June 25, 2009

A Sad Day, A Legend Falls

Today is one of those days where, in the future, people are going to ask you "where were you that day?". Today, Michael Jackson, the legendary king of pop, leaves us after a cardiac arrest. I heard about the news after a co-worker shared a link to the developing story and couldn't believe it until finally the LA Times confirmed it. Normally, a celebrity passing doesn't affect me much, but MJ was different. Upon finally realizing that the news was true, memories of how MJ was part of my life began running through my head.

The earlieast memory I have of MJ were a pair of LA Gear shoes that my dad bought me as a present. They were black high tops, studded with gold pieces with two sets of shoe laces; black and gold. I remember dancing with those shoes while singing "We Are The World". From there, I would grow to love his music and finally buy his album "Dangerous" as one of my very first casette tapes (which I still have). Unfortunately, that's the only album I own but I have his singles on vinyl and compilation vinyls. As a DJ, Michael Jackson's music never failed to get a reaction from the crowd. Dropping "Billy Jean" at the height of the night was my favorite thing to do.

I'm looking forward to his last, unreleased album, "7even". I don't know why MJ never released it but hopefully, I'll get a chance to own another piece of his work.

Rest in peace, Michael Jackson. I will continue to play your music as long as I am a DJ.

thanks @trvsbrkr

June 13, 2009

Puma, Home Depot Center

Last week (Sunday, 6/7/09), I got the opportunity to spin for Puma at the Home Depot Center before the LA Sol soccer game. I was situated inside their big tent in front of the stadium.

I got there pretty early to make sure I was ready and setup by the agreed time. Here's my stuff while waiting for the big tent to be setup:

The people that were contracted to setup the big tent were running really late, so I helped setup the smaller tent:

By the time the people got there for the tent, I only had 15 minutes to setup; it was the fastest I ever setup my stuff. Here's my table when I finally got it all setup and ready to go:

Here's a view from the outside when everything was all setup:

The music criteria was "clean versions of top 40" so it was fairly easy to pick which songs to play. The hardest part was making sure the songs I had were clean versions. I should go through my library again and label them accordingly.

The tent had a spray paint tattoo artists who spray painted the hairs of kids with LA Sol colors and gave them stenciled "tattoos". They had a long line of kids waiting them. There was a also a place for kids to sign on a big white cardboard which was later given to the LA Sol team. Here's my view:

It was a great experience and I met some really nice people from Puma. Hopefully I get to work with them again.

June 9, 2009

Jay Z - Death Of Autotune

"I know we facing a recession but the music ya'll makin' gonna make it the great depression"

"Your jeans too tight, colors too bright, your voice too light"

"You rappers singing too much. Get back to rappin ya'll are TPain'in too much"

June 3, 2009

A Night At The Mountain Bar

Thanks to everyone who came out to Mountain Bar last Saturday. You guys made it an awesome night! We might be going back there again so stay tuned!

Check out the rest of the photos from that night here

Big big thank you to my cousin Gaston and his buddy DJ Ken and Jelyn of Throne Boutique!