20 years ago I left my job as Head of Security of St Andrews Hall to pursue another career. My time at “The Hall” introduced me to DJ culture, and I learned how to beat-match for the first time in the basement in The Shelter one evening before doors opened…thank you Tony Ollivierra.
I moved a mile north of Detroit to the City of Ferndale, and discovered a comic book store called Comics Cafe. In the basement was a tiny, record shop called Mo’ Tunes. I got a job at Mo’ Tunes where I worked eight hours a day surrounded by Detroit and Chicago House Music in the form of vinyl records. There were two belt-drive Technic turntables and a crappy mixer…and not many customers due to its awkward location. So, I spent hours upon hours practicing beat-matching and learning from others that worked there, people like Al Ester, Reggie “Hotmix” Harrell and Darryl Harvey.
Charivari 2016 is happening this weekend. One of the main organizers, curators and promoters of the three day festival is Todd Johnson. Todd is also an author of comic books and traditional novels. Mr. Johnson is also the guy who opened Comics Cafe back in the day, and without it, there would have been no Mo’ Tunes. Funny how things seem to come around fun circle.
Electronic music festivals are nothing new these days, but Charivari 2016 will be the first proper festival I’ve ever played. A festival proudly featuring nothing but talent from Detroit. And, I will be proudly playing nothing but new music by upcoming EqualRecordings.com artists and other local heroes from Detroit. I perform Saturday, Noon – 1:00 PM, on the Park Avenue stage. Children and high school students get in free. We hope to see you at Belle Isle this weekend!