Lately, it seems DJing — spinning, beatmaking, scratching and remixing records and CDs — has exploded in Northeastern Pa.
There’s been DJ contests showcasing so many great local artists that a whole new nightlife has emerged. It seems that this musical genre that’s been such a club staple in bigger cities like New York has finally found its niche here.
That niche will get a dose of celebrity with the arrival of Jonathan Peters, a popular club DJ from New York City who was voted the No. 1 DJ in America by DJ Times magazine. Peters will spin at Colosseum Nightclub in downtown Scranton this Thursday, April 24.
“At the moment, it’s just the opposite in New York because there’s less music clubs in New York because [the city] makes it very difficult to do business,” Peters said of DJing’s growing popularity in NEPA. “A lot of the nightclubs find it hard to maintain and stay open because it’s so difficult, so right now there’s only one or two major places. It’s cool that places like Colosseum still have that passion toward the dance music.”
Peters, 39, has been in the industry since he was 16, when his major influence was New York City dance radio. A music lover, he got into DJing while working at Café Iguana where one night the DJ didn’t show up. What followed that fateful night were residencies at many of the city’s most popular hotspots including Mirage, Roxy and Limelight. His seven-year stretch at Sound Factory shot him into stardom: he regularly drew Saturday night crowds of 4,000 clubgoers. He currently spins at Pacha and can be heard every Saturday on XM Radio’s Global Domination from 2-4 a.m.
Peters’ career takes him all over the world, and he has a yearly summer stint in Ibiza and marks the sultry spot as one of his favorites.
“It’s different than here,” he explained. “Everyone dances close to each other; I like that. And the weather is beautiful.”
The exotic locales he’s seen over the years haven’t tempted this diehard New Yorker to pack up his turntable — in fact, quite the contrary.
“I’ll never leave. Whenever I leave, wherever I go, I want to come back,” he said with a laugh.
The city is also home to Peters’ independent label, Deeper Rekords, where he spends at least four days a week. While he often remixes other artists — like Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera and Bob Marley — he also does originals and is working on his newest record “Alright.” The ideas come simpler than one might think.
“If I’m making an original production, it just comes from an idea,” Peters said. “If it comes from a remix, they usually send me a vocal. I go into the studio and start with that foundation on a record and just build it up.”
Who: Jonathan Peters
When: Thurs., April 24,
doors 6 p.m., Peters at 11 p.m.
Where: Colosseum, 1
20 Adams Ave., Scranton
Tickets: $18 advance,
$20 day of show