Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Nappy Nu-Year 2012 - My first New Year's Party

I just realized the other day that not only am I organizing my first big New Year's Eve party but also my first afterhours party. I am really excited to be doing this party with awesome friends and collaborators including the Nappy Nation crew, RK Entertainment, and Frolab! There is a whole lot happening at this party!

There will be a midnight jam session featuring some of LA's most awesome artists such as Jimetta Rose and Shafiq of Sa-Ra, Lots of LA's hottest soul/hip-hop DJs, and it goes til 6am. The vibe will be that of an LA underground warehouse, so grimy, sexy fun! The party is only $30 at the door but there are 2 ways to save!

$25 with RSVP to or

LIMITED $20 presales also available via

Location provided with RSVP or ticket purchase!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

More Naked Models in a Pool by Ed Freeman

Another photo has emerged from my wonderful final pool shot with the incredible Ed Freeman. Not sure how he captures this chaos but it looks beautiful!

Monday, December 05, 2011

Nu-Thursdays presents Martin Luther - December 8, 2011

Martin Luther, also known as Martin Luther McCoy, quite simply was born to sing. A truly gifted and highly styled musician whose studying of gospel, funk, rock and soul music at an early age set in motion what many have come to identify as the making of a Rebel Soul. The multi-talented singer, songwriter, actor, musician and producer has been bubbling within the music world for years, and has already energized music lovers across the globe with collaborations with some of Pop and Hip Hop’s finest. Martin’s last studio album, “Rebel Soul Music,” was one of music underground’s most anticipated albums of 2004, nationwide. Finally set to release his highly anticipated third studio album entitled, ‘Love Is The Hero’ Martin Luther fans should expect to be revitalized, seduced and empowered with a dynamite blend of polished Pop, intoxicating Rock and a whole lotta’ Soul.

$8 Cover


Little Temple
4519 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Monday, November 21, 2011

8 Nude Models + A Pool by Ed Freeman

I have to give it up to Ed Freeman. Who else would dare throw eight naked models (guys and girls) into a pool together to see what happens? The man always has a vision and the results are breathtaking. Its always a pleasure doing these shoots with Ed but this one takes the cake!

Broke As F**k Thanksgiving - Wed. November 23, 2011

It's Thanksgiving time! And that means it's also time for one of my biggest parties of the year! Come on down for BROKE AS F**K at the Blu Monkey! The legendary Simply Jeff will be rocking the decks for a special breaks set. It's totally free!


or at facebook here:

Drum & Bass Mix for Signal Flow Radio

I dropped by Signal Flow Radio earlier this month and spun a live drum&bass set. I havent spun DnB in a long time so it was a lot of fun to break out the vinyl. I dropped some classics and some not-so classics but it was all in my soulful yet hard style. Go ahead and download it!


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Strictly Social w/ Sonnymoon + Ryat - Thursday Nov 17, 2011

I am hosting another rocking hot show this Thursday night November 17 at Little Temple. Two buzzworthy acts on one stage. Plug Research's newest signing Sonnymoon is joined by Ryat (who had a collab with Brainfeeder's Taylor McFerrin this year). This is going to be a killer show of progressive talent!

RSVP at facebook

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

My interviews with Nikki Grier and J. Mitchell

Sorry for the delay in getting these interviews posted but here they finally are! Two wonderful artists that I had the honor to connect with this year!

Nu-Soul sat down with rising talent Nikki Grier to find out how she got signed by Dr. Dre and more!

Check out our interview with the lovely J. Mitchell best known for her collaborations with Exile. Be sure to download her free album too!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Nu-Soul + Om Records present J Boogie's Dubtronic Science - Thursday Nov 10, 2011

Om Records' artist J Boogie is coming to my Nu-Thursdays event on November 10, 2011. To celebrate the release of his new album, he will be rocking with his full live band experience, J Boogie's Dubtronic Science, which features Aima The Dreamer, members of Afrolicious, Jazz Mafia, and more! This is gonna be one to remember so go ahead and grab tickets now!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Norman + Chara Underwater by Ed Freeman

Ed Freeman does it again with another magnificent shot with me in it! This time with the awesome Chara as my partner in the image

Check out Ed Freeman:

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

ART + SOUL w/ Nola Darling - Friday Ocyober 7, 2011

ART + SOUL is back this Friday October 7, 2011. I am so excited for another edition of this series. I get to put a lot of talented people all in one building! This time catch performances by Nola Darling and Breezy Lovejoy!

RSVP to to get on the discount list!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Broke As F**k - September 28, 2011

Nu-Soul Magazine presents
Wednesday September 28, 2011

A Free Monthly Night of Breakbeat, BootyBass, Ghettotech, Dubstep, & Electro

Featuring Sets by


Eva x Betty Boom X Athena

Plus Residents

Admission is Always FREE
Drink Specials Until 11pm

Blu Monkey Bar & Lounge
5521 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
$5 parking on Western

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Thundercat Review for Nu-Soul

Here is my review of the debut album from Thundercat, co-produced by Flying Lotus!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The NewAgeGhettoHippiePunk Festival - September 1, 2011

Another big event is going down at Nu-Thursdays this week. The NewAgeGhettoHippiePunk Festival was curated by Ms. Emonifela and features an incredible lineup that includes Nola Darling, Coultrain, Musa, Blackbird, Shafiq Husayn, and Ta'raach. This is sure to be bananas!

RSVP to for $5 entry until 1030pm

Monday, August 22, 2011

2 Years of Broke As F**k

It's hard to believe that 2 years ago my friend Eva and I started our co-party BROKE AS F**K up at the Blu Monkey, a little bar in Hollywood. As a continuation of Eva's Broke on Sundays parties in the valley, BAF was the same breakbeat concept but moved to once a month and on a Wednesday! It's hard to believe our little party has survived for 2 years in LA, where competition is so tough but nevertheless here we are. This Wednesday we celebrate the 2nd anniversary with one of my old school Miami DJs, Ashrock from Hydraulix, in the house! It's gonna be a great night of FREE music!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I Am Featured in Ed Freeman Underwater Photo Exhibit - Sept 10, 2011

Ed Freeman, one of my absolute favorite photographers to work with, is unveiling his new exhibit on September 10 showcasing his magnificent underwater photography. I am so proud that at least one of my photos will be featured in the show with possibly more. The photo above is a brand new image from a recent shoot so there may be more goodies in store. Get all the info on the flyer below.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

4 Years of Strictly Social - 8.18.11

 On August 18, 2011 I will be celebrating the 4th Anniversary of my monthly event Strictly Social. It's pretty hard to believe that four years ago I was planning my very first Strictly Social. We started humbly enough in North Hollywood, but 4 years later I feel as if I have actually helped create and support a whole new scene in Los Angeles. There is a growing community of artists who have discovered a platform through these events and have gone on to develop relationships that have brought about exciting new partnerships and sounds. 

As the centerpiece of what I wanted to share with people in regards to Nu-Soul Magazine, Strictly Social has really served as an experiment in the open-mindedness of the LA music scene. I have consistently exposed new talent and a multitude of emerging genres to those who were in the building.
I am so proud of reaching this incredible milestone! Thanks to everyone who has been a part of the movement since the beginning: Destroyer, Myxzlplix, Lucy Beer, Asya Shein, Thornell Jones, Loslito, Kenya, Ian Lights Out, Jayvon, Atlantic Connection, Novena and all the incredible artists who have come my way!

Come show some love for the BIG 4th Anniversary show on Thursday August 18, 2011 featuring Nikko Gray, defSound and Brook D'Leau!

Purchase $5 tickets!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Broke As F**k at the Blu Monkey - 7/27/11

It's that time of the month when I dust off my vinyl and head to the Blu Monkey in Hollywood for some hard-hitting breakbeat insanity! It's Broke As F**k, my free monthly event that is all about breaks, booty, and Bass! Come check it out in Hollywood on Wednesday July 27, 2011. Did I mention it's free!?

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Nu-Soul + Om Records present Gina Rene of Soulstice - July 7, 2011

This Thursday July 7, 2011, my website Nu-Soul Magazine is teaming up with Om Records to present a very special evening in support of the new album by Soulstice. This event will feature a listening session of the new album In The Light from 9pm-10pm followed by a performance from lead singer Gina Rene at 11pm!

Purchase Tickets for just $8 HEREnu

See you at Little Temple
4519 Santa Monica Blvd

My Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas Review

I know it took forever but here is my review of all the fun and insanity of Electric Daisy Carnival 2011 in Las Vegas!

Read it HERE

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Photoshoot with Body Studies

So here they are. Some of my shots from my shoot with Mr. Fritz aka Body Studies Photo. We took a ride about an hour north of LA to El Mirage which is a dry lake bed outside of Palmdale. It was definitely a beautiful location to get some very serene shots. Enjoy!

Check out Body Studies at Model Mayhem

Friday, June 03, 2011

ART + SOUL w/ Choklate in DTLA June 4, 2011

It's time once again for my favorite event! ART + SOUL is a bi-monthly project that I curate with my partners Michelle Cali and the boys from Jazzercise Manny and Mza. It is truly a labor of love and we select all the performers that are on the bill, pick all of the artists that showcase their work, and literally transform the Mezz in downtown Los Angeles into a soulful experience of epic proportions! If you live in Downtown LA, love soul music, good art and good people I highly recommend you come check this place out! It is definitely a unique event in LA and best of all it is FREE until 11pm with an RSVP.


Monday, May 16, 2011

Blatino Oasis 2011

This past weekend was the annual Blatino Oasis event in Palm Springs and a good time was had by all. I made my way to sunny Palm Springs for a weekend of pool parties and late night fun in the desert. My pics should give an indication of some of the hotness on display! Enjoy!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Birthday Gear by K!llTone

I wanted to share some pics from my birthday party not just because I had so much fun and all my good friends popped in on a Wednesday night, but because I wore an amazing T-shirt from K!ll Tone. These guys create these rather awesome shirts that feature these pyscho looking anime style heads!

Check them out on Facebook:

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

I am hosting a Cinco de Mayo celebration at Little Temple!

So I know I'm not Latin or anything but Cinco de Mayo falls on a Thursday this year. So I have decided to show some love to my Latin brothers and sisters and my Thursday night event will be all about Cinco de Mayo. It will still be very Nu-Soul style but with a Latin twist. So get ready for 2 rooms of djs spinning hip-hop, house, soul, and beyond with a live percussionist and all that stuff! Plus $5 Margaritas and Tequila shots all night!

See you at 45109 Santa Monica Blvd!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Body Boyz Memorial Weekend BBQ + Pool Party - Saturday May 28, 2011

Summer is right around the corner and what better way to kick it off then with my Body Boyz crew! In preparation for Body Boyz 2011 in Las Vegas, the crew is having their annual BBQ and Pool Party in Los Angeles. Yes I will be there helping out, hosting, and having fun by the pool. So all the boyz with body and the men who love them need to be there to represent!

The event takes place on Saturday May 28, 2011 from 12 noon - 6pm. The address is 5434 South Garth Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90056

Presale tickets can be purchased for $15 online at HERE

More info at

Facebook invite

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

NoChella Weekend 2011 Recap

Mega-Festival Coachella sold out in a record 6 days in 2011, leaving many folks, including myself in a bind. But when life throws you lemons, what is left to do but make lemonade, and thus NOCHELLA was born! With a ton of parties popping up to take advantage of the extra people in Palm Springs and the surrounding desert cities, the idea of driving out to the desert to hit up a few FREE parties seemed pretty logical (and thrifty).

With Palm Springs accommodations on lock and trusty sidekick George by my side, I made the journey to the desert Friday night and headed straight to the Ace Hotel. Our goal was to catch Flying Lotus but that didn't happen. There were just a bunch of random hipsters looking for something to do. We made our way to our lovely house (666 Thornhill Road) and prepared for the next day of fun.

Saturday was a bit of a mission to drive from Palm Springs to Bermuda Dunes. Roads in Palm Springs tend be geared towards locals so getting lost if actually quite easy. I finally touched down at a Interscope party sponsored by Belvedere. It was at a really sexy house and Chad Hugo from the Neptunes was spinning. There was free vodka but by the time we got there all that was left was Bloody Mary Flavor(who thinks of this shit?) so after one drink we were out. So it was back to the Ace for Scion's Rhonda party. It was a little light by the time we got there so we then made our way to LA's Smog party in downtown Palm Springs. The all-dubstep affair featured a nice surprise set from Magnetic Man's Skream. The vibe was on point and the music was proper all night.

After an all-night rager at our 666 house and lot of pool action on Sunday morning, the Ace Hotel called again. Although I wanted to drive out to Bermuda Dunes to check out the Brainfeeder party, driving 20 miles in the heat did not seem like a great idea when the Ace was just 1.5 miles away. The Do-Over went off at the Ace. BoysNoize and Cosmo Baker dropped sexy and varied sets that kept the crowd moving. The party actually had a covered dancefloor and in the 100 degree weather this was an essential element to keeping bodies moving. Props to the Do-Over for the smart move.

Overall my Nochella weekend was a fun getaway from LA that was inexpensive, yet packed with lots of new places, people, and experiences. For those looking to soak up some of the Coachella vibes without breaking the bank, this is definitely a wonderful option for 2012!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

NoChella is coming!

Another year, another Coachella. And yet another year that I couldn't get a press pass! BOOOOO! But never fear. Coachella has never actually been my favorite event to attend. 3 days in the hot desert, walking for what feels like miles to get from tent to tent only to be so far in the back that you can't even see the artists you want to see. So for the second time I am driving out to the Palm Desert Cities to experience what I like to call NoChella. Each year more and more parties have been popping up surrounding the festival to make use of all the sponsorship money and impressive talent at the festival. So safe to say that there will be plenty to do. Some well known record labels, corporations, and party promoters are doing their thing so it is sure to be a great time. Some of the things that caught my eye include Smog's Coachella afterparty on Saturday night, 2 pool parties from Scion, a collaboration party from Brainfeeder and Stones Throw, and a Belvdedere sponsored pool party! Stay tuned for my review and photos from NoChella!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Nikki Grier + Jazzy at Nu-Thursdays April 14

Excited for another week at my event Nu-Thursdays! On April 14 I am hosting two Nu-R&B divas. The first is Nikki Grier who is signed with Aftermath. She writes with Dr. Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent, and Busta Rhymes so you know she is the business! The second is Jazzy, who performed at one of my very first events but has since sang background for Melanie Fiona and written for Jamie Foxx. Both ladies will be performing with the amazing Breezy Lovejoy!

See you at Little Temple
4519 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
$10 all night!

Monday, April 04, 2011

Body Boyz Model Contest

I will be a part of the Body Boyz crew again this year in Las Vegas! Body Boyz has just announced a special contest to join the crew. Info is on the flyer above. Just submit your photos and info to FLex at

Friday, April 01, 2011

I am hosting ART + SOUL w/ The Rebirth Saturday April 2, 2011

I am back with another edition of ART + SOUL. I put together a lot of events but this one holds a special place in my heart. The venue and vibe are truly unique and amazing! If you are in downtown Los Angeles this Saturday you should come check out this synthesis of art and music. It's FREE until 11pm with a RSVP to the following link:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My interview with Taylor McFerrin

Taylor McFerrin is a one man band of sorts, creating musical gold with his hands and voice that traverses traditional jazz and soul to progressive hip-hop and dubstep. I was lucky enough to interview this amazing artist. And yes he is the son of Bobby McFerrin!

Monday, March 21, 2011

My Thoughts on WMC 2011

Winter Music Conference 2011 will always be known as the year of controversy. With the much discussed fights between WMC and the Ultra Music Festival and the subsequent split into 2 separate weeks in March, no one really knew what to expect this year. Having attended Ultra since its inception in 1999 and watch it grow and, in recent years, get worse, I decided to show my support to WMC who seemed to uphold the values that drew me to dance music in the first place. While this year's WMC was largely a subdued affair, compared to previous years, it allowed me the perfect opportunity to explore events, artists, and promoters that I had ignored because off all the big parties. My experience was unlike any year that I had been before and the smaller more intimate crowds we right up my alley.

Highlights for me this year included my involvement with NextAid and their Beauty & the Beats event. A unique event held at South Beach's Primp Salon, visitors could get their hair done while listening to house beats and sipping on wine. This was a surprisingly lively event and stood out as being uniquely Miami. Large Music's party also held a special place with some of the best house music I heard all week. I mostly hung out in smaller venues, catching Mark Farina at a tiny packed bar, catching the Geishaz spinning amazing electro bass at Jazid, digesting the warm house at Sobe Live courtesy of NextAid, chilling with my Om records friends at the gorgeous Setai hotel, random beats at South Beach dive bar Liquor Lounge. This year it wasn't about catching the biggest and most popular DJs. It was simply about the feeling of discovery and renewal that dance music can provide. And while most people are preparing to go to Miami for all the Ultra craziness, I feel fully satisfied in my personal and rather intimate experience I had at WMC this year. It was a return to basics. Friends, Fun, and Fierce Music!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I am doing PR for Jayvon!

So I have taken on yet another project but this one is easy. I am officially doing PR for my friend DJ/producer/remixer Jayvon. One can say that I have always been his publicist. I did his first few interviews and I have always been a champion of his music back when he was handing out drum&bass mixtapes at raves. Well since then Jayvon has grown into an eclectic artist, dropping remixes for major artists like Rihanna and Sade, going on several sponsored tours, rocking a K-Swiss ad campaign, and producing lots of mixes in all genres and styles. I am proud to be on team Jayvon so definitely look out for more from me and this awesomely talented dude that I call friend!

Japan Relief March 24: My response to the events in Japan

Like everyone I was shocked by the level of devastation that hit Japan last week from an Earthquake, tsunami, and now nuclear radiation. Since I have a weekly event and a whole lot of DJ friends I decided I should throw a party to raise money to send to Japan. The resulting event will take place on Thursday March 24 at Little Temple here in Los Angeles and will feature some of the city's best DJs in all genres such as Mark de Clive-Lowe, Abdul Shakir, Jayvon, Eva, Destroyer and many more of my awesome friends. I will be donating all the door proceeds to Direct Relief International! And it's only $5!

RSVP on facebook

Thursday, March 03, 2011

I am shooting with T.I. Photography in Miami

So what's all this operation Miami business that I have been tweeting about? Well I am headed to Miami next week for the annual Winter Music Conference. You know you need to look good in Miami so that is a given but while I am there I will be shooting with Philip Brown aka TI Photography! This dude knows how to shoot black men and he only shoots the buffest most muscular black men around. So I have been going super hard at the gym to get that proper TI Photo look. Check out some of the men he has shot and go to his model mayhem page.

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