I haven't been promoting my shows here too much, relying more on Facebook for its ubiquity. However, I think I'll start mentioning more shows here on the blog -- and what better show to start with than this coming Friday's edition of my monthly night, No Magic Just Music. The special guest dj is Dan Hargraves, better known as DJ DQ, member of the excellent hip-hop group Glue, and longtime member of the dj crew The Animal Crackers, the 2006 US DMC Team Champions.
The Anmal Crackers, and specifically DQ, are largely responsible for me playing records at all -- before I had really even considered dj-ing, I used to walk from my apartment over to Top Cat's on Short Vine each Wednesday night, where The Animal Crackers had a weekly dj night & MC battle. Watching those guys not only scratch like crazy but also flat-out build original songs out of physically manipulated records... after a while it got to me, and I had to try it out myself.
That was back in 2001, and after I started dj-ing early the next year, I would visit DQ on his weekly hip-hop dj night at a local bar called Inn the Wood, where eventually he would encourage me to bring a crate and go to town, sometimes for up to an hour. This regular gig in front of a crowd really helped me get over the thought of playing in public. Not only that, when the Saturday night opened up, I was on the bar's radar enough to get the gig myself.
So here we are near the end of 2010, and Dan will be joining me at my monthly night at a little dive bar called C&D. For the record, DQ is still killer, and I am *much* better than I was all those years ago. So come join us, if you're in the area! There's no cover, yo.
Here's the Facebook link, if youre into that. Give it a click, and then click "attending", if you could. That'd be swell.
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