I used to dig through my dad’s dusty vinyl crates and play them on an old turntable in my sister’s room. I listened to Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and many others while my schoolmates were listening to Disney soundtracks and Raffi. I still remember the sound of the rich scratchy vinyl through my dad’s big headphones.
I fell in love with DJing in 2000 while in London. I went to clubs and DJ spots like Fabric, The Garden, Bar Rumba and Herbal. I spun my first record for a crowd in a smelly Irish Pub in Covent Garden and couldn’t even enjoy the song because I was so nervous. I bought my first DJ setup later that year after returning to the states. The rest as they say…
I believe DJs should add their style and musical interpretation and take nothing away from an event. I don't speak on a microphone unless its called for, and I know how to read a crowd to change the playlist to keep them on the dancefloor. I let the music get the people on their feet and don't make over-the-top announcements or play games. I customize my playlist for every client and with a list of just a few songs I can easily build the entire feel for an event.
If this sounds like a DJ style you would be interested in at your next event, please contact me.
For over 6 months have been DJing at George's at the Cove every Thursday from 5-8 pm. There is an all night happy hour and George's has amazing sunset views. Here is a sample mix from one of my nights to get the idea of the vibe...right click and save if you want.
Can I Kick It? (Pimp Juices' Cash Money Breaks) - A Tribe Called Quest / Pimp Juice
Cult Logic - Miike Snow
In The Morning - Junior Boys
Collarbone - Fujiya & Miyagi
The Girl From Ipanema (Remix) - Stan Getz
Little Talks (The Knocks Remix) - Of Monsters And Men
Social Studies (Plastic Plates Remix) - Body Language
Breathe - Telepopmusik
California Sunset - Poolside
Little Fluffy Clouds - The Orb
Connected - Stereo MCs
Do For Love - Get Down Edits
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I recently DJed a wedding in LA at the rad space that is Marvimon which is the sister space to Smog Shoppe. They paid me for 7 hours (!) and it was truly an amazing night with animated movies being played on the big screen behind me (The Bride and groom work for Disney and Pixar). There were lots of guests from LA and lots from Vancouver, BC and when I played Thriller they broke apart to either sides of the room and had a LA vs. Vancouver dance off complete with popping and locking. One of my favorite parts of the night, for sure.
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My good friends Ian and Talia tied the knot at the Scripps Forum. I was actually out with the Ian the night they met for the first time so it was pretty amazing to DJ their wedding. The Southern California sunset was epic and they ended the night by asking for extra time at the venue so the dancing could continue.
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I recently DJed an event called "Summertime and the Living is Easy" at Casa Artelexia in Little Italy. MiHO Gastrotruck and Viva Pops supplied the food, Sitting In A Tree Events did the styling and we had an amazing turn out! We already have two more events planned for the next two months. The music was a mix of old school hip hop with some summer classics thrown in for good measure.
Please note that this is just a party mix and not necessarily wedding friendly. Right click on the link to download, and enjoy!
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Ken and Lara's wedding took place at The Dana on Mission Bay. One of my favorite parts of the night was when the dancefloor was lit only by the nearby Sea World fireworks.
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I DJed a birthday party recently at an amazing and meticulously restored 1923 automotive garage. The 3200 square foot space is used primarily for film, video and still photography productions. The birthday girl said she wanted a mix of old school/new school hip-hop with soul, funk and 80's music mixed in. Here is a sample mix from the night’s play list. Please note that this is just a party mix and not necessarily wedding friendly.