++FIRST THURSDAYS @ Marx Cafe, 9:30-1:30, DC++ FIRST SATURDAYS @ Idle Hour, 10-2, Baltimore ++ FOURTH FRIDAYS @ Bump n Grind, 6-9, Silver Spring, MD ++
I started buying vinyl in 1990 when I was underage, sneaking into house parties in Chicago, and realizing that the music I really loved only came out on vinyl (back then!). I had 1 turntable and never planned to become a DJ. I bought records because I loved music.
Fast forward to 1997, when I move to NYC with lots of records I was in love with from Chicago and from living briefly in London. I was going out almost every night, thrilled that I could hear the kind of music I wanted being DJd any night of the week! Naturally, I befriended lots of DJs, and 1 of them asked me to bring a bag of records and play for an hour. I still only had 1 turntable and didn't know how to use a mixer. But, beginners luck-- I showed up with my bag, and this guy who was opening a new place was there and said he wanted me to be their weekend DJ. He wasn't lying. I had a residency there for 7 years.
(My resume includes Shelter, Joe's Pub, Lot 61, Standard Bar & Listening Room, and many gigs for private entities such as the Bermuda Board of Tourism, in NYC; in DC, Tropicalia, 9:30 Club, Bossa Bistro and Lounge, Songbyrd Music House, Marx Cafe, Impala, Dew Drop Inn, DC9, Jimmy Valentine's..)
More gigs started coming my way and I quit my day job. Did that for about 7 years in NYC, and was welcomed into the Peoples' DJ's Collective in Chicago. Now in DC.
Still strictly vinyl so far.
(Eventually, I got a 2nd turntable :))
My genre trajectory went like this: deep house-trip hop-underground hip hop- jungle/drum n bass-Latin-broken beat-neosoul-Afrobeat-World-old jazz-old soul-Anything that moves me... and I like mixing all of it together.
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