#TBT. A couple of years ago I flew down to Charlotte NC to DJ a good friend of mine's birthday Party. Keri Clavin is a fantastic event planner that I used to work with in NY, with both her own company, and when she and I were with FETE. Needless to say, her party was one of those that they're still talking about down south. Seriously. Chiara was one of the awesome guests at the party, and she said to me the next morning at brunch...YOU ARE SPINNING MY BIRTHDAY IN MIAMI! Capital letters are the only way I can get you to feel her determination to have me DJ her birthday!!! I said, "I'm there!". She decided to recreate the decadent vibe of the movie Scarface, and have a 70s-80s musical soundtrack to compliment the decor, food theme, & 'moments' planned through out the evening.
The party was held at Temple House in Miami ( www.thetemplehouse.com/), and I have to say it is one of the coolest venues I've ever worked. Besides being beautiful, 'as is', they have this incredible 360 surround video mapping/lighting setup that allows guests to feel totally immersed in whatever they are streaming. You could be swimming underwater or flying through space. It's pretty incredible. The evening started with cocktails, complete with gorgeous male and female models swimming in a pool, passed Hors d'Oeuvres, Chiara's signature cocktail, and me spinning a mix of world music from the 70s leaning heavy on Cuban, French & contemporary upbeat lounge. When cocktails were over we did a dramatic countdown as guests came down the stairs, using a mix of Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation'. Once the door was opened to reveal the main room where the dinner buffet and dancing would be held, the whole room was video streamed in roses. I mean it was gorgeous, and there were a lot of gasps and sighs all round the room. I played Grace Jones 'La Vie En Rose' as they entered, and if ever there was a perfect song....that was it. Thankfully I had the 12" version and it ran a nice 8 minutes till everyone was in the room. There was a fantastic Cuban performance just after dinner, that led into an hour of fun Disco music from the 70s. The last hour of the evening, I brought the tunes up to present contemporary hits, and rocked out till closing. It was a perfect journey of musical vibes from beginning to end, and from all the feedback at the pool party the next day... the evening was a total home run! Here's a few photos of the 'rose room' during dinner, me with the staff from Temple house, Keri and friends, and my super-sized bell bottoms, and a little video snippet of the 'Disco Inferno' dancing part of the evening, complete with a Studio 54 vibed streaming light show.
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!