Yoga 4 Homeless Fundraiser Kick Off Event - Bird's Surf Shed - San Diego

Yoga 4 Homeless kicked off their fundraising campaign at Bird's Surf Shed in San Diego. Justin Kanoya, San Diego DJ, provided music for the yoga and dance sessions. 

Yoga 4 Homeless in San Diego was formed to mission to bring yoga to homeless people worldwide. In partnering with yoga teachers, yoga studios, shelters and community centers to the hope is to provide  the homeless community access to yoga classes and equipment.  

This mission kicked off on December 20, 2015 with a fundraising event on Bird’s Surf Shed in San Diego. It was a mix of yoga, meditation and dancing, while beginning the Yoga 4 Homeless challenge. Fox 5 San Diego previewed the event on its morning news program. 

To learn more about how you can volunteer or take part in the challenge, visit the organization GoFundMe page.

Here’s the setlist from the night:

Arrivals

  • COMA - Lora (Robag's Fandara Qualv NB)
  • Daughter - Get Lucky (Daft Punk Cover) (Holtoug Deep House House Edit) (Extended)
  • Don Bravo - My Love
  • Janet Jackson - No Sleeep (Strobe Insomnia Bootleg)
  • Disclosure ft Lion Babe - Hourglass
  • Justin Jay - Rain Dance
  • Ed Sheeran - Photograph (Westphal & Whyman Remix)
  • Duke Dumont - Need U 100% (KREAM Remix) (Clean) (Short Edit)
  • Music P & Marque Aurel - The Feel Good Funk
  • Hudson Mohawke ft Irfane - Very First Breath (Wide Awake Remix)
  • Major Lazer & DJ Snake ft MO - Lean On (Fabian Arche bootleg)
  • Angelo Ferreri - Friendly Gang
  • S.W.V. - Right Here (Human Nature Duet) [Select Mix Remix]
  • Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
  • De La Soul - Ring Ring Ring
  • Ben Harper - Steal My Kisses (remix)
  • TLC - No Scrubs (gLAdiator & Brazzabelle Remix) (Extended)
  • Justin Timberlake ft Jay-Z vs Biggie & Next - Suit & Tie (Too Juicy Blend)
  • Ed Sheeran, Passenger - No Diggity/Thrift Shop (Kygo Remix)


Yoga flow with Jon Old Rowe

  • Alex Morais - Love & Music (Original Mix)
  • Sunlounger - Balearic Breakfast (Chill Version)
  • Ed Sheeran - I See Fire (Kygo Remix)
  • Alpha / Blx - Try to Relax (Original Mix)
  • Taylor Swift - Wildest Dreams (Dj Mike D Remix)
  • P.M. Dawn - I'd Die Without You (Intro Clean)


Parnter Yoga with Chad Scott Nellis

  • Bob Marley - Three Little Birds
  • Jason Mraz - Anything You Want
  • Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered
  • Sunlounger - Another Day On The Terrace (Chill Mix)


Open Dancing

  • A-Ha - Take On Me (Kygo Remix)
  • Naughty By Nature - Jamboree (Intro Clean)
  • TLC - Baby, Baby, Baby
  • Justin Bieber - Love Yourself (Alan V Redrum)
  • V.I.C. - Wobble
  • Mark Morrison - Return Of The Mack (Select Mix Remix)
  • Mariah Carey - Dreamlover
  • Party Break - Montel Party Break
  • Usher - Yeah (Wedding Crasherz Break) (Extended)
  • Rob Base, DJ E-Z Rock - Joy & Pain (Select Mix Remix)
  • Bell Biv Devoe - Poison
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Downtown (Promo Only Intro Edit)
  • Tupac - California Love (Original Version)
  • Dr. Dre - Next Episode

Ivivva Justin Bieber Party - Westfield University Town Center; La Jolla

The Bieber Party throwing crew at Ivivva, University Town Center, Westfield mall in La Jolla, California. 

  Justin Bieber dance party at Ivivva, University Town Center, Westfield mall in La Jolla, California.

Justin Bieber dance party at Ivivva, University Town Center, Westfield mall in La Jolla, California.

I’m no stranger to a themed dance party and I’ve seen many. There are 80s parties with tons of neon, hair spray, Debbie Gibson and Wham. Of course 70s parties with bell bottoms, disco music and afros. But this event was a first, a party completely centered around one pop music artist that shares the same first name as me … Justin.

And while most of us would assume the last name of said artist is Timberlake, but not in this case. That’s right, the other Justin …. Justin Bieber. Yes, the Biebs.

A Justin Bieber Dance Party at Ivivva UTC took place this past December 19, 2015.

Ivivva is the young girls clothing brand for Lululemon Athletica and as such, a Bieber themed party seems to make sense since he’s popular with their target demographic. This in store event brought out a handful of girls who had a great time shopping for clothes, bedazzling their hair with strands of glitter, and yes, even taking pictures with a life size cutout of J-Bieb.

I can't say I've been a fan of the former Mr. Selena Gomez. But I must say, his new album is producing hit after hit and I’m liking what I am hearing. Sorry, but I really like them … or is it too late to say I’m sorry?


At any rate, here is the setlist from the night … which, by the way, did not include two straight hours Belieber music. That would have just been too much.

  • Echosmith - Bright
  • Ellie Goulding - On My Mind
  • Tori Kelly - Nobody Love (Select Mix Remix)
  • R. City, Adam Levine - Locked Away (Select Mix Remix)
  • Will.I.Am f./Justin Bieber - #THATPOWER (Single Edit)
  • Icona Pop - Emergency (Promo Only Intro Edit)
  • Zedd f./Selena Gomez - I Want You To Know (Promo Only Intro Edit)
  • Justin Bieber - What Do You Mean (Cole Plante Remix)
  • Timeflies f./Natalie La Rose - Worse Things Than Love
  • Taylor Swift f./Kendrick Lamar - Bad Blood
  • Silento - Watch Me
  • Justin Bieber feat Ludacris - Baby
  • Ariana Grande f./Mac Miller - The Way
  • The Chainsmokers f./ROZES - Roses
  • Justin Bieber - Love Yourself (Alan V Redrum)
  • Fifth Harmony, Kid Ink - Worth It (Select Mix Remix)
  • Fergie - L.A. Love (La La) [Select Mix Remix]
  • Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea - Pretty Girls (Select Mix Remix)
  • Sage The Gemini f. Justin Bieber & Iamsu - Gas Pedal (Radio Edit - Remix)
  • Adele - Hello (Dustin Que Remix)
  • Ella Henderson - Ghost (Oliver Nelson Remix) (Radio Edit)
  • Justin Bieber - Never Say Never
  • Justin Bieber - Mistletoe
  • Ingrid Michaelson - Girls Chase Boys (Andrew Dawson Pop Remix)
  • Charli XCX - Boom Clap
  • Justin Bieber - Sorry (Kue Remix) (Clean) (Extended)
  • Major Lazer & DJ Snake ft MO - Lean On (Fabian Arche bootleg) (Clean) (Extended)
  • Demi Lovato - Cool For The Summer (Cahill Remix) (Dirty) (Short Edit)
  • Taylor Swift - Wildest Dreams (R3hab Remix) (Clean) (Short Edit)
  • Justin Bieber - Love Yourself (CLX Remix) (Clean) (Extended)
  • Milky Chance - Stolen Dance (Uptempo Pop Mix)
  • Flo Rida f./Robin Thicke & Verdine White - I Don't Like It, I Love It (Promo Only Intro Edit)
  • Justin Bieber f./Ludacris - All Around The World
  • Avicii - Broken Arrows (M-22 Remix Edit)
  • Omi - Hula Hoop (Young Lion Remix) (Clean) (Extended)
  • Skrillex & Diplo f./Justin Bieber - Where Are U Now
  • Charlie Puth - One Call Away (Single Edit)
  • Pentatonix - Can't Sleep Love
  • Justin Bieber - Hotline Bling (Remix) (Clean)
  • Duke Dumont f./Jax Jones - I Got U (Radio Edit)
  • Justin Bieber (Ft. Nicki Minaj) - Beauty And The Beat
  • Maroon 5 - Maps

Fitbit Local San Francisco Kick Off Event - Palace of Fine Arts Innovation Hangar

Jeremy Falk and Caroline Jordan are the Fitbit Local ambassadors in San Francisco. 

A few weeks ago I joined the Fitbit crew in San Diego to kick off Fitbit Local in my area. And now the tables have turned as I had the chance to travel to their hometown and take part in kicking off the program in San Francisco on December 13, 2015.

Joining forces with Fitbit ambassadors, Caroline Jordan and Jeremy Falk, I played music for the 400-plus attendees at the Innovation Hangar located within the grounds of the famous Palace of Fine Arts.

The Fitbit Local program is a series of monthly meet ups to encourage Fitbit users to gather, mingle, exercise and sweat. It's currently underway in San Diego and now San Francisco. The program will continue to expand in 2016, hitting Los Angeles in February followed by 10 additional cities.

Caroline led the group through a 40-minute, boot-camp style workout, while Jeremy followed with a 40 minute yoga session, ending with a group meditation. Fitbit, along with other sponsors such as Suja Juice, Kind Bar and Fiji Water, put on a great event and will continue hosting meet-ups with Caroline and Jeremy throughout the beginning of 2016.

For a complete list of these free workouts, check out the Fitbit Local website.

For this event, I put together three sets of music. Take a look at the setlist as well as more pictures from the event below:

Arrivals

  • Anuhea - Mr. Mellow
  • Michael Jackson - Human Nature
  • Allen Stone - Your Eyes
  • Maroon 5 - Sugar (G Duppy Reggae Remix)
  • Lady GaGa - Alejandro
  • Anuhea - Here I Go Again
  • Ed Sheeran, Passenger - No Diggity/Thrift Shop (Kygo Remix)
  • Justin Timberlake - Summer Love (Marc Stout Remix)  (Short Edit)
  • De La Soul - Ring Ring Ring (Intro Clean)
  • Mariah Carey - Dreamlover
  • Kygo ft Ella Henderson - Here For You (DAO Remix)  (Extended)
  • Disclosure ft Lorde - Magnets (Intro Clean)
  • S.W.V. - Right Here (Human Nature Duet) (Select Mix Remix)
  • A Tribe Called Quest - Electric Relaxation
  • Justin Timberlake ft Jay-Z vs Biggie & Next - Suit & Tie (Too Juicy Blend)
  • Big Tymers - This Is How We Do
  • Zhane - Hey Mr. DJ (Select Mix Remix)
  • The Jacksons - Blame It On the Boogie
  • No Doubt - Hella Good
  • The Chainsmokers f./ROZES - Roses
  • Avicii - The Days
  • Ella Henderson - Ghost (Oliver Nelson Remix) (Radio Edit)
  • Tommy Trash ft Anna Lunoe - Me & U  (Extended)
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates - I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) (Mennska Remix) (Short Edit)
  • Afrojack f./Mike Taylor - SummerThing! (Promo Only Clean Edit)
  • Ariana Grande f./Zedd - Break Free


Bootcamp Workout with Caroline Jordan

  • Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc (Joe Maz & Adam Foster Remix)  (Extended)
  • Ciara ft Missy Elliott - 1,2 Step (Genisis Remix)  (Short Edit)
  • Walk The Moon - Shut Up & Dance (DJ Midnight & Mr. Soup Remix) (Short Edit)
  • Omi - Hula Hoop (Young Lion Remix)  (Extended)
  • Ariana Grande - One Last Time (Gazzo Remix)  (Short Edit)
  • Adele - Hello (Ryan Skyy Remix)  (Short Edit)
  • Justin Bieber - Sorry (Kue Remix)  (Extended)
  • Major Lazer & DJ Snake ft MO - Lean On (FUTURE LINES Bootleg)  (Short Edit)
  • Disclosure - Holding On (Armand Van Helden Remix)  (Extended)
  • Duke Dumont - Need U 100% (KREAM Remix)  (Short Edit)
  • SMTA & Aston Martinez - Never Too Much  (Extended)
  • Major Lazer ft Ellie Goulding & Tarrus Riley - Powerful (Strobe Remix)  (Extended)
  • Kygo - Firestone (PBH & Jack Shizzle Remix)  (Extended)
  • Ed Sheeran - Photograph (Westphal & Whyman Remix)  (Short Edit)
  • Alesso - Heroes (Basic Tape Remix)  (Extended)
  • A Tribe Called Quest ft J. Cole - Can I Kick It (J. Cole Remix) (Instrumental)
  • Marvin Gaye - What's Going On (Intro)


Yoga and Meditation Session with Jeremy Falk

  • Alex Morais - Love & Music (Original Mix)
  • Sunlounger - Balearic Breakfast (Chill Version)
  • Ed Sheeran - I See Fire (Kygo Remix)
  • Alpha / Blx - Try to Relax (Original Mix)
  • Taylor Swift - Wildest Dreams (Dj Mike D Remix)  (Short Edit)
  • P.M. Dawn - I'd Die Without You (Intro Clean)
  • Sunlounger - Lumumba (Chill Mix)
  • Le Flex - La Ritournelle (Original Mix)
  • A Tribe Called Quest - Bonita Applebum (Pharrell Williams Remix)
  • Sunlounger - Another Day On The Terrace (Chill Mix)

All photos are courtesy of Fitbit Inc. 

Reidy Creek Elementary School Father/Daughter Dance

Reidy Creek Elementary School in Escondido, California put on a father/daughter dance attended by close to 200 girls and their dads/uncles/grandfathers. These dances are a great experience for these grade school kids who love dancing and singing with their friends, yet still enjoy holding their dads close and tight.

It’s also fun for me, because my own grade school age daughter comes along and helps me by fielding the many, many requests that are always a part of these types of events. And yes, she still enjoys holding me tight too.

Here’s a look at the setlist, most of which were requests fielded by my daughter.

  • Pentatonix - Can't Sleep Love
  • Taylor Swift - Style
  • Ingrid Michaelson - Boys Chase Girls
  • Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight
  • Temptations - My Girl
  • Silento - Watch Me
  • Taylor Swift - Shake It Off
  • Cupid - Cupid Shuffle
  • OMI - Hula Hoop
  • Florida Georgia Line f./Luke Bryan - This Is How We Roll
  • Justin Bieber - What Do You Mean?
  • Quad City D.J.'s - C'mon 'N' Ride It
  • Bobby Helms - Jingle Bell Rock
  • Katy Perry - Roar
  • Taylor Swift f./Kendrick Lamar - Bad Blood (Promo Only Intro Edit)
  • DJ Snake, AlunaGeorge - You Know You Like It (Select Mix Remix)
  • Major Lazer, DJ Snake, MO - Lean On (Select Mix Remix)
  • Beyonce - Single Ladies
  • Fifth Harmony f./Kid Ink - Worth It
  • Echosmith - Bright
  • Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake - Love Never Felt So Good
  • OMI - Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Radio Edit)
  • Shawn Mendes - Stitches
  • Casper - Cha Cha Slide
  • Otis Day & the Knights - Shout
  • Katy Perry - Firework
  • One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
  • Ariana Grande f./Zedd - Break Free
  • Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne - Rather Be (Select Mix Remix)
  • Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely
  • Grover Washington Jr. - Just the Two of Us
  • Selena Gomez - Who Says
  • The Chainsmokers f./ROZES - Roses
  • Silento - Watch Me
  • Elle King - Ex's & Oh's
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Downtown (Promo Only Clean Edit)
  • Michael Buble - Everything
  • Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance (Select Mix Remix)

Review of Chroma Caps from DJ Tech Tools

Chroma Caps Bring Style and Life to Your DJ Mixer

NOTE: For my complete video review of Chroma Caps, scroll to the bottom of this article. 

  Chroma Caps from DJ Tech Tools are a great way to dress up your mixer while also adding practical functionality to your DJ performance. 

Chroma Caps from DJ Tech Tools are a great way to dress up your mixer while also adding practical functionality to your DJ performance. 

A dimly lit DJ booth or dark corner of a ballroom is a scene quite familiar to DJs. Without proper lighting over a mixing board, those stock knobs and faders -- with their dark black and gray colors -- can be hard to see. Also, since they are mostly made of plastic, the tactile feels isn’t great, something that DJs underestimate. When you consider how much we grab these things, several times throughout a gig, comfort should be a concern.

If you want to view your mixer in better in low light situations, while also customizing it so it’s unique when compared to all the same mixers out there, look no further than Chroma Caps from DJ Tech Tools.

What are Chroma Caps?
Chroma Caps are replacements for the factory stock knobs and faders that are installed on DJ mixers. They are designed to be slightly larger to enhance grip, and in a multitude of colors with wider position markers to enhance visibility. They are also a great way to “pimp” out your mixer while adding some practical use to it as well.

Chroma Caps come in 12 different colors and multiple sizes:

  • Fader (channel and crossfader)
  • Super knob (typically the smaller knobs found in EQ or gain sections)
  • Fatty knob (slightly larger than the super knob, works well for filters
  • Encoder (same as the fatty knob, but without a marker position; works well on knobs that have an infinite turn such as browse or loop functions)

You may think swapping out perfectly good knobs and faders is waste of time and money. But overhauling your mixer this way can also improve your workflow and performance.

For example, the Rane 64, four-channel mixer that I “chroma capped” now has a better, more categorized layout. If you look at the stock layout, there are three types of knobs (three different colors) and the black faders. The gray knobs are primarily used for equalizer functions, but also for different volume controls.

I reorganized, using the Chroma Cap colors as a visual cue. Now, all of the volume functions on my mixer have a red knob or fader. Equalization or pan knobs are blue and filter knobs are gray, using the larger “fatty knob.”

My favorite modification I made to the mixer is using the Encoder as my new ‘browse’ knob while keeping the stock smaller ‘loop’ knob.

Those two knobs are spaced close together that often times I was grabbing/pressing the wrong one. I was looping when I meant to load; and loading when I meant to loop. Now I know which one I am touching based on feel.

By the way, if you’re looking to overhaul a Rane 64, there are 40 replaceable knobs and four faders. Unfortunately due to the construction of the crossfader, that is not replaceable. The breakdown on my mixer is as follows.

  • Faders: 4
  • Super knobs: 27
  • Fatty knobs: 5
  • Encoder knobs: 2

I did not replace the FlexFx browse knob, session in, session out or balance knobs.

Conclusion
I would highly recommend a swap of your knobs and faders. They are great way to improve performance and also stand out from the crowd -- not that that matters, but it’s kinda cool anyway.  

A look at Chroma Caps by djtechtools.com and how I applied them on a Rane 64 mixer.