Ocean Drive - - Contents - BY JON WARECH

For­mer Mi­ami Heat star Rony Seikaly has found a sec­ond ca­reer do­ing what he loves: play­ing mu­sic.





Since be­com­ing the first-ever draft pick of the Mi­ami Heat, in 1988, Rony Seikaly has been a fix­ture in Mi­ami Beach as a DJ, a restau­rant and club owner, and lo­cal. He spoke to Ocean Drive about his pas­sion for mu­sic, his Mi­ami Heat days, and the growth of his home­town.

From the day you were drafted by the Heat, you’ve been a big part of this city. When I got drafted to Mi­ami, I was the hap­pi­est guy in the world. It was a dream come true. I came here when South Beach had one restau­rant, called Scratch, and one club, Club Nu. That was it. I saw the trans­for­ma­tion from noth­ing to what it is to­day. I feel so blessed to be part of that his­tory and see this turn­around.

How did you get started as a DJ? It hap­pened or­gan­i­cally. I’ve had a DJ setup at my house since I was 14 years old. I was al­ways play­ing mu­sic for my friends, and then one day (later in life), a couple of big DJS walked into the room and couldn’t be­lieve that it was me play­ing the mu­sic and wanted me to share that sound. We tried it out at one of the clubs I owned here in Mi­ami called Mokaï. Did you know this would be­come a sec­ond ca­reer? At first I re­ally didn’t want to do it, but I said let me just try it out and see where it goes. I didn’t want peo­ple to think this is just a basketball player try­ing to re­live the glory days. I do mu­sic be­cause I love the mu­sic. At the clubs you play, do the kids even know you as a basketball player? Pretty much all the peo­ple who love my mu­sic are not basketball re­lated. The peo­ple who go to clubs are 25 to 35, so they’re prob­a­bly the kids of the peo­ple who knew me as a basketball player. I stay young by be­ing around young peo­ple. And now you’re play­ing all over the world? I’ve had so many amaz­ing gigs—ibiza, Le­banon, and many other cities around the world. Mu­sic is part of my life, just like for peo­ple who med­i­tate, med­i­ta­tion is part of their life. I get the sat­is­fac­tion of med­i­ta­tion and be­ing trans­ported. What do you do when you’re home in Mi­ami? I’ve lived in and been to a lot of beau­ti­ful places, but there is noth­ing that comes close to the life­style Mi­ami offers. Liv­ing on the wa­ter and hav­ing the sea all around you is just a phe­nom­e­nal thing. Be­ing able to go to a friend’s house on a jet ski or your boat—where else can you do that? I play tennis al­most ev­ery day. It’s phe­nom­e­nal.


—rony seikaly

Span­ning over 678 games and 11 sea­sons, Rony Seikaly (right) av­er­aged 14.7 points and 9.5 re­bounds per game (here play­ing against the Wash­ing­ton Bul­lets’ Ledell Eack­les in Wash­ing­ton, DC, in 1990).

DJ Rony Seikaly on the ones and twos. left: Dunk­ing over Mark Bryant of the Port­land Trail­blaz­ers at the Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Coli­seum in Port­land, Ore­gon, circa 1990.

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