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Rony Seikaly: From NBA Star to Global DJ
We chat with the former NBA player about his latest compilation and the natural transition from basketball to DJing.
You may be familiar with Rony Seikaly aka 'The Spin Doctor' on the basketball court, but his nickname is equally fitting to his increasingly notable DJ career. The former NBA star grew up with a love for music and has been DJing since the age of 14. Only recently, though, has he taken his passion to the next level. Seikaly has upcoming residencies in Ibiza and Atlantic, as well as a fourteen track compilation soon to be released on June 8th. Check out the interview below to learn about a whole different side to Rony. 
 

Your upcoming compilation CD "Nervous Nitelife Presents Rony Seikaly” comes out June 5th. What can we expect to hear on this album? What type of audience does your music cater to?
I think the sound that I have is not a sound that you generally hear. It's very specific, it's melodic and underground, not "pop-y." My sound is almost a genre that people have to discover…so what I'm trying to do is get people's ears to open up and listen to different sounds. Not necessarily love everything but be open. 

What can you tell us about your upcoming residencies at LIO in Ibiza and REVEL in Atlantic City?

I'm really looking forward to them. I think it's everyone's dream to get a residency in IBIZA so to get a gig there and be coupled with all the amazing DJs that perform there really means you have to ensure you're at the top of your game. And Atlantic City is something new, which is a challenge and coming from an athletic background I always love challenges. 

As a DJ, you get to travel the globe to perform. What are some of your favorite places to work?

 I love IBIZA, New York City and I love playing in Paris. Those are the ones that stand out. 
 
I read a quote you said - "Sports will always be my love. But music will always be my passion." How has your transition from basketball star to DJ been? Have friends and family, as well as fans been supportive of your new endeavor?

I always dreamed of being a professional athlete but I never dreamed of being a DJ or touring. That all happened organically. The reason is that I've always been tied to music, music has always been in my house, I've always had turn tables and I'd DJ for my friends and they would encourage me to DJ for the public. Initially I never wanted to because it was something personal and I figured I'd get criticized for doing it. Eventually I realized that I'd rather fulfill myself than please everyone else so I embarked on this voyage and it's the best thing I've done besides basketball.  

What musicians have been your biggest inspirations?

I grew up in the disco era so Donna Summer and Barry White were big initially. After that I was into the early stages of hip-hop: Kurtis Blow, LL Cool J and Run DMC. From there it morphed more into The Police and soft rock and eventually back into House music in the early '90s where it's remained ever since.

Do you have any favorite tracks on your new album?

I like Dessert Nights, it gives a glimpse of my sound and the music that I love. This album has all different sounds, all very uplifting. Not banging and not too soft. Its a good CD for a car, something to chill with.

What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven't had a chance to do yet?
I've never thought of it. I live my life every day and I feel very very blessed.