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Grant Shapiro RUNWAY® Interview exclusive


You’ve performed for high profile celebrities like Stella McCartney and Max Azria. Do you ever get nervous when you get those calls?

The Azria family is amazing. Playing events for the family and company have been tremendous. Lubov is a tastemaker and Max is great. They inspire me to find music, culture and fashion and I’m quite comfortable around them. When I made a mix for Stella McCartney I was a little concerned about the songs. I had to make sure that it was perfect so that was a little nerve-wracking. When I played at fashion week it was so much fun and felt very natural. I had the best time in Paris, it really was amazing being there with Pharell and Jus-Ske.

You’ve also had the opportunity to perform alongside some of the biggest names in music like Katy Perry and Avicii. Have you had the chance to work with any of your music idols? If not: What would you consider your most exciting show to date?

I’ve seen great shows and a lot of great festivals, but a stand out for me is Daft Punk’s 2007 performance. That was incredible.

What do you think is the most exciting part of being a DJ?

Controlling a crowd, expressing yourself and seeing people have fun is what DJing is all about.

If you could pinpoint one emotion that you want your audience to feel, what would it be?

Most of the time it is a fun, sexy, and at times, introspective, darker vibe. I just want people to have fun and leave feeling a sense of a musical journey.

Do you have a favorite decade in music to use?

Pop Music from the 80’s is my favorite.

How do you describe your personal style?

My style is casual chic. I like colors. Dries Von Noten makes great pieces and Dior is my go-to for suits. Accessories like sunglasses, unique jackets and soft shirts also define my style!

What do you find to be your biggest challenge in your work?

Clubs that don’t have dances floors, staying current, and setting new trends are the most challenging parts.

Do you actively look for more music to integrate into your work or do you wait for new songs to inspire you?

I actively look for new music but I also love finding old favorites in my I-tunes library or old vinyl collection.

Do you find that you often have a set list of sorts when you perform or do you have to think on your feet?

I have small go-to sets that define my music that you’ll always hear. Of course I always think on my feet and read the crowd and play music on the fly to complete my sets.

How do you work to expand and develop your style?

I make music to stay inspired and expand as a DJ. Traveling and building my brand with likeminded people is also how I build as a DJ.

Are there any DJs you look to for inspiration in your work?

Groups like Fleetwood Mac or jazz music because I hear so much electronic music. DJ AM is definitely my biggest influence as a DJ.

Describe your ideal show.

My ideal show: Great sound system, Disco ball and excellent LED lighting. An intimate room but a big size. Something like the Boiler Room in the UK.


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