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Monday, November 12, 2007

 

Perfect 10

Amber's first DJ setupTen years ago, with a sudden urge and with three records in my hand, I began to practice as a DJ. I purchased some used equipment, set it up on a coffee table, and sat on the floor to mix. For a full year I taught myself how to DJ--I was terrible and learning came slowly. Eventually, I recorded a 15 minute mix to cassette. (Yes, 15 minutes. Yes, tape cassette.) I couldn't have been prouder, though now that recording makes me cringe.

When I first started, friends teased me, saying that "everyone" was becoming a DJ and I was just another newbie (if only they saw how many there are now)! I lived an hour outside of San Francisco and nobody I lived with at the time even listened to electronic music. But once every week or two I would get together with my new friends in the electronic music scene, and that meant everything.

Now, 10 years later, I am so grateful for everything that's happened. I remember my first gig, where only one pig-tailed hippie was left at 7 a.m. I remember a totally packed club in Juarez, Mexico with bodies wall-to-wall, dancing and screaming. I remember being mooned mid-set by three lovely ladies, with each letter of my name on each cheek--and a smiley face on the spare. (Yep, got a picture of that one...)

Love and hugs and biggest thanks to: Sister SF, Epiphany, Friends and Family crew (especially Goolie), Cloud Factory, DNA Lounge and everyone with :CODE, the :CODEtv crew, Norcal DJ & Music Production Academy, Nick Winterhalter (double-thanks!), Rob Andreoli, Patrick Sean Farley, Jeff Elo, Yara Sellin, Viberation, Ambient Mafia, XLR8R Magazine, SF Raves, Solid Grooves, Karmacoda, all of my amazing friends who make me laugh time and time again, and anyone else I have foolishly forgotten.

The barriers are down and the road is open. On to the next 10...

Comments:
We love you too, Amber!!! -smooch- Hope you're feeling better!
 
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