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Wednesday, April 21, 2004

 

>>_LESS FOR SUMMER AND MORE FOR SUMMER

You will not see me performing around San Francisco as much this Summer. I won't be accepting as many booking offers, in order to get a much-needed break from the seemingly endless running around San Francisco. When I did my taxes--yes, I report DJ income and expenses--I realized just how much I'd ran around in 2003 and into 2004. This Summer will be more for me, and for some great new projects...

I'm pleased to announce:

1. ...my next mix CD, "Live with Friends and Family" is being audio engineered as we speak...
2. ...my remix (with Russ Arteagea) on Karmacoda's remix compilation is out! Listen up for the release party in early May. Until then, dial in to the Karmacoda music page for samples of the tracks (mine is "Your Love")...
3. ...Webmaster Nick has been summoned once again for a round of updates to this site...
4. ...new "iamthedj" stickers should arrive from the printer soon.

>>_THE HASSLE OF THE HOUSEPARTY

Would you believe house parties are the toughest parties I play?

No, I don't mean parties where I play house music, I mean parties at a house. Take this past weekend for instance. I was summoned to Super Happy Fun House to play one of their legendary theme parties. The theme was 1920's Speakeasy; a great opportunity to wear a vintage dress and hat I handmade myself ("...she's crafty.") I love Super Happy Fun House parties, the house earns its name by going all-out with decorations, costumes, party favors, polaroid pictures...all of it. Good people, too.

But, when it comes to DJing, the house party crowd is the toughest crowd there is. Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present...The Opinionated [tm].

Them: Hi.
Me: Hi there!
Them: What style are you going to play?
Me: Tonight I brought house, breaks, maybe some 80's for fun.
Them: Are you going to play like, you know, any music we can dance to?

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Them: Can I make a request?
Me: ???!
(Ok, but points to the girl who asked if I had Le Tigre. The rest of the room had me confused with a top 40 jukebox.)

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Them: Hi.
Me: Nope, I don't have any hip-hop.
Them: Awwww. What, really? Is anyone else playing tonight?
Me: No, I'm the last DJ.
Them: Awwww.

I got everything from simple pouting to the complete, "Psscht...Whatever!" face. And after a half-dozen requests for hip-hop, I'd like to point out that not one of these "hip-hoppers" noticed when I was scratching. So, keep posing. Good luck with that.

Oh, and under no circumstances should a house party guest ever help themselves to the records in my bag because they want to hear "Hey Ya!" again! Ever. Ever! Naughty Super Happy Fun Houser! No biscuit!

In the end I have it in perspective: It's all in good fun and good fun is what I had. But, house party guests, please mind your etiquette so you won't test mine.



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