Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Girls Club

I was really affected by a story in the news this week, involving an attack, on a 15 year girl (in Brooklyn), who was nearly beaten to death, in public by 5 girls (her age).  There are so many upsetting aspects to this story. In a Daily News article,  the writer denounces the dozens of witnesses for filming the incident instead of trying to break up the fight. In my opinion, however the fact that the Daily news had this story on the cover, and the video on their website, only sensationalized the violence on a much larger platform, and perpetuated the objectification of these girls. The writer even described, and included screen shots of one of the attackers in her bra, because she had lost her shirt during the fight. There are also theories that, the witnesses didn't try and break up the fight, because "girl fights" are considered harmless, and funny, yet the victim's face was literally crushed and broken.

A lot of people had very strong reactions to this story, and were expressing their disgust towards the attackers, their families/parents, the media, the witnesses etc. The attackers in this case, were girls, and I mean GIRLS, children, adolescents, and though they should be held responsible, I believe we are all accountable for the welfare of our communities, especially the children.

The following is a link to a list of non profit organizations that offer therapeutic programs for adolescents in NYC.  I chose to apply as a volunteer for the girls club in the Lower East Side.

I just thought it is good to know, that there are ways to be apart of the solution.

I also dedicated my DJ set last night to the girls club

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I Need To Put You On to Something

I am not blogging anymore, so I wouldn't post something, unless I really, truly, and genuinely believed that it was worth it. 

A couple of months ago, my friend, posted a link on FB, of an artist that he is managing: Allan Kingdom. I took a moment to listen to Allan's music, and was instantly moved.  The song "Wavey" feat Spooky Black, had the biggest impact on me. One thing led to another, and I was on youtube checking out Spooky Black's "Without You" Video, which has already gone viral.

Now here is the thing with the Spooky Black video. Please LISTEN to the song, don't watch, just close your eyes, and LISTEN, the video is a bit distracting (to say the least), and it is because of the video that I missed out on the, amazing, sonic experience of this gem.  

Spooky Black (16), Allan Kingdom  (20), are both from St. Paul, Minnesota (of all places), and they recently formed a group together called "The Stand4rd". They will be performing in NYC, before the end of the year so keep your, eyes and ears open. Nothing is available on I-Tunes yet, so check them out. 

(You're Welcome:) 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

#Selfie is like the best and worst song ever!

When I first heard the song #selfie, by the Chainsmokers, I was really annoyed. The song had already become a club anthem, and was starting to cross over to top 40. I could just picture a bunch of random people requesting the song, and despite the fact that the beat is pretty sick, the idle banter that accompanies the beat is really irritating. I didn't want to listen to it several times a week, but I eventually succumbed and added the song to my DJ sets. The more I listened to it, I actually started to appreciate the song's satirical message, and now I have concluded that #selfie is actually quite brilliant (but it still annoys me). 

The lyrical content of the song is narrated in first person, by a girl (Alexis Killacam), as she is out at a nightclub with her friends. She starts by obnoxiously rejecting everything from the DJ's selection, to the outfits the other girls are wearing, and instead of having fun, she spends the entire time on her phone, obsessing over her selfies (definition of selfie).  

"I only got 10 likes in the last 5 minutes, do you think I should take it down?" 

We live in an era, where the "selfie", an act of pure narcissism has become a standard form of communication. This self obsessed phenomenon, has also led us to pure insecurity, as we desperately seek the approval of others, by counting the "likes" and "comments" from a pool of people that we don't even give a sh-- about. 

"oh my god, Jason just text me, should I go home with him? I guess I took a good selfie". Jason, the narrator's romantic interest,  rejects the narrator in the beginning of the song. They engage in a lover's tug of war, and in the end she wins. She lured him in by taking a good selfie, which Jason 'liked' in the second verse. FYI Jason is in the same room, that she is in, for the entire song. 

(As previously stated,) I think  #selfie is really annoying to listen to, but I can't ignore it's painfully honest perspective of the way we (meaning people) live and interact today.  The song is a parody in every sense of the word, but it does reflect the disturbing truth about the impact that social media has had (and is having) on our real social experiences. Hopefully The Chainsmoker's #selfie, will make us think twice before texting, posting, and checking in on our likers, adders and followers, while we are out and supposed to be enjoying the moment with our actual friends. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Mixing With Armin Van Buuren

Last night I was given the opportunity to DJ with Armin Van Buuren at Skyroom.

Truth be told, I really underestimated this gig. There was a huge crowd of people with cameras, hounding the DJ booth, and I was terrified. I'm an open format DJ, that specializes in hip-hop, and though I do appreciate techno, trance, etc, it's pretty scary to spin with someone who is really famous for spinning Trance. Not to mention that, Armin is headlining at Madison Square Garden tomorrow. WTF did I get myself into?

The following is a video of me mixing into his set, and though it's hard to tell, I am actually mixing for the majority of this clip, (about 45 secs), and he was playing with the effects. My heart was pounding out of my chest. matter how nervous I was, it was a really awesome opportunity. (unfortunately the audio in this clip is distorted) 


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

New Mix

I know it has been a while since I have written anything, but here is my latest DJ mix. It's a little rough around the edges.

(recorded live and with love (as always))

Monday, February 3, 2014

New Mix

A lot of snow, a lot of reasons to stay in, open a bottle of wine, order take-out, watch netflixs, and/or stay under the covers..... xoxoxo

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Oh Lorde!

I know I'm a little late to this party, but I'm usually so caught up on building dance floors that I sometimes let a few things fall under my radar.  I really don't know how I could have missed something as special as Lorde. This 17 year old from New Zealand is a very deep and fresh breath of air, and she is filling a (major) void in today's world of female pop stars.

Lorde just shuts it down, and makes me wonder how will Miley, Katy and Kesha even compete with something and someone so real? Even Gaga can't measure up to this girl's simple brilliance. Lorde isn't trying to sport all the crazy outfits, gimmicks, and hoopla that these other stars impose on us. She's just being herself, and that is more than enough.   I don't care how slow the song "Royals" is, I will be rockin' it in the clubs, if anything I should have been rockin' it when the single first dropped two months ago! For the first time (in a long time), we have an artist that is delivering the perfect marriage of accessible, sonic-beauty with strong, responsible, and intelligent-lyricism. Plus...there is something so familiar AND different about her sound. I love this girl!!