JZ: Your collaborations are off the charts. Will you reveal what’s coming up? Prince Royce, Ne-yo, Sean Paul, Stargate, Nelly, Justin Jesso, Natti Natasha, Jason Derulo, BJ the Chicago Kid; that’s like the shortlist of stuff we’re working on for the new album that’s coming out in 2019. JZ: Who are your role models in the industry? AJ: I look up to Walt Disney and everyone that ever did the creative production behind the movies and the theme parks. Studio Ghibli and anyone who can create a story so big that people can completely get lost in it. JZ: Do you see that in LDH? If you go to Japan and you see what they’re doing over there it’s on a completely different level. They’ve been doing it there for a very long time. For me, being able to work with them and be able to create the same kind of company for the western music industry is a blessing. I’ve always wanted to do something like it but I wasn’t able to do it on the same level as them because I didn’t have the team or the experience.
JZ: What do you do as CEO of LDH Europe? I like to mentor to the younger generation. LDH is not just my company it’s my hobby. I have been touring all over the world for a long time and that’s fun, but it’s even more fun to be able to make a small effort and make a very big change in someone else’s life in a positive way. Recently, Disto, one of my new artists played at Ultra Mexico on the main stage. It was a life changing experience for him. For me it was one phone call. It’s nice to be able to do that.
...IT’S EVEN MORE FUN TO BE ABLE TO MAKE A SMALL EFFORT AND MAKE A VERY BIG CHANGE IN SOMEONE ELSE’S LIFE IN A POSITIVE WAY.
That’s why we started doing the auditions and the remix contest because now we have the team together and the experience we have the manpower to start creating careers for people we don’t know and we don’t have in our network. Before we only did for friends and family. JZ: What does it mean to you to be one of the top 10 DJ’s in the world? AJ: It’s cool. It’s great promotion and marketing. I’m just very happy I have all my fans around the world that keep
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coming to my shows and keep checking out my music. That’s the only reason I am where I am and who I am in the eyes of the media.
JZ: What are your plans for New Year’s? We heard you’re coming back to the US. AJ: I’m coming back to the US just for New Year’s and doing some shows around New Orleans. Then I’ll be back at the end of January. I’ll probably go to the studio in LA and do some gigs here and there. JZ: What are some of your favorite places to hit in the US?
AJ: Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Texas. Texas is really a lot of fun. JZ: You have a residency in Las Vegas, I hope you like spending time there. AJ: I love Las Vegas. I always said it’s like a Disneyland for adults. The most fun thing about it is that the people are who they actually are there because everyone is still under the impression that “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” so people are a lot more authentic. There’s no reason to fake. They’re on vacation. ■