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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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5 Ways to Prepare Yourself for the Grand Return of Pennsylvania 6’s ‘Not Your Basic’ Brunch

Attention ALL bubbly brunch bros and Sunday Funday thots……it’s baaaaaack

Yes, what you’ve read in Star magazine and what you’ve heard from your grandma during your last tea spill is absolutely correct...Pennsylvania 6 is striking back with round two of their smash party, ‘Not Your Basic’ Brunch,” and for the kick off, they’re about to welcome you into a jungle setting that’s guaranteed to put the Axl in your Sunday Funday Rose

However…

Those of you out there who’ve attended this pulsating party since its opening this past spring (go here to see what you’ve missed) know that although it was a short, sweet season, it certainly got its ferocious job done. So, can you imagine an entire year of these shenanigans? Yas, brunch kween. 

In fact, Philly Mixtape and Pennsylvania 6 Philly want you to be more than ready for the sophomore season of “Not Your Basic” Brunch that we’ve put our delectable Effin Vodka (shameless promotional plugs all day) bottles together to come up with 5 ways on how you (yes, you…and get that table while you’re at it because there’s seriously, like, two left) can prepare your Sunday Funday lives for not just the return of ‘Not Your Basic’ Brunch…but for all of it..starting right about..now. 

1.Get to know Ms. Valerie Teachout….the mistress behind all of the #NYBB madness… As much as the wonderful staff at Pennsylvania 6 will be ready to serve and supply you with all those fancy bottles on Sunday and from here on out, there’s truly one person who’s responsible for setting up all of this RiRi like work before you take a sexy stiletto step inside the groove filled jungle, the wonderful Ms. Valerie Teachout.

Ever since she took over in Philly fresh from NYC just under a year ago, Valerie has proven that she’s got what it takes to throw one bitchin’ brunch par-tay and then some, as evident in any gathering she puts together at Pennsylvania 6 as head events diva or those ultra top-secret La Soiree Sunset rooftop extravaganzas that are so on the R Kelly down low that even Inside Edition can’t figure out where they are. And guess what, kids….there’s still plenty more on the way very, very soon and those coveted secret details are set to death drop into your life any..moment…now. 

The bottom line is this….if you’re looking to have the time of your life, you need to contact Ms. Teachout right away because her tireless efforts and thriving consistency are absolutely guaranteed to make you feel all like….

2.Show your love to all of the spectacular entertainment that’s headed your way and ready to serve, serve, serve…. With any prime and proper brunch blowout, one must acquire the right DJs to destroy the decks, and since they made you live for your dance music life all last season, Bucks County based Spin City DJz Ernesto and DJ Ghost along with Menace Cartel are back and ready to serve you with all of the hip hop vs. house jelly that you can handle. Or can’t you? There’s only one way to find out…go and get to werk, bitch. 

But, wait there’s more. While the thunder provided by Ernesto and his beat brothers will certainly get you panting for more bubbly, NYBB has also become a beacon for all werks of entertainment life, whether it’s in the form of those wicked drum sets provided by Michael Romeo for round one or the stylings of one hula hoop owning diva we’ll never forget from last season’s closing session, they’re all here and so much more. And this Sunday is no exception as the exuberant vocal stylings of soulful diva Chali are set to take over to help get the party started like Ms. Pink. Get the point? Good. Let’s go. 

3.The jungle theme is just the beginning…. There’s no denying that from the moment you walk into the (blacked out) doors of NYBB on Sunday, the way those strobes light will hit you in the corneas, you’re going to instantly think you’re in J.Lo’s “Waiting for Tonight” video (that millennium clock…priceless), but keep in mind that the jungle theme is only the beginning of a NYBB season that’s more than ready to reel you in straight from that very first…glug. 

While we don’t want to give too much away, let’s just say that with October creaking up on the fall horizon, that scurry shit like Brenda from Scary Movie mode will be in full effect and you might want to get into the mind frame that you’re more dead than Lindsay Lohan’s movie career….

….and if you’re a really, really good thot this year, you just might see Santa stopping by to stuff your NYBB stocking, just in time for the holidaze. Just sayin’….

4.Understand this…..there’s truly no other Sunday Funday party like this one in the City of Brunch-erly Love… If there’s one thing that us Philadelphians love to do (besides get down on all those cheesesteaks and hype our sports teams..and then throwing all of the redwood forest shade their way when things don’t go our way..ahem, Eagles, #undefeatedsofar) is that we simply love to get our brunch on…and then brunch some more, bro. 

Another we thing we love to do? Get turnt all the waaay up. So, when you combine those elements along with those unstoppable vibes that are set to take over Penn 6 Philly this Sunday and beyond, you get an event that’s truly like no other event in Philadelphia. And if you’re still not convinced, all you have to is strut on over to 114 South 12th Street this Sunday at 2 o’clock to see what all of this fabulous fuss is about..and once you do, there’s no going back because it’s just that party. 

Like a G6, indeed. 

5. Just f#$king get ready to dance, dance, dance, dance like Justin Timberlake. Truly…enough said because you won’t be able to stop the feeling that NYBB is about to serve you with. See you Sunday! 

 

 

 

 

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5 Reasons Why You Should Absolutely Check into Pennsylvania 6 This Week

By now, many of you out there reading this right now are well versed in everything that Pennsylvania 6 Philly has to offer. Whether you’ve indulged in any one of their decadent menu items off of their American Contemporary Cuisine tinged dinner menu, got your oysters on during happy hour, or made way to their weekend bubbly brunch, you love it, you really, really love it. 

They’re also no strangers to opening their doors to hosting an array of fabulous events along the way, including a number of political fundraisers and their wildly successful Not Your Basic Brunch parties, which are set to dance their way back into your lives this fall.

This week is of course no expectation as PA6 will be hosting not one, not two, but three wonderful events that will make you want to head straight on over to 114 South 12th Street right away. (That’s their address in case you want to Uber there after you read this article). 

So, just what is on Penn 6’s deliciously love-filled agenda this week? Read on to find out much more and we will see you there! 

1. The Komen Philadelphia Young Professionals Community will be taking over happy hour tonight…Since Tuesday is the most “blah” day of the week (it really is), why not get into “almost hump day” formation by stopping by Penn 6 at 6 tonight for a special happy hour with the Komen Philadelphia Young Professionals Community, who are re-launching with a new vision along with a bright new energy, and would love for you to join them in their reinvented venture. 

A suggested $10 donation at the door (or any donation you would like to offer), will make way to a two hour open bar, delicious light fare, good company and even better forward conversation as these young guys and gals come together to maybe, hopefully getting us closer to the finish line for the race for the cure of breast cancer, which is a battle many have lost along the way and is one that many are fighting as we speak right now.  So, come out tonight and support the Komen Philadelphia Young Professionals Community, because they’re more than ready to rock it out in all of their pink glory. 

2.Werk 4 Orlando will make you feel the love on Thursday night..In just two days, Pennsylvania 6 and Philly Mixtape will be joining love-filled forces up to bring you an incredible happy hour fundraiser called Werk 4 Orlando, with proceeds going to help those affected by the senseless tragedy at Pulse Nightclub, which shook all of our worlds a month ago today. 

A suggested $10 donation at the door (or any donation your generous heart desires) will also give you a lovely ticket to win a fabulous gift basket provided by Philadelphia Distilling, who are joining us as sponsors for the love-filled evening. (And there may or may not be a delicious cocktail called a “Summer Smooch” waiting for you, which may or may not be love-muddled with watermelon…guess you’ll have to stop by to find out!)

Also for your early evening delight, there will also be close to two dozen items featured in a truly spectacular silent auction, among them being generous donations from Pennsylvania 6, Franky Bradley’s, Nutz & Boltz gay men’s clothing, Loew’s Hotels, Boxers, and many more businesses and restaurants from the area who’ve been absolutely wonderful in showing their love for Orlando and beyond. 

However, since there’s no better way to get the message of love across then through the power of music and entertainment, also joining us for the love rollercoaster ride is an incredible cast of extraordinary local entertainers including DJ Chris Urban, local singer Jo Stones and local songstresses Lisa Parks and Chali, who will be introduced to the stage by red-hot NYC drag diva Pissi Myles, who I personally know is more than ready to help us continue the message that love, love and more love always wins over that pesky hate…always. It’s a message that we need to keep getting out there…so let’s do it.

All proceeds from the auction as well as proceeds from the door will be going towards funding both Planting Peace and The Center Orlando, two incredible charities who are making great love waves in making sure the victims families of this senseless tragedy are not just taken care of, but making sure we never, ever forget the names of the 49 lives we lost on June 12th, 2016.

On behalf of Philly Mixtape and Pennsylvania 6, we can’t wait to see everyone there! And for much, much more on this event and other ways you can show your true werk for Orlando, smooch it up right here.

3.Golden Girls Quizzo on Sunday will have you checkin’ your fabulous purse for your cheesecake life…. Hey, there, you sassy golden gurrrl. How well do you think you know Blanche, Dorothy, Sophia and Ms. Rose of everyone’s favorite former Saturday night NBC comedy diva squad, Golden Girls? 

Well, get ready, Stan, because Burlesque star Turnpyke is about to put all of your GG knowledge to the test when he takes over Penn 6 this weekend for a Sunday Funday Quizzo that will truly push you to your Miami limits. Even more fabulous is that Blanche Devereux herself–aka fabulous Philly drag queen, Aloe Vera–will be, um, manning all of your quizzo questions to make this one bubbly brunch you’ll never forget. Well, unless you’re a Rose. Meaning, grab those forks and those pencils and prepare to dig into all of the cheesecake love you can handle this Sunday. 

4.Their scrumptious summer menu is in full effect…. Although each of the above mentioned events will certainly want to make you show your Pennsylvania 6 love this week, their main attraction of course is their current summer menu, which is all wrapped up with the finest culinary touches and taste bud tantalizing, thanks to Chef Mark Ricker. 

Among the items that have been making the summer menu rounds is a light-and-smooth Monkfish Osso Bucco, which is hugged by maitake mushrooms, baby tokyo turnips, all while drizzled with a hot-and-steamy truffle jus.

There’s also the Berkshire Pork Collar placed on top of logan turnpike cheddar grits which is so riduculiusly good that it’s sort of ridiculous. Then of course there’s their infamous raw bar and this soft polenta..well, you, get the idea, so get your idea of what you want to order right here when you stop by to revel in Penn 6‘s mouth-watering summer menu…because you know you want to now. 

5.Theit trademark Gin-Jin cocktail is just what you (yas, you) need…. What do you get when you mix muddled cucumber, a healthy serving of gin, a gleaming dash of elderflower and top it off with a spicy, yet sinfully sweet ginger-cayenne elixr? You are blessed with Penn 6’s trademark Gin-Jin cocktail, which is just one of the delicious adult beverages on their cocktail list that will certainly put the “Be” in your “Yoncé,” along with the Champagne rocked Southern Belle and those tasty Buleit Old Fashioned’s for days. Thirsty? Yas. 

So, which will day we will see you this week? The answer is simple–everyday. 

Cover photo courtesy of www.philly.com