I toggle between these two spaces often. Between defeating my own lack of confidence, I find the courage not only to continue to promote my endeavors, but also encourage those looking to pursue theirs. These are not easy tasks. We are all faced with challenges that could easily prevent us for wanting to continue. But then there is love.
Today I found out one of my nights had not only garnered a liquor sponsor, but an increase in the budget. I share this update with you, simply to say, a little consistency and focus can create opportunities, that may have looked like dead ends .Close your eyes and imagine, then open them and create a way. #Boozeandboogie is held at The Charleston 2076 N. Hoyne, Chicago, the last monday of the month 2/26.
Everyone is grandstanding for impressions. I no longer care whether you think I'm dope, capable, cute, old, done or dumb. We put far more energy than ever before into collecting people and competing for no more than a like. And one has to ask what does it lead to? Me spending more time sitting and nursing you into likeability, when I have work to do!? This isn't to suggest that you don't use social media, but that wait to SEE who approves will kill your dreams. Drop and go. Keep going. Maybe I'm speaking to myself, I have no problem with that. Someone is fueling your need to be validated, by people who have no control over your destiny. If you linger too long you'll end up missing the two beings who do... YOU AND YOUR GOD!
Tis libra season and time is high to get productive and proactive. In line with this effort I have a few collaborative projects I am really excited about...
Chicago creates soul, of course Fathom Dj and Boogie Nite understand this. Merging the influences of funk, soul, disco and soulful house, Boogie takes Fathoms beats and slams multi instrumentation on top. Friday Nite Africa will grab the ears of the music collector and dance floor junkie alike. Coming soon to digital sources....
What happens when 2 Chicago dj / producers collide? Soulful tunes that speak to the history of Chicago music and most certainly Chicago House Music. Fathom Dj and Boogie Nite are feverish about setting new precedences and Vibez & Vibez & Vibez does just that! Coming soon to digital outlets near you….
Once again Fathom Dj combines forces with Discopoet Khari B, Shawn Wallace and this time singer songwriter Lady J (Jocelyn Winston), Junius Paul on Bass and Fred jackson on flute, to create a danceable duet about chancing on love in the club. Chicago soulful house music at it's finest. Coming soon to digital sources ....
Fathom Dj along with her creative comrades Discopoet Khari B, Shawn Wallace AND Avery R. Young, push the narrative of Chicago Music a bit further. This busty anthem touches Chicago's spoken word, blues, soul, gospel and most certainly house music roots. Coming soon to online sources near you... I AM!
.Anyone who has had a conversation with me knows how I feel about facebook and what I call "the birthday parade".
One of the many things that annoys me is those who parade around social media begging for attention, based on the fact that it's their bday. Not only did I make the decision to hide my bday, but vowed to not celebrate it publicly. After getting down to the week before my bday, I decided to invite a few friends, colleagues and family to The Charleston, for what ended up being more than a simple drink.:) I curated a playlist specifically of my favorite artists, disco edits and such. Feel free to take the journey to youtube or spotify and listen to the #BoozeandBoogie playlist.
Thanks to Sarah, Sol and those who joined us, for what became an official birthday party for me. I'm still smiling based on the surprise that started with a simple invite for 1 drink!
Consider joining us 10/30 for another #BoozeAndBoogie session for #scorpioseason!!
Monday a patron (aa) sat and pretty much rocked with us all night. Towards the end of my set he asked, do you play this great music at the black venues you spin regularly? My reply I try. We both sighed of embarrassment. #whichboxareYOUin #didYOUbuildit#ordoYOUmaintainit? #boozeandboogie
In Chicago SOME folk need to be sold on what they are getting before they show up (social media whoas).
Last night we had another booze and boogie session. After getting quite a few compliments on the selections, I decided to start publishing a playlist of the tunes here that I run (per event) and on youtube.
Uncle Sam (Original Mix) Jet
Negro Muzic Glenn Underground
All Is Full Of Love (Miquifaye Vocal) Anthony Nicholson & Jaidene Veda
Come Into My House Queen Latifah
Get Your Money will.i.am
Kissing Strangers (Ralf Gum & Crisp Original Club Mix) Ralf Gum feat. Monique Bingham
Can You Feel It (Original Afro Samba Mix) Carlos Francisco
Beat Goes On Ripple
Queixme (MAW - kuts mix) Tom & Joyce
Beng Beng Beng Femi Kuti
Talk to Me Third World
I Can't Get No Sleep Tonight (Original) Monodeluxe
Get On Up, Get On Down Roy Ayers
Voices Inside My Head (Roger Sanchez Mix) Police
swimming places Julien Jabre
Do You Have It (Maurice Joshua Remix) DJ Spen, LeRoyal, Maurice Joshua
Your Ways The Jacksons
Glamorous Life Shela E
It Must Be Magic Teena Marie
Am I Wrong (feat. ScHoolboy Q) [Explicit] Anderson Paak
It Seems To Hang On Ashford & Simpson
Get Lucky (Clean) Daft Punk ft Pharrell Williams
Hold On (feat. Sampha) Sbtrkt
Until The Dawn (Milk And Honey Pt. 2) The Foreign Exchange
Take Me To My Love (Ralf GUM Main Mix) Ralf GUM feat Monique Bingham
Jimmy go n=boom james brown rmx
The Trumpeter (Original) - 4A Ray Foxx
Never Figure Out (Stimming Remix) Rasmus Faber feat. Emily McEwan
In My Heart (Original Mix) Sean Ali, Munk Julious, Rona Ray
Lettin' Go! Janelle Monáe
Baby Gets High Peter Brown
Burnin' Up Imagination
Afro Jump (Afro-Jump-Uptown Remix) Solodinjgo
Walk Right Now Jacksons
I Kendrick Lamar
American Boy (118 bpm)INTRO - 8A Estelle & Kanye West
Beat Goes On (feat. Kanye West) Madonna
Dirty Low Down Boz Skaggs
Do I Do Stevie Wonder
Jamiroquai - Blow Your Mind (FFS & JRG Rework)
Hey Love Quadron
Lite Spots KAYTRANADA
it's the falling in love (mikeandtess edit) Michael Jackson
Chameleon [Unmixed] Pregunta
Funky Nassau (Part 1) The Beginning Of The End
Erykah Badu - (one) 20ft Tall (De Spice Rub) - Uncle D
CONVERTION - LETS DO IT (KRYSTAL KLEAR NY MIX)
Apache Sugarhill Gang
Treat'em Right Chubb Rock
A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays" (Disco Fever Mix) De La Soul
Superstarr Pt. Zero K-OS
Blame it on the boogie The Jacksons Liquid Spirit Gregory Porter
The Spinners - Its a Shame (The Groove Supplier Remix)
Call The Law Outkast Feat. Janelle Monáe
We Trying To Stay Alive – Clean
DAngelo - Betray My Heart (Chillhop Edit)
Free Your Dreams Chantae Cann
Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly Lizz Wright
Of course the goal is to get you to come and join us on the last monday of the month, which is 8.28.17 at The Charleston 2076 N Hoyne Chi 9p.
Yes, I don't really care to socialize electronically much. I prefer to look folk in their faces physically. The issue with this is most folk are in public gazing in their fons. I too struggle.(lbs)
Please take this for inspiration though it may come off harsh.I am not the perfect dj, and yes art is subjective! Just this afternoon, I decided instead of roaming through the radio stations (educating myself on random tunes), while driving to Evanston (which is beautiful this time of year) I would listen to mixes that other “dj’s” had given me recently. Though I will not name names (I could LOL), I was utterly disappointed to find that these individuals either are not mixing at ALL or doing it poorly. Having come from being awed on the dance floor and wanting to convey the feelings that one LIL LOUIS happened to evoke in me (as a kid), I became obsessed with listening to and figuring out how dj’s transitioned from one song to another. I was slow about calling myself a dj because I knew that Chicago was (and still is) a breeding ground for dj’s AND of course harsh critics. When one comes from vinyl; straight arm pitched dial tables, to standard technic 1200′s, to cdjs, up to mixing software (serato), you learn the ropes. The entire trip is MOSTLY based on tuning ones ear, translating through the equipment to the crowd.Of course there has been many debates about technologies influence and the trend of djing, with everyone from random celebrities, to little kids playing dj hero, assuming that they can rock a party. My issue is TITLE. In my opinion if you aren’t even attempting to MIX 2 mp3s, vinyl or cds TOGETHER seamlessly (or close), you are not “MIXING” and I’d almost go as far as to say NOT DJING. Scratching, transitioning, even dropping tracks, ON BEAT is a part of the art. I even respect cats hollering (though I hate the air horn) over tracks when transitioning from song to song. Titling yourself as a “dj” and getting gigs to play out and simply playing one song after the other without honing and using the skill as stated above is NOT DJING (in my opinion). Call it selecting, call it hosting or toasting. When i think mix cd’s i think MIXING. A cd with spaces (dead air) between each song is not a mix it’s a compilation. I don’t care if you have the hottest music taste, find the rarest grooves, unearth every bob marley and michael jackson tune never heard.People need to know that mixing and djing is an art and learn the true fundamentals. You only add to why ipods can easily be used to replace dj’s doing otherwise.Listen to your tunes and find out what sounds similar and work on mixing and transitioning. No one is perfect at it and yes some rely heavily on editing or djing software instead training their ears.I am applying this way of thinking to my next endeavor (production) as well stay tuned!Even the best of the best can learn new and different things, I love this cat and his videos! Peep and be inspired!If you want it to be real work at it. There are far too many ways to learn.
This past Monday was the beginning of my new monthly residency at the charleston in bucktown/wicker park. It reminds me of my beginnings at Buddha Bar. Yes BAR not lounge. Simply put a place to get free. If you are lucky you might have a spot where you can navigate the journey and the patrons allow it. This unfortunately is not the norm for djs anymore. People have gotten so demanding, they expect the dj to spin everything they want to hear. This most certainly works for weddings, birthday parties and corporate events. Uh huh bookings that PAY you to play exactly what they want. The current club, lounge and bar scene has allowed people to navigate the musical journey, which has eliminated taste-making. Taste-making, no requests, simply the dj and their history and experiences leading to all things fresh. The god son sol nakai, dj and producer knows of this first hand. I think this in part of the reason why he invited me to join him and his long time friend Sarah for their Monday vibe building. And vibe building we did and shall..
At the end of this week, we break new ground. Khari B. (Discopoet) and I have known each other longer than I can remember. If we didn't cross paths anywhere else, we would meet on the dance floor. And the boogie IS still for real. We have worked together on more than a few occasions, as I have provided the soundtrack for events he has hosted and performed. We recently joined forces on stage, to create a bit of an impromptu jam session for Brews, Brats and Brass. What's different now? We have added making a music together to our evolving conquests. Working with Khari affords me to be craft quietly and strategize. I love the idea that I can simply whisper and he nods.
when i come to the jam