WPPS :: The DJs Bring All the Boys to the Yard (Part 2)
Over the years the growth of White Party has definitely been heightened by the most ambitious and mind blowing audiovisuals, cutting edge design and spectacular decor transformations of party venues, and the most elaborate and innovative stage productions with spellbinding performances. But, it has consistently been the music that "brings all the boys to the yard." White Party Palm Springs is after all a huge circuit party held over 3 days and brings with it some of the biggest names in DJ music. It is no mistake that WPPS has launched the careers of many rising star DJs, and featured high-caliber DJs/producers like Dave Audé, Junior Vasquez, Victor Calderone, Freemasons, Rosabel, Manny Lehman, Tony Moran and the late Peter Rauhofer. This year the 25th Anniversary event again assembles some of the best DJs and music producers in the world; DJ Shane Stiel, DJ/Producer/Remixer Chris Cox, 2x Grammy Nominated DJ/Producer Tony Moran, DJ Chi Chi LaRue, DJ Joshua D, DJ Superstar Manny Lehman, DJ Gustavo Scorpio, DJ Alex Acosta, DJ Ivan Gomez, DJ Dani Toro, DJ GRIND, DJ Wayne G, DJ Ralphi Rosario, DJ Guy Scheiman, DJ/Producer Abel and the debut of Bent Collective featuring DJ/Producers Danny Verde and Steven Redant.
I spoke with 8 of White Party’s DJs to get a feel of their excitement in playing this world renown event, and a hint of what we can expect on the dance floor come White Party Palm Springs weekend.
DJ MANNY LEHMAN
One of an elite crew of DJs who has headlined every major event on the gay party circuit - twice, often more - Manny Lehman credits his highly-acclaimed performances in 1999 at both the White Party in Palm Springs and Montreal’s Black & Blue Recovery Party as the catalysts that sent his career soaring into overdrive. A pivotal gig at South Beach’s Club Amnesia soon followed, as did later residencies at the legendary Twilo in New York City, Miami’s Crobar, Factory and Here in Los Angeles, Nation in Washington, D.C. and New York’s Avalon (aka Limelight) and Roxy. Complementing this perpetual flurry of nightclub bookings are frequent guest spots at world-renowned weekend dance events like White and Winter Parties in South Beach, Chicago’s Fireball, Cherry in D.C. and Gay Disney in Orlando, many of which have become perennial gigs.
International stops regularly include such exotic locales as Tel Aviv, London, Ibiza and, Paris, Rio de Janiero , Mexico City, Montreal, and Japan, Thailand, Amsterdam, and Sao Paulo, Cologne, and Nice, among others. From parties at 10,000-foot snow-covered peaks requiring helicopter transport to beach parties in Thailand, Stadiums of 30,000 people, and even SONY Picture’s Opening Night for the Cannes Film Festiva, Lehman has done it all. Manny Lehman has also left an indelible mark on dance music culture through his various roles behind the scenes. During his stint developing new talent as an executive at A&M Records, Manny discovered powerhouse diva CeCe Peniston. He later executive produced her first single, "Finally," which went on to become one of the definitive club anthems of the early 90s.
BeBe: Fast forward to the end of your DJ set at WPPS, how do want White Party goers to describe their experience partying to your set?
Manny Lehman: Celebratory! It is the 25th anniversary! I also want to celebrate as well. I been playing at White Party for Jeffrey Sanker for years. It’s a honor to be part of such an amazing weekend!
BeBe: What mix do you always go to, as of late, to get a circuit party going?
Manny Lehman: I can’t say what mix, but i love that edgy big room sound. The kind of sound that Tommy Love, The Bent Collective and Rosabel have. I love that energy feel-good stuff with an edge.
BeBe: If there was a song title created to best describe the vibe of the music you spin and/or produce what would that song title be!?
Manny Lehman: Hmmmm, good question! It could be "Last Dance" (laughs) but, I think maybe "I Will Survive" (again laughs).
BeBe: What are your Top 5 songs on your playlist?
Manny Lehman: 1. "Can’t Remember To Forget You ( Razor & Guido Mix) - Rihanna & Shakira, 2. "Here We Go (Ranny Mix) - Consuleo Costin, 3. "Dominate Me" - Bouvier & Barona Featuring: Amber Dirks, 4. "Bombs Away" - Gia, 5. "Addicted To You (Deep Influence Mix) - Avicci
BeBe: What is your next big gig following WPPS?
Manny Lehman: All the gay prides are coming in fast. So as summer quickly approaches, I will be gearing up for a scorching summer! (www.djmannylehman.com)