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You don't have to dAnce
February 28, 2014 02:19 PM PST
Some classic disco, remixes, house, dance...but you don't have to dance...music!Remember APT
February 05, 2014 06:19 PM PST
Remember APT? I hope you’ve been around the NY scene long enough to appreciate that title. APT, also known as The Apartment, was a pinnacle establishment for my passion to be a professional DeeJay. DJ’ing was a fun bedroom hobby for me for many years before deciding to pursue a career in it. The NY “Club” scene of the late 80’s through the 90’s, was all but dead. More intimate lounges became the go to spots for partying in NYC, and for NY’s eclectic, eccentric, established, ambitious underground artist scene, APT was THE place to be for roughly 5 years (‘01-’06). It wasn’t for everybody, but then again what venue is. APT wasn’t interested in being just another top 40 lounge catering to the emerging “bottle service” scene. They decided rather to showcase some of NYC’s most eclectic spinners, along with a host of International DJ’s. And they would play whatever they wanted, with no interference from the crowd. The DJ booth would eventually have a “No Request” sign in front of it.
My introduction to APT was in the winter of 2001. My professional DJ career is barely 3 months old at this point. I was fortunate to have some early success. My first weekly DJ residency was at a new spot in Clinton Hill, known as The 5 Spot. One night while having a conversation with the owner, he recommended that I check out a DJ, who was also a friend of his from his native Philadelphia, Pa. The DJ’s name was Rich Medina. I was eager, so I took his advice and made my way to APT, where Rich spun tunes for his weekly Wednesday party. Easily one of the best decisions I’ve made. The scene was a racial & social mix of suit & tie execs parting alongside Timbaland boots, Air Force one’s, and wallabies and so on. A lot of people got turned away at the door, but for the fortunate who gained entry past the big black plain doors with no outside sign, it became a haven. Musically, there was no telling what you’d hear on a given night, it would be damn good though! So I was able to meet Rich, who was extremely gracious towards me, and my ambitions as a pro DJ. He was really building his name, as was APT. When I met him, I gave him a mixed CD of mine. I can remember it being a mix of jazz and funk primarily. That was the depth of my vinyl music collection at the time. He enjoyed the mix and in early 2002 he offered me the opportunity to open up for him at his party. It was huge break for me. I’d been a pro DJ for barely 10 months at this point, and I was invited to spin at one of the hottest, most talked about party’s in NYC. I can still vividly remember friends and associates reaction when I would told them I was going to be spinnin’ at APT, at Rich Medina’s party. That invite needed no second thoughts, practically everyone I invited showed up. And it was that Wednesday night that lit a fire in me to pursue my passion, at all cost. That night was a great success for me, and Rich would later offer me the opportunity again, a couple of months later. After the second occasion, I bought my first and till this day only set of Technic 1200 turntables, and sharpened my skills. APT definitely helped legitimize my reputation on the scene as a good DJ, and helped me get some bookings. To get on the set at APT really meant something on the scene.
Fast forward to February 2004, and I would once again get the opportunity to spin at APT, this time courtesy of DJ Kool Bob Love, aka Cucumber Slice, aka Bobbito Garcia. He hosted and spun his own weekly Monday night party @ APT, called “Waffles and Falafels”. You could actually buy some delicious waffles at the party. I believe they were apple cinnamon, came with ice cream, and it smelt and tasted deliscious. I decided to do something different with my DJ set this time around. I had recorded my previous live set at APT, but one thing I’d never done before as a DJ was practice and map out a set, and actually play it in the same fashion as I’d practiced it. A.K.A. perform a routine. This would be the first and only time to date that I’ve done this. The end result was a magical night, for the third time, on the set at APT. The live recording, simply entitled “Live @ APT” would become my most popular and signature DJ mix to date, live or otherwise. I burned countless CD copies of the mix and gave it to anyone interested. I’d been told a few times that my APT mix rocked quite a few house party’s. Once again, APT was the center-piece of my DJ world, further cementing my reputation. Years later I would become a resident DJ @ APT, and held that position until it closed its doors, in early 2009.
So to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of that live mix recording, and the venue that inspired it, I’m sharing it again for those who supported back then, and for those who will be hearing it now for the first time. I think it’s important to note, this mix is an ALL VINYL set. And I gotta give special shouts to the DJ’s who gave me the opportunity and platform to do my thing at this legendary venue. Rich Medina, Bobbito Garcia, DJ Angola, DJ $mall Change. There have been plenty of notable spots before and after APT’s existence, but this is the venue that really set it off for me. So yeah…I remember APT!Penthouse Vibes vol. III
January 09, 2014 10:58 AM PST
My latest installment of the "Penthouse Vibes" series.PentHouse Vibes vol. II
September 16, 2013 01:10 AM PDT
If you enjoyed vol. 1 I'm pretty sure you'll appreciate the 2nd installment.Penthouse Vibes
January 15, 2013 06:57 AM PST
Once a week, sometimes more...I set the musical mood at one of NYC's sexiest Penthouse lounges. I decided to put together a little mix/showcase of the musical mood I like to set. So as you listen to this just imagine yourself sippin' on something nice! talking to someone beautiful & cool, enjoying a lovely view! Because that's exactly what I'm doing...when I'm doin' this! A mix of something new, something old, something old that's been remixed, re-invigorated, re-imagined...
NYC Brooklyn native. I love to listen too and play funky music. Funky, for me encompasses many genres, it's all about the sound...the groove. As the son of an eclectic dj I am happy to carry that torch. Funk, soul, rock, reggae, hip hop, r&b, soulful, deep house, world music, classics...I love it all. I have additional mixes available for stream "Recycled Funk Radio" available anytime on the Giant Step Jukebox www.giantstep.net/artists/848 For you aspiring Dj's out there, you can catch me teaching the art of Dj'ing at Dubspot, in NYC. The best place to learn what it means to be a DJ. Check me out at WWW.OBAH.INFO peace, OBaH aka Olskool Beats and Harmonies
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