For the past 11 years KVDET, aka Robby Clark, has been doing his thing on the decks all over Hampton Roads. To watch him while he spins is as entertaining as the music. He is larger than life, urging the crowd on with his high energy and skill for reading the crowd. He knows what they want to hear and delivers the goods. I had a chance to catch up with Robby at a local eatery and pose a few questions to him so we could get to know what makes KVDET tick.
Interview by Kimberly Vincent for 757E
Photograph by Joshua Fitzwater
757E: Thanks a lot for doing this Robby, I really appreciate you taking the time to talk with me.
RC: No problem. I’m honored to do this.
757E: What are the qualities that make a good DJ?
RC: A good DJ needs to be engaging, a risk taker, attentive to the crowd, and playing shit up. Have a good spectrum of music.
757E: You mentioned taking risks, are you a risk taker?
RC: Well I always get in trouble. Getting in trouble is the first key to success, because at the end of the day you have to take a risk and you have to go against the grain and you have to introduce something new to the audience in order to grab their attention and create a mainstay.
757E: When you say something new is that a certain artist?
RC: It’s something unheard… Anything that is outside of the box. If you push it with something that just got released yesterday or it’s not supposed to be out and it’s leaked or bootlegged, that grabs people’s attention and from that point you build on top of the usual songs people already hear. If you sprinkle that into your set list and dominate it with, like, little pops of color you are going to win them over.
757E: I know you have your foot in two different worlds, you DJ with two different genres really. The Goth/ Industrial scene [and the EDM Scene].
RC: Within the Goth/Industrial scene, lets see. I love Grendel, Hocico, Terrorfakt, Fiendflug. I’m obsessed with them. Suicide Commando… She Wants Revenge is always a winner. Bat For Lashes’ “What’s a Girl to Do” is still sexy… Makes me want twirl like a fucking ballerina!
757E: You mention beats that were leaked. Do you peruse Soundcloud and Reverbnation sites?
RC: Everyday. I go through over 100 songs a week… I look for what’s been clicked on most and skip to the middle of the song to see if it is something I like. Does it grab me? If not, I move on, but I am constantly searching for the next sound
757E: Is there a local band or artist that you think has that next sound?
RC: I like Scoughs; I feel like they are against the grain and taking risks. I enjoy that.
757E: What inspires you as a DJ?
RC: What I get off on is not monetary or momentary, it’s REAL! I want for people to come out and engage in the experience, be it hearing a new band, finding out they never knew they could dance like that, or meeting a special someone. I want them to BE in that moment! I want to walk into a room, grab it by the balls and control the situation. What really completes my night is when I am in the middle of getting heavy during a set and someone comes up and says “You are absolutely destroying it right now!” That means so much to me!… I love it! It makes me want to ramp it up and go higher! The crowd is like a conduit for me to get to what I want to feel like… It creates a perpetual state of nirvana..
757E: Robby thanks again for taking the time to speak with me, I know you have to get to the club. Have a great night!
He drains his glass, gives that Billy Idol snarl and goes off to do what he loves to do; create moments in time that will stand out and never be forgotten. Catch KVDET at the Wave in Norfolk on Thursday- Saturday and an occasional Tuesday night.
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