DZA's House at Bardot: "A House Music Party That's Not Mad Pretentious"
Whose house? DZA's House.
Photo Courtesy World Red Eye DZA attacks the decks at Peachfuzz Fridays.
That's what the crowds are screamin' over on the Bardot dance floor when the Peachfuzz don takes to the decks. His new Saturday night get-down floods the carpet on a monthly basis with old school funk disco, nu school groove house, and just enough remixed throwbacks to keep your happy-buzz raging.
We hit the club this past weekend to see what all the hype was about, and it seems, in this case, the hype can be believed.
"When I started Peachfuzz, I felt there was a void for a hip-hop party downtown," DZA says. "I feel like there's a void for a house music party that's not mad pretentious or sort of boring, just a fun open format house music party where one could play anything from classic house to current house, disco -- just an open format dance music party."
There was a line to get in when we showed up at midnight, and though there was yet plenty of room for growth in the bar, the place was steady jumpin'. By 1:30 a.m., the $10 celebration would be packed from wall to wall with drunk lovers dancing, taking selfies, chit-chatting over cigarettes -- everything that goes along with a good house party feeling.
"I think part of it is the welcoming steez, the flyer, and me, the way I like to do my parties," he says. "I'm just playing what I like, and it's not in the goal to be the guy who's playing obcsure records, trying to show the world better house music. I'm just playing it because it's fun to me, that's the goal. It's what I would dance to, and I would dance to pretty much a lot of things."
The party has been going strong for about a year, but it wasn't until March that the monthly format took hold. Now, DZA is 100 percent committed to building the brand and hopes it will become another scene staple.
"I'm trying to do what I did with Peachfuzz, where everyone knows if they come to Peach Fuzz on Friday they are going to have a good time. They don't have to worry about understanding the vibe," he says. "I just want it to be a really consistent monthly, a cornerstone party for dance music in downtown."
So far so good. We left DZA's House at 2 a.m., just during primetime hour. The place doesn't close its doors until 5 a.m. Another late-night function in true Bardot tradition.
If you missed it this weekend, mark your calendars and come out next month on Sept. 20 when DZA will be joined by L.A.'s Them Jeans.
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