What a great night. I pulled up to a random warehouse in Downtown LA and it felt like I was teleported back in time to the mid 90’s. The location was epic. When you walked in there was that immediate rush of nostalgia. It was an awesome to witness. Jason Blakemore was on deck when I get there and he was getting the crowd moving. My old friend Mickey Flair was acting as MC and he ran the countdown right before my set. You can hear the countdown in the set below. I came on and just dropped the tech house bangers and the vibe was just incredible. What a way to bring in 2019. An excellent time.
It was another beautiful day in the park as we celebrated the last re:love of 2018. It has been quite a year. One thing I am going to miss while living here on this beautiful island is DJing with my re:love crew. I loved playing back to back with Tony, Bret, Jason and the crew. I started off the set playing the first 3 songs and then Tony followed me up and we switched things back and forth. Bret even got in on the action dropping some fire during the middle of this set. If you are looking for some park vibes to fill your day look no further.
I don’t know how to start this. It’s been a crazy couple of months that is for sure. I guess a good place to start is how this happened. I was in Maui in October . I am sure many of you saw my pictures and posts. My wife and I vacationed there with our good friends Tony Gamboa and Christie Esparza. It was a wonderful holiday. I have been to Hawaii several times starting in 2000 when I first went out for Reza for Love Festival. Hawaii has been one of my favorite places to vacation. I just love it there. The vibe, the people, the food, the culture. I was in Maui in 2006 with my family and I went into a book store in Lahaina and purchased a book “So You Want To Live in Hawaii”. I have often daydreamed about moving to the islands. So, while I was out there in October I went on indeed.com and found a couple of positions that would fit my skillset. I applied, thinking that of course nothing would happen. It’s just a dream, but I loved the fantasy. Well, when we got back to LA, I got a call from Hawaii Health Systems and was asked if I wanted to interview. It took a couple of weeks but on November 19th I interviewed with them. I was celebrating my birthday in Tucson and was driving up when I had to do my interview. I stopped by a Marriott in Phoenix and asked to use their conference room and was able to be interviewed without disruption for my allotted hour. A little over 2 weeks later, my wife and I were at work when the call came. I took it in private and expected the “It was really nice interviewing you but we went with a different candidate” call back that usually happens in situations like this but to my absolute surprise, they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Earlier this week I got my official offer and I am proud to say that on 01/14/2019 I will be the Director of IT for Hawaii Health Systems. Crazy.
So right now I am in the middle of preparing for my new life. Shipping out my car, booking flights, getting a rental,, packing, purging and selling things. It has been a whirlwind. My wonderful wife will have to stay back for a few months to get the dogs ready, get our house ready to rent out and all the little details of uprooting. So many details in making this move. It will be very hard to be away from my wife and fur babies for a few months but I have a lot to do when I get there. Start a new job, settle into our new place. All of that. Just thinking about it is daunting.
The hardest part of this is leaving my friends and family. Especially my mom. We are super close and thinking of not being a short drive away to see her is a bit maddening. But I got a two year plan and I plan on visiting regularly.
I don’t have a lot of time to say my goodbyes to everyone I would like to but I have a few gigs coming up and I would love to see you at one of them. I will also be having 2 going way events. A park party on the January 6th and a beer and vinyl social on Dr. Freeclouds on January 11th. Kim and I would love to see you before my departure. I plan on coming back to LA a few times a year. We both hope to come back for Slinky in May to help celebrate the 20th Slinky event.
2018 was a crazy year. A lot happen to me professionally and personally. Most of it was good but it is still a lot of change to process. Last night I DJed at Teleport and people started to really say their goodbyes to me. It was rough. Everyone is happy for me but there is still something very bittersweet about all this. To be honest though, I think this is good for me. I hope then when I do come back to LA to visit and DJ that those events will be special. I think it will be different for me to to be around the scene in LA every weekend. The scene has given me so much. It has provided so many lifelong friendships. It is hard to say goodbye. Which is why I am just staying I will see you later.
I do look forward to getting involved in the scene in Hawaii. I already have some gigs there that I will be announcing soon. Since I will probably be DJing less I plan on really focusing on music production. It will be nice to focus on some studio work.
Well, yeah. I am leaving. And yeah part of me is sad. Really fucking sad. But to me this is a huge personal challenge. I willed this situation into existence and now that it is actually here, I have to try. If I didn’t go for this I will always wonder “what if” and I have never wanted to live a “what if” life. So to my friends in LA. When I am in town next, come find me. Come give me a hug and dance with me.
I really do love Tucson. There is something magical about that area. When the opportunity came about for a bunch of fellow DJ friends from LA would caravan to Tucson, rent a house and celebrate my birthday weekend, well it was a no brainer. My birthday is on 11/16 so we we took the drive out there on my b-day. It was me, my wife, Bernard Thomas and his girl Kathleen. We rented a car and headed out. We got in after dark and headed to the rental house. It was beautiful. Right outside of Tucson. There were 4 couples staying there. Kind of at The Big Chill vibe going on.
The next day we went into town and went to my buddy Ronnie’s spot called “Batch” which is a Donut Shop and Whiskey Bar in the same establishment. It is awesome. Got to see him and his lovely wife and they just hung around the downtown area for a few hours. Afterwards we headed back home. Since I was closing the party I decided to disco nap while everyone was at the party. I got picked up around 3:30am and headed to the Galactic Center. What a great venue. The event was going down with plenty of people still feeling it. I did my think until the wee hours and below is that set. Dougal was on before me and he was playing some great stuff so I kinda went with his vibe during the beginning of my set. Afterwards I ended up at the Waffle House well because the “Waffle House”
The next evening after everyone recovered we had a pretty epic house party in the rental I ended up DJing some 80’s music and just hung out with friends. On Monday we headed out but I had to stop in Phoenix on the way back so I could interview for a job in Hawaii….more on that in the next blog post.
I can’t believe I forgot to post this. This was so much fun. I was very honored to be asked to play at Nocturnal Wonderland and to be with some of my good friends hanging out at the Camp OG campsite was just the icing on the cake. I got into the camp a few hours before the doors opened on Saturday. I chilled out with the homies and shared a few brews before heading into the event. I was on second on the art car and Subcoder was dropping some great breaks before me.
I had no idea what I was going to play so my set is a bit all over the place. Some old school house, some bass house and some tech house all blended together. The vibes were great. It was great to see so many familiar faces mixed in with the younger generation. After my set, my wife and I wandered around the party checking things out. We ran into Pasquale and I had an opportunity to thank him for keeping this going and always taking care of the old school. He really does make sure we are taken care of. All in all, it was a great time at Nocturnal and I hope it wasn’t the last time. Hope you enjoy the set.