I have been debating putting together this list for awhile and I spent so much time doing my best tracks and albums that it almost didn't. But the fact is that 2010 was such a major year for me in so many ways that I simply had to retrace my steps and take a look at some of the biggest and best moments, experiences, and opportunities that changed my world this past year. Here are the ten best things about 2010 in chronological order...
1. The Foreign Exchange Grammy Nomination Party (January)
This was definitely a major turning point for me and my events. This free party celebrating the first Grammy nomination of The Foreign Exchange yielded an overwhelming response. 1200 RSVPs and a line around the block cemented my place among LA's recognized promoters and opened up plenty of new opportunities for me.
2. Ian the Intern (March)
Thank God for Ian, the very first intern for Nu-Soul Magazine. His hard work and dedication helped us double our traffic numbers in just a few short months. From the daily postings to the assistance at my numerous events, Ian was an invaluable addition to my world.
3. Birthday Raver Party (April)
I celebrated my 32nd birthday with an all night raver house party complete with glow sticks, candy jewelry and all vinyl dj sets!
4. The Strictly Social Tour (May)
I embarked on my first mini-tour in May, taking my signature monthly event Strictly Social to 3 cities in 3 weeks. With a solid lineup of artists that included Erik Rico, Afta-1, Havana, and Iman Williams not to mention the coming out party of Mark de Clive-Lowe and Sy Smith, the month of May saw Strictly Social take over San Francisco, LA and San Diego!
5. Electric Daisy Carnival (June)
I have attended many a dance music festival as both a fan and a journalist but none have compared to EDC in 2010. The epic scale of the event was outmatched only by the epic scale of my experience. The crew at Insomniac and MSO PR truly took care of media with rapid entrance through the artist area, a media sky box with supplies and a sick view, and full backstage access to mix and mingle with the talent. All my years of raving paid off in a big way!
6. Body Boyz United Las Vegas (4th of July)
The most fun I have ever had in Vegas and I was working! A truly great group of men from all parts of the world enjoying one of the craziest weekends around. This was an intimate affair that provided something new and different each day and plenty of eye candy!
7. All Hearts Tour w/ Robyn and Kelis (July)
Robyn was one of the most talked about artists of the year and this show with Kelis was the best I attended all year. I danced, I sang, I gushed!
8. September at Strictly Social
The September 2010 edition of Strictly Social seemed to be blessed by the gods or something. After booking Sa-Ra as headliners the blessings kept coming with Muhsinah jumping on at the last minute and Hennessy providing an open bar for the first hour of the night. Plus everyone discovered the remarkable talents of Grillade. The night broke all of our attendance records and set me up for some big things in 2011.
9. Halloween as Lil Wayne
After enduring so many compliments/insults from kids saying I looked like Lil Wayne, I embraced the absurdity of it all and dressed up as Weezy and scored my most popular costume ever. Drunken antics ensued.
10. Broke As F**k Thanksgiving
The most rewarding thing about throwing events is that I get to take something that is very personal to me and share it with the world. It warms my heart to know that I have helped keep the fire in LA's breakbeat scene and this Thanksgiving Eve party with none other than Simply Jeff providing an old school set, was the biggest and best I put together all year!
So that was my 2010! It was a major blast where all my hard work started to pay off in ways that I could have never expected. I am ready for the new challenges of 2011. Get ready!