Play it Again Sam: DJ to royals coy about wedding
Friday, February 25, 2011; 5:46 AM
LONDON -- Not many people can boast a playlist fit for a prince.
As a fixture in the London clubs that attract young royals, Sam Young has taken requests from the future King of England - prompting speculation the DJ could reign over the dance floor at William and Kate Middleton's April 29 wedding reception.
"Everyone is assuming I'm DJing that wedding and I'm not going to comment," he said, laughing uncomfortably.
But holding court at the prince's favorite nighttime haunts has earned Young the unofficial title of Prince William's favorite DJ - a claim to fame the 31-year-old Londoner disputes, but isn't altogether unhappy with.
"I'm not friends with him. I don't talk to him or e-mail with him," Young said, recalling his first brush with a young William at London's Boujis nightclub. It was ages ago, Young said. Proof? William requested Outkast's "Hey Ya" - a top hit of the hip-hop duo's 2003 album.
But encounters like that - splashed across a London tabloid in 2007 - have prompted countless interviews and fed the churning royal wedding rumor mill, setting Young apart from the pack.
"My aspiration wasn't to be getting interviewed as Prince William and Harry's DJ. They've probably been to a million clubs and danced to a million DJs. Those guys don't get mentioned. But I'm not complaining."
A younger Young grew up listening to a different Prince - the artist - and got his first taste of celebrity from attending events with his father, who snaps photos of the stars.
In his teens and early 20s, Young played around with turntables, experimenting with vinyl and cultivating a love for Stevie Wonder and the Rolling Stones. He later gravitated toward hip-hop and R&B, eventually building his sound around a mixture of dance, house and club music.
He always sought the limelight - the opportunity to succeed not just in the hottest clubs but at celebrity studded events and parties.
"I'm trying to live in the best of both worlds," Young said.
He credits his success partly to a background in media studies. "You know how to market yourself," he explained.