Current: What are some of the past films Lovesexy has featured?
John Vargas: Filmwise, we were lucky a few years ago to screen and do grass roots promotions for "Amores Perros." We got even luckier when a friend sent me a screener of "Y Tu Mama Tambien" so we decided to screen it for about 40 to 50 of our filmmaker friends before it was released in theaters. We did not have the permission of the company, but we decided to screen for our friends and it was a free screening.
C: Is there anything similar to Lovesexy around?
JV: I like to think we are pretty original.
C: Where do you find bands?
JV: Friends and acquaintances.
C: What is a typical weekly schedule?
C: What kind of creative works are you involved in yourself?
JV: Film and music. Filmwise, I just got a call from my editor that he is finally done with the final cut of [movie] Scattered Limbs. Musicwise I'm doing a partnership for an indie label with an artist whose voice is reminiscent of Prince, Michael Jackson when he was on top of his game, Loose Ends and Cameo, and looks like Elvis and Brad Pitt.
C: Tell us about one of your films.
JV: That will have to be Scattered Limbs, my first and toughest film to make. Scattered Limbs is an urban allegory based around two brothers and the friends and women in their lives. It is finally finished, but it will never see a release date since that was more of an exorcism, and by that I mean that it was a collaboration with other writers that in the end did not agree with me on what the film should portray.
C: Why did you get involved in club show producing?
JV: I fell into it. Some friends asked me to help them book a show at Studio 54, being that I was in a managerial position at Studio 54 while I was studying marketing and theater. This was back in 1988, 1989, and we had some of the most talented dance music DJs/Producers. I asked the booker if I can get my friends a gig on Larry's [Levan's] night and he laughed at me. Once I told him that my friend's group had a hot single called "Break for Love" and that they were going under the name of Raze, he flipped and said yeah, we could book them, and I got my very first gig booked at Studio 54. Anybody that knows a thing or two about dance music know that the song "Break for Love" went on to make millions worldwide and till this day it still heats up the dance floor when DJs play it.
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