Scruff’s Top 5

Yes, I know that I usually post on Monday, this week I needed to take some time and decompress from my busy weekend and gather my thoughts to go over all the events that took place. I’m super happy about the start of the DJ season, not only because that means I get to entertain and be a part of special moments in life, but because it allows me to gain some financial stability for the next few months. This is the time in which I pay off bills accrued over the winter months, I stack my savings account, invest in my own shows, and enjoy nature. Time to get out of the house and show the world what i’ve been up to while hibernating from the cold. Though my season never completely dies during the off season, I can say that this is where my health needs to be at 1000%  because it’s go go go time.

Friday I was invited to play at Bishop Heelan’s Dance Marathon in  Sioux City. Usually I come down and play this type of event for North High, well one of the students organizing the event at Heelan enjoyed what we (Lee and I ) played and the rest is history. I always enjoy playing for a good cause, giving back to the community not only builds your working relationship, but it also shows that you want to help build where you are, and not just as a business person. The Dance Marathon went from 5 – 10 and within that time they had some Zumba, family testimonies, Karaoke, and of course music playing out of the speakers. I was quite impressed with the level of organization the students had during the event. Things started on time and moved effortlessly. It was an honor to be a part of this, I can’t wait to do it again. 

After packing up at Bishop Heelan I made my way over to the Firehouse and finished my night off there. It’s has been nothing short of a blessing to be able to play out at the Firehouse whenever I am available. Lee and I had a nice beverage while I spun the hits from the early 2000’s to today. It was a really chill night at the bar, but the people that were there enjoyed the tunes, I took some requests and gained some insight on some newer artists that I hadn’t checked out yet. For me that was a successful night, I made it home around 3:30 and went right to bed knowing that I had a full day approaching. 

Saturday started bright and early for me, I had to go in to Langers and cook in the morning. I was extremely tired but I survived the 7 hour shift, I made it home afterwards and took a nap I had Sheldon’s Prom that night. Around 5:30 Lee and I set up for the dance and around 7 the kids came pouring in ready to eat. We played some dinner music while the attendees were served, throwing down tunes by Oasis, Imagine Dragons, The Weeknd, Toto, and Styx. After the meal was done we went in full force hitting them Cupid Shuffle, Old Town Road, Party In The U.S.A., and many others. To be honest after the first 2 hours I could see that the students were getting restless. They were asking for some fun songs, but at the same time they were asking for tracks that we couldn’t play. This fine line of what’s appropriate at a school function and what’s played on the radio is really wearing thin. We started to see the numbers dwindle towards the end of the night, we know that part of it was that the kids needed to get ready for after prom so we weren’t bummed. Personally I feel bad when I can’t play someones request, and whenever I see students leave the dance early or have a look of disappointment I can’t help but feel like it’s my fault. I remedy this by marking down the tracks that I couldn’t play and trying to find versions of the songs that might pass in the future. 

Sunday was my 32nd Birthday and I had another full day ahead of me. I woke up around 6 and by 8 I was in my car working my way down to Des Moines, IA. I had a show down there at Lime Lounge and I had to link up with DJ Ron Gotti to go over our B2B set. We both had some bangers in our crates and we wanted to make sure that they were compatible. After a nap, and a steak dinner Lee and I made our way over to Lime for the evening. The party was killer I must say that Mollie and Johnny put on one heck of a show. They are the local promoters and DJ’s of Lime and many other venues in the Des Moines area, Sunday’s at Lime are called the Git Down. This week the whole lineup was house based, which is perfect for me since I play and produce house music. We had a killer time throwing down tunes, I can say that I had an awesome time on my birthday. 

Monday I had the day off so the lady and I went to various malls in Des Moines and window shopped. It was a beautiful day out and staying in the house was not an option. After walking the Jordan Creek and Valley West Malls we headed downtown for some gaming at Up/Down. We ate lunch at Jethro’s BBQ before heading home and working on projects for the rest of the week. I made my way back to Sheldon Tuesday morning, 31 was a lot of fun but I can’t wait to see what year 32 has in store. My goal is to keep moving forward never backwards, This year I will have more music released, and more gigs to play at. 

  1. What You Think – Mr. Kavalicious 
  2. I’m The Snakkest – SnakDaddy 
  3. PsychoDrama – Todd Terry, Tuff London
  4. Bubble Up – Diplo 
  5. Body Shock – Shakecraft 

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