DJ Steve Sidewalk
As the world changes so does music and the makers. So we tell their stories…
I was born and have lived all of my life in Northern NJ just minutes outside of NYC. I started with gay youth dances which led college night at the now defunct Connexions in N.J. My big break came from a two-year residency at Tunnel NYC for the Kurfew Party. Going to the shore every summer was a way of life from me as early as I can remember. When I was 15 I was promoting local “punk” concerts at like VFW halls. I was always on sidewalks from Jersey to NYC giving out flyers and promoting. The name stuck. I decided at 17 I wanted to apply this type of approach to gay youth dances. Then at 18 I set out to work at clubs.
I love Asbury Park; it’s an amazing city, from the rock n roll vibe to the LGBT community, it’s a very diverse and creative scene. I’ve been spinning in Asbury for over seven years, including a few times for Sandblast a few years ago. I have many inspirations from artists like Cher and Madonna who have been huge icons in the music industry to DJ/Producers like Asbury Park’s own Shep Pettibone, Hex Hector, Tony Moran and Barry Harris. All of these DJ’s, I am lucky enough to call friends and they have all been so supportive and welcoming since day one and they still continue to inspire me.
I got really lucky and started DJ’ing at time when New York City still had mega clubs like Tunnel and Limelight, I really had a blast spinning at those spaces. Recently, I had a great time spinning DC Pride’s Block Party and Cherry Weekend. I also got to work with artists like Lady Gaga, Nick Jonas and Wynter Gordon which was so much fun. Nick Jonas even got one of my parties featured on TMZ.
I started djing in 1998 in the NYC area but it took me until 2007 until I first came to Fire Island when i djed for there for the first time. I always heard great things about the island, i remember it being described to me as a Gay Man’s Paradise. After my first time i fell in love and couldnt believe i didnt go sooner. So 12 seasons later i am still spinning a residency year after year and make sure to never miss a summer. I am hooked!
Iv’e been fortunate to DJ in a lot of places like Provincetown, Asbury Park, Ogunquit, Palm Springs, New Orleans, Wilton Manors, Miami South Beach and those were all amazing but i have to say there is honestly no place like Fire Island. Its the best of the best lgbt destinations if you ask me.
I feel the music has always had vocal diva house anthems as its foundation. For example, Whitney and Donna Summers still gets the crowd going after all these years. As music evolves over the years our summer anthems include relatively new talent such as Ariana Grande and Dua Lipa. Its an embrace of the classics and the new school and I love it!
Speaking of classics I am super excited to work with a DJ LEGEND like Robbie Leslie on July 8th! A true inspiration!