Tune Talk: Disco Delight

How has it been that I’ve had this blog for over a year and haven’t posted yet about tunes? I as a DJ have failed you! I LOVED making mix tapes for my friends and boyfriends when I was in middle and high school. Waiting for the exact moment to press play at the start of the song on the radio was exhilarating.  It took anywhere from 3-6 hours of listening to the radio to create one tape. Ahhh sweet satisfaction.

After Napster boomed and iTunes came about, it was easy (AND legal…AHEM) to download songs, create playlists, and burn CDs. I did this religiously. Making personalized CDs was my jam and if you got one you were hella important to me. ❤ I always wanted to work on soundtracking for films, but that’s a job usually reserved for   THEE director, and one doesn’t really get a job working on soundtracks unless you are a musician and composer and compile your own score. It’s no wonder that I became a DJ so that I could explore songs and share them with people for their own enjoyment.

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ENTER DISCO. Ahhhh the glamorous life of Disco. I love it all. The glitz. The lights. The vibe. How it’s ALL INCLUSIVE – any sexual orientation, race, or gender can enjoy it (though it was mocked largely by white cis-gendered males who loved rock n roll and felt threatened by their own homophobia, but THAT will be for a later post). I never knew how much I needed or loved disco, until I came to San Francisco. THERE ARE SO MANY JAMZ I don’t even know where to begin. But if you follow me on Spotify, you can explore my Disco Delight playlist below.

Get lost in disco, envision yourself on the dancefloor with the lights, the people, the energy of the tunes! Ahhhh. Speaking of disco parties, Go Bang! is San Francisco’s BEST disco party, and tomorrow is the 9th anniversary! My bud and Bedazzler better half, Sergio, taught me how to mix and I’ve DJed Go Bang many times in the past. What a wonderful celebration that this party has been around just shy of a decade. WOW! That’s impressive. He throws it with legendary disco DJ, Steve Fabus, who has been behind the decks since the 70’s in Chicago, NYC, and SF, and their good friend Prince Wolf. The people who attend this party are amazing, the music literally RULES, and it feels like a time capsule – transporting you back in time to another dimension where love is love is love and everyone is equal on the dance floor.

Can I just also say that disco fashion is AMAZING and always plays an influence with my wardrobe – velvet, glitter, gold, SEQUINS! Need I say more?!

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More talk of tunes will be had in the future, xo.

 

Gaying the weekend away

Last Friday was the birthday party of my BeDazzler better half, Sergio! And what better way to celebrate than by having a FULL BLOWN happy hour, djed by your best musical friends, at a gay bar?! Sergio plans a similar bday party every year so it was a grand ole time, as was expected, at his favorite place The Powerhouse!

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My favorite part about djing at The Powerhouse is that I get to play behind a cage (you can kinda see it behind me to my right in the bottom photo). Also, there is only one big open bathroom (and it’s usually filled with mostly men) so I have to ask someone to stand guard if I need to take a pee break (ya know, because I have a VAGINA).

I love playing with Sergio as part of The BeDazzlers and thoroughly enjoyed curating his bday music selection! Also, the lovely Gareth Gooch was the photog of the evening. He always takes fabulous event pics and is the sweetest.

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On Sunday I was asked to play for the season closer of Daytime Realness – the SCREAMSON FINALE, over at El Rio. I jumped on the opportunity immediately because I just love Stanley Frank. He has amazing music selection that influenced me back when I first started to dj. He doesn’t live in SF anymore but comes up from LA occasionally so it was fun to play together again! Not to mention, I have a drag crush on Heklina! SHE IS SO AMAZING if you love drag and live in the Bay area and DON’T know of Heklina – GET ON THAT! Sergio and I see Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes every Holiday season with our friend, Brian (ITS TRADITION PEOPLE) staring Heklina as Dorothy OF COURSE. (But more on THAT later…)

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It rained a ton on Sunday which caused a smaller crowd, but it was intimate and fun regardless! Plus seeing Tom Temprano dance around in little booty shorts and a wig was just darling (VOTE for him for College Board 2016 people!!). AND – I finally played alongside Vin Sol (who is a pretty DAMN popular dj as well) and we danced to the highlight song of the day, Teardrops (see below)! (Vin dates my hairstylist, Rachel, and I think they are absolutely adorbs.) It was a fab weekend with friends, drag, and dancing!

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I’ve arrived, people.

ENJOY! Disco and love for all ❤