Creative DJ Hits His Groove

On Saturday Night I was DJ at Barefoot Boogie NYC. It was such a fun night and I really felt the vibe and connected with the dancers in a way that inspires me to continue to be a DJ and work even harder to improve. Good dancers deserve good music and energy to facilitate movement, dance and community. Professional DJs do not always get the opportunity to share their musical tastes and flavors. We are typically directed by the needs and wants of the Brides, Grooms and Party Planners that hire us to perform at the Weddings and Parties. When I am hired by a lounge or club, I typically have more freedom to open my DJ Music Library of more than 40,000 songs.

DJ Rocks The Barefoot Boogie?

The Barefoot Boogie is a freestyle dance which happens twice a month in New York City. We offer a relaxed, smoke- and alcohol-free environment where folks can freely express themselves in movement.

People of all ages, families and kids are welcome. Come alone or bring your friends. You’ll find folks at the dance moving solo, with partners, and/or in groups. Dress as you wish, but please leave your street shoes at the door before hitting the dance floor. The Barefoot Boogie is a not-for-profit, cooperative and volunteer-run venture.

From our pool of talented DJs, two spin each dance. Each of our DJs has his or her own distinctive style, but one thing you can rely on is that at every Barefoot Boogie you’ll hear a wide variety of music: R&B, World, Funk, Tribal, Hip Hop, Ambient, Reggae, House, African, Electronica, Disco, Rock, Techno, Drum & Bass, etc.

The Barefoot Boogie is a freestyle dance which happens twice a month in New York City.

We offer a relaxed, smoke- and alcohol-free environment where folks can freely express themselves in movement. People of all ages, families and kids are welcome. Come alone or bring your friends. You’ll find folks at the dance moving solo, with partners, and/or in groups. Dress as you wish, but please leave your street shoes at the door before hitting the dance floor. The Barefoot Boogie is a not-for-profit, cooperative and volunteer-run venture.

From our pool of talented DJs, two spin each dance. Each of our DJs has his or her own distinctive style, but one thing you can rely on is that at every Barefoot Boogie you’ll hear a wide variety of music: R&B, World, Funk, Tribal, Hip Hop, Ambient, Reggae, House, African, Electronica, Disco, Rock, Techno, Drum & Bass, etc.

DJ Mystical Michael at Barefoot Boogie NYC

Barefoot Boogie now meets at:

Insight Meditation Center: 28 W 27th Street, 10th Floor (Buzzer #27), NYC, NY.
We invite you to join Barefoot Boogie Facebook Group.
Your Party,Your Music, Your DJ!
973.908.8147

DJ Music Library Hits 40,000 Songs!

I am so excited! My DJ Music Library reached 40,000 last week with the latest downloads from Prime Cuts Music. For those who don’t know, Prime Cuts Music is subscriber service for DJ Music.

DJ Music from Prime Cuts Music

“PrimeCuts subscriptions include over 50 new songs a week, covering 25 genres of music, such as Top 40, Country, Adult Contemporary, Alternative, Dance, Latin and much more.PrimeCuts includes every song & every genre of music we release to radio & DJs in the US–it truly is the most comprehensive music service for DJs!

All subscribers automatically have access to download their releases from the PrimeCuts website. Subscribers can also choose to receive discs (either audio CDs or MP3 CDs) in addition to their downloads. The PrimeCuts downloads system couldn’t be easier to use. Most subscribers use our popular 1-click option to download the entire week of releases. Once it is downloaded, they can either choose to keep all tracks and put them on their DJ computer, or they can pick & choose which songs they keep. Depending on your internet speeds, you can be fully updated with your weekly music update in as little as 5 minutes! Imagine that--just 5 minutes a week to stay current with all the new releases!”

Best DJ Music from Prime Cuts Music for professional DJs

It iso much fun adding new, legal DJ music every week directly from Prime Cuts Music. Having a DJ Music library of over 40,000 songs has taken quite a while and feels great to be at this milestone, but more to add every week from Prime Cuts Music and for individual Brides, Grooms and Party Planners for Weddings, Parties and Events. I am currently working on a playlist for an upcoming 50th Birthday Party for a Latina, a Professor at Rutgers State University and an Interfaith Minister. She is a great woman as a bonus! She wants a nice mix of Latin Music- Salsa, Bachata and Meringue and English Music from The Big Bands to Michael Buble with The Eurythmics and Duran Duran, and some current tunes like Macklemore “Thrift Shop” and will.i.am and Britney Spears “Scream and Shout”. Should be a really fun Party!

40,000 songs in my DJ Music Library!

DJ Mystical Michael Rhode Island DJ & Boston DJ

 

Carmen and Eric Wedding

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What Is A Rhode Island Multicultural DJ?

I get asked from time to time, “Michael, what is a Rhode Island Multicultural DJ?” And this is the conversation that typically follows.

I smile and reply, “A Rhode Island Multicultural DJ is a professional DJ that is well-versed in the many cultures and traditions that a diverse area like Rhode Island demands for great Weddings, parties and Events.”

Fun Dancing at Wedding with New Jersey Multicultural DJ

“Yeah, that sounds great but what does that mean in real life for me hiring a good Wedding DJ for me and my fiancé for our Wedding? We are from two different cultures and want our families and friends to have a great time and fit together well.”

That is exactly what a good Multicultural DJ does!

“A good Multicultural DJ has a vast library across many cultures and genres to meet the needs of a diverse population like yours. We are very comfortable with both taking direction and guidance from you as to what your cultural traditions and music demand, and taking over when you need someone to make sure everything goes exactly the way you wanted it. In short, a good Multicultural DJ is ready for whatever happens at your Wedding. That is what a good Rhode Island Multicultural DJ is. Make sense?”

Fun Dancing at Wedding with New Jersey Multicultural DJ

“Yes, I think I get it now. You are saying that a good Multicultural DJ knows a lot about different cultures and is confident enough to let their ego get in the way of me teaching the about my culture for my Wedding. Do I have it correct?”

“Yes, I should hire you to be my marketing guru!”

We both laugh and start talking about the details of their Rhode Island Multicultural Wedding and cultural traditions…

Fun Dancing at Wedding with New Jersey Multicultural DJ

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Fabulous Indian and Canadian Multicultural Wedding

I get excited for every one of my Brides and Grooms Weddings. Each Wedding has its own flair and uniqueness that make them personal to that Bride and Groom specifically. I find Multicultural Weddings are typically a little more unique, since the Bride and Groom come from different traditions and bring with them those traditions to create something that is new and fresh together. But I have not previously had the opportunity to perform as Multicultural Wedding DJ at an Indian and French-Canadian Wedding before. It was so much fun!

Fun Wedding Dancing with Rhode Island Multicultural Wedding DJ

It was such a pleasure participating in the melding of two very distinctly different cultures for an amazing Multicultural Wedding in Edison, New Jersey at The Mirage.

“At Mirage, your wedding and other social events are carefully created to surpass all expectations, with gracious seating for 450, or cocktails for 750. Savor the best of cocktails and our lip-smacking appetizers in the foyer while you still get to keep the surprise element in the ballroom reserved for a grand entry. International cuisines tempt indulgence with perfect presentations graced by flawless service.”

Although the atmosphere was Indian, I do not want you to get the impression that the French-Canadian culture was not represented throughout the evening. The Bride and Groom hired a translator to share the Indian elements with the French-speaking friends and family, as well as translating the French elements with the Hindi-speaking friends and family. Everyone was included from the Ceremony, the live performances, the dinner, dancing and toasts/speeches.

The Groom Dancing at Fun Rhode Island Multicultural Wedding

Groom Dancing with Rhode Island Multicultural Wedding DJ

The First Dance had that look as if it was straight from a movie scene with the Bride and Groom dressed in amazing colors and textures, happy and smiling.

Bride and Groom First Dance with Rhode Island Multicultural Wedding DJ

The dance floor was packed from the minute we were able to play dance music for the Multicultural Wedding Party.

Fun Dancing with Rhode Island Multicultural Wedding DJ

We were able to sneak in a few slow dances along the way to make certain everybody was included in the Multicultural Wedding.

Fun Dancing with Rhode Island Multicultural Wedding DJ

Of course, there was the impromptu Conga Line that filled the whole room of over 350 friends and family. It was quite an exhibition. Nobody was left out regardless of age, race or cultural, just the way a Multicultural Wedding is supposed to be.

Fun Dancing with Rhode Island Multicultural Wedding DJ

What a fun Multicultural Wedding with friends and family coming from India, France, Canada and all over the United States of America to right here for their Rhode Island Wedding!

Fun Dancing with Rhode Island Multicultural Wedding DJ

This was one of those Multicultural Weddings that even the Rhode Island Wedding DJ had trouble staying away from the party on the dance floor.

Fun Dancing with Rhode Island Multicultural Wedding DJ

I am so grateful I get to work with such fabulous Brides and Grooms!

DJ Mystical Michael Rhode Island DJ & Boston DJ

Fun-Da-Mental Ja Sha Taan

I have been playing Fun-Da-Mental Ja Sha Taan as a DJ for a while and it continues to grow on me. I find myself chanting Fun-Da-Mental Ja Sha Taan while walking around going about my day sometimes. As a Multicultural Wedding and Party DJ in New Jersey, I hear a lot of music and listen to a very diverse mix of grooves and jams. This one has taken over lately.

 Fun-Da-Mental Ja Sha Taan

      Fun-Da-Mental - Ja Sha Taan (Transglobal Underground Karachi Deathcult Mix)

If you are not familiar with the group Fun-Da-Mental, they are a British group that are often considered radical for their political views and music. They are a diverse group of musicians that typically produce Islamic World Fusion with Asian and Afro-Cuban beats and rhythms. They have gone through several reformations of their musicians but continued to create powerful, conscious music to dance and raise awareness about the treatment of Asian and Afro-Carribean British populations. I think it is important as a professional DJ we need to support artists that are willing to create music that stands for the rights of people who are marginalized or discriminated against like Fun-Da-Mental Ja Sha Taan.

“Fun-Da-Mental is a British-based multi-ethnic hip-hopethno-technoworld fusion music group formed in 1991. The group is notable for its energetic fusion of Eastern and Western musical forms, for its outspoken political stance, and for its strong Islamic affiliation and advocacy. Fun-Da-Mental’s political stance has led to the group earning the label “the Asian Public Enemy“. The group’s work has led to international attention and collaborations with artists from PakistanSouth Africa and Siberia.” Wikipedia

Beautiful Woman Dancing at Rhode Island Multicultural Wedding DJ Fun-Da-Mental Ja Sha Taan

Listen to Fun-Da-Mental Ja Sha Taan and crank it up! Just make sure you have enough room to move, this is forceful and addictive. You have been warned.

DJ Mystical Michael Rhode Island DJ & NY DJ

Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi Chiayya Chiayya

I heard Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi Chiayya Chiayya first during the opening and closing of the film The Inside Man with Denzel Washington. It blew me away immediately and searched online from South Korea, where I was living at the time, for the Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi Chiayya Chiayya to download. It has since been one of my favorite songs to dance and move to. As a professional DJ, I do not have many events where this song can make its appearance.

Chaiyya Chaiyya Inside Job Clip

Like many Indian hit songs, it initially was from the film, Dil Se, and gained popularity from the great music video on the train.  The lyrics are based on a Sufi folk song, originally in Urdu named “Thaiyya Thaiyya” by the poet Bulleh Shah.

Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi Chiayya ChiayyaMusic Video

The lyrics below are in both English and transliterated for English readers. Beautiful stuff!

Fun Rhode Island Wedding Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi Chiayya Chiayya

 Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi Chiayya Chiayya Lyrics

Jinke Sar Ho Ishq Ki Chaaon
He whose head is in the shadow of love

Paanv Ke Neeche Jannat Hogi
Will have heaven beneath his feet

Jinke Sar Ho Ishq Ki Chaaon
Whose head is in the shadow of love

Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Walk in the shadow

Saare Ishq Ki Chaaon Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya
Saare Ishq Ki Chaaon Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya
Walk in heaven

Paanv Janat Chale Chal Chaiya Chaiya
Paanv Janat Chale Chal Chaiya Chaiya
Walk in the shadow

Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Walk in the shadow

Saare Ishq Ki Chaaon Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya
Saare Ishq Ki Chaaon Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya
Walk in heaven

Paanv Janat Chale Chal Chaiya Chaiya
Paanv Janat Chale Chal Chaiya Chaiya
Walk in the shadow

Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Walk in the shadow

Woh Yaar Hai Jo Khusboo Ki Tarah
There’s a friend who is like a sweet fragrance

Jiski Zubaan Urdu Ki Tarah
Whose words are like poetry ( Urdu , the language of poetry )

Meri Shamo – Raat Meri Kaynaat
Who is my evening , my night , my existence

Woh Yaar Mera Saiyyan Saiyyan
That friend is my beloved !

Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Walk in the shadow

Gulposh Kabhi Itraye Kahin
Sometimes ( My beloved ) flirts like a flower

Mehke To Nazar Aa Jaye Kahin
So fragrantly that you may see her scent

Gulposh Kabhi Itraye Kahin
Sometimes ( My beloved ) flirts like a flower

Mehke To Nazar Aa Jaye Kahin
So fragrantly that you may see her scent

Taabeez Banaa Ke Pahnoo Use
Having made it into an charm , I will wear it

Aayat Ki Tarah Mil Jaaye Kahin
She shall be obtained as a miracle is obtained

Taabeez Banaa Ke Pahnoo Use
Having made it into an charm , I will wear it

Aayat Ki Tarah Mil Jaaye Kahin
She shall be obtained as a miracle is obtained

Gulposh Kabhi Itraye Kahin
Sometimes ( My beloved ) flirts like a flower

Mehke To Nazar Aa Jaye Kahin
So fragrantly that you may see her scent

Mera Nagma Wahi Mera Kalma Wahi
She is my song, my declaration of faith ( Kalama: the Muslim confession of faith , as in , “La ilaaha il Allah” – “There is no God but Allah” )

Mera Nagma Wahi Mera Kalma Wahi
She is my song, my declaration of faith ( Kalama: the Muslim confession of faith , as in , “La ilaaha il Allah” – “There is no God but Allah” )

Woh Yaar Hai Jo Imaam Ki Tarah
My friend is like a priest to me

Mera Nagama Nagama
My song…..

Mera Qalama Qalama
My declaration of faith…..

Yaar Misaale Os Chale
She moves like the dew

Panv Ke Tale Firdaus Chale
She walks with the garden of heaven beneath her feet

Kabhi Daal Daal Kabhi Paat Paat
Sometimes through the branches , sometimes amidst the leaves

Main Hawa Pe Dhoondho Uske Nishaan
I shall search the wind for her trail !

Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Walk in the shadow

Main Uske Roop Ka Sedaai
I trade in her beauty

Woh Dhoop Chhaanhon Sa Harjaaii
Fickle , she flits shamelessly from sun to shade

Woh Shokh Rang Badalta Hai
She changes her bright colors

Main Rang Roop Ka Saudaai
I negotiate that as well

Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Walk in the shadow

Woh Yaar Hai Jo Khusboo Ki Tarah
There’s a friend who is like a sweet fragrance

Jiski Zubaan Urdu Ki Tarah
Whose words are like poetry ( Urdu , the language of poetry )

Meri Shamo – Raat Meri Kaynaat
Who is my evening , my night , my existence

Woh Yaar Mera Saiyyan Saiyyan
That friend is my beloved !

Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya
Walk in the shadow

 

DJ Mystical Michael Rhode Island DJ & NY DJ

Beyonce and Jay-Z Crazy In Love

Beyonce’s debut single as a solo artist, Beyonce and Jay-Z Crazy In Love, co-written by Beyonce, Richard Harrison and Jay-Z. The beats and horns are sampled from The Chilites Are You My Woman. After a successful career with Destiny’s Child Beyonce and Jay-Z Crazy In Love was the beginning of her solo recording career and hit the mark from the first beat.

 

Beyonce and Jay-Z Crazy In Love is a song that I get professional DJ requests almost regardless of genre of the rest of the music being played and works with all of them!

Beyonce and Jay-Z Crazy In Love Rhode Island DJ

An interesting fact about Beyonce and Jay-Z Crazy In Love is that Jay-Z was called in last minute at 3:00a.m. to add his rap which he did without a pad or pencil in ten minutes! I guess they had the magic together and it just worked. Of course, they were married years later.

Beyonce and Jay-Z Crazy In Love Music Video

Beyonce and Jay-Z Crazy In Love Success

Columbia Records released “Crazy in Love” on May 20, 2003, as the album’s lead single. The song was lauded by critics, who praised the horn sample, the guest appearance of Jay-Z, and the assertiveness with which Knowles sings the lyrics. “Crazy in Love” ranks 118th on Rolling Stone‘s 2010 list of the 500 greatest songs of all timeVH1 placed the song at number one on its 100 Greatest Songs of the 2000s list. At the 46th Grammy Awards, it won Grammys for Best R&B Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. “Crazy in Love” was Knowles’ first number one single as a solo artist in the United States, peaking on the BillboardHot 100 chart for eight consecutive weeks. It also topped UK Singles Chart, and reached the top ten on the singles charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden as well as Switzerland and achieved multi-platinum certifications in most of these countries. “Crazy in Love” had sold more than 8 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time worldwide.” Wikipedia

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Mark and Yomi Wedding

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Sam Cooke A Change Is Gonna Come

Sam Cooke A Change Is Gonna Come. Sam Cooke born Samuel Cooke 1931-1964. Since I posted the Otis Redding video and review the other day I asked, “Why Otis Redding, why not Sam Cooke A Change Is Gonna Come?”

Answer was simple, “I was motivated to write about Otis due to the release of the Kanye and Jay-Z song as a professional DJ.” Then it occurred to me, “Why not Sam Cooke A Change Is Gonna Come too!”

 

His contribution in pioneering Soul music many believe led to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green,Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and popularizing the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown. Cooke had 29 top-40 hits in the U.S. between 1957 and 1964.  Cooke was also among the first modern Black performers and composers to attend to the business side of his musical career. He founded both a record label and a publishing company as an extension of his careers as a singer and composer. He also took an active part in the American Civil Rights Movement.

martin luther king jr Sam Cooke A Change Is Gonna Come

On December 11, 1964, Cooke was fatally shot by the manager of the Hacienda Motel at the age of 33. At the time, the courts ruled that Cooke was drunk and distressed, and that the manager had killed Cooke in what was later ruled a justifiable homicide. Since that time, the circumstances of his death have been widely questioned.

Sam Cooke A Change Is Gonna Come was Released Posthumously.

Sam Cooke A Change Is Gonna Come was played upon the death of Malcolm X, and was featured in Spike Lee’s film Malcolm X. Rock star Rod Stewart once revealed to VH-1 that as a teen in the UK, he would lock himself in his room and spend hours studying Cooke’s vocal phrasings.

  • In 1986, Cooke was inducted as a charter member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.]
  • In 1999, Cooke was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him #16 on their list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.
  • In 2008, Cooke was named the fourth “Greatest Singer of All Time” by Rolling Stone.

 Sam Cooke A Change Is Gonna Come Music Video with A Powerful Slideshow

There are enough names and recognition included in this post to not add my appreciation for him personally. I would like to say that some of my favorite and most influential artists, film-makers and leaders seem to be connected to Sam Cooke and his legacy. That would be plenty to include him in our music video archive but his music is what moves me the most, especially Sam Cooke A Change Is Gonna Come and its message.

DJ Mystical Michael Rhode Island DJ & NY DJ