Next up in the Q&A chair is Dan Arlein, better known in NYC music circles as DJ BLT. With residencies at favorite Brooklyn spots like Trophy Bar (Legwarmers) and Tandem (Party Line), among others, Arlein consistently throws down a helluva party, usually bringing some of NYC’s finest house and disco talent along with him. (He’s also got some of the best flyers we’ve ever posted.) Catch him in action at Tandem with DJ Chupacabras (Fender Bender) this Saturday!
Name: BLT (Dan Arlein)
Neighborhood: Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn
The best thing that happened was: Being fired from my job
The weirdest thing that happened was:I keep thinking garbage on the ground is really dead animals
The thing that bummed me out the most was: Being fired from my job and having to clean up after my studio parties
I was most proud of: Starting the Party Line party at Tandem, being able to live off unemployment, selling records online, and DJing
The best tracks to play out were: Theme from The Warriors, Love Can’t Turn Around
My favorite NYC DJ(s) were: All my friends at once!
My favorite DJ(s) outside NYC was: Derek Plaslaiko
My favorite NYC producer/musician(s): All my friends at once!
The best live set I saw was: ¡¡¡Sycorax!!! Professor Genius, Pure Horsehair, Phillip Glass, Bang on a Can, Gregorian chant in an old catherdral in Seattle
My favorite NYC venue was: Tandem
My favorite NYC party was: Legwarmers
My “secret” spot was: My kitchen
My biggest pet peeve about going out in NYC was: Lack of options
The worst trend was: Flakes in the City
My choice for late night, post-gig food was: Tina’s
Best drink: Soda water with bitters
My favorite NYC record store was: A-1
My favorite NYC radio station was: WKCR during Bach fest
My favorite NYC-based labels were: L.I.E.S., W.T., Golf Channel, Lectric Sands, and Acute Records
My New Year’s resolution is: To floss more
I’m most looking forward to: Doing great work!
The up-and-coming DJ or producer I have highest hopes for is: Me
My wish for NYC’s nightlife/dance music scene: I would like more folks to cross paths out on the floor: Artists, music nerds, queers, freaks unite! U.N.I.T.Y!
Musically, I plan to: Keep making edits and work on drum programming