Across town, away from the glow sticks and ravers, a more fashionable crowd sipped on complimentary Hennessy Black mixed drinks and danced along to tunes spun by 2011’s official Hennessy Black DJs Samantha Ronson and D-Nice.
We caught up with the pair before their performances held this weekend at La Cote by the pool area of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. D-Nice, a.k.a. Derrick Jones, is one audacious guy. When the big bosses asked him to perform a daring feat, he didn’t think twice.
Around 10 p.m., after Ronson finished her set, guests at the soiree waited for D-Nice to take the stage.But in a scene right out of the MTV Music Awards, a bright blue light introduced the hip-hop producer and rapper, who waved to the crowd while being suspended in mid-air inside a large DJ booth by helicopter.
Was he nervous?
“Only because people kept asking me if I was! But the moment I got on and was up in the air, it was the most amazing feeling!”
Security was tight at the posh hotel, but we did see a few lucky ones run to the beach to cheer him on. “Being a DJ for me is not only about discovering new music, it’s about the people and making the crowd happy. When I see people moving, I feel good about my job.”
He says no setlist is complete without “anything by Rihanna, Fire in Your New Shoes (by Kaskade featuring Dragonette) and Take over Control (by Afrojack).
We all know Ronson as the girl who once cozied up to the actress formerly known as Lindsay Lohan. (The Mean Girls starlet wants to be called Lindsay from now on).
But tabloid rumors aside, Sam hopes to make it in the music world.
In the coming months the Brit DJ will release a rock album, Chasing the Reds.
She told us her musical upbringing has influenced her musically (step-dad is Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones and her brother is famed music producer Mark Ronson) “My brother is working with me on the new album,” she says. “Growing up, I’ve always loved to be in the studio because I absorbed so much.”
Ronson’s setlist – a mix of everything from hip-hop to 80s’ hits – demonstrated her love of different genres. Many were critical saying that it lacked consistency. But pal D-Nice said that’s nonsense.
“She is a wonderful and talented person, and I’m not just saying that because we’ve work together or we’re friends,” he said. “She’s very humble and when she’s not around other people and this whole music scene, she lets her guard down and you see the real Samantha.”
And he’s one guy that doesn’t buy into “the tabloids.” D-Nice says it’s a shame that the crowd didn’t “focus on the music and the job she’s doing…they just want to hold a video camera in front of her when in fact they’re missing out on the experience. I don’t think it’s her loss – it’s their loss.”