Totally Legitimate Interview
This week, we stole DJ Christian Fritz
away from his turntables long enough to talk to us about his life. SM
: Do you consider yourself to be a local celebrity?CF
: No, not at all. I think a lot more people recognize me as that guy they always see out at shows or drinking at the CC Club than they do as that DJ guy.SM
: If you weren't popular for being a dj, what would you like to be known for instead?CF
: That guy always out at shows or drinking at the CC Club.SM
: If DJ Jake Rudh had a gun to your head and demanded that you take him out for dinner, where would you dine with him?CF
: The funny thing is that I've actually met Jake on a few occasions and he's totally great! Transmission
at the Hexagon just happens the same night I spin my trippy lounge at Jetset or else I really think we would check out each other's gigs more often. Since he's packing heat in this scenario, I'd just let him pick the venue.SM
: What is the strangest song request you've received?CF
: I only DJ weddings for close friends and sometimes for friends of friends - mainly because it's usually not my scene and I'm not one who enjoys busting out polkas or "Brown Eyed Girl," but even at cool weddings you always get little kids demanding you play Usher and then their parents come up and ask "what kind of DJ are you?" five minutes later for not having any. The worst though was when a good friend once insisted that I play "Lorelei" by Styx at
his reception and it wasn't as a joke.SM
: Which song do you secretly wish people requested more than they do?CF
: Either "Summertime" by Herb Alpert & The Tiajuana Brass (it's from 1971 which is a bit past Herb's career high point, but I personally feel that it's his best song from his best album) or anything by Gabor Szabo (who was an amazingly groovy jazz raga guitarist that not nearly enough people know about).SM
: While dj-ing, if, instead of free drinks (we're assuming this happens...), you were able to get some other food and/or drink item for free, what would it be?CF
: I'd totally DJ for good sushi.SM
: Describe your nightmare dj situation.CF
: Just from my own experiences, it's really hard to tell in advance what situations are going to be nightmares. A few years back, DJ Terrence Jerome and I were asked to DJ at an outdoor party near Saint Cloud. We were both
there spinning house, but people kept asking us if we could play music that they could line dance to. We were both like "this is just great," but after awhile they all started line dancing to our house mixes for the rest of the night. The whole thing felt like a disco-era TV variety special - it was a blast!
Then another time several years ago, a very good friend of mine asked me if I would DJ a party she was having. Her roommate was a dancer at Schiek's and said that a bunch of the other dancers would be there. I played it off like it was no big deal, but secretly I was thinking "this is gonna be awesome!" It wasn't... All they did was complain about my music and told me I was ruining the party by not playing hip-hop. After an hour or so, I asked my friend if she could just put on a CD so I could go home. SM
: If you summed up this interview in five words or less, what would you say?CF
: Way cool!! Me drinkee-drinkee.
Christian currently djs on Wednesday nights at Jetset: 115 North 1st Street, Downtown
Minneapolis. Throw some sushi at him and see if he'll play you some Usher.
Join us tomorrow for more hotdish.