Leathers – Highrise The Black Queen – Secret Scream Joy Division – Transmission (2020 Digital Remaster) INXS – Black and White Bob Moses – Round & Round LM.ORG – Hidden Place Into A Forest Brokenchord – CHRCH always centered at night – transit Liela Moss – Vanishing Shadows Nocturnal Sunshine – Foundation Hot Chip – Line In The Sand (Alt Mix) Ladytron – City of Angels ††† (Crosses) – Light as a Feather Sons of Magdalene – Hold on Hold Still for a Second Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Wolf (Boy Harsher Remix) Leftfield – A Final Hit Odonis Odonis – Passing Us By Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11 (Ultraviolence Mix) Air – Blade ThxSoMch – SPIT IN MY FACE! Creux Lies – I Wish I Was You (Twin Tribes Remix) Depeche Mode – Rush (Spiritual Guidance Mix) EKKSTACY – i walk this earth all by myself Social Order – Boys R. Missing – Falling Girl Project Pitchfork – Rain VNV Nation – Control Love and Rockets – Kundalini Express Front Line Assembly – Provision Actors – How Deep is the Hole Nine Inch Nails – Physical (You’re So) Skinny Puppy – Dig It (12″ Anthology Mix)
I had been bugging the cover band the Hitmen to let me DJ with them for a few months. Up till then I had mainly worked at a mobile DJ company doing all kinds of events (even the Hands Across America event). The Hitmen would play for 40 minutes and a DJ would play for 20 minutes. It was at Maitia’s Basque restaurant which also had a full bar with a dance floor and stage. One Thursday there was no DJ. I saw my chance. I asked again…let me DJ and I will play the similar style music that you play and will not play any songs that you play. They were like will you help set up the PA. “Of course” was my answer. They said you start tomorrow (Friday).
Friday presented a problem. I was still a waiter at the Olive Garden and needed to give up that shift. A bigger problem was I didn’t have a DJ rig to use. I had a decent amount of vinyl but had way more CD’s as I had a nice home stereo and car stereo CD player so I went the CD route in the late 80s/early 90s when most were still lugging around crates of vinyl. Plus the DJ area was tiny…right next to the stage literally on the dance floor.
I took one of my milk crates (vinyl) and spray painted it black. I then went to Rent a Center across from the Ice House on Chester/W. Columbus and told them I needed to rent to own two CD players. They were confused on why I wanted two but they did it. I then went to Front Porch Music and talked to Artie and I think I didn’t have the money but after telling him the story up to this point he fronted me a Gemini PMX-25.
I stuffed the CD players in the milk crate and wired it up and had my first rig that I used for a decent amount of years. I had 2 skate boxes of CDs that I carried around which looked cool but was horrible on the CD cases. Later a friend Kat would give me another skate box so I was up to 3 skate boxes full of CDs.
I DJ’d that first Friday and made 150 bucks for helping to set up the PA and to DJ 20 minutes out of every hour starting at 9pm till 2am. I got free drinks and food too. I took my first two nights of pay and paid off the mixer and took the next weekend’s pay and paid off the CD players. I DJ’d Thur/Fri/Sat nights at 150 a night. It was the easiest gig I ever had. I lived close to the restaurant so I ate there quite often. If you have never had Bakersfield Basque food you would not understand.
I still have a couple tubs of CDs and am thinking about getting another milk crate/cd players/gemini mixer and re-creating my first setup just to have it around. I have a spot in my DJ room where I could put a small table and set it up with some CDs.
I used to DJ regularly in Bakersfield/San Luis Obispo at any club I wanted to, and I even did guest spots in Santa Barbara/San Francisco. But now, after being away from the club scene for so long I have the itch to start DJing again. I’m starting to do some streaming sets to build up an online audience, but I miss the fun of playing in a club. Being in a new city where I don’t know anyone, I am starting over with networking. I’m putting out some feelers to get to know the other DJs and club owners/managers. My goal is to do 1-2 nights a month, just as a hobby. My dream gig would be to DJ a dark wave or new wave night at a club a couple of times a month, or even to be the DJ who plays the opening set before the bands come on/in between bands. I know I still have the chops to work a dance floor.
I have been slacking. I was going to add a new song every day. Well, here is a post to get caught up. Adding six songs to get caught up to 14 songs on 10/14,
The Cramps – Zombie Dance Bauhaus – Bella Lugosi’s Dead Misfits – Dig up Her Bones Love and Rockets – Haunted When the Minutes Drag Ministry – Everyday is Like Halloween Siouxsie and the Banshees – Spellbound
DJ Lotus mix of darker/slower tempo/mood songs. Every Thursday Night 9pm Central.
I try to do a mix of older and somewhat current music. I am constantly looking for more music.
The Jesus And Mary Chain – Nine Million Rainy Days The Agnes Circle – Porcelain Joy Division – Decades The Cult – A Flower in the Desert Gary Numan – M.E. Vandal Moon – Hurt New Order – This Time of Night Chromatics – Kill For Love The Smiths – I Don’t Owe You Anything All Your Sisters – Come Feel Depeche Mode – Policy of Truth Cigarettes After Sex – You’re All I Want Sonic Youth – Superstar Bauhaus – The Passion of Lovers Mitski – My Love Mine All Mine Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas Cradle Of Thorns – Dreamland Cold Cave – Love Is All The Cure – 10:15 Saturday Night The Church – Reptile Orphia – I Hope You Die Alvvays – Dreams Tonite Red Lorry Yellow Lorry – Talk About The Weather Echo and the Bunnymen – The Killing Moon Sad Lovers and Giants – Things We Never Did The The – This Is the Day She Past Away – Ruh Dark – Forever Suffer Mazzy Star – Look On Down From The Bridge
Here is a heavy mix that I am working on. I want to get it up to over 2 hours.
Human Waste Project – Dog Korn – Clown Pantera – Cowboys From Hell Soundgarden – Rusty Cage Videodrone – Ty Jonathan Down Filter – Hey Man Nice Shot Stone Temple Pilots – Wicked Garden Tool – Intolerance Monster Magnet – Negasonic Teenage Warhead Orgy – Stitches White Zombie – More Human Than Human Cradle of Thorns – Flesh Gravity Kills – Guilty Alice in Chains – Bleed the Freak Marilyn Manson – Lunchbox Spike 1000 – Make Me Suffer Deftones – 7 Words Helmet – Unsung Danzig – Twist of Cain Electric Love Hogs – Tribal Monkey Ministry – Jesus Built My Hotrod Nine Inch Nails – Gave Up Velvet Revolver – Dirty Little Thing Skid Row – Monkey Business Rage Against the Machine – Know Your Enemy
From my Tuesday night flashback show. Random that Romeo Void was playing on this part of the video loop and even crazier how great Dramarama – Anything Anything works with this dance scene from the movie Reckless. The beat/attitude, the song sound change when he stops dancing, the guitar sound when he is shoved to the ground. It all works perfect.
In the 90s, during the dot-com era, I had the opportunity to propose my idea for a digital jukebox at the company that I worked at. Back then, jukeboxes played a significant role in bars, as they often determined whether the bar was a hit or a miss. Each jukebox had a unique selection of songs, providing insight into the bar’s atmosphere and the people who frequented it. Unfortunately, my idea did not come to fruition, as our company, like many others at that time, faced financial difficulties.
My concept involved implementing a digital jukebox system in bars. We would store the music library in a server room and allow bar owners to pick the jukebox’s song collection. The bar owners could choose the songs they wanted, which would then be loaded on the jukebox. Furthermore, they would have the flexibility to add or remove songs as they pleased but it would be a limited number of songs similar to a traditional jukebox.
This approach would have preserved the unique identity of each bar, with different establishments boasting different songs/themes. However, with the advent of high-speed internet and unlimited storage and streaming services, digital jukeboxes now have access to virtually every song or album ever recorded. Consequently, this has undermined the charm of the traditional dive bar jukebox experience. Nowadays, you’re just as likely to encounter a mix of Hank Williams Jr. and Justin Bieber songs in what was once a seedy dive bar where you might have stumbled upon classic tracks by Hank Williams Sr. or Patsy Cline.