SOUND WAVE OF THE FU­TURE

ONE OF L.A.’S TOP DJS SPILLS HIS MU­SIC BE­YOND THE DANCE FLOOR.

Los Angeles Confidential - - Contents - BY AL­DOUS TUCK

One of the city’s top DJs spills his mu­sic be­yond the dance floor.

DJ Poli­tik is a man in de­mand. A prod­uct of a mu­si­cal house­hold—his mother was a singer and mu­si­cian—the LA na­tive re­ceived his first turnta­bles at age 12, back when he was known as Paul Pur­man. Hav­ing come up cut­ting his teeth in the city’s hottest clubs, the 27-year-old is now a cit­i­zen of the world, em­brac­ing his rig­or­ous travel sched­ule with dee­jay­ing res­i­den­cies around the coun­try. “Travel gives me time to read, lis­ten to mu­sic, and en­joy a mo­ment of quiet,” he says. “De­spite that, I love the cre­ative melt­ing pot of LA, and am al­ways happy to come home.”

Those rare mo­ments of in-flight down­time are es­pe­cially im­por­tant dur­ing the launch of Poli­tik’s new­est ven­ture, the Fo­rum Mu­sic Group. This in­de­pen­dent mu­sic col­lec­tive for song­writ­ing, record­ing, pro­duc­ing, and fos­ter­ing tal­ent is a nat­u­ral next step in the life of the mu­si­cal mix meis­ter. “We re­cently opened a record­ing stu­dio in North Hol­ly­wood and are work­ing with some great new artists,” says Poli­tik. “I want to base this busi­ness on a strong, di­verse cat­a­log of mu­sic from a wide va­ri­ety of artists—in­clud­ing me!”

Poli­tik’s plans for 2017 and be­yond in­volve fo­cus­ing on gigs at smaller, more eclec­tic venues in LA, and div­ing deep into phi­lan­thropy. “Tech­nol­ogy is mak­ing mu­sic dis­pos­able,” he says. “I want kids to have ac­cess to and an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of our mu­si­cal her­itage, while mak­ing their own spe­cial sounds.” Hear, hear! For DJ Poli­tik’s top-ten playlist, go to la­con­fi­den­tial-mag­a­zine.com. @djpoli­tik

Spin ef­fect: When he’s not busy pump­ing the party at clubs from Bev­erly Hills to Mi­ami to the Ve­gas Strip, LA na­tive DJ Poli­tik brings his (mu­si­cal) power to the peo­ple, shar­ing knowl­edge and mu­sic his­tory with young, as­pir­ing SoCal DJs.

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