Friday, June 29, 2012

Sonic Nourishment

So since my last post was about sonic junk I figured I'd share something that I am really exited about. Next Tuesday I will be opening for Q-tip as he spins a very special guest DJ set at Skyroom. If you follow my blog you already know how I feel about the lack of real hip-hop in today's pop music. Q-tip represents the epitome of the hip-hop I love. I am vowing to not play any 'sonic junk' next Tuesday. Let me state for the record that as much trash as I talk about current top 40, I do love my cake, cookies and doughnuts but I know it's not good for me. This Tuesday I am going to cut back on the empty calories, sugar, fat and glucose and stick to the nutritious treats that keep us healthy. Everything from Black Moon to James Brown to Minnie Ripperton to oldschool Mary J. and of course a big serving of the native tongues.

So if you have been feeling a little malnourished lately come thru and get a healthy dose of some wholesome music.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sonic Junk

Last night was one of those gigs when the crowd was just amped up all night. This is a good thing but it takes a lot of energy to keep them that way and there really wasn't any down time. It was like spinning for a bunch of kids that wanted to skip dinner and get strait to dessert. You have to make them eat there vegetables but the key is finding a way to prepare the veggies so that they like it. I'd mix Beyonce with Stevie Wonder or The Clash with FUN. It's kind of like pouring some wholesome cheese over some fresh Broccoli or some chopped Asparagus mixed into a bowl of Penne Parmesan ....yum.

I'd shoot myself if I had to listen to 'top 40 for 4hrs strait. It would be like eating a box of Entenmann doughnuts: it seems like a fun idea until you suddenly feel nauseous.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Serendipitous Mistake and Marc Anthony

This week started with a bang as I DJ'd at Marc Anthony's house for his niece's engagement party. This crowd was into that good, real , wholesome and tasteful music from rare grooves including ESG's moody, It's just begun, Soul Mokoussa, Buena Vista S.C. to classic RnB and hip-hop to Marc Anthony. It was an honor and pleasure: he has a beautiful and incredible home and his family is equally great and graciously warm.

On Wed, I (accidently) left half of my music at home and didn't realize it until I arrived at Empire Hotel. At first I panicked as the place was packed and I only had a 1/4 of my current and re-current collection. Oh well, instead of playing what the people 'love' I made the people love what I played. They got down to James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Pharcyde, Outkast and more. I even played some oldschool dance hall for this 20 something crowd and they were eating up every little beat I dropped. It was a super hot night in every sense of the word. 86-90 degrees as the sunset over this beautiful city. Leaving half my music at home is one of the best mistakes I've made in a while. I actually worked twice as hard and reaped twice the reward. Lesson learned: never underestimate a crowd.

On Sunday I am looking forward to a festive atmosphere at Gansevoort Brunch party 3pm-8pm. Last few weeks have been amazing even with the bad weather and now that summer is in full effect, Sunday Brunch at the Gansevoort Rooftop is only gonna get better.

Hope to see you out Soon!!!

Monday, June 18, 2012

No matter how much

experience, knowledge, wisdom and expertise someone has, it's having the heart of an amateur that fosters true greatness.

Approach each gig as if it's the first. If there isn't any excitement, pressure or nervousness than something is wrong.

Nobody knows everything: the moment that the learning and growing process ends is the same moment that the talent is lost.

Never let a great moment pass with out indulging in every little piece it has to offer. Success only happens when we choose to know it and feel it as it is happening.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Forgive Me For I have Sinned (again)

I kind of really like J-Lo's "Dance Again". It's just one of those songs that make me want to move. I'm sorry, I know it is so 'uncool' of me but we already know I'm not a 'top 40' hater. It might not be a GREAT song, but it is a super sexy song! It's also currently a NYC rooftop anthem.

"you shoot me down, but I get up"

I recently noticed how people are having a really intense and emotional reaction to David Guetta and Sia's 'Titanium'. Of course the lyrical content is pretty heavy. Bold statements like "stone hard, machine gun, firing at the ones who run" are not exactly typical of a "pop song". I took a moment to learn more about the song from the lyrics to the video. I had already found "Titanium" to be 'sonic-ally pleasing' but after watching the video and reading the lyrics, I feel this record hitting me harder than anything and everything that's out there right now.

I was already a Sia fan and David Guetta is kind of "the sh--" right now and as a DJ he is also hard to avoid but I can't 'front': no matter how much trash that I have been talking about the whole "techno high" everyone seems to be on, David Guetta is making some good music. He is making the kind of music that makes people dance AND makes people feel. I suppose the video is up for interpretation but there is a message that is so loud, so clear, so sad, so awkward yet so inspiring. Maybe it's just me but there is something (kind of, really f---ing)awesome about this track. If you haven't already checked it out than here it is.

Monday, June 11, 2012

My Gigs this Summer

Life has been kind of crazy as of late. I'm all over the place. It's all very good I'm just overwhelmed to say the least.

Highlights would be when

-Bill Clinton and his Secret Service crew randomly appeared at my Wednesday gig at Empire Hotel,
-When I made the crowd go insane with my MCA tribute last Tuesday at Skyroom (for some reason every attempt I previously made to do Beastie's back to back didn't hit the spot like it did on Tuesday)
-How one of the best things about my new Sunday Brunch gig is I get a tan while DJing.
And how one of my favorite current RnB artists Melanie Fiona showed up this past Sunday and danced all afternoon!

The following are the deets.

Tuesdays at Skyroom 330 W.40th between 8th and 9th. 7-12am
Wednesdays at Empire Hotel 44 W.63rd 7-11pm
Sundays at Gansevoort 9th avenue and 13th street 3pm-8pm