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DJ Tea w/ Ernesto Di Siro of Spin City DJz

If there’s one cardinal rule that everyone (even you, Mom) should abide by when they go out searching for their dance music life (besides stop making those “Cotton Eyed Joe” requests…it’s not happening..even at 1:59), is that you must always, always, always respect the D.J….and no, no that certainly wasn’t a question. 

Music case in point, Bucks County’s Ernesto Di Siro, who not only earns your bow downs for his uncanny ability to mix the hottest classic hip hop, R&B and club joints this side of werk, but for his Bensalem based company, Spin City DJz, who in just under a decade have owned the tri-state area and beyond with those beats. You know the ones. 

Of course, this fiery company couldn’t have been created without Di Siro’s undeniable werk ethic (the same can be spilled about his equally thunderous beat partner in crime, Josh Barrett, aka DJ Ghost) which will literally have Ernesto taking over floors all over the local dance place, especially for your Halloween weekend, including tomorrow’s 76ers game at Wells Fargo Center in the afternoon, which will follow with a stop at Caesar’s in Atlantic City tomorrow night, with his biggest stop of the witchy weekend coming when he grabs a hold of Pennsylvania 6 Philly by its afterlife disco balls with a select few of his beat boys for a Party of the Dead “Not Your Basic” Brunch soiree that will be like no other party you’ve seen or heard before…that’s because it is….so, go. 

But if there’s one thing that Mr. Di Siro takes pride in with his Spin City venture is that he really wants you to be happy not with just the selection of fine DJs that are on his strobe lit roster of talent (seventeen and counting kids), but that he just wants to make you feel it as much as possible. 

In today’s bonkers world, it’s hard to remember exactly what “it” is, but if you’re one of the many, many guests who’ve attended his bodacious bashes and groove filled gigs, Ernesto has gotten us just a touch a closer to the truth of it all, which is what you’ll be once you take a seat at his DJ tea-table where he spills about business, beats and what you can expect from him and his crew at Penn 6 this Sunday…everything. 

Kicking our little spill off, break some mugs for everyone on how you got started in this business leading up to Spin City Djz…I started Dj’ing in ’96, and I started spinning everywhere–in the clubs, out of the clubs at private parties, birthday parties, you name it. Around 2007, I started Dj’ing down at the big clubs in the city and that’s actually the year that my show on the radio. I was on Wired[96.5] for two years and it was during then that I noticed there was no one helping, or no one wanted to help you, everyone were out for themselves because nobody wanted to help move somebody forward because they were worried about where they were at. Josh and I were actually talking about this sitting at his parent’s bar in Bensalem, and he said, ‘How about you and I both pick out a guy we like from our area and instead of putting them out by themselves, we do the opposite–teach them and guide them while helping each other out with different things and come up with a company. We picked out our company name soon after and we both picked out DJs from our neighborhood that we really liked and sat at wherever they were playing, like, in the corner and they became our projects. I picked up a guy named Mike Stampone and [Joe] picked a guy named Jack who became DJSev One and both of us kind of like took them under our wings and we noticed we started to have something and could truly do something with this

What is the one thing that’s stuck out for you in the business sense of those early days to where you’re at now with the company? It [definitely] took a little bit to get the company noticed, and everything including the equipment was paid out-of-pocket for the first year-and-a-half. But in 2015, the company started paying for itself, which is something pretty cool to remember. 

As someone who totally understands what it’s like to not have that typical 9 to 5 job life, what are some things you noticed along the way that makes owning your own destiny a lot harder than people think it is? You never stop working…all the time. I so don’t mean to be that guy who’s “so busy” to get back to you, but I swear every time you turn your back you’re passing out a flyer, helping somebody, booking gigs. But what’s cool is that once we started building the name and the brand, we didn’t have to call Djs to work for us, they were calling us. Guys that have been in the industry and have been doing it awhile are hitting us up when we go out or sending us a message. Actually, are last few people that we brought on (DJ N9NE, Hollywood) came to us, and they’re just great guys who understand the business. But it does put sort of a pressure on us because we want to provide the best for our clients and it only helps me and Josh hustle harder to find new gigs and things, because we also want to keep our guys working as much as they possibly can. You just have to put the time in..all the time. 

Let’s spill about “Not Your Basic” Brunch. How did Spin City Djz become the rightful co-owners of this event? I’ve been friends with Mark [Bruse, of Monarch Philly fame] for a long time and Val [Mr. Bruse’s boo and owner of this event] and I have known each other just as long. They already knew what Josh and I did, so we all came together and it just werked. People said we should do more of them or more focus on that, but my answer to everything, if it ain’t broken…. 

What do you think makes this party so different from any other Sunday Funday party in or out of the city? One, it’s a different theme each time, and two, it’s only once a month so it’s not played out..keeps it fresh. And three, the hype that it gets, especially when it’s close to being sold out is amazing. It’s good that it’s hard to get into and tough to get a table sometimes. It makes it what it is…the perfect blend of everything. 

For more on Ernesto and his Spin City clique, peep this, and for much, much more on this Sunday’s Pennsylvania 6 Pajama Jam, snatching, take a groovy gander right here…right now. 

See you there! 

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Groove of the Evening/The B-52’s/”Deadbeat Club”

What can anyone really say about the legendary music catalog and one-of-a-kind sound of rock icons, The B-52‘s, besides….everything

Getting their true start in 1978 after the group decided to pack up their homebase of Athens, Georgia, and put in some werk in at the recording studio to record their very first radio single, the iconic, “Rock Lobster,” they would first begin to take over NYC, where their very first playing gig was at the famed rock club Max’s Kansas City.

It was from that cherished moment in music time that led them into the then unstoppable CBGB life, where a string of highly acclaimed appearances would put them in the sights of Warner Brothers music label, and although it did take some time until they truly hit it Billboard big with 1989’s Cosmic Thing, the rest is pretty much music history, as written in any of their smashing hits, “Love Shack,” “Roam,” “Summer Love,” “Channel Z” “Good Stuff,” and tonight’s groove, the deliciously underrated “Deadbeat Club,” all of which we know will be on all sorts of Halloween-fied display when they take over The Fillmore on Sunday night, just in time for all of that mischief. 

Ready, set, tin roof…rusted. Now dance, deadbeat, dance, because The B-52;s are coming to town and we all need to be ready. 

This month’s grooves sound like…

 

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Rewerk Wednesday/Fedde le Grand

An iconic Dutch house DJ and producer, Fedde Le Grand is best known for healthy serving of club firestorms including “Put Your Hands Up,” “The Creeps” and the oh, so glorious Ida Corr owned romp, “Let Me Think About It.”

Mr. Le Grand has also made an esteemed name for himself as a frequent headliner at Molly-ready EDM events like UMF and TomorrowLand, and even more unconventional festivals such as Sensation and Coachella. Fedde has also blasted popular overseas club venues like Pacha Ibiza, Green Valley, and Marquee LV, as well as home country events like ADE, Amsterdam Music Festival, and the annual DJMag Top 100 DJs Awards, in which the superstar DJ’s held a spot in the upper ranks of the esteemed list for nearly a decade.

Le Grand has also been a key player in giving life to the careers of DJ talents such as Nicky Romero, Deniz Koyu and Danny Avila, and over the past few years, the club crushing DJ has also made it his priority to discover new talents, bringing to light emerging artists like Roul and Doors, John Dish, dBerrie and Jewelz & Sparks. Those artists are also housed on Flamingo Records, a dance music label Le Grand co-owns with his wife Tana along with DJs Funkerman (“Speed Up” all dat) and Raf Jansen. If that wasn’t enough heat for you, Le Grand also spins out a weekly radio show called Dark Light Sessions that airs every Friday on satellite radio and features many, many (did we say many?) of the fiery Flamingo releases.

Also on his list of dance floor destruction, Le Grand has also rewerked  wide buffet of mainstream music artists during his reign, including Madonna and her ’08 hit, “Give it 2 Me,” Coldplay’s “Paradise,” Mariah Carey’s “You’re Mine,” and the classic Everything But the Girl smash, “Missing.” But perhaps his biggest rewerked accomplishment came when mercifully remixed Michael Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good,” which served as the lead single from the dearly departed King of Pop’s posthumous album, Xscape.

Earlier this year, Mr. Le Grand dropped his latest floor filler, “Give Me Some,” a swift, jazzy joint that certainly packs just as much of a punch as any one of his astounding remixes. The tantalizing dance ditty would then find its home on Something Real, Le Grand’s first feature length record that co-stars guest vocalists from all over the music map, including Jonathan Mendelssohn (“Miracle” & “Lost), Danny White (“Cinematic”), and the one and only Corona, who the DJ mixes in her early ’90s dance smash, “Rhythm of the Night,” and certainly makes it his own.

So, if you’re not too familiar with this destructive werk that Fedde Le Grand constantly dishes out, do yourself a favor and jump right into any one of his polished productions. Your headphones will certainly be glad you did…so don’t even think about it…go. 

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