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Bosphorus Nights Presents ~ IstanbuLOVE & DJ D’Lish
Suat Atesdagli – Belly Dance With Me ft. Funky C
Bosphorus Nights presents “IstanbuLOVE”
Please join us for another amazingly fun party in LA on Friday April 15, 2011 at Geisha House in Hollywood! This will be the 3rd party I’ve dj’d for the Bosphorus Nights Event group and cannot wait for this one! Each party is more crowded and more fun than the last!
It’s not quite summer yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t party like it is! Once again spinning the hottest hits from Istanbul, also including hip-hop, latin and house music, DJ D’Lish is ready to put some “Spring” in your step so you can dance the night away!
If you’ve been to our past events you will know that the Bosphorus Nights parties are unforgettable and always leave you wanting more. So bring your friends, drink, dance and show your love at Geisha House on Friday April 15th!
10pm – 2am
Tickets are $20 at the door
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You can also check out the Bosphorus Nights Website
For photos of past Bosphorus Nights events (Black & White Party & Made in Istanbul), please visit my DJ D’Lish Fan Page
Review: Edward Maya Performs in L.A.
Producer, Songwriter, Performer & DJ – Edward Maya (also known as Eduard Marian) is an internationally recognized music icon. With a plethora of hit singles, his unique & eclectic sounds have carved a niche of Euro-Pop music recognizable across the globe. What may be unknown to the general public is that Maya initially got his start when he produced Akcent’s album with top singles: Stay With Me, That’s My Name, When Lover’s Cry. Later in his career, his collaboration with Azeri composer Eldar Mansurov & Russian vocalist DJ Vika Jigulina was the winning ingredient to creating his #1 hit – Stereo Love. His other top singles include This is My Life and most recently, Desert Rain (reaching number 1 on radio stations in Greece, Turkey, & Canada).
In 2010, Maya created Mayavin records & Mayavin Agency that represents a slew of popular house/dance music artists: Ida Corr, Yolanda Be Cool, Steve Edwards, Nicola Fasano, Fragma, Gramophonedzie, Juan Magan, Stereo Palma, Chris Willis & of course himself! March 2011 is Edward Maya’s FIRST U.S. tour & I had the pleasure of seeing him live at Vanguard in Hollywood this past Saturday.
For more info. visit EDWARD MAYA
Well my experience at Vanguard in the past has luckily been enjoyable. My experience this time…well was a horrific nightmare. Upon arriving at the venue (around 10:30 pm) my friends and I were among a sea of angry and overly anxious people. Let me explain. The will call line was backed up so much that Vanguard’s lame excuse for security could not contain the mad crowd of people. After being verbally harassed and pushed by people, we found out that the power at will call was out and we wouldn’t be getting our tickets and only those who printed out their confirmation could get in the main entrance (lucky for my group – I had already done this). After waiting another hour, we were admitted into the event (no one even checked my print out). The incompetency of Vanguard’s management was clearly evident in not only their inability to efficiently execute a backup plan when their systems went out, but also organize the expected masses for this internationally acclaimed dj.
Ok on to the dj! Edward Maya didn’t come on stage until 1am, as expected. He immediately greeted the anxious crowd and introduced himself and singer Vika Jigulina. He then serenaded the audience with his accordion (now THIS was cool!) After that – he of course started performing his number one hit, Stereo Love. As you can imagine, the audience went CRAZY! See video below:
Shortly afterwards, he started singing This is My Life – another crowd pleaser of the night! See video below:
The rest of the night (well until I left at about 2:45am), Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina took turns DJ’ing. He played a lot of current mainstream house hits – David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia and mixed it in with classic artists such as Bon Jovi. I believe he effectively catered his song selections to the American crowd; however, I would have liked to have heard more Euro-House, Euro-Pop music — especially some of the songs he produced for Akcent or even his NEWEST single Desert Rain (maybe he played it after I left?). Overall, the night was entertaining and I had a great time with my friends ~just not sure I will ever go to Vanguard again!
*For more videos of Edward Maya visit my YOUTUBE Channel
*For more photos from the event visit my FACEBOOK Page
David Guetta Review: Love is Gone?
My Saturday night was definitely eventful! As I was “Guetta’ing” excited to see the one and only David Guetta, I ended up briefly wearing my originally designed F*ck Me I’m Famous shirt – that is, until I realized I look pretty silly in neon green! Saturday was my 3rd time seeing a DJ at the Hollywood Palladium – and again, I will have to say it is one of my favorite venues mainly because 1) I wasn’t trampled by a sea of ravers 2) I had an amazing view of the DJ from the upper balcony & had enough room to dance!
I was lucky enough to hear the opening set by the Manufactured Superstars who are amazing DJs and also the founders of our beloved Beatport. The duo from Denver wowed the crowd from the start – honestly, I could have listened to them all night, but we will get to that later. If you would like more info. on them head to their main WEBSITE. Insomniac Events was kind enough to post their opening set on Soundcloud, click HERE to listen to and download the set (you can thank me later).
Now to the most important person of the night…. Mr. David Guetta himself. Call me biased, but seeing as this was the 4th time (don’t judge me) hearing David Guetta spin live – I had extremely high expectations for this event….ESPECIALLY after his recent immersion into mainstream music. (Hmm…perhaps that’s the problem here?). While he played the crowd’s favorites and also surprised us with a little collaborative performance with Will.I.Am., overall he did not WOW me. What I really remember most were those hard-hitting electro songs that he played…yes the ones that no one knew… and the ones that only satisfied those in let’s say – “another state of mind.”
Overall, I am still a big fan and supporter of his, but I can’t hide my disappoint from this weekend’s past performance. I did enjoy those special moments when he played his recent hits and everyone went crazy. His passion and enthusiasm for his music and fans is definitely evident in how he works the crowd while he talks to them during his performances. I’ll just have to keep thinking of those days when not everyone knew his name and his music was actually a little bit more creative… the days of “Love Don’t Let Me Go,” “The World is Mine, ” & “Stay” will forever be in my mind! For Insomniac professional pictures from the event, click HERE.
I have uploaded 6 video clips from the night on my YouTube channel – Click HERE to watch
For more pictures from the event, please visit my Facebook Fan Page
Kaskade L.A. Dynasty Tour – October 8, 2010
Kicking off the first night of his 2 day Dynasty Tour in L.A., Kaskade DJ’d at the Palladium in Hollywood on Friday October 8, 2010 to a crowd of house music lovers. This was the 2nd time I had gone to the Palladium to hear a DJ (1st time was to see Ferry Corsten) and I have to say that this venue is definitely one of my favorites. The audience has the option of standing on the ground level right in front of the stage OR watching from the balcony surrounding the sides of the Palladium. While this event was SOLD OUT, it did not even feel like it was too uncomfortable or stuffy inside to enjoy yourself because of the massive space within the venue.
Beginning his set around 12:15 am, Kaskade mesmerized the audience with his mixing skills, various mash-ups, and classic favorites. He was truly loved by the audience. Not only was the music great, but so were all the visual effects and lighting that were queued in with every song he played…. & you have to love the standard confetti blowing that comes with every house music event! Kaskade’s love for music was very evident and he connected with the crowd and their energy perfectly.
Favorite songs from the night/biggest crowd pleasers: David Guetta & Afrojack – Louder Than Words/Late Nite Alumni – Empty Streets Mashup, Swedish House Mafia – One/Kaskade – Fire in Your New Shoes Mashup, Kaskade – Dynasty – Dada Life Remix, Justice – D.A.N.C.E./Steve Angello – Knas Mashup, Kaskade – Angel on My Shoulder, Kaskade & Tiesto – Only You (Kaskade Remix), Adrian Lux – Teenage Crime (Axwell & Henrik B. Remode), Kaskade – Don’t Stop Dancing
For more videos from Kaskade – please visit my YOUTUBE Channel
For pictures from the event – click HERE
For more info. on Kaskade visit his Fan SITE
Friday Night FUN: DJ D’Lish at Geisha House!
This weekend I DJ’d the Bosphorus Nights presents: MADE IN ISTANBUL party at Geisha House in Hollywood. What a success! I didn’t think we could top the last Bosphorus Nights party at Les Deux in June, but I have to say that this one was even better. More people, more new music, and lots of love! Most importantly, I wanted this night to reflect two of my favorite clubs in Istanbul, Turkey: Reina and Anjelique. Both clubs are unique in their own environments and music and Friday night I tried to create a fusion of these popular clubs by playing a variety of European House, Lounge, Turkish, and Latin House music.
DJ’ing in the Moon Room was definitely a treat, as guests were able to see the night sky from above and also had their own private bar. VIP tables circled the dancefloor and of course, I had my own stage with… wait for it…. my own lighting control (that came in handy towards the end of the night….mood lighting anyone?)
As guests arrived somewhat early, I began by playing my typical “cocktail hour” music…Bitter:Sweet, Gotan Project, Late Night Alumni, Kaskade and then began to pick up the pace a little bit with some Ben Watt, Max Zotti, & Jose Delgado (recent releases: see featured music below). For those familiar with Turkish music, I played some new Burcu Gunes, Tarkan, Demet Akalin, & Serdar Ortac. In my attempt to mix things up, I then switched gears and played my favorite Euro house songs: Yolanda Be Cool – We No Speak Americano, Edward Maya – Stereo Love, & of course Stromae – Alors On Danse (YouTube Video). These 3 gems definitely got the crowd dancing and singing along!
After another round of Turkish music, I thought it was time to roll out the Spanish house! I began this section with one of my newest favorites Carnaval Mundial (see featured music below) – a house cover of the famous Celia Cruz’s La Vida Es Un Carnaval. After, came the beloved Suavamente, and then a Gypsy Kings megamix! More turkish followed with Turkey’s most popular summer hits: Hande Yener – Bodrum, Serdar Ortac – Poset, Tarkan’s Sevdanin Son Vurusu, & Ozan Dogulu ft. Sila – Alain Delon. But I think the 2 biggest Turkish hits of the night were Ibrahim Tatlises’ Gulum Benim & Kenan Dogulu’s Elveda Meyhaneci. (When I say biggest hits – I mean the crowd sang the LOUDEST to these!)
Once again mixing it up for the non-turks, I played the new Tony Gomez song “Tell Me,” leading into the one and only Swedish House Mafia’s One (Your name) remix. This one, as always, brought the house down! (YouTube Clip) Others were Adrian Lux – Teenage Crime, David Guetta/Afrojack – Louder Than Words, & Afrojack – Take Over Control.
While I have to say I wish I had worn my “I DON’T TAKE REQUESTS” shirt, the abundant amount of individuals who approached me that night didn’t just ask for specific song, but also said thank you for playing their favorites. This job is only fulfilling to me when I can please the crowd and when I can go home at the end of the night knowing I made them happy. (Ok I also like that fact that I can play music that I love and dance while I’m djing) 🙂
Thank you to everyone who came to this event. Thank you to my closest friends and family for all your support! Thanks to Baris Avsar for organizing everything. Let’s get ready for yet another successful party!
All images from the party are HERE and are also located on ALATURKA Online
DJ D’Lish videos are located on my YOUTUBE channel
Featured Music from the party:
Max Zotti ft. OB – Kabiria
Jose Delgado, Robert Mendoza, Rebeca Dancen – Gypsonik
Crossfire ft. Haila – Carnaval Mundial