quinces in the '80s, little Oscar Gaetan fantasized endlessly about being the big dude in the booth.
"For me," he says, "that was the ultimate thing you could do as a DJ -- be the resident at the best club in town."
Of course, in those days, America wasn't dance-music obsessed, Miami wasn't an international party playground, and the guys who played music at clubs weren't megacelebrities.
"Coming up as a kid," Oscar remembers, "the DJ thing was nowhere near what it is today. Now, there are DJs who are multimillionaires, zipping around in private jets and eating fancy fucking food.
"But back then, my dream was to be just like one of my biggest influences, Ciro Llerena, a big DJ in the '80s. He used to play at Casanova's in Hialeah, and the place was just a landmark for freestyle music. I wanted to be like him."
In the '90s, though, Oscar's life completely changed. He and Ralph scored hit after hit, from "Fired Up" to "The Way" to "Body." They gigged in Europe, Asia, Australia.
"So yeah, by the time Space came around in 2000, everything was different," Oscar admits. "I had been touring all over the world and had all these big records. But still, scoring that residency just meant a whole lot to me."