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Julian

Julian Cavin: DJ, Dad & Regina's Grocery

 Photo by Peter Pabon

Photo by Peter Pabon

Julian Cavin former DJ, Brooklyn native and now sandwich man. Talks about entering into his new venture, where DJing has taken him, how having a baby widen and changed his view on life and what he plans on doing next.

 
 

Julian:
Partnering with Roman to Open Regina's Outpost Brooklyn. Before that I was in the music industry, deejaying, producing, yeah, this is my first venture really outside of music, I am stepping into the food industry.

CNNCTD:
Yeah. How did you make the transition from deejaying to owning Regina's Grocery Brooklyn.

Julian:
Well once I had a kid that I wanted to -  Well I've known even before that that I wanted a different career path and I had worked with Roman in deejaying about nine to  ten years ago. I was basically exploring all my options and this one, you know, it worked out on both ends. Like everything hit at the right time.

CNNCTD:
What are some of the similarities between the two?

Julian:
Well both you're satisfying the customer. In nightlife, you're satisfying the customer you're making people dance, you're making them happy in that way. In food, you're satisfying the customer by giving them a good product and something that's delicious and making them happy through flavor. Both have flavor; one's for your ears and one's for your taste buds.

CNNCTD:
Dissimilarities?

Julian:
Dissimilarities is the hours and it's nice to work with people that are waking up early and on top of everything and  I got to get off coming home late. I would end deejaying at 4:00 a.m. and I wanted to work at a different part of the day.

CNNCTD:
I would imagine that probably was a strain on your personal life.

Julian:
Completely. I mean with a kid waking up at 5:00 a.m. and you get done working at 4:00 a.m. it just doesn't add up.


CNNCTD:
Pretty sure your relationship was probably suffering?

Julian:
Completely. My wife could not be happier about me being in food rather than nightlife.

CNNCTD:
I could imagine that. Sore topic.

Julian:
For many reasons.

CNNCTD:
What is the future have in store for you?

Julian:
So, this is my first food venture so I'm learning all the basics and just how to make it run properly and then I would like to use this. I don't really know what's next but, you know, We're gonna do this for five years and see what comes after that. I'd like to keep doing. Keep opening Regina's all over and, you know, see how big we can make this thing.

CNNCTD:
What was your first paid gig?

Julian:
As a DJ or in general? - GoldBar was my first paid gig.

CNNCTD:
How long ago was it?

Julian:
That was about 9 - 10 years ago.

CNNCTD:
That's what, 2007?

Julian:
Yes, 2007, 2008.

CNNCTD:
Nice.

Julian:
When it started, Jonny owned a bunch of clubs and ran a bunch of different places, Surf Lodge in Montauk and he would always just put me on and until now basically that's how I financially survived.

CNNCTD:
Did it change?

Julian:
The whole scene is pretty much the same. Everyone's still partying. Everyone's still likes to celebrate. But it just wasn't conducive for, you know, my new life.

CNNCTD:
Music changes more and more.

Julian:
The music changes, the culture definitely changes but the hours don't change and neither does the fact that it's fueled by alcohol. So, you know, I love a good party and I will always love a good party but it just wasn't working for what I wanted.

CNNCTD:
What's your favorite song? A bet you have a ton of favorite songs.

Julian:
I mean there's no way to give you a favorite song. There's different songs for different moods. Right now I happen to be in a little country phase. I don't listen to too much hip hop, I'm not gonna lie. I've loved hip hop and as a DJ, that's basically all I played. Maybe that's why I'm like kind of tapped out of it but I also don't really connect that much with ...

CNNCTD:
Different culture now.

Julian:
Yeah, you know, I respect it and it's great. It's just not me.

CNNCTD:
I would've not ... I would've never thought in a million years that being from Brooklyn you would say country music.


Julian:
Yeah. I mean, my mom is from Georgia, so that's the missing link.

CNNCTD:
Wow. She got it in her blood. Cause your mom is from Georgia.

Julian:
That's the missing link. Yeah, my dad is from the Bronx.

CNNCTD:
Georgia and the Bronx.

Julian:
Yeah.

CNNCTD:
So, what's your ethnicity, your background?

Julian:
So, many different things. I mean, I'm basically just a European mutt. But I was raised not celebrating any holidays besides my birthday, New's Years.

CNNCTD:
Okay. So, where were you five years ago?

Julian:
Five years ago I was living in South Williamsburg. Now I'm living in Sunset Park, which I think ... I hope to be in as a home base for my entire life. I've fallen in love with the neighborhood. Born and raised in Park Slope. Sunset Part is not that far away but I've never really, you know, broke into the neighborhood and now I like to be kind of an ambassador for it.

CNNCTD:
Where you see yourself five years from today?

Julian:
Five years from today, I would like to have, you know, keep working with the cnnctd crew and the Regina's family and keep opening more places and furthering the business, pushing everything along, growing.

CNNCTD:
Oh. Well, thank you.

Julian:
Thank you.