Music is the one thing that no matter where you go the language is still the same, as music is that universal language. Music has the ability to transcend differences; whether it is culture, religion, social issues etc. Music for many people is the soul of life. These are the thoughts of DJ Drager, the mind behind the Vinyl Music Festival, a three day event that features multiple deejays nationwide.
“Vinyl means everything to me,” DJ Drager says. “I’ve had a very fortunate 20 years. The music industry has given so much to me. It is my way of giving back. Music has the ability to do what nothing else on this planet does. Music is the cure to happiness, sadness, victory and losses,” DJ Drager continues reclined in a relaxed mode, speaking more on his passion.
DJ Drager spoke heart to heart about what he hopes to accomplish through his music. “I’ve played in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. I’ve played all over the place, and the one common factor in all of those, is that it doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, Jewish, Gentile, Christian, Muslim, whatever – they’re there to listen to music. That’s the great thing about music. It brings people together who would normally not cross paths.”
DJ Drager’s interest in music began when he was in the Marine Corps, stationed in Memphis. A good friend who was into mobile Deejaying invited him to check out his new art. He would play around on the turntables and as DJ Drager describes, “I took to it like a natural. “I was like, wow, this is pretty cool.”
Now, DJ Drager promotes and plays music internationally. “When you lead the industry that you have so much passion for [people] know the influence you have and the ability to expose people in multiple countries to new music.”
Due to the amount of promotional music that he receives, DJ Drager goes through over 1,500 new tracks a week, of that, only 50 may reach his expectations. He admits he has a very clear focus on his own particular style of music that he plays. He envisions what people on the dance floor want to hear.
“I want people to understand why I do what I do,” he said. “A lot of DJ’s will take a lot of music and throw it on their computer. But if the music is not going to excite people, and does not excite me, then I am not going to play it. DJ Drager uses a realistic approach to connect with everyone. “I close my eyes and ask myself what I would be doing if I was at the club,” he admitted. “I have to be excited about the music in order to play it, because you can’t get people excited about something that you’re not excited about yourself. I want hands up and people screaming. It has to be great.”
Day One: July 15, 2010
Day Two: July 16, 2010
Day Three: July 17, 2010