Archive for May 2013

Photographing Downtown Orlando’s The Beacham

May 23, 2013

Last weekend, The Beacham hired me to photograph patrons.  An Orlando nightclub, The Beacham exists in the downtown area.

First, I searched for the cheapest parking.  Parking usually runs between five to ten dollars.  I found a five dollar spot.

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When you show them the receipt, The Beacham reimburses you for five dollar parking.

As you see by the sign, Fridays are Ladies Night. Women drink free all night.  Saturdays are free drinks before eleven.  Sunday is the Latin night’s all you can drink.

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Back in 2011, The Beacham was named Best Nightclub by the Orlando Sentinel.

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Just like with the first few, the following photos are taken by my cellphone.  I’ll post pro-photos at another time.

Fridays and Saturdays are predominately African-American.

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On stage, you see the DJ and two dancers.  Also, high on the walls are huge video screens.

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Richie Rich is the DJ.

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For Latin night, I didn’t get the DJ’s name.  Yet, I did photograph the two Latin dancers onstage.

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Latin Club dancer

Because the place enjoyed my photos, The Beacham hired me again for the following weekend.

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DJ schools and other scams

May 22, 2013

When it comes to DJ schools, I’ll let this guy do the talking.

Not Your Jukebox

Over the years quite a few people have offered me money to teach them how to DJ, a few have even suggested that I start my own DJ school. My answer is always the same, I can’t in good conscious charge people money to teach them what they should teach themselves for free. Now that DJing has saturated the mainstream there have been an abundance of people looking to learn the trade and an increase of organizations willing to take their money. In theory, DJ schools seem to have value, but in reality they are generally not worth the money they extort from eager would-be DJs.

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Why you are wasting your money

DJ schools are exploiting the belief that you will get at least two things of value from attending. One is exposure and time spent with gear, the other is having someone to walk you through the basics (assuming…

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A Treat for Purple Rain Fans: Vanity’s Version of “Sex Shooter”

May 16, 2013

When most people think of the song “Sex Shooter”, they think of Appolonia 6, the girl group who performed the song in the 1984 movie Purple Rain.


For those unfamiliar with the movie, Purple Rain stars rock star Prince as a troubled musician in the Minneapolis music scene.

 

Prior to filming the movie, Prince dated Vanity of  Vanity 6, a girl group he also produced.

 

Yet, Vanity dropped out of the movie.  But before she quit the movie, she recorded an earlier version of “Sex Shooter”, something I found out recently.  Despite the song being just a demo version, I personally believe Vanity sung it better.  Yet, I’ll let the reader be the judge.

Appolonia’s version.

 

Vanity’s version.

An Excellent Song Deserving More Attention: “Gone For Good” by DJ Muggs feat. Everlast

May 12, 2013

Following his career since his days of producing hip hop group 7A3,  I rank DJ Muggs high among hip hop producers.  Most people

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know DJ Muggs for producing hip hop group Cypress Hill, a Latino act known for lyrics involving marijuana smoking and LA gang life. (For those who want to know, Muggs is Italian and Norwegian.)

Many DJ Muggs’ productions contains an eerie yet funky mix to it.  A prime example is Cypress Hill’s “Throw Your Set in the Air”.  As a funky bass line plays over a thumping beat, a strange wailing is heard.

In 2003, DJ Muggs released Dust, an album mixed with trip hop and electronica.  The album contains “Gone for Good”, one of my all-time favorite songs.  Rapper Everlast sings the blues over a rock and trip hop mix.  Just like many blues songs, the lyrics involve an old flame.

"I was foolish cause I loved her so
Never put no one else above her, no
She put it on me like no other did before
Now she telling me that she wants to go"

Loving the song so much, I created a video for it.  I downloaded photos of black and white noir movies figuring they fit the dark and moody song.  That was back in 2010.  Though not huge numbers, I’m surprised it gain over nine thousand views on You Tube.  Plus it received over sixty thumbs up.

Here it is.  Enjoy.

Two Year Blogging Anniversary

May 7, 2013
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That’s me in the very back.  Photo by Miriam Lorenzi

Today marks the two year anniversary of The DJ Stone Crazy Spot.  Two years ago on this very day, I started the blog you are now reading.

On that note, I decided to run a top ten of my most popular blogs.  Surprisingly, all of them weren’t booty blogs.  Yes, despite folks coming to my blog looking for booty pics, some readers set aside booty-searching time and read my music blogs too.  So, here we go.   The top blogs.

10. The “I’m a Twat” List for DJs: A funny list created by DJ Wizzy.

9. The Top Ten Most Overrated White Musicians: I had to do it.

8. Rockin’ An Eighties Hair Metal Party: I DJed 80s rock all night. This blog also contains photos of that night.

7. School of Hard Knocks: Photos of women dressed as Catholic school girls.

6. Skrillex Versus Daft Punk: A silly-assed meme I found on Facebook.

5. Visiting for the Pics: This is when I first realized some folks weren’t visiting my blog for the beautiful words.

4. Videotaping Dancing Cuties: Not only do you see booty pics, you also witness dancing cuties in a video.

3. Bad Santa and the Angry Elves: Photos of a band mixing punk rock with Christmas music.

2. The Top Ten Dirtiest and Nastiest Rap Songs Ever: A list that would make Satan blush.

1. Friends Cheer Me Up with Booty Pics Friends cheer me up with booty pics after my complaining about the evils of fake booty.

Two years down and more blogging fun to come.

Boy Bands: Orlando’s Shameful Past

May 2, 2013

Know how to piss off some Orlando people?  Bring up boy bands.  Remind them both Backstreet Boys and *N Sync formed in Orlando.

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Bring this up and you might have a fight on your hands.

(If you want to be extra nasty, remind them the lead singer of rock group Creed was born in Orlando.  Yet, this is about boy bands, not a rock group some folks hate with a passion.)

I lived in Orlando during the boy bands’ heydays.  One Tuesday night, I saw Kevin Richardson of Backstreet Boys hanging with some friends at The Social, a Downtown Orlando music venue.  A friend of mine gave singing lessons to boy band C-Note, a group on the same label as Backstreet Boys and *N Sync.

Like many others, I hated boy bands.  Yet, my hatred had nothing to do with their music.  Personally, I always thought of them as pop versions of r&b group Boyz II Men, a pop version aimed at suburban girls.   In fact, I recently learned this on Wikipedia: Backstreet Boys answered an ad wanting a singing group with a New Kids on the Block look with a Boyz II Men sound.  If you remember New Kids on the Block,  you don’t have to be a genius to know what the New Kids on the Block look meant.  Yet, that isn’t what ticked me off about boy bands.

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Sure, I found it annoying how the media portrayed boy bands as the nice guys next door.  These were the days rap controversy was at its peak.  East Coast rap feuded with West Coast rap.  Rappers were shot or murdered.  After being shot, one rapper was later murdered.  Plus after that rapper was killed, another rapper was murdered months later. Also, rap lyrics inspired a religious figure to have a bulldozer run over gangster rap CDs.  Compared to media coverage of hip hop, boy bands were definitely the nice guys you wanted your daughter to date.  Yet, that isn’t what pissed me off about boy bands either.

What was it, you ask?  What annoyed me so much about boy bands?  I am going to admit something that many dudes won’t fess up to.  I hated boy bands because I was extremely jealous of them.  I realize many of their female fans were too young for me at the time.  In fact, many were jail bait.  Still, who wouldn’t want mass amounts of fame?  Anyone who says they don’t is lying.  They need to jump off their psudedo-hippie high horse and stop bullshitting. They desire fame as much as the next person.

To heck with the poetry local folks knew me for in the 90s.  I wanted fame and money like the boy bands had.  I wanted thousands of young girls thinking I was cute too.  Like I mentioned earlier, I knew many fans were jail bait.  Jail bait or not, it does boost the ego when thousands of young ladies think you’re cute and screaming they love you. Okay, about the money part? I had no idea the dudes were being ripped off at the time.

No, I did not want to be in a boy band.  I can’t sing or dance worth a lick.  The same way I was with  r&b group New Edition, I was jealous of the boy band’s success.

Now, back to Orlando.  When it comes to music, some Orlando folks annoy me.  As I DJ in some Orlando venues, some folks complain about my choice in music.  Living in a town that created boy bands and lecturing me about what’s good music and what isnt’t. I get it.  I’m not playing  “important” musicians that only five people have heard of.  I perfectly understand.  I should also be playing what’s hot in Europe.  Or New York.  Or South Beach.   Yep, I definitely understand.

Yet, here’s my thing.  I’m more interested in seeing women dance.  I wanna see women get low and shake it like a salt shaker.  I wanna see booty-booty-booty-booty-booty rockin’ every where.  Call me shallow, I could care less.

Pretentious Orlando crap is why I enjoy bringing up boy bands.  In a town containing people so full of themselves about music, it feels good bringing up the fact Orlando spawned boy bands, a music scene many people to this day despise.