DJ Tony Moran kicked gay Atlanta’s ass at Peach Party to open a summer of dance parties. Now he’s back on Saturday at Jungle to close out the season like no else can.
Costumes, cocktails and new music to celebrate his work and give a nod to a Dragon*Con weekend in Atlanta. So we caught up with Moran ahead of his return to chat about his chart-topping work with Martha Wash, his single with Todd Terry and his spiritual experience with Atlanta’s beluga whales.
Looking forward to returning to Atlanta? Any special places you like to visit or things you like to do while here?
I love to eat and have been to some incredible places, but on my last trip, my boyfriend took me to your incredible Georgia Aquarium. It was huge! I saw everything. I was so surprised. I ran like a boy to see everything and I totally fell in love with the white whales. Just a spiritual experience. The aquarium was the biggest I had ever been to and I encourage everyone to go.
You kicked off Peach Party in Atlanta in June, and the boys at Heretic got to enjoy your work. How will this gig at Jungle be different?
Heretic is the perfect party spot and has proven that for decades. I love them both, but Jungle is my home. The way the stage is set up for me and the sound and lighting provides me with the tools to take you on journeys you've never been to before.
Jungle's event is superhero costume play in honor of Dragon*Con. If you were a superhero, which one would you be?
I’d be the contemporary Robin. He dresses cool, he kicks ass, and it's a great outfit.
How do you approach an event like this one, with a superhero theme?
I'll have musical surprises, but I'll also have some temporary tattoos.
Tell us about your new single with Martha Wash, “I'm Not Coming Down.” It's blowing up the charts.
Martha Wash and I have been long time friends and collaborators for years. We became even stronger after our No. 1 Billboard dance hit, “Keep Your Body Working.” We were on each other's minds. I had written a song for her to be released soon on my label, Sugar House, and when we met to discuss, she brought up her newly released album and asked if I could release one of the singles from the album to promote it. I could not say “no,” especially when she told me she was a co-writer on it. So I poured all of myself into making not just the song heard, but Martha as well. She is such a legendary figure and she should be honored not for one song, but for her body of work. I think I got a lot done and it makes me proud that she was such a part of it. No back seat driving.
What is your favorite song, or artist, to play at the moment?
Can I be biased and say my new single with Todd Terry, which I just shot a great video for it, too? I love it and it will be released this weekend. Because I am singing on it, I was a little self-conscious at first, but just for a minute. I love performing in front of the booth as well as in the booth. I am just a great place. Comfortable in my own skin and people know it.
After Atlanta, what's next for you?
Lot's of travel to far away lands. Just returned from China, but I am going straight to Vancouver, then Dallas, then Folsom for Magnitude and the list goes on.
Any closing thoughts?
I’ve been everywhere, but Atlanta is one of my absolute favorites. Thank you for all the love and support you have given to me.
DJ Tony Moran hits Atlanta on Saturday for Superhero Cosplay with Superstar DJ Tony Moran at Jungle. Discover more about him on his website, follow him on Twitter and listen to his beats on SoundCloud.