About five years ago, I decided I wanted to take my knowledge and love for music and learn how to deejay. I called upon a good friend of mine, DJ Gusto, for some advice. He said, "Bring your computer and records over here and show me what you got." For the next few months he schooled me in everything about the art. He was hard on me, made me cry a few times and demanded perfection from me. It was like Boot Camp for DJs. There were times I wanted to throw in the towel and he wouldn't let me. He made me work hard for it. If a mix was even slightly off, he'd make me do it until it was perfect. I couldn't be more grateful for that. DJ Gusto is one of the premier DJs in Las Vegas. He has billboards up all over the place for his residency at LAX and PURE nightclubs. He is among the world’s most elite Open Format/EDM DJs; he can play and mix just about anything. His work ethic is unparalleled and I'm excited to finally feature him in this month’s interview.
Summer Altice: When did you start deejaying?
Gusto: When Serato came out. [laughs] Just kidding. I started in 1994.
Altice: What is your favorite equipment?
Gusto: 2 Technics 1210 M5Gs or 2 Pioneer CDJ 2000s, Pioneer DJM 800 or 900 mixer, 13" MacBook Air and Rane Serato Scratch Live.
Altice: What is your favorite style or format to play?
Gusto: House music.
Altice: What was your most recent fun gig?
Gusto: TAO Beach with Nicole Scherzinger and Chris Paul.
Altice: Do you feel the advances in technology have hurt or helped the DJ world?
Gusto: Both. I always tell people it's been the gift and the curse.
Altice: Do you ever find the traveling and late nights hard on your personal life?
Gusto: Only when drinking is involved. [laughs]
Altice: What advice do you have for a young DJ that wants to follow in your footsteps?
Gusto: Stay humble and network.
Altice: What are your thoughts on people like Paris Hilton trying to deejay?
Gusto: I'm no one to say who should or shouldn't deejay, but if you're going to, you need to work hard at it and hone your craft.
Altice: Where are your current residencies?
Gusto: Vegas. Weekly: LAX Nightclub and PURE Nightclub. Monthly: Wet Republic and TAO Beach.
Altice: If you could tell your 10-year-old self anything, what would you say?
Gusto: "Save your money and don't buy any belt-driven turntables."
Altice: Who is your favorite Playmate?
Gusto: Lisa Marie Scott.
Altice: Where are the hottest women, in your opinion?
Gusto: South America. Brazil, specifically.
Altice: Is it hard to live in Vegas, considering it is “Sin City”?
Gusto: No, because most of my time is attributed to deejaying at clubs. The rest of my focus is away from The Strip and in the studio.
Altice: What is your dream gig?
Gusto: To play at an international music festival.
Altice: What is it you love so much about being a DJ?
Gusto: That I get to make a living doing something I enjoy. I’m able to provide a soundtrack to people to make their day or night that much more memorable by playing their favorite songs or exposing them to something new.
Check out DJ Gusto in Vegas or when he is on tour. He makes the crowd come alive. He knows his music and people respect him for it. Oh, and he’s the best teacher I’ve ever had. I am forever grateful. Thanks, Gus.
About the Author
Playmate Summer Altice first graced Playboy magazine pages in 2000. Since then there has been no stopping the multi-talented Altice: actress, model, business owner and for over six years, popular DJ. Much in demand for her Dj skills, Altice currently travels the world playing shows. To book her for your next event please visit summeraltice.com. Make sure to follow her on Twitter@SummerAltice.