Category Archives: DJ Life

The Lash Will Be Missed, But It’s Legacy Lives On

DJ Rose Knows and DJ Liz O. on Giorgio Moroder Night at The Lash
Rose Knows and I paying tribute to Giorgio Moroder at The Lash

There are a lot of venues in Los Angeles, but one like The Lash, where I DJed a lot over the years, is rare. That’s why I’m saddened to learn that the downtown venue has closed.

I’m grateful to Ross, KB and everyone with the venue for providing a home for a cross-section of niche scenes in the city for so long. The club was most closely associated with the darkwave/goth world, but, really, you could hear anything from techno to city pop there. The club boasted a truly eclectic line-up of parties, which is part of what made it unique.

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New Year’s Eve Was Amazing. Listen to Part of My Set from Club Underground’s Sold Out Party

New Year's Eve Ball Flyer Club Underground Sold Out 2022
Club Underground’s New Year’s Eve Ball Sold Out Before the Doors Opened

What a New Year’s Eve! It was amazing to play with Larry G. and Malvada for the sold out crowd at Club Underground’s New Year’s Eve Ball at Grand Star Jazz Club. Thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday night to ring in 2023. 

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I Love Playing These Five Depeche Mode Songs

Depeche Mode 12" vinyl single for "Everything Counts" Depeche Mode vinyl 12" single for "Love in Itself" with "Fools (Bigger) on B side
Depeche Mode 12″ singles for “Everything Counts” and “Love in Itself” from my vinyl collection.

There’s one band I’ve played more than any other in my DJ sets. That’s Depeche Mode. The British synthpop pioneers have been a part of my gigs, often regardless of the vibe of the party, since I started DJing. I doubt this will ever change. 

I’ve been a Depeche Mode fan since I was a kid, but there are a lot of bands that I’ve loved for most of my life and don’t play nearly as often. It does help that L.A. has a lot of Depeche Mode fans. Outside of the clubs, the band frequently appears on request lists for weddings and birthday parties. But, that’s also not really the reason for so much Depeche Mode play. 

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This New Disco Remix of “Goo Goo Muck” Is Incredibly Fun

The Cramps "Goo Goo Muck" Disco Muck Extended Mix from Mark James and Peewee Ferris
“Goo Goo Muck” now has a disco edit courtesy of Mark James and Peewee Ferris

I fell in love with a incredibly fun and thoughtful disco take on The Cramps’ 1981 cult hit “Goo Goo Muck” from Mark James and Peewee Ferris this morning. It’s not something I expected to find. In fact, I never considered playing a disco variant of any song by The Cramps. But, that’s likely going to change soon. 

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Now Is the Time to Rediscover This 1990 Jam from The Human League

The Human League "Heart Like a Wheel"
Cover of the single for “Heart Like a Wheel” by The Human League

In 2022, a 32-year-old song from The Human League started creeping into my sets. I’ve been a fan of the band since childhood and play them often when I DJ. Yet, I never played “Heart Like a Wheel,” let alone the extended mix of the song, before this year. I began playing “Heart Like a Wheel” because I heard it on a MARS FM broadcast nearly as old as the song itself.

MARS FM 103.1 was a short-lived radio station in Los Angeles during the early 1990s with a truly alternative format. While MARS was known as the “rave” radio station, they played everything from Morrissey to Arrested Development to Messiah. (Check out these old playlists.) It was wild. Years after the station’s demise, my friends and I recalled it in many conversations. A lot of us were, in some way, influenced by the sound of MARS. 

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You Love This ’00s Indie Dance Mashup

Little Twin Stars CD booklet from 2000s
This Little Twin Stars CD booklet still holds my secret weapons from the ’00s.

One of the songs I played most in 2022 didn’t come out this year. In fact, “Drop the Numb” is an indie dance mashup that dates back to the mid-’00s. I retrieved it from my Little Twin Stars CD booklet filled with music from the heyday of Soulseek and music blogs.

I still don’t know the name of the remixer who fused together Mylo’s club hit “Drop the Pressure” with Scissor Sisters’ cover of “Comfortably Numb.” I wish I did, just so I could say thank you for this banger. 

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How to Build a Record Collection: You Need to Know This Before You Buy Vinyl

Record collection of Liz O. including Velvet Underground, Giorgio Moroder, Green Velvet, Cissy Houston, Throbbing Gristle, The White Stripes, Leonard Cohen, Mike Oldfield and Fun Boy Three
Your record collection should reflect how your interests have grown over time. Seen here: The Velvet Underground, Giorgio Moroder, Green Velvet, Cissy Houston, Throbbing Gristle, The White Stripes, Leonard Cohen, Mike Oldfield, Fun Boy Three

In many ways, I don’t think of myself as a record collector. I’m someone who happened to start DJing when CDJs were not as user-friendly as turntables and vinyl, particularly dance and alternative music from the ‘70s and ‘80s, fit my college student budget. Many years later, though, I’ve managed to build a record collection that I still sometimes use to DJ. Mostly, though, it’s a source of personal enjoyment.

Over years of crate digging, I’ve learned  how to build a record collection. I’ll share what I learned here, beginning with how to source records in a way that’s sustainable for you.

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Listen to My DJ Sets from Underground on Mixcloud

Getting down to “Genius of Love” at Underground on 12/09/22

I somehow remembered to record all three of my sets from Underground on Friday night and have posted them on Mixcloud. Special thanks to Larry G., Tea, Malvada, Grand Star Jazz Club and everyone who showed up last week for making this year’s birthday DJ gig a special one.

I’ll be back at Underground for New Year’s Eve. Tickets are already available and I highly recommend getting yours now via Eventbrite.

Check out the sets below. I’ve included the set lists underneath each recording.

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