My journey as a DJ has been a real trip. However in the nightlife scene I've always felt as though I deserved a little more than I had, based on my skill level, experience and people I knew. I always felt like I was getting passed over for gigs. I'm the DJ everyone knows, but no one really books. Even after booking a ton of people on my own, it got to the point where if I had a gig, it was I who was doing the entire party. The flyer, promotion, to even additions like cooking Drum Pan Chicken. I spent some nights literally outside cooking, then spinning a DJ set, then finishing up. But hey, I knew what I was getting myself into when I moved into the city, and all of that has led to this opportunity today.
The work has paid off, and I would consider this my first real residency. Reason being, I don't share the tables with anyone, I don't 'warm-up' or 'close', I play from start to finish, every single Friday. It's something the elites get. I'm at a venue where the place itself gets people out, with in-house promoters who don't work elsewhere. This means I don't have to promote! I do anyway, I mean I want people to come see me play, especially my friends so that's a given. But for the first time, the owness is not on me to get people out. It's reduced pressure, and I can focus on the music.
The music! That's the sickest part. The music. Everyone and their grandma knows I love to spin hip-hop hop, but I also have a deep appreciation for House music. Blessed to be in a place receptive to both. I open the night with house, disco and r&b, then just after midnight I switch it up to Hip-Hop. This is a format I've always wanted to play since going to Movida in Dubai (what up Ish). I feel truly blessed that I can dig and play the style of house I love the most and then switch up the vibe as the night builds. The possibilities are endless and I can really experiment. I'm geeked just writing about it. My only rule is no dancehall before 2 am (I still sneak a one two in there and play nuff Afro Beats).
But wait, there's more! There is NO COVER at this place. I repeat. NO COVER. That's just beauty. You do have to get past security however, and if you don't look the part on King Street, you're not getting in. The door is usually restricted to those getting bottle service, however if you are dressed decently (no hats, no timberlands, no sneakers) and you tell security that I invited you, they'll let you in. It's very upscale.
So without further delay, I'd like to introduce Goldie.
Located at King and Bathurst, Goldie is owned and operated by Reza Abedi (Trademark Hospitality), and Michelle Romanaw (Dragon's Den) - Yeah... I have a residency with a dragon! It's not even a joke! Featured by all the blogs that tell you what's what here in Toronto, this is a premium nightlife venue and with me behind the decks, Friday just might end up being the best night. I spin in the upper lounge, which is pictured directly above this paragraph. Once I start playing, they rig the sound so the whole venue can hear. These pictures do not do the place justice, and it is by far the nicest intimate venue I've seen in the city. It's an honour to play here.
That being said, thanks to all the people who support me as a DJ whether it's listening to mixes, coming to events or just reading my messages and liking my posts. Now that I have a new home on Friday nights, if you're ever in the city and want to come out, hit me up! And make sure you're dressed right.