I`ll be playing my first post-pandemic gig proper at the Lone Star party at Bonobo tomorrow – Saturday August 8th. It`s been long while since I DJed at the bar, having stopped for a number of reasons last September. We, me, Max Essa and Ken Hidaka, did Chris Coco`s Chill Out Tent event there, in June – with no audience save our director, Lily Rinae. This was when Bonobo`s owner, Sei, took me through the soup-ups he`d added to the sound systems – on both floors – while locked down. Blowing my mind. So I`m looking forward – admittedly unsure of what numbers will be like, and how the evening will pan out. The second floor area has always been a cool place to listen, chat , catch up with old friends, and make some new ones. It remains to be seen if anyone can visit the downstairs dance floor and not do that – dance.
After initially announcing that they would stop their “fee-free-fridays” in July, Bandcamp have looked at the potentially dire situation the musical community faces and decided to continue to help. So all proceeds of moneys spent on the site today will again go directly to artists. With this in mind, right now I’m packing my bag for Bonobo with Bandcamp, and sharing a few of my selections with you – from first tune to “round midnight” maneuvers – most of `em new.
(Click on artwork for listening and purchasing links – yeah look at me upping my game)