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DJ Cassidy gives Dems some expert spin control at the national convention

DJ Cassidy, at the Democratic Convention, is back in New York City for a Fashion Week gig.

DJ Cassidy, at the Democratic Convention, is back in New York City for a Fashion Week gig.



When DJ Cassidy spins for Rebecca Minkoff’s fashion show Friday afternoon, he’ll be rockin’ the tastemakers who decide what fashionistas will wear next season.

Fancy. But when he deejayed the Democratic National convention Tuesday and Wednesday, the New York-born and -bred mix-master rocked the people who may be running the country for the next four years.

“I was watching the speeches from halfway back of the arena on this stage in the crowd they built for me, and I was thinking this is really surreal,” the 31-year-old Cassidy tells Confidenti@l after a red-eye brought him back to New York Thursday so he could spin at Tory Burch’s Fashion’s Night Out party.

Asked about the convention — the first with a deejay providing the soundtrack — Cassidy says, “I was essentially the one-man house band and musical director. Every time you heard music played, it was me.”

When Michelle Obama spoke Tuesday, Cassidy went with Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” which was President Obama’s campaign theme in 2008. When President Clinton took the podium Wednesday, Cassidy played Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop,” which was #42’s campaign song.

“Those made sense,” Cassidy explains. While the rest of us watched commercials, he had the convention floor dancing with Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People,” Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family,” Michael Jackson’s “Wanna’ Be Startin’ Somethin,’ ” Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin,’ ” Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” and Daft Punk’s “One More Time,” which he calls his “favorite” because “the title says a thousand words.”

“You see the theme,” Cassidy says of his DNC approved song list. “That’s what it was about, celebrating the achievements of the past four years and taking time to look to the next four years and all the work yet to be done.”

Cassidy, born Cassidy Durango Milton Willy Podell, is no stranger to shaking and moving the Democratic Party. When Obama was elected, Cassidy became the first deejay to play at an inauguration. He has since played parties at the White House — also thought to be a first.