Interview: DJ 2DQ’s life outside of radio [part 2 of 2]

Thanks for checking out our second half of February’s cover feature, DJ 2DQ Part 2. I didn’t know at first if I wanted to publish this, but due to the overwhelming response of 2DQ’s main interview, I decided to give his fans (old and new) a little something extra.


Now though, I want to talk a little about the real you outside of your radio life.
What kind of music do you listen to when you are home or driving?

I laugh because my girlfriend always tells me stuff like “if people only knew you listened to soft rock all the time”. I love me some soft rock.

Like what kind of soft rock? Are we talking John Mayer or Coldplay?

No man, like seventies soft rock. I will be in the car and listen to stuff like Barbara Streisand and The Carpenters. It just chills me out. I will even listen to the same songs over and over.

What about Latin music? I know you love you some Raggaeton. I have a couple of those mix tapes you made back in the day.

One of my favorite things right now is Latin Hip Hop or Freestyle. I know people still listen to it, especially Latinos. I wish there was a place I could play it.

Anything in Spanish though?

I love my Raggaeton. I didn’t really grow up listening to too much Tejano music or anything like people here in Austin.

I was just curious because you grew up in El Paso, a border city. I thought for sure that you might have been influenced or liked some form of Latin music in Spanish.

Well when I was in El Paso, the big thing was Morrissey and The Smiths. There seemed to be a lot of Emo people. I used to listen to a lot of Smiths. I grew up to it. I still listen to it in the car.

Don’t be afraid to be out with that. I have always had the theory that Mexicans love Morrissey. I mean, they really love Morrissey. There is an awesome all female rock group out of San Antonio called “Girl in a Coma”, which is named after The Smiths song “Girlfriend in a Coma”. I think we should make a bumper sticker saying “Mexicans Love Morrisey”.

That’s funny. I will have to check them out. Get me one of those stickers if you ever make them.

You going to his concert coming up in Austin?

He’s coming? For real? Give me the info.

He is and I will. Speaking of, what is the last concert you went to?

The last concert I went to was the New Kids on the Block tour in San Antonio. Before that, I went to a Barry Manilow concert and I was like, singing along to all the words. I can’t wait to see Morrissey.

You are definitely comfortable with your street cred, admitting to not only listening to but going to a Barry Manilow concert. Do you have anywhere locally that you like to hang out and listen to music at?

Yeah actually. I go to this restaurant called Screaming Goat. These dudes are from El Paso actually. They are always playing stuff like “new wave” or whatever you call it. I go there and I hear stuff like Depeche Mode, New Order and stuff like that. I love that music.

That’s a very Mexican thing man. If you were to go to San Antonio, you see that more than you do here. There are all these crazy Rockabilly Mexicans, hard core punk Mexicans, Goth Mexicans, and Mexican Metal Heads.

I grew up with all that man in El Paso. Here in Austin, it was the Tejano and hip hop Mexicans, it was everything else. That’s one thing I love about being of Mexican descent.

What’s that exactly?

The Mexicans and all the Latinos here in Austin really, show me a lot of love. I can’t imagine leaving Austin for anything anytime soon. One of the things my program director said was that if you want to attract or bring in the Mexicans, you have to get DJ 2DQ. That made me feel good.

That brings me to something else I wanted to talk about with you. My personal observation is that most of “us” here in Austin are big hip hop fans more than anything else. I go to a lot of Latin music shows and events, and I see more of “us” at the hip hop shows I got to. Why do you think that is?

I know radio plays a big part. It is funny though because I see a mixed crowd at concerts like Common and Talib Kweli. When the big Texas hip hop artists come to town, I see all the Latinos come out for that. They love it.

Who’s you favorite Latin rapper out right now?

Pitbull. Anything he does right now people love, especially the women. I try to play a lot of the girl records

Girl records? What a girl record to you? What do you mean?

Whatever makes the women go crazy. I try to stay away from the hardcore negative stuff that’s real degrading. Rob G is real big too, real positive. He’s talented. I like him.

Cool. So what do you want to happen for you this year? What do you want to accomplish this year that didn’t happen for you last year?

Hopefully I will have my own show by December. I may look into owning a club, as a part owner. I can see myself bringing the first girl DJ to start it and set it off.

Why a girl DJ?

I don’t think that’s ever happened in Austin before. I know there has to be some girl DJs out there, but no one ready to set if off yet. I also wish I could get a young kid that could set it off. I think it would be cool for people to hear like a fifteen year spin like a pro. I just don’t know if I want to teach anyone that could put me out of business.

Last question, how did you get the name DJ 2DQ?

My real name is Arturo. So, my nickname is “Tutie”. People would always say it wrong. The only people who could pronounce it were Latinos. My sister was the one who told me to spell it with the number two and the letter “D” together. Now when I think of it, I wish I had a cooler name like Super Master or just something cool. I think people are used to it and now its sort of a household name in Austin. I think I will just stick with it.

Ian Morales

Editor in Chief

Ian is a product of Round Rock High School and St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. He is an alumnus of the National Hispanic Institute and learned to dance at a young age with the Round Rock Ballet Folklórico. Ian also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Austin Vida’s sister site, Red River Noise.

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