Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Random Product That I'd Like to Share.....


KIEHL's HAND & BODY LOTION
I have 'a thing' with washing my hands. I also have 'a thing' for hand sanitizer. It's a long story, but the downside is during the winter, my hands tend to get really dry. I have tried a lot of differnt lotions like Clinique, Aveeno, Curel, Lubriderm etc, and though they all helped, my hands were still dry:/

This past Christmas my sister in-law bought me a bottle of Kiehl's Hand & Body Lotion with Aloe Vera and Oatmeal. My hands have never been this soft and smooth before, and I just felt that I should share this experience with anyone who might have the same problem I did with really dry skin, especially this time of year:)

Up and Coming Gigs


As we blend into the New Year:

Thursday December 31st
I will be spinning at Marquee Nightclub
9pm-1am.
289 10th Ave (off of 26th street)
For Tickets go to www.marqueeny.com

Expect nothing but high energy, boody shakin' ,club bangin hits.

Wednesday January 6th
I will be back at Tillman's Live
for another night of sexy vibes and live music.
8pm- 1am
165 W.26th street (off of 7th Ave)
No Cover

Saturday, December 26, 2009

My New Favorite Slang

'Gucci'
definition: good, awesome, amazing.

In a sentence:
It's all gucci.
or
Are we gucci?

Friday, December 25, 2009

Not Just My New Year's Resolutions.....


My lifelong Resolutions:

1. To speak to someone I love, every day.
2. To laugh as much as I can.
3. To focus on my strengths, but also accept and embrace my weaknesses
4. To do something I love, every day, but cut back on anything I do in excess.
5. To be available and supportive of someone or anyone in need, at least once a day.
6. To make sure that everyone I care about, knows it.
7. To acknowledge and reward myself for my accomplishments.
8. To Make "it" happen, to know it as and when "its" happening, and to enjoy "it" before "it" passes.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Rolling Stone Magazine's 'Best of 00' issue


I have to say that I am impressed with Rolling Stone Magazine's "Best of 00 issue". The issue covers the best artists, albums and songs over the past decade. Jay-Z, M.I.A., Kanye and Eminem have all made into the top ten albums of the decade. What surprised me the most was the magazine's choice of the #1 single of the 00s, which was Gnarls Barkley's Crazy, followed by Jay-z 99 problems at #2, and Beyonce's Crazy in Love at #3. It had been a while since I had even read an issue of RR magazine and I can't help but notice how the magazine has become a lot more hip-hop friendly over the past decade. Maybe it's the magazine, or maybe it's the readers but hip-hop has clearly dominated the publication's perspective of the most influential artists and music of the 2000s.

Spinning in 'The Fountain of Youth'


I was once a very 'free spirited' and 'fun' teenager, and not too long after that I woke up one Spring morning and I was 30 years old. That was when it all started, and though I was still fun and free spirited, I would often find people gasping with shock when I would tell them my age. "Oh my god, you look so young!" or "No Way! Are you really 30 years old!!?". Hmmm I would think, I never put much thought into it, and I never realized that I seemed and looked much younger than I was. I would joke around and state how it's an 'Asian' thing or an 'Ethnic thing'. It wasn't until recently that I realized that I have been swimming in 'the fountain of youth' almost every day.

For the past 10 years, I have been working as a DJ, I have spent the majority of my time doing something that I really love. Not to mention that DJing is quite youthful by nature. Most DJs don't wear a suit to work, we sport jeans and sneakers and in some cases a baseball cap. A DJ could be 40 years old and still seem like a teenager. I do get 'dolled up' for gigs sometimes, but as soon as I wrap those headphones around my neck, I might as well be deducting 10 yrs from my appearance.

For every time I get a crowd dancing, for every time I hear that roar of excitement b/c I played the 'perfect' record at the 'perfect' time, I might as well be splashing my face, body and soul with water from the fountain.

This is not just some spiritual 'mumbojumbo' it has been proven that endorphins reduce stress, which reduces the natural 'wear and tear' on our bodies that come from aging. The happier we are, the younger we are. Yes, 'we are as young as we feel', and that is why we must spend the majority of our time doing something we love, something that makes us smile like an eight yr old. The more time we spend happy, is just more time that we will live and have to enjoy it.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

(Another) One of My Favorite Music Moments of the 00s

M.I.A.'s performance at this past year's grammys was unforgettable. She was 9 months pregnant bouncing around with all the 'big dawg' hip-hop stars in a bumble bee outfit. This is also one of my favorite moments because I am a big fan of M.I.A.. In addition to her music, MIA seems fearless, youthful, fun and open but also incredibly deep and strong. Probably the fact that she was a Sri Lakan Refugee at the age of 9, might contribute to the remarkable energy that she exudes in all of her music and appearances. She has managed to balance her deep and politically driven lyrics with fun and sexy dance beats perfectly. She delivers a unique, yet familiar 'sound' while staying true to her native country. Hands down, she is one of the best artists to come out over the past decade.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

'Under The MistleToe'

The best 'make-out' songs of (and that were released in) 2009, and yes, of course, some of the these songs are super cheesy. Gotta love it!


AGGDJ

Flicks From The DJ Booth

From The Hudson Terrace, to the Central Park Boat House to Tillman's to Marquee (Winter 2009)







Saturday, December 19, 2009

A Retrospective of NYC Night Life in the 00s (pt.2)


New York City Nightlife took a big hit and completely adjusted for a while after September 11th, 2001. I was booked to DJ that Tuesday night on 16th street and in my own distorted shock, I actually called the location that afternoon to tell them that I wouldn't be making it. Ummm I guess I wasn't surprised that no one answered as everything below 14th street was closed off to all civilians, oh yeah and New York City too was closed.

I ended up DJaying once for the rest of the week (keep in mind that at the time I had 5 regular DJ Gigs).

A week later, the parties slowly started coming back, but everything was different. Obnoxious door guys, became friendly door guys, the velvet ropes were sparsely spread, firemen were the new A-Listers, volunteers were on the new "it" list, and at all the swank nightclubs the question was no longer "who are you" but "where were you?"

My play list went from floss and bling, to the cross and love. No more guest lists, no more "cool" kids, everybody was tied together with one crucial and significant connection....we were all new yorkers, and to most of us, being a New Yorker was the only thing that mattered in the weeks that followed 9/11. Nobody cared if you had just summered in the Hamptons, nobody cared if you were at that Kweli show, most of the people mingling in the clubs and lounge scenes over those few weeks really only cared about one thing, and that was if YOU were ok and was everyone YOU loved ok.

Musically, this is what those couple of weeks sounded like:


AGGDJ

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Retrospective of NYC Night Life in the 00s (pt.1)



The (Very) Early 2000s:

As we started the new millennium, the majority of New York City night life clubs and lounges were dressed in velvet ropes, an obnoxious door guy and a bunch of cocky bouncers. For the clubs and lounges that actually 'popped', there would be a line of hopeless patrons waiting to 'get in' as they watched the 'rich' or 'famous' or 'beautiful' people saunter past them and through the velvet rope. Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss were young and extremely successful promoters who have been accredited with 'owning' this particular scene in the early 00s and now ten years later they own the clubs that host these scenes including Marquee, Tao Las Vegas and Avenue.



On the other side of town, hipsters (a few haters) and tastemakers sporting their backpacks, Rawkus T-shirts and fresh new sneakers were travelling high and low to find the spots where cats like Nickodemus were renting for the night. Or they were going to a Live and Direct concert at either Tramps, SOBs or The Knitting factory.
Peter Oasis of Live N Direct would produce concerts with headliners like Black Star, Dead Prez, Non-Phixion, A Tribe Called Quest. Most of these show would be sold out to a bunch of 'real' hip-hop heads consisting of backpackers and NYC prep school kids. Regardless of their following, I do have to say that some of my favorite hip-hop artists did come up in the late 90s and early 00s. I also find Nickodemus to be one of the best DJ/Produces of my time.

What does that make me? hmmm

Well I was somewhere in between all of the above, whether I was sporting a baseball cap with jeans and sneakers or a diamond necklace with stilettos and a dress, I was already on the other side of the turntables rocking parties. The following is my DJ play list between 00-01, yeah I was pretty 'hip-hop heavy':


AGGDJ

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

One Of My Favorite Music Moments of the '00s'



SPONTANEOUS LIVE A CAPELLA PERFORMANCE OF 'BEAUTIFUL'
When Christina Aguilera first came out, I was definitely in my "too cool, for school" faze and I just wrote her off as another tween pop star. I don't even think I listened to any of her music. Years later, I would read and hear about her in the tabloids and at one point I thought she was a total mess. She had died her hair jet black, and was releasing an album called 'dirty'. At the time she looked 'dirty'. One night, I was watching SNL and she was either hosting or a guest but on a whim she decided to sing one of her newest (yet to be released) songs 'Beautiful' a Capella. For the first time I learned that Christina Aguilera can sing her 'ass off' and this particular performance gave me the chills, and that does not happen a lot. I was really moved because anyone who watched it could tell that she was really feeling it, after all the press was talking so much trash about her and her appearance, and this song just seemed to put everyone in their place (including me;).

I searched high and low for the actual footage of her singing and for whatever reason, Youtube is only hosting the audio and not video. She did this performance a Capella and it really did not seemed planned and it's too bad I can't find the whole package, but the audio should speak for itself.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I Heart Ed Koch



Earlier tonight I djayed a holiday 'shing dig' for a bunch of New York politicians. It was pretty low key in terms of music, and there was a brief moment when the host got on the mic to welcome everyone and wish them a happy holiday. He then asked his old friend (former NYC mayor) Ed Koch to say a few words. Koch, who appears to be in well into his 80s started to speak and it seemed to be a pretty formal speech. A few moments into it, he began telling a story about how a couple of years after his term, he was coming out of a restaurant and some guy approached him and said "Hey Koch, you were a terrible mayor". Koch, then stated how he responded with a thick new yawk Jewish accent, he states how he turned around to the guy and said....."Fawk You!!!!"

and thats how he ended his speech. The crowd of course was laughing hysterically and applauding. I have to say it will definitely go down in one of my most classic New York City moments;)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

My Favorite 'Music Moment' of 2009

The success of Susan Boyle's debut album made me want to jump up out of my seat and applaud my fellow human beings. Boyle's album debuted at #1 in US sales, and broke all types of international sales records. Who'd a thought that one day we would be able to appreciate talent over the bubble gum pop appeal of tweens and sex goddesses (sadly enough the two actually go hand in hand). I'm not a 'hater' or 'hipster' if anything I am a gluten for pop culture, and that is why I am so happy that Susan Boyle has topped the charts. For once, I can feel like I'm not a 'sell out' for admiring a commercial artist. To be completely honest, the album itself is not really an album that I would purchase or listen to, but it is Susan Boyle's success that I find truly inspiring. I know I'm a bit late to join the party, but Susan Boyle's fame is quite humbling, and though she didn't win the comepitiion she did changed the face of pop music.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Some of my Best 'DJ bloopers'

Last night, I found myself remembering some of my major 'slip ups' and 'faux pas' as a DJ. Some of which were completely out of my control, most of which were just me not really knowing what I was doing or I just wasn't paying attention. The following are a few of them, but trust me I have plenty more to come.

PAY ATTENTION TO THE CROWD
A few years ago, I got booked to spin a party for Everlast Boxing Gear. I arrived a little late and went strait to the dj booth. The manager told me I had to put some music on ASAP. The doors had yet to open but a large group of the company's workers were just about finished setting up. I decided to start with Kanye's 'Jesus Walks'. Which was all good except when I looked around and noticed that the majority of the company consisted of Hasidic Jews. Apparently everything including the alcohol was kosher. Hmmm

SMOKING CIGARETTES ARE BAD
I use to be a pretty heavy smoker, though I did quit a couple of years ago. One night,(when smoking use to be permitted in clubs) I was smoking a cigarette and the cherry of the cig fell on the record, by the time I realized it, it had burn a hole through the vinyl and the needle was about hit it when I stopped the record, and there was about 20 seconds of dead air, which is an eternity on the dance floor.

WATCH OUT FOR THE TWINS
It must of been my third or fourth gig (ever). I was spinning at a small lounge in the LES. A couple of my friends came thru, and I reached over the Turntables to exchange some kisses, when one of my boobs knocked the needle to the middle of the last song on the record, there was a nice and loud scratch sound too. Oops!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sounds of December



Infectious, emotional and intense are just a few words to describe the sounds of December.


AGGDJ

Monday, December 7, 2009

Back at Tillman's This Thursday


(Me and Mr. Daru Jones at Tillman's Live)

(Igmar Thomas and co. at Tillman's Live)

Everybody who has come through to Tillman's Live have all agreed that the spot is fresh, the music is 'on point' and the overall vibe and energy is amazing.
(For those of you who have been going out in NYC since the 90s, think Giant Step circa 1994).

This thursday
DJ Erika Hamilton
will be returning to the wheels, to mix in some tasty tunes
in between the fresh live funk, hip-hop, jazz sets

by

The Igmar Thomas Trio.
featuring Daru Jones on Drums & Yuki Hirano on Keys

To miss out on this party is to miss out one of the greatest parties of the moment.

No Cover, No Door Drama,
Just good energy, music and food.
Kitchen open all night.

8pm-1am
165 W. 26th street (between 6th and 7th ave.)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Ol Dirty Bastard speaks from the dead

It's hard to believe that it has already been 5 years since ODB passed away from an overdose. It's even harder believe that it has been almost 20 years since Wu -Tang clan debuted with 'Enter the Wutang' (36 Chambers). Actually it has been 17years to be exact but 20 just sounded more dramatic and speaking of drama, ODB was the king of theatrics. Between his countless run-ins with the law, his countless (unprotected) sex partners which lead to over a dozen children and his extreme drug and psychiatric issues, people were always talking about this guy. Some may argue that his notoriety were really based on the above issues and not really based on his music. I remember hearing stories of ODB performing at a show and then having to run off the stage because the cops were chasing him. The guy was totally insane and his music was just a reflection of his personal issues.

To honor the 5th year anniversary of his death his family is releasing a DVD and compilation of his music. The DVD seems like it will probably be a little more entertaining than the music.

Check out these clips from an MTV interview.