Audio Chemists and Paris Street Gallery Presents: Boston Vybez

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With the Fall season coming in full circle, the Audio Chemists once again are holding another live music showcase for this season. This time, this will be ongoing for not one, but Two Days: Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Two days to get your dose of local Boston talent all under one roof. As an added bonus, catch “Yours Truly” behind the 1s and 2s providing music for your listening and dancing pleasure.

Saturday’s showcase starts at 8pm and ends at 1am. Sunday will kick everything off at 2pm and close at 8pm. Admission for a single day showcase is $25. If you are planning to attend on both Saturday and Sunday, admission is $40. Event details/Facebook invite can be found by clicking here. Don’t miss out on this 2-Day musical experience and please spread the word!

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Sep 14: Full Deck, A DJ Showcase and Dance Party

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Hello everyone! Hope many of you had a wonderful summer. Plus to all the students, I hope you had a great start for this school year. Let’s kick off September on the right foot, shall we?

This Saturday, catch yours truly spinning the hottest music with two of Boston’s hottest DJs in the LGBTQ scene: Ms. Jackie the Mixtress and Ms. Lady J (aka JamilaAfrika). I make my return to the Milky Way (284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA) joining forces with these lovely, wonderful, and talented ladies on the 1s and 2s. Hosted by the one and only Jha D, you know this party is gonna be turnt up!

More info on this Saturday’s event is found here.

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Audio Chemists Summer Showcase

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Hey guys! Hope you all had a wonderful July 4th weekend. I am posting up for an upcoming event for this Saturday, July 13th. My crew, the Audio Chemists, is holding their Summer Showcase to feature elite talent from the Boston area. The event will take place in the Paris Street Gallery in Everett, MA (101 Paris Street). Yours truly will be on the turntables providing the tunes from 8pm to 1am. Live performances include fellow Audio Chemists members Luck Money and Saucy Lady, as well as showcases from visual artists and fashion show provided by DREmatic Designs and Cecilia Ulibarri. More information about the event can be found thru the Facebook event invite and the Audio Chemists site via the links below:

Facebook Event Page

Audio Chemists Event Page

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Lady Spindrift Returns

Hey everyone! In case you guys haven’t noticed, I am finally back to spin it up for the summer. Please pardon me for not updating my site for the past month or two. Things have been very difficult for me during those times. Due to a sudden family emergency, I decided to take a hiatus from mid-April to mid-May in order to focus on family related events. I am sure you all may remember the saying, “Family comes first.”

Putting family things aside, I really want to start off by giving a big shoutout to my fellow crew: The Audio Chemists. On Saturday, June 8, DMC Champion and X-Ecutioner Rob Swift will be coming to the Boston area to teach a master DJ class at the Paris Street Gallery (101 Paris Street, Everett, MA) from 1-3pm. Rob Swift will be covering major fundamentals of DJing and Turntablism, as well as give a story of his journey as both a DJ/Turntablist and Producer. A live set by Rob will be performed, followed by a meet and greet for attendees to ask him any questions. Additional information and signups can be found here at the Audio Chemists website. Do not miss out on this amazing event.

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For all my LGBTQ folks in the Boston area, we only have less than a week until Pride 2013. Saturday night, I will be spinning up the hottest music for the Boston Pride 2013 Youth Dance. On top of that, this Youth Dance is going to become much bigger than the Valentine’s Day Youth Dance back in February. The Boston Pride 2013 Youth Dance will be located at Boston City Hall (1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA). Presale tickets are only $10 and will be $15 at the door. Additional information about the Youth Dance and Facebook invite can all be found here. For all those under 21 who want to celebrate Boston Pride 2013, you know that this is the place to be.

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GLSEN Conference 2013

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This Saturday, I will be DJing the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Conference at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge. GLSEN will cover workshops concerning LGBTQ students, helping them counter the common issues in LGBTQ discrimination, and build them a better and safer future. Featured guests include LGBTQ Advocate and Mentor David Wilson, as well as “Glee” cast member Alex Newell (who portrays “Wade ‘Unique’ Davis”).

This Saturday’s conference will have a total of 280-300 preregistered attendees and preregistration is already closed. For those interested in attending last minute, come thru early as possible, in case some seats are open due to those preregistered who cannot make it. Remember, seats are limited.

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Spindrift’s Sunday Service Recap

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Happy St Patty’s day yesterday to many of you people out there getting your drink and dance on! I want to thank the 20+ people who came thru ZuZu last night for the kickoff of my event: Spindrift’s Sunday Service. Despite El Poser unable to make it, two other DJs came thru to rock out tonight: DJ Aleksey and DJ Shimoda. Big ups to them and also a big thanks to Sterling Golden and all of the ZuZu/Middle East staff for helping me make this event possible.

Stay tuned for April’s Sunday Service!

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You Ain’t Ready Radio

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On Monday, March 11, I will be featured on YARR (You Ain’t Ready Radio) in their “Monday Mixup” show. Founded and hosted by Naomi “Beeza” O’Bannon, a former Columbia Records street team member, she made her mark promoting for many heavyweight hip hop artists such as 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., and Snoop Dogg. Beeza has also been a prominent figure in Boston’s urban music scene since the 90s, as a DJ for WRBB 104.9 and a VJ/Promoter for BNN (Boston Neighborhood Newtork) Television.

This Boston based internet radio show broadcasts Monday and Wednesday starting at 7PM EST. Primarily an urban radio stream, their mission is to help promote and support local and global independent artists for listeners to tune in to. It is an EOR (Equal Opportunity Radio), where everybody has a voice to share in many different ways. Music has no limits. You Ain’t Ready Radio has reached 40k listeners worldwide and music becomes more and more diverse week after week. The “Monday Mixup” features guest DJs from all over and respective sets are broadcasted to their listeners. A new DJ is featured each and every Monday. Listeners can also gather additional information about guest DJs in the YARR official website.

Listeners can tune in on Monday night at 7PM to catch my broadcasted set via the link below. I know “You Ain’t Ready” for this!

YARR (You Ain’t Ready Radio) Official Website

Live Stream Link (For Monday, March 11)

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New Month, New Day, New Beat

Happy Friday and Happy “1st of tha Month” (Bone Thugs reference)! The title is very self explanatory, of course: a new month, a new day, and I finally release a new beat. This is actually my very first beat to begin with. Since the beginning of 2013, I decided to engage in more studio work along with booking/working my live gigs in the process. This means I will be working on my own Edits, Remixes, and Producing my own beats, along with working to support local artists in the scene.

My very first beat is a homage paid to one of my favorite animes, Cowboy Bebop, and the fabulous soundtrack composer Yoko Kanno. Kanno-san was a prominent figure in building the soundtrack for this great anime. The sample used for this beat is “Car 24,” found in the Original Soundtrack album. It’s a very catchy track, I might say. Using Ableton Live, I have chopped and spliced the sample and layered it over a drum loop, with some hi-hats added. This beat is built with 3x 16-bar verses, the intro sample used as the hook, and worked to add in the bridge as well. I’m still working the basics of Ableton Live right now, but I’m looking forward to really build from scratch when the time comes.

This beat is uploaded to my SoundCloud page, and is downloadable for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!

“Car 24” © Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts, 1998

Cowboy Bebop © Shinichiro Watanabe, 1998

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Welcome to the new site!

Hello everyone and welcome to the new website to yours truly, DJ Lady Spindrift. January had been quite a busy month in terms of preparations for the year 2013 (projects, promotion, gigs, etc). But finally, I make this official to everyone, new faces and familiar ones.

My goals for 2013 include working on my own blends/edits/remixes, as well as moving towards the production phase (beat making), all while working on booking gigs for this year. Alongside of my production goals, I am looking forward to working with and supporting local artists, DJs, and making my move in continuing to contribute to the Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) community. I strongly feel that this year, I need to make my move in expanding my DJing even further. I decided to make plans in booking gigs outside of the Boston area and venture towards my home state New Hampshire and other prominent cities such as New York, New Haven, Philadelphia, and so on. This means, I will be working on a ton of networking with new faces in the process. So stay tuned for that.

I want to give a gigantic thanks to Matt Yezuita/VirgoAscendant, who has been putting in a ton of hard work on my website, as well as my new DJ logos and business cards. Without him, this all would not be possible. I also want to give a big thanks to friends, family, and people who have enjoyed my sets and my performances up to now. You guys always give me the motivation to help continue doing one of the things I love in my life. It is time to aim higher and higher, especially for 2013.

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Audio Chemists Institute Kickoff Party

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Since the blizzard has altered my schedule of events for this month, I will be unable to attend this event. On February 23rd, this marks the kickoff of the Audio Chemists Institute, located in 101 Paris Street, Everett, MA. This kickoff party covers curriculum in music performance, sound recording, production, and DJing/Turntablism. Special performances include some of Boston’s finest artists: Saucy Lady and U-Key, Nabo Rawk and Paul Foley, DJ Reel Drama, Aztech, Cathy Cathodic. There will also be a fashion show furnished by Lola’s Urban Vintage and a dance party hosted by the Audio Chemists DJs.

 

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