sou excited!

I’m beyond thrilled to announce that the release date for my first remix since 2016 falls on this coming Friday, February 9th! It’s a re-envisioning of the tune “Sou” by Burkina Faso’s WÜIWA, whose traditional kora and balafon sound we decided to freak disco style with a bumpin’ bass line, funky wahwah guitars and synth lines that would put a smile on the faces of our favorite 80s new wave bands. The project was done in collaboration with my partner from LA JUNTA SOUND SYSTEM, David Cardena aka ‘degruvme’ (think Deee-Lite for those who know), and involved me traveling about 30 minutes or so each way, a few evenings a week for about a month to work out of his Pasadena home studio, so that we both had equal opportunity for creative input. Big props to degruvme, as he sat in the chair and behind the actual computer keyboard for most of the production process…well, because he’s much quicker on a computer than I am (he’s an IT manager by day). I sat right at his side for all of it though, even during the car mixdown tests. AND I did the cover art above 😉

Extra thanks to our brother, Joe McGuire, of Pan-Californian Afro-disco-funk outfit Afrolicious for composing and recording the guitar and bass tracks during a fun two-hour session in his Santa Monica, CA studio. Plus, once again, we called on our friend Charlie B. Wilder aka Chuck Wild aka Captain Planet to polish the project with a final mixdown and mastering session.

Most of all, our gratitude goes to Seb Krimi of RADIO KRIMI and RADIO KRIMI RECORDS based in Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France for inviting us to work on this project and releasing it on his amazing label. Please check out the tune, consider purchasing it and spreading the word…we’re grateful for everyone’s kindness!

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the board (aka la junta)

Just posting up some images that I did spotlighting the La Junta crew for a recent promo campaign for our summer event series. Here we are. This is us.

roof with a view.

LA JUNTA, my deejay crew and music event of the same name, have announced the dates for our Summer 2017 run. We’ve been working hard to curate an amazing lineup of deejays, live bands and dance groups for our fifth summer season–and our second in DTLA. Yup…we’ll be back rockin’ the super fresh rooftop lounge at Don Chente Bar-Grill & Lounge, across from Staples Center. Above is our teaser flier showing the dates of our series, each show taking place on the LAST Sunday of each month from April through September. For this summer campaign, the La Junta team and I decided on a vintage futbol/soccer aesthetic. Soon you’ll see the flier announcing the lineup for our April 30th Kickoff Event. Can’t wait to show you, and of course, to see you at La Junta!!

Check out our Facebook Page HERE.

selena + vamos = ¡selenamos!

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Our final LA JUNTA summer event of 2016 falls on SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25TH!! And we’re going out BIG with Los Angeles’ new but already beloved Selena tribute band, SELENAMOS! It takes place on the rooftop of our new home, DON CHENTE BAR-GRILL & LOUNGE in DTLA, right across from Staples Center. We’ll be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Selena’s first gold record, which was also the first for any woman in Tejano music!

Facebook Event: La Junta Season Finale featuring SELENAMOS

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