Music + Film

Meet Sayers Resident DJ Anthony Valadez

May 17, 2016
Written by: Yasha Wallin
Images by Chase McCurdy

Anthony Valadez traces his love for music back to Diana Ross and when he first listened to KCRW. Today, the LA native is not just a fan, but has a show on the popular radio station. He also regularly DJs at The Sayers Club in Hollywood and SLS Las Vegas, spinning everything from reggae and salsa, to 90s hip hop. We caught up with the DJ, producer, and photographer, to hear his reflections on playing at Sayers, and who he’s listening to on repeat. And don’t forget to catch him in person most Thursdays for Sayers SeSSions or Saturdays!

What made you choose music?
I was always a curious child. I was intrigued by sounds on the radio. Music also kept me out of trouble. Rather than waste my time on the streets with friends I spent my time in pawn shops purchasing turntables, samplers and would just lock myself in my room listening to records.

What is your favorite thing about performing at The Sayers Club?
Everything. The scent of the room, the staff, that exact moment I walk in for sound check, and I see the drum kit sitting center stage; it’s all magic. Jason Scoppa is all about the magic of moments. Sometimes when it’s all taking place on stage, I like to glance at the audience, and that’s the payoff. Most importantly, it’s a place I can let loose on the turntables and take folks on a unique musical journey.

If you had to listen to one song on repeat for the rest of your life what would it be?
Hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to pick two. Toro Y Moi’s “Cola,” or Childish Gambino “Flight Of The Navigator.” Both are hypnotic. They take you out of your environment. I listen to both of these when I’m on long trips or flights.

If you could bring one musician back from the dead, who would it be and why?
Another tough one. I don’t want to go with the obvious, but, oh why not—Michael Jackson. His drive was unparalleled. I wish he could have lived to see his “This Is It” tour manifest. That would have been super awesome. His energy still lives on. When I’m DJing in the clubs, I still see folks dance like him. And the fact that his recorded material in the 80s still sounds timeless is amazing.