One Hundred Eighty-One.
Wednesday, 2014.06.04, 1:51 PM CST.
to the Prom" - a very special event, and my return to the world
of MOBILE DJING!!!
Current Mood: More than a little
Current Scent: Higher by Christian Dior.
years and years, I've been doing club gigs here and there, but I've
also been saying, "Someday soon, I'm going to get back into mobile
"No, really, this will be the year."
"I miss mobile DJing so much, I'm just going to start doing it
again," etc., etc.
this year, I decided that I was finally going to do it. No more
waiting. I just didn't know what I would do for a "first"
gig. Well, an opportunity presented itself and I've taken it.
Taylor. She's a wonderful young lady from Chelsea, Oklahoma
- very selfless, very sweet, and really an awesome person from what
I've experienced in my conversations with her.
she also has epilepsy and an additional disorder called POTS (Postural
Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) which only complicates matters.
here's the story as I understand it: Taylor was on her high school
prom committee, and they hired a DJ for the prom, and the powers-that-be
at the school assured Taylor that there wouldn't be a strobe
light, because stroboscopic light can set off seizures in those who
are prone to them.
Taylor showed up at her prom... and the DJ had a strobe light.
Taylor had a seizure. Her friends went up to the school representatives
there and asked them to have the DJ shut off the strobe light.
(There were plenty of other lights there which weren't causing issues.)
The school reps refused.
had to leave her prom. Her friends - who apparenty are also VERY
awesome - refused to stay at the prom, leaving with her to keep her
mom and dad went to the school to ask the school reps to have the DJ
turn off the strobe so their daughter could enjoy the prom with the
other kids. Guess what?
school reps refused again.
to what I've been told, they told Taylor's parents that they weren't
shutting off the strobe light... after Taylor had been promised that
a strobe light wouldn't even be running in the first place.
if you're anything like me, you're thinking: "Wow.
Those douches." And you know what? You're right.
my wife heard about this story, and she proceeded to let me know about
it... and I decided to do something about it. I got in touch with
Taylor's mom and explained that if she could find a venue for a party,
I would provide my DJ services, with an AWESOME light system that would
be still be safe for her daughter... for no charge. Zero.
way I saw it, Taylor and her friends deserved to be able to attend an
entire prom... and I figured I could probably do a better job than whatever
yahoo the school had hired for the original prom.
also got in touch with a friend of mine - photographer Brittany Murphy
- and she said that she would supply photography services for free as
well! So, a whole plan was coming together.
decided that not only would she have the party for her and her friends,
but she also invited other high schoolers in the POTS/epilepsy community.
Local homeschooled students expressed interest in attending as well,
since they didn't get a prom of their own. So, Taylor opened up
the party to those kids, too.
I said... Taylor seems pretty awesome.)
without any request or suggestion on my part, Taylor raised the awesomeness
level even FURTHER by telling her mom that she wanted a lot of the music,
decorations, etc., to be 80S-THEMED!!!
that's how we came up with "Back to the Prom."
to the Prom" - which Taylor also named! - will be the first "prom"
that I've DJed in over a decade. Although I've become more and
more known as a "retro DJ" in the club community, I have also
held an appreciation for a lot of modern dance music. (In the
early 2000s, I really lost hope for dance music... but that's turned
around.) I have some great modern music, and I'm planning on buying
quite a bit more before this event. I'm aiming for about 50% new
stuff, 50% 80s classics. :)
just like usual, I will NOT be DJing from a laptop or MIDI controller.
No sync buttons. No easy ways out. I'll be playing this
gig - even the NEW music - using REAL VINYL, with the occasional CD
when I need to.
will be pure, raw, manual mixing, "without a safety net."
Just like I like it.
party is being held at a venue in Chelsea on June 21st. It's going
to be the biggest "mobile" event that I've done in a very
long time... and I can't properly express in words how excited I am
hope to give more details soon! This is going to be INCREDIBLE!