To get a glimpse into the benefits of sober partying, we caught up with Brooklyn-based DJ and Producer, Alex Raouf, who decided to eliminate alcohol and other substances from his life years ago, and hasn’t looked back since. Though he’ll be spinning some sick house beats on Thursday night, he definitely won’t be feeling sick the next day. Here’s why…
FREEwilliamsburg: What factors influenced your decision to adopt a sober lifestyle?
Alex Raouf: “Honestly, I had some profound moments on the dance floor which lead me to being sober – epiphanies if you will. I just noticed that slowly over time, I was becoming less and less of the person I wanted to be when I [wasn’t sober]. I wanted to make a change, and adopt a healthier lifestyle. I’ve always been obsessed with the brain and how it’s the most powerful organ on earth – it’s what puts humans at the top of the food chain, and I felt when I was living a non-sober lifestyle I was abusing the one thing that made me human.”
FW: Since adopting that lifestyle, have you seen any positive changes in your beatmaking or performances?
AR: “I’m not going to lie it was hard for me at first. I didn’t write music for months. I couldn’t get inspired, and anything I did write I felt sounded like shit. It was a tough transition. BUT, all that being said, overtime I continued to work and write music, and now I’m at a place where I don’t need any physical external influence to write a song, and I think I’m making my best stuff.”
FW: What special “treats” have taken the place of alcohol on your rider?
AR: “Trail mix, and matcha tea!”
FW: Do you find that other DJs are generally accepting of your choice to remain sober during shows?
AR: “Yes! Every DJ, or partygoer I meet will always give me this astonished look like I’m crazy, followed by a long silence, before saying ‘That’s amazing, good for you! I wish I could do that.’ The truth is, they really can do the same.”
FW: Why is this party an exciting way for people to become acquainted with the idea of “sober partying”?
AR: “A company called Kin is launching a non-alcoholic beverage made from noo tropics, which open the mind, calm the body and connect the spirit. A lot of times people tell me they drink at parties because it helps them be social – this drink by Kin achieves that, and so much more. It not only allows you to open up and socialize, but it prevents you from harming your brain and body with alcohol, and experiencing the ever so hated next day hangover.”
FW: What kind of vibe can we expect to experience at this party?
AR: “Caché events are known for bringing together a great crowd with a lot of energy, and an upbeat and positive fun vibe. As for music, it’s going to be an upbeat, funky, and groovy house vibe, so be sure to bring your broken in dancing shoes.”
FW: What advice might you offer to a DJ, or anyone for that matter, who is thinking about adopting a sober lifestyle? Any pro tips?
AR: “The biggest thing I think is developing, or integrating yourself in a community of likeminded individuals. This helps keep you on track, and pushes you to keep your sobriety going – being around the right people can definitely help inspire you. It honestly took me a while to find my people, so to speak, but now that I have it’s a blessing.
FW: In your opinion, what’s the greatest benefit of playing a set without being under the influence?
AR: “Two things – 1.) Being able to actually pay attention to and read the crowd, and curate the right vibe, and 2.) Being able to be in the moment and take in and enjoy playing.”
FW: What can we expect from your set on the 20th, and why should people come?
AR: “You can expect a great vibe, great crowd, a new and tasty beverage to try, and of course great music. Hope to see you there.” 🙂
More details about RISE below:
131 Berry St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249