#stayintune with @djfreedomlives daily!
2016 has had a lot of great and not-so great moments. We have seen a shocking and disturbing election year, celebs returning to the essence and more award ceremonies that simply rub the backs of industry favorites.
This DJ is happy to celebrate the goodness of music producers who made dancehall POP!
Sevn Thomas ("Work" by Rihanna), Jr. Blender ("Cold Water" by Major Lazer), Supa Dups ("Not Nice" by PARTYNEXTDOOR and "Controlla" by Drake) plus Cashmere Cat ("Luv" by Tory Lanez). There were many other great examples by Drake ("One Dance"), the explosion of Afro Pop into the mainstream and millions of views on YouTube plus the continuing growth of Caribbean influence on pop music (Justin Bieber with "Sorry" and others), Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Maroon 5 and Shakira to name a few others.
There were dozens of songs that fit into the dancehall frame that had pop success.
Hip-hop artists dug in, house, dance and edm artists under the guise of "tropical house" were all dancehall influenced and even gospel and country felt the island vibe influence.
Watch for my best of 2016 next month...the last celebration of music beyond my own exploits in the "Mix To Go Awards."
#dancehall #reggae #Caribbean#goodmusic #islandvibes #afropop#soca #top40 #Jamaica #remixes#MixToGo #djfreedomlives
#stayintune...as we say so long to 80s icon
Rarely do I pay homage to artists when they pass but I have a personal memory of GM. When his solo album "Faith" came out in 1987, his label Columbia Records had a team doing a promo campaign. His single and album title "Faith" wasn't very big for me but "I Want Your Sex" and "Fastlove" were among my party favorites.
George Michael became a pop icon and maintained his stature into the 90s but experienced some controversy in his personal life. Get that part of his story from his family or Wikipedia. I am only here to honor the artist, the musician...
he is gone physically but will remain musically.
Sunrise June 2, 1963...
sunset December 25, 2016.
#faith #rnb #pop #top40 #iconic#goodmusic #dance #crossover#georgemichael #80s #club #MixToGo#carelesswhisper #onemoretry and #moremusic
#stayintune with what matters!
FOOD...we take for granted the most basic and necessary thing we need daily...and yet we complain about why we can't sleep, think straight, tired all the time, get sick so easily...I can go on.
What are we doing about it? Smoking less? I drink less (you may recall my attempt at sobriety...it was a good run...but I find at this time I can just regulate how much I drink...as if). But in every other way I follow the rules to how to eat to live: plenty of water, green tea with honey daily, smoothies-often 2 glasses daily (homemade too-none of that store bought, chemically enhanced and riddled with "natural flavors" etc.), good exercise (calestetics cause I don't need a gym...but it is cool if YOU go lol)...I meditate in the morning and at night, my #2 is on point daily (I had to say it, not being nasty) and I am living proof you can be as healthy as I am by simply saying I WANT IT.
This documentary currently on #Netflix is a good example of what you need to do to better your life through what you eat-or don't!
Watch this...and also another doc called "Food Inc." on #YouTube (watch THIS first then go to YouTube).
New year is coming fast...use that Ole' resolution to spark your need to step up and bless up!
#foodie #goodfood #foodmatters#eattolive #youarewhatyoueat #foodinc#goddegree #buildyourself#foodpyramid #vegetarian since 1997 #vegan (2 years but with #fish since 2004) #eathealthy #goodhealth
#gohear (special events)
to enjoy the 1st annual
"CONEY ISLAND MUSIC MARATHON"
August 11-13, 2017
Celebrate good music with the hottest DJs, live full band performances, our seasonal "Vendor Village" and "A Taste Of Brooklyn" featuring ethnic foods from some of Brooklyn (and New York)'s best chefs and restaurants.
Tickets go on sale in January but watch my pages every Tuesday for updates.
The latest news: Luna Park is on board to sponsor our event space!
I am meeting with the community board in Coney Island next month to discuss security, sanitation and the future of CIMM as an annual event in Coney Island.
This event has been a dream of mine since my good friend and DJ Nino Torre told Queen Martina and I to hot step our way to the boardwalk for one of what would be many visits to the Coney Island Boardwalk to hear house music in 2007...we waited until the summer of 2008 to make C.I. our home!! From that point it became an ongoing conversation to produce an event that celebrates the underground and yet, could also embrace commercial artists as well without sacrificing the integrity of the boardwalk.
Friday evening...rnb, neo-soul and reggae;
Saturday afternoon to evening...house music;
Sunday afternoon and evening...freestyle, old school hip-hop, classic dance and more.
Save the dates and join my group on Facebook:
#goodmusic #dancemusic #CIMM #disco #freestyle #oldschool #underground #coneyisland #Brooklyn #boardwalk #summer #musicfestival #housemusic #familyfun #vendorvillage #rnb #neosoul #reggae #celebration #lunapark #nycsubway nearby!!
#socialife (community thoughts inside the DJ Freedom cipher)
on the 17th day of each month I will pay homage to the mind, the wisdom, the beauty and good works of our black women!
#thechosenfew will respond. Not concerned with the masses on this. But just like commercial holidays and national celebrations, I nominate THIS day each month for my mothers, my sisters, aunts, female cousins, daughters...all of you are the bridge between a man and his children.
#wakeup #civilized #blackwoman#family #unitedfront #saveourbabies#godsproperty #buildingbridges #nge#noi #civilizedpeople #worldwide
20K+ daily post reach
30K+ radio show reach
65K+ email blast reach
5K+ website reach
= 120,000 people I am reaching each month.
This just is not possible without each and every like, share, comment, repost, DM and yes, the occasional friend request. 😆😇🎧🎵 This also isn't possible without the love and support of my family-from blood to mud, the work crew to my universal-you KNOW who you are. If you do not look at who I tag.
Thank you to the DJs who are kind and humble enough to play my tracks, remixes, songs and *_* mix reposts. You are my peers but you are also my muse!
This is reading like an acceptance speech-bear with me; I HAD to do this!!!! ((cue orchestra cause I am taking too long))
...I wanna thank the artists who allow me to play, remix and/or produce their songs, my GTP & Tranzformaz team, Queen Martina for the drop that made herstory, Girl PR, St. Dunbar PM & Travels, Urban Movement Radio & YOU!!!!
#martinasdesigns #djfreedomlives#global #worldwide #girlpr#urbanmovementradio #mixtogomusic#stdunbarllc #herstory #humblepie#wordisbond
The First "NYC International Dance Week" is coming to 2017!! This event has been a conversation for nearly 7 years. Some of my peers in the arts, dance music, DJs, promoters and the like have all said "it would be nice" but only a few are actually on board.
What I realized is you have to do it if you want it done. Whether or not all the players I'd like to be on board come forward or not just know this event WILL be happening.
It will be a coming together of some of the world's greatest dancers performing every possible style of dance on the planet...indoors and outdoors.
The week begins with a few parties, builds to dance exhibitions and classes and ends with day parties, a series of live shows...and the world's only dance parade in the heart of Manhattan!
A deeply seated thanks to DanceParade.org for bringing the global dance community together over 10 years ago with "Dance Parade." Rain or shine you have proven how important dance is to more than just the right to party in lounges and clubs but to do so everywhere and anywhere.
Updated info will be posted to my site over the next few days to weeks.
As always stay in touch and #stayintune with #djfreedomlives #mixtogomusic #dancemusic #salsa #meringue #techno #rnb #nycdanceweek #NYC #DanceParade #celebration #goodmusic #soca #dancehall #reggae #thriller #dancers #dancing #newdance #oldschool #freestyle #breakdance #poledancing #rollerskate #disco
DJ Freedom + Mix To Go Magazine partnering with St. Dunbar Travels to bring you 4 music events for 2017! #gohear is our hashtag for all of our event posts.
March 21-27, 2017
More than just a week of parties, this is a celebration of people who love the atmosphere of South Beach at spring's beginning...good food via "Taste Of Miami" (dinners with DJs), "Poolside" (daily pool party/ meet and greets plus artist showcases each day)...and lastly our "Mix To Go Miami" and "Back To The Beach" parties at LIV and Nikki Beach. It gets NO better than this...unless you add on "Let The Singer Be Heard," Miami's long running concert of the world's greatest house music singers.
#southbeach #beachhouse #poolparty #mixtogomiami #backtothebeach
NYC Int'l Dance Week
May 7-13, 2017
This first-year event will feature every style of dance on the planet! It concludes with the 11th Annual Dance Parade (Bway & 23rd St to Thompkins Square Park). #danceparade #nycdanceweek #dancinginthestreets #goodcause #mixtogomassive
The Rhythm & Soul Music Festival:
June 30 - July 2, 2017
My first year back to New Orleans since "Party Gras 2006" with an event weekend...and i decided to bring more than just DJs!
Some of my favorite indie singers will grace the stage-and we will include one day of Essence Music Festival for packages purchased by Feb 1! #essence #rsmf #nola #rnb #neosoul #indie
Coney Island Music Marathon
August 11-13, 2017
If you haven't been to Coney Island in the last 10 years you are in for a treat next summer!
Some of my favorite DJs and live performers will take the party from the boardwalk to the concrete next to Luna Park's newest roller coaster...along with great food options and free WiFi too! #Brooklyn #coneyisland #oldschool #goodmusic #reggae #vocalhouse #hiphopsoul
Details for each this week coming on my website this coming week: MixToGo.info.
Questions or comments? Like to be a sponsor, vendor, contributing event producer, advertiser or DJ?? Send an email to Freedom@MixToGo.info.