Devon Trotter calls his DJ style “indie pop meets ‘90s house/R&B/hip-hop.”
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“If Azealia Banks’ ‘Esta Noche’ and Madonna’s ‘Get Together’ had a baby, that would be my style 100 percent,” says the 31-year-old Logan Circle resident, who grew up in Salisbury, Md., and Smithfield, Va.
His style will be on display again this weekend as CTRL, the monthly Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) event that typically draws about 1,000 with themes, costumes, performances, giveaways, music and, of course, the now-famous photo booth, has its latest event on Saturday, July 25. Doors open at 10 p.m.
Trotter was part of the team that started CTRL in April 2012 at Dhalak, a now-closed restaurant that was also the birthplace of Mixtape and Peach Pit.
“We like to play music that you normally wouldn’t hear at other clips or parties like indie dance, electro pop and mash-up,” Trotter says. “It’s not always top 40, though you will definitely hear remixes.”
He works by day in shark conservation at an environmental non-profit and also spins at WTF, Otter Crossing, Welcoming Committee and Twilight Tuesday events at Town.
Trotter moved to D.C. in 2009 after a stint in Prague after college. He is single and enjoys DJing, music, dancing, event planning, traveling, shopping, TV, camping, cooking, reading and more in his free time.
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
I came out at 19 and the hardest person to tell was my grandmother. I didn’t officially come out to her until I was 29 and I did so by introducing her to my then boyfriend. That’s the most nervous I’ve ever been.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
Bayard Rustin was a remarkable man. In the ‘60s he worked very closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and was a pivotal organizer of the March on Washington and he gave a speech titled “The New Niggers are Gays” in the ‘80s. I can’t imagine the struggles he had to face as a black, gay, civil rights activist.
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
Past: Nation, hands down. Alchemy on Thursdays, Buzz on Fridays and Velvet Nation on Saturdays. You really didn’t need to go anywhere else. Present: When I’m not DJing at Town, I can be found at U Street Music Hall and Flash.
Describe your dream wedding.
Whatever he wants as long as we dance to Lana Del Rey.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
I’ve been working in shark conservation for about a year. I’ve always been conservation-minded and have found this job to be extremely fulfilling.
What historical outcome would you change?
I wouldn’t change anything. Ideally we learn from both our successes and failures.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
My first concert at the age of 11. I was with my sister and her best friend and we were in the very front when the Notorious B.I.G. and Lil’ Kim took the stage.
On what do you insist?
I insist on being a good steward of the world and a little bit cunty.
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
I posted a video of Miss Piggy synched up with Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money.” The fake album is titled “Good Pig Gone Bad,” which pretty much describes every one of my close gay friends.
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“Medical Facts: A Lifetime of Truths”
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
Invite everyone to be a gay man for at least a day.
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
Love is universal.
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
Be inclusive. All aspects of our community deserve equal rights.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
The lives of my niece and nephews. They are the coolest and most beautiful people I know.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
That gay guys want to sleep with/convert every straight man. I only want to sleep with the hot ones. Conversion optional.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
It’s a three-way tie between “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “The Boys in the Band” and “Paris is Burning.”
What’s the most overrated social custom?
Saying “bless you” after someone sneezes. I also hate sneezing.
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
My acceptance letter offering me a full academic scholarship to William and Mary. As the first person to go to college in my family, it was a pretty big deal. I peaked early.
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
That the metabolism truly does slow down. Wish I would have started working out then.
D.C. is a unique place. Only here would I be a shark conservationist and a DJ and be forced to talk about both on a first date.