I have NEVER had as much fun making a mix as I did with this one. My home studio is in a downtown highrise with no blinds and I know for a fact that the neighbors from surrounding buildings HAD to be laughing at me dancing with myself (and my dog) while making this mix.
I’m a huge MJ guy. I play his songs at just about every gig I’m ever booked at. Sometimes I’ll play 2 or 3 of them back to back and go on little Michael Jackson tangents. So when the idea of making a Michael Jackson mix came across my desk I was all about it.
The songs here are a lot of the ones that I play when I’m out. I’ve made a couple edits of remixes here for the purposes of this mix. I made this mix with turntables, worked the changes a bunch of different ways. Then @iamdjheavy help put it all together the way I wanted it and inserted the quotes from the Oprah interview with Michael. I honestly could have kept going as there are so many songs I left out but I think 38 minutes of MJ is enough for now.
If I had to pick a favorite song I would say ‘Beat It’ is THE one. It’s been that way ever since I was a little kid and if you don’t believe me, see the below video edited by my buddy Bald Mike. Yeah that’s me being me. Enjoy it. And the mix.
Oh, and THANK YOU to Michael Jackson wherever you are for the jams.
Happy to be staying on the house mix track I’ve been on all year. It’s no secret that house music is all ‘I’ really want to play these days. I do very much enjoy watching you all go ape shit when “Thiiis is how we doooo it” drops but you know I’d much rather set a vibe for you to have a cool conversation, nod your head, roll your shoulders, turn your walk to a glide and “Move Smooth.”
*Can I say I like watching people grind to Ginuwine’s Pony too. Yeah it’s my site. I’m saying it. That song is a staple to my sets and you know I’ll always get it in.
Back to the house tip: This mix has elements of piano, soul, funk & tropical house. There is a bit of pop as it brings in pieces of familiarity with Rihanna, The Weeknd & Jess Glynne. For me the HOTEST TRACK is by far the Chris Lake FUNKAROLL remix. The Hey Sunshine remix by Sugarstarr & Alexander is my personal favorite. Let me NOT fail to mention both Nora en Pure tracks at the end of the mix. If you do anything be sure to listen to Saltwater, a house version of the magical 80’s anthem, True by Spandau Ballet. That is the Smoothest Move of all.
So drop your voice down low and pretend you’re Barry White driving a Cadillac Deville with a deep red crushed velvet interior. Roll down the windows, light em’ if you got em’ & get an hour of house music in.
My latest mix is technically not out of the home studio. It’s live from The Bedford, a place that is one my favorite places to play in Chicago. I usually go to the spot early (See a previous mix titled “Half Hour Early”) and people are still just chillin’ having dinner and casual drinks. There are adults, #foodies, hipsters, frat boys, dates (lots of dates) all enjoying the scene. People dig that a DJ is playing during dinner so while I’m background noise, I’m entertainment & part of the ambience. The audience is engaged.
Nobody there early is there for pop music. I don’t get any requests. They’re at Bedford for conversation and the classy environment. Marble floors, elaborate wall paper, other walls lined with safe deposit boxes and a massive valut door glowing in candle light set a great vibe for playing jams like these. This track list contains some of my most favorite recent digs. Many of these songs I’ve found off the beaten path.
This mix goes from dinner to dancing. Right after the first 100 minutes my set went all hip hop and party hits. But the first 100 is just smooth. I tried to keep it lounge but hit people with sounds/samples they recognize. The room went from diners to drinkers throughout the duration of this mix. And I kept people dancing till 2am so maybe press play, grab a drink and see where this mix takes you…
It’s SUMMERTIME and FINALLY time to put out my latest mix: The Pineapple Party Starter. It’s what you should put on when you’re getting ready to go out at night. It’s not about going hard, or going in, or HAM. But it IS about getting ready to do all of those things.
This mix is to be played as you’re pouring your first drink, opening you first beer, taking your first shot. Yes it is. Press play, pour a drink and start getting ready to go out and party because it’s summer in Chicago and that is what you do.
And when you’re done getting ready, call an Uber, have it take you to Citizen (364 W. Erie), grab our Liquid Chalkboard menu and ORDER The Pineapple Party Starter. It’s a specialty cocktail we came up with. It’s Don Julio, Blackberry Liqueur & pineapple juice with a house made Cinnamon/Sugar chili powder rim.
Bonus: When you order the drink, you get this USB with it. (Instgram link: https://instagram.com/p/4U7PMpLQ7S/?taken-by=dannymccambr)
It has a copy of the mix on it, along with a B-side mix called, “Same Pineapple, Different Party.” That mix is my house style. It’s a little extra something I made for you for different day.
I must say, I’ve never had to work as hard as I did to put these mixes out. Spring has been NUTS at Citizen. It’s been harder than ever to be a bar owner/DJ. But I had 2 options: Don’t do these mixes or work really hard and get them done.
And now you know which one I picked.
Shout out to my wife Jessica for the love and support.
Old and new friends & fam…………Cya at Citizen.
I called this latest house mix “All In Together” because that’s the vocal sample from my favorite song on it, Detox by Loco Dice. It’s breaks down in amazing fashion at 1:04:34. If you listened to the mix that far in my friends, that song is your reward.
Suddenly Funk by Renato Cohen was a late addition that caused a week delay of putting the mix out. But it was worth it because that drop is…yeah. And it wouldn’t haven’t happened without a random Sunday night in February at Primary with the people from Act Natural & The Pool House, so shout out to them because their music is great.
Other thoughts: No house mix is really complete without something from MK. Motez is fucking awesome. “We got the margarita mix.”
And I’ve been working on this mix for months. Been playing these and a hundred house tracks in different orders, with different changes. For months. And finally I’m done. And happy to take one of my mixes in this direction. I’ve defiantly been getting burned out of playing open format, taking requests, digging so hard to string a couple new hip hop songs together before ultimately having to default to throwbacks.
I want out. I want more house. I can play house for days. Not EDM. House. It’s got funk, soul, rhythm. A HEARTBEAT. So enjoy this mix and enjoy house music because you’ll see me playing more of these tracks in the year to come as I’ll be announcing some new spots I’m playing at this Spring.