(We imagine he must be playing “Welcome to the Jungle”)
Add DJ Sabo to the list of former New Yorkers we’ve recruited to the bright side. Welcome to LA, Will! Learn more about him here and come visit him every other Wednesday on The Rooftop at the Standard Downtown, Los Angeles.
The Standard: Give us your full name.
DJ Sabo: William Sabatini
What is your DJ name? Why?
Sabo is short for Sabatini, and that is a nickname I got when I was in soccer camp at age 10. It was a nickname and “tag” I had throughout high school, so I just thought it’d be a cool DJ name.
What genres of music do you spin?
Latin, Afro, Brazilian, Disco, House, Reggae, Dub, Cumbia, Moombahton, and anything else that sounds funky and has a “feel good” rhythm to it.
Tell me the top five jams right now on the dancefloor?
MOOMBAHTON - the entire genre has me excited right now, and I’ve made several edits that I play in my sets.
• Ragysh - Todd Terje
• Falling (Deetron Acid Dub) - Ben Westbeech
• Tekuna - Nice 7
• Sigueme (Lazaro Casanova remix) - Sabo & DJ Afro
What is the stupidest request you have been asked?
Once while playing Fela Kuti’s “Water No Get Enemy”, someone asked me if I could play something “African”?
What year did you start DJ’ing?
Laptop? CD? iPod? Vinyl?
I’m currently playing with CDs, and sometimes vinyl if the gig is within walking distance.
What are your feelings about drinking and working?
Sure, why not?
What is the 1 old-school classic you still bust out every time?
Keep On - D-Train
Do you have a special closing song of the night?
It depends on the moment, but I play this bootleg called “Healing in Vain” quite often.
DJ Sabo is up on The Rooftop at The Standard, Downtown LA every other Wednesday night, from 9:30 pm - 1:30 am. To learn more about him, visit him on his Official Site or listen to a mix on his Soundcloud. You can always follow him on Twitter or Facebook too.