Capital Hill’s PRIDE!

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I had so much fun Dj’ing for Capital Hill’s PRIDE last week. I was able to catch a few acts before me and OMG I saw this Drag Queen that goes by the name of “Lady Bunny“. After seeing her I have a new love for Drag Queens!

Then I was able to meet Candis Cayne from the TV show I am Cait. I was sitting next to her not even knowing who she was till  my friend filled me in LOL that just shows you how much TV I watch haha!

Below are some pictures I took of the event🙂

 

 

 

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Me and Candis Cayne!
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Lady Bunny workin it!

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Damn you El Capitan!

So as most of you know Apple released their newest operating system “El Capitan” and oh how I hate it soooo much! I updated my computer not too long ago thinking everything is all good right… WRONG. I had a mobile gig a few weeks ago and when it was time to play. My computer wasn’t reading my Rane 57 mixer. That’s when I went into panic mode!

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After loosing if for a good 10 minutes..restarting my computer and my mixer about five times. I finally said Fck it and used Virtual Dj for the night (Hey don’t judge lol). Good thing it was a chill corporate event.. I can just imagine if this happened at a club omg.

So the next day I was researching on the internet on how to go back to the old operating system Yosemite. I only found videos if you backed your computer up with time machine which I didn’t so I decided to contact Apple. Below are the steps on how to go back to Yosemite, but just a warning. When go through these steps it will ERASE everything on your computer. So make sure you back everything up on a hard drive.

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Its been 1 year and I SURVIVED!

A year ago (October 1st) I wrote my very first blog post on how I took the risk and quit my stable corporate job  that I been at for 8 years to Dj full time. So much has happened since then and honestly I wish I would have quit my job earlier, but hey better late then never! I can remember that feeling I had like it was yesterday walking away from my cubicle and out those corporate doors for the last time thinking… this is really happening! Then just doing one big scream when I went in my car just saying “YESSSS I DID IT!!” and a few FCK YEA’S and tears came out too haha.

Since then things haven’t been that bad! I managed to stay busy all year with maybe a few scary weeks in the beginning of the year but everything worked out. Actually on my anniversary (October 1st) I was actually on a cruise ship Dj’ing. How crazy is that?!

Now don’t get me wrong I’m not bashing working in a office or anybody who does this for a living. I just know that it wasn’t for me, but working that long at corporate wasn’t all bad. I actually learned several skills that I now use on the business side of Dj’ing now. I truly believe things happen for a reason!

Here’s a few tips that I wanted to share with you that has helped me out in my first year of Dj’ing full time.

  • Treat Dj’ing like a business

Dj’ing is a fun job don’t get me wrong, but its not all about getting free drinks in the club and kissing promoters asses (sorry for being so blunt lol). Get your business license! Get a legit looking logo from a professional. Make business cards and a website. Even get invoices that have your logo on them. Learn the tax side of things like business expenses, what you can’t and can write off and all those other fun Uncle Sam things.

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  • Wake up before 10am

Now I know its hard to fall into that “Dj schedule” but since I quit my job I still wake up at 9am everyday (except when I’m dj’ing on cruise ships lol). I wake up .. have my coffee and head to my office to work on whatever I have to do that day and answer all my emails. Trust me you get more done in the day and you can lock down gigs faster.

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  • Hustle EVERYDAY

What I mean by this is when you’re not Dj’ing or have days off during the week. Work on something.. either download music, write a blog post, make a mix, contact clients, update your website ect. Don’t just look at your days when you’re not Dj’ing as a day off. Keep Hustlin!

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  • Be nice to people

Simple as that just be nice to people and be humble. Nobody likes working with a cocky A-hole or someone that’s super fake. Be nice because you mean it. My motto is “Treat your clients like your family”.

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  • Make a vision board

If you haven’t watched the movie the “Secret” watch it NOW. It will explain everything

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  • Read Books

Don’t stop learning. I like to read a lot of self help and business books. You will be surprised on how much you can learn.

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Holy Controlly!! I finally gave in and bought one……

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This is the Pioneer DDJ-SB, it’s probably the cheapest controller out right now that uses Serato DJ. This was on sale for $199.00 at Guitar Center. Now I didn’t really plan on buying this.. I just went in to Guitar Center looking for a mic clip for my lapel mic and of course I had to “look” around too. What’s funny is I was thinking about buying the DDJ-SB while I was there, but I just made myself leave the store… and after I drove two blocks. I made a U-turn and came back to buy it! haha I’m sooo indecisive it’s sickening!

I bought this controller for a few reasons…..

#1 I’m leaving on a cruise next week for a month and I really wanted something in my cabin so I can still practice on my sets during my downtime on my cruise.

#2 Since I do a lot of mobile gigs my turntables & mixer are always packed up. It’s such a pain having to set them up at home to practice and then break them down the next day for a gig.

#3 Since my mixer is being fixed at the moment this saved me during a wedding last weekend. I brought my fiancĂ©’s Vestax mixer thinking it worked.. and 30 minutes before the wedding started. His mixer decided to not turn on! Good thing I brought this to my gig.. I would have been so ass’ed out! So its great to have for backup at gigs incase you have any technical difficulties like I had! haha

Now don’t get it twisted I’m not switching over to being a “Controller” Dj, I still love my Technics to death and I’ll never get rid of those. I don’t think anything can replace those, but just for convenience I think having one of these comes in handy at times. I know some of you are against these controllers, but I mean it’s not like I “learned” how to Dj using one of these.

After using the DDJ-SB for a few hours last weekend, the only thing that’s still tricky for me is the pitch. The pitch is so sensitive! Also when trying to slow down or speed up the song using the platters I just can’t get it right, but I’m up for the challenge! I’m sure after putting in some hours mixing on it I’ll get it right.

Overall I’m happy I bought this. I can practice more often and get to know my music! Plus now I have something my nephew can play with without breaking my needles! lol Now what’s next on the shopping list is the Raiden Fader!🙂

Do you own a controller? I would love to know your thoughts on the whole new controller “Dj” era and if you have any tips please share!

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Weekend with the Iron GIrls!

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Hello there!

This past weekend I had so much fun spinning for Iron Girl for the first time both Saturday and Sunday at Genesse Park. Iron Girl launched in 2004 with just two events in the United States. Since then the Iron Girl gained so much popularity over the years that the event broadened over the past decade. Starting with 5 and 10k to half marathons, expending and incorporating mother/daughter races and sprint triathlon’s! Iron Girl has even been featured in a range of media outlets that include USA Today, The New York Times, Runner’s World, Family Circle, Ok! Magazine and Women’s Health! They now have triathlon’s all over America!

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On Day #1 was registration/packet pickup for the triathlon and United Healthcare Iron Kids Seattle fun run that consists of a 1/4 mile or 1 mile course. They even had doctor dog (I think that was his name) joining the kids at the start line before they took off running. The first song I played as they started running was “Who let the dogs out” haha this was a suggestion from one of the Iron Girl team members which was a great suggestion! Too bad I didn’t have it on my computer. I’ll be honest I haven’t heard that songs in years. Thank gawd for WIFI & ITunes! Woohoo

 

 

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Day #2 was the big day and I’ll be honest it was the first time I had to wake up before the birds, the sun and Starbucks!  YUP I was up at 4am and out the door by 5am. That’s probably what time most Dj’s go to sleep haha! It was kind of nice to be able to watch the sun rise though especially on Lake Washington. I started playing music at 6am while the runners started making their way to the start line. Around 9am was when the party started and the runners started crossing the finish line. My set consisted of really high energy music. In my head I was thinking.. high energy work out music that had a “I made it” feeling haha. I also found out the true meaning of what it means when someone says “eat my dust!”. These ladies were going so fast that me, my laptop and equipment was eating all the dust that was getting kicked up from the runners! haha I forgot to mention the announcer Dexter was so awesome! I haven’t vibed off of an MC like that in a while! For the last people to cross the finish line he rounded up the ladies to form what he calls the circle of love. Right when I heard that I played Rihanna’s – We Found Love and then I followed with Matthew Wilder’s – Break my stride for the last two runners.

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It was so inspiring to see these runners in all shapes, sizes and ages working their asses off to the finish line and to see all these women come together to make this one big event was very empowering! If you have never attended one of these events I would highly recommend it. Even if you’re not running it’s so cool to witness all these runners and their hard work pay of at the finish line.

Like always here’s more pictures of the event🙂

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NikeTown Seattle grand re-opening and the GLOVE!

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TGIF Everybody!

So last week I had the opportunity to spin for Niketown’s grand-reopening in downtown Seattle. Guess how long I spun for…. wait for it… wait for it………..10 HOURS! Crazy right? Even though it was a long time I had a great time with the whole crew and they were so nice to give me free Nike gear! When I showed up one of the crew members asked me “Do you have your gear?” I was like sure! It’s right there on my cart. She was like NO your clothing! LOL!! She handed me a Nike box, track pants and a top. When I went downstairs to change I opened the Nike box and it was a brand spankin new pair of Airmax 95s! I never received a free pair of anything from NIKE before so I was pretty happy and super thankful that I’m even getting an opportunity like this.

IMG_1868The new store was pretty cool, but I think the only cool thing about the store is the ceiling! On you’re way up to the second floor there’s a design in neon lights with Seattle inspired icons.

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As the day went by my cousins came by to visit me and one of them goes… hey is that Gary Payton? I looked up stairs and I was like holy shiet! It’s the GLOVE! I guess my DJ psychic abilities kicked in and I was like I’m going to make this man come over here to the DJ booth. So I switched up the music vibe and went straight 90’s! I started with Father MC feat Jodeci- Everything is going to be alright, then went into Johnny Kemp- Just got paid (see where I’m going here?) Then after the 4th song guess who comes downstairs to the DJ booth.. GARY PAYTON!!! In my head I was like YESSSSS it worked!! He was super BTW! That was probably the highlight of the night since I remember watching this guy as a kid in the 90s.

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Well that’s all folks! Till the next post! I’m doing a bunch of the events this week so I’ll def have more blog posts to write. Hope you all have a great weekend!