Coming UP! Saturday, March 17th
It puts a smile on my face every time I think about silent discos. I still have to explain to people what they are. [djs transmitting to a wireless-headphoned audience, no out-loud music at all, not even a monitor for us.]
And then I have to explain the MAGIC of silent discos. There is this psychological switch that flips in us when we put on headphones. Call it a buffer, a bubble, a forcefield, private mental-space.. whichever you want. All I know is that people free up at silent discos with headphones on. And oddly enough, they connect with other dancers on the dancefloor. It’s some sort of automatic inhibitor destroyer. It’s awesome. Oh, it’s also a clever loophole on gathering to dance in public without sound amplification permits. We know by now, I love this sort of mischief. By MoPo’s description of his silent disco, I’m honored and excited to get in on the fun & magic.
MoPo of SunsetSF/Silent Frisco says:
“Unlike the majority of SXSW events, the Silent Southby is NOT sponsor driven or a big budget operation. It’s a BYOB space and a decidedly PURE MUSIC EXPERIENCE. The Dj’s who performed for us last year said, without exception, that this was the favorite event that they played during SXSW.
Austin Enchanted Forest is an arts community, populated by large-scale production artists. For Silent Southby 2011, they built the DJ booth out of deadwood under a huge oak tree.
Who will be under that tree, on the decks at Silent Southby? The daring ones! Musically, Silent Disco as a concept favors your more bold, creative, experimental, and fun party Djs.”
Soultronica hits 3000 listeners. I remember when I couldn’t get booked to play the sexy bass music I wanted to play.. (or rather, put on an opening slot because of it). And that was only 4 years ago. I’m glad the tides are changing in my favor. Super stoked on the reception of the mix that OKP put out for me. People from Japan to Germany have reached out and said hello. That is hella SUGOI!!! (cool! in Japanese). I’m getting the hang of how blogging mixes works and how everyone puts their own spin on what they are posting. This intro from The Upper Cloud just tickled me soooo. I had to share.
“It’s Valentine’s Day eve (V-day by the time you might read this), and typically I’d be compiling a soundtrack to get in the mood. Or simply enter “Musiq Soulchild” and “Tevin Campbell” into my pandora app. Today, I lucked out when I browsed to one of my daily reads, www.Okayplayer.com which posted and led me to someone named DJ Eko. Praising her skills, music choice, and postings in the past, Okayplayer elected this mix for release on their Mixtape Mondays. Three tracks in I hear the The Weeknd, followed up by No Summer4U….Game over..I had to download the mix and immediately put it onto my phone. If the rest of it is half as dope as I’ve already experienced I know I am going to love it.
The mix is called Soultronica Vol. 1. A mix of Soul and Electronica that is so timely done and wisely chosen, it really does give a totally new spin on your typically Valentine’s Day mix that you would expect. Of course, it would be good for any day this 2012.” – UpperCloud
Here’s a little fluffy fashion write-up by Oribe for Fashion Week about my style and music.
“I love an edgy mixture of playful, athletic and high fashion, i.e. dresses with hoods and onesies with sneaker boots.” -djeko
5 songs in heavy rotation on your playlist right now:
SBTRKT – SBTRKT
Jamie Woon – Mirrorwriting
Heartbreak Presents: Moombahsoul
Hudson Mohawke – Freek
Thornato – Capoera
Skinny Ms magazine liked my Turbo Yum mix for workouts so much, they asked me to put together a playlist for cooking healty food in the kitchen. I picked out a rad playlist to sing and dance around the kitchen. xo
“We found DJ Eko this 4th of July via her super pumped up Electro Yum mix. Hopping online and visiting her website we learned that she has DJ’d for Beyonce and was featured in Martha Stewart Magazine [how to find real djs for weddings]. DJ Eko generally globe trots, splitting her time between NYC and the West Coast. Seeing her vast catalogue of mixes and the fact she plays everything from yoga classes to Coachella, we figured she could curate an amazing list of special goodies as a soundtrack to inspire all of our readers in the kitchen. So, while you pull out the veggies to chop and cut, slice and dice, here are DJ eko’s soulful, upbeat tunes for a good long session of cooking and grooving in the kitchen.
If you want more tunes for Sunday pancake-making sessions or cocktail hour, hightail it over to her sunny downtempo mix entitled, Sol Du Brasil. If you need to burn all of the nom-nom calories off, hit Electro Yum – Turbo for an awesome gym workout soundtrack.“
Thanks to Global Inheritance for inviting me to come play on the Polo field two years in a row. I treated them to a break from the crazy adrenaline-filled, throat-grabbing sets that were so popular this year.
Sunset always demands something special. So I picked out lots of sexy cutting-edge bass music.
And since I got to be there all three days this year, I have to report back on the best performances. My awards go to: Joy Orbison, Ellie Goulding, Francis and the Lights and Sleigh Bells.. who absolutely kicked ass, hands down.
Happy to play with the homies DJ Wonway, DJ Tara and Fam-a-lam Deephunk at the beautiful summertime ritual gathering of cool folks from the Bay and BK. Not that kind of party where everyone is too cool to dance and watching the door for who comes in. Rainbow shades of all folks are knee-deep in beats.
Truly, this party is hella cool and one of my favorites.