One Hundred Ninety-Three.
Tuesday, 2015.09.08, 7:10 PM CST.
the reins of the ResurXtion event series.
Current Mood: Busy. Busy,
busy, busy, exhausted... oh, yeah, and busy.
Current Scent: Sander for Men by Jil Sander.
have been extremely fortunate as of late, at least in a few special
ways. Earlier this year (maybe March or early April), I was approached
by longtime Tulsa DJ Jessy James about his "ResurXtion" series
of events - retro-focused events (mainly 80s/90s) with NO COVER CHARGE
held every month at Lot No. 6, just east of 6th + Peoria. He was
going to be out of the area for a while (for job purposes) and wanted
to see if I could take over the events.
Jessy and I are very similar. We've both been at this for over
twenty years, we both love DJing with real vinyl as often as possible,
we both have MASSIVE music collections, and we both dig a lot of the
same types of music. As it turns out, we've even discovered that
we were born in the same month of the same year - only two or three
I had heard great things about Jessy in the past, but hadn't DJ alongside
him until last November, when we got to work in the same room of a special
Fur Shop/Propaganda anniversary event last November. I was impressed,
not only with the amount of music the guy had, but also his professional
attitude and his friendly demeanor. He didn't have a prima donna
attitude, he wasn't one of those guys who had to get drunk to have a
good time, and he seemed genuinely happy to be sharing his music with
the crowd. We weren't exactly the same about everything...
but it certainly seemed like we were kindred spirits, enough that I
regretted not having worked with him in the past.
back to the offer to take over ResurXtion. At first, I thought
about it and declined. I was just starting my new company, Awesome
Retro DJ, and I really didn't think I would have much time to work
the ResurXtion events as well. Plus, I had never been to Lot 6,
and I didn't know what kind of place it was going to be.
in April, I got the chance to DJ at Jessy's last ResurXtion event (for
a while) - ResurXtion 14: "Our Last Dance Together," a special
night focused on the music of the Cure. I performed alongside
Jessy and DJ Axis (whom I'd known for years), and I had a blast!
a few weeks, with the encouragement of my wife Lanna, I decided to let
Jessy know that I'd changed my mind and that I would be happy to take
over ResurXtion. Jessy and I met up again at Lot 6 to discuss
the details, and I brought along a tentative version of the ResurXtion
15 poster (see the above photo, taken by Kimberly Poplin).
missed one month - May 2015 - for planning. On June 27th, however,
I brought ResurXtion back with a vengeance with ResurXtion
15: Depeche Mode Tribute Night 1.5. I kept the current
ResurXtion co-DJ Axis (a great guy as well!) aboard, and I brought in
special guest DJ Sokmonkey from OKC, an awesome dude with whom I had
worked before at Assimilation and 80s Prom. I started an aggressive
(but not obnoxious) marketing campaign to spread the word, and Jessy
was kind enough to provide his contacts and tips for what had worked
well so far.
James and I
at ResurXtion 14: "Our Last Dance Together" (Cure
Photo by Shanna Marlin.
at ResurXtion 15: Depeche Mode Tribute Night 1.5
Photo by Chris Eastman for Destroyer X Productions.
happy to report that the night was a success. We very possibly
had more individuals at ResurXtion 15 than any previous ResurXtion party,
and I had a GREAT time. We followed that up with a party called
"One Night in
Rio" - A DJ Tribute to Duran Duran on July 18th. That
one went smashingly as well.
in August... we had a BEAST of a party - ResurXtion
17: "Madly MaXimum - Party Road," a massive Mad
Max-themed event. I told myself that I was going
to make August's ResurXtion one of the biggest parties of the summer,
presented by anyone, bar none. With the help of Jessy and Vanessa
Somerville (owner of Lot 6), we put together one hell of a night.
DJed along with Axis and special guest DJ Bone!! from OKC. I brought
the legendary Mr. Crispy in to do live firebreathing in the street.
The lovely Kaysea Barlass from Flow Time Hoops was doing fire hoop dancing
and LED hoop dancing. We had vendors from Tulsa Obscura and OKC's
Element 18 selling jewelry, art, and lots of other stuff. A gentleman
named Chris Kunstler was kind enough to rent out his custom bubble-top
Mad Max-themed car to park in front of the place for people
to pose for pictures with. We even had a slew of visitors from
the Ozark Wastelander Society, a post-apocalyptic cosplay crew who were
just crazy... in all the good ways.
was phenomenal - the most successful ResurXtion so far, by far.
Even before it occurred, Jessy and I decided that this would be the
first annual "Madly MaXimum," and "Madly MaXimum - Beyond
Partydome" is already planned for next August.
I now find myself in control of one of the most established monthly
retro nights in the city, and I am GEEKED about it. 80s/90s
nights are my specialty, so having a (mainly) 80s/90s monthly event,
around which I have been granted significant creative control, is a
pretty major deal for me. The next ResurXtion, a New Order/Joy
Division-related party called "Bizarre Dance Triangle," is
scheduled for September 19th, and it's already gearing up to be incredible,
with longtime Tulsa DJ Sam Propst joining Axis and myself.
you like classic 80s/90s dance tunes, awesome remixes, and fun dance
nights served up by real, experienced DJs with no cover charge... I
highly encourage you to check out ResurXtion - usually on the
third Saturday of every month at Lot No. 6, just east of Peoria on 6th
For more information about RESURXTION, visit our site at resurxtiontulsa.com.
(Or, if that domain name ever stops working, the page can also be found
as usual for the support... more soon!