Another busy week has passed and another one is on it's way. Oh Halloween, what a glorious holiday especially in the city. I just DJayed a nice lil private gala at Marquee. I have DJayed a lot of private events at Marquee and usually when I start spinning, I never really know what to expect.
To my pleasant surprise this particular crowd consisted of mainly NYC natives in their early 30s. The process of figuring it out was even more enjoyable. It started with 'Empire State of Mind', of course everyone loves that song but I could read deep into the over all energy and I could sense the camaraderie. (Maybe the Yankee game on the flat screen contributed to it too). The next hint was when I was in midst of my hip-hop/pop set I sensed the dance floor slowing down. Hmm could it be? Could they actually be above the mundane monotony of top 40? If so, it's a very rare occurrence amongst the weekend crowd at Marquee.
I decided to test the crowd with an old biggie track and boom, that woke them up. I went a little deeper with A tribe Called Quest and they were going crazy. It was then that I knew what kind of gig it would be, and it was definaltey one of the good ones. Old school Nas, Jay-Z, Meth and Mary, Pharcyde, and even some Smif and Wesson. Got to love it, my fellow NYC natives getting down to quality music.
Next week, I am spinning an event at Hudson Terrace and I will also be back at Tillman's Live and I am looking forward to both!
Now, about that 1989 gala I Djayed for on Saturday night. Just to refresh, I was only permitted to play songs from the year 1989 and 2009. Again this was not a suggestion it was a requirement, also I was limited to these years alone not 89 thru 09, 89 and 09.
Well, initially I was concerned about what kind of party it would be, it was actually a 50th birthday party/ anniversary party for this socialite and his hot shot entertainment biz husband.
The client worked very closely with me as I was putting together the play list, some may have considered him to be super high maintenance, while to me he was just a man that knows what he wants.
Long story short the event was immaculate, from the lighting to the bubbly pink and turquoise decor and of course the sugary pop music it was like stepping into a time capsule. This was a celebrity/industry crowd and the fact that the music was limited to mainly 1989 actually made the evening fresh and to be quite honest...amazing. All the BS pretenses were stripped away as the crowd danced to Milli Vanilli, Paula Abdul and of course Madonna old and new.
I had a great time, especially since I was completely terrified that the music was going to bomb, and it was actually the exact opposite.
It's been a busy month and it's not even half way done. Last Night I djayed a 'pink party' at the boathouse in central park. 'Pink parties' are actually a series of events to raise breast cancer awareness. These events are in partnership with Moet Champagne, and draw a youthful hip crowd for dinner and drinks. The energy was good, but at times I felt like I was forcing myself on to the guests. In other words, I don't think they wanted to dance but that's ok, sometimes the music is intended to warm the heart and soul and not the feet. Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and John Mayer is what made the 'pink party' crowd happy.
This Saturday I am spinning an event for a client who has requested that I only spin music from the year 1989 and (not thru) 2009 (long story). At first the process of putting together the music seemed like a huge challenge, but in fact I have come to enjoy the process and am a bit nostalgic as I have dug up songs by New Kids on The Block, Terrence Trent D'arby, The Cover Girls and Sweet Sensation, yes I was a gluten for pop music and I still am;) I'll let you know how that event goes.
Currently I am working on a music project for Old Navy's Pumpkin Patch. Think babies, children, tweens, apathetic teenagers and Moms. Hmmmm well I'm trying my best to have something for everybody, with out offending anyone as these types of projects need to be cleaner than a surgeons operating table. That would be a No to anything by Lady Ga Ga and a YES to Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, The soundtrack to Where the Wild Things Are and a whole bunch of 'scary' sound effects.
That's it for now, I will be spinning at Tillman's Next Wednesday for another great evening of live jazz, and funkalishuss treats by yours truly;)
If 'Sexy', 'Cool', 'Emotional' and 'Soul' had a party together, it would sound a lot like Si*Se's latest EP titled GOLD (soon to be released).
The EP brings together an eclectic mix of fresh and tasty treats. Carol C's thick vocals pour over a sonic landscape of brilliant production and superior musicianship. At a time when extravagance is scarce, Si*Se's Gold album is a generous and luxurious gift of talent and artistry.
Feel free to indulge in a taste of this up and coming feast of songs, due to be released before the end of the year.