DJ Green Lantern to Des Moines: 'I dig it.'
After DJing Friday night’s headlining set from Nas at 80/35, DJ Green Lantern took the stage at the Des Moines Social Club’s Basement bar for a set of his own.
And he had so much fun that he’s doing it again tonight.
The show, one of several 80/35 after parties at Des Moines’ club venues, hit capacity an hour after kicking off and ran until about 1:45 a.m.
“I have a show tomorrow in Detroit,” Lantern said on Saturday afternoon. I was going to go and hang out in Detroit (and) that’s cool but I had so much fun at the club here last night and they were like ‘Yo, you wanna come back tomorrow?’”
“I’d rather DJ than do most things on Earth,” he added.
Nas and Lantern performed for thousands at Western Gateway Park in downtown Des Moines Friday night. Alongside working with Nas, Lantern’s known for his work with Ludacris, Eminem, Wiz Khalifa and countless others.
“I was really amazed at the level of people that knew words to songs that were like deep album cuts from 20 years, not just the hits,” he said. “The level of excitement, man that was amazing man. I loved it.”
“When people really, really, really know your music,” he continued. “That means you have real fans out there. Not just casual fans. That means you’ve touched that area.”
The after parties at the Des Moines Social Club are sponsored in part by Media Fresh Records, a local hip-hop label owned by Des Moines-based rapper MarKaus, who performed at the Nationwide stage on Friday.
MarKaus said connecting with Lantern during the festival has been “crazy” and “beautiful.”
“It validates everything that’s been going on all year,” MarKaus said. “That the nation’s starting to take notice to what’s been going on here.”
Lantern said he’s "really digging" Des Moines and the love he’s been showing during his stay in the city. He’s never been to Des Moines before, but, from what he’s seen, thinks there’s cool things going on, culturally.
“Keep it going, stay on your grind,” Lantern said in words of advice to newer artists in the scene. “Stay creative and different like he is and (like) some of the other people I saw yesterday (while) walkin’ around the festival.”
The 80/35 after party at the Des Moines Social Club kicks off at 9 p.m. and features Amaza Hines and Extravision.
What can people expect at a DJ set from Green Lantern?
“High energy,” he said. “A good ass time.”
Tonight’s event at the Des Moines Social Club kicks off at 9 p.m. and features Amaza Hines and Extravision.