We all love superheroes, and we all love the U.S. of A. And on this Fourth of July weekend, a.k.a. the most American weekend ever, quintessential Fort Lauderdale Beach club Exit 66 acknowledges this fact with a party dedicated to those with superhuman powers who save the world in their spare time, the Red and White Super Party.
The poolside blowout takes place July 6 and is "a party for everyone," very democratic. Expect gogo dancers, epic costumes, and house beats spun by the visionary mastermind of this whole event DJ Kidd Madonny.
We hit up Madonny, who's spun at huge spots like Space, Mansion, and Revolution, and has a the physique of Batman, to get the lowdown on this, his very patriotic venture.
New Times: What makes this Fourth of July party different than any other past or future Forth of July parties?
DJ Kidd Madonny: I'm finally producing my own event. What's been in my head, my vision, will be in my Super Party. I'm designing the decor and the costumes, directing the entertainment and taking my one man DJ show to the next level.
Musically, what can people expect? Tons of patriotic dance music?
Expect high energy dance music, a mix of house, tribal, trance, progressive, and vocals.
The Exit 66 party is superhero/villain themed. Who is your favorite villain that you love to hate?
If there was a modern day Lex Luthor, that would be my love/hate villain. But since I don't have one of those, I'll stick with the original.
Are you Superman obsessed?
Yes! Ever since I was a child.
If you were a superhero, what are some songs that would get you pumped to save the world?
Old house dance classics like "Relentless" and "Can You Party." Songs like that always get me going.
What's the best thing about Pride (he recently played Pride in Wilton Manors)?
Unity... Seeing the gay community come together as one.
Do you ever travel to other Pride events around the world?
Yes, I have. I still do. I've been all over the globe: Amsterdam, Toronto, Cologne, plus a ton of U.S. cities: NY, Tampa, Orlando, San Diego, Denver, and the list goes on.
We hear you are working to expand your audience from the gay and lesbian community. Can you elaborate on that?
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We are getting asked to play at larger event spaces. Dance music by nature is a very democratic means of communication. No matter what language you speak, be it German, Italian, Dutch or Japanese, we hear the same sound when the kick drum goes boom. Music is by nature, very inclusive in that manner. So, with nearly 5,000 Facebook fans, over 5,000 followers on Instagram and other various social media, people are going to be hearing the music.
Also, what demographic do you hope to add to your audience?
I also own and operate a decor and nightclub and event design company called 3D X Inc. and travel all over the U.S. and parts of the world to service my clients. Many of them are mainstream event producers, nightclubs and talent buyers. When they see and hear that I am also a DJ, and they can get their sets designed as well, there is a bit of overlap, so it's only logical that I'd get called on to play for their audiences as well.
I love to perform, so if it's a convention or corporate event that requests a specific style, I can custom design the sounds they hear and the sights from the LED walls to the decor and carry that motif forward for my client.
Do you have a favorite local gay spot you'd recommend to the out of towner?
Hmm... That's a tough one. I don't look at places as being gay or straight. Instead, I ask myself a simple question: Will I have a good time? If the answer's yes, I'm there. That's the mentality and the approach I'm taking with my Super Party. Everyone's welcome: gay, straight, men, women, young, old. The only thing you need to be is ready to have a good time.
What's your workout regimen?
I work out five days a week, alternating between lifting weights and P90X (cross-training that uses your own body weight).
Red and White Super Party with DJ Kidd Madonny, 10 p.m., July 6, at Exit 66, 219 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Visit wanttickets.com/super.
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