Richard Lee is resident DJ at Gymbox Bank. "People sometimes run up to the DJ booth to film me mixing, or to take a picture with me. Is nice to feel the appreciation!" he says. Check out his house DJ mix for Gymbox on our Mixcloud.
Hi Richard! You're a DJ at Gymbox Bank, do people still look surprised when they see a DJ while they're working out?
Yeah, sometimes! When new members come in, or when they're being taken on a tour of the gym, it seems to be one of the focal points for them! They will usually smile and give a friendly wave – it's nice!
How do you think having a DJ in a gym impacts on one's workout?
As a DJ you're in control of your crowd's energy, all depending on what you play and how your playing it! People are used to seeing a DJ when they're out and about on the weekend, so to have a DJ in the gym while they're working out taps into that fun, high-energy mindset.
What tunes would pop up in your usual set?
I love to play house and garage, which is great as there has been big revival of those genres recently. I try to play pumping basslines, with vocals people recognise – tunes such as like Adele vs. Sam Supplier - We Could of Had It All.
Do you ever get members asking for requests?
I haven't had any requests since I've been at Gymbox. I'd like to think that means I'm doing a good job!
Must be interesting watching people train, have you witnessed anything unusual?
If a certain song comes on I have often seen people dancing in-between sets. And, on a few occasions, people have run up to the DJ booth to film me mixing, or to take a picture with me. It's nice to feel the appreciation!
Any comparisons between a gym crowd and a regular club crowd?
The main thing is is that they're having fun, which is great. Whatever your doing – whether it be working, partying or training at the gym – it's always 100 times better when it's fun and your enjoying yourself.
What are the main highlights of being a DJ?
For me I've always loved music, so just being able to play out, and see people dancing to stuff you like, is really a great buzz! Even if I'm in a club on a night off I get an itch to get behind the decks again! It's a passion!
And finally, tell us about your DJ mix you've made for us
I've put together something a little special, personal favourites of mine, and some new tracks. Should make those treadmill runs a little easier, and those hard heavy sets a lot more enjoyable!