12 MARCH 26, 2006
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Knapp and film star shine at SoBe's White Party
DJ KNAPP, continued from Page 11
also remixed several White Party benefit
CDs and others in the Global Groove and
Party Groove series. Knapp has also created original remixes for Gioia, Funky
Green Dogs, Lonnie Gordon and R&B
For mix discs, he turns in a list of
potential tracks a few months in advance
and "crosses his fingers" in hopes of getting permission from labels to include
songs. This time around. Knapp says he
actually had to narrow down from more
than 20 available tracks.
IT'S LIKELY YOU'LL HEAR A FEW
of those favorites during Knapp's local White-
Party performance at South Beach nightclub.
It's not exactly Miami, but has proven to be
one of the year's most popular events.
"I always enjoy playing there.
Everybody's so hospitable," Knapp says of
the club. "They've even given me clothes
for the baby before. I got a little South
Beach onesie. Houston has it together in
terms of getting people out and longevity.
There's always a great crowd, always a
great turnout. It's always been fun."
On a larger scale, Knapp has been
around long enough to notice inevitable-
changes in the national circuit-party
scene — not always for the better. But he
does feel things are changing.
"Many of the parties had become, over
time, much more of a marketing scheme and
an operation. People built up much more into
those parties. They became more intense — a
lot of expectations," he says. "Anticipation, I
would say, sometimes creates a little too
much intensity — DJs playing along with
that, sometimes not remembering, 'Hey, it's a
party Lighten up, have fun.' That's what I
think sometimes is missing.
"(But) there are always parties that
stand out because they achieve that level
of just plain fun, joy, a little bit more of a
convivial atmosphere, more conversation
between people. The intensity wears off."
The toughest audience to please, however, remains at home.
"(Ryan and Kira) are not particularly
turned on by my music. They'd rather
watch Sesame Street and hear the songs
on there." says Knapp, adding after a
pause, "Don't worry, everybody — I won't
be doing any Sesame Street remixes."
Judging by his illustrious output over
the past two decades, it's likely even that
would get folks shimmying under the
Getting to know Brad Patton
Adult film star
BRAD PATTON HAS COME A LONG
way from his religious upbringing in
Melbourne, Australia. Since leaving the
land down under, Patton has become a
champion ice skater and eventually glided
into the world of adult films.
Now a Buckshot/Colt Studio Group
exclusive, Patton recently filmed Manly
Heat in Lake Powell, Ariz. He hits
Houston for a series of shows, autograph
sessions and bartending gigs, Friday
In between shooting film scenes on
speedboats and training for the Out Games
in Montreal, Patton took time to answer a
few serious — and silly — questions:
HOUSTON VOICE: You say your
father was the "original crocodile
hunter." Ever had any interest in follow-
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Brad Patton bartends
Friday, May 26,11 pm.
JR's Bar & Grill
808 Pacific St
Saturday, May 2711 p.m.
Meteor, 2306 Genesee
White Party show with Brad Patton
Sunday, May 28,12 midnight
810 Pacific St.
ing those footsteps?
BRAD PATTON: I have always been
big on traveling to exotic locations. I love
a bit of adventure and roughing it in the
outback. It is the schoolboy within who
wants to go out and find hidden treasure,
which I definitely got from my dad.
VOICE: Your childhood included stints
in several countries: Australia, Sweden,
Finland. Which one do you remember
PATTON: It would have to be Sweden.
That is where I really grew up from ages
14 through 22.1 think I identify myself
more Swedish that anything else for that
reason. At least I used to. Now, I just see
myself as a citizen of the world.
VOICE: Why do you think ice-skating
became such a passion for you?
PATTON: It is difficult to describe the
amazing feeling of freedom that you have
when you fly across the ice, when the
beauty of the movement just completely
overwhelms you with emotion. I don't
know anything else that can give me that
feeling, except for love.
VOICE: Tell me about your first realization that you were gay.
PATTON: It was a long process for me,
over a number of years. Coming from a
religious family, I think that is to be
expected. It was not easy at first for me,
but once I had accepted myself, it made
me that much stronger and confident.
VOICE: Do you remember seeing your
first porn movie? If so, when and what was it?
PATTON: Oh gosh, I would have had to
been about 21,1 guess. I don't remember the
film, but I do remember that Rex Chandler
was on the cover. I thought he was so hot!
VOICE: At the time, did you ever think
it was something you might do for yourself?
PATTON: Oh no, I don't think I did,
but I am sure I fantasized about it. But
what gay boy didn't?
VOICE: How do you handle shooting a
scene with someone you're not attracted to?
PATTON: I act.
VOICE: What's the biggest misconception
about the porn industry and porn stars?
PATTON: That they are all somehow
Buckshot/Colt Studio film star Brad Patton spends the weekend slinging drinks and performing live at JR's
Bar & Grille, Meteor Lounge and South Beach.
bad people. There are bad people in all
walks of life. I have, however, had the great
fortune to work with to work with some of
the most wonderful people in the industry.
VOICE: You performed with Disney on
Ice for several years. Who was the sexiest
PATTON: It would have to be Tarzan,
who I portrayed. You know, just a loin
cloth — and with my bulge, you can imagine how hard it was for them to keep it
under a PG rating.
VOICE: You're currently training for
the OutGames in Montreal. What inspired
you to tackle that goal?
PATTON: I competed in the Gay
Games In Sydney four years ago, and it
was just a wonderful experience. I chose
the OutGames this time, though, as it
seems a bit more challenging in the figure-skating event. I am training very hard
at the moment.
VOICE: Tell me about some of the
other competitions you've participated in
and the awards you've received.
PATTON: I actually finished my amateur competitive career 11 years ago. So,
10 years older and about 20 pounds more
muscle, this is a big challenge for me to
come back and do this. At age 18,1 was
the junior champion of Sweden and spent
three years on the national team before
turning pro and joining my first ice show.
VOICE: You're working this weekend in
Houston. What's the best way to get a big tip?
PATTON: Give a big smile and never
forget your manners.
VOICE: How do you handle the tons of
guys who flirt with you at these events?
Don't even try to deny it.
PATTON: Just be polite as you can,
always smile, once again, and always give
people your time and attention. My fans
are so great and write me all the time at
bradpatton.net. I always try to treat them
with the utmost respect, as they do me.
VOICE: So many to choose from, but what
do you think is your best physical feature?
PATTON: This changes all the time,
but right now I think it is my stomach. I
am now working on, not a six-pack, nor
an eight-pack, but a 10-pack! I hope to
have it by the end of July. With all the
training I am doing at the moment, I
think I can do it.
VOICE: You have so many different
things going on at the same time. How do
you maintain a balance and still find time
for a personal life?
PATTON: I like being busy. When I
have nothing to do. I procrastinate and
end up getting nothing done. I will be
going to Gay Disney in June for a short
weekend holiday from my hectic schedule.
I can't wait for that!
VOICE: Ever been to Texas? If so, how
do the guys here rate with those around
PATTON: I have been to Items before,
about eight years ago. I had a great time, and
I do remember the guys being so hot and
friendly I can't wait to be back in Texas!