DJ Ruckus’ Insider’s Guide to Los Angeles

DJ Ruckus
DJ Ruckus

Photo Credit: Camilo Rios White

Who doesn’t know the name DJ Ruckus? He’s been a power player on the scene since he was 16, headlining the biggest nightclubs in Miami. By 17, as a junior in high school, he was behind the turntables at Diddy’s lavish birthday bash in Morocco and performing his signature fusion of hip-hop, rock, electro, house, soul, funk, and reggae around the globe. Today, Ruckus plays upwards of 200 shows per year at venues like Hakkasan in Las Vegas, where he has been a resident since the club’s opening in 2013. His clientele includes a legion of loyal celebrity fans including his cousin Lenny Kravitz, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Kanye West, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Naomi Campbell, Kanye West and Shaquille O’Neal, all of whom hire Ruckus to spin at their private parties. A favorite of the fashion glitterati, Ruckus is a fixture at high-profile events for the likes of Louis Vuitton, Prada, Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang, and Gap. Marc Jacobs, too, handpicked Ruckus to be a face of his 2013 “Protect The Skin You’re In” campaign and appear on a t-shirt to raise money for skin cancer research. In addition to his Las Vegas residency, Ruckus is a regular at the world’s top nightclubs including LIV [Miami], MIXX [Atlantic City], Finale [New York], Supperclub [Los Angeles], Studio Paris [Chicago], and VIP Room [Paris, Cannes, St. Tropez]. In 2010, Ruckus and hip-hop pioneer Rev Run formed a DJ collective joining old school and new school music and hip-hop and electronic music. The pair continues to perform around the world headlining festivals including Dirty Dutch Blackout [Holland], Umagination [Croatia], Elevation [Bulgaria], Planetlove [Ireland], and One Love Peace Festival [England]. So without further ado, here are this high-profile DJ’s haute secrets to the City of Angels.


Where were you born: New York city, NY

How long in LA: 9 years collectively

Neighborhood: Mount Olympus

Occupation: DJ

Favorite Restaurant: Gjelina

Best Sushi: Sushi Park

Best Italian: Angelini Osteria

Best dessert: Butter Cake at Mastro’s

Best place for a romantic date: Petit Ermitage

Best Sunday brunch: Soho House

Best place for a power business meeting: Soho House

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Chateau Marmont

 Favorite shopping venue/boutique: H. Lorenzo

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Maxfield

Best Spa: Beverly Hot Springs

Favorite Charity Event: Tipping Point Community’s Annual Gala \Favorite Cultural Event: Cinco De Mayo

Favorite Cultural Institution: The Getty Museum

Best Steakhouse: Mastro’s

Best Pizza: Joe’s

Best Lunch: Escuela Taqueria

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Fortune Boxing Gym/Muscle Mechanics on Beverly

Best Massage: Beverly Hot Springs

Best Limousine/Driving Service: Uber

Best Museum/Exhibit: Downtown Art Walk

Describe your city in three words: Fun, Hippie & Healthy

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Hearst Castle

All-around favorite spot in Los Angeles: Amoeba Music

Best Aspect of Los Angeles: The open air and views