Koi Bar Celebrates One Year Anniversary With A Party

San Diego DJ, Justin Kanoya, spins music at the one year anniversary party for Koi Bar. 

San Diego DJ, Justin Kanoya, spins music at the one year anniversary party for Koi Bar. 

Koi Bar is the lounge attached to Emerald Chinese Cuisine. While the restaurant has been a fixture in San Diego for many years, the lounge only opened up last year. Obviously, this one year anniversary is a call for a celebration, so Koi opened up its doors to drink and food specials for its One-Derful Anniversary Party on August 25.

It was a great night to play an open format setlist to just set a nice lounge vibe.

Here’s the setlist:

  • Wale ft Sam Sneak - My PYT (Mr. Collipark Remix)
  • Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing (DJDX The Fix Blend)
  • Maxamillion - Sexual Healing
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air (Le Boeuf Remix)  
  • James Brown - Soul Power  
  • Tinashe - Flame
  • Kygo f./Parson James - Stole The Show
  • Major Lazer f./Travis Scott, Camila Cabello & Quavo - Know No Better
  • Lost Frequencies f./Janieck Devy - Reality
  • Stoned Butterflies - Love The Music (70's Mix)  
  • Lorde - Green Light (Chromeo Remix)  
  • Nelly Furtado - Say It Right (Foldcash Remix)  
  • Felix Jaehn ft Jasmine Thompson - Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better) (The Rooftop Boys Remix)  
  • David Bowie - Let's Dance
  • Don Bravo - My Love  
  • Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do (IMCFresh Intro Edit)
  • Kesha  - Die Young (PeteDown Acapella Out)
  • OMC - How Bizarre (Select Mix Remix)
  • Afro Rican - Give It All You Got (Select Mix Remix)
  • Technotronic - Pump Up The Jam
  • Sage The Gemini - Now & Later (Merk & Kremont Remix)  
  • The Chainsmokers ft Rozes - Roses (The Him Remix)  
  • Throttle; Earth, Wind & Fire - September  
  • Bruno Mars - That's What I Like
  • Ginuwine - Pony
  • Fetty Wap - Trap Queen
  • Camp Lo - Luchini (This Is It)
  • Luniz - I Got 5 On It
  • Naughty By Nature - Jamboree
  • Cent - Outta Control
  • Sia ft Sean Paul - Cheap Thrills (Mr. Collipark Remix)  
  • Ice Cube - Check Yo Self
  • Destiny's Child - Jumpin' Jumpin' (Jean Tonique Remix)
  • Montel Jordan - This Is How We Do It
  • Bruno Mars - k Magic (Rock It Scientists Hype Edit) (Dynamiq Cutdown)
  • Mann ft 50 Cent - Buzzin (Remix)
  • Nicki Minaj ft Drake - Truffle Butter (Jester Remix)  
  • Usher - Caught Up
  • Haim - Want You Back
  • Drake - Passionfruit (BPM Supreme Remix)  
  • Discotron - Disco Ballin'  
  • The Weeknd ft Daft Punk - I Feel It Coming (Mr. Collipark Remix)  
  • Blackstreet - No Diggity (Bondax Edit)  
  • Major Lazer ft Justin Bieber & MO - Cold Water (J Rythm BPM Supreme Remix)
  • Calvin Harris f./Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - Feels (Promo Only Intro Edit)
  • Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing)
  • DJ Khaled ft Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne - I'm The One (Bpm Supreme 100-81 Transition)  
  • Sean Kingston f./Elan From The D.E.Y. And Juelz Santana - There's Nothin
  • Rihanna ft Drake - Work (DJ Jam HeaterVille Remix)
  • Snoop Dogg - Gin & Juice
  • Fat Joe ft Remy Ma & French Montana - All The Way Up (Mr. Collipark Remix)  
  • Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg - The Next Episode (San Holo Remix)  
  • Missy Elliott - Work It (Mayeda Remix)  
  • Missy Elliott - Get Ur Freak On (Mayeda Remix)
  • Maroon 5 ft Kendrick Lamar - Don't Wanna Know (Mr. Collipark Remix)  
  • Justin Bieber - Sorry (Mr Collipark Remix)  
  • Drake ft. Lil Wayne - The Motto [Clean]
  • Selena Gomez - Same Old Love (Nikki X & Dj Mike D Remix)  
  • Ed Sheeran vs Joe Maz - Shape Of You (Dynamiq Edit)
  • Flo Rida & 99 Percent - Cake
  • Zedd & Alessia Cara - Stay
  • Lauv - I Like Me Better  
  • Jay-Z - Hard Knock Life
  • Brandy - Sittin Up In My Room (Select Mix Remix)
  • Mark Morrison - Return Of The Mack (Select Mix Remix)
  • Groove Theory - Tell Me (Mayeda Remix)  
  • Drake - Fake Love (Caked Up Remix)  
  • Beyonce - Naughty Girl
  • Marvin Gaye ft BJ The Chicago Kid - Whats Going On (New 2016 Version)
  • Disclosure ft Sam Smith - Latch (G Duppy Reggae Remix)
  • Bruno Mars - Versace On The Floor
  • Snakehips & MO - Don't Leave
  • Daughter - Get Lucky (Daft Punk Cover) (Holtoug Deep House House Edit)
  • Halsey - Colors (Blonde Remix)
  • Soul ll Soul - Back To Reality (KLATCH Remix)
  • Rihanna - Needed Me (TEE Remix)  
  • Lost Frequencies - What Is Love 2016  
  • Nora En Pure - Saltwater  
  • R. Kelly - Step In The Name Of Love

Lululemon La Jolla Hosts San Diego Fitness Pros Event

San Diego DJ, Justin Kanoya, with Lululemon ambassadors, (from left) Kat Gunsur-Smith, Katie Burke and Kim Bauman.

San Diego DJ, Justin Kanoya, with Lululemon ambassadors, (from left) Kat Gunsur-Smith, Katie Burke and Kim Bauman.

On July 28, 2017, the Lululemon La Jolla store hosted professionals from the San Diego fitness industry at their store. The purpose was to educate about the store’s Sweat Collective program, which offers promotions and incentives to those that work in the fitness industry. This include personal trainers, gym owners and coaches.

As an icebreaker, attendees were given nametags with a question that they were to ask one another. The nametag I was given was fittingly “What was the first concert you attended.”

The answers to that question help form the setlist for a portion of the evening. As people gave me their answer, I played a song from that artist. This was fun as it’s not typical to mix in Kenny Chesney, Britney Spears and the Kingsmen into a set.

Check out the full setlist below.

  • Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (SJUR Remix)

  • Hook N Sling, Parson James & Betty Who - If You're Hearing This

  • The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This (R3hab Remix)

  • Kygo f./Maty Noyes - Stay (Promo Only Intro Edit 2)

  • The Weeknd ft Daft Punk - I Feel It Coming (Mr. Collipark Remix)

  • Starley - Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix)

  • Palm Trees - Casanova

“What was the first concert you attended?” The answers:

  • Dave Matthews Band - Ants Marching

  • Public Enemy - Fight the Power

  • Barenaked Ladies - One Week (Select Mix Quick Trax)

  • Gwen Stefani - Rich Girl

  • NSYNC - Girlfriend

  • 311 - From Chaos

  • Kelly Clarkson - Walk Away

  • Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine

  • Aaron Carter - Fool's Gold

  • Kenny Chesney - No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems

  • Alan Jackson - It's Five O'clock Somewhere

  • Britney Spears - Lucky

  • Kingsmen - Louie Louie

  • The Temptations - Ain't Too Proud to Beg

  • Hanson - MMMBop

  • Pearl Jam - Last Kiss

Open Format Set

  • Boyz II Men - Motownphilly

  • Bell Biv Devoe - Poison

  • Coolio - 1-2-3-4 (Sumpin' New)

  • Andy Grammer - Fresh Eyes

  • OMI & Felix Jahen - Cheerleader (DjGogos Remix)

  • Black Eyed Peas - My Humps

  • Paula Abdul - Forever Your Girl

  • Whitney Houston - How Will I Know (Select Mix Remix)

  • Beastie Boys - Brass Monkey (Select Mix Remix)

  • DJ Kor vs Ice Cube - You Can Do It (Transition 120-102bpm)

  • Destiny's Child - Jumpin' Jumpin' (Jean Tonique Remix)

  • Bruno Mars - 24K Magic

  • (Mr. Collipark & DJ Kontrol & Mr. Jonz Remix)

  • Young Gunz - Can't Stop Won't Stop

  • Queen - Don't Stop Me Now

  • DJ Cassidy f./Chromeo - Future Is Mine (Promo Only Intro Edit)

  • Drake - Passionfruit (BPM Supreme Remix)

  • Next - Too Close (Andrew Masta & The Disco Punk Nu Disco Dance Edit)

  • Felix Jaehn f./Jasmine Thompson - Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)

  • Soul ll Soul - Back To Reality (KLATCH Remix)

  • Daughter - Get Lucky (Daft Punk Cover) (Holtoug Deep House House Edit)

  • Don Bravo - My Love

  • Kygo & Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me

Silent Disco Party Caps off Nestle Water Conference at the Hotel Del Coronado

Nestle Water recently held a conference at the Hotel Del Coronado. On the closing night, July 26, 2017, the company organized a party on venue’s Windsor Lawn. The night started out with house beats from DJ David Cutler and the final two hours I joined him along with DJ Sweeshe for a silent disco.

With three DJs, the guests had three different genres of music to choose from. David continued with house music, Sweeshe played current R&B and Hip-Hop and I spun all 90s

Take a look at my setlist, which included a host of singalongs -- something that always sounds interesting when everyone is wearing headphones.

  • Simple Minds - Don't You Forget About Me
  • Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy (Select Mix Remix)
  • Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Edge Remix)
  • Bell Biv Devoe - Poison
  • Mariah Carey - Emotions (Select Mix Remix)
  • Emotions - Best Of My Love
  • Paula Abdul - Forever Your Girl
  • Paula Abdul - Opposites Attract
  • Whitney Houston - How Will I Know (Select Mix Remix)
  • New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
  • Madonna - Holiday
  • Prince - Raspberry Beret
  • Hall & Oates - Private Eyes (Select Mix Remix)
  • New Kids On The Block - The Right Stuff
  • C&C Music Factory - Things That Make You Go Hmmmm (Select Mix Remix)
  • Boyz II Men - Motownphilly
  • Katy Perry - Firework
  • Ray Charles - America the Beautiful
  • Marky Mark - Good Vibrations
  • Deee-Lite - Groove Is In The Heart (Select Mix Remix)
  • Chaka Khan - I Feel For You (Hot Classics Remix
  • Michael Jackson - P.Y.T (remix)
  • Earth, Wind & Fire - Sing A Song (Hot Classics Remix
  • Phil Collins - Sussudio (Select Mix Remix)
  • Scandal - The Warrior (Select Mix Remix)
  • Journey - Don't Stop Believin
  • Bon Jovi - Livin On A Prayer
  • The Clash - Train In Vain (Edge Remix)
  • Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline
  • Garth Brooks - Friends in Low Places
  • Tupac - California Love

Hot, Hot Yoga Sculpt with Katie B - Corepower Yoga Live DJ

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If you think Yoga Sculpt is hot, imagine in the month of June. No room heating needed. But these tunes were just as hot. Here’s the setlist from the live DJ’d class I did with Katie B.

  • Ingmarlo - Invoke Within (feat. DJ Taz Rashid)
  • Sage The Gemini - Do Not Disturb (Instrumental)
  • Faith Evans f./The Notorious B.I.G. & Jadakiss - NYC (Instrumental)
  • Rihanna ft Drake - Work (DJ Drew & SoSo Remix)
  • Jason Derulo ft Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla Sign - Swalla (Tek One 98-125 Transition Edit)
  • Lorde - Green Light (Chromeo Remix)
  • DJ Snake - Middle (Serafin Uptempo Mix)
  • Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone (ZAXX Remix)
  • Drake - Passionfruit (Mr. Collipark Remix)
  • Major Lazer ft Justin Bieber & MO - Cold Water (Kue Remix)
  • Katy Perry f./Nicki Minaj - Swish Swish
  • Flume ft Kai - Never Be Like You (Downlow'd Remix)
  • Daya - Hide Away (DJ-X Remix)
  • The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army (Mesto Remix)
  • The Killers - Mr. Brightside
  • Jay-Z & UGK - Big Pimpin
  • Beastie Boys - No Sleep Till Brooklyn
  • Drake - Fake Love (Caked Up Remix)
  • G-Eazy & Kehlani - Good Life (Mr. Collipark Memorial Day Mix)
  • Sam Hunt - House Party (Bpm Supreme ReDrum)
  • Iggy Azalea - Mo Bounce (Dirtcaps Remix)
  • The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This
  • Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
  • Ariana Grande f./Zedd - Break Free
  • Mario Winans - I Don't Wanna Know
  • Naughty By Nature - Jamboree
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Summertime Pt. 2 (Select Mix Remix)
  • Marian Hill - Down
  • Ingmarlo - Invoke Within (feat. DJ Taz Rashid)
  • Michelle Qureshi - Shivasana

One Great Piece of Content Is All It Takes

When it comes to putting stuff out in the world, I am constantly investigating what it is that will strike people. Even more so, I’m often wondering if I’m striking people at all.

Two years ago when I started DJing full time, in addition to regularly DJing weddings and events, I wanted to create helpful content to share with others. Online content was one of the main reasons I took the latest path into entrepreneurship. It was the video tutorials, the inspiring Instagram posts and the Ted Talks. It was that content that made me think, “hey I too can follow my passion,” and later “I want to be able to talk about how I did it.”

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While the actual DJing part of what I was doing has been going well, I struggled on the content sharing and social media growth. I was not finding my niche and was frustrated with the minimal growth. Of course, I always preach about patience and putting in the work and that by doing those things, the rewards will come.
But still, it was frustrating. There were also the excuses to really diving into content creation.

“I don’t have the …. right camera; right lighting; proper sound set-up; proper editing tools; a large enough audience to deliver content to ...” and so on.

But it really was that that I didn’t have the guts. Who am I to try and become an authority in a crowded space? I became pre-occupied with thinking about what others would think. 

“Is he really trying to be Gary Vaynerchuk?”

“Why am I going to follow and listen to someone who’s only been doing this full time for two years?”

And then I said “whatevs, I’m doing this.” I also stopped thinking I needed to be declared an authority figure within my niche to start doing anything, because that's not what I am trying to become. I just want to pass along my knowledge and help others and the way to do that is to just start putting it out there.

I reminded myself that all it takes is one good piece of content being found by someone else.

It’s like the letter I wrote to Lululemon with zero intention or agenda. Yet that resulted in me DJing for the company for an entire week at their home base in Vancouver.

It’s like the aforementioned Vaynerchuk who says this speech is what put him on the map.

It’s Linda Raynier, a fellow colleague in the YouTube for Bosses seminar, who went from practically zero subscribers to 40k plus and counting, likely because of this valuable video about how to answer the “tell me about yourself interview question.”

And for better worse, it was “one good piece of content” that brought us the Biebs.

Great strides are being made on the business side of DJing and it made me a bit emotional.

Great strides are being made on the business side of DJing and it made me a bit emotional.

In between DJing, adulting, parental, spousal and other life duties I’ve slowly picked away at creating content on multiple social media platforms  to assist and inspire. And it’s been genuinely hard work, mostly all on my own. There is always a certain fervor I have when creating content. But nothing compares to the feeling of seeing it make an impact.

And now it I’m seeing that.

Recently I created a Facebook group, Business Coaching For DJs, and have been slowly growing its membership (like real slow; a rate of one new member per day). But it was one of those new members that reminded me why I’m putting in all that work.

He found the group because he watched a video I had produced just a few days earlier, where in the description I had a link to the group. He said “since that video I have been studying your social media tactics.”

He was one person that found me because he was searching for an online review of a storage case that I created a video for. One person that actually answered the call to action to “like, subscribe and also check me out on Facebook and Instagram.”

Once I realized that it was this crazy shot of emotion. All of my work … actually worked. And I ugly cried and started rolling my camera. 

It was honest emotion, right at the exact moment. This can be verified if you look closely at the video because I didn’t even bother to clean up behind me or properly frame the shot (sorry my head takes up 90% of your screen).

It was one person that has reinvigorated me.

There’s an inspiring script that was made famous in the decades old “Think Different" Apple campaign.

It says, in part, “Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently … You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things … Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

This is my rewritten version.

Here’s to the difference makers. The Instagram users with 10 likes on a photo. The YouTube users with 12 subscribers. The Facebook Group creators with 22 members. You can be discouraged by your minuscule numbers, quit before even getting started or make up another excuse.
Or, you can listen to the yearning inside you. Because you are a difference maker, “crazy enough to think (you) can change the world.”