Robbie Rivera on Juicy Beach, Skrillex's Balls, Death of Dutch Melodies

House music producer-DJ Robbie Rivera brought some South Beach heat to the cold city streets of NYC Friday night, January 22nd. To kick off his Juicy Beach World Tour. Pacha, which boasts an eight-city schedule, leading up to his notorious Juicy Beach party in Miami's Nikki Beach Club during Winter Music Conference. Hosting such rising stars as Bob Sinclair, Manufactured Superstars, and Cosmic Gate in its Phase One Lineup, the event has already received staggering media attention and fan hype, especially after news of its associated contest where one lucky DJ/fan will have the opportunity to perform alongside Rivera at Juicy Beach (details here).

VIBE caught up with Rivera at his hotel before his jumpin' event to talk a very special V-Day plan, what he's looking for in new talent, Miami venue faves and fast food temptations.

VIBE: Explain the idea behind Juicy Beach.
Robbie Rivera: Well the first few parties we did in Miami were called "Juicy Friends." We would throw these parties and they would sell out. One day we were walking by Nikki Beach, and Monica [my wife] said, "We need to do a party here, outdoors, make it a 15-hour party, bring in a new DJ for every single hour, keeping you excited hour by hour." We planned it out really well, but it rained, and that was [still] awesome. It was packed and it was great!

What are you looking for in the "Makes Me Feel Good" remix contest?
For the remix, you can take all the music parts I gave you, so I really want to see what these new kids do with my original music. I expect them to take it to the next level and add some originality, and not just the current music trend.

Who do you think we should be keeping an eye on in 2013?
A lot of the house/techno DJs are the people doing the most creative music and keeping the groove in the music. Last year the groove was lost, it was all very "in your face" noisy sounds; and it worked... last year. I think this year people want something more, going back to the groove, so artists like Umek - he's a really talented guy. A lot of the Italian producers like those at this year's Juicy Beach [Stefano Noferini, Federico Scavo, Alex Kenji], and a lot of the older producers from Subliminal, they're coming back with the proper house sound that we lacked in 2012. I can't keep listening to these same melodies that the Dutch and the Swiss are doing.

Out of the Juicy Beach lineup this year, who are you most excited to make music with?
I'm really excited about tonight because I've never played with Manufactured Superstars. I'm playing in Cleveland with a new artist from Juicy, his name is Mac J. He's been doing pretty well on the West Coast so I'm also real excited about that.

Any predictions for the EDM Grammy's? Who would you nominate for an outstanding year, who has really made a huge name for themselves?
They should create a Lifetime Achievement Award for EDM artists because there are A LOT out there that should get an award. I like that Skrillex track last year. He's one of the few that had the balls to do something really "out there."

Valentine's Day is coming up soon, how are you going to make this year extra special?
The week before Valentine's Day is our [Robbie Rivera and his wife, Monica Olabarrieta] 15-year-anniversary, so I have to plan something very special. I actually just made a note today in my iPhone.

What big plans do you have for yourself in 2013?
I really want to refresh my sound, which I believe I've started to do already. Making more house music, more tribal music. I want to show the new generation that you have to open your ears and listen to other people. I think the new generation, the kids, listen to a lot of the same people. You've got to have patience to find good music.

What's your favorite place to grab a cocktail in your hometown?
I like to go to the SLS Hotel in South Beach. I go there a lot. It's a beautiful hotel and it's got a really great restaurant called Katsuya. Good sushi and Japanese food.

In a time crunch, what's your most likely fast food choice?
Well usually that happens at the airport, and I wind up in McDonald's. I try to eat the best thing I can get there, a grilled chicken sandwich. I try to keep off the fries, but it's hard though.

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Naya Rivera’s body has been found following a five-day search for the 33-year-old mother and actress. Rivera’s remains were recovered from Lake Piru, authorities in Ventura County California confirmed at a news conference on Monday (July 13).

According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Rivera's body was floating near the surface of the water without a life jacket, and looked as though it had been in the water for “several days.” An autopsy is pending.

The news conference has concluded. Sheriff Ayub has confirmed the body recovered at Lake Piru today was Naya Rivera. Our hearts go out to her family, friends and fans during this difficult time. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of her death.

— Ventura Co. Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 13, 2020

Rivera went missing last week after taking her 4-year-old son, Josey, out on a boat. The boy was found on the boat unharmed, and told authorities that he saw his mother disappear under the water. Rivera's loved ones, including her parents and brother, were seen at the location over the weekend and had been there every day holding out hope, authorities said.

Rivera started out as a child actress and model appearing in the '90s sitcom, The Royal Family, alongside Della Reese, Redd Foxx, Lorenz Tate, and Jackée Harry. She also booked guest spots on several hit shows including, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Family Matters, Girlfriends, Smart Guy, Baywatch, The Bernie Mac Show, and more.

Rivera starred on Glee from 2009 to 2015, before joining the cast of Devious Maids. Her last acting credit was on the drama series, Step Up, which originally aired on YouTube but was picked up by Starz.

The role as Santana Lopez on Glee allowed Rivera  to show off her singing talents. She signed a record deal in 2011 and released her debut single, “Sorry” in 2013, featuring former fiance Big Sean. Rivera married actor Ryan Dorsey in 2014, with whom she welcomed her son, Josey, the following year. The former couple’s divorce was finalized in 2018.

A native of Southern California native, Rivera reportedly grew up about 20 miles from near Lake Piru and had been familiar with the area. Her body was discovered on the 7-year anniversary of the death of Glee cast mate, Cory Monteith, who passed away from a drug overdose in 2013.

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Pop Smoke: 5 Suspects Arrested In Connection With Rapper’s Murder

Five people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Pop Smoke, the Los Angeles Police Department's  Robbery-Homicide Division revealed on Friday (July 10). According to an LAPD news release, the suspects include two teenagers and three adults, the latter of whom were identified as Corey Walker, 19, Jaquan Murphy, 21, and Keandre D. Rodgers, 18.

The LAPD claims that the suspects are gang members who were involved in Jackson’s murder in February, and in the murder of an 18-year-old victim who was gunned down last year in the parking lot of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

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Pop Smoke, whose birth name was Bashar Jackson, was gunned down at a temporary rental home in the Hollywood Hills while visiting Los Angeles. The 20-year-old Brooklyn native was the victim of an armed robbery, per the LAPD.

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Jada Pinkett Smith Confirms Past Relationship With August Alsina

As promised, Jada Pinkett Smith brought herself to the infamous red table but she wasn’t alone. Will Smith joined his wife to address August Alsina’s claims in a special mini-episode of Red Table Talk that premiered on Friday (July 10).

Jada confirmed that she was once in a relationship with the 27-year-old singer while “separated” from Will. According to Jada, things with Alsina started out as a platonic friendship before turning into something more.

“As time went on, I got into a different kind of entanglement with August,” she admitted.

The actress went on to clarify that Will never August “permission” to date her. “The only person that can give permission in that particular circumstance is myself,” she said. “I could see how he would perceive it as ‘permission' because we were separated amicably and I think he also wanted to make it clear that he’s not a home wrecker — which he’s not.

“I was in a lot of pain. I was broken. I definitely realized that you can’t find happiness outside of yourself, and luckily enough, you and I were going through a process of healing in a much different manner,” Jada told Will. “I would definitely say we did everything we could to get away from each other only to realize that that wasn’t possible.”

Later in the talk, Will asked Jada what she was looking for in August. “I just wanted to feel good,” she said. “And it was really a joy just to heal somebody.”

The couple, who have been together for 25 years, also revealed their relationship mantra: “We ride together. We die together. Bad marriage for life.”

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