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MAY 26, 2006
David Knapp is equally
capable in the booth
and the babies' room
DAVID KNAPP, OFTEN HAILED
as the DJ king of the circuit-party scene,
has spent the past two decades ruling
crowds with his mix of accessible rhythms,
edgy beats and wailing diva vocals.
In recent years, however, Knapp admits to
finding comfort in a different kind of kingdom. The Atlanta-based DJ and his partner,
Scott, share their castle with adopted children Ryan, 3, and Kira, one-and-a-half.
"I like to say that I went from being
Ab Fab to being Desperate Housewives,"
Knapp says with a laugh. "I gave up a lot
of my involvement in the scene and my
just carefree lifestyle.
For Knapp, however, the decision was
one that he made for himself years earlier.
"Ever since I was in high school, when
I admitted to myself that I was gay, I was
determined that I was going to have children and a partner," he says. "I opened a
whole new window of possibility
"It's just worked out perfectly—although
those desperate housewife moments are true
and real sometimes. It's all worth it when
they give me a little smile or hug."
It's been an unpredictable, always
eventful, road for Knapp, who graduated
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from the University of Miami School of
Law — and passed the bar exam — in
the early '90s.
He had already spent time as a college-
radio DJ at the University of Tampa and
worked at a record store, where he met the
legendary Danny Tenaglia. The two
became friends, and Tenaglia hooked
Knapp up with a Monday night club gig.
Diploma in hand, Knapp did what
came naturally: He followed his passion
for music, despite his parents' objections.
"I wasn't necessarily encouraged to do
anything in the arts, which is why I continued with school and got my law degree,"
Knapp says. "Later, after law school, my
parents were like, 'Have you gone on any
interviews yet?' I hadn't. I was working in
all the clubs on Miami Beach.
"I knew that I could always go into
law if I had to admit failure, but I was
willing to live in poverty for awhile just
for the passion of it. Usually, everything
else flows if you're passionate about it."
IT DID INDEED FLOW, AND KNAPP
soon became an in-demand DJ throughout Florida. He eventually became one of
the headliners for Miami's White Party
weekend, considered by many to be the
crown jewel of the gay party circuit.
Knapp's schedule began to expand
beyond the Sunshine State border, and
he has gone on to acclaimed gigs in New
York, San Francisco, Boston, Paris. Tel
Aviv, Sao Paolo, Rio, Thailand, Zurich,
Mexico City and Mykonos.
Can you say frequent flyer miles?
"I try to do a lot of second-guessing as
to what the market is like before I play
in it and generally what people will
enjoy — and then work kind of new
things," Knapp says of his decidedly
diverse audiences. "I always try to do
kind of a nice give and take.
"I try to incorporate what I get excited about in a way that's palatable to
most people. Not everybody listens to
(dance) music as thoroughly. I always try
DJ David Knapp not only has two turntables and a microphone -
children, as well.
but a law degree, a partner and two
to pay attention to everything that's
going on out there."
Some of Knapp's most recent work
can be heard on the Global Grove mix
disc, released last month via the Centaur
Music label. It was done in conjunction
with the 30-city, six-country spanning
Global Groove Tour. More information is
available at www.globalgroovecd.com.
Knapp's 12-track odyssey expertly
blends pulsing beats with seductive vocals
and full-out diva anthems from dance-
floor faves Kim English ("It Makes a
Difference"), Alma Matris, Offer Nissim
featuring Maya, Dolce and Goldfrapp.
The Global Groove disc also features
a key track from pop duo — and real-
life partners — Jason & deMarco
("Trying to Get to You") and "Gimmie
Some Love," the sexy, soulful debut single from DJs Are Alive, an artist collective that includes Kristine W the
Scumfrog and DJ Scribble. D: Fuse and
"My biggest concern became trying to
put something on there for everyone. I'm
not about doing an all-tribal CD or an
all-anthem CD," says Knapp, who has
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