Patrick Elliott has been spinning in the gentlemen’s club industry since he was made an offer he couldn’t refuse. Here, Elliott dishes on what it takes to be successful in the underrated role of DJ.
It was as if the 10,000-plus lakes of Minnesota conspired and delegated five of their most beautiful nymphs to ask Patrick Elliott one request.
“We want you to be our DJ.”
Patrick was a DJ spinning in Minneapolis when the aforementioned women—entertainers—came forward with this declaration.
“The next day, I went down to Solid Gold (now Downtown Cabaret), auditioned,” Patrick recalls, “got the gig and the rest is blurry…”
Patrick hasn’t looked back since that day of divine intervention. We had the chance to ask Patrick about his three-decade career in the gentlemen’s club community, as well as his favorite music to play in and out of the club. Don’t miss Patrick’s personalized Spotify playlist, courtesy of StripJointsMusic.com!
PATRICK: Reading the room/crowd and knowing what’s gonna work and when to play it is how you successfully “toss the musical salad.”
ED: What is your favorite music to play on a busy Saturday night at the club? Conversely, when you’re not in the club, what music do you prefer to listen to?
“Reading the room/crowd and knowing what’s gonna work and when to play it is how you successfully ‘toss the musical salad.'”
Current club: Flashdancers NYC (Midtown & Downtown locations)
Years employed at the club: 4
Years in the industry: 29
Favorite recording artist: The Rolling Stones
Industry heroes: Dennis DeGori, Randy Beasley, Tommy T & Russell Bennedetto
Favorite feature entertainer: Gypsy Rose Lee
Favorite DJ or industry pro: OG PANDAs
Favorite part of your work night: Creating and successfully maintaining an orgy of libations and gyrations
Pet working peeve: Don’t toss a monkey wrench into a well-oiled machine
Advice for fellow club DJs: No matter what, be nice, professional and remember why they hired you!