About @weekendpaul

Biography

Dj Paul Basquez (Paul Basquez / @weekendpaul) is a DJ from Milwaukee, WI, U.S.. He plays an assortment of dance music, top 40 music, house music and occasionally hip hop and Latin freestyle.

What are your musical influences?

I grew up in the ’80s and I loved music. I loved listening to the radio. So, whatever was on the radio – mostly pop music – is what my favorites were. But my parents had eclectic taste. As a result – I was exposed to everything from rock, blues, dance, folk music, R&B, and hip hop and rap music.

Do you remember the first music you ever owned?

The first two albums I ever owned were birthday gifts from my parents. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Twisted Sister’s “Stay Hungry” and I laugh because …. I’m 7 years old and I own two records – one post-disco pop and the other is heavy metal. You couldn’t get more different, but I was totally into both of them.

How did that mold your musical tastes today?

I think most people like different genres of music to an extent – especially as they get older. I’m sure that listening to such wide variety of music had an impact on my tastes.

You were pre-internet. How did you follow music – artists and Djs?

Oh yeah. Very pre-internet. Like every 80’s kid – I was recording “mixtapes” cassettes off of the radio by the late 1980s… I still have hundred of cassettes from back in the day. Lots of memories.

Somewhere along the way – late 80’s and in full effect by high school – I started gravitating towards the high energy tracks. It started with dance mixes on the radio, then I heard my first freestyle mix tapes… that was it. I was hooked. By high school, I was more interested in the DJ’s playing the music then the artists themselves.

I started going to Chicago to get mixtapes that you couldn’t get here (in Milwaukee). Then I found the local record shops – Spontaneous on Mitchell Street, The Scratch Pad, Revolutions on the southside… I jumped in with both feet.

Who were your favorite Dj’s?

Too many to list. I don’t know… I was into really into Julian “Jumpin” Perez, Bobby D, Bad Boy Bill, Eddie B House. Early on I was into Fresh G in Milwaukee. Later on I was very into Dj Payback Garcia.

But it wasn’t until I heard Tim Spinnin Schommer in the mix that I knew I wanted to be a part of “that” world. I heard Heartbeats Number 1 and I was just like… wha? It was other-worldly. I can’t explain it.

You mentioned your love for radio. What was little Paul listening to?

Ah, Radio. I loved (an still love) radio, really. In Milwaukee, we had Hot102 and Fresh G‘s mix shows. The Gilmore Brothers on air and of course the music. I can still hear the “Milwaukee’s Party Station” station ID in my head.

When I was just a little older, I started traveling south to air-check B96 out of Chicago on an old boom box. I used to have dozens of cassettes of both stations. Terry Foxx in the afternoons, Eddie and Jobo in the mornings and Tim, Julian, and Candi in the evenings. B96 was the absolute best.

Summers at Summerfest with Milwaukee’s Party Station – Hot 102

How did you get started DJ’ing?

I messed around a little in high school – mostly playing with my buddies set-up. Eventually, I bought a single turntable, a mixer, and a tape deck and I started cobbling together freestyle mixes.

By the late 90’s I was making lots of freestyle (Latin Freestyle/Heartthrob) mixtapes and giving them out to anyone that was interested (and probably lots of people who weren’t). In the “early days” of the internet, I figured out how to get my mixes online, and I developed a small following.

I was able to connect with a couple of new school artists on the Latin freestyle scene – which lead to a chance to contribute to the scene itself – which was more than I could have imagined.

How important was the internet in your music career?

Without the internet no one – NO ONE – knows who I am. Through connections I made on ClubFreestly and other websites – I landed a spot as a featured dj/mixer on Total Freestyle Radio & Party 108 (Later known as WILD108) around the year 2000. This was music streaming infancy. It was all new and exciting and fun.

I was still very into freestyle music, and I released my first full-length CD mix. It was all new school, and I called it “Truestyle Dreams”. This was, like, 2002. I was mailing out CD’s in the mail. We’ve come a long way!

I had some modest success, but Freestyle music had (seemingly) run its course, so I moved on.

What came next?

House music. 100%, I dove into house music. I had already been a fan, but at this point I really started to reposition myself as a house music dj. I really started to THINK about the music and started to appreciate it more. Being from the midwest I was obviously into Chicago deep house, and later electro house. This opened more doors – so to speak. There were more house music fans than freestyle at this time and music on the internet was still a free for all. I was able to attract a larger following. Nothing huge, but for a kid from Milwaukee who never considered this a “job” – I enjoyed the…attention.

You mentioned that music on the internet was a little…wild west. How did that help you?

If you could figure out how to record, upload and stream music in those days… you were WAY ahead of the curve. And I was able to do those things. I was a member of the Wildstyle Dj’s on Wild108 (2002) as a Dance/Hip Hop DJ before that station folded. It taught me a lot. I knew if I could reliably deliver mixes to people, I’d have an audience. This was what, almost 20 years ago??

Technology – and people – eventually caught up to you, right? What came next?

Well – I had a more substantial following then I had previously had. That brought some opportunities, but not always in directions I was interested in.

I was an early adapter to house-hybrid remixes, mash ups and bootlegs, and I started to incorporate more mainstream songs into my sets. I thoguht there was a lack of “radio friendly dance mixes” at the time and I set out to start producing demos to send to radio stations around the country. I had spots on some stations but traditional stations just didn’t seem interested in authentic club-style mixes.

But again – it was the internet to the resuce…

I don’t know about resuce, but yes. Webcasting (online radio stations) seemed to be more ambitious in this area. In 2008 I connected with a couple of guys who ran a station in New England called Blazin’97. They wanted a mixshow and I wanted to be on-air. So I started mixing Hip Hop and R&B, but that was boring to me. I began to subtlety incorporate dance remixes into my sets. I was worried that I was going to jeopardize my guest Dj status by pushing the envelope with dance music, but it proved popular.

By years end, I was a featured mixer and was tasked with producing the stations first ever New Years Eve mix show. I cross promoted this mix, and it became my most requested and downloaded mix with over 41,000 downloads and streams.

Dj Paul Basquez; 2017

Twenty years later, what keeps you motivated?

For the past 10+ years, I’ve been putting out music in a variety of platforms. I released 70+ editions of a hotmix podcast, started a bunch of mixtape series and was a resident mixer for a group called the Homeless Djays, and for a long time you was publishing to the House Party Channel of “Party Radio – Mix Dot DJ” online.

I’ve been re-inspired in the past couple of years to keep pounding out more mixes. I’ve split my interest between contemporary club hits and old school (the 80s, mostly) mixes. These days I’m much more interested in having fun and enjoying the music that I used to be.

Active Series of Mix Tapes;

Speaker Treats

  • Genre(s): Mainstream Rhythmic Radio & Club / Dance Hits; Remixed
  • Format: Short form beat-mixed
  • Debut: 2012; Still Active

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Classic Freestyle

  • Genre(s): Classic Old School Latin Freestyle with a Strong Chicago/New York Influence
  • Format: Short form beat-mixed
  • Debut: 2010; Still Active

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Retreat Collection

  • Genre(s): Throwback Radio & Chart Hits primarily from 80’s & 90’s
  • Format: Short form beat-mixed
  • Debut: 2019; Still Active

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The BIG MEAL Mix

  • Genre(s): Big Room Mainstream Club ; Long form
  • Format: Long form beat-mixed
  • Debut: 2019; Still Active

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RadioOne30

  • Genre(s): Top 40 Radio & Radio Friendly Dance Remixes
  • Format: Radio style short form beat-mixed
  • Debut: 2018; Still Active

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Home Sessions

  • Genre(s): House Music
  • Format: Beat-mixed
  • Debut: 2015; Still Active

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The Hotmix

  • Genre(s): Commercial Club
  • Format” Beat-mixed
  • Debut: 2019 (revival starting with Vol 75)

Old Series

Countdown to New Years Eve (Released every December 2008/09 – 2015/16)

Spring Break (Released Each Spring 2010 – 2012)

Halloween Weekend (Released every October 2008 – 2013)

The HotMix Podcast (74 Mixes / 2007 – 2011)

HomelessDjays Resident Mix Master (17 Releases / 2010 – 2011)