Saturday, October 26, 2013

I Heart the L.E.S.

Tonight I was invited to spin at Juke Bar, a new spot in the Lower East Side (  I fell in love with Juke Bar last month at their opening night as I was one of the lucky people that got to drink good beer and dance all night to DJ Spinna. I really had an appreciation for the diverse and non-pretentiously chic crowd. I also admired how the space had a lot of class but the ambiance was really warm and inviting.

On my way down to the gig tonight it occurred to me that I hadn't DJd in the Lower East Side for several years. I was surprised to come to this conclusion since I spent the first few years of my career ONLY DJing in the LES. I use to spin at BoBs, XVI, BlackStar Bar and this was like 100 years ago when I was a kid and happy to spin in exchange for free drinks. At the time I was actually a terrible DJ and was usually drunk by the second hour of my set. In fact one night I remember having a few too many tequila shots and randomly putting on a Gil Scott Heron record as I stumbled to the bathroom. I specifically remember hugging the toilet bowl as "The Bottle" was blaring in the back round and I was swearing to myself that I'd NEVER drink again. Ha. Well at least now I never drink while I'm working but when I first started spinning, DJing was just DJing to me, it was just something I loved to do and I never thought of it as work. My gig tonight brought me back to that sentiment (with out the whole sloppy drinking part of course).

Tonight I had blast, the crowd was awesome and I only played music that I love.  I also played a handful of the stuff I use to play when I first started spinning. I only played vinyl when I started and I didn't have a very extensive vinyl collection so I'd often repeat the same songs through out my set (geez I was awful). It feels good to know that I've come a long way and I must say that a spot like Juke Bar only proves the Lower East Side has come a long way too (even though Juke Bar does have a lot of that oldschool LES soul).

Check out a taste of tonight's set.


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