Rising local gay DJ Luis Perez gears up for Pride’s Dance on the Pier

DJ Luis Perez.
DJ Luis Perez.

Luis Perez almost exclusively deejays at gay clubs or for gay events — partially because the up-and-coming Hells Kitchen artist is gay himself. “It’s my community, it’s the people that I identify with,” says Perez, 33. “When I play music, I like to see their reaction.”

Perez moved to the city with his longtime boyfriend just a year ago, but he has already developed a following in New York. On Sunday, Perez will play an opening set at NYC Pride’s biggest event, the Dance on the Pier, which will be headlined by Cher. Perez says he’s excited to play alongside the likes of Cher and Canadian R&B singer Deborah Cox, also performing. In fact, he recalls listening to a remix of Cox’s “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” as one of the first times he heard a dance remix, now his “go-to.”

Still, Perez says he doesn’t get “starstruck.” He also doesn’t like to call himself a celebrity, though he’s played at big venues around the world, including other U.S. Pride events in Atlanta and San Diego, where he lived before coming to the city for work.

“I just love the energy in New York,” Perez says. “The life…It’s just go go go–constant.” This is Perez’ first time playing at Pride New York. Though he says he’s looking forward to the scale of the crowd — 7,500 audience members are expected to show —playing at Pride goes beyond fame.

“It’s a celebration of who we are,” he says. “That was one of the things that helped me come out — Pride events.”

DJ Perez
27th Annual Dance on the Pier 
Sunday, 3 to 10 p.m.
Pier 26
Hudson River (at North Moore Street)


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.