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“Philly Mixtape Music Tea”w/ DJ John Michael Di Spirito

 You guys know that a big part of the Facebook launch were the music chats that went down on the page, and for those of you guys are just pressing play on the Mixtape, don’t worry, I’m happy to say that starting this week, they’re back and better than ever. In fact, all week long, I’ll be catching up with some of the biggest and brightest talents who were part of the Facebook launch, and who have been gracious enough to be part of the official site launch, as well!  So on that music Barbara ’20/20′ intro, let’s get our fresh music chat segment on which will now be fabulously called, “Philly Mixtape Music Tea.” 

To kick things off, this morning I caught up with my music galpal and dazzling DJ John Michael Di Spirito and the two of us sipped delicious Adele English Breakfast music tea over the one thing that is on everyone’s minds today-Missy Elliot, of course.  However, before you clean up our dropped krimpet crumbs, get to know John Michael a little bit as you get your music tea-sippin’ on… 

Mr. Di Spirito hails from New York City, and over the years, his style has led him to play at some of NYC’s best venues-Spirit, Avalon & Boulevard, just to name a few. He’s also recently finished a five year residency under Shep Pettibone at hot spot Paradise in Asbury Park, NJ. If that’s not enough blazing heat for you, his talents in the studio caught the ears of legendary DJ Junior Vasquez, leading to many years of incredible collaborations between the two for some of Junior’s most private and public remixes. Not only does the magical Michael produce under his own name, he’s also a part of collaborative remixing teams NU Collective, Audio Assembly and Hell & Keller. You better work, bitch.

Dive into our fun music chat below, and for more JM, go here and here.

PM-In five words or less…your thoughts on Ms. Perry’s Super Bowl halftime performance last night.
JM-I want those shark costumes!
PM-Okay, let’s dish about Ms. Missy. If you could only listen to one Missy Elliot song for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
JM-This is really tough… My first instinct is to say either “All In My Grill” or “Hot Boyz” cause they were the first songs I’ve ever heard, but when “4 My People” came out, it was everywhere in NYC so in honor of my most respected clubbing days of yore, I have to go with that one. It never fails to get me pumped up!
PM-Next….any thoughts on the Grammy awards this Sunday, and you can say whatever…you…want.
JM-I do love award shows and I always hope that Beyonce wins whatever category she’s nominated in (she is, after all, my spirit animal), but this year in the dance category it’s gonna be a really tough call for winners! For best dance recording I literally like all of the nominees… You’ve got Disclosure & Mary J’s “F For You”, Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne’s massive “Rather Be”, the slick Whitney remake of “My Love Is Your Love” in Duke Dumont & Jax Jones’ “I Got U”, Basement Jaxx’ solid “Never Say Never” and what I feel is the underdog in Zhu’s “Faded”… I love and have played all these songs in my sets, but I’m gonna have to give it to Disclosure & Mary J on this one. Maybe I’m biased cause I remixed it, but I love both of them so much so that’s who I’m rooting for! Royksopp & Robyn are nominated for best Electronic/Dance album which makes me excited! I love their work together so as a big Robyn fan, she has always my vote! Also, Toni Braxton & Babyface are nominated in the Best R&B Album for their “Love, Marriage & Divorce” album. I’m really REALLY pulling for Toni on that one. She deserves it for so many reasons, but mainly cause it’s a great and highly underrated set of songs. I could ramble on and on, but I look forward to the performances and hair styles!
PM-So, let’s dish about you. Any new projects on the horizon?
JM-SO many new projects coming!! The one coming out real soon is my collaboration with Floor One Music on Sia’s “Elastic Heart”! It’s my first time remixing her which is always exciting for me! Floor One and I also have our mix of Kiesza’s “Giant In My Heart” which has been completed but will soon see the light of day as well a fun, off the cuff mix for Whitney Houston’s “Call You Tonight”, a personal favorite of mine from her last album “I Look To You.”My next solo project though is a mix of FrankMusik’s “Pins & Needles” from his “Between” album! I love male voices and I don’t feel like they’re represented enough in dance music, and his is just so damn wonderful!
PM-One last thing, in your own words, what does music mean to you?
JM-Music is everything to me. It has the ability to make us emote in so many different ways, it’s power is limitless. Over the course of my life I’ve lived my highs and soldiered through my lows and through every bit of it, music has always been there for me. To quote the legendary C&C Music Factory: “Music is my life, it helps me through the fight. Music is my life. It’s the joy I have inside!”
Work it like Missy.

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