DJing Orchid Evenings!

World Music: it’s a crazy thing, but some of these people actually recorded their songs without using a click track!  (All you DJs out there know what I’m talking about).  Luckily the music itself is amazing and I’m excited to be spinning it tonight, tomorrow, and for the next few Fridays among the lovely tropical orchids for Orchid Evenings at the New York Botanical Garden (the big one in the Bronx, not Brooklyn).  I got a chance to check it out this past month when my friend Julio was DJing and I can tell you first hand that it’s a beautiful and spectacular night out.

I’ll be DJing on April 5th, 6th, 12th, and 19th (all Fridays, and the 6th, which is a Saturday).  The event begins at 6:30pm until 9pm, and the Orchid Show itself is just a short walk from the Metro North stop.  I’ll be playing all World Music (blended with some electronic stuff), which has had me up to my ears in djembe and sitar for the past few weeks.  Tickets are $30 for non-members, $20 for members.  21 and over.

Here’s a link to info about the event:
http://www.nybg.org/exhibitions/2013/orchid-show/evenings.php

And here’s a more direct link to purchase tickets:
http://secure4.gatewayticketing.com/NYBG/shop/viewitems.aspx?merchant=PUBlic&categorygroupexternalid=PUBcg&categoryexternalid=TOSEVE2013

New Articles on Alternet

Somewhere in between performing finger-tapping choreography in a cell phone commercial and compiling a Sitar Songbook for my DJing gig at the New York Botanical Gardens, I’ve been doing a lot of writing for Alternet.org.  The two-part article that I did on Harmony Korine’s fantastic new film Spring Breakers has been trending pretty heavily, with part 2 appearing on Salon.com and making the top 10 most popular on Alternet.  Be warned: this article goes pretty deep, looking beyond the film into the reality of youth, sexuality, and exploitation—from Girls Gone Wild to Backroom Casting Couch. It took a lot from me to write it.

Another article I wrote outlines various subgenres of Electronic Dance Music, and is helpful reading for anyone trying to decipher dubstep or pinpoint the difference between house and techno.

Here are links to them all:

Spring Breakers, Part 1:
http://www.alternet.org/culture/startling-spring-breakers-film-explores-sexual-coercion-turned-its-head

Spring Breakers, Part 2:
http://www.salon.com/2013/03/29/real_spring_breakers_dont_have_happy_endings_partner/singleton/

EDM explained:
http://www.alternet.org/culture/cant-tell-difference-between-witch-house-and-nu-disco-welcome-electronic-dance-music-101

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