Catching Up With Randomdoug

We catch up with Randomdoug ahead of his Saturday night extended set.

Sep 17 2021
First of all, how are you and how has your 2021 been going so far?
I’m great actually! Very happy to see clubs and nightlife open again (for now…haha) and having the opportunity to play music for people on the dancefloor again! I guess it makes you REALLY appreciate what we have (Toronto nightlife) and what it’s like when it’s not there.

After a long 16 months, the city is finally open again. What have you missed most about DJing?
Playing for people! Streaming/Twitch are other great ways to DJ and showcase your talent however absolutely nothing compares to that reaction the crowd has when the drop hits in a sweaty packed club!

How would you describe your sound?
I always love this question when people ask, it opens the conversation about music in general! Basically I love disco, Rn’B, soul (almost all black music!) so naturally I tend to enjoy tracks that have that organic bouncy groove with those small touches of soulful vocals. My range can go from deep house all the way to techno but always maintaining that groove that gets your legs and body shaking!

When and how did you first hear about The Comfort Zone?
Fun fact, I refused to go for quite some time. First time I heard of the place was like in 2001, my friends at the time had some friends from South America wanting to check out the place. We were at the Coffee Time after a night out waiting for it to open and I was like: “WTF is this place, opens at like 6am” ditched my friends and hopped on the streetcar. Also, when I would leave Guvernment nightclub after a special event people would ask me: “Are you going to zone?” I would reply: “F**k no!”. Funny how things work out, one day I said: “f**k it” (prob around 2002-03) and the rest is history from there!

In your opinion, what is it that makes The Comfort Zone so special?
I enjoy the fact that everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the music and dance. The Comfort Zone represents what house music is all about; freedom and a safe place for all cultures like it we saw from clubs like the Paradise Garage (NYC) and Warehouse (Chicago) where it all started.

What's something no one knows about you?
I secretly enjoy watching the Golden Girls and Degrassi: The Next Generation.

What will you do after answering these questions?
Have dinner with the wife, made a Greek Salad and my special Asian dumpling soup!

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