The Deep End

He runs two record labels, tours feverishly, and has more side projects than you can shake a tail feather at. So what if Orlando's DJ Icey is a busy man? He always makes time to venture down south to wax nostalgic for his anxious fans. After all, it's where his career took shape.

"In South Florida," Icey says, "I get to break out some tunes from early records and CDs I've released, from 1995 onwards, that people outside of Florida don't really know."

Having free reign to temper old with new isn't the only unique aspect of the world-renowned breaks-wizard's SoFla shows. While the world's dance-floor addicts are more likely to catch Icey at a fancy club, he'd rather keep it personal at a smaller venue. "I don't get a chance to play small shows that often," Icey says. "A 200 or 300 person club is always loads of fun. With a bumpin' sound system, you can vibe with the people much more intimately."

Icey's music is constantly on the move as well. In March, he mixed up an installment in the popular U.K. compilation series, Y4K — a groovy mix of hip-hop, jazz, and disco laced with sweet vocals and smooth breaks. But no matter the locale, it's the killer vibe that keeps Icey's butt in gear. "I concentrate on the dance floor when I am spinning and constantly vibe off the crowd," Icey says. "I like to shake my ass in the booth right along with the dance floor."

DJ Icey cuts it up at 10 p.m. Friday, June 9, at Delux Nightclub and Lounge, 16 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Admission costs $10 for 21 and up. Call 561-279-4792.

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John Linn