10 Questions with ... Nick Garcia "Nick G"
January 28, 2014
1 - Talk about your very first DJ set-up. What kind of gear did you start with?
Man.. it was sooooo long ago ... ha ha! I started with a pair of old 1988 Technic turntables and a Gemini Mixer my mom bought for me at a garage sale. She knew how bad I wanted to DJ, and she couldn't afford 1200s ... so I used what she gave me till I could afford my own pair ... plus it was the thought that counts ... but man, those scrolling pitch changers were the worst!
2 - Who are your top three musical influences of all time?
Daft Punk, Michael Jackson and Incubus.
3 - What do you think is wrong with the music industry today and what would you do to fix it?
Politics ... so much politics ... But I get it; it's the name of the game. It's who you know, not what you know. I wish I could fix it, but we are all sheep amongst the wolves. Just gotta take it one day at a time ... and stay positive.
4 - What is your favorite music event that you attend each year and why?
WMC - Winter Music Conference... I love Dance music ... and everyone who is anyone is there to celebrate Dance Music! It's definitely not a cheap trip. but man ... such an incredible trip!
5 - How do you promote your syndicated show to gain new interest from radio stations across the country?
On every social media platform possible... Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud, Podcast, Download Links, Website, SnapChat, Blogs and even flyers and street promotion is still important. Plus, I like to e-mail PDs, MDs and APDs a copy of my show every week for feedback, insight and to possibly get a shot on being on the station weekend slots.. People know that I am persistent and it's very hard for me to take NO for an answer. I always love a challenge ... especially if it's something I believe 100% in.
6 - What do you do to engage your GHR listeners? Promotions? Contests etc?
Everything. Ha ha! Promotions, contests, giveaways, social interaction on all social media platforms, invite listeners to GHR events and hangout with them ... show them that you are a real person and not a computer.. When we do ticket giveaways to certain shows and events, someone from GHR tries to attend to show to interact with the listeners and get them more involved with your show. The Listeners are the most important part of your brand; without them, you have nothing.
7 - Who are your three favorite remixers right now?
Kaskade, Calvin Harris and Deorro
8 - Do you produce/remix your own music now ... and why?
I used to produce a lot more back in the day before having a family and having to get a full-time job, but for the past year I have jumped back into the studio. I have a lot of releases planned for this year. It is definitely a necessity in this DJ world we currently live in.
9 - What is your favorite plug-in/piece of gear that you use right now?
I have plenty of plugins and gear I use... but I would have to say nothing would be possible without my power outlet plug in on the wall... I think that should be everyone's favorite..haha..
Right now.. Honestly.. Sylenth1, Massive, and Nexxus are what the majority of producers are using nowadays.. they just don't want to tell anyone.. but I don't mind sharing.. Sharing is Caring!
10 - I see you post about eating chicken all the time. Where have you had the best chicken in your life?
Next to my mom's cordon blue chicken ... I would have to say Club 33's Filet Cut Roasted Breaded Chicken.. If anyone wants to hire me to drive across the country and eat chicken, let me know ... Ha ha!