Local DJ Guy Worden is known for creating and mixing a unique style of dance music. Originally from San Diego, Worden started his DJ career in underground clubs and at parties more than a decade and a half ago; today, he frequently tours (and plays local gigs, too). He has a passion for hosting charity events and live art shows, and his goal is to inspire people with music and art. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/guywordenmusic.
What was the first concert you attended?
In high school, I attended a bunch of concerts; the most memorable one, though, was Pink Floyd at the Rose Bowl. There was a gigantic pig that floated above the audience. It was pretty surreal.
What was the first album you owned?
When I was 4, I asked my mom to buy me Queen’s The Game. I was obsessed with “Another One Bites the Dust.”
What bands are you listening to right now?
Claptone, Duck Sauce, Crazibiza, Groove Armada, Girl Talk, Black Keys, Cut Copy, Martin Solveig, DJ Dan, Fedde Le Grand, WhiteNoize, Dirtybird, Capital Cities, Florence and the Machine, Tiga, Federico Scavo, Dani Masi, Daft Punk and pretty much any old soul music.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
Polka. I just don’t get why people love it so much.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
I’ve always wanted to see U2 play live. I’ve heard their shows are out of this world.
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been addicted to Motown and blues. More recently, I’ve been drawn to bluegrass; there’s just something raw and unpolished about it that draws me in.
What’s your favorite music venue?
There was a place in downtown San Diego called the Red C Lounge. It was underground, pretty small, unassuming—and when it was packed, it would get hot as hades. I played there on Saturdays, which was “house music” night, and it would be full of like minded people who just came to dance, hear new music and have a good time. I have the best memories from that place.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
This is a tough question, because it literally changes everyday, but after reading this question, “I just can’t get you out of my head. Boy your loving is all I think about” by Kylie Minogue is now stuck. Thanks.
What band or artist changed your life? How?
My friend Dave, who used to go by DJ Davey Dub, taught me how to DJ and got me my first gig. His influence permanently changed my life.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
I would probably ask Ludwig van Beethoven: “Can you hear me now?”
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“Dead Man’s Party” or “Another One Bites the Dust” would both be appropriate.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
I had the Pixies’ Doolittle stuck in the CD player in my car for six months. I learned to love that album.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
Al Green “Here I Am,” because who doesn’t love that freakin’ song? (Scroll down to hear it!)