You know Reed Rothchild’s in the house if you smell the smoky deliciousness of freshly cooked bacon wafting in the air. Yeeeeeahhhh buddy! It’s always time for bacon when Reed Rothchild is around. He loves bacon so much that he comes equipped to each of his shows with a bag of delicious bacon, or what he’s now dubbed as Rave Bacon. Now tell me, how many DJs do you know who will feed you a tasty breakfast side dish while you rage to his tunes? I only know of one. The Baconator himself, Reed Rothchild.
Rothchild is one of the most fun and diverse DJs I’ve seen in the DC area. He literally plays EVERYTHING. No matter where he plays, whether it’s at Starscape, Mega, or any other Steez Promo rave, you’ll hear a nice mix of moombahton, electro, hip-hop, and Baltimore club. He’s all over the place, in a good way. He’ll keep you interested all night and he actually looks like he has fun doing it. The energy transfers very well. One of my favorite events he throws is his bi-monthly party, Reed vs. Reed, at Little Miss Whiskeys in DC, where he teams up with Obeyah for an all-night jam session of drunken debauchery. Little Miss Whiskeys crafts up this deceptively tasty creeper house drink that’ll put you on that next level. Combine that with Rothchild’s expert selecting and you really have a night you couldn’t forget even if you wanted to.
On that note, this Sunday we’ll be celebrating a magical holiday also known as Reed Rothchild’s Birthday. He’s made it to see thirty years on this here Planet Earth all while keeping that boyish figure. I dunno how he does it but it might have something to do with the breakfast mafia so I don’t ask questions. Either way, he’ll be throwing a birthday rager at Rock & Roll Hotel in DC called Moombacon Massive. (See what he did there?) The party starts at 8PM and if you get there early, you can even join him in a Feast of the Godz featuring fried chicken and bacon. If that doesn’t give you a heart attack, check out this killer line-up of DJs – Baltimore club legend Scottie B, King Tutt, James Nasty, Uncle Jesse, DJ Smudge, Keenan, Denman, and the birthday boy himself. One look at the line-up and amenities and it feels more like a gift to us than it is to him but I think he really gets off on watching people get gluttonous in the club. I’m not mad at that. Party on, Garth.
Fun Bonus Fact: Moombacon Massive also serves as a celebration of the re-launch of his notoriously hilarious corner of the World Wide Web, Head of Rothchild. HOR serves as a bacon-centric hub of disgustingly delicious recipes, sophisticated critiques of shitty MySpace rappers, and all that other weird Internet shit. HOR is gut-wrenching on the regular, either from constant uproarious laughter or the thought that your insides might explode if you ate anything he cooks up, like The Dog Child (WHAT IS THAT?!). But now he’s taking one step closer towards world domination by adding a rack of like-minded individuals who are eager to contribute to the Power of Pork. And your girl might could be involved in that. ;)
So in the interest of really getting to know The Baconator, I hassled The Man for a little bit of information. This is me sharing the wealth. Below, we talk about Baltimore club, bacon, and what we can do to prepare ourselves for Sunday’s Moombacon Massive.
Cool Breezy: Normal Protocol. For the people who aren’t familiar yet, how long have you been DJing and what’s your favorite genre to spin?
Reed Rothchild: I started playing out in DC around 2000. My first “gig” started in a basement of an Irish Pub where college kids would come down with their Kinko’s IDs and nearly drink themselves into a coma. Oddly enough, that place is still there today. My favorite genre to spin has and always will be Baltimore Club. It’s what really opened my eyes to other music before getting into DJing. Back in the mid 90’s my friends and I would drive down to a club in DC but would stay in the car listening to the 92Q live broadcast because it was one of the only times we got to hear it. Then we would go in all hyped up. A lot of the music I play, even if it isn’t straight Baltimore Club, you can hear the influence in a lot of tracks. That’s about it for genres. I keep my sets as an open book, you’re going to hear a little bit of everything, plus I have mad A.D.D. so I like to go fast in order to keep interested.
CB: I’ve been to plenty of your shows and I’m getting the feeling that you really like to facilitate the madness. Do you have any crazy stories you wanna share from one of your sets?
RR: I could go on about a few memorable gems but would need to check the statute of limitations first. I’ve been doing it for almost ten years now so a lot of it is starting to become blurry memory-wise but I have to say for whatever reason I’ve seen a lot of fights. When I lived in Vegas a few years ago, I played at a pool party and saw a couple fucking in a Cabana. I thought it was awesome but apparently that’s about as common as Nikes out there.
CB: I really wanna get down to business though. I’ve seen you two on the streets, in the club, and in DC’s finest eateries. How long have you and bacon been in a committed relationship and how is it working out for you? I don’t wanna get too presumptuous but you seem pretty happy together.
RR: It’s a great relationship, no doubt. Bacon has been with me through the hard times and the good times. Never complains and is always there for you. The only time we got into it and 911 was called, it was for an ambulance.
CB: Word on the mean streets is that Head of Rothchild is gonna be seeing a re-launch next week. What’s in store for everybody? Will we still be seeing your heart-stopping bacon recipes, endless social commentary, and of course, Ziplok’s dope rapping skills?
RR: Your source is correct as usual. The H.O.R. is coming up on its two year anniversary and I thought it would be a good time to expand the brand by bringing in a few more creative faces who I think share the same mindset as me. It’s going to have a new look, even have advertisers, but fear not, you’re going to see the same fatboy recipes, great music, and discovering some of the crazy creatures the Internet has to offer.
CB: Tell us what we need to know to get prepared for Moombacon Massive. How should we avoid getting carried out on a stretcher?
RR: Come with an empty stomach, rested liver, and an open mind musically. Have to give a huge thanks to Smudge and the crew over at One Love Massive who have been super helpful in pushing this event. It’s going to be a melting pot of activity with Free Bacon, Free Fried Chicken, and Free Condoms. Also celebrating the H.O.R. re-launch along with the miracle known as my 30th birthday. The massive basically reflects on everything that the H.O.R. is about: food, music, and a shit show. I’m super excited to have some of my favorite DJ’s come aboard for it – Scottie B, King Tutt, Uncle Jesse, James Nasty, Smudge, Keenan, and Denman. Thank GAWD Monday is a holiday because we’re all going to need the recovery time.