DJ Micky Friedmann ready for Atlanta ‘peaches’
Here’s the thing about sexy European DJ Micky Friedmann: He’s a size queen. He likes big Pride events, big clubs, Atlanta’s big aquarium and big southern men. Get ready, queens, he hits Atlanta on Saturday.
Friedmann, fresh off some R&R in his native Israel for Pride in Tel Aviv, headlines the Peach Party on Saturday. Big venue? Check, he’s playing at Opera. Big aquarium? He’s hoping to check that off his Atlanta bucket list. And big Southern men? He’s single, so bring your best and maybe Friedmann will check you off, too.
“I’ll be honest with you, I’m kind of a big room kid,” Friedmann says during a Skype interview this week. “A lot of venues in Europe are the big venues. They always see me as a big room DJ. I can adjust myself very well to a smaller room. I’m well educated for the big room. The bigger the better, so to say. I’m not intimidated by a big room. It’s going to fit very well.”
Friedmann looks forward to a return swing through Atlanta. He’s played Heretic and Jungle – two of the other venues for the slate of Peach Party events – but Opera is new to him. And an afternoon event – Saturday’s fun runs from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. – will provide a change of pace from more typical late-night affairs.
“Each hour in a club has its own individual moment and atmosphere which one has to adjust to. I don’t like to recycle my sets. At least a third of my set is always new. It is important for me to get the people going from scratch. It’s going to be very upbeat, very happy. No dark circuit sound, a daylight kind of set vibe to it,” he says.
That said, the shirtless throngs at the event can still expect Friedmann’s European influences to shine during his set. Less tribal and more upbeat, he adds.
“I bring a lot of the European sound to the dance floor. The European style is something that appeals to Americans at the moment,” Friedmann says.
That’s all fine and good. But let’s address the issue he gets asked about the most. He’s sexy and a Google search quickly turns up a healthy serving of Friedmann’s nude photos. So is he comfortable being a popular DJ and an object of lust among his fans?
“Looks are very important and we always enjoy looking at a singer that is handsome and has a good body. A lot about art is the packaging of it. But the most important thing is that there is no place where I’ve been invited to that has based its choice only by my looks. I’ve been going back to these places again and again and that can’t be based on looks. I’ve got a lot of talent to give,” he says.
But wait. Friedmann offers a bit more. Like we said, he gets this question a lot.
“The most important thing is that people enjoy the music. That is true of me and any other DJ looking good. It would have been too expensive to fly a DJ from abroad just because of a pretty face. There are enough pretty people over the world. People invite a DJ when he can play well. Anything else is just an add on top,” he says.
But back to Atlanta and its attraction to Friedmann. While he hopes to visit the Georgia Aquarium while here – sitting in front of the big shark tank for hours can be “very relaxing, inspiring actually” – he also wouldn’t mind meeting some more friendly Southern gents.
“There is a very good, very positive vibe in Atlanta. People are very down to earth, they are very nice, they are very friendly, very generous. I think it has something to do with the southern mentality of Atlanta that appeals to me very much. There is less attitude in Atlanta than there is in other big cities in the U.S.,” Friedmann says.
And we mentioned that he’s single, right? Bring it, Southern boys.
“I’m looking forward to seeing all of the handsome cowboys and cowgirls. I can not wait. There is nothing more sexy than a Southern cowboy guy on the dance floor,” Friedmann says.
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