What type of stuff do you have on your show? Hip Hop and dance. It’s music driven, but I do a lot of interviews and stuff like that. I interviewed Jamie Foxx last week. 50 Cent was a great interview. Sean Paul, Kanye, you name it, they’ve all come through. How do you get prepared for a big interview like Jamie Foxx or Kanye? The way I do interviews is, I do a little bit of research on ‘em but it’s all about the vibe. It’s all about having fun with that person and making them feel comfortable. Once someone feels comfortable they’re gonna give you a great interview. What do you have going on outside of radio? Do you have a club schedule? Besides radio full time, I do Passion at the Hard Rock and Club Justin’s in Aventura. I travel a lot and go out of the country. And I’m working on album number 7. Who are you featuring on your album? I’m doing a DJ Laz Presents Miami’s Finest album. I’m gonna have everybody representing Miami. The last album I did had Ross, Pit, some other people. I wanna bring back some of the old school cats like Uncle Luke. The last big record I had was “Move, Shake, Drop” which had Flo Rida, Pit, myself, Casely. That record did great. We should have this album ready by the end of the year. The first single off this album is with me and Pit called “I’m Not an Alcoholic.” For the last 20 years DJ Laz has been with Power 96, and he’s an expert party starter at clubs like Passion at the Hard Rock. On your way home from the clubs Memorial Day Weekend make sure you check out the DJ Laz Morning Pimp Show from 6am to 10am. How did you end up at Power 96? I was at Hot 105 for a couple years prior to Power 96. The people at Power were like, “We gotta get Laz.” We finally worked out a deal and I’ve been here ever since. Did you have to work your way into radio by doing something else? Absolutely. When I first started I was carrying record crates at Hot 105. I started mixing on the weekend and they saw I was pretty good. When everybody else was outside playing, being kids, I was scratching, mixing, doing what I love to do. I started when I was really young. I came to Hot 105 when I was 14 and then ended up at Power when I was 16 or 17.
Did you or Pitbull come up with the concept for the song? Me and Pit and Pit’s brother Joe were all drunk one night. We were like, “We get drunk way too much, we gotta make a record.” The concept of the record is, “I’m not an alcoholic, I just drink a lot.” What’s going on with you Memorial Day Weekend? I’ve got a big party at Passion at the Hard Rock Sunday night. A lot of people will swing through. They’re saying Dream is coming through, a local guy named Casely is coming, a guy named Ultimate that’s signed to Blackout, Swazy Styles, and some other local guys. What are some qualities about yourself that make you good at what you do? I’m a people person. I love what I do and it shows. Whenever you have passion for what you do, it just comes out. I’ve been fortunate enough to do what I love for a lot of years and be very successful at it. //
OZONE MAG // B-9
Memorial Day 2010 special edition