Once again it’s that time of the year where I pack my bags and head to the heart of Texas for the greatest music festival in the world, SXSW. It’s no secret that Austin might be my favorite city on earth, and this week will undoubtedly remind me why. One whole week of partying, walking, eating, drinking, rooftoop hanging, sunshine and spinning. This year looks to be just as jam packed as last year with fun events, day parties and club nights. I can’t wait to be rocking with some of the nation’s best djs throughout the week. Hope to see some familiar faces!
Click the links for more info on each party, location and RSVP details. Hope to see some familiar faces in attendance!!
Tues. 3/12 – #MakeRadio Launch presented by Brown Paper Tickets @ Gibson Showroom
Wed. 3/13 – ASSASSIN ENT AND F.A.M. DJ SHOWCASE @ MOLOTOV LOUNGE
Thurs. 3/14 – TWO SEVENS CLASH! 45 PARTY PRESENTED BY RED BULL @ HUDSON on 5th
Fri. 3/15 – THE DOPEHOUSE presented by 2dopeboyz @ EMPIRE CONTROL ROOM
Sat. 3/16 – Super Saturday Showcase @ MALVERDE
Sun. 3/17 – BBQ AND BEATS @ MOLOTOV LOUNGE
— SXSW Mixtape 2013 —
Inspired by my upcoming trip to Austin, Houston & NOLA, I decided to put together a mix of my favorite southern cadillac rap songs. I have always appreciated the slow tempo, 808s, soul samples and organ heavy production favored by artists from the “3rd coast” and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to put it all together in a proper listening experience from front to back and side to side. Pop this in, pump the brakes and drive slow, homie.
02. Three 6 Mafia – Sippin’ On Some Syrup (Ft. UGK)
03. Big K.R.I.T. – Pull Up (Ft. Big Sant & Bun B)
04. UGK – Wood Wheel
05. Master P – Bourbons & Lacs (Ft.Lil Gotti)
06. Curren$y – Famous
07. UGK – Diamonds & Wood
08. E.S.G. – Drop Yo Top (Ft. Big Moe)
09. Do Or Die – Po pimp
10. Mike Jones – Still Tippin (ft. Slim Thug & Paul Wall)
11. Paul Wall – Ridin’ Dirty (Ft. Trey Songz)
12. E.S.G. – Swangin’ And Bangin’
13. UGK – Front, Back & Side to Side
14. Slim Thug – Ride Wit’ No Ceiling
15. UGK – The Return
16. T.I. – Be Easy
17. Fat Pat – Swang Down
18. Devin The Dude – Sticky Green (Ft. Scarface)
19. Scarface – Let Me Roll
20. Ludacris – Diamond In The Back
21. Curren$y – What’s What
22. Master P – Break Em Off Somethin ft. UGK
23. Mannie Fresh – How We Ride (Ft. Bun B & David Banner)
24. Fat Pat – 25 Lighters
25. E.S.G. – Ocean of Funk
26. OutKast – Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
27. Young Bloodz f/Outkast – 85
28. Lil’ Keke – Southside
29. UGK – Like A Pimp (Ft. DJ Paul & Juicy J)
30. Fat Pat – I’m Tha Man
31. Big Moe – Get Back (Ft. H.A.W.K. & Lil’ O)
32. Big Moe – Purple Stuff
33. MJG – Shine And Recline
34. YoungBloodz – Cadillac Pimpin’
35. Kanye West – Drive Slow (Ft. Paul Wall)
Big shouts to the homies Matt Nelkin & DJ Kez for having me out to their monthly Rockbox Dance Party at Holocene in Portland! Had a blast playing down there, like always, and the crowd at Holocene was on fire. The bartenders took great care of me, of course! Before I knew it we had a packed dance floor and I was running through classic 90s jams and some current body movers with the swiftness. Such a cool vibe at that space and they have a pretty loyal crowd that loves to get down.
Many thanks to all involved and I hope to get down there again soon!
I had a great month to kick off 2013, full of lots of events, weddings and some killer dance parties.
I rung in the new year at the Tacoma Art Museum with my Integral DJs fam Marc Sense for their Studio 54 party and had a blast spinning all classic disco, funk and boogie. It’s not too often you get to spin in a museum let alone get to play really good music on a big night such as NYE. All around a great booking and we had that place jumpin from start to finish.
Next up was a top notch event for SightLife at the brand new Seattle Museum of History and Industry aka MOHAI in South Lake Union. This new space is nothing short of amazing. Not only a great place to have an event, but a fantastic museum coving all of Seattle’s history in a beautiful art deco style building that was once a Naval Armory. I think I was one of the first DJs to play in the new facility and it sure was a treat. I hope I get the chance to play there again soon.
I thought spinning at MOHAI was going to be untouchable, but then the following week I was able to play at McCaw Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, at Seattle Center for the Washington State Wine Awards and was completely blown away. Such an amazing space. Our event took place in the lobby/foyer area, which is massive, and houses some eye catching sculptures and artwork, as well as some magnificent views of the indoor and outdoor architectural features. This was definitely a very cool addition to my DJ resume and definitely will be a highlight of my year.
Lastly, I wrapped up my January event calendar with a wedding at the world famous Edgewater Hotel on the Seattle Waterfront. The Edgewater was made famous by being the preferred hotel of the most famous Rock N Roll acts of the 60s and 70s, such as the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. I’m sure if those walls could talk, they’d have some very interesting tales to tell. The event took place in the Olympic Ballroom on the top floor overlooking Elliot Bay, with views of downtown and the ferries going by. It was quite majestic and very Seattle. The perfect way to end a pretty packed month of events!
Enjoy some photos below:
A day late and a doller short, as they say. A few days after the start of the new year, I am releasing my top 10 of 2012 into the world.
I will preface the list with this: 2012 was an EXCELLENT year for music. Not only for the overall quality, but for the vast amounts of new groups rising up into the public consciousness through the web to make serious waves and put the industry on notice. Music is becoming music again, not just a commodity to be evaluated like a stock. Artists are blowing up overnight – some warranted, some not – and the playing field is becoming more even everyday between independents and major labels – special shout out to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis!
I paid for more digital music this year than ever before (I always buy vinyl, used and new) mainly because it was worth my money. I want to support these artists and make sure that the music I play and enjoy – whether in the club or at home – continues to thrive. I highly recommend you do the same in 2013.
Enjoy and let me know what you think, or if I missed something, in the comments!
Top 10 Albums of 2012
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid M.A.A.D. City
Cody Chesnutt – Landing On A Hundred
Chuck Inglish – WRKING (late 2011)
Big Boi – Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes
Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist
Santigold – Masters Of Make Believe
Oddisee – People Hear What They See
Killer Mike – RAP Music
Kendra Morris – Banshee
Escort – Escort (late 2011)
Nas – Life Is Good
Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
Hawthorne Headhunters – Myriad of Now
Yuna – Self Titled
Tokyo Dawn Records – The Boogie, Vol 3 (compilation)
The time has come…
I’m heading back to So Cal, LA & San Diego to be exact, this week for some much needed vitamin D and vacation. BUT, of course I’ll be spinning a few nights while I’m down.
Feel free to come catch me at either of these top notch events! We all know that California knows how to party.
Big ups to the Funkmo & more Fire crews for having me!
Soundcloud recently took down my edit I uploaded, so I re-upped it on mediafire for your dj needs. Just an intro and extended break edit, that makes it a little easier to mix. One of my favorite songs of the year, so play it out and play it often.
Latest mix uploaded for your enjoyment… All live! No ableton or pro tools trickery needed
This is my homage to the roller rink. I’ve always had the desire to make a 100-110bpm rnb & hip-hop rollerskate mix that could set the right vibe for a night on the town, at the rink or bobbin your head in the car. The 90′s and early 2000′s had so many proper 2-step jams that never fail to go hard on the dance floor so I think this will probably end up being the first in a series. Hope you enjoy.
Track list after the jump!
I’ve been uploading past installments of the Backyard BBQ series every week since I released volume 6 back in early July. These mixes were started in 2007 as my ode to summer in the northwest and I’m so pleased that they’ve been embraced by the region and across the globe as a go to sunny day / bbq soundtrack. Summer is such an amazing and important time of year in Seattle, as we are known for months of cloudy damp weather during the fall and winter months. The whole city turns into a completely different place in the summertime – camping in the Olympics, boating on Lake Washington, block parties on Capitol Hill, BBQing on my roofdeck every damn day – it is truly the nation’s best kept secret. I thoroughly enjoy the process of creating these mixes every year and still listen to them on a nice day, or when I need to pretend like the sun is shining bright. Happy BBQing and spread the word far and wide. The sun is always shining somewhere!
Jet Set may have taken it’s final flight, but the party does not end on Monday nights in Seattle. We just kicked off our new Monday function #MINTED at Barboza & Moe Bar last Monday and needless to say it was serious! I’m definitely excited about having a strong team in place with my dudes Blueyedsoul and DJ Swervewon so you know that the music is going to be in good hands. That combined with one of Seattle’s premier new venues and thumping sound system and you have your newest can’t miss party on Capitol Hill.
Peep some pics just to give you a taste: