I've never posted about this wedding before, but I happened to come across this news clip the other day totally by accident when looking for something else. It brought back a few memories, & thought I'd share this with you all as a little 'throw back Thursday'
Several years back I DJ-ed a wedding for the coolest couple, Sanja Banic and Sean Brosnan. Both are beyond creative, writers, directors/producers, & actors. I fell in love with them both upon our first conversation that lasted way way longer than most introductions. They were both gorgeous people, inside and out, and I was so jazzed they trusted me to be their DJ. Needless to say, their wedding reflected just how creative and beautiful they are in every way.
Sean's dad is Pierce Brosnan. Yes, Bond, James Bond! I have to say, when it came time for the father speech, let's just say it was eloquent, and heartfelt. The man knows how to give a speech, and let's face it... he's just way cool. The best man, Sean's best buddy Damion Anderson (son of Jon Anderson, lead singer of Yes) performed his speech with an acoustic guitar, which we set up during cocktail hour, and hid the guitar so it could be a surprise. My jaw literally dropped when I heard how stunning his voice was during soundcheck. He definitely has his father's pipes working in the mix. Total rockstar.
All in all, it was a lovely evening in every way, guests, decor, food and good vibes. Oh yeah, and the music was pretty smokin' too if I may say so myself!
When I'm not DJ-ing private events, from time to time, I do a few guest spots round town & it's always a lot of fun. Friday, Sept 24th, I will be headed back uptown to Ethyls Alcohol and Food on 2nd ave and 85th Street for a night of Studio 54 vibed Disco, Rare Grooves, Funk & Soul. It's my first time back there DJ-ing the GoGo Get-Downs since before lockdown, and I'm looking forward to busting a move. It's time.
If you're in the area, stop by, say hello, have a drink (or three), enjoy the comfort food menu (it's really good), and get your groove on. Oh, and there's GoGo Dancers on the bar too! It's a really cool vibe there 🕺🏼💃🏻
Some people do Spring Cleaning... I'm flipping the routine to the Fall. I've never realized how much paper I've stored away in folders over the years!
Time for a little Feng Shui I say...
I found this clip from Paper Magazine, back from the days I was still a curly headed vinyl spinning DJ at Webster Hall NYC. I had a fantastic run there for many years, spinning Psychedelic Thursdays, with an awesome loyal following, who rocked that dance-floor till the wee hours of the morning. Some of my fondest DJ memories were there.
It's so funny that I never really paid attention to who was in this little photo collage with me, and even funnier that a few of these fab peeps are good buddies. It's pretty amazing what will reveal itself when you start snooping round the clutter!
I spent the day at the beach today, and the holidays are as far from my mind as can be. But then I realized, it's only a couple of months till December! Hard to think about the holidays when I'm hanging on to summer for dear life!!!
But, with that said, I've just begun booking December holiday events, so please be sure to get in touch right here at www.djdinaregine.com and reserve your date. I promise you will have the best holiday event ever!!!
In the meantime, I'm hoping for one more beach day!!! Just one!!! 🏖
Below is a little 'Fall Back Friday' shot of me spinning a super-fun holiday party for Google in Tribeca a few years back
Straight from the decks of various Manhattan clubs back in the late 80s-90s, recorded live to cassette, these are a few fun grooves of just about everything from Funk to New Wave, Rock, Motown, Soul and RnB. I've always been an 'open format DJ'... all over the map, and sometimes, in several languages! Keeps things interesting.
I recently found a suitcase filled with cassette tapes with live mixes on them, and figured I'd better upload them to a digital format before the cassettes totally disintegrated! A lot of memories were in that suitcase, that was also filled with thank you notes from customers over the years, written on napkins, paper plates, scrap paper and just about anything that had clear space to write on. It's an amazing thing in life, that a DJ can somehow just know what to play on a particular night, and somehow lift the weight of the world off of someone's shoulders, and free them to have a good time. Truly, being a DJ can be one of the most rewarding gigs in the world just for that reason alone. It's downright magical!
The photograph above (yes, I also spun 45's !!!) was taken downtown NYC at Heartbreak. The celebrity studded Monday nights were off the hook fun, and it never felt like a job. Well... almost never. I had a mad crush on Micky Rourke, and he came most every week to hang, and always dropped by the DJ booth to say hello. He truly was a modern day James Dean at the time. Sigh! On any given Monday night, you might see Cher, or Tom Cruise, or Bruce Willis hanging out in the booth with me. Players from the NY Mets, Rangers, and NY Giants were regulars, and Grace Jones occasionally stirred up a storm. Paul Stanley from KISS was always cutting a rug on Mondays, and just about every top model at the time could be seen striking a pose. There was as much of a party in the tiny little DJ booth as there was on the dance floor! To this day, Cher still gives a shout-out to Heartbreak at every show when she's on tour. Pretty cool. Curator/Promoter Frankie really pulled together a real eclectic Monday at Heartbreak 💔
Anyway, if you feel like bopping around your house this weekend and need a few fun playlists ... here are two links, one on Soundcloud and the other on YouTube. Have a listen to a snippet of a few nights from days gone by. I will be uploading new mixes as I find the time to get to it...
Enter the wayback machine here:
VINTAGE VINYL DJ MIXES on Soundcloud
DJ Dina Regine Vintage Vinyl Mixes- YouTube
Considering how challenging 2020 and 2021 have been, it was a total delight to slip back to the 'other' 20's for an evening of fantasy and fun. This was an event at a private residence in NJ, decorated to the nines. All the guests came in proper 1920s attire, and rocked the vibe.
It was FABulous!!!
This party, which originally was to happen over a year ago, but due to lockdown had to be postponed, was ready to roar, roaring 20s style this past weekend. I pulled out one of my fav vintage Betsey Johnson dresses, and made a headpiece with a few accessories I keep around for events like this. I strung some long crystal beads around my neck, and I was good to go! I curated a playlist of some of my fav vintage grooves from the era to spin, and shared the bill with the fantastic Dandy Wellington band. The Carnarsie Wobblers danced up a storm, and taught their moves to all the guests. Everyone could Charleston by the end of the evening, and looked like they had been doing the moves all their lives! Oh, and did I mention there was a murder mystery happening too? Gangsters and all...
Special thanks to Jayne Doniger and Scarlett Entertainment for bringing me on this event, and I look forward to doing this again soon
Here's a trailer with a few highlights from the evening, photos & videos shot by me & Jayne Doniger
Welcome to my virtual loft party, make yourself at home. I'll put on the kettle, pour a few, and order a pizza. I've many tales to tell, some fun stories, and lots of helpful hints to share to help ignite your imagination when planning a party, grand event or wedding. Stay tuned!