Murphy's Law happens to everybody and believe me, I'm no exception. There is no such thing as a concert, event, or massive party that goes on without a glitch. Whatever can go wrong, usually will. The success of that event depends on how quick you can recover from what goes wrong. This seemed to be the general theme for this night in particular.
I'm awake now. It took me a few days to recover from the festivities last weekend. It's amazing what a handful of Advil and 14 hours of sleep can do. I needed it though. I didn't get back to my hotel room until at least 3AM to 7AM from Friday through Sunday night. I got plenty of good networking done. Some know the holiday as Labor Day Weekend. Nerds like myself count down all year to the same date so we can return to our mecca in the South East known as Dragon*Con.
Leading up to this year's freak fiesta, I had been negotiating with Dragon*Con management since last April. I received a call from Mr. Eric Watts, Trek Track Director for Dragon*Con, during my lunch break at work. I was pleased to hear him tell me that since last year's Trek party I DJed was a big hit. (Yeah, I already knew that. I was there. But every now and again, it's nice to get that kind of validation.) Eric went on to ask if I wanted to DJ again for the Klingon Disco and the Party at Ten Forward. This year would be nothing out of the ordinary - sponsorship by Outworlders and will double as Dragon*Con's Rainbow Flag Party for the geek LGBT community (translation: my mix needs to be a bit girlier than usual with more 80s / 90s flavor). Naturally, I accepted the invitation without a second thought. I love convention crowds, and have had a good amount of experience spinning at gay clubs.
Well, I recently decided to try something completely out of the box from anything else I've done: I want to join a band. So as of now, I am the new DJ for a rock band in Atlanta by way of Detroit + Los Angeles. The band is called Detroit Mutant Radio. We basically answer the question, "What would Red Hot Chili Peppers sound like if they did hiphop?". So yeah. Wrap your head around that. Better still, hook up with the band on your favorite media outlet at iLike, GarageBand, YouTube, FaceBook, MySpace, CDBaby, Amazon.com, and any of the hundreds of Google search entries we have.
I met up with the band a few weeks ago thanks to an ad on Atlanta CraigsList. I played my first live show with them August 30th @ the Apache Cafe in downtown ATL. OMG that was so fun. We ended up being the house band for poets from DefPoetrySlam and rocked out 2 sets in between. I even managed to slip in a quick solo hip hop mix with a bit of Jurassic5, KRS-One, Beastie Boys, and De La Soul.
I even got pics of the band! Check it out!
Last Saturday turned out way better than I had planned. Possibly TOO well.
The weekend began with the usual lack of sleep from Thursday transferring to an early work day Friday morning. (I got sick while I was at work, which had me clocking out @ 3am in between trips to the men's room. Then I got 2 hours sleep and clocked in at 6am. (Fun.) Impatiently I waded through the work day sleepy as hell.