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Louie XIV is a DJ, producer and writer who was born and raised in New York City. He spins regularly at many of New York City’s premiere venues and clubs including Boom Boom Room, Gold Bar, Le Baron, The DL and Hotel Chantelle. He has also provided the soundtrack for many high profile events, collaborating with brands like Vanity Fair magazine, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Zac Posen, Martin Margiela, H&M, Details Magazine, Cosmopolitan magazine, Hyundai, Blackbook magazine, Tommy Hilfiger, Grey Goose Vodka, Top Shop and Top Man among many others. He has been profiled in the New York Times, Time Out New York and other major publications.

Louie prides himself on being on able to spin a extraordinarily wide variety of music, seamlessly incorporating a myriad of genres and periods in musical history into his sets.

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Can Janet Get a Hit?

(3) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 3:28 PM

Let's talk about Janet. But first, let's talk about me and get an important thing out of the way:

I am a Janet fanatic (a Janatic?). "Same," you may be thinking. NO. This is no causal brand of fandom. As my friends can attest, I have a borderline Janet...

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Let Britney Stop

(3) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 3:24 PM

I don't know who you are, but you need to let Britney stop.

On Wednesday, Britney Spears dropped a video for her new single "Pretty Girls," a "Fancy" facsimile with diminishing returns. "Pretty Girls" features "Fancy" auteur Iggy Azalea, the go-to feature du-jour for pop divas in...

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Trapped in the Booth: I Think I Cannes

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 11:29 PM

This piece originally appeared in the Cuepoint Collection on Medium.com

Disclaimer: This is a semi-fictionalized version of my all-too-real experiences working as a DJ in New York City. Many of the names of venues, organizations or people mentioned herein have been changed or, in some instances,...

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Trapped in the Booth: The DJ Drunchies

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 8:01 AM

This post was originally published on Cuepoint, a collection at Medium.com

Disclaimer: This is a semi-fictionalized version of my all-too-real experiences working as a DJ in New York City. Many of the names of venues, organizations or people mentioned herein have been changed or, in some instances, totally...

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Trapped in the Booth: Ohm, Shanti, Airhorn

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 2:47 PM

Disclaimer: This is a semi-fictionalized version of my all-too-real experiences working as a DJ in New York City. Most of the names of venues, organizations or people mentioned herein have been changed or, in some instances, totally pulled out of my ass so stop even trying to guess, cool? Cool....

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Trapped in the Booth: The Plight of the Working Stiff DJ

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 5:32 PM

Disclaimer: This is a semi-fictionalized version of my all-too-real experiences working as a DJ in New York City. Most of the names of venues, organizations or people mentioned herein have been changed or, in some instances, totally pulled out of my ass so stop even trying to guess, cool? Cool....

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Trapped in the Booth: A DJ Set With the Fountain of Youth

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 10:09 AM

Disclaimer: This is a semi-fictionalized version of my all-too-real experiences working as a DJ in New York City. Most of the names of venues, organizations or people mentioned herein have been changed or, in some instances, totally pulled out of my ass so stop even trying to guess, cool? Cool....

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Trapped in the Booth: PT 3

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 6:24 AM

Disclaimer: This is a semi-fictionalized version of my all-too-real experiences working as a DJ in New York City. Most of the names of venues, organizations or people mentioned herein have been changed or, in some instances, totally pulled out of my ass so stop even trying to guess, cool? Cool....

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Trapped in the Booth: Part 2

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 3:55 AM

Disclaimer: This is a semi-fictionalized version of my all-too-real experiences working as a DJ in New York City. Most of the names of venues, organizations or people mentioned herein have been changed or, in some instances, totally pulled out of my ass so stop even trying to guess, cool? Cool....

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Trapped in the Booth: Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 3:27 AM

Disclaimer: This is a semi-fictionalized version of my all-too-real experiences working as a DJ in New York City. Most of the names of venues, organizations or people mentioned herein have been changed or, in some instances, totally pulled out of my ass so stop even trying to guess, cool? Cool....

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Why "Happy" Makes Me Unhappy

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 1:38 PM

I need to come out of the closet. This is something I've wanted to say for a long time. I don't want you to feel like I've purposefully tried to hide who I am from you all. I've just been grappling with a lot of emotions privately, attempting to sort...

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My 6 Months in the Theater: Old New York, the Chelsea Hotel and Kenyon Phillips

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 2:49 PM

Everyone knows that New York is over. Well, at least the "Old New York" I grew up fantasizing about, the one that my mom told me stories about, the one I saw in Paris Is Burning, read about in Just Kids and heard about on Illmatic. New York, the gritty...

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The Nightclub Peacemaker: A How-To Guide for the Request Line, Pt 2

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 12:44 PM

A couple of years ago, I did the Lord's work by penning this little gem, a basic "how-to" guide for requesting music from your local nightclub DJ. Here, I provided a few simple tips to help you convince your favorite self-important knob turner to spin your favorite Internet...

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On 'Homoignorance' and the Disturbing Novelty of Looking

(9) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 10:46 AM

Embarrassing story: After watching the first three episodes of Girls in succession, I stood and applauded the TV. Yes. Alone in my bedroom I rose from my desk chair and gave my 2002 Toshiba television a rousing standing ovation. That's how impressed I was initially with the accuracy of Lena...

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The 14 Best Songs of 2013: BEYONCE-Only Edition

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 2:29 PM

As hardly bears repeating, in the wee hours last Friday morning Beyonce cracked the Internet, the music industry and indeed our very skulls wide open when she dropped her self-titled fifth album completely unannounced. This savvy, rogue approach has paid off in spades, with Beyonce moving 617k copies...

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My Ex-Girlfriend Will Probably Never Accept My Facebook Friend Request

(4) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 2:51 PM

Once upon a time I had a girlfriend. I was 16 and confused about my sexuality; she was 17 and clearly also confused about my sexuality. We met one summer on a European teen-tour that masqueraded as an amateur tennis team and lost our virginity to one another in a...

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ArtSlop: Why Pop Music Sucked In 2013 and How to Fix It for the New Year

(54) Comments | Posted November 17, 2013 | 12:05 PM

While with certain debates, common ground is seemingly unattainable (abortion, Obamacare, the redemptive qualities of mayonnaise), there's still an issue on which I feel we can all unite in 2013: This has been one disturbingly horrific year for mainstream pop music.

Sure, there were glimmers of promise back in...

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When Did Justin Timberlake Become Sugar-Free Vanilla Ice Cream?

(6) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 4:12 PM

In the The New York Times a couple weeks ago, critic Jon Caramanica addressed a summer of popular music that was defined by an "elegance problem," a 3-month period where a cute-if-unremarkable, almost hook-less Marvin Gaye revamp called "Blurred Lines" could dominate Top 40 radio for a whopping...

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On Skipping Fashion Week

(2) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 3:17 PM

Fashion Week. A week for fashions! Well, that's how it started anyway. I consulted with a leading academic on the subject (wikipedia), and discovered that New York Fashion Week began during WWII as a way for NYC-based fashion honchos to see new collections when they were unable to travel to...

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Pop Music Combat Zone: Kendrick, GaGa, Perry and the Spirit of Competition in Popular Music

(3) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 10:08 AM

"Competition breeds excellence." This quote is commonly used as motivation during back-breaking Marine training programs (I know this because I just googled it, obviously), but it could just as easily be applied to hip-hop. Since its inception, the genre has seen many of its keystone moments ignite from the sparks...

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