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One on One with the 1: DJ Spenny
Uno. Eins. один. En. Un. Moja. एक. 한. Vienas. Jeden. Um. One. SmSh chills at DJ Spenny's apartment. He has a stripper pole.
By Jun 20, 2012 Nightlife

Spenny with some sort of intellectual

Wonderful guy, DJ Spenny is the resident DJ and music director of M1NT Shanghai, trading off regular appearances at the Bund club with guest slots in absurd dance clubs around the city, and frequent of out-of-town booking all over South East Asia, Europe, and the States. Recently, he's become an investor in a newly re-opened Bund lounge, Horizen, become patron of a local fashion designer Le Swan, and he also releases his own podcast and mixes and things.

Download his latest on iTunes right here.

What else. Am I forgetting something? Oh yeah...

HE'S ALSO SHANGHAI'S NUMBER 1 DJ.

Fact.

SmartShanghai went to DJ Spenny's awesome pad to find out just who the man really is, behind the music, underneath that pile of chicks.

We talked about M1NT business, the new place he's invested in Horizen, and what life's like when you reach the absolute apogee of your chosen profession.

Spenny all up in your shit: Weibo; Facebook; mainpage; SoundCloud; Vimeo.

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SmSh: Maybe you could start by giving a bit of personal background? Where’s this DJ Spenny kid from?

DJ Spenny: I was born in a place called Reading -- 35 or 40 minutes outside London. I went to school there, that area, and when I was about 18 I left school. Didn’t go to university, and I set up my own business doing IT and database stuff, and web design. It didn’t really work out as planned but by the end of the year, we’d come up with our own little product, which was dedicated servers, and we were picking up clients. We had basically like a rack of computers underneath the stairs on our office, which was a house.

And we tried another year and kept going, trying another base, got another office -- two racks in there -- and the business went really well, and after about five years of that, I started doing DJing. Fell out with my business partner and switched into DJing. I still owned half of it and he carried on running it while I moved to London. I was DJing in London and had another side business there which was a DJ A/V company -- projectors, flatscreens for private and corporate events, things like that. And then I got a bit bored and the music scene was pretty wack, and we were thinking of selling the IT business. I was also thinking of moving out of country to avoid tax and Alistair [Founder & Group CEO, M1NT] and Danielo Hoti asked me to come out to Shanghai to DJ for a weekend. I never really heard what was going on in Shanghai; I knew of it but going there had not even crossed my mind.

But I came out and loved it. Came out and checked all the tax stuff, and it was a really cool place for me to be, and I absolved everything and came here.



SmSh: So you were already DJing at M1NT London… how did you get into DJing in the UK and how did you end up at M1NT in London?

DJ Spenny: Funny story actually. I used to MC at garage events. UK garage -- quite a big movement in the UK at the time. I was about 17, doing different clubs. We had a big one in Reading actually called The Matrix – one of the top 10 clubs for UK garage at that time -- and that was literally on my doorstep, so I used to go there all the time and everyone would fight for the mic. Now everyone is a DJ but back then everyone was an MC, getting on the mic and talking a load of rubbish.

But, yeah, I’ve kind of come a long way from there. I used to MC at these places and hang out with these DJs. My brother was DJing drum ‘n’ bass and I would mess around on his decks -- he had these crappy, old belt-driven decks. And one time my friend was DJing and the end of one night he met this chick that he wanted to take home and have sex with. He said, “Can you fill in for me, I’ve got to go off”. So I kind of carried on from there.

SmSh: What’s your musical background? What did you grow up listening to and all that?

DJ Spenny: Well, my dad was into country and western -- Van Morrison, Nanci Griffith… but originally I was a hip hop DJ, thinking, ‘ oh house music is crap’. I was DJing at China White -- that was sort of my first main residency, that really stepped me up – and I was also doing remixes for Crooklyn Clan. That was back in the days where it was hard to do a mash-up -- not everyone had access to it. Nowadays, anyone can do it with the technology and I don’t really do them anymore. Not because I don’t think it’s cool…


Number what?

SmSh: So when you got to Shanghai and M1NT, you took over as resident DJ and music director. What sort of mandate did you adopt for the music at M1NT? What did you bring to the table?

DJ Spenny: Well, from where I was coming in England, I hadn’t sold my business yet, and I wasn’t 100% financially secure -- I knew it was going to happen at some point but it hadn’t happened. But I just went in DJing for them to start. Back then the music at M1nt wasn’t so good I don’t think -- it was quite open-format with all kinds of party music and it just wasn’t working. And so when I came I caused quite a bit of a change. Everyone was like, “who the fuck is this guy”. Got rid of quite a few DJs in just a few months -- probably made a few solid enemies doing that, but that’s my job, that’s what I’m being paid to do, you know.

My job is to make M1NT have good music, within what is going to work. And I think they’ve done quite well. It’s one of the busiest venues in Shanghai and the place is making an absolute fortune. These days, I’ve got another guy, Greg, in from London who lives here now, and I’m bringing in guys from all over for short residencies -- the U.S., the UK. -- guys that I know that are really experienced. I can trust them and I know their music.

SmSh: So what’s the framework of music at M1NT? Commercial house and hip hop…

DJ Spenny: When I book a DJ I tell him no hip hop -- just don’t play hip hop. It’s all commercial house. And hip hop that’s on top of house, I guess. It’s all 130 bpm stuff. House tempos. We don’t really book big-name DJs because most big-name DJs, no one’s really heard of them and so unless they’re megastars no one really recognizes who they are, and it costs too much money. And M1NT desn’t really need to do that…

SmSh: What’s the secret of M1NT’s success then? What separates it from the pack of Shanghai clubs? What does it do that other clubs don’t?

DJ Spenny: Well, I think for the music, it’s quite unique because we have a specific set of guys. It’s gradually getting more and more house-y but still commercial. We have to keep it commercial because people are expecting a certain thing at M1NT -- they want to come in, they want to get drunk, they want to listen to a song they know. That’s what people basically do when they go out, right? But more and more we’re changing it from hip hop to house. House music you can play a new song that no one’s ever heard of and if it’s a good song people will get into it. For hip hop, unless they’ve heard it on the radio people don’t get into it.

To go back to your question, all the Chinese clubs, they play a specific type of music. Every single Chinese club you’ll get the same music every night. And I really enjoy it, if I’m out, and I’m drunk -- when I got to Phebe I have an amazing time. The DJs are actually technically brilliant -- transitioning tracks, and the whole time from 10pm to 4am, it’s absolutely pumping. When you go to M1nt, it’s a bit more sophisticated. I think we’re in the middle of when Muse 2 kind of has their tech nights and the Chinese clubs, trying to entertain everyone.

SmSh: In general, how do you feel about nightlife in Shanghai? When people back home ask you about Shanghai, what do you say?

DJ Spenny: The nightlife is amazing and it suits my lifestyle. I find Chinese women very attractive – there’s one thing for me [laughs] -- and there’s an abundance of them. And there’s so much going on. Business opportunities, and so many people that are like-minded and want to do something exciting. And when I’m here I kind of feel like I’m not at home. I get to try out different things – softball, kick boxing – I would have never done kick boxing back home, but because I’m here with loads of other people who are also not-at-home, so they’re more interesting.

It’s a bit of a shame because you don’t get to know people so well. I have loads of acquaintances…


Spenny underneath a pile of acquaintances

SmSh: What’s the worst part of Shanghai nightlife?

DJ Spenny: Well, the alcohol intake is pretty insane, isn’t it? There’s a lot of it. In my job I basically have to get drunk when I’m DJing… doesn’t work when I’m sober [laughs].

My style of DJing, I’m expected to perform in a particular way. When they come to M1NT people expect to see me going crazy in the DJ booth and If I’m not they’re having a bad time.

SmSh: Give us a good M1NT anecdote. What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen at M1NT? Any particularly good fights or anything?

DJ Spenny: Good fight… we had that one with the F1 driver. Made the news and everything. Mate, it was still in the news like last week. Went to the courts and everything. The racer lost his job over that -- no longer in the F1.

SmSh: You DJ at Phebe as well, is that right?

DJ Spenny: Yeah, I DJed there like once or twice. It’s good fun but the music is pretty monotonous and you can’t really play interesting -- have to keep it commercial.

SmSh: Do you draw a crowd at Phebe? Are people there to see you DJ?

DJ Spenny: Yeah, well, if I’m there, I normally have a group of friends coming down and booking a table. And I’ve got quite a big following on Weibo. I wouldn’t say they book me and suddenly the venue is packed -- it’s not like that at all, but I’ve got like 20 or 30 people there to see me and they’re busy anyways. They’re busy every night. They’re like 88 but more focused around the girls, the have xiao jies…

SmSh: And you’ve DJed at 88 as well right?

DJ Spenny: I did use to DJ at 88, yeah. It’s almost exactly the same. I used to do Tuesday night for like six months. I enjoyed it actually. It was good. But the music is different to M1NT. Much more commercial, no breakdowns in the music. Top 40 house, 130bpms stuff, but with someone shouting over the top or something…


Spenny with some dance music enthusiasts

SmSh: Are people requesting stuff and getting in your face?

DJ Spenny: They don’t really request stuff but they come up and give me drinks. And you have to drink. They keep coming up with drinks and it’s like, ‘oh God here we go’. 88 used to have more foreigners, Phebe doesn’t have hardly any -- it’s all Chinese. I think they went through a period of trying to attract foreigners but then they realized actually foreigners aren’t spending money as much as the Chinese so they stop bothering.

One time at 88 though I had this guy and he was a bit drunk and acting like an idiot, and he came up and was like, ‘can you play this song?’ Totally inappropriate song to play… completely different to what I was playing. And then he started getting more aggressive and kept asking for it. And I’m like, ‘I haven’t got that song. I’m just not going to play it’. And then he started trying to create like a riot on the dancefloor, trying to get everyone to stop dancing and saying, “The DJ is shit! He’s not playing my song…”

But 88 is good fun…

SmSh: So the new club, Horizen -- is there a conflict of interest there with your job at M1NT?

DJ Spenny: Well, possibly. But music-wise and the type of people that go there, it’s different. Horizen is not a club. It’s not a late-night, loud music-orientated, DJ club. It’s more of a lounge. Like the DJ booth is sort of out of the way, you know. It’s not the focus. It gets pretty busy and loud, Friday and Saturday evenings -- there’s a lot of people in there -- but it’s not really aiming for that. So that’s why I thought it was okay for me to invest there.

It’s just got the best views… you’ve got other nice-views places like VUE, but it’s just a bit boring, you know. Nothing really going on. But the people involved in Horizen are people like me, you know -- they’re all well-connected and out to have a good time in a comfortable way. Great service, private tables -- just enjoying the place, and we’re getting some good people going there.

We’re hoping it will be successful for a long time.

SmSh: How’s the re-opening going?

DJ Spenny: Amazing. Officially open now. Friday, last week was the official opening, and the restaurant is opening.

SmSh: Are you going to get Joseph Gordon-Levitt back down?

DJ Spenny: Was he down before? We’ve had quite a few famous people down. The week before last we had Michael Bolton…

SmSh: Michael fucking Bolton. How does that work? Does Michael Bolton call you up and say, “Hey Spenny, I want to rock it, tonight -- what’s on tap”?

DJ Spenny: Well, they don’t call me [laughs]. They’re usually staying at the hotel. The family that owns the hotel are very well connected.

SmSh: You say you had Michael Bolton in just last week? He was in town and he didn’t even call me, the bastard.

DJ Spenny: Yeah, I went with him to M1NT and ate at the restaurant at M1NT. He’s a really nice guy. Gave me his number saying, “Call me when you come to LA.”

SmSh: Awesome. Just awesome.

DJ Spenny: Yeah, I told my mum and my dad and they’re like, ‘whoaaa’.


Shanghai's Number 1 dog (?)

SmSh: So back to your own music, are you producing as well?

DJ Spenny: I don’t. Well, I do, but I’ve kind of stepped away from it at the moment. I’ve got a whole functioning studio out the back because I always want to have it there just in case. But the last remix I’ve made was about six months ago. I’ve just been busy with business investments and trying to look after things. Music, I can come back to that.

And I’ve found that there are so many other much more talented people than me making music, so there’s no point in me making a track…

SmSh: [Laughs.] That’s so humble, man. So humble…

DJ Spenny: It’s true, it’s true. I might as well pay someone else to do it for me and ask to put my name on it. [Laughs.] That’s what David Guetta does right? Can’t hate on him, he’s making an absolute fortune.

SmSh: But you’re DJing out all the time -- this weekend in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Do you adapt your sets to suit different audiences?

DJ Spenny: Yeah, I have to. In Shenzhen, it’s more commercial stuff. I can’t play breakdown music or anything like that. If I go back to England or to the U.S., I have to play more hip hop. I don’t like to do it and I’m not very good at it…

SmSh: But… “Shanghai’s Number 1 DJ”.

DJ Spenny: Oh yeah. [Laughs.]


Hail to the king, baby

SmSh: How did that whole thing… um… come about… um…like… explain that.

DJ Spenny: Well, what happened was, last year, maybe a year and a half ago, some other guys were calling me that. Some guys from 88 or Phebe or somewhere. And I understand marketing…

SmSh: Hey, I’m not asking as a dispute to the title in any way whatsoever, man. No way.

DJ Spenny: No, no. we’re not discussing that. [Laughs.] But what I do know is that to be successful in marketing you have to create emotion in someone. They have to love it or hate it. If it’s in the middle, people don’t care. It’s forgotten. If I say I’m the "Number 1 DJ", certain people believe it and pay me lots more money. Or they don’t believe it, they hate me, but they know who I am. So what happens is everyone knows who I am. Which is a good thing.

… Okay, sometimes it is a little bit embarrassing. [Laughs.] Like I know for a fact that I am not an amazingly technical DJ -- I can’t scratch, I wouldn’t say my mixing is amazing -- I know there are so many more DJs that are more talented than me and there are many more people who can produce music more amazingly than me, but I do know that I know how to party and when I DJ people love it. And I know how to get drunk...

SmSh: [Laughs.]

DJ Spenny:.. and connect with people. Even if you heard of this “Best DJ” thing or whatever, if you came to see me at M1NT and you just watch me DJ, I know you’re going to have a great night and I’ll connect with you.

But the technical ability of being a DJ is only 20% of it. The rest of it is the marketing and people’s perception of you when they come to a gig. If you’re seeing David Guetta, he’s also not an amazing DJ, he’s also not the best DJ technically, he just plays the same music as everyone else, but the perception of him when you go to a club is, ‘wow this place is going to be rammed, there’s going to be loads of people, this is going to be an amazing night’.

And if you have that perception, then yes, you will have an amazing night and yes, he is an amazing DJ.

And that’s sort of the thing that I try…

SmSh: Who’s the Number 2 DJ in Shanghai… seems like there a lot of Number 2’s.

DJ Spenny: [Laughs]. Yeah, they’re all on the same level now, aren’t they?

But, no, I certainly don’t mean to say to another DJ: ‘hey, I’m better than you’. I certainly don’t mean that at all.

SmSh: Speaking of marketing. The photo shoots. How do they work. How does that all come about. How do those come into existence?

DJ Spenny: [Laughs.] I don’t know. Well, I always think it’s good fun to have a hot chick, and the best way to have a hot chick is to pay her to model for me.

No, well, to get paid more money to DJ you’ve got to have good photos. The more I’ve learned that is though working at M1NT because I can only book a DJ if they’ve got good photos, you know. If they’ve got a good profile and a good set of pictures that I can use to advertise them, you know.

The one that I did with the six Chinese girls…



SmSh: The Hummer! Is that the one with the Hummer! Is that your Hummer?

DJ Spenny: Well, I’ve sold it. I’ve bought a…

SmSh: Bentley?

DJ Spenny: Rolls Royce.

SmSh: Ah, Rolls Royce, of course. Of course.

DJ Spenny: Well, I sold the Hummer because… I had a weak moment. Well, I’ll tell you the truth, I’ll tell you the truth… a few other people said, ‘Oh, well, he got a Hummer with his DJ money -- how sad is that’.

SmSh: How awesome is that.

DJ Spenny: Yeah, “awesome”, well, I thought it’s better that I… how to put this [laughs]. I wanted to really make a statement and the Hummer kind of… didn’t.

SmSh: Really. A fucking Hummer wasn’t making the statement.

DJ Spenny: No, well, it wasn’t sophisticated enough and I wanted people to take me seriously when I’m investing and doing business. You can get one in the States for something like 30,000USD. I don’t know. To be honest buying a Rolls Royce is a complete waste of money but I don’t know…

SmSh: How it is?

DJ Spenny: It’s a very nice car.

SmSh: I have a bike.

DJ Spenny: I have a real nice bike as well and I’ve got a sticker on it that says “My Other Car is a Rolls Royce”.

SmSh: Serious?

DJ Spenny: No, I don’t. [Laughs.]

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L to R: Spenny, Spenny's Stripper Pole, Some Nerd -- BFFs

Spenny links: Weibo; Facebook; mainpage; SoundCloud; Vimeo.

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  • jdn

    Respect!

  • magna

    What to say! I think DJ Spanner and M!NT are a great combination. They suit each other well.

    I just hope he stays there....

    Personally - one of the last clubs on earth I'd go to, but everyone to their own.

  • ClementPony

    hey spenny! clement pony here from acid pony club, runner up for that CW fake awards thingy... i have been working on a lady gaga cover with an ocarina today for a client (not even kidding) so i am sure we can do something that fit your style! with your marketing skills and our prodution skills we can do better than david getta! $$$$$$$$$$$

  • Swirlcore

    http://i.imgur.com/xFMpx.png

  • carlonseider

    tl;dr

  • ey0569

    Clement Pony FAIL!!

  • djsexypaul

    "for that CW fake awards thingy"

    hahahahah
    100% agree

  • flyswatter

    A lot of number 2s? Surely only one? http://www.shanghai247.net/sites/default/files/music/features/djb.o.jpg

  • morgan

    DJ B.O is probably the biggest number 2 out there. There's a lot of different guys out there thought, doing a lot of different things... I like to think they're all number 2's.

  • chachachow

    hahahah @ cw fake awards. bar rouge for best club? 等一下 - 什么?

  • magna

    "If I say I’m the "Number 1 DJ", certain people believe it and pay me lots more money. " :-) Brilliant!!

    "And I know how to get drunk..." - multi-talented.

  • Stewie Griffin

    seems like a very likeable and reasonable fellow that Spenny guy.

  • icenine

    Boring.

  • The Central Scrutinizer

    Might I add he is the Shanghai softball homerun champ. I'd say it's the Year of the Spenny!

  • djsexypaul

    "If I say I’m the "Number 1 DJ", certain people believe it and pay me lots more money. " :-) Brilliant!!

    "And I know how to get drunk..." - multi-talented.


    Brilliant !

  • LoganLoganLogan

    Nice interview with Spenny - I was wondering why he gave up the Hummer. I'm sure people are hating on him for the No. 1 Dj thing but at least he's both honest and humble about it. It's true what he says, he understands the value about marketing. As for the people who are hating on M1NT - I'm happy that don't go, means more tables for us.

  • 888shanghai888

    Keep fighting guys...we can win it. Shanghai doesn't have to be like this.

  • 888shanghai888

    Logan, Logan, Logan, Logan & Logan...& Logan again... i've got and idea for you baby...its gonna make you amazing and very excited....how about you say....."I am Shanghai's No. 1 Bartender!!"

    Awesome idea no right?

    Now please lets be fair and draw up a contract which we will both sign, so of course you dont forget my help in your new status as brother boy, hook-me-up Spend a Penny's sidekick.

    You could even do a double act and go on tour to the US & UK...

    Call me.

  • LoganLoganLogan

    Interesting - I didn't even talk about being a bartender but I guess my reputation precedes me. I'd like to think I'm Shanghai's tallest bartender but if you want to call me the NO.1 then who am I to stop the will of the people?

  • omoore

    the guy brings the energy every time I’m in Mint. Made me curious to check out Horizen and I certainly enjoyed the food, lounge, amazing view, and people.

    Props!

  • 888shanghai888

    How about you learn to make 20% of a vodka martini first.

  • kurtbraybrook

    Wow...just so cool...I can hardly believe it : )

  • Heatwolves

    last photo is brilliant. the thing is, this is really only possible in a city like shanghai, where many don't care much about music quality or much else besides making $$ and getting wasted and having a rad time, and there's wayyyyy more of these bros and girls now than ever.

    it's true - shanghai doesn't have to be like this and it's not because thankfully there's lots of peeps in the scene working hard to provide better choices. also, we do play hip hop at love bang. we're lucky - in massive cities like Chongqing there's only one or two clubs playing anything but 130bpm electro-house remixes of top40.

    i'm happy i got to DJ at M1NT once and I did drop Hudson Mohawke and Snoop Dogggy Dogg, thank you to whoever let that happen because it probably won't ever happen again.

    ..and you can buy 1,000 weibo fans for 8RMB.

  • rob.r

    Morgan - great job but this interview leaves one big question unanswered: why the do any of you give a fuck so much about this, Spenny and his supposed representation of "all that is bad about Shanghai?

    Actually, scratch that, don't change. I'm entertained by the comments.

  • Makethisworkout

    Emperor's new clothes

  • EricC

    Nice interview Spenny...

  • psinology

    His comment "Or they don’t believe it, they hate me, but they know who I am. So what happens is everyone knows who I am." is spot on, look at all the comments! He's the guy who everyone loves to hate it seems. Never met him, but seems to be doing well at being him and making a mint (no pun intended) from it, I sure as hell would also like to be able to buy a Rolls from DJ'ing...

  • urgent

    @heatwolves -- "this is really only possible in a city like shanghai, where many don't care much about music quality or much else besides making $$ and getting wasted and having a rad time"


    Blah! in that regard, Shanghai today is really not that different from any other time or place in the world. There's a Spenny in every city, often many.

  • meredithc

    Best. Photo captions. Ever.

  • kurtbraybrook

    all this from a dude with an "F" visa? yeah...

  • robjamdj

    So UKG huh? You might know this lad...

    Undisputed champ of your original sounds. You can check him out on youtubey...he's pretty bombastic!

    Just one month ago he said this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u43crYuWxA&feature=related

    Pretty frickin' boring compared to Morgan's effort i will admit, but a humble worthy dude nonetheless.

    Maybe see you in Shelter sometime for what we poor people call '100% music'

  • Shaboom

    I grew up in Reading. It's full of chiefs like this.

  • casperXX

    Music? DJ? I say nipple SLIP!

  • phreaktion

    I'll put on a 100% UKG night if Spenny will be the MC.

  • 888shanghai888

    MC Spenny, Shanghai, June 2012
    Location: MINT of course, duh? Dickheadz.
    Event: Spenny Loves Himself Beach Party (with another performance from the Hummer girlz)
    Time: 3am, peak after hours set with DJ & MC Spenny (already very drunk and slurring a bit)

    "My name is spenny, spenny, spenny
    But of course, youz all know that already
    Cos i is the Shanghai DJ number one
    Number...number one...number one, not two, alright?
    I used to spin 2 step, back in the day
    But now im too busy in Shanghai, getting laid
    Besides its that four to the floor
    That now makes me poor no more
    I used to be right skint
    But that was before mint (big up to the shareholders!!)
    I hadda hummer...hummer hummer
    Sold that, what a tit! what a bummer!
    Anyway, now michael bolton is my mate,
    His music, his styleee, i do so rate,
    At times I do miss my mum and dad,
    I still remember being their little lad,
    I say rents, dont worry, stop being funny,
    Coz ur little Edmund, is making shit loadz a munny,
    Technically though i iz pretty lame,
    Dont matter. In my world there is only fame,
    Chinese girlz, they are defintely all mine,
    In the photos, no clothes, girlz u iz so fine,
    When i dj i always make a point to get drunk,
    I kickbox, so i can say 'watch out you punk'
    But the best thing of all i say,
    Is to be me, Sp-sp-sp penny, all damn day,
    One day when all this hype! hype! hype! dies down,
    I know I'll still be wearing that number one crown.
    Whatever."





  • XIR TMAI

    while i'd never leave a female friend alone in the same room as this guy I don't see how he is any worse than some of these so called underground promoters sayin they play the best music in shanghai while hatin on anything they don't like or understand.

    He's pretty honest and straight up about what he's doing and is not putting anyone down on his way to the top. More than I can say for a couple of the people who have posted above.

  • enron666

    Clap Clap Clap!

  • rob.r

    And just like old times, it's Trix for the win!

  • XIR TMAI

    Interview with a real number one right here:

    http://tictcreative.com/2012/06/01/smarter-than-your-average-bear-morgan-short/

    good luck disputing that.

  • djsexypaul

    Good interview Trix, I would have asked the same kinda questions.

  • Unverified User

    DJs are like boxers, they fight in different categories.
    DJ Spenny is the Shanghai number 1 DJ, Puxi, Bund Area, for every remix no matter the genre starting from 130BPM. DJS competitors are Bar rouge DJS, Club 88, Babyface, Phebe.
    In this category, he is the best.

    My favourite quote of the interview:

    The nightlife is amazing and it suits my lifestyle. I find Chinese women very attractive – there’s one thing for me [laughs] -- and there’s an abundance of them.

    DJ Spenny

  • 5 years ago shanghai_ultra

    The guy is honest and straight up, fair play. The view from down here was murky before...

  • 5 years ago Pistolero

    DJ Spenny can blow a floppy donkey d1ck. Self proclaim no 1 dj. what a wanksta. And all yall call us h8ters?do u know what h8ter means? If he was really no.1 and a nice guy and we're talkin trash yea thats h8tin but he's a cocky douchbag think all the woman loves him and all he play is top 100 stupid mash-ups that any soho,88 basically all the trashy local dj plays. If i start putting up ads telling every club in china im no.1 dj in shanghai they will start to believe becoz they are so nieve. Not to mention how u categorize no.1 dj in shanghai..whaaa house? D&B?Hip Hop?mash up? dude there's so many good dj like teng boon,chris lee,dave k,dj ghost,Mia L, Milan J. None of them have procliam no1 on anyting. anyways thats all i have to say about that. oh and nice bentley how much did daddy spend to buy u that car? yea i know everything lol

  • 5 years ago elsy

    while I really don't like this type of music and the way Spenny promotes himself, I 100% agree with what XIR TMAI says. they guy is honest and doing the thing the way he sees fit. the music he plays and images he has, the venues he plays at and the crowd he plays for - it all fits together. he found his market, is doing his thing and he does not insult anyone else. what’s so wrong about that? I personally always liked more “underground” (whatever that might mean to everyone?) sounding type of music myself, but I have to say that these “insiders in the scene in shanghai/china” are really starting to look pathetic. everyone is SO underground and special and they diss everyone else who is doing something more “overground” and/or different. I think there should be a middle ground. why not try to be less underground and target a bigger audience - like actual CHINESE people? in my opinion people like Spenny are doing far less damage to the music scene here than most of the underground promoters who are happy just dissing everyone, kissing each other asses while playing in tiny dive bars and actual impact scene and on the average people here. any scene in any city/place has probably started underground. however for it to become a real scene it has to go (at least to some extent) overground. this was the same with everything from house, to hip hop to techno. in a place like china with no (esp. electronic) music background being too underground is just counter productive. but its fine it that is what people want. but then don't diss others who want differently. ps: before the underground promoters here start dissing me: I am chinese and have lived and worked in night clubs all over europe in the 90s. I am now coming back to shanghai regularly and have been to all kinds of events, so I believe I know a little bit of what I talk about.

  • 5 years ago matteroffact

    I've got love for the guy. He's a shrew(ish) BUSINESS man that happened to choose DJing as his money maker. He's all about the money. Anyone with any taste in music at all can tell that. He's a terrible DJ.

    Do I think his phony, played-up lifestyle is a joke? Yes.
    Would he have to pay me(like all those girls in his promos) to hang out with him. Yup.
    Does he deserve all this heat/hate from Shanghai DJs and music lovers? Sure. He put himself out there.
    Does he deserve every last dime he's made for choosing this path, and working hard at it? Absolutely.

    People need to look past the serato and mash-ups and realize that this guy isn't about the music, and doesn't really claim to be. He's a capitalist playing the Shanghai club game like a fiddle. He's not an artist, so stop treating him like one.

  • 5 years ago jackonda

    So i like mint and my friends too, but when playing another dj ...not Spenny...NO 1..omg ..Who said that? Because he has a photos with chicks? If he is number one give me the link with top dj in shanghai...and guys who made it top dj. Its just advertisement for spenny.

  • 5 years ago Hot Rabbit

    Shanghai no.1 DJ?!? ROLFMAO... last time I saw him playing in M1NT his music & transition, the all set was...hum...BAD! even worst than 88 or Phebe worst Chinese DJ; lot of kids playing with virtual DJ software would have done a much better job...

    Shanghai scene have so many other Chinese and Foreign talented DJs so self proclaiming No.1 is very insulting to them...

    To me he is some kind of local David Guetta, much more talented in MARKETING than DJING and well we can't blame him for that, can we?

  • 5 years ago Developing City

    He has an urge and a desperation to be well-known. That's his business. I think people are annoyed by him because people do not like egotistical and arrogant people. He can then twist that and just call them 'haters'. So just remember that if anyone ever dislikes something (bad) that you do, just say they are 'haters' and 'people either love me or hate me'. Personally, I do not have any feelings either way about this person.

  • 5 years ago xeum

    to Rob R , hahahahahha feel the same ;-)

  • 3 years ago jginsh

    Pic no. 1's got a nipple. go spenny.

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