To understand someone, you must listen with an open mind about what they’ve gone through in life, what makes them who they are and the path they have chosen. I don’t believe anyone just wakes up one morning and says, “I’m going to do porn”. Of course, I could be wrong, but it’s unlikely. But I do wonder what drives someone to succeed in the porn industry? I mean it’s a cut-throat industry, where you ride a high for a few years then you’re considered old news. Why? Because someone younger and new has come along, and before you know it you’ve been replaced.
To be honest, I didn’t know that DJ Dominic Pacifico was even in porn, I had only known him as a DJ, and a damn good one at that. So, you can imagine my surprise when I Googled him and there it was several results for pornhub, xvideos, mansuger, and redtube. It was apparent that not only was he a porn star but a well-established DJ. I began to wonder how does one cross over from porn to DJ’ing and do them both very successfully.
Dominic started doing porn in 1998 in San Francisco, after leaving Key West with his boyfriend at the time. After being dumped he found himself needing money and a place to stay. He would be discovered by Brian Mills who introduced him to still pornography (X-rated pictures). As an 18-year old he had the twink look that everyone craved. This allowed him to make anywhere between $500.00 to $1,000.00, and thus started his path into porn. He stated, “I didn’t realize that I was doing porn, it was art”. At 22 he would do his first feature film for Raging Stallion and would be mentored by Michael Brandon. Dominic learned the ropes so to speak, always understanding that his fans were the most important aspect of his porn career.
I do have an opinion about politics, and world events. For those who think I don’t give a shit, I do. It can be hard for me not to say anything. DJ Dominic Pacifcio
He has been in the industry for 19 years, and for anyone to last that long is an achievement. I asked him how he did this, he explained that it’s all about branding, staying focused, having something to sell, and being in the right place at the right time. One of the important aspects of the porn for Dominic is having the adaptive ability to change with the times.
What’s it like being called a Daddy now? He smiled and said “I love it. All these young men come at me all of the time, and it’s flattering”. I got the feeling that he has embraced the so call daddy porn. As “daddies” are become more in demand, and the younger generation seeks more of this genre, Dominic has once again reinvented himself to adapt to the need and demand. “Hell, I don’t mind, it’s crazy that I’m given a 2nd chance to reinvent myself”, he stated.
I wondered how he went from porn to DJ’ing. DJ’ing didn’t come easy for him, he admits that being in porn created road blocks, since he wasn’t really taken seriously by the more established DJ’s. But somehow, he has managed to merge the two. I think this comes from his determination to be himself and to prove that he is more than just a porn actor. Since his first DJ’ing gig at the Castro Street Fair in 1998, he has come a long way. Now playing around the United States and the World. He is influenced by Brazilian house, early 90’s and seth pop. I asked him how does he know that what he’s playing is being well received he stated, “I try to understand the age demographic, venue, and style of the people”. Either way, I find his music intriguing, interesting, powerful, and well mixed.
Regardless of what you think about DJ Dominic, I found him fascinating and quite intelligent. He has proven to be a smart businessman and inventive with regards to both his porn and DJ careers. For example, in two weeks Dominic Entertainment will release self-molds of Dominic Pacifico Signature molds to be sold worldwide, along with signature self-molds of Casey Everett, Brandon Jones, and Pierce Paris. It’s another expansion of his business and brings to his fan what they want. The ability to adapt.
It is easy to pass judgment on someone that you don’t understand or even know. He said something that really had an impact on me. He stated, “you know you’re at a bar, and the quiet man sitting alone tells you hello, that’s your true fan.” To be humble and sincere is quite unique, and I must say I enjoyed my time with him.
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If you know me, then you know that I really love DJ Kidd Madonny, and have been a fan of his for-a while. Then comes along someone with a completely different style and approach to music. DJ Whitney Day is a DJ and event producer based in New York City. Her work can be heard throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. Her focus is about bringing high caliber events to the lesbian and LGBTQ communities.
It was in college that she discovered a different side of music and her interest changed to music production, recording and technology. After college, she began to work in the film industry, it was now in her life that learned mixing, composing music and sound design for both TV and film.
Before she was 21 she would spend time checking out clubs and raves in the city and Brooklyn. It would be her fascination of the DJ that she would be inspired with the concept of remixing a song and blending different parts together, it would be her ability to re-imagine a song that would carry her through her career, even today she strives to perfect her vision of music and sound. While she considers herself a DJ, she has also expanded to include event production. She continues to search for venues always hiring the best in the industry and those coming up the ranks.
For Whitney, this is not a black and white subject. There are factors that determine what she will play, and how it’s played. For her every venue is different, the crowd, location and of course her mood. Throughout the years she has learned to be flexible and maintain a somewhat “open format”. DJ’ing is about learning how to spin for any crowd, this would include funk, soul, hip-hop and pop. For her this would be the basis for learning the art of DJ’ing. The importance of experimenting with mixing genres, and overtime cultivating and developing your own sound. This is to move the audience, but to expose them to new songs, artist and genres. Whitney states “These days I play very little pop and hip hop, but have grown into my own taste which tends to be dominated by soul inflected house music – sometimes with a disco thing, sometimes more percussive and other night with a deeper more electronic sound. It’s all organic and spontaneous”.
But it’s her ability personalize her music choicest that makes her unique and widely in demand. Whitney states “Giving them something that’s creatively more than what they’re used to and hopefully memorable and exciting”. To balance what the audience likes and wants to hear and remain true to my music is a complicated process at first. She appears to have mastered that and delivers music that is fresh and new. I get the feeling that for her it’s not just about winning over a crowd, but really giving them something to dance to, to remember, and want to hear again. That she wants to expose people to different styles of music and to show energy.
I asked her about the role of women in the DJ industry, and she stated that “it is unbalanced, and yes there is a glass ceiling”. With that said she strives to focus on events that celebrate women in music, as well as queer artist.
Whiney proved to be an interesting induvial to interview, thoughtful of her abilities, a firm understanding of the LGBTQ community, and mostly importantly her love and drive to be the best DJ without compromising herself.
This Southern Decadence Whitney will be at The Bourbon Pub and Parade, it would be worth the effort to hear her spin. For more information visit : bourbonpub.com
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As a culture, we can be quick to judge someone without really knowing the complete story. Last week a friend forwarded an article to me to read; at first I wasn't sure why I was reading this article. However, it was apparent that this man’s journey in the gay adult industry seemed short lived. Most of the article’s I could get a hold of focused on three tattoos, a comment made, and his arrest on drug charges.
I have learned over time there is more to a story than what's written in some publications. I am curious how this young man with a promising career went "downhill" so fast. What is his story and most importantly what happened?
Cameron Diggs didn't just fall into porn, nor was he looking for the chance to become involved in the industry. Instead, he started dancing at local clubs in the Dallas area. Cameron admitted it was the need for money and this was a good way earn some. Now Cameron is by all accounts and confirms that he is bisexual. That sex with either sex is enjoyable; he just prefers women over men. There have been reports that he is a gay-for-pay porn actor, and he states that "this was because until I did gay porn, I had never been with a man, a transsexual once, but that was it." He doesn't understand why his "sexual preference would become or be an issue since he's not the only guy doing gay porn that might be "straight."
I have to question the reason why some people might be so concerned about his sexuality. I mean how many gay porn actors are straight, and let's be honest their sexual preference isn't why we watch a gay porn scene.
Of course, I had to ask the question about three tattoos that have for some reason become a major concern. Cameron has an Iron Cross symbol on the upper right and left of his chest and SS lightning bolts on his right hip. Now before I go any further, let me just say this I had to look and then have someone point them out to me. With that said, did anyone just sit down and ask him the reasons? Or, did certain people just assume they knew the answer? First, let me say that there have been several gay porn films made using the Nazi/ Skinhead themes, do we judge them? Is there a difference? Don't say it's because their actors, and were just acting, I'm calling bullshit on that, what makes these films less offensive?
"I do respect everyone, regardless of color. I really look past a persons race, religion, or creed. It was never my intention to disrespect anyone, especially my fans. I know my behavior and actions would cause people to form a opinion about me, but like everyone I have made mistakes, and I continue to grow and learn from them."
Now I'm not making any excuses for racism, or racist behavior but just trying to see the difference. I asked Cameron directly the meaning of the tattoos, and he stated: "those tattoos I got while serving four years." He explained that when you go to prison, you have to choose sides and that prison is very racist and segregated whites with whites, blacks with blacks. To survive, you have to do things that normally you wouldn't do; he states "I had to prove myself. Therefore, I got into a fight and proved I was strong and not weak". The tattoos were placed there showing he had prison bravery and won a battle. He admits that he regrets the tattoos and they don't describe him as a person. He's very firm that he is not a racist, nor does he judge anyone based on religion, sexual preference, or skin color. It's not who he is, and those that know him understand who he is and what he believes in. I then asked about a comment that was reported in Str8UpPorn last summer in which he stated: "when it comes to having kids, I prefer to stay in my race." He explained that as a child and teenager his grandparents had adamant feelings about interracial children, it was their point of view, and it remains instilled in him even now. Does one comment make a person a racist? For me, it's' their actions, and from what I can tell there doesn't seem to be any indication that he supports any neo-Nazi/ white supremacy group(s), or aside from this one comment has not made any racist remarks. How many times have you gone onto Grindr, adam4adam, manhunt and found profiles with white/black only? You could argue that it's racist, or in most cases, you say "it's my preference." Either way, in my opinion, you have to look at all aspects of a person's behavior before labeling someone a racist.
Cameron does have a "bad boy" image (ok the tattoos are hot to me), one that he says comes naturally to him, and he has allowed that image to become too entwined with him as a person. Which he freely admits has created problems and misconceptions about who he is. Over the past seven years, he has dealt with a meth addiction; and this past February Cameron was arrested in Oak Lawn a suburb of Dallas. He stated, "this was a low point, I kept thinking that I was going to lose everything." I am not going to go further into this aspect of his life, and only because it is an open investigation.
Then Sketch Sex, a bareback site comes out with some promo video implying that Cameron was going to be seen doing a bareback scene. I asked Cameron to explain this, and he stated: "I was going to do the film because they offered me a substantial amount of money. However, my test results didn't come back in time, and therefore I was a stand in". Are you going to judge him now because he thought of doing a bb scene? As if he was the first to do this, guess what he's not (the list could be quite long).
We have all made mistakes some are more serious than other, but who are we sit and judge someone's life and actions. Do they directly affect you? Have his tattoos directly impacted your life? Did a stupid comment somehow derailed your life? I suppose if he were still fucking in gay porn you wouldn't care.
I have to admit I found my conversation with Cameron very open and direct. I've been doing this for a while, and it appeared to be sincere and genuine. I do wish him the very best of luck on his journey we call life When asked if he would ever like to return to gay porn Cameron stated "yes, I would like to. I miss my fans, performing, and dancing".
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Have you ever wondered how the hell you became friends with someone? I wondered about my friendship with Troy, it’s not like we just “hit it” off. In fact I always thought that Troy was snobbish, stuck-up, and a bitch. You have to understand that while we knew many of the same people we never conversed. From what I can remember he just sat next to me and said hi, and to be honest I thought this bitch is going to put a knife in my back. However, like most of my friendships they just happened, I don’t go out and seek people to be my friends, they just happen.
Since then I do consider Troy to be a close and dear friend, and I enjoy his company. He comes across as shy and reserved, but once you get to know him, he’s really a true friend.
Troy is currently the President of the Lords of Leather in New Orleans. A position he takes very seriously and with determined dedication. He has been involved in the leather community for 30 years (he joined the Lords in 2010). For him it’s about the freedom of expression, the ability to be himself. The friendships he has built over the years, and it’s more than wearing leather it’s about a community. When he won the title of Mr. Louisiana Leather, it allowed him to engage with the LGBT community. His platform was giving a broader exposure to local LGBT organizations. When he went to IML (International Mr. Leather) in Chicago, It wasn’t about winning but about making his community proud (placed 25th out of 53).
"I am a really nice person, just don't assume I'm a pushover. People who see me in my street clothes would never guess I'm into the leather scene". Troy Powel
Troy is currently the 2017 Mr. Gay Pride New Orleans. An honor that he says surprised him and stated “the fact the board of Gay Pride thought enough of me is truly an honor”. He admits that he has a short window of opportunity to fight for a cause, but regardless of what he does he is still honored to be a representation of the LGBT community here in New Orleans.
Asked what advice he would give someone who is interested in the leather community, he states “learn where the traditions sprang from and the meanings behind them, earn your leather, and be true to yourself”. When asked about the Mr. Louisiana Leather sash he commented that he is “very protective of the sash; it means something, and it’s an honor to wear it”.
Troy will admit that having a high profile in the local LGBT community places high expatiations, and thus can wear on him at times. But he also understands that this is price you pay if you want to affect change.
Regardless of what anyone thinks of the leather community, I’ve learned that it’s a tight knit community. Friendships and respect are earned, and basically about self-expression. Troy is a member of this unique community, something he never takes for granted. I am honored that I took the time to get to know him, and understand his point of view.
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