D.C. entertainment mogul Taz Wube talks about his journey in the nightlife business and why he has no regrets.
You're a staple in D.C. nightlife. How'd you get to where you are?
I came to D.C. after I finished school in 1998. I was interested in doing something new, so I hooked up with [former Love Nightclub owner] Marc Barnes, and got infatuated with the nightlife business. I realized I had efficiency in meeting and greeting, connecting the dots between people, and putting it all together. It took off from there.
So much has changed in the industry here since 1998. Was it better then or now?
I think it's progressed for the better as far as having more to do in D.C. However, the nightlife business in D.C. has gotten worse. It seems like every Tom, Dick and Harry is trying to be a promoter and open a nightclub these days. So many jump into this and want to take over, but lack any real experience. It took me almost 10 years before I really thought about going out on my own. It's taking one smart step at a time, that's how you succeed.
For many years Love [1350 Okie St. N.E.] was the premier megaclub in D.C. -- do you think the megaclub days are over?
The megaclub scene had its run, but yes, it is over. I think if you're 18 to 21 years old, you probably still enjoy the megaclub experience. However, in this city, once you reach a certain age, you either want to go to a party where you can have a good time, but not fall all over people in a large club where you can't hear and it's too crowded to dance. The 21-and-over crowd in D.C. is also all about networking as well. You can't do that in a mega club.
What makes nightlife business here thrive?
Much like New York and Miami, it's a constant turnover in D.C. Everyone thinks because they're fresh, they still have a few years; it's a good city for that.
What's your biggest accomplishment?
Aside from opening up LOVE, securing my own marketing company [and] opening my own bar. It shows you can be a promoter and have longevity. You can have directions and goals. A lot of people come into this with no real plan, but you have to have a plan and an exit strategy.
What's one piece of advice to someone who wants to follow your footsteps?
Stay true; don't overpromise or overextend your self. Do what you say you're going to do.
Looking back at everything that happened with Love and your journey in D.C. nightlife, if you could take one thing back, would you?
I have no regrets about anything that I've done in this industry. From changing my profession to sticking with Marc through the long haul, it was all worth it. Looking back, I can say, wow, that was great and it still is!