Haiku resident Kyle Sanchez, 23, also known as DJ Durty, offers island partiers something stronger than the watered down pina colada mixes served in this magical paradise. After all, we deserve more than pretentious dress codes, overpriced admission, long waits, screaming security and bad trance, don’t we? Seriously, none of us should have to wait for DJ Chicago or Detroit or San Francisco or buckshot Egypt to entertain our booty-shaking tendencies.
So if your ears are craving a little more heady electronica, a little more DJ Shadow or a lot less 50 Cent, you might add another local DJ to put your hard-earned drinking money on—especially one prone to include off-the-beaten-path artists like Skream, Luke Envoy and The Body Snatcher in his rotation.
“I am known to spin an amalgamation of a lot of sounds,” says Sanchez. “My dad was an old-school funk and 1960’s psychedelic records collector. I started getting into music that way. I developed my tastes and taught myself how to mix. I didn’t grow up in a DJ culture-prone area. It was the Big Island and there wasn’t much of anything besides top 40 CD DJs really.”
Finding a used Danny Tenaglia mixed tape got Sanchez hooked on electronic music, and from there he dug the crates from all directions. With a fair share of weddings and house parties as practice ground, he has been spinning for five years and has even graced decks in the mainland and Tokyo.
“I just bring a wide-spectrum of tunes and let the night dictate the vibe,” says Sanchez. “Club owners are usually inhibited to do something slightly different but there are heads out there who pay attention to the music and support.”
This self-taught wax slinger’s calendar starts off on Wednesday nights at Charley’s in Paia where he drops a bass-heavy, dub, step and break beats set. Admission is free. Thursday nights take him to Kihei’s Tiki Lounge where he enjoys a set-up in the tropical tavern’s breezy lanai.
After adding some ragga to his bag of tricks, he pushes westward to a new Friday weekly at Mango Grill and Bar Restaurant in Ka`anapali. Admission is $3 and parking is easy.
“I put a lot of good intention into that party,” said Sanchez. “It’s fun to see a space go from being empty to really banging.”
You can also spot Sanchez playing tunes at Livewire Cafe’s monthly events on Front Street in Lahaina. Beautiful honeymooners and kama`ainas can take a break from the pristine waters and daily toils and appreciate some contemporary art accompanied by tasty dance floor treats. Ain’t too shabby.
“When you party in Maui, you got the party people, the old-school aunties and uncles, the freaks, the tourists, young inhibited Japanese girls, and that’s the beauty of it,” says Sanchez. “There are heads who support the music and who are lending their talents. Whether they are promoters, dancers, movers and shakers who want to hear something different, it is all welcomed energy to build the night.”
Catch DJ Durty at Casanova’s Club Crimson along with Ray Masters and Miss Bootzie this Saturday, Sept. 30. Club Crimson dishes up uplifting, sexy house music and happens on the first Saturdays of every month following Nov. 4. MTW