I got my first pair of Technics Turntables while attending the Musicians Institute in 1996. During my first week of orientation in 1995, by luck or fate, I became friends with a French/British & incredibly talented musician who, within a few weeks, took me to my first underground, renegade style, Full Moon - Desert Party: a.k.a. Moontribe. The rest is history…
Based off of similar events thrown by San Francisco’s WICKED CREW; their free, donation-based, friends-and-family, invite-only, word-of-mouth, 60’s psychedelic style, ultra authentic, high vibe & love-inspired Beach Parties & Full Moon gatherings, the Wicked Crew were making positive change by simply providing a quality Sound System & a safe space for people to gather, commune, and Dance lie nobody was watching. Pure. Unadulterated. Freedom.
These events in the Bay Area inspired some Los Angeles DJ’s who had attended the Wicked Parties to do similar events in the vast, beautiful Deserts of Southern California.
There were no cell phones. Directions were hand-written. You could only get directions - to a map point - if you knew someone. Select ‘family’ or ‘tribe’ members, those who knew someone who trusted enough to actually give them directions to an exclusive party, who would go to their various ‘map points’ across Los Angeles, (mine was “Rocking Ralphs” on Sunset Blvd., then eventually “The Corn Palace” - another story;) then we’d round up all of our friends, & their friends (and often their friends, friends), & then we’d lead caravans (literally caravans) of cars out to some remote location in the Mojave, or California City, maybe in Lone Pine, or Lancaster, or near the Sequoia National Forrest, or maybe Death Valley, or Victorville, or Indio, or Blythe, maybe we’ll go to the Angeles Crest Forrest, or Red Rock Canyon, maybe near Barstow, or Boron, or Bakersfield; wherever in the boonies these events may have been located from one Full Moon to the next, you could pretty much count on always passing through more than one dusty, tumble-weed dry, desolate, often poor, and sometimes painfully depressing rural towns. With over a Decade (or 120+) Full Moon gatherings, New Moon (Integral) gatherings, a multitude of clubs, underground parties, raves, festivals, and transcendental events where I’ve DJ’d & danced till my hearts content, I’ve got a fairly solid background to write about & discuss Clubs, DJ’s, Events, the Music Industry, Music Technology, EDM/IDM, Electronic Music as a whole, and the young, thriving, & still so incredibly misunderstood world of Dance Culture.
Having finished the Guitar program, I re-enrolled to the Recording & Sound Engineering program, again at The Musicians Institute of Technology in Hollywood, California.
While still in school, I was hired to be the in-house Sound Engineer at the historic Club Lingerie. Here I eventually redesigned & installed a new sound system in what would become the first nightclub in California to host the British DJ’s Sasha & Digweed.
*Fun-fact: I did Sound for Sasha & Digweed’s first appearance in Los Angeles, located at Club Lingerie on Sunset Blvd., in Hollywood, California.
While working at Club Lingerie, I was lucky enough to do sound for every act & event that came through the venue; events varied from up-and-coming Artists, to formerly famous Artists, from Rock Bands,and Hip-Hop clubs, to House Music, & Industry Parties (Pornography/ Club Skin), private parties, corporate events, Music Videos, private events for MTV, celebrity parties, celebrity birthday parties, many industry related events & endless after-hours parties (Club Lingerie had a ‘Grandfather Clause’ allowing it to stay open until 4am - a rare thing in Los Angeles).
I became obsessed with the Dance Floor. I would dance 4-5 Nights per week.
Eventually, I realized there were only a few of DJ’s who I could count on to play amazing Music that I could absolutely lose myself Dancing to - so eventually, almost out of necessity, I began DJ’ing.
My DJ career started slowly, subtly, & definitely unannounced. I was blessed to have the keys to Club Lingerie, and after the club had closed and everyone had left, I’d shut down the main sound system, and then go up to the DJ Booth, & I practice mixing all night into the Morning when eventually the cleaning crew would arrived & I’d go home to sleep. There was a weekly club night, either on Friday or Saturday Night, called “High Society”, and this is where I would first come to meet 7 be inspired by DJ Marques Wyatt. Unannounced, I would begin playing records before anyone else arrived. Either because it was good, just didn’t bother anyone, or - more than likely - simply because the promoter did’nt want to pay an opening DJ - I began to unofficially open up for the evenings DJ’s & resident DJ Marques Wyatt.
Global Grooves. Spundae, LA. Native Instruments & Stanton DJ.
A few Years later, Club Lingerie was sold & closed.
By this time, I was already gaining ground as a DJ in Los Angeles, eventually having a few residencies at clubs around town, and I became a staple customer at many of LA’s record stores like Beats Non-Stop, Wax Records, & Higher Source. Eventually, I began working at Global Grooves record store on Main Street in Santa Monica, California.
As the Buyer for Global Grooves, I would focus primarily on House & Tech-House Music, with a healthy side of UK Jungle, Drum & Bass, & new-School Breaks (pre-cursers to what we now know as Dubstep & Bass Music).
With the opening of San Francisco’s notorious Club Spundae in Los Angeles, I got my first residency at what was LA’s first Super-Club.
Playing beside some of the worlds greatest DJ’s and Producers, including Derrick Carter, Ritchie Hawtin, Tipper, Adam Freeland, Marques Wyatt, Doc Martin, Garth, DJ Sneak, DJ Heather, Collette, M.A.N.D.Y., Meat Katie, Booka Shade, Steve Bug, and Freq Nasty, I eventually began to focus on organizing events & conscious Music Production.
Deep ~ Family.
Native Instruments ~ Product Specialist.
DJ Shayn Almeida.
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