Local gay DJ Erik Lars Evans is relatively new to the D.C. spinning scene. He started spinning at POZ socials at Green Lantern just this year after friends told him he should expand his musical offerings.
“I’d been doing it for myself as far back as 2003 and as time went on I started throwing house parties which started to get larger and more involved,” he says. “So I would start making these mixes for these parties and people would be like, ‘Oh, this is great music,’ so I thought maybe I should try doing this live and see what happens.”
The 29-year-old Gumboro, Del., native, who’s been in the D.C. area since 2004, also spins for the monthly Code parties his friend Jacob Pring hosts at the Crucible and he was doing Homolicious events at MOVA but that’s ending as the bar closes its P Street location this weekend.
“They’ve supposedly acquired a new location at 12th and U but there has been no official announcement,” Evans says. “So all we know now is that this is the last weekend at its current location.”
Evans, who works with catering services company Flik International by day, says the kind of music he plays varies based on the event. It’s usually house, but could range from dark and tribal instrumental beats for Code parties do “dancey, poppy” stuff at POZ parties.
“It’s fun,” he says. “There are times you want to be part of the party instead of the one working the party, but other times you don’t. You enjoy being the one to make everybody shake their rump and clap their hands.”
Evans started using his middle name when he moved to Washington and found several other Erics among his friends’ friendship circles. He wants to go back to college and eventually get into information technologies work.
Evans is single and lives in Bloomingdale. (Blade photos by Michael Key)
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
I’ve been out since 2002. I think my friends of the time were the hardest to tell. I never grew the courage to do it. I ended up getting outed by a friend of a friend who was aware of my correspondence with their gay brother. Within six months, the word had spread through small town Delaware and made it to my mother. There was no hiding anymore and I was forced to face the reality of my life.
Who’s your gay hero?
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
What’s your dream gay wedding?
The idea of getting married is something that I’m only just beginning to think about. I haven’t thought of a dream wedding yet.
What non-gay issue are you most passionate about?
What historical outcome would you change?
I wouldn’t change history at all. Humankind has to make mistakes and endure tragedy to make the future better and brighter for the next generation.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
Seeing Madonna in concert for the first time in my life on her “Confessions Tour.”
On what do you insist?
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
“Never in my life has a coat check ever lost my coat … first time for everything I guess. Really sucks that it was the only nice winter coat I had. Thanks coat check guys at Town >:-( otherwise, an awesome night. G’nite world.”
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“If you could read my mind”
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
I’d tell them to shove their cure up their ass
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
I believe that it’s possible there is something after the death of the physical form. But I think it’s unlikely.
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
Keep fighting! We definitely need you!
What would you walk across hot coals for?
What gay stereotype annoys you most?
“Circuit Queen” also known as “party obi.” Just because you like clubs, huge parties and are a fan of house music (I mean, one of my hobbies is DJing) doesn’t make you some crack head. It annoys me every time. Assumptions based on wacky perceptions are detrimental to anyone. I just like to enjoy life. You only get one.
What’s your favorite gay movie?
“Girls Will Be Girls”
What’s the most overrated social custom?
I have an evolved sensibility when it comes to social customs. If it’s pointless, I don’t do it. Thus it’s difficult for me to provide an example.
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
I wouldn’t call it a trophy or a prize really, it was a gift that I consider to be one of my most cherished possessions. It is a painting given to me by my friend and artist Don Patron.
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
Everything I know now!
Because I had been visiting from Delaware regularly to go to Badlands (now known as Apex), Nation, JR’s, Cobalt and I really liked everything this city had to offer. When an opportunity came along for me to move here I took it (after a little convincing by my friend Kevin, LOL).