This post is for my music lovers. My real music lovers. My purest of hip hop heads. This is for the crew that wants to go out and hear music unabashedly without worrying about what celebrities will be in the spot and who is in VIP. This is for the folks that like the kind of music that gets your head bobbing, your arms pumping, and your girl sweating out her blowout. If this is you continue reading. I am about to tell you about a place where everybody knows your name. Where they are always glad you came. Hahaha. Seriously this place has that local close knit feel that makes you feel like you are at a house party in 1994 Brooklyn. It feels like that moment when you heard Illmatic for the first time. This wonderful place is called Lounge of 3. My first experience at Lounge of 3 was for karaoke night. And Ii marveled at how unassuming the place is. The patrons are super cool and the drinks are super strong. My next experience was on a Saturday night in the thick of things. And the patrons were still super cool. And for DC, the sometimes capitol of pretentiousness, that says a lot. This place is absolutely known for the talented, authentic DJ’s they have on deck. I took a moment to interview 2 of them. Below, read how they feel about their craft and Lounge of 3 from their own mouths.
DJ Que (Not as in ‘Q” but que as in “what” in Spanish)
Q: How long have you been DJ’ing? / How did you get into it?
A: I’ve always loved music and obviously hip hop had a huge impact on me as a kid growing up in New York in the 80’s. A friend of mine used to get all the freshest rap tapes as soon as they came out and we would hang at his place and listen to Kurtis Blow, Fat Boys, Run DMC, LL Cool J, Whodini, and others. My cousin had a big record and tape collection of not only rap, but punk and metal as well, and he was a huge musical influence on me. When I was about 10 or 11 I got my first stereo, and when my Mom was out I used to hook my stereo up next to the stereo in our living room and mix records on both turntables, using the volume knobs on each to fade back and forth
I’ve spun on and off over the years, my last DJ gig in NYC was about 10 years ago and shortly after, I lost all of my music and equipment. When Lounge of Three first opened, I loved the fact that they played old school hip hop and after seeing Kyotey Grey spin there I was inspired to buy new equipment, rebuild my record collection, and start spinning again.
Q: How would you describe the vibe at Lounge of 3?
A: The DJs and bartenders basically set the vibe, so I would say it depends on who’s spinning or who’s behind the bar, but generally Lounge of Three is somewhere between a hip hop version of “Cheers” and an old school house party with all of your friends.
Q: What type of music do you play at lounge of 3
A: It varies, but generally I spin 80’s and 90’s hip hop, lots of NY stuff.
Q: What makes people come back to the same DJ?
A: I’d say music, performance, and environment.
Q: What is your all time Favorite album?
A: Wow that’s a hard question haha… I’m into so many different genres of music, so it really depends on the genre. Speaking specifically to hip hop, there’s a few that are neck and neck, but Cru’s Dirty 30 probably squeaks by as my favorite.
Q: What requests do you detest?
A: All of them.
Q: How can you be contacted for private events?
A: On Facebook and Twitter under deejueque, or via the DC Vinyl Headz website at
Q: How long have you been dj’ing?
A: 30 years
Q: How did you get into it?
A: I grew up in NYC during the 70’s and 80’s hard not to be into music. Plus my Uncle was a well known local DJ and I followed him around
Q: How would you describe the vibe at LO3?
A: LO3 is known in DC for it’s music. Folks know what to expect in there. It’s a small family kinda vibe
With the right DJ and crowd it can get hyped in there!
Q: What type of music do you play?
A: I play everything at LO3. Nothing is off limits there. The DJ’s have full creative freedom, although it’s know for being a “hip hop bar”
Q: What is your favorite album of all time?
A: My favorite album of all time? Let me get back to you on that one…
Q: What is the DC music scene?
A: The music scene in DC is very mainstream, however there are a large number of people who have varying tastes that give the scene diversity. Making the bar and lounge scene in DC the place to be.
Q: What makes people come back to the same DJ?
A: What makes people come back to a DJ is being able to read a person and a room and almost be inside there heads playing just what they NEED, not what they want
Q: What requests do you dislike the most?
A: I pretty much dislike most requests. If you give me a genre then let me drive. But I don’t stop drop, and do the jukebox thing for anyone.
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LOUNGE OF 3 is located at:
1013 U Street, NW