You dress up to the nines. You drive to that new, hip bar or club. After you park your car, you walk into the front door, your fancy shoes clacking against the ground, your heart racing with adrenaline.Â Then you realize that itâ€™s racing because of something else. Thereâ€™s a pulse emanating from inside the establishment. Itâ€™s an energy, a buzz. Itâ€™s a bassline. You enter and the music completely sweeps you away. All this and more is brought to you by the DJ, and thereâ€™s nothing quite like it.
DJ Ace is an up-and-coming talent in the local party scene, and hearing him entertain one night at Tin Roof is all you need in order to know that he is the next big thing. Ace says that he has been DJing for the last three years, but itâ€™s only recently that things have really started to take off for him, the realization of a lifelong dream: â€œMy father was actually a DJ. I grew up listening to everything from country, Top 40, 80s rock, 90s pop and even the club music I would steal out of my dadâ€™s CD cases.â€
That eclectic background and musical taste have definitely paid off. Like many DJs, Ace employs mashups, but there is a cleverness to his that comes from not only technical skill but also knowledge of a large cross-section of music. For example, at Tin Roof last Saturday night, DJ Ace played a mashup of the classic Bill Withers song â€œLean on Meâ€ and the more current Top 40 track â€œLean Onâ€ by Major Lazer and DJ Snake. This kind of tactic really pays off, especially when you know your audience, which DJ Ace most assuredly does.
In addition to musical knowledge, a good DJ knows his or her influences. Itâ€™s a good way to know where they came from and to see where they might be headed. Like many other art forms, itâ€™s also informative to know oneâ€™s own style: â€œMy style is very open format. My play changes with every crowd, every venue, every night. I have a love for electronic music, so I mix it in with every party-rocking, sing-along, throwback jam you can think of. I really look up to guys like the late DJ AM, Vice and DJ Scene, so I watch what they do and look for new mixing ideas.â€
With one foot in the future, Ace knows that in order to succeed in this business, you need to think big and be constantly evolving. As a response to that necessity, Ace created his own production company called One Way Productions: â€œWith One Way Productions, I really hope to fill a void in the Kentuckiana Entertainment Industry. I want to bring â€˜Vegasâ€™ to The Ville! This company will change the nightlife and event/production scene and bring Louisville up to par with our surrounding big cities.â€
One way Ace hopes to accomplish this is by utilizing top of the line equipment. Watching DJ Ace work is akin to watching some sort of occupational combo of orchestral conductor and airplane pilot. His setup includes a full concert JBL loudspeaker system, CO2 cannons, lasers, intelligent light systems, trussing, high-performance projectors and other pro grade DJ equipment. Itâ€™s a sight to behold.
DJ Ace currently has a standing gig at Tin Roof Louisville where he plays the â€œTin Roof After Darkâ€ slot â€“ 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. every Friday and Saturday. If you want to hear some of the absolute best mixing in town along with more than a little showmanship, you can search no further. DJ Ace is your man. VT