When Johnnie McGinnis takes on his DJ Sonic Era persona, he likens himself to an artist at an easel. Every Sunday at Club Shadows, he transforms two turntables into a canvas and a catalog of 400 vinyl LPs into a colorful palette. I got into this as an art form, says the 25-year-old McGinnis. I cant let vinyl die. Theres no artistry or talent in pushing a button to play a CD. Half the DJs out there have laptops, and theyre making tons more money pushing play. Thats not where I come from.
McGinnis started spinning house, techno, and trance tunes 10 years ago, when he was a freshman at Lakewood High School. He would sneak into rave parties on weekends to pick up tricks. Finally, the guys throwing the parties said I was ready, he says.
Since then, McGinnis has landed prime downtown gigs at Metropolis, Traffic, and Spy. At tonights show, hell unpack his collection of deep-house mixes. A lot of DJs are trying to make a name for themselves by playing things youve never heard of, he says. Thats fine if the crowd has come specifically to hear you. But in a club, you have to have all sorts of genres and mixes with an energetic tempo to keep them dancing.
Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 2007