Hey DJ! Put a record on — I wanna dance with my baby! International circuit DJ Peter Presta is a recent transplant to Charlotte. Over his career, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native has racked up over 400 productions and remixes for artists spanning from Usher to Duran Duran to Sade. Not too shabby, right? His DJ sets have taken him around the world filling up three passports. Here at home, he’s packing ’em in tight at Marigny with his monthly “Be Proud” parties that shake the dancefloor and raise funds for local LGBT groups. You know how we are here at 20 Questions — we had to find out more about the Queen City’s new club culture Queen Bee. Keep reading to see what we learned.
If you were a shoe, what kind would you be?
A high heel. It’s sexy, strong and reaches to the top.
What food do you most associate with your childhood?
You’re kidding right? Pizza!
If you could only have one dance music album in your collection, what would it be?
Boy George’s first album.
How long do you typically wait between haircuts?
I get a haircut every week.
Which pro athlete would you like to trade places with for a day?
Rocky Balboa…does that count?
How do these John Travolta films rank based on the number of times you’ve seen them: “Grease,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Look Who’s Talking,” “Saturday Night Fever”?
“Saturday Night Fever” (come on, I’m from Brooklyn, watch it at least twice a year); “Grease” (maybe once every other year); “Pulp Fiction” (maybe once every other year); “Look Who’s Talking” (never).
Have you ever read a Nicholas Sparks novel?
I’m not sure if I’ve ever read a book. Did I graduate? Wait a minute, let me think! LOL!
Do you have any scars from an accident or injury?
I have a few scars on my eye, underneath my chin and on my leg. Are street fights accidents? Ha!
Can you juggle?
I juggle my balls in the shower! No I did not! LOL!
What is your all-time favorite board game?
Monopoly. I just love taking over cities.
Do you prefer to watch foreign films with subtitles or dubbed into English?
Dubbed into English. Didn’t I just mention that I’ve never read a book. Pffff!
What is the largest event you’ve ever DJ’d?
Parade Festival France, which holds millions in the streets, with other global DJs and PRIDEFEST, which holds over 100,000-plus people. (I was the main attraction for this one.)
What household chore have you been putting off for much too long?
Cleaning my studio and my record room. Did I mention that I have over 100,000 vinyl discs — all disco!
Which painter (living or dead) would you like to be seated beside at a dinner party?
My close friend Marc Carranza who was one of NY’s most legendary graffiti writers. He died in a car accident. I was supposed to be with him that night. I miss you Marc!
Do you currently own a physical or digital copy of any porn film?
Wanna hear a funny story? I used to sell pornos on VHS tape out of my car. This was when I had a beeper!
Boiled cabbage, cole slaw or sauerkraut?
F*ck…I love it all.
Who is the funniest female stand-up comedian?
Have you ever been parachuting or parasailing?
I never done either of them but I would love to.
How many bumper stickers are on your car?
Who are the top five dance music divas of all time?
Madonna, Boy George (he’s a diva, right?), Donna Summer, Diana Ross and definitely Sylvester!
Does the adage “less is more” have any relevance to sex?
Sure thing — talk less, get more sex!
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