Miss DJ Lux will pull double duty on Halloween
Halloween will be a two-gig night for Miss DJ Lux.
The DJ will not only spin and mix tunes at Downstairs that night, she will also perform at set at V2 and AEG Live’s Get Freaky 2014 at Saltair earlier that evening.
"I’ve known the guys at V2 who produce Get Freaky and they contacted me this year," said Lux, also known as Amanda Hill, co-owner of Downstairs. "I’m really excited to do this, because it’s a huge platform for me."
Lux started her DJ career 12 years ago while she was working at Harry O’s, which is now the location of Park City Live.
"I loved the music and was interested in learning how to DJ," she said. "I had a friend who was a DJ and he took the time to show me and it’s grown from there."
Before she and husband, Seth Hill, purchased Downstairs a few years ago, Lux had been a DJ at their other club in Florida and was a DJ for the Tampa Bay Rays.
"It was something I had been doing for a while when we took over Downstairs," she said.
The main draws for her were the music and the format.
"When I started it was still done on vinyl," Lux explained. "We didn’t have Serato or all these programs that have made DJing so accessible for all these people to learn.
"I had seen a Z Trip show and I watched what he did with the vinyl and how he manipulated and put songs together," she said. "That intrigued me and I wanted to learn more."
For the past six years, Downstairs has hosted a Halloween party.
"We call it Devil’s Basement and our staff comes up with different themes," Lux said. "This year, the theme is Super Heroes Among Us."
The theme is decided through input by Downstairs employees.
"We kind of pay attention to what’s popular and ask the staff, because they are the ones who have to dress up to match the theme and we want them to be comfortable," Lux said "We encourage everyone to have fun and dance wherever they can. We want them to have fun at the party."
A good time is the main purpose of Halloween event.
"At Downstairs we have a real party atmosphere," Lux said. "We like to keep the energy up and when you’re there on a busy night, we have people dancing on the tables and the furniture."
The music Lux decides to spin depends on the crowd.
"Downstairs is open-format party music and we kind of go all over the board — hip hop, EDM, whatever the crowd is feeling during the night," she said. "Park City, in general, has a unique environment. We do have our base clientele that comes in, but you really never know who will be in front of you every night because we have such a high tourist rate.
That makes it a little challenging for Lux.
"I can’t just walk in on a Saturday night, Halloween or another special event when we’re packed and know exactly what I’m going to play," she said. "I could have an EDM crowd or an old-school hip-hop vibe in front of me. I don’t really walk in with too much of plan, but I do walk in prepared with music from different genres."
That means Lux constantly seeks out new music.
"I’m have to do that because the landscape always changes," she said. "People will request the stuff that’s hot, and you have to keep up with what’s hot and new."
Sometimes that includes reinventing herself.
"You do that to make sure you don’t get stale," she said. "I have to change things up, because I DJ so many nights a week, especially in the winter and I have to keep fresh, or else no one will come see me two times a week."
For more information, visit http://www.downstairspc.com.
In addition to Downstairs, other Park City venues will offer Halloween-night shows.
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