DJ Vice Talks Tunes, Pho & Shoes

J. Everette Perry
DJ Vice has spun at nearly every hot spot in the US and in Europe, but he modestly proclaims he's just "a wedding DJ on steroids."  Meaning he can read any crowd, in any mood, at any moment and give them they type of music they need.  DJ Vice, né Eric Aguirre, actually got his start playing college campuses, Bar Mitzvahs and weddings, and in middle school made mix tapes from vinyls which he sold at lunch to friends for $5.  These days, he's a star; he makes people dance, he influences what songs become international club anthems and with his new sneaker stores he is even has clout on what we put on our feet. We asked him a few questions.

Where are some of your favorite places to spin?
I spin at the Fontainbleau Hotel once a month in Miami at their night club LIV (voted #1 night club in the world).  I love Vegas!  I get to spin Saturdays at LAVO in the Palazzo Hotel and on Dec 15th The Cosmopolitan opened on the LV strip and I'm going to spinning at the new night club The Marquee. The Beta Night club in the mile-high city of Denver has it's own vibe and culture, which makes it one of my favorite spots.

Favorite restaurants?
When I'm in L.A. I eat at Absolutely Pho-bulous on La Cienega.  I love Vietnamese food. I'm huge on Asian food, so when i'm spinning in Vegas I always eat at TAO in the Venetian.  When I'm in New York, I eat the octopus salad at Milos on West 55th St. I know it sounds weird but it's so, so good. Most of my Miami gigs last till 5 a.m. so afterwards I'm starving. I go to this 24-hour diner called David's Cafe.  It's open 24 hours and has the best late night Cuban food.  

What are some DJ trends that you're noticing?
The Celebrity DJ!  It seems to be a huge hobby of a lot of famous people.  I think it is awesome in one way because it brings more spotlight onto the art, but on the other hand it makes it sort of commercial and corporate feeling. If they are taking it seriously to benefit the culture, I'm all for it, but if they're just out for the money it's sorta sad.

What are your go-to websites?
Dancing Astronaut, djvice.com, ImWithTheDeeJay

What is something most people don't know about you?
Most people hear the word "shoe" and they think women, but actually a lot of men are addicted to buying kicks.  And I'm one of them.  I am also a co-owner two shoe stores, CRSVR (CrossOver) in Santa Barbara on State St. and a new location in Las Vegas on the retail level of the Cosmopolitan Hotel.

How did CRSVR happen?
I've always been a sneaker head and my friends would always joke around saying, "You need to open a shoe store."  I was actually flying from Vegas to Santa Barbara to DJ a private party  when I sat down next to Nick Sakai, and after a few cocktails we found a common love for shoes, and by the end of the three-hour flight we were business partners.  That's how CRSVR came to SB, and we are so stoked that we have extended to Vegas -- actually, the shop just opened on Dec. 15th.

What's the longest you've waited in line for a pair of shoes?
I've waited a few times in line for about three hours, but the longest I've ever waited is when we camped out for five days for the new Kanye West shoe, The Nike Air Yeezy, with an eBay price starting at $1500.

How do you keep your shoes clean?
My little nephew.

Other then CRSVR, what other shoe stores do you like to shop at?
Undefeated, Sporty L.A. and Flight Club NY.

Any shoe advice?
If you get it, wear it -- don't leave it in the box.

What are a few of your favorite things?
My wiener dog, Dogger; my shoe collection; my grandma's record player from the '60s.

Photographed and styled by J. Everette Perry.

Watch by G-Shock, jeans by John Varvatos and shirt by G-Star.

Photos by www.JEVPIC.com. Hair and makeup by Dawn Haley. Stylist assistant Ariana Sherman.

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