Meet Tommy Locust. You can catch him spinning most weekends at Chill Bar Palm Springs, where he’s the resident DJ and marketing jedi. He’s a lifelong Southern Californian and former Mr. Palm Springs Leather who’s been a DJ for 14 years. He’s also a huge comic-book nerd—and you can see him performing as DJ Deadpool on most Saturdays for the next month or two. (Full disclosure: He’s also an Independent contributor.) For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ChillBarPalmSprings.
What was the first concert you attended?
No Doubt, the Tragic Kingdom tour, in Devore, Calif.
What was the first album you owned?
Dookie, Green Day.
What bands are you listening to right now?
The Flusters. I don’t really like a lot of bands right now; they’re one of the few ones I like.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
I feel like I get every kind of music there is. I give every kind of music a huge chance, and I haven’t found anything I really don’t like. My personal taste in music is vastly eclectic, ranging from old Southern hymnals to Europop from the ’90s.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Queen. The band was one of the best live acts of all time.
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
Spurline on Arenas Road. It lets me get old-school my gay on, and I love the crowd participation.
What’s your favorite music venue?
The Scorpion Room at Chill Bar Palm Springs! I’m biased, but the musical performances there have been magical. So far, my favorite has been by Jennifer Corday.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
“Shoop shoop ba-doop, shoop ba-doop, shoop ba-doop ba-doop ba-doop,” Salt-N-Pepa, “Shoop.”
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Queen. Freddie Mercury is the best male singer who ever lived. He inspired me to be out, loud and free.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
Mumford and Sons: “I understand needing to evolve as an artist, but why would you change your sound so much, to the point where it’s unrecognizable, alienating your fan base which helped you change the music industry?”
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“A Kind of Magic,” Queen.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
The soundtrack from Kill Bill: Volume 1. A lot of that has to do with me being a huge movie freak.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
“Deadpool Rap” by Teamheadkick. It’s a rap about Deadpool that breaks the fourth wall like only Deadpool can. “Merc with a mouth …” (Scroll down to hear it.)