MY TOP 10 DJ MOMENTS so far….
10. Me: “Oh my god! A deer!”
DJ Manny Lehman: “Don’t touch it! They carry key lime disease!”
Me: “No problem. I don’t like pie”
(When we encountered a deer on Fire Island very late at night walking home from The Pavilion)
9. DJ Lydia Prim wanting me to go fishing with her after our event together in Orlando because “Oh, come on…it’ll be a great stooooory”. I made an offer-I’d go fishing with her if she let me put her in a dress and makeup. Neither happened.
8. DJ Abel mixing out of our show music right before the vocals started after being given a false start cue from a volunteer at Fireball 2000 in Chicago’s Uptown Theatre. True professional.
7. Best make out session with a DJ? Tracy Young, in the booth onstage in Chicago after my opening set. Hot. Period.
6. Quietly zipping up Tony Moran’s CD books and hiding them at Crobar Miami during the White Party while he was mixing and watching him panic when he turned around to find his music gone…. I know, I know…I said MY top 10.
5. “WERQ, Circuit MOM, WERQ”. Right in the middle of my show (the first time DJ Manny Lehman and I worked together) from his booth in the middle of our stage at Montreal’s “Black And Blue” closing party, 1999.
4. DJ Eddie Baez sitting in my den creating a special mix of “Play That Funky Music” for me to spin during my IML DJ set in 2007.
3. “He is always hungry after his sets and likes pancakes” when inquiring what I could do for DJ Roland Belmares’ after his debut at Crobar Chicago in 2001 top his manager. He stayed with us at our house and it was my pleasure.
2. Performing in almost complete darkness during DJ Victor Calderones’ set during the Crobar Miami new years eve party 2000 to 2001 while he stood there with his arms crossed in the booth and watched while his lighting guy did nothing. I had jumped through all of his contractual hoops weeks prior and got my song approved (Anastacia’s “I’m Out Of Love”), the time of show approved (11pm) and had simple lighting requests which had nothing to do with him. It was his call to keep us unlit (so we are told) but luckily ¾ the way through, the CROBAR lighting guy took over and lit the stage and the crowd cheered. I took a bow, turned and flipped him off and left to do my second show at the Miami convention center across town with DJ Mark Anthony and produced by the incredible Mark Baker. 5am comes, 15 dancers hit the stage and Faith Hill “BREATHE” starts. All is well in DJ land.
1. Six months of schmoozing, pleading and stalking Tony Moran to come out of the studio and back into the DJ booth ends with him agreeing to do a T-Dance for me in Chicago at Crobar in May of 2002. This was beginning of an amazing friendship that grows stronger each day.