We had the good fortune of connecting with Beau Doiron and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Beau, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I knew it was the only way I would be able to be happy. I had an office job when I was 21, I remember being in a meeting and looked out the window thinking, “ I just want to be outside in the woods all day.” Well I quit my job and the next day went into the woods to hang out, unfortunately I got pretty bored after about 15 mins but I did figure out it wasn’t the location but what I was doing with my time that made me feel unfulfilled. Shortly after I moved to California and started working as a promoter for the Belly Up in Salona Beach. I loved working with people from all walks of life and being able to promote different artists.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m really grateful to say that I am full time doing what I love. For me, building strong relationships with people in the industry has helped me achieve my goals and the friendships gained are lifelong. Being a DJ means bringing not only the music but the energy and atmosphere that sets the night. I think a lot of people see someone up on stage playing music but they don’t always see the time and effort you have to put in before you get up there. I can have what feels like the perfect set going for the environment when suddenly a request for a song that doesn’t match up comes in and I have to find a way to adjust. One of the things I take great pride in is accepting requests and having the people I am playing for help steer the night. Seeing the girl who requested “Where’s the Love” by the Black Eyed Peas when I’m in the middle of a strong EDM set face when her request comes on absolutely ignite with energy makes the challenging transitions worth it. I’m a strong believer of the mantra “you can lose but don’t lose the lesson”. Failures are room for growth and leaning into that growth is what makes all of us better no matter what we find ourselves doing. I remember my first gig at the San Diego fair, I was expecting to jump out to a sea of thousands of people and built the perfect set for that. Well, first time I walked out there was an old man sitting on a chair reading the program and a mom with 2 babies dancing. I took from that gig to walk into every situation without expectation of what I want it to be but instead I can make it be. I can build what I feel is the perfect set but that doesn’t mean the crowd will always be aligned with that set. Having the ability to adapt and cater to the people around me allowed me to grow into my next performance at that fair that summer where I ended up playing to a sea of people. It’s these lessons that have I have taken with me throughout my career and now has developed into my own personal flavor that I call Cat Pop. It’s the essence of my set, the ability to change genres and keep the dance floor flowing.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I have been all over the country and San Diego is the only place my heart calls home. This city has such a diverse range to it that I believe makes it the best one out there. When I have friends and family visit the first thing I do is take them out to eat. Nothing says welcome to San Diego like grabbing a burger and a slice at the The Friendly to the fish tacos and brussel sprouts at The Brigantine. After that it’s off to Cali Cream Ice Cream or The Pacific Beach Ice Cream Company for a scoop of the good stuff before heading to the beach. Each beach in San Diego can provide a totally different experience, which I think is very unique to our city. It isn’t all just white and and flat water. On days off I love to get inspiration from the water and there is no better place out there than Moonlight beach in North County. The smalltown local beach vibe is still alive and kicking there. It’s rare that I have a night off but when I do I often find myself with surrounded by friends at the OB Noodle House sipping on Skrewball Whiskey.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
As a promoter for the Belly Up I had the privilege of working with Meryl Klemow, Beth Bennett, Jeff Keeping and Chad Wardolf. These humans showed me the diversity of range of what working in the entertainment industry could be and inspired to me go further in my own career. Shortly after I was taken under the wing of Coda Collins who taught me how to DJ on turntables. We started Thump Night at Bar Leucadian which is now recently reopened and rebranded. As Thump night progressed I started branching out and doing shows on my own at Saddle Bar and eventually made my way back to the Belly Up as a performer. I have also always had a passion for sports and when Steven Woods recommended me for the San Diego Seals, they offered me the opportunity to DJ at the games I pounced on it. They were the first sports organization to hire me and really launched me into the sports scene. I now DJ for not only the San Diego Seals but also the San Diego Gulls, San Diego Sockers, San Diego Strike Force, and the San Diego Growlers.
Business Card: Elise Cope Gulls: Scott Anderson Skrewball: Christine Hancock