Last week Western Cultured adventured around town with Q Nightclub's resident DJ, Mikey Mars. From the Seattle Public Library to the EMP, we heard how cannabis influences Mikey's music, his favorite strain and how he lights up the moment.
Name: Mikey Mars
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Occupation: Resident DJ, and Lighting & Sound Tech at Q Nightclub
Years DJing: 5
Western Cultured: How do you #LightUpTheMoment?
Mikey Mars: Whether I'm at home digging through new records, just about to hit the decks, or back in the booth watching the world class talent we're graced with in this city, I light up the moment and dive head first into the music. Nothing clears my head better than a good strain and a solid groove.
WC: How does cannabis influence or inspire your music?
MM: Cannabis and mixing go hand-in-hand in my world. Whether I'm in a club full of people or mixing it up with friends on a day off, nothing settles me into a mood quite like it. To be honest, the majority of my favorite sets I've played have come in pretty close proximity to me smoking. It's definitely a positive, creative influence for me. I think a lot of the time I'll try new things or explore different directions in a mix when I'm high. It opens up and magnifies a lot of creative potential for me.
WC: What's your favorite Western Cultured strain and why?
MM: I tend to stick to the sativa end of the spectrum more often than not, for me SeaTown Lemon Haze is my go to right. I love the energetic, up and at 'em high, when I'm spending more time than I'm proud to admit looking for new music. It keeps me at a focus but still lets me explore my creativity with my mixing. Big fan of this strain!
WC: Flower, wax or pre-rolls?
MM: The past year or so I've essentially been back on the flower train full-time. Wax will always hold a special place in my heart though.
WC: What's your favorite cannabis memory and why?
MM: My favorite cannabis memories have all come over the past few years. Working with a steady flow of world class DJs and producers at my job, everyone wants to see what Seattle has to offer when they are in town. We've gained quite the reputation worldwide. I've been blessed to be able to share some very special nights with some of my favorite artists in the world. I've had some of the best talks of my life, with the people I look up to most, over a joint together after a long night of bringing a crowd together over a dance floor. Cannabis brings such a wide gambit of people together, which is one of the toughest tasks of our time in my opinion.