A bona fide legend in the Music Industry, DJ Robbie Leslie has been performing on the international circuit for over 35 years.
One of the First Generation DJs, Leslie started his career on Fire Island at the Sandpiper (now the Pavilion) in 1975… an auspicious beginning. From there he moved on to New York City, where the list of clubs at which he regularly performed reads like a ‘Who's Who’ of Big Apple nightspots: The Saint (and subsequently the Saint-At-Large), Studio 54, Underground, Private Eyes, Palladium, the Red Parrot, 12 West and the Ice Palace. Over the years, he has made numerous guest appearances at Trocadero Transfer and Dreamland in San Francisco; Axis, Probe, Circus, and Studio 1 in Los Angeles; Tracks, Numbers, and Lost & Found in Washington D.C.; Numbers and Heaven in Houston; Club St. John in San José; the Pavilion, Botel, Ice Palace, Island Club, and Sip & Twirl on Fire Island; Santos, XL, Splash, SeaTea, Roxy, and Octagon in New York; Heaven in London, and clubs in Dubai, Berlin, Moscow, Sydney, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Toronto, St. Maarten, and San Juan. For nineteen years he has been the Resident DJ for RSVP Cruises and Vacations. Other notable residencies include the Copa of Fort Lauderdale and Key West and Twist in South Beach.
Leslie is considered the prototype of the modern Circuit Party DJ. He began spinning at special events worldwide long before the term ‘circuit’ was in the gay vernacular. Events of note include the Saint-at-Large, the White Party at Vizcaya in Miami, The Red Party in Columbus, A.P.L.A. Garden Parties in Griffith Park and at Universal Studios Backlot, Spring to Life at the Post Office Pavilion in Washington D.C., the March On Washington, All That Glitters in San Diego, the Hotlanta River Expo in Atlanta, Pride at The Pier in Ft. Lauderdale, Fantasy Fest in Key West, One Magical Weekend in Orlando, Heritage of Pride Pier Dance in New York City, Winter Party in Miami, Saturday Night Fever in New Orleans, Remember the Party in San Francisco, One Night Only in Hollywood, Souvenirs and Trippin' On The Moon in New York, and a wide variety of major events in venues such as the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Opera House in Boston, the Mayan Theatre and Stock Exchange in Los Angeles, and the Civic Center and Galleria in San Francisco. He has also appeared at events in Long Beach, Maui, Boston, Houston, Aspen, Tampa, Philadelphia, Laguna Beach, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Portland, Rehoboth Beach, Hartford and Charleston. In 1988 he was honored by being selected to play the final set at The Saint's forty hour closing, The Last Party.
As the disc jockey for New York City's Pier Dance of 1989 and 2004, Leslie played to a record breaking crowd of over 12,000. He topped that number in 1997 while playing the post-parade celebration at San Francisco's Embarkadero – 20,000! Recently he was honored by the industry and his peers with the National Hi-Energy D.J. of the Year Award, sponsored by Dance Music Report. He received the Dixie Award for D.J. of the Year in 1993. In October 1999 Leslie was presented with the third annual DJ Music Award for his lifetime contribution to the world of dance music. And in 2013 he received the FIP Historical Preservation Society's inaugural History Maker Award. Robbie can now be found on the airwaves with his weekly SiriusXM Satellite Radio broadcast of "Robbie Leslie Presents:"
Featured in the books Looking For The Perfect Beat - the art and culture of the DJ by Kurt B. Reighley (ISBN 0-671-03869-9), Love Saves the Day: A History of Dance Music Culture, 1970-1979 by Tim Lawrence (ISBN 0-8223-3198-5), Turn the Beat Around by Peter Shapiro (ISBN 0-571-21194-1), Last Night A DJ Saved My Lifeby Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton (ISBN 0-7553-1398-4), Keep On Dancin' by Mel Cheren (ISBN 0-9678994-1-9), Disco Dance by Lori Ortiz (ISBN 978-0-313-37746-4), DJ 1975-1995 by Tohru Takahashi (ISBN 978-4-8456-1421-9), Crisco Disco by Luca Locati Luciani (ISBN 978-88-97637-09-7), and First Legends of Disco by James Arena (ISBN 978-1-4918-4829-6)
Robbie Leslie currently performs internationally and at special events Coast to Coast. He can be followed on Facebook by clicking here.