Friday, September 30, 2011

Diversion

Earlier this evening, I was jonesin for something special so I decided to go shopping! I got new shoes, a new dress, but it wasn't until I was walking out of urban outfitters that I found exactly what I was really looking for. I noticed one of the staff singing along to the hook of a song playing in the backround. I saw her feelin it, so i took a moment to listen and then I asked her what it was and she said it was "Follow Rivers" by Lykke Li. Maybe it was a hit that I missed but I was feeling it too!

It's the best thing in the world to stumble upon and meet a song I love. It's a super cute track with a quality that's raw but familiar. I found these live versions on you tube, but check out the studio version on I-tunes. The dress and shoes I bought are pretty hot, but that unintended and unexpected moment, really made my day.


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Monday, September 19, 2011

A Sweet Dream Coming True


Ok, One of the first records (vinyl) I purchased (or that was purchased for me) was an EP (a single with an extra few tracks, usually 5) from Madonna's Like a Virgin album and it was bought in Japan. It had the songs Like a Virgin, Holiday, Lucky Star and Borderline on it. If I had known it would be worth so much today I probably would of taken better care of it.

Anyway, I was a very little girl, but old enough to notice my step sister was a huge Madonna fan so of coure I had to be down. I wasn't really able to read yet, but I have such a distinct memory of my brother reading the credits on the album out loud. I clearly remember him reading out "produced by JellyBean" and I was just estatic that this great album I bought was made from candy. Ha Ha I did love JellyBeans!

Now, 20 (ish) years later I'm not too into the candy anymore but I still love the song Holiday. It's one of the few Madonna tracks that I have rocked many many times and this Tuesday, I will be spinning with JellyBean Benitez one of the producers of Holiday, which is not only an incredible track but is actually the exact song that launched Madonna's career. He also produced a few other Madonna tracks and has worked with countless artists.

It's more than an honor and I am totally psyched to be spinning with him. I sincerely hope you will be able to come out and enjoy the moment with me. No Cover, Just dress fresh and Bring good energy!!!! At SkyRoom 7pm-2am 330 W.40th street @ 8th avenue (rooftop).

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Spirit

I was full of optimism and dreams and for the first time those dreams where challenged in a way that I could never of imagined. Ten years ago today, I had a Monday night gig at Halo. I remember catching a cab at the end of my gig at 4am. It was a beautiful morning. I said goodnight to my friend Todd who was helping me with my records. I also noticed that Mos Def was standing in the crowd outside the club. I remember thinking to myself, "wow I didn't know that mos def was there tonight". I got into the cab, closed the door and looked out the window as I gave the driver my address. I sat back and exhaled and thought to myself: "I love my life". The next thing I remember was my roommate waking me up and breaking the news.

For two days I sat in front of my neighbor's television. (This neighbor happened to be someone I was dating). I just sat on his couch in awe as I watched a constant repetition of my one true love getting attacked. It was like New York City had been beaten up and hospitalized, and all I could do was watch. I felt helpless.

As each day would pass, the world would continue to turn, the wounds would start to heal and my dreams would start to come true. I would start DJing for the most celebrated icons in today's pop culture. I would become a music editor for a hip lifestyle publication. I would also become a music supervisor for a major NYC FM radio station and almost become an MTV VJ (1 audition, 4 callbacks (go figure)). With all of my achievements I would also lose. I would lose my father, I would lose friendships and lovers. I would also grow, I'd start working in the non-profit sector with "at risk" youth and would become a youth counselor which would make me strong and lead me to making better choices. Today I am a music coordinator at a live music venue and I'm working with some of the most respected artists and DJs in the world, as I continue to spin my heart out all over the city.

Now ten years later I am full of optimism and dreams, but I now know that these dreams are unbreakable. After seeing all that I have seen, and knowing what I know, I have more faith in myself and in this city to overcome even the most insurmountable challenges. The attacks on 9/11 was supposed to break our spirit but it only made us stronger and greater than we could ever of imagined. It's been 10 years, now I know ANYTHING is possible everything can be achieved even in midst of the most trying circumstances.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

My First Love

Even though it's been a rough couple of weeks I did have a moment of glee last week. Not sure if I shared this on my blog before but I use to be in love with Donnie Wahlberg from the New Kids on the Block. I was like 8-10(ish) and I had the BIGGEST crush on him. On Friday I met him at Salon Millesime while he was filming a scene for BlueBloods. I was really sleep deprived and had a lot going on so seeing him in person was like receiving a present from the fairy god mother of my past. I felt like a litle girl and I got all gitty. Trust me, I've been around a lot of celebrities, but this was very different. He was about to start filming a scene and I literally went up to him and told him he was my first love. His reaction blew me away. So glad I had the courage to do what I did. We shared a very sweet moment and I caught it on film. I guess I got the "right stuff"! Ha!

Broken

The past couple of weeks have been a little rough on me: My I-pod died, my computer died, earthquakes, hurricanes, personal challenges and a very intense and demanding work load. I have friends, I have family but I don't have any time to spend with them. Today it was pouring rain, and it was also very cold and dark and that's exactly how I feel. Ok... yeah... I know, bust out the violins. OF course nothing would please me more than to wallow in my own self pity, and indulge in my own personal web of emotions but I don't even have the time to do that.

No matter what......... people do break. Everything falls apart but I also believe that people need to break. We need to re-fresh, re-build, re-do and re-mix our lives. If we didn't, we'd never grow.

I DJ'd about four times in the past week and with every gig, I tried something new. I mixed Jimmy Cliff into Miike Snow, I played an album cut off of a prince record in the middle of the peak. I played a cranberries song, I played some random Digable planets song off of blowout comb, a song I didn't even know. I played Soul Makousa in the middle of a current top 40 mix. Some might say i was a bit reckless and relentless but the people LOVED it. I was not clean, I was not on auto-pilot. I was raw and I was rugged. I didn' think anything thru. I played with my soul and not my mind. I surrendered my ego into every mix, and cue'd each record as if it was my first and last. The people who heard me spin this past week, experienced my work, my heart, my passion and legacy at it's purest form.

It's strange because I always come into each gig thinking that I need to make the people feel happy, but I really just need to make them feel something, and that I did. I also realize that I need the people way more than they need me. Whether it is only 4 of them or 400 of them, they are the ones that carry me thru the night. I am nothing with out their energy an when I'm broken and shattered all over the place, it's the people on the dance floor that really pick up the pieces and put me back together.