Monthly Archives: April 2010
My favorite time of year is quickly approaching (yes it’s Summer)… even though it isn’t considered to begin until the 20/21st of June, warm weather & sunny days are getting me in the mood for summer tunes. While I can’t be in Europe just yet for vacation, I CAN pretend I’m sitting on a tropical beach sipping on some sangria, listening to my Latin House music! I’m DJ’ing an event on May 23rd called Bosphorus on the Pacific Summer Nights Cruise/Dinner in Newport Beach & have already started compiling a playlist of the newest hits from overseas. One album that I just downloaded, Suat Atesdagli’s Blackk, is full of middle eastern and spanish inspired tunes. I will also most likely be playing songs from all the Bosphorus Nights compilations, Chill Out Istanbul 2009, the Cafe Archy Lounge Collection, and more!
Otherview – So Long (Rivaz Club Mix) This one was definitely inspired by Edward Maya’s Stereo Love from last year!
Yolanda Be Cool – We No Speak Americano (yes I featured this one my most recent mix & in another post. It just made the top 10 on the Beatport charts so I felt compelled to include it yet AGAIN)
Saturday night, I had the great (& very exciting) honor to hear AN21 & Steve Angello spin at Avalon in Hollywood. What an amazing experience it was to be in the presence of two very talented brother DJs. 🙂 AN21 spun till about 1am, where he turned over the floor to his big brother Steve Angello. As I was only there till 3 am, the music was unbelievable…& the nite was filled with lots of dancing OF COURSE. There’s something to be said about DJs that are truly passionate and dedicated to their work. Their love of music is easily translated to the audience & that connection between the musician and their adoring fans is genuine and untouchable. This happened last nite. The post for today will feature my favorite songs/remixes from Saturday night, as well as a couple others I felt like throwing in. If you have a chance to see Steve Angello & AN21 live, I would more than recommend doing so! All I have to say is that I’m waiting to see Swedish House Mafia do a show in LA! (If you want to see some of the videos I took on Saturday nite, go to my Youtube Channel DJDLish22.
Here are some other new hits:
Today is about the MUSIC! I’ve got songs with sexy & seductive female vocals (because that’s what I’m in the mood for!), upcoming DJ shows in LA & OC, & release dates of new albums!
Calvin Harris – You Used to Hold Me (Laidback Luke Remix) Ok this one isn’t female, but you’ll enjoy it anyway!
**Upcoming Events that I will most likely be attending & ones that may interest YOU:
1) If you’re in LA – Saturday April 24th Steve Angello and AN21 will be performing at Avalon in Hollywood. For ticket information, click HERE
2) Robbie Rivera at Sutra in Orange County Thursday April 29th
3) Robbie Rivera, Shapeshifters, & Bobina at Avalon in Hollywood Saturday May 1
**Upcoming Album Releases:
Kaskade – “DYNASTY” Released May 11, 2010
Booka Shade – “MORE!” Released May 4, 2010
Also tickets go on sale for the Electric Daisy Carnival in LA on June 25, 26 2010 More info HERE
“The only way to truly Love is to let go of what you are afraid to lose and Trust that what’s meant to be will stay.”
I do have to admit, that life is a little scary sometimes. Actually, it’s REALLY scary. We have this idea of how our lives are meant to be…who should be in them, how we work, where we play… but realistically, we really have no idea. Things can be taken from us as fast as surprises can be thrown into the mix. How are we supposed to stay grounded & guided? We fight for things & people we believe in, we try each & every day to learn something new, & we eventually figure out to think with our heads & our hearts together. Sadly, life doesn’t come with a rulebook or remote control. We can’t go to Chapter 8 to read about “How to fix a broken heart” & we can’t press rewind to turn back time & fix our mistakes. But we have NOW..the present, to say the things we never said, to speak up for how we feel, to take control…so that we will hopefully live a life with minimal regrets & burned bridges. Going into the future, what we don’t know is scary, but we do know how our lives are now & no matter what, we can save ourselves & whatever else we would regret losing in the future.
“So what do you want and what are you thinking?/Isn’t it about time you stuck up for me?/But what you can’t see is we’re under siege/And I only fight because I believe/Not gonna share you no/I’d fight for you”
“I say release me /’Cause I’m not able to/Convince myself /That I’m better off without you”
“Wish I could spin my world into reverse just to have you back again, there’s no gettin’ over, there’s just no gettin’ over you”
“Will you remember me, like I remember you”
“I’m gonna ask you to look away/I love my hands, but it hurts to pray/Life I have isn’t what I’ve seen/The sky is not blue and the field’s not green/Wait for me”
“You know I care what’s deep inside/Any hurt you choose to hide/But you should know how I feel/You should know that I like you/I want to be openhearted/Why can’t you see/You gotta be open or we’ll never get started”
Just recently, I suffered from some loss in my life… As I use this blog to post about music, I also find it important to connect the music with raw emotion…my emotions. Often times when we lose something or someone beyond our control, it seems what’s lost is irreplaceable. Other times, when we have chosen to eliminate something from our own lives, it’s not the sense of getting rid of that something that hurts, but the act of letting go and saying goodbye. From my standpoint, I am grateful for every person & every situation that has come into my life, good or bad. I have explored my emotions, I’ve learned invaluable lessons, & most of all… I’ve learned to face fear. Fear of making the right decision, fear of loss, fear of pain, fear of the unknown. This post today is very nostalgic, but also hopeful. To those we’ve lost, to those we’ve loved, to those we’ve yet to meet on this journey. Every day is an adventure, every day may not be perfect, but every day is a new chance to find yourself and to no longer feel lost.
“I don’t know what I’ve done Or if I like what I’ve begun But something told me to run And honey you know me it’s all or none
There were sounds in my head LIttle voices whispering That I should go and this should end Oh and I found myself listening
See I thought love was black and white That it was wrong or it was right But you ain’t leaving without a fight And I think I am just as torn inside
‘Cos I dont know who I am, who I am without you All I know is that I should”
After much anticipation, my newest mix is FINALLY here! 50 minutes full of club bangers from Laidback Luke, Afrojack, Bingo Players, ImanoS, Bob Sinclar, and Bodyrox… this mix has it all: House, Electronica, and Progressive-House. Here is the tracklisting for the mix in case you wanted to download individual songs:
Jewelz – Get Down
Wynter Gordon – Dirty Talk (Laidback Luke remix)
Christian Marchi – Got my Eyes on You
DJ PP – Miami Vice
Fred Lila & ImanoS – Be Loved
Jason Derulo – Whatcha Say (Bingo Players remix)
Laidback Luke – Till Tonight
Bodyrox – Shut Your Mouth
Dario Nunez – Love to Shega
Afrojack – Better Run
Yolanda Be Cool – We No Speak Americano
Afrojack & Gregor Salto – Ill Be There
Brooklyn Bounce, Alex M., Marc Van Damme – Crazy (Max K. Remix)
Bob Sinclar vs. Daddy S Groove – Kiss my Agony
Timo Garcia ft. Sam Obernik – Swing Thing (Fool for You) Anaolog People in A Digital World remix
Ane Brun – Headphone Silence (Henrik Schwarz Remix)
Not really sure where to start for this one! I spent 5 days and 4 nights in Miami to experience the one and only WMC. I stayed at the Eden Roc hotel, which was the sponsored hotel for the WMC events. I have to say, coming downstairs every morning to a DJ spinning in the lobby was pretty nice! That evening, I went to LIV at Fountainbleu where Laidback Luke was performing. This is probably one of my new favorite clubs! The club was PACKED. After leaving LIV, I went to Space to check it out and meet up with Rachael Starr who was spinning that evening. Thursday I went to Robbie Rivera’s Juicy Party at Nikki Beach…minus the $80 entrance fee & $30 beach towels (yes I’m serious), the music was worth the money; however, I’ve come to call this Nikki Sand, seeing as though the beach has been fenced OFF and you can’t even see the ocean. 😦 I got to stand directly to the right of Robbie Rivera during his set & even got a free Juicy Beach Robbie t-shirt! After getting back to the hotel around 8pm (already exhausted) I was put to sleep by the beats of Steve Angello dj’ing at the Eden Roc pool party. That evening it was back to LIV. Along with Friday and an obscene amount of rain & the Circoloco party at Eden Roc (not too impressive). The first day of Ultra was finally here.
As I entered Ultra Music Festival, I was not only given a super cool VIP wristband, but an Ultra mini backpack full of dj mags, cds, and of course the Ultra Tshirt! Excited and giddy, I went straight to the VIP section for the main stage. Even though VIP was shockingly small (considering how many people went to the event and bought VIP), the airconditioned “lounge” downstairs and upstairs balcony provided great service and views of the stage. After I watched LMFAO perform, it was time to get some food – this is when all hell broke loose. When I returned from the VIP section after eating, they refused me entrance. The police, fire marshalls, and security guards had blocked off VIP (where I left my sister and friend) and were not letting ANYONE in or explaining the situation. As the crowd for VIP grew tremendously (prob 100 ppl waiting to get into VIP), I sadly and angrily watched the amazing David Guetta perform. Amidst being pushed, having drinks poured on me, & having someone almost steal my camera, the David Guetta performance was extremely memorable. His light show/effects paired with his warming ability to speak genuinely and openly with the crowd (Oh and Will.I.Am – they debuted the new Gettin Over remix with Fergie) were the cherry on top of his music. The rest of the evening I enjoyed Afrojack (well only heard this one because I was getting crushed in the herd of angry VIPS), Wolfgang Gardner, and Tiesto! Adventures after Ultra did not stop, as my friends and I walked 2 hours to get a cab that was willing to drive us to our hotel!
Saturday was definitely a much better day overall, the weather was beautiful and I was able to enjoy the beach! Expecting the worst as I returned to Ultra, I was ready for ANYTHING! Luckily, drama was minimal that evening. On the main Ultra Stage I was able to watch the very excited and giddy Armin Van Buuren (he definitely danced more than I did), Swedish House Mafia, & Deadmau5. Swedish House Mafia pleasantly surprised me and I am now a loyal fan! The trip ended with bad weather (Welcome to Florida) & a signature from Deadmau5 himself before we all boarded the plane together! Overall, the trip definitely had its ups and downs, but was worth it. These djs are extremely talented, they value and appreciate their fans, and most importantly you can tell they LOVE what they do to the core.
I’m not sure I’ll be attending another WMC (my wallet votes No), but I’m glad to have went and experienced the magic of music!