Orlando’s Milk District
Last Saturday night, I performed a DJ gig in Orlando’s Milk District.
Why the name “Milk District”? Because this business section exists behind the TG Lee milk company.
My gig happened at Sandwich Bar, a joint owned by Mathew Scot.
Due to a schedule conflict, my gig almost received a cancellation. A private graduation party happened. Still, because the party ended around 12, Mathew allowed me to “spin” anyway.
Because I came early, I dropped off my gear at Sandwich Bar and took a walk down The Milk District.
Next door, Spacebar held a weekly event called Bring Your Own Vinyl.
Each person brings in five records to spin.
After a short stay, I left and continued walking down The Milk District.
The Milk Bar: I drunk beer here twice before. The people are usually cool.
Sports Town Billiards: I think I’ve been here twice. I don’t know how long the joint existed here. I’m guessing over two decades.
Bull & Bush, an English pub: 2004 was the last time I was here. Folks here are usually friendly also.
I walked back to Sandwich Bar.
Sandwich Bar contains the best sound I ever worked with.
First, I gave credit to the speakers located high above in the corners.
Yet, Mathew (also known as DJ Tard) explained the system even more.
I noticed the photos on the wall.
Yet, I never thought anything of the wall itself. For sound, cork was placed on the walls on purpose.
Then, there was the ceiling. I forgot what these were called. Yet, special cloth is used for sound purposes also.
After the low-attended party, a few people remained. I kind of screwed up, tho. Because the previous two DJs (both women) played mostly house music, I attempted following with house and dance music. I kept screwing up with the crossover fades. Then, someone asked me to play “Diamond Girl”, an 80s club tune by Nice N Wild. Interesting enough, back in the 80s, I saw that same group in a club located not too far from The Milk District. It’s now known as Roxy’s. Back then it was known as Scats. “Diamond Girl” saved my DJ gig.
Next, I played more Latin Freestyle music. Some women danced to it.
Next, another guy asked me to play Morrisey. I guess some folks wouldn’t expect a black man to have Morrissey. Yet, I played Morrissey’s “Suedehead”.
During my last half hour, I started a hip-hop set with The Root’s “You Got Me”.
Because of my flexibility with music, Mathew invited me back for more Saturday nights. I’m game.