Friday, August 28, 2009

Freshly Picked Classics

Last thursday was hot, hope to see you this week;)

A Real Loss....

At a time when celebrity DJs were just celebrities that DJayed, DJ AM was the first real DJ to become a celebrity, not to mention the fact that the guy had some serious talent. He was one of those DJs that put his heart and soul into every DJ set. He worked hard, and as a DJ I found him and his DJ sets to be really inspiring.

I had the opportunity to open for AM a few times, and he was always super cool, and friendly. He could of been half awake coming from another gig in a another state, though some how he would still have a positive attitude and would be able to put on an amazing show.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

System Overload

This past week, I was working on a large consulting project for the US OPEN. This particular project involved putting together nearly 30 hours of music that would appeal to a very diverse range of ages and cultural back rounds.

Even though this work is very enjoyable and fulfilling, music consulting can be tedious and time consuming as it requires a great deal of research. The truth is, I've been too tired to write, but when I work on these types of projects I always stumble upon a handful of great songs that I forgot about;)

Help Yourself...

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Superhero of West Africa

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men" Frederick Douglass

(That's Enyo and I hanging out in the DJ booth at Tillman's last night)

For the last three years I have been deeply involved in the non-profit sector, primarily working with "at risk" youth. Sometimes I forget how important this type of work is. I also don't give enough 'props' to my co-workers and friends who are shedding their blood sweat and tears just to make the world a better place.

My friend, Enyonam Nanevie is one of those people. A few years ago Enyo started an organization that helps to build the quality of life within disadvantaged villages of West Africa. Their mission includes building clean water pumps, clinics and schools. Enyo has dedicated her life to this mission and the organization has already started making a big difference.

The name of the organization is:
Building Community Bridges

Check it out....

Sweet Lounge Anthems

Over the past few years I have mainly been spinning at large clubs, working 'top 40' dance floors and DJing for some pretty high maintenance clients. Don't get me wrong, no matter what, I really love what I do! But I have to say that it was so refreshing to work a small lounge of culturally and musically evolved individuals who appreciate good music (hit or miss). The bottom line is, I can play whatever the @%#$ I want and that totally rocks. To think all those years in the early 2000s I use to work those lounges all the time and I started taking it for granted, never again.

For the record, it goes down every Thursday night at Tillmans 8pm, check out this past Thursday's anthems.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

you are invited

Come through for great food, good energy and amazing music:)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Road Trip Anthems

(this picture is kind of scary, because yes I am about to drive, clearly I'm half awake with hair in my face and I still don't have my driver's license...just my learner's permit)

When taking a long road trip with a friend or friends, I tend to start off with a lot of energy and a lot to talk about, after an hour or two the conversation dies out and then there's that silence. Some people fall asleep, I don't, mainly b/c I'm probably jacked up on a few Venti Americanos (which include 4+ shots of espresso). It's also important to keep the driver awake. This is when it is essential to put on some music. The radio could work, though at this point we are usually in another state and not familiar with the local airwaves.

Hence the importance of putting together great mixes for you road trip(s).

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Don't you forget about me.....

It's hard to believe there was a time when I wanted to look like Molly Ringwald. I was only 8ish, but I do recall begging my mother to let me dye my hair red. It's insane, especially for an 8 yr. old (and of course my mother wasn't haven't it). Between the dress that she made for herself in Pretty in Pink and the 'Claire dance' from Breakfast club, I wanted to be Molly Ringwald when I grew up and some may argue that it was all John Hughe's fault. In either case I was only a kid and I can't be held responsible for my childish obsessions. John Hughe's movies were a cornerstone of 80s pop culture and Molly Ringwald was the poster girl.

Well I suppose with the death of John Hughes it may seem like the end of an era, but the truth is the era ended as soon as Anthony Michael Hall started taking steroids and Molly Ringwald turned down the lead in Ghost and Pretty Woman.

Either way there were a few good tunes to come out of those 80s teen flicks.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Summer of 1979

From Studio 54 to Punk Rock and to when Hip-Hop was just a little new born baby.....

The Summer of 79 was freakishly sexy, rock hard, and very danceable.

(PS. You may click the >> button to skip to the next track)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sonic Zen

For the past few weeks, I have been getting only a few hrs of sleep a night. I've also been walking around with a Starbucks cup glued to my hand. When I eventually come across the time to get some sleep, I'm totally wired.

With a few adjustments to my environment such as good lighting, temperature and sound. I am eventually able to relax and fall....