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It seems like things are back to normal in my world, events are going well and growth is on the horizon. This past weekend not only did I have a wedding, but it was also the start to our homecoming season. In my eyes this only means one thing: Winter Is Coming! Now usually I would reference that to Game of Thrones, but in this case it is literal. Winter in my mind means homecomings, formals, Halloween and Christmas parties. It also means that it’s going to take longer to get to all of my events, so leaving earlier is now in full fledge. Whether it’s due to weather, or farmers taking up the roads for their harvest period, I would rather be a little earlier than late. 

Friday night Lee and I made our way over to Hull, IA for Western Christian’s High School Homecoming celebration. We had been djin their dances for the last few years, and as requested by the students, we were back to rock the house. On our way to set up we could see the game was in progress, all the cheerleaders, helmets, and cars gave a good indication of a packed house. We also noticed the score of the game and that made us a lil worried, Western was down and if they lost that could potentially affect the attendance. Around 930 the students started to come in and we were on, they had lost the game but we were going to celebrate anyhow. At the end of the night we had a room full of tired, sweaty teenagers, but once again with the smiles on their faces I knew we had done our job properly. The best part of the night for me was getting all the requests and finding out what artists the kids were into. There were some that I didn’t recognize, and then there were a few that I did, overall I was pretty darn happy that we had 95% of the songs the kids wanted to hear. 

Saturday I made my way down to the outskirts of Orange City, Ia for the Klingenberg wedding. It was an outdoor ceremony and reception, it was also very hot but a breeze kept you from passing out. The decorations were very pretty and romantic, on the acreage the families of the newlyweds hung up Edison styled bulbs, and Christmas lights on the rows of trees making the area come to life. It was as perfect as you could get, as the sun set the temperature dropped to a very comfortable level, the bugs weren’t out, and of course good tunes were being played. We partied into the wee hours of the night, I was suppose to finish up at midnight, but halfway through the dance, I was approached by the bride and groom and asked to play an extra hour. That’s an awesome feeling, nobody wanted to leave and even after that hour was over, they were still ready to party on. I can’t describe the feeling of making someones night that much more special, hopefully they will be talking about that night for many years to come.

  1. Trampoline – Kalin & Myles 
  2. Cash Money – Malaa 
  3. Speechless – Dan & Shay 
  4. High Hopes- Panic at The Disco 
  5. Jackie Chan – Tiesto & Dzeko ft Preme & Post Malone

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This past weekend I was in Omaha at Bar 415 and Sioux City at The Firehouse, it was an interesting weekend. One that made me realize that I have a lot of work to do and I can’t become complacent. Some would think my experience would be discouraging, but i’m not going to cower at criticism except it and learn from it.

Friday night I played at the 415 in Omaha with Jeff Farrow aka JP Goodebeats, we shared the evening with two 1 hour sets. I happy to say that my first hour set was awesome, I really enjoy putting together opening sets. It allows me to be creative and set the tone for the event. I played some groovy tunes, nu disco, house and some tech to start things off. I knew that Jeff would be playing some techno, so I ended my set with some techno for the smooth transition. After Jeff played his hour set I took over again, this time my set wasn’t as good. A lot of DJ’s only talk about the sets where they killed it, and the people were dancing. My second set was the exact opposite, it seemed as if I couldn’t get back into the rhythm. My track selection wasn’t the greatest and I was even told that I sucked by a patron at the bar. Now, I don’t know if that was said because he wanted to hear a different genre of tunes, or whatever, either way it’s never a good feeling. That made me realize that I need to get back into grind mode, more than just for the radio show, or for weddings. I have to get back to the point where I mix everyday and continue to look for mashups and secret weapons for my sets. I don’t know who that guy was but i’m glad he was there to set me back on the right path.

Saturday night I returned to Sioux City for The Firehouse, after having someone tell me that I sucked as a DJ the night before, I was bound to have a good night. I am pleased to say that this time the night went as planned, the crowd was great and the jams were going all night. I needed that to boost my confidence a little. Now i’m ready to start another week doing the things I need to do to continue to be successful.

  1. Babarabatiri (David Penn Remix) (Clean Extended) – Todd Terry & Gypsy 
  2. Rocks On The Trax – Riva Starr
  3. Zeal – Tchami 
  4. Trip To The Lonely Planet – Mark Alow 
  5. Pangaea – Dee Montero 

 

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Happy Labor Day to all, I had pretty busy holiday weekend with a wedding on Saturday, playing at Bar 415 in Omaha on Friday, and Sheldon Days events on Sunday and Today. This is like the official end to summer, everyone is back in school, the weather is starting to get a little cooler at night, and football is on television. It’s crazy just thinking about how fast the time has come and gone, it felt like I was just doing prom and and the weather was warming up. Now, the fall colors will start popping up and the birds will head south. Even though the season is changing my schedule will remain full until the new year.

Friday I headed back to the 415 in Omaha, this time DJ Ron Gotti and myself performed as Prjkt Blkout along side Natron88, and Mahl-Z from Des Moines. It was one of our best sets to date, we opened the night with some tech house, jackin, and bass house. Natron88 played Juke, and Footwork. He is honestly the only DJ that I know who plays this style, I always look forward to hearing his sets; its quite refreshing. Mahl-Z was the headliner for the evening and played a great set keeping the crowd going all the way till lat call. Another awesome night with some friends, can’t wait to play there again.

Saturday Night I was in Worthington, MN for the Tripp/Pavelko wedding. I had a great time celebrating with the newlyweds. We kicked off the night by dismissing tables by song, I had a playlist and each table had a place card with a song title on it. I knew the attendees were ready for a good time as they sang along to dinner music, clanked on the glasses to get the bride and groom to kiss, and danced their way across the room anytime the got out of their seats. After speeches and some dancing we set up the musical chair scavenger hunt for the bridal party. Everyone there was eager to participate and cheer as the oddball objects were found. By the end of the night the bride and groom were ready to eat and sleep after dancing all night long.

Sunday/Monday Lee and I helped celebrate Sheldon Days by DJing for cruise night, and the car show. We played almost all of our 50’s and 60’s song over the two days, it great to see that old-time rock n roll lives on.

  1. Dancin’ Kinda Close – Tough Love & GUZ (NL)
  2. E Samba 2018 – Junior Jack & Tube & Berger
  3. Drop It – Camelphat
  4. Everybody – Manu Pignon 
  5. Y.O.D.O. – Chris Lake & Destructo 

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This past week was one of the busiest weeks that i’ve had in a long time. Not complaining, but one doesn’t get used to sleep deprivation, and lots of road time overnight. On Wednesday I was in Omaha at the 415, Friday The Firehouse in Sioux City, and Saturday at The Hole In The Wall in Akron, IA. Each event was excellent in their own ways, I will definitely go into detail on what went down.

Wednesday night I played down at the 415 in Omaha, it’s always an honor to go down there and play. This time I was accompanied by Scott Lara (Laratech), Rebecca Asner (DJ pintsize), and Garry Burns (Moeglie). The genres for the night was techno, house, tech house, and Drum n Bass, each DJ played their hearts out and the owners of the bar were happy with what we brought to the table. Besides being able to play out to a crowd I was especially excited because I had never played with most of the lineup before. Scott and I played at a house party before, but he played techno and I had never heard him spin that genre before so that was a treat. Pintsize is an aggressive tech house DJ from Kansas City, she loves the dirty stuff. It was good to finally connect with someone from that area, I hope to head to her city and play down that way soon. Moeglie played hard DnB, it was perfect for a closing set, he made sure whatever energy you had walking in was left on the dance floor. I recorded my set for the radio show so that I could share the experience with all of you. I will upload it to Soundcloud this week. After the show I made the 2.5 hour drive back home, crawling into bed right as the sun was starting to show it’s light on my side of the world.

Friday night I made my way to Akron to set up and prep for Jenna and Ryan’s wedding before finishing up the drive in Sioux City to play at the Firehouse. It’s so crazy how I got set up with this reoccurring gig, but I am so grateful for it. The crowd that comes out to The Firehouse is perfect for my growth as a DJ, I really have to balance my sets with older bangers and newer stuff. The demographic at the bar ranges from 21-45 so when I get down and dirty I want to keep everyone on the dance floor, so this gives me the chance to play mashups that incorporate a little bit of both generations; the rhythm’s of old and the lyrics of new or vice versa. After a 4 hour set and the hour drive home I was ready to crash.

Saturday I drove back to Akron for the ceremony and reception of Ryan and Jenna Gradert. The weather was beautiful but it was hot and humid. Not a cloud in the sky and just a small breeze to stop the wind from messing up the vocals on the mic. By the time the ceremony was over I felt like I had went swimming for the past hour and kept my clothes on. On the plus side the bridal party looked amazing, the twinkle in the eyes of bride while reciting her vows is one I will never forget; she really did marry her best friend that day. After the ceremony everyone rushed inside to the nice air conditioned lodge where the drinks were being poured, and the beats were making your head bop. We had a great time dancing and celebrating with the newlyweds, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for those two.

  1. Shake Ya Ass x Sex Machine (Club Breakers Edit) – Mystikal x James Brown x Jim Sharp
  2. Spicy Noodles – Flava D
  3. Broken Ribs – Takai Nulight
  4. Ever New – Vinculum 
  5. Waiting – Shapes 

 

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Over the past 8 years I have been privileged to play music all over the country, from an hour away to a 14 hour drive away. I can’t recall the last time I actually thought about it, regardless of the length of my career as a DJ, I can truly say that I have had success. I don’t say that to gloat, brag, or be obnoxious; I say it to proclaim gratitude. Not everyone can say that they have done a dream job, not everyone can say that they have been paid for their hobby. I am humbled when I look back on the many adventures I have had thus far, truthfully its mind-blowing. This past weekend I didn’t have a wedding but club gig at Lime Lounge in Des Moines, IA. This wasn’t the first time I had played in the capitol city, and hopefully it won’t be my last.

This past weekend I decided to head on down to Iowa’s capitol city for a weekend getaway. Over the span of three days, I can say that rest wasn’t on the agenda. Saturday morning some friends and I went down to the farmer’s market for breakfast before heading to AdventureLand for the remainder of the day. I’m always in awe of how many people come out to support the farmer’s market. Here in Sheldon we have one but, it’s quite empty most times. There were what seemed to be hundreds of people walking the streets buying goods, and enjoying themselves. I hope this movement reaches smaller communities, not only would it give people some great things to buy, but also help out the smaller farmers, and entrepreneurs. AdventureLand was alright, besides the long lines for the rides I had a great time. It was my first time to the theme park and it reminded me of being home in New York heading to Rye PlayLand or Six Flags in New Jersey, just on a smaller scale. I would definitely go back for the cotton candy, funnel cakes, and of course the thrill rides. 

Sunday the lady and I went to the state fair. We had a great time people watching and exploring the exhibits. I had the chance of petting a baby kangaroo which was pretty neat in my opinion, and enjoy some fair food in the process. After a long day of walking and humidity, it was time for the main attraction of the weekend. My set started at 12 midnight and went till close, I was excited to play a solo house set for the first hour and a B2B with Ron Gotti for the 2nd. My highlight was having a prominent figure in the dance scene on the floor all night grooving to the sounds that I had provided. It’s times like that where I know i’m in the right field. I started the night off with a lil Aretha, since she passed earlier in the week, I felt it necessary to pay tribute for all of the music she made, and all the artists she had influenced over the span of her life. I made my way down into the deeper side of house and tech house before hitting the crowd with some bass. Overall I think the night was a success and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. If I can say anything about success its this: keep on pushing, keep on failing, keep on dreaming. Goals will be tough to reach at times but you can achieve them, I know that if I can make it work anybody can. Though that may be quite cliche to say, I know my struggles and I know that if I can start to walk down that path for my dreams to come true anyone can. If you lose the passion find it, if you lose the discipline, start over again, if you want to achieve your goals dust off and keep going. 

  1. Milkshake – Jerome Robbins, Rescue 
  2. Pancake (The Sauce VIP) – Jaded 
  3. Gassed – LondonBridge Lliam Taylor 
  4. Your Mind – Andrew Beyer, Bart Skils
  5. Future Of The Underground – Botnek & Aylen 

 

 

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As this summer starts to dwindle and come to an end, my wedding season is still going strong. This past weekend I had the opportunity to play for the newlyweds Jaiden and Adam Tebben, and also entertain the crowds with the photo booth in Sioux Center as well. It was an awesome weekend full of laughs, smiles, and of course dancing. I can truly say I have one of the best jobs in the world (in my opinion).
Being an entrepreneur isn’t the easiest thing in the world, keeping your product relevant takes a lot of hard work. Each and every day i’m finding this to be more and more true. When I decided to start down the musical path I didn’t realize how hard this was going to be after a while. 5 years ago this was the easiest job in the world, I had a collection of music that people wanted to hear, I knew all the songs on the radio, I didn’t have to think a could just go with the flow. Now that the generations have switched and the music trends are shifting, I find myself having to do more research on songs and artists. I now have to work and have routines for success. I will say that’s no walk in the park after not having to do so for such a long time. This is the real face of Djing. A lot of people think it’s just pushing buttons, fist pumping, drinking, and instant fame. I’ll be the first to tell you that I will have to work harder and longer just to stay in the know, I have to evolve as an artist, learning new techniques and skills that will push me to the next level. I will be the first to tell you that it’s not all fun and games, sometimes listening to hours of music and practicing are painful, but worth it. I can say that I get my joy back from all the frustration when I turn everything on for a set. After grabbing tracks and prepping, knowing that my product is flawless. This post isn’t about complaining, this is to let people know that even though Djing is my passion, it’s also a job that I have to show up to everyday just like anyone else. So I can relate to all in the workforce, stick with it, move forward and be great.

  1. Girls Like You – Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B
  2. No Doubt – Matroda & Dillion Nathaniel 
  3. Your Body – Volac & Mafia Kiss
  4. Can You Feel Me – Dale Howard 
  5. Waffle Wave – MYLK

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This weekend was one of mixed emotions, I had the opportunity to see one of my best friends get married and move on to be with his wife, start a new life and raise a family. I’m super glad for the newlyweds, but knowing that your friend lives further away and you can’t just visit makes it tough. For our last hoorah we made the trek to St. George Utah, the hot dessert and future home.

The trip took us approximately 19-20 hours, and boy did I feel it. After driving from Montana just 2 weeks prior, I was back on the road making a long trip. My body has probably gone in a frenzy trying to find which time zone I am in after all this time. I can say that over the past 3 weeks I have seen 9 states, travel over 2000 miles, and don’t want to travel in a vehicle for that long for a long while. Even though the trip was long, it wasn’t that bad. Not until we hit Colorado did we see much traffic. The scenery was magnificent, the mountains and snow, all the way to the mountains and dessert sands of Utah. Only patches of rain for the duration of our travels, otherwise the only nuisance was construction. We had an awesome time talking about the married life, and how to make the best of every situation. Even though I’m not married and feel like I gave him some solid advice. 

  1. You Don’t ( DonKong Remix) – Marten Hörger 
  2. Brand New Drop – Codes 
  3. Your Body – Volac & Mafia Kiss 
  4. Can’t See Me – Dillion Nathaniel 
  5. Y.O.D.O. – Chris Lake & Destructo 

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Well i’m finally back from my two week excursion, Last week I was in Big Sky for a wedding, this week I was back in Lemars for a wedding. After a week filled with wildlife, and of course good music and food, it was time to come back and be a groomsman and music curator for one of my best friends here in Iowa. On top of that I had my mom in town, talk about a busy weekend.

Monday I had the opportunity to go horseback riding, and white water rafting. The weather was gorgeous, not too cold and the temps were rising quickly as the day went on. The lady and I went on a 2 hour tour of Glacier National Park’s backwoods. We got the chance to see some of Montana’s famous Huckleberry bushes, along with a black bear snacking on them. After the tour wee went on the next adventure of exploring the water. We took a three hour rafting trip spanning over 10 rapids, it was pretty intense for me but I survived.

Tuesday back in the park I went, this time to do a little bit more exploring up close and personal. After 4 hours, countless pictures, and a hike (without bear spray), I finally had the chance of seeing a wild grizzly and her cub frolicking in the distance. Over the course of the vacation I had now seen everything I wanted to see, besides a mountain goat. I was now ready to head back for Drew’s wedding.

Saturday was the big day, Drew was getting married and I had double duty. Although I was one of the groomsmen, I was also the music curator for the evening. I was super pumped because this was also the first time that my mom would see me in action. She flew in from NYC to surprise the groom, and of course make sure her only child was alive and well lol. The evening went by well, there were some reunions, and a whole lot of dancing and jolly. All I can wish the newlyweds is all the best in the world.

  1. Change The World – KC Lights Feat. Nicole Dash Jones 
  2. Revolution ( Deep In Jersey Extended Mix) – Harry Romero 
  3. Pop Dem Bottles (Detlef Remix) – KlangKuenstler 
  4. Got The Flow – Nukid x Lucille Croft 
  5. Dished – Purple Disco Machine 

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This past week was nothing short of amazing, it’s the first of two weeks in the state of Montana. One of my good friends from college got engaged, and had asked me to do the ceremony and reception. I took it upon myself to turn this into a vacation, a trip of firsts. Monday morning I got up early, and on the road it was. After about 14 hours on the road (gas, bathroom/stretch breaks) I arrived in Churchill, MT. Over the course of the week I had the opportunity of visiting a few landmarks, trying out different restaurants, and of course playing in Big Sky, MT.

Tuesday Morning at 6am a group of early birds (including myself) started the voyage towards Yellowstone National Park. This was going to be my first time at the park, and though I was tired I wasn’t going to pass up this opportunity. Before we got through the gates of west Yellowstone we were gifted with the presence of a Bull Moose, we knew it was going to be a good day. Throughout our tour of the park, we saw an array of animals: Bison, antelope, eagles, and elk.

Thursday I hiked the Lewis and Clark caves near Three Forks, Montana. This was pretty cool, being in the center of the earth but still over a mile above sea level; so trippy. The temps in the caves was 50 degrees even though it was 85+ outside. It was awesome looking at all the different formations of columns, stalactites, stalagmites. Getting the chance to see these things reminds you of how big this planet really is, and how much I need to travel.

Friday I spent the day in the Museum of The Rockies. This place had tons of memorabilia from the age of dinosaurs, 1800’s and when Native Americans ruled over the midwest. They also had a wicked exhibit for the guitar. Some of the rarest and most bizarre models/types of guitars constructed over the years was on display, with info on the creator and the inspiration behind the design. The dinosaur exhibit was truly something to see. Almost all of the fossils were complete and were from dinosaurs that lived in the state of Montana during their reign. the display of the modes of transportation, and living from back in the 1800’s was very informative. I learned a lot about the cost of living, and how the trade system was king for quite some time until currency became numero uno. This was truly one for the books, I can’t wait to return and do some more exploring.

Saturday was the BIG day, the wedding was up in Big Sky,MT and the weather was perfect. Everything was so beautiful, I was truly honored to be a apart of the big day. After a nice ceremony and meal we commenced with the Dance. I can say the families had an awesome time, I was wiped after it was all said and done.

Sunday I packed all my stuff and made my way further West. I’m going to take full advantage of this vacation, I decided to go and visit Glacier National Park since i’m all this way. To find out about Glacier you’ll have to read next weeks blog.

  1. Still The One – Orleans 
  2. Hot Sauce – Torren Foot 
  3. Faded – ZHU
  4. Once Again – Leon, Shaf Huse
  5. District – Harry Judah 

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Well world I haven’t forgotten you, things have been pretty busy on my end; which is a good thing of course. Over the course of two weeks i’ve played four events, drove over 13 hours, and crossed the midwest to continue on this magical journey of mine. This is by no means an excuse, this is just explaining why I missed last week’s post. I regret nothing, for those of you that look forward to reading this blog I send my apologies; I must say that i’ve grown used to writing every week, and it felt weird not having a post. With that being said, lets dive right in.

The weekend of 8th was pretty fun and yet exhausting at the same time. It was the official start to my month long #teamnosleep campaign. On friday I was down at the Firehouse in Sioux City, playing some crowd favorites, and testing out some new tracks in the process. Saturday morning I was back in the kitchen cooking and making some extra cash, that evening I had a wedding in Hospers for the Hunts. Both events went quite well, The Firehouse is always a good time, all the staff enjoy their jobs and I enjoy keeping them pumped throughout the night by keeping the dance floor going; I get to play outside which for me counts as a double reward. I’m quite familiar with the community center in Hospers, so setup for the Hunt wedding was a breeze. The families and I had a great time celebrating the newlyweds, forever grateful for the opportunity to make their night as special as can be.

This past weekend I was back at the Firehouse on Friday night, having a summer residency is huge in my eyes. I know that my job is always on the line, and getting asked to come back as often as I can is a real treat, Saturday I had another wedding this time it was at WIT center in Cherokee. I like the venue, it’s not hard to find and Hyvee does an awesome job catering. My only issue with the venue is that it’s on a college campus that’s dry. Now i’m not getting hammered at my weddings, the reason I said that statement was because they are allowed to drink in the venue space but no where else. For this reason we almost got shut down early, too many people were taking drinks out of the venue hall. Not only would the bride have been ticked, but so would I. I take my job seriously, yes it’s ok to have a few beverages, but when you can’t follow the rules and have to stop me from playing that’s where the issue lies. Fortunately for all we made it to the end.

Monday I left my house at 5:30am and continued west to prepare for my wedding in Big Sky, Montana on Saturday. Throughout the week i’ll be visiting different parks and areas so i’ll be updating you on all the fun NEXT Monday.

  1. Dirty Filthy (David Tort & Markem Hotl Remix) – Superchumbo Feat. Celeda 
  2. Make It Bump – Idris Elba 
  3. Boss Man – Will Clarke 
  4. Bling Bling – Malaa 
  5. Push It Back – Jhonsson