The Village Pub in downtown Palm Springs is trying to make Sunday a fun day, with its aptly named—you guessed it—Sunday Funday lineup. At 1 p.m. every Sunday, Scott Carter will take the stage, giving way to Rob Martinez at 5. And at 9 p.m., put on your dancing shoes (whatever that means) for the IdolEyez DJs: Kohdi Rayne and Anwaar Hines. Rayne, 28, is the lead house DJ at the Village Pub, and he’s called the valley home since 2008; Hines, 35, is a Yucca Valley resident. For more information, visit www.palmspringsvillagepub.com, or better yet, track down the pub on Facebook. The IdolEyez guys were kind enough to run The Lucky 13 gauntlet; here are their responses.
What was the first concert you attended?
Kohdi: Nocturnal Wonderland, in 1999.
Anwaar: The Boys (“Dial My Heart”) at the Hawthorne Mall.
What was the first album you owned?
Kohdi: 311, self-titled.
Anwaar: Beastie Boys, License to Ill, and 2 Live Crew, until my mother burned (them). I guess 12-year-olds aren’t supposed to be listening to “Throw That D.”
What bands are you listening to right now?
Kohdi: As a DJ spinning records more than 30 hours a week, I don’t listen to anything I’m not playing for a crowd. Too much sound blasting in my ears makes me really appreciate how loud silence is.
Anwaar: Bayside, Tiger Army, Death On Wednesday, Platypus, and the Ohio Players.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
Kohdi: I play what the people want and what makes me move. I have an understanding and an underlying appreciation for all the music I play. I never understood “Dutch house” for the longest time. It all makes sense now.
Anwaar: Are people still listening to dubstep? That would be my answer if so.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Kohdi: I have been dying to see Daft Punk live! They’re phenomenal artists I was raised listening to, but they stopped touring after I got into the scene.
Anwaar: Metallica, Platypus, and Queen.
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
Kohdi: I have a pseudo passion for musicals. Did someone say Rent?
Anwaar: Teena Marie.
What’s your favorite music venue?
Kohdi: I have played more than 1,500 events around the U.S. My favorite location has to be The Date Shed. They have the absolute BEST sound out here, and the decor is incredible. So many major artists have played there. The location tends to resonate with old souls.
Anwaar: The Village Pub, and Gallagher’s Irish Pub in San Diego.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
Kohdi: “I’m up all night to get lucky,” Daft Punk (featuring Pharrell Williams), “Get Lucky.”
Anwaar: “I’m feeling like a star, you can’t stop my shine, I’m lovin’ cloud nine, my head’s in the sky, I’m solo, I’m ridin’ solo, I’m ridin’ solo, I’m ridin’ solo, solo,” Jason Derulo, “Ridin’ Solo.” My 22-month-old daughter keeps it on replay.
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Kohdi: DJ Irene! She is the reason I started spinning records: incredible energy, full of positivity, and she mixed killer music. I based my track selection and tastes around her stage presence until I developed my own over the last 15 years.
Anwaar: Platypus. It was my father’s band in the 1970s before he passed in 1979, and on June 1, I got to go to Dayton, Ohio, and play drums in his honor with his brothers in the band—meeting them and my family for the first time ever after.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
Kohdi: I would ask DJ BL3ND to battle me without his mask on.
Anwaar: “Why do you sing through your nose like that?” to the lead singer of Creed.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
Kohdi: “Lebanese Blonde,” Thievery Corporation. It’s the song that opened my mind to what the word “groove” really means! I’m sure Anwaar himself will mix it in for me!
Anwaar: I’m gonna die? That’s news to me! I guess I never really thought about it. I won’t be there to hear it, and … I know Kohdi Rayne will drop a hell of a set, so I’m sure I’ll be happy with whatever is played. My funeral will be a party; it’s in my will.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Kohdi: Incubus, Make Yourself. The album is FUNKY and groovy! And some of the best DJs in the world are in there. I have memorized and practiced every scratch routine on that album hundreds of times.
Anwaar: Any Bone Thugs-N-Harmony or Teena Marie album.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
Kohdi: Jamiroquai, “Little L.” It’s hard to get groovier than that!
Anwaar: New Kids on the Block, “Remix (I Like The).” LOVE IT! (Scroll down to hear both songs!)