DuneCast/FRESH Sessions With Alex Harrington
This month, I’m happy to welcome Hard Rock Palm Springs resident DJ Paparazzi, aka Cesar Rios.
Since you’re from L.A., what has it been like transitioning to being a Coachella Valley resident?
As far as living day to day, it’s actually been a great transition for me. It’s paradise everyday and night here. Plus, I’m extremely lucky to have my DJ residency at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs. … Nevertheless, being born and raised in L.A., I do miss a good local scene. In Palm Springs, I feel like it’s not here ... yet. I do see it changing. I’m betting it will come when Bardot, (the new nightclub) at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, opens (tonight), where I will be curating events.
What would you say your style or favored genres are?
Dance music. Always dance music. Anything beyond that is a discussion I don’t get into.
What would you consider your "best" gig?
Coachella. Set-wise, it was a mess, though. I don’t normally plan my DJ sets in their entirety, but for some reason, I got obsessed with it just for that gig. I worked on it for about a month. … Thirty minutes before my set time, I was told instead of DJing for 45 minutes, I would be DJing for three hours in the Sahara Tent. … It wasn’t bad or anything; it just wasn’t great. At heart, I’m a club DJ, and I mean club DJ in the old-school sense of the word. I tend to play to what I think would make the best experience for my crowd.
Paparazzi has a lot in store for Palm Springs, make sure you follow him on his social media to keep up with it all!
- Chris Lake, “Chest”
- Vin Sol, “Off the Chain”
- Marcelo Cura, “That Sh*t” (Pirupa and Leon Remix)
- Billy Kenny, “I Eat Beats” (Ardalan Remix)
- Stephane 1993, “Plaques”
- Manik, “Silver”
- Sophie, “Lemonade” (Durante Edit)
- Tiga Vs. Boys Noize, “100”
- Tinashe, “Hand on Deck” (Giraffage Remix)
- Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen” (Figgy Remix)
- Autoerotique, “Woof”
- Frankie Knuckles, “Baby Wants to Ride”
- Zombie Disco Squad featuring DJ Funk, “Twerk”
- Treasure Fingers and Anna Lunoe, “Bad MF”
- Donna Summers, “Our Love” (Blake Baxter Remix)
- Armando, “Don’t Take It” (Thomo’s Re-edit)
- Stip Steve, “Ridin’”
- Jamie XX featuring Young Thug and Popcaan, “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)”