69 seconds with … DJ Christoker

Spend 69 Seconds With Vancouver DJ Christoker.

MEET DJ Christoker

DJ ChristokerDJ Christoker started his musical journey sneaking out of his parent’s windows to follow that passion for a packed dance floor and banging beats.

Raised in the thriving after hours and rave scene Edmonton was pumping out in the late 90’s, Christoker was a slave to the dance floor. Funky house was the sound and every weekend was the dance scene’s proving ground.

Craving Epic buildups and slamming breakdowns interlaced with enthralling vocals Christoker takes the crowd on a roller coaster ride of Funk, Electro, and Bassline beats.

Rocking everything from Clubs to Fashion shows, Festivals to Parades – bring your dancing shoes!

DJ Christoker is a contestant in the Hot Gay DJ project and looks forward to your support on June 3rd for the Hot Gay DJ Davie Village Tour and on August 2nd for the grand finale event.

01Your first job.
My Baba (Ukrainian G-Ma) was an area rep for Mac’s Convenience Stores, and she dressed me up as the Mac’s cat mascot for all the store openings and customer appreciation days. It was so hot and I was soaked with sweat inside but, I got all the Frosters I wanted.

02The job you wanted as a child.
When I was four, I really wanted to drive a Limo. I was enthralled with them and I think a little bit of that has stuck with me. Most of the vehicles I’ve had are large and outrageous. My first summer in Vancouver ’05 was spent in a old 70’s Dodge shaggin’ wagon with tinted moon windows in the shape of the male and female/Mars and Venus symbols. A few years later I bought a Camperized mini-schoolbus which was hell to drive around Vancouver but it was the star of my friends and my Pride Parade float in ’08. I just recently sold my Dodge Grand Caravan and have relinquished my title as Soccer Dad, although for the boarding season it was amazing and doubled as my Whistler home during the Olympics.

03Your hero.
Jake Gyllenhaal. Mostly because I love looking at him. There is also the fact that he is an amazing actor that lives through his work. I’m always jealous of people who have made their work what they live for and love every minute of it. I know I’ll get there one day but it’s definitely an uphill battle.

04Your biggest indulgence.
Partying. I’m one of the cheapest people I know and spend next to nothing for my clothing (especially for a gay man). But music festivals, concerts, club nights, house parties and Burning Man events are where I choose to splurge.

05One thing no one knows about you (and you are willing to share).
When I was eight I wanted to travel with a carnival and be a carnie. The ride I wanted to run the most was the Gravitron. I liked the idea of sitting the the middle yelling at people stuck against the walls and choosing the music for their rides up the wall. DO YOU WANNA GO FASTER???!!!!

06What’s getting the most play in your iPod right now?
Album: Plastic Beach by The Gorillaz. I’ve always loved The Gorillaz and their new album is departure from the high energy electro influenced past albums. This wasn’t what I was expecting and at first I was somewhat apprehensive about it. Upon second listening I really lost myself in the dynamic range of each track. Rhinestone Eyes is one of my favorites with a straight forward drum beat and layers of ascending and descending synths and vocal samples. The collaborations are also a huge bonus on an album. You get diversity in tracks and you can feel the influence of artists like Mos Def, Lou Reed, Snoop Dogg, and De La Soul. As a DJ, I love when producers collaborate to create a new sound, borrowing from each others style and learning to leave their comfort zone. Producers: Lazy Rich, Hirshee, The Soundpushers, and Foamo (Hottie!)

07The three things you would want with you on a deserted island.
My iPhone, a satellite modem, and a solar generator.

08The name of the last book you read.
Captive: A Survival Story by Donalda Reid. I love losing myself in a good non-fiction and try to wrap my head around all the incredible experiences that people have in this world. Captive is the story of a Vancouver woman who gets abducted by Hutu rebels in the Rwanada and held for a week with 3 other tourists. The imagery and interlaced facts about what actually went on during the genocide of the Hutu by the Tutsi’s in the late 90’s made this one of my most memorable reads. Most of the books emotional power comes in the last third once Reid makes it out of the jungle alive by herself and never sees the other captives again and tries to resume her life in Canada. Reid eventually underwent years of invaluable psychotherapy to deal with what was diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder. The detail of her treatment in the book is very thorough and give invaluable insight on what the brain goes through during and after a traumatic experience. The crowing moment of Reid owning what happened to her was getting her book published after refusing to talk to anyone about it for 10 years. All the proceeds of the book goes to help Canadian Stephen Lewis’s two-year-old organization, Grandmothers to Grandmothers (Gogos), which supports countless African grandmothers raising children who have lost their parents to war, AIDS and other diseases.

09 One word your best friend would use to describe you.
Charismatic.

10 The one thing any visitor to Vancouver simply cannot miss.
Wreck Beach. Where else can you get away from it all in Vancouver while wearing nothing at all.

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