Behind the Beats: William Lifestyle

October 21, 2014 By:
Behind the Beats: William Lifestyle
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William Lifestyle is not your average DJ. His love of music runs so deep that he quit a successful marketing & sales career to pursue his true passion of DJing. And wow, did the risk pay off! William Lifestyle quickly became the resident DJ at two of Hollywood’s hottest clubs, Bootsy Bellows and Hooray Henry’s. In addition to his weekly residencies, William Lifestyle has taken over the booth at the hottest spots in Los Angeles including AV, Emerson Theater, and Supperclub. He's also hit the road and took over Marquee Las Vegas for Young & Reckless’ Reckless Girls launch party.

Being on the road is something William Lifestyle has gotten used to as the touring DJ for YMCMB recording artist Jay Sean. He has also made a mark stateside performing for 18,000 people during the televised Sacramento Kings half time show and at the Portland Rose Festival 2013. Not to mention, William Lifestyle is currently touring the U.S. and Canada with Brody Jenner. The two perform a 2x4 DJ set-up on the Jenner Lifestyle club tour.

If William Lifestyle isn’t too busy with those commitments, he provides the soundtrack at various corporate parties for companies including; BET, MTV, Def Jam, BEBE, Young & Reckless, Creative Recreation, Neff, Peak, Five Four, The Matt Leinart Foundation and F*ck Cancer.

With a resume like his, its no surprise William Lifestyle has opened up for both artists and DJ’s including Idris Elba, Aloee Blaq, Ne-Yo, The Wanted, Soulja Boy, Sean Kingston, Maya, Carnage and Warren G. 

If seems like he’s already done it all, you should know that he is just getting started!

Get to know more about William Lifestyle:

 

When and how did you first decide music was your life?

My love for music started at an early age. I would use music as a time stamp to remember the good, the bad and the ugly. While music has always been a major part of my life, I realized I wanted to explore a career in it after watching my friends DJ at nightclubs and seeing how they could control the energy of the night with what they were playing.

 

Rehab Las Vegas

 

Who gave you your biggest break in music?

My biggest break in music/DJing came from two places. First, my good friend Digital took the time to teach me the ropes on DJing the LA club circuit. Then, Brian Toll from The H.Wood Group gave me my first opening gig at Bootsy Bellows during its opening week in 2012.  I was scared shitless and cancelled the first two gigs but i finally shook my nerves , played and killed it and have been the resident DJ at Bootsy Bellows and Hooray Henry’s ever since.

 

What equipment do you use for production? What about DJing?

I’m just starting to produce my own music and am using Ableton on my MacBook Pro. For DJing, I use a Pioneer 900 mixer and 1200 Techniques. But when I’m on the road performing a 2x4 DJ set-up with Brody Jenner, I prefer using four CDJ 2000’s and a Pioneer 900 mixer.

 

What’s the toughest part of the DJ lifestyle and how do you deal with it?

Honestly as amazing as this career path has been the toughest part of the lifestyle is the lack of sleep, traveling to all these amazing places and not even being able to really enjoy the cities I’m in. Like last year for my birthday I was in Dubai, Amsterdam, Romania, Shanghai and Vietnam and didn’t get to experience any of the culture! It just makes me want to go back and re-experience it. And of course being away from my girlfriend isn't easy either, especially when your surrounded by ladies!

 

Who has been your biggest inspiration musically? 

Of course, Michael Jackson, Pharrell, Treasure Fingers, Timbaland, my boy Lil Jon, and Eric D Lux.

 

What’s the one song you love playing in your set right now?

Martin Garrix - "Animal King of Africa" (2013 Party Starter Bootleg) - Dirty Version.  If you know this song you get it, it uses the intro from the Lion King and has a huge shock factor people don’t expect. 

 

GEM Nightclub

 

Who is your favorite up and coming artist right now?

Zhu and this dope new chick Kiesza are really on my radar right now

 

What’s the one food you always include in your rider?

I like to keep my diet liquid based, so Don Julio with a side of pineapple juice.

 

Where do you see electronic music going in the next 5 years?

Being that its been around for ages, I only see it getting bigger and bigger with a cross pollination into other genres of music and festivals.

 

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