Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Sounds of April

Fun, Fresh, Sweet, Light, and Nurturing are just a few words to describe the sounds of April:)

There are more tasty treats in April and I will post the rest within the next week;)

Been so Busy

I've been such a slacker. I got so much going on! Will find time to write soon:)

Friday, March 26, 2010

A Sonic Spring Cleaning!

It's that time of year again. Ask yourself, how many songs in your I-Pod do you really love? How many songs in your I-pod do you even listen to? How many songs are you always skipping when your I-pod is set to shuffle?

Let go people, let go of the sonic clutter. DELETE, DELETE, DELETE! Even if there are only 50 songs on your I-pod, at least all of those songs are songs that you enjoy listening to. Whether you are jogging, walking, chilling or driving it is a waste of energy, and a total mood buster when you hear a song you just don't like. It's YOUR I-POD. Your personalized radio station. All of those songs that you know you don't like, but thought you did or thought you should add to your I-pod (because you had a enough space to) must be removed. And all of those songs that you have been wanting to get or are ashamed to like must be added. An I-Pod, just like your closet, needs to be cleaned out every now and then. You will feel better if you do. Feng Shui your i-pod today and have a Happy Spring!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Show Tunes

It's hard to believe that one of the strongest promotional platforms for up and coming recording artists today is to be showcased on a television show. I suppose it's because it has become really easy to learn the name of a song that was featured on a recent television show through

I'm not going to lie, I have looked up a few songs from Ugly Betty, Entourage, Weeds and even Grey's Anatomy!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Sonic Chocolate

The Boombox edition:

8 Signs of a Great Gig

-When the crowd is mixed: a mix of ethnicity, style and age.
-When a Stevie Wonder songs, 'sparks' the energy.
-When people are sweating.
-When people still dance to a BPM below 90
-When I absolutely LOVE every song I play
-When people stop by the DJ booth to say thank you before they leave.
-When it's been over 20min since I was supposed to finish and I don't even notice.
-When I feel like I just got paid to love my life:) !

Monday, March 15, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

The art of 'Disco Napping'

I recently learned a very effective way to take a disco nap (a nap you take after a long day of work and before you go out to 'party').

-Drink a cup of coffee at room temperature. Drink it fast as if you are 'downing' a bottle of water.

-Lie down and sleep for about 15-25mins. By the time you wake up, the caffeine will already be in your system and you will feel completely refreshed and energized.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Sights and Sounds of Tillman's Live

For the first time in a long time, I feel that I am apart of a night life project that is truly extraordinary. I started spinning at Tillman's over the summer, but it wasn't until the launch of Tillman's live that every thing fell into perfection. I am often writing about Tillman's, I write about the energy, the vibe, live music, great food, beautiful people and fresh music. Sometimes I feel like I am trying to sell something, but I'm not even a promoter for the event. I am simply one of the DJs. Last night I took a few flicks and thought I'd share them. I also put together a few songs from my play list. Tillman's live goes down every Wed and Thurs night. I rotate amongst other DJs including Reborn, Kam, Qool Marv and more. This is hands down the best party there is in New York City, and I really hope you get the chance to check it out.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

DJ Booth Etiquette

Through the years, I have had many friends ask me before coming out to one of my gigs, if I'd be able to talk and or hang out while I'm DJing. The truth is, I really appreciate it when people ask, because people don't always realize that a DJ gig may be a lot of fun, but it is work. Well, I probably can't 'hang out', but yes of course I can talk, I just don't know for how long.

-If I am DJing for an active dance floor of 50 people people or more, than I probably won't be able to say more than "Hey, What's Up! Thanks for coming through! :D Please don't be offended, I'm probably just really amped up and focused on keeping the dancefloor moving.

-If I am spinning at a laid back lounge, or if no one is dancing, I can probably talk in intervals of 1-2 minutes. These intervals are in between the time it takes me to select the next song and to cue that song. In other words, the conversation would probably be broken every couple of minutes.

-I do suggest that you come with friends or a friend, unless of course you are just stopping by to say hello and check out the vibe. No matter what, I do love it very much when any of my friends come by, I just can't promise I would be the best company if they want someone to hang out with.

- I do prefer it if people didn't drink in the DJ booth, as this is more about a safety issue (the equipment's safety;) Fortunately due to the smoking ban, no one smokes inside the DJ booth, as I have grown to despise cigarette smoke, I actually despise all smoke.

-On another note, I always welcome love and good energy into the DJ booth. Whether you are fam, a friend, bartender or stranger please come by to the DJ booth and say hello before you leave:)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Sounds of March

Timeless, reminiscent and hopeful are just a few words to describe the sounds of March.

New favorite Slang

Juice or Juicy

def: To be full of sh---, to gossip a lot or too much.

In a sentence:

There is a lot of juice with you.


You're too juicy for me.

The former definition of 'juice' was to have a lot of clout and respect on the street, however the definition has evolved to pretty much mean the opposite.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

My Precious Girls

The truth is, I had no interest or desire to see the movie Precious. For the past three years, I have been working with teenagers who come from very extreme cases of abuse. Before I move forward, let me clear it up by explaining my work with "at risk" youth started in 2006 when I launched a DJ program at an RTC. Aside from the fact that this blog is based on music and DJing, I don't discuss the RTC or the teenagers I work with, mainly because of the anonymity of the program.

In the past I have found that films that focus on this particular population of "at risk" youth, never seem to capture the emotions, the truth or the reality of their circumstance. These films always seem to be about an 'inspiring' third party character, an outsider who comes into the 'poor little' children's world to "save the day".

The movie Precious however is such a raw and real story. A masterpiece of the painful truth. The film is such a precise and valid depiction of adolelscent girls in "the system". I am speaking mainly about the school scenes, and Precious's interactions with her peers, teacher and case worker. The characteristics of these scenes are almost unbearably real.

I, however am not writing this to praise the movie, as the movie has already received it's well deserved recognition. I am writing this to praise the girls, all the girls I have worked with and to the girls I hope to work with in the future. Everyday I am grateful to have the honor to be touched by the strength of your soul. I am grateful to have received your faith, and trust. Many of you have asked why I work with you and it's because the opportunity of getting to know you has changed my life and made me a better person. I can only hope that I have changed your life for the better too.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Tillman's Live

Another round of the usual blend of beautiful people, amazing music, good food and a whole lotta love;)

Thurs, March 10th
A live performance by

DJ sets by
Erika Hamilton

Tillman's 165 W.26th street
8pm till/ 21+
No cover, just bring good energy!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Say a Prayer for Guru

It has come to my attention that Guru has recently been hospitalized due to a heart attack and is currently in a coma. For those who DON'T know (but should). Guru is one half of Gangstarr, one of the most respected hip-hop groups of all time. He has also worked on many projects including "Jazzmatazz" a hip-hop, jazz, and acid jazz compilation series that was released in the mid 90s. Guru's voice and Primo's beats are arguably the most prominent 'sounds' of 90s east coast rap.