Resident DJ Patrice McBride Sets Tone For New Toga Bar Saturdays At Caesars Atlantic City

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If you’ve been to Toga Bar at Caesars Atlantic City recently on a Saturday night, you may have found yourself tapping your foot a little more, shaking that bum a little more, and straight up getting down on the dance floor a little more. This is because Toga Bar Saturdays, a new entertainment/nightlife lineup, has been a great success as of late. One of these reasons is DJ Patrice McBride, one of the venue’s resident DJs. (The other is DJ Ed Smooth).

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Patrice grew up surrounded by music. He was persuaded into piano lessons and guitar lessons at a young age while simultaneously being introduced to wide variety of music anywhere from Patti LaBelle to Led Zeppelin to Run DMC. By middle school, he had already formed bonds with credible DJs and began to DJ parties himself. Little did he know that this was already the beginning of his journey. Check out Patrice’s website to see his story in his own words here. It’s a lot cooler. We’re just super glad that the road led him to Atlantic City.

One of our favorite Atlantic City DJs for sure, we sat down recently to talk to Patrice. It’s so obvious to us that he was meant to be a DJ, and a great one at that. The pieces just always seemed to fall into place. Take a look at the interview, below.

 

TAC: Your first DJ name was DJ Manik. Why did you change it?

DJ Patrice McBride: There are a few reasons I dropped the name, but mainly because I like the name my parents gave me.

TAC: Makes perfect sense! Your DJ background seems so much stronger than most DJs – you have DJs in your family and you always seemed to be running into the right ones to mentor you no matter where you were living. What made you step back from it for a bit after you finished school and what brought you back to it again?

DJ Patrice McBride: I’m definitely a journeyman DJ, twenty plus years under my belt. Plus I’m from Philly, a city that breeds talented DJs. Shoot, our mayor was even a DJ! My two youngest uncles, also from Philly, were DJs. My pop, other uncles, aunts and cousins are musicians or do music in some capacity as well. Beats are in my bloodline. After college I gravitated towards studio work and production and wanted to cultivate those talents, so I stopped DJing and dedicated my nights to studio work while working a corporate gig during the day. I did that for three years. Eventually I got the itch again and needed to get back out there and rock some parties.

TAC: You are a resident DJ at our new Toga Bar Saturdays at Caesars. What do you like most about spending your Saturday nights with us at Toga Bar?

DJ Patrice McBride: I like the balance of energy that Toga offers. Folks party hard, cut loose and shake it. But the energy around the bar, in V.I.P. and in a few other pockets of the club is more laid back and relaxed. Plus, our patrons include everyone from youngsters celebrating 21st birthdays, to seniors who just won at roulette and want to pop bottles and party like a famous rapper for the night.

TAC: What do you think makes you different from other DJs in Atlantic City?

DJ Patrice McBride:  Honestly, I think what separates DJs in general from one another are our personal experiences and how they’ve helped shape and influence our personal tastes in music. I’ve spent most of my life in Philly, but moved around a bunch as a kid. From tough neighborhoods to damn-near rural areas, I’ve spent my life around a broad spectrum of people who all influenced me in different ways. This helps me connect with a wider range of audiences. Not to mention I know my way around a pair of turntables and have a decent amount of technical ability as well!

TAC: Finish the sentence: My go-to song that always picks the crowd back up again and gets them moving is…

DJ Patrice McBride: Whether picking them up or giving them a breather after a bunch of face-melters… No Letting Go by Wayne Wonder. It just puts people in a good mood. You can’t help but sing along.

(Dance party break!)

 

TAC: Your bio says that you’ve played for “A list celebrities to hood celebrities”. What was the best gig you’ve ever played? Is there one that sticks out in your mind?

DJ Patrice McBride: Actually, I’m still riding high after a recent gig in West Virginia with The Sugarhill Gang. They stuck around after their performance and partied with me until the end of my closing set. They were having a good ol’ time, high-fiving me, giving me props on my set. It was a bit overwhelming. They’re digging what I’m doing, complimenting my work, meanwhile, I’m thinking how their records were some of the first I ever touched as a kid growing up. It was a moving experience.

TAC: That sounds awesome! You seem to constantly be putting out EPs and mixes. What inspires you when creating these?

DJ Patrice McBride: The most random things inspire me. I hear a sound or sample and the wheels start churning. The beat, mix or remix usually comes together in my head, and then it’s just a matter of transferring those ideas into my computer.

TAC: What song would we be surprised to see on your iPod?

DJ Patrice McBride: Me Sabe a Canela by Eva Ayllon. She’s an Afro-Peruvian singer, a powerhouse vocalist. Real soulful.

TAC: Cool beans. What advice would you give to future or up & coming DJs?

DJ Patrice McBride: To newbies and up and comers, I would say, stay humble, pay your dues and try to always put the interest of the party-goer first.

TAC: Hear that, newbies? Where do you hope to be in 10 years?

DJ Patrice McBride: Oh that’s easy. Living in the UK, spinning and producing exclusively Drum & Bass music. Always been a goal of mine.

 

Hear that, Atlantic City lovers? We have to enjoy DJ Patrice McBride while we can! He might be heading over the pond sooner than we think! Luckily that is easy to do for the time being since he will be at Toga Saturdays at Toga Bar at Caesars every other Saturday. Check him out this one from 9 p.m.to 4 a.m.!

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A music junkie and pop culture nerd, Jackie has been storytelling and producing exclusive content through various forms of media since she was a teenager running online fan clubs on Yahoo Groups. Remember those? A Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Ithaca College took her to the City of Angels where she scored bylines in The Hollywood Reporter and dabbled in music PR. An East Coast girl at heart, she circled back to her home state of New Jersey where she penned Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City’s Atlantic City Blog and hasn’t looked back since.

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