Matthew Orloff marvels at how we've progressed enough to have a black president but that pot is still illegal

Every Friday we spotlight the hottest cats (and kittens) behind the decks in the MHC, grilling them to gain some insight on what it takes, exactly, to get the party rocking, to find out about their most treasured crate digging experiences and what they really think when we stumble up to them half cocked and ask them to play that new song by such and such -- you know, the one that goes... This week: Matthew Orloff. Although a staple on the Denver dance scene for the past decade, Orloff has backed off of playing club nights in favor of doing one offs and is focusing on getting his band, Inherit Earth, off the ground.

Name: Matthew Orloff

Club night(s): Not doing club nights as much anymore. Just one off events.

Style(s) of music you spin: All forms of fun House music.

So what's your story, in 100 words or less? As a dj...? Heres a Haiku:

I love dance music. I want to it share with others. Hope you love it too.

Name of a track you can't get out of your head: Dance track? Can't get you outta my head by Kylie Minogue. Haha. :)~

Name of an artist you're currently championing in your DJ sets: I've always dug Steve Porters' tunes. They're very unique and are always fun to play. I also dig the funky 'Hot pink delorean' stuff too.

What's been your best crate digging experience in another country (if you've had a good one)? What is Crate digging?

Best club experience in another country (again, if you've had a good one)? The only out of country experience I've had was in Mexico. Didn't really get the chance to hit the good clubs, but those people down there LOVE to party. As long as there is an nnn-st-nnn-st-nnn-st-nnn-st, they love it.

Musical mantra: Hmmm. Not too sure about this one. Anytime I went to play records me and my buddies would always tell each other to not suck. So i guess thats the DJ mantra, "Don't suck."

Favorite DJ experience: I headlined at the Church on Halloween a few years back and played 'Enter Sandman' as an encore. The original. I'm a metal guy anyway, but it just ROCKED that crap out of place. I also closed a night out once with 'Smells Like Teen Spirit.' I enjoy throwing those in there from time to time.

Worst request: Any and all requests. Just trust me and let me work.

Worst club faux pas you've committed: Actually being a DJ! Haha. It would always make me feel weird and embarrased when girls would run up and say, "Oh my god are you the DJ?"

Most treasured vinyl score: The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland

What other music-related projects are you currently working on? Producing and engineering recordings for my band, 'Inherit Earth'. Working hard to get on the Warped Tour. Also working with a couple folk/blues artists to help them get their tunes together.

What's something happening in the local music scene that should be getting more attention? The smaller venues that bring in real niche but, not so recognized artists -- thus creating just a real intimate vibe you don't get hanging out at the big clubs. Doesn't matter what the music is. You just know it sounds and feels good while drinking your seven and seven, hanging out with your friends.

What elements would your fantasy club night entail? I'd like to see the big foam parties make a comeback. Regardless of if you get pnuemonia from them, they were fun as hell. I think everyone that went to those for sure got laid from it. I'd imagine more of an infusion of Miami nightlife in general. They pay a lot of attention to detail that adds that little extra something to the experience.

Question we didn't ask you but you often ask yourself: How is it that its 2010, we have a black president, and pot is STILL illegal? WTF?

Next time we can see you spin: Sonar in Quebec City, Quebec.

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