Monday morning I dj’d the traffic jam segment (6:50, 7:50, 8:50) of the J-Will Jamboree morning show. For those of you who don’t know, J-Will and I work together at Vapor Night Club twice a month. He’s the emcee, I’m the dj (<—-see what I did there? hint: Jazzy Jeff reference, please look it up!) Whenever J-Will and I rocked Vapor, the chemistry was undeniable and so…the inevitable collaboration occured. Check out J-Will’s soundcloud for the audio clip of Mondays traffic jam: https://soundcloud.com/jamz-96-3/dj-playground-on-the-j-will. Djing at 6 am was a new experience for me. For 12 years, I dj’d nightclubs and would often times get home at 5 am. That day I left my house at 5:15 am while the sun was peaking it’s pretty little head. These days, times have certainly changed and I’m loving it. J-Will and I had a great show that morning with some very entertaining conversation. He truly is a genius at what he does! Big shout out to Thaddeus (J-Will’s intern) as well. Thaddeus had the inside scoop on all the latest news regarding Drake’s new album leak. I mean, he even had it down to the exact time that it leaked! Thaddeus, It was a pleasure meeting you. You have a bright future my friend. Many thanks to everyone who tuned in Monday morning. Stay tuned for many more shows to come!
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Where does the time go?…time flies (insert every other cliche saying about time…… here). Well, here’s what I’ve been up to since the last: djing, djing and more djing. Wait, I also split my finger playing softball. In short, it happened while making a diving catch in the outfield. In the end, I needed 6 stitches. The important part is I caught the ball right? Anyways, this was an eventful week as I was djing Club Mine on Thursday, a Sweet 16 on Saturday afternoon and the Sights and Sounds party at Vapor Night Club with Deejay Element at night.
Club Mine reached out to me and wanted to include me in their 1-2-3 promotional lineup for the summer. As you may already know, Saratoga is a popular destination come this time of year thanks to the race track. This month, I will be kicking the weekends off djing at Club Mine on Thursday nights. Friday nights is Latin night with Dj Frankie Ramos and Saturday night Jamz 96.3’s own Dj Iroc is djing. Before this Thursday, I have never been to Club Mine. To my surprise, Club Mine looks amazing inside. The staff was super welcoming and the crowd was very friendly and receptive to just about anything I played. Many of the patrons paid visits to the dj booth to compliment the music! I’m super excited to dj an open format club where anything goes. If you are out and about on a Thursday night, stop by. Don’t take my word for it…definitely come see for yourself!
Saturday afternoon I dj’d a Sweet 16. However, this was no ordinary sweet 16. This party had the works. It was located on a beautiful backyard with an amazing in-ground pool and hot tub. The outdoor kitchen was something you could only dream of….in an indoor kitchen! The pool house was…you get the idea! The party started off slow as the kids were slow to warm up. Remember guys, this is a sweet 16. Boys stayed in one area while the girls congregated in another. It was only a matter of time before these kids were up dancing together all around the pool…Vegas style!. The party had the works. A great backyard, catering, me djing, oh did I mention a helicopter? Yes, the kids were taking turns riding a helicopter. I didn’t get a chance to take a ride (not that I trust those things lol), but supposedly they were flying to SPAC while the Lil Wayne concert was going on. All in all, it was a night to remember and these kids definitely had a blast!
I closed out the weekend djing with my long time friend Deejay Element at Vapor for the Sights and Sounds party. Deejay Element and I have been friends for over 15 years and it’s always a lot of fun to dj with him. Check out the pic below I took of the monitor behind the sound and lighting booth. Jamz 96.3’s own j-Will hosted the night and kept the crowd involved and engaged the whole night. Element and I went hour for hour and we kept the crowd rocking. If you haven’t been to a Sights and Sounds party you are truly missing out. I’ll be there this Saturday August 10th mixing up the videos. We hope to see you there!
This past saturday I had the pleasure to dj alongside some of the best dj’s in the area again. DJ’s: Dread, Element and Nick Papa Giorgio and I collaborated for the second installmant of the Dj showcases’ at Vapor Nightclub. The night started early as we all met up around 7 at the Garden Buffet. The 4 of us met with J- Will (Jamz 96.3), the emcee and host of the night to discuss how we would go about splitting up time slots. Dread, Nick Papa Giorgio, Element and I have been friends for over a decade so the meeting was simple, easy flowing and brief. After business was conducted, it was time to eat! I’m not really into eating at buffets but tonight not eating wasn’t an option. I don’t know of a dj that can dj on an empty stomach. So…when in Rome right? I went to town! To my surprise, the Garden Buffet was really good. If your at the racino, I recommend you try it. As the night progressed we learned that WCW’s Buff Bagwell was going to be joining us at the club. As a dj, you have to love when you have an impromtu visit by a celebrity. Buff was a lot of fun and a good sport as we all had fun flexing our muscles with him, Check out the pics below. Check out Deejay Element and I this weekend at Vapor Nightclub and stay tuned for the recap. Until next time…
Last night was a marathon dj day/night for me. Let me tell you about it…I started my day at 10:30 in the morning en route to Saratoga to kick off the official grand opening of Lola Boutique. I must say, Saratoga is what many of the other cities in the Capital District strive to be like. On the second consecutive sunny day in what seemed like an agglomeration of rainy days, the streets were definitely buzzing. Cars were everywhere and parking was virtually non existent. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the sunshine by shopping and dining!. I’ve never seen Broadway this early in the day (sorry guys I’m usually sleeping, don’t judge) and although I was pressed to find parking, It was a pleasant surprise. Kudos to the City of Saratoga planning committee and anyone else responsible for the downtown area’s success. On a scale of 1- 10, the grand opening of Lola boutique was about a 15. It was so nice to meet the family of the friends I had met Thursday night at the soft opening. The shop became so busy at one point that the family and friends of owner Megan Druckman, had to move out of the way to make room for the steady stream of shoppers that wanted to explore this new gem of a shop. I wish Lola Boutique the most success! If you are out and about in Saratoga (454 Broadway), be sure to stop by Lola Boutique. You will not be disappointed by the great selection they have. Tell Megan, Dj Playground sent ya!
My next stop was Saratoga State Park for a private function. What a beautiful day it was to be djing outside. There is just nothing more simple yet beautiful about family, and friends gathered around food and music. Nothing sums up summertime better than those three letters….BBQ! I can’t wait for the next one!
And last but not least, around 7 pm…off I head to Vapor Nightclub. I don’t usually triple book in a given day so I knew today was going to be a test of mental and physical stamina. 12 hour dj days do not come around very often but when they do, make sure you are prepared. I packed a change of clothes, travel bag with all the goodies and headed to the couch in the Vapor dressing room for none other than the infamous before work “power” nap. After about 20-25 minutes I felt refreshed and ready to go all night. And, thats exactly what J-Will (Jamz 96.3) and I did! The crowd at Vapor was an energetic one as they stayed on the dance floor till close. Was it the music? J-Will’s charismatic voice out of the speakers? Maybe it had to do with the fact that it was the Redbull kickoff party? who knows. J-Will and I had a ton of fun and I loved djing in the Redbull Dj Booth for sure! New York Lottery’s Yolanda Vega (Stop here and say it out loud: Yolandaaaaaaaa Vega!) came to say hello to Jay and I as she was out celebrating her daughters birthday. We took a fun pic with the “I love Vapor sunglasses”. Sorry Vapor, I popped the lenses out. Until the next time…
Djing at Vapor Night Club in Saratoga with America’s Next Top Model Laura James. This was a great night. Thanks to all those who came out and supported.