Dexter Love is a DJ and producer, and can often be found spinning at Tribeca Grand and Soho Grand. A New Yorker by way of Hungtington Beach, California (known as Surf City,) he can be found riding a fixed-gear bike or a custom vintage cafe racer in his spare time, but when we spoke to him, he admitted that he always finds himself working on music.
What would the title of your autobiography be?
“Power Walking Through Life: The Dexter Love Story”
What can’t you travel without?
My iPhone, not to make phone calls or send texts but so I can use it to answer email and listen to music. Music is my life. And the camera on the iPhone is great. I can add books or movies on there. Everything I need in one place.
What’s your favorite travel destination?
Paris. I love the culture, food, style, architecture, art, and language. I love that I can sit in a café for hours reading a book while enjoying a coffee. As much as I am surrounded by so many people all the time, I love being alone, and Paris is the perfect place for it.
If you could choose one person to show you “their New York City,” who would it be?
Any one member of The Ramones. I would have loved to see the CBGB scene from the beginning grow to its prime. To be part of that movement would have been legendary!
What has inspired you recently?
Music is always inspiring for me. It can set the tone and mood for me to do anything, or not do anything.
What are your favorite NYC restaurants?
I like DBGB for the chop chop salad and oysters. Having grown up in Southern California, I love eating Mexican food – I have a secret little taco spot that I like to go to, alone. No, you can’t know where it is!
What are some of your favorite NYC brunch spots?
At Jeepney in the East Village, I like ordering the bone marrow bulalo hash meal or the rice with longanissa sausage. I am Filipino, so it brings back some childhood memories of my mother’s cooking. I also like to sit outside of Coffee Shop in Union Square when the weather permits to people watch. And I always love a good Bloody Mary at brunch.
Where do you get your art fix in NYC, and do you have a favorite artist?
I am more into street art and graffiti. Madsteez is my favorite artist out there right now. I love seeing a new piece go up on the Houston Bowery Wall, and I always make sure to stop and admire it when a new piece goes up.
What are some of your favorite late-night hangouts in NYC, and why?
I don’t really have a late night hangout, but for late night food I go to Wo Hop if I’m drunk, Mott Corner in Nolita, or L’Express. For late night drinks I like going to bars or clubs that I know close the doors at 4am, but let us hang and dance until the sun rises.
What are some of your under the radar must-do recommendations for NYC visitors?
Smorgasburg in Williamsburg during the summer, The Cloisters, Chelsea Market, a really good brunch, bars below Delancey Street, Battery Park, L’Asso for pizza, or just get on a bike and see the city from a whole new perspective.
What are some of your favorite NYC stores, and why?
I love walking into random (modern or vintage) furniture stores; seeing the design and comfort of furniture is sometimes calming and peaceful for me.
What music are you listening to these days, and who are some of your favorite musicians?
It depends on the mood and situation, since I like being well-rounded as a musician. I’ll listen to Patsy Cline, Taylor Swift, Jay Z, NoFX, Blink 182, Calvin Harris, Misfits, The Cars, PuppyLuv, Ruen, DexterBobby, Neil Jackson and everything in between.
What album or song would you consider your personal soundtrack to NYC?
“This Must Be The Place” by the Talking Heads.
When you think of NYC, are there any particular emotions or memories that immediately come to mind?
I still remember the excitement I felt when I first arrived in NYC to visit my best friend, who was at NYU. These days, I have had an apartment here for 11 years and have lived here full-time for 6 years, and I STILL get the chills when I arrive home and see the NYC skyline from the Williamsburg Bridge. I always think, “Wow, I live here!”