Check it out! I’m SO honored to play for you, my people in the Motherland! Come check DJ Scratchmark, The one and only DJ Ace Ramos, MCRonThug and myself, at Dirty Laundry, Manila!
This Friday, we have Special Guests, Russell Peters and Starting from Scratch blessing the stage at Snapback LBC! You can’t miss this one! It’s gonna be fire emojis all night.
Join me this Friday, Oct 19th in Long Beach!
HMU for Guest List =)
Good mornin' ya'll! I woke up this morning to find that one of my live mixes featured on Uproxx.com in an article titled The Best Hip-Hop DJ Mixes Streaming Right now. This news was incredibly flattering, not to mention it started my morning off on the right foot.
Prior to opening the article, I was trying to guess if I was listed or if the article was sent to me for inspiration. Either way, I knew I would be inspired. I love hearing new mixes and ones that come highly recommended by others. With no expectations, I saw my DJ name and a little mix that was recorded (unedited) from a radio show we did from 2006 til 2015.
The featured mix was the '360 Made Me Do It' mix. I think it was recorded somewhere around November 2008. Damn, that was a long time ago. Seems like yesterday.
The mix is a curation of throwback Hip-Hop, New Jack Swing, Funk, Soul, R & B; all the things I like in to an hour long set. I remember this particular show fairly well. It was always hot in the studio and, by hot, I mean temperature. We streamed the show live from our home studio in Hayward. It was not climate controlled.
We had a lineup of about 3 or 4 DJs that do hour long sets. I usually went on first. Our radio show was broadcast live around the world on Thursday nights beginning at 7 pm. The live recording then went in to our rebroadcast server and replayed on Friday mornings. '360 Made e Do It' was simply my cut of that live show as it was.
I often forget that I posted that mix. It's been that long. But that "Coming To America"/Randy Watson/Sexual Chocolate intro always jogs my memory of that mix. It is one of my favorites because I had fun mixing it. I was in a good zone. I was feeling good and tipsy at that. I guess that persisted through the set.
I appreciate all the listeners that remember this mix and tuned in and kept this one afloat in your minds. If this is your first time listening to it, I hope you enjoy it and that it takes you back to a good place in music time. If you aren't familiar with this music, I hope it encourages you to become familiar. After all, these tracks are some real gems. *wink*
Thank you Aaron Smarter for selecting my mix to feature in your article. It was a pleasant surprise! All, please follow Aaron Williams on Uproxx.com for more great articles and @aaronsmarter on Instagram!
Love and light...
Well, I started this series of Electronic / Dance / House music 2 years ago. I was growing really tired of urban music, and to be honest, you can play a throwback 30 times, it starts to just feel the same.
Back in the day, I used to get down with some soulful house music. I kinda wanted to explore that side again. While curating, i started to find a ton of music that really caught my attention. Listening and going to clubs in SF to dance all night on E to house was dope, but to set out to mix the stuff live at a Pool Party, well that's a whole other world outside of my comfort zone.
I have a crazy love for this genre now.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this mix!
It's Thursday night in North Hollywood. I just took my Best Friend, DJ Remark out to an early Birthday dinner at The Little Door. Super fancy. Super delicious food. It could have only been better if someone wasn't livin' that #ketolife LOL. (don't kill me, 'Meep'). Bellies, full, we head back over the hill to meet up with Scotty Fox at my hotel so I could grab my shit. Shit, meaning, my Big Ass Backpack and literally, "change clothes, and go." I sang that out loud btw.
We head to The Federal. Music bumpin. I was getting hyped. Greeted the fellas on stage and headed to the Green Room. This is where Stubbs was all set up for the interview. Cameras. Mics. Monitors. It was legit. Good job, Stubbs.
This was a fun way to get the night started. I was excited to be a part of this podcast with the crew, and I was mega excited to rock NoHo. I was ready.
A little scatterbrained and slightly goofy, but I survived the interview. Have a seat and chill with me for a few minutes. Get to know me and listen to my stupid voice. LOL
CLICK THIS BIG ASS LINK (iTunes Podcast)
Tomorrow is the day! I'm heading back to LA to drop a guest set at Snapback NoHo at The Federal Bar! I can't wait to see everyone and their dance moves! =)
The whole Snapback crew is like family! I have had the greatest pleasure in playing for Snapback LBC multiple times! I am so honored to be asked to come drop a guest set for Snapback NoHo!
Only two days away til I get o the plane and head back "home" to LA and play for one of the best crowds to play for! Please come join me on Nov. 30th at The Federal Bar NoHo! See you there!
Ever since Mixcrate went down, I've not had the time to move all my mixes to a place where people can both stream online and download my mixes. I'm trying to be more diligent and bring them all back online and ready for download.
Lately, I've been experimenting with video and making use of my photography lighting and equipment to build a library of promos for the mixes. I've always been interested in video production. I took ONE class and kind of abandoned that initiative. Video is such a powerful tool for music and communicating the overall feeling and tone of a piece. It works through senses; adding visuals to things you hear, assist in the comprehension and retention of these mixes. And?...do they even make music videos anymore? Back in high school (which was A LONG, LONG TIME AGO), I used to look forward to going home and watching BET. Video Soul. Donnie Simpson. Damn, that show aired about 36 years ago. Thirty-six! Son of a........bitch I'm old.
Anyway. Slow jams are my thing, ya'll. Still, to this day, when I drive home from a gig, I listen to slow jams. Early mornings traveling down LA freeways and extremely tired, I still listen to them. In fact, I sing along. I have a personal, private concert. And I sound amazing (that was a joke btw)!
Come Back II ME came about as the follow-up to ESCAPADE - Janet Jackson Tribute, a mix I did with my best friend, DJ Remark. You can read the 'Behind The Mix' post HERE. That mix was a carefully curated collection of Janet Jackson's (fast) songs. I am truly proud of that mix.
Long story short, the download for Come Back II ME is now available!
Friday! It was finally here. I always look forward to getting back home. I was even more excited to be back at my 2nd home at Snapback LBC.
It wouldn't be a typical day in my life if a few things didn't go well.
It began as any other day would, though. I got the kids ready and sent off to school. I do these trips home often. You'd think that my luggage packing skills would be phenomenal by now. My attire and toiletries were all ready to go. So was I. Or, so I thought.
I didn't have to rush to the airport because I had booked a later flight that usual. I'm driving down the 880. My DJ backpack/carry on was riding shotgun. I was almost near the Dumbarton Bridge when I think 'oh, yeah, i should do a quick OCD check of the contents of my bag. Laptop-check. Hard drive-check. Headphones. ...... . . . . ... . I laughed as I sipped my coffee. It wouldn't be typical if I didn't forget something rather critical. Damn. I took to text because I thought this particular person would get a kick out of this..
I was kidding about the laptop.
I made it through security swiftly. I had a little bit of time prior to boarding so I was able to go through music. To bring light to the headphone thing, I also thought it would be "fun" to then text Remark to say I forgot my hard drive. He has a lot going on during the day of for SnapBack that had I been hard driveless, it might have stressed him out a bit. Me, being his bff, can get away with being a punk. He almost fell for it. He also didn't think it was as funny as I thought it was.
It was time to board. First class is the only way to go. I already needed a drink.....and some tea, some gummy bears and cookies...and.....
Fast forward to the evening. A few weeks back I had "accidentally" had my system upgraded to El Capitan. Now, if you know, this update is rather problematic for Scratch Live. I worked the hack at home back then and thought, ok, this might affect me at home because in my home studio I run the Rane 57. Snapback runs the 62. I thought since my system was running smoothly at home, the 62 should read.
My Best Friend and I headed into The Federal Underground early to sound check. We especially wanted to make sure my system would read on the 62. Negative. At this point a single tear was welling in my eye. We ran updates for Scratch DJ and all that first. In my heart, I knew I needed to run my "hack" that I ran at home. But, I wanted to try this first. Well we got the system to read. But the sound wasn't coming out. Not sure if Sound Guy had turned something off. Ultimately, I had to run the hack to get Scratch Live to run.
It seemed stable. Now, all I had to do was pray. Closed the laptop and went to eat upstairs at The Federal Bar. DJ Orion already opened up the club.
The whole time, I was thinking "holy shit. I can't believe this." I was nervous that 1. it wasn't going to even work and 2. If if DID so happen to work, that it would crap on me mid-set. I tried really hard to not seem so freaking concerned. Play it cool. Everything will be fine. We are eating my favorite Dirty Chips and Short Rib Mac and Cheese. This will make everything in life good again. I got full fast. This was probably our fastest meal we have ever had. We were seated. Got our orders in. Ate. Paid. Split. There were all kinds of different side things going on that night. Was busy; eventful.
Back to The Federal Underground. The venue was already packed. I settled in up on stage. I already started seeing a lof of familiar faces. All my staples were there, minus my #Boothangina, who was home resting. I was really missing her because she is ALWAYS there with us. I sent her a text.
DJ Icy Ice was on before me. Remark gave me the signal to get queued up. Alright ya'll. Let's go!
All I can say is, THIS WAS THE FUNNEST NIGHT I've had in a long ass time! So much fun! Thank you Long Beach for showing this girl so much love. The Bay Area was in the house. Beautiful people were present. The night was a success! I even saw Remark dancing next to me, and I have never seen him get down like that. Or dance. Like, ever! Haha dope!
I have to say that one of the unique experiences here at SnapBack is getting to work and pair with some phenomenal emcees like Trek and Toquon Tha MC. I got to spin with both. This particular night was pretty fucking sick because I felt more in tune with my emcee and we killed it. No one rocks a party better than Toquon and Trek. To you, I tip my SnapBack hat.
One of my favorite parts of the night is when the fellas all gathered around me for a picture during my set. We usually do that at the end of the night!
After My set I gave away a bunch of my Everyday People tees out. I just shot them out in to the crowd and they loved it! Thank you to everyone who has supported me with that little project! My hearts cup runneth over!
Remark closed the night out mad strong. I had been on my feet all day and though this old maid was tired, I couldn't stop dancing and singing. Remark always brings it. Thank you! I burned all the calories we had consumed earlier that day.
Thank you to all my friends who came out to share this moment with me! Especially my staple; my kid brother Roger, Lloyd, Michael R. (Thanks for the pictures), and my boy Fritz (even though I am not Talib Kweli lol)! God damn. It felt good to see you ALL!
Check out this video footage of my intro...haha hell yeah!
I can't say that I would have had a better night if it weren't for the Snapback fam, especially DJ Orion, DJ remark, DJ Icy Ice and Toquon tha MC. Toquon is one hell of an emcee. He is excellent at what he does. He and I have a pretty amazing chemistry and read off each other fairly well. We work well together and I am very honored to rock with him and the fellas. Thank you guys so much for always making me feel like fam. That means a ton!!!
Alright, so I wasn't planning on sharing the live recording, but I feel the sharing this is important in that you can see what an amazing time we have here at this particular party. These nights are always special to me. Play this mix all the way through and you'll hear why.
One last thought. It's always nights like this that confirm I am in the right place in life, at the right time, doing good things with good people and enjoying the vibrations that move our souls and our bodies together. I love that I can play for you, and that I contributed to making your time with me worth it.
Love and light,
Hey Everyone!!! THIS FRIDAY, Feb 24th, I'm returning to Snapback LBC and absolutely cannot wait! If you're in the SoCal area, make your plans. There shall be NO rain. Come out, Catch some vibes and have a good time with us!
With The New Edition Story on BET's release, you must be hungry for more of their music. Luckily, I (along with the help of DJ Scotty Fox) put together some sick tribute mixes of my favorite R&B group of all time! Check out all of them here:
Look, I'm old skool, right? I started DJing in '92 and yes, I dated myself. So, '92. Digital music in my world didn't exist. I'd been on (and off vinyl) until mmm the end of 2005. Even then, I was reluctant. But it had a lot to do with not knowing really how it all worked and being a skeptic. I have collected, went digging, carried crates blah, blah, blah so I've paid those dues.
I AM about progression and evolving and using the tools I need to be efficient and do my job well or easier. Serato made this easier for me. Ok. Yeah.
So, along comes the controller. Believe it or not, I've been on turntables this whole time. We have a controller. But ask me if I've ever used it. The answer is once just to try it.
I've been told numerous times that I need to learn how to use it since I'm doing mobiles more and am getting inquiries out of town. Meh. I tried it. I hate it. It feels unnatural. Remark told me, "Get used to it." hahah OK.