Tristan Jaxx puts porn aside, readies his beats for Atlanta debut

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Tristan Jaxx likes to make gay men throb all night long. But since he's given up the porn where he made his name, Jaxx makes you throb on the dance floor now that he's remade himself as a hard-hitting, hard-working DJ. He arrives in Atlanta on Saturday.

Jaxx has a body built for porn. But put that aside so you can enjoy the music that has made Jaxx a staple of the dance circuit scene and after hours parties on the West Coast. Before he makes his Atlanta debut at Jungle, we caught up with him to discuss the transition from the gay sex flicks to the DJ booth, what his fans can expect on Saturday and what's next for this sexy talent.

How did you make the leap from your porn work to the DJ booth?

Lots of practice spinning and collecting music, something I have been doing far longer than my DJ career. I finally had a chance to really show people my DJ style when I was hired to spin in the side room for a big San Francisco party while the headlining DJ played in the main room. I managed to hold the majority of the crowd that night, despite only having the side room, something the promoter had never seen happen before. Soon after that, I was offered a promoter/resident position at BeatBox in San Francisco, where I created Chaos, which has been operating successfully each month for over 2.5 years. 

In past interviews, you've discussed how being in porn hampered your DJ career and how critics have attacked you for it. Do you still do sex films? And how do you address your critics?

I have not worked in the adult industry for over two years. Transitioning between careers was an uphill battle because I had to prove to everyone that I wasn't in the nightlife industry just for fame and/or money but because I truly have a passion for music. Over the past several years, I have worked very hard on my productions, musical taste and spinning style to create my own sound and I believe I have surpassed the “porn star DJ” stereotype. If there are still any naysayers, I invite them to visit my SoundCloud to listen to my live sets and productions and see for themselves how much I live for music. I feel it's pretty apparent in my work that this is what I was born to do.

What inspires you in the DJ booth?

My biggest inspiration is the crowd. I live for the energy people feed me and it pushes me to work even harder to make sure that each and every time I spin it's a unique and unforgettable night. 

Have you visited Atlanta before? If so, give us the details. If not, do you have anything special you want to experience while here?

I have never been to Atlanta before and I am very excited to try some southern food. Besides being a music lover, I am also a huge foodie.

What should fans expect from your set on Saturday?

They should expect lots of high energy songs with vocals and a melding of styles that is unique to my sets. I love to blend genres, from EDM to circuit to progressive house and even some trance for a very unique journey that I feel I have become known for.

What is your favorite song, or artist, to play at the moment?

At the moment I'm really into Martin Garrix's “Animals” because I'm obsessed with the unique sounds in it. I did my own version that always gets the crowd going (there is a sample on my SoundCloud page). I'm also a big fan of Alain Jackinsky's recent remix work. He has a very unique sound that has great cohesion with my spinning style.

After your Atlanta gig, what's next?

I spin monthly at the two parties I created/produce in San Francisco (Chaos @ BeatBox) and San Diego (Overdrive @ Spin). I will also be spinning at my annual San Francisco Pride after hours closing party, Ascent, and at a new San Diego Pride after hours party that hasn't yet been announced. I'm also headlining a party during Portland Pride that hasn't been announced yet. Several other gigs in Vancouver, San Francisco and New Orleans are in the works but not yet confirmed. I am also continuously working on improving my production skills and I have a few remix projects in the works.

Enjoy Tristan Jaxx during Atlanta's Best Dance Party at Jungle on Saturday. Need more? Check out his beats on SoundCloud, visit his website and follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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