RICH MEDINA: This mix represents about 80 minutes worth of the 6.5 hours I played last time I was at Le Bain [on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017] as a guest selector.
When you listen back to an old mix of yours, does that bring back some memories of what happened that night? What kind of mood you were in? What was the context?
Every recording is like game tape. You recall moments that were completely spontaneous when they actually happened, and you can even hear moments you wish never happened. [Laughs.] It really is a tangible experience. It can trigger the remembrance of a moment in the night, the smells of the room, how many drinks you had, and even total recall. The context is always the kind of relationship you had with the space, in my opinion.
Man, I have so many instances where a DJ saved my life that I went on and became one. We'd need a Dead Sea Scroll to answer that question in full. It's happened hundreds of times for me being a true club kid since 1985 and dancing and DJing for even longer.
What do you think is the best thing that will (or should) happen to the art of DJing in the near future?
The future of DJing is fine. Music is recession-proof. I'm not sure what the right direction is, but I believe it's never been gone. People are just waking up because they get shit shoved down their throat by the mainstream all day and they've grown bored of the pop drivel. My being mentioned in the Times isn't a first. It just happened at the loudest point in my career to date and people got Christopher Columbus syndrome. I get "discovered" twice a week to this day. I'm extremely optimistic about the future of DJing. My calendar is pregnant with dates, praise God.
On Saturday, March 17th, Le Bain presents Rich Medina
10pm | The Standard, High Line