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.

best nightclub 2011 The Beacham

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.

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.