For the past seven years, Patrick M has fueled the energy of the Terrace at Miami’s legendary Club Space with his techy and groovy brand of house. He sat down with us at his home in Miami to share his favorite things about the city’s EDM scene, club Space, and what he misses most about the early days of house music.
What do you love most about having a home base in Miami?
I moved to Miami about 12 years ago, and it was more superficial years ago. Now, I’m talking maybe since five years ago, it’s gotten so much better. You still have the plastic things, those parties, that a certain kind of people still want to go to, but you have a nice underground with cool people and parties. There are a bunch of new places and parties — even boat parties — bringing in really good talent where you can go to have a good time.
What’s your favorite thing about playing at Space?
I have fun there. I’ve been there for the last seven years already, and it’s so much fun for me. It’s like family. I go and I play, I know everybody. I feel so cool there. The whole staff that works there is amazing.
Has the crowd changed since you began spinning there?
Some people start to grow up. Many couples I met at Space 12 years ago are now they’re married with kids, so they don’t go out too much. A new generation is coming up.
How do you keep your music up to date with them?
A DJ has to be updated all the time. You can play classics or a couple of songs from years ago, but you have to know that this young crowd wants something different. The sounds, the new productions — they’ve all changed compared to 20 years ago.
Does the younger crowd respond to classics and old tunes?
Maybe. When you have a classic that means it was a really good song. Sometimes what I do is I bring in the old vocals but put in a new sound—fresh. I do my own edit or mashup, whatever you want to call it. So you bring the old back but with a fresh sound.
The world of EDM is blowing up, and some of the older crowd says that Miami’s glory days of underground house are over. What’s the biggest change you’ve seen over the years, at club Space and in the house scene in general?
Everything changes. Fashion changes, people change. I think now [the scene] is really good. I like now. I liked before too, but I think it’s a pretty good moment for Miami right now.
Who is your favorite artist to work with?
I like to work with my friend Chus. We just did a track together and a couple of edits, and now we’re working on a new one that is coming out this summer. We have the same taste in music, and we’re friends. Also, I work with a local guy here, Maurizio L, who is one of the resident DJs at the Techno Loft. He’s also a musician and knows how to play keyboard. Actually he lives here.
Where do you go to party?
I used to party. Now I’m a little quieter—I’m going to be a father soon. I like to go to small parties. Last Sunday we went to Villa 221. We did a couple of boat parties, and they’re beautiful — just a couple of people and a few friends. Everybody knows each other so you can play the music you really want. Everyone is having fun, and even the captain loves house music.
How did you take the life-changing news that you were going to be a father? What have preparations for the baby been like, and how will it affect your music once it’s born?
We just heard the news, and I’m so happy. I know my life will change now, all these thing have had me really busy, you know, visiting the doctor and my family.
And about my music? I think the baby will be a total and better inspiration. I have few friends DJs that already are daddies, and all the experiences I’ve heard about are completely awesome. I can’t wait to have my boy or girl in my arms.