Sunday, November 3, 2013

Prime Time For the Celebrity Chefs

There are several reasons why people hire me to DJ,  but it's very rare when someone will hire me for my background in classic hip-hop. A gig I had a couple of weeks ago was one of those rare nights. I DJd an after party for the food and wine festival in New York.   I mentioned this gig in my last post and I have been wanting to write something about it but because of some technical issues, the majority of the recording of my set got clipped. (I was maxed out on the mixer all night, the party was so hot I had to pump it up as hard and as high as I could!!) I did take the time today however to listen to the whole mix and I did find a little chunk of 20ish minutes that is audible.

Now let me clarify that I probably got hired for a few reasons, but when I started my set with house and some 80s, the host came up to me and said "please start doing what YOU do".  I knew exactly what he meant because I DJd the same party last year. He wanted me to start playing that fresh good ole fashion hip-hop of the 90s and early 2000s.  I hardly ever get asked to play that stuff anymore, if anything I'm always looking for ways to sneak it in.

Now the moment and I mean the MOMENT I started to play some hip-hop the room was on crack. People just got down and dirty but these were not just ordinary people. They were some of the most sophisticated, accomplished and well known chefs in the world. From Michelin stars to food network stars, the creme de la creme of the culinary arts. It was really surprising and awesome. They didn't want to hear Rihanna or Britney, they wanted MOP and Mobb Deep! Just like last year, tt was ON and it was HARD but above all it was a true joy and privilege to share a similar passion with a lot of people that I deeply respect.

Below is a photo of me and  Giada, she crashed the DJ booth for a minute for a brief DJ lesson.

Giada DeLaurentiis


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