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Meet Zach Rodriguez and Drake Atlee of Top Shelf Disco in West LA/Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zach Rodriguez and Drake Atlee.

Zach and Drake, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
About a little more than year ago, Drake and I met when we were working for an event production team that was hosting events out of El Cid in Silverlake. After the event series ended abruptly, we decided we wanted to curate and DJ our own events with our own creative vision and unique sound. We decided to bring our friends Britton Nelson, Taylor Durden, and Sean Feeney onto the team, created our DJ collective/production team named Top Shelf Disco, and we never looked back. We are firm believers that if you play good music and keep the vibe of the party fun and energetic, you will attract the right crowd and people will notice that and continue to come back to your parties where they feel welcomed and can count on good times and good music. That is how we got to where we are today!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Working in this industry is never easy especially trying to break into a new area of clubs and venues. A lot of clubs and bars on the west side will book DJs based off looks, Instagram followers, and how many people you can bring to the event. So starting with a very small following and asking clubs to let us play was very difficult and it took a long time to land good gigs. We know there’s strength in numbers so having 5 DJs spin throughout the night that each bring ten people helps our attendance and also helps keep the vibe of the party alive because they’re there for our brand of house and disco!

Please tell us about Top Shelf Disco.
Top Shelf Disco is an event production company and DJ collective rolled into one. We’ve hosted, co-hosted, and DJ’d parties all throughout LA and we’ve been spreading our love for house and disco along the way. We’re not just in the business of throwing awesome parties but in the business of creating amazing memories for people who share our love for music and providing a safe space for people to freely express themselves. The thing we’re most proud of is that we’ve had success in sticking to our belief that playing good house and disco music goes a long way.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Ooo that’s a tough one since there are so many good memories but one of my favorite moments was when I bought my first CD with my own money. I went to Best Buy with my mom and picked out The Strokes’ “Room On Fire”. Definitely a classic!

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Photographers are: Drake Atlee, Eric Schwimmer

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