Sorry I’ve been MIA. Not that I have enough readers to complain or anything but I’ve been slammed preparing for the arrival of my family, the wife’s upcoming birthday and starting a company. Thanks to a friend, I’m getting a special treat today in that I get to go to a meet-and-greet with the guys that man the ship the Northwestern on the television show Deadliest Catch. These guys provide me with a lot of entertainment so I can’t wait to tell them thank you.
This September fans of guitar god Jimi Hendrix will have a chance to check out his London digs in honor of the 40th anniversary of his death. For me, Hendrix still lives because I find myself listening to his music and the artists he inspired with his amazing talent.
If I had a couple of Euros to spare, I would fly over to the other side of the pond just so I could be walk through the hallowed halls where one of my idols spent a lot of time. My hope would be that I would somehow be able to have a conversation with Jimi’s ghost so I can learn how to love my music with the same passion as Hendrix did.
Kudos to the people behind the live broadcast of the Trey Band show at the Hangout Festival on iClips.net. They did an excellent job and the coverage was smooth and seamless, unlike what was in Phish 3-D.
Featuring calm, flowing transitions, the people behind this production made it a pleasure on the eyes and I enjoyed every moment of it. Well done people, you’re art made my day.
Hopefully the next time Phish considers doing a movie or a live broadcast, they will find the people behind this production and hire them. Seeing sick footage and Trey Killing it was the best way I could have imagined ending my weekend.
Having grown up outside Philadelphia and been into hip hop almost all of my life it was literally impossible to not know who DJ Jazzy Jeff was because he and Will Smith had basically changed the game after coming out of nowhere to put Philly on the map.
The irony here is that although I was familiar with DJ Jazzy Jeff from the Fresh Prince material and I was a huge fan but I had no clue how his ridiculous skills as a DJ are and I definitely had no clue that he would go on to shape the rest of my musical life even though I had only met him once and our conversation consisted of me saying, “You are ridiculous” and him responding with his typical wit (as evidenced by his Twitter feed at @DJJazzyJeff215) “Thank you sir.” I was humbled to say the least.
My first up-close introduction to Jeff came at Space, a now defunct Philadelphia super-club that was fueled by sick beats and enough Exctasy to literally turn Philly into “The City of Brotherly Love.” When I first found out their was going to be a scratch-battle/competition, I wasn’t exactly thrilled at the concept as watching a bunch of local wannabes rip up the wax because I had been lucky enough to have spent the last couple of years hanging with some of the best DJs in the world.
Despite having hesitations, my decision to go to the event changed my musical landscape forever when I was pleasantly surprised when two of Philly’s (if not the world’s) best hip hop DJs took to the wax when Cash Money and Jeff spun back-to-back sets. At the time I was working for the online dance site, so I had front-row access and I was blown away by the way Jeff melted the decks and had the crowd rocking at every turn. I walked away from the night’s festivities with a new-found respect for Jeff and I quickly decided to make it a priority to watch him perform at other venues throughout the city.
Showing the perseverance and desire that DJs that have managed to make a career rocking the house through non-stop performing require, Jeff played Philly regularly so I got plenty of chances to see him do his thing. My second up-close experience with Jeff came at South Street’s legendary Fluid. If you don’t know why it’s legendary, think of a club that holds maybe 300 people max while having the world’s best DJs drop beats every night. Some of the local talent gracing Fluid’s decks included Josh Wink, King Britt and of course Jeff.
I will never forget the first time I saw Jeff spin at Fluid. I came in expecting hip hop and club set and left blown away by the fusion of R & B, tribal, house, disco, soul, hip hop and rap laid down by the man who continues to prove time and time again that he is hands-down one of the best DJs to have graced this planet. This was the night that I realized I could never be a DJ that spun just one style (like many other top DJs traveling the circuit) and I also came to the conclusion that any DJ who didn’t do what Jeff was doing were somewhat weak.
I’m not suggesting that other DJs can’t do the same thing he does from a technical standpoint, but there is natural flow to Jeff’s style that takes you on a musical trip typically inspired by the current city that is being captivated by his magic on the wax. It was something I had never seen a DJ do before and I’ve been lucky enough to see the elite face to face. Jeff crushed them likes grapes at a wine-making festival.
I knew from that point on that I would always aspire to be like my DJ hero. He was calm, cool, personable and level-headed every time I saw him perform throughout the city. Always respectful of the people that paid money to watch him do his thing, Jeff embodied (and continues to embody) the idea of what a DJ should be both professionally and personally. He loves his fans and treats them with respect and it shows when the crowd is at a fever pitch watching him cut back and forth on the “One’s and Two’s.”
Flash forward to Vegas for my third up-close interaction with Jeff, this times at a Vegas pool party. Annoyed and frustrated with local talent and their shitty song selections, I jumped at the chance to catch Jeff at the pool party. I have to admit his set was a little crazy and a departure from what I had seen him do back East, but it definitely worked with the Vegas fans and I was once again reminded how lucky I have been to literally stand five feet from Jeff a number of times and watch him do the things that I can only dream of. I always feel honored when I get to see the guy play that is the gold-standard in mixology. If they gave out awards for DJing, Jeff would have won the Nobel prize several times already.
My fourth and most current up-close session with Jeff came when he rocked Moon at the Palms. My wife and I were ten feet from him and I was quick to note that Kid Capri was in the house and watching his every move. Not only did Jeff drop his traditional style, he threw in mixes that had the crowd literally singing with every song. The energy was electric and the place exploded once he dropped into several mixes consisting of hip hop and old school disco. Although you might think this night couldn’t have gotten any better, things went insane when Capri joined Jeff on the wheels of steel going back-to-back. This night was the shit legends are made of. Once again, I left blown away at how one man could spread so much love in so little time while doing the thing he loved for a living.
Obviously, I’m a fan of DJ Jazzy Jeff and for good reason. If you think I’m just some crazy person who knows nothing about music, think again. DJ Jazzy Jeff is the “DJ’s DJ” and anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. He has stood the test of time and he continues to show the youngsters how a DJ should live both when it comes to their work ethic and in fans relations.
If you have any doubts about what I have written above or you think I’m wrong, do yourself a favor and catch Jeff the next time he is in town. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed. Ironically, as I post this, Jeff is rocking Ditch Fridays at the Palms.
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I admit I do not know everything. I admit that everyone sees things differently in life. I admit that all people have their own experiences and views on how life is and the way things should be. I admit that I should not care what others think.
I admit that I try not to act or speak out of ego, but I am not perfect. I admit that there are people out there that know more than me. I admit that I as much of as student as I am a teacher. I admit that the way I see things is not necessarily the way others see them. I admit that others are entitled to their opinions and I should be able to take constructive criticism without taking it personally.
With that being said, I do my best to write posts about the way I see things. This will not please everyone and there are plenty of haters out there that will take every opportunity they get to bring down a person who is trying to be creative (and honest).
I write on DJ Ocean’s World simply to entertain my readers, pass on a little knowledge and help myself cope with all of the thoughts racing in my head. In doing this, I willingly subject myself to the comments of others that might not understand who I am or where I am coming from, but the reality is that I’m not really writing for them. I’m writing to be creative and help those who can find any piece of useful information from my posts that might help them live a better life.
In other words, I’m trying to give back, but the people that leave negative comments don’t seem to get that. For those that hate and have negative things to say, I suggest you spend your time doing something constructive instead of wasting time hating on me. I’m all for constructive criticism but I will never understand the stupidity attacking someone because of their thoughts. My hope is that these people will eventually find something meaningful enough so that they can let go of their anger and move on.
My family and friends have always told me that if you don’t have something nice to say about someone keep your fucking mouth shut. This life lesson has served me well as I try to listen to what others say instead of applying my own warped perspective on how things should be. Hopefully most of my readers believe in this philosophy, but for those that don’t, your time is better spent doing other things than throwing your hate or malcontent at me.
If you don’t like something I post, do what Bruce Lee would do and take what you need and leave the rest. If you you still don’t see any value in what I write, then don’t waste your time coming to the site. There are definitely better things you can do with your time then sit and bitch about one man’s thoughts that you find on the Internet.