• Check out Brass Union’s May DJ Schedule

    I am looking forward to another solid month of DJs at Brass Union and especially excited for DJ Knife and 7L’s Friday appearance on 5/18. It’s always on honor to be able to book my heroes.  I’ll get my shot at the controls on Saturday the 12th, and Brass is always one of my favorite places to spin. The crowd is way more open-minded that most spots, which allows me to weave in and out of unexpected genres (like ’90s alt rock) without loosing the room. The last few sets I’ve done here have been wild … and I expect nothing less this time around. As always there’s never a cover.

     

    Brass DJ Poster may 18

     

  • Gig Update: Welcome to the Blenderdome

    The fine folks at Thirst Boston know how throw a damn good party. The cocktail festival, which takes place over the last weekend in April, celebrates all things stirred, shaken, and blended. The day is all about education: there are dozens of seminars centered on various cocktail trends. Year’s ago I attended a seminar on the relationship between music and the history of the cocktail taught by the legend Brother Cleve. I took way more notes there than most of my senior year of college combined. I hope to make it out to a couple of classes this weekend.

    I’m beyond excited to be DJing the official closing party, the Blender Bender, for the third straight year. This is a double bonus for me. Not only do I get to see a ton of awesome bartenders (including a lot of old friends) get down with some friendly competition, I also get to spin pretty much whatever I want at one of Boston’s best clubs, Whisky Saigon. I’m like a kid in a candy shop when I get to work a sound system like this. I love how you can not only hear, but feel even the slightest adjustments in EQ.

    Each year the Thirst crew concocts a fun theme for the night. This year it’s Welcome to the Blenderdome, which is all about Mad Max. I have my Tina Turner prepped and ready. Costumes are encouraged. It WILL get weird.

    On the bar side of things, twelve teams of three bartenders compete to make the best blended drink. The audience votes for the winner. Tickets $65 and include samples of competition drinks and snacks. Beer will be available for purchase and proceeds will be donated to charity. Click here for more info.

    THE THIRST BOSTON BLENDER BENDER – Sunday, April 29 – 8 PM to 11 PM – Whisky Saigon (Boston, MA)

     

  • Check out Brass Union’s April DJ Schedule

    More good stuff is coming to the DJ booth at Brass Union in April! I always love the diversity between the vintage all-vinyl nights and the open-format party jam nights. I’ll get my shot this month on Saturday the 28th. As always there’s never a cover. Check it out!


    Brass DJ Poster APR 18

  • March Gig Updates and Other Fun Things…

    March isn’t the craziest month gig wise, but I’m keeping busy behind the scenes. I have two Saturdays off for family obligations, and one completely free, which is always a nice way to feel human again. Over the course of a year, I probably work 49 out of 52 Saturdays. And speaking of Saturdays, I’ll be back at Brass Union on Saturday 3/24 and Good Life on Saturday 3/31. More on that later.

    Having a lighter gig load gives me a great opportunity to hit the reset button. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to work every single night, but having some time to breathe between gigs helps the sanity level. That’s where I can start digging for new tracks and tackling macro projects, like crate organization or practicing scratches. I also feel a less of an urgency to listen to music for DJ-related purposes. I can just let it flow, rather than scrub to the hook of a track to make sure it stacks up for the dance floor. Naturally, it’s in times like these where I’ll find that gem that I haven’t heard anyone else play around here: one that I can get away with spinning even on the most basic nights and feel warm inside, one that I’ll never get tired of hearing and always know the right time/place to drop it.

    When knocking out a bunch of gigs in a row, there’s always the temptation to fall into familiar routines. After a while you get a good sense of what works in certain situations and have your weapons lined up. Some of the most unfulfilling nights are when I go this route. I’ll even ask myself, “Are you really going to do that again?” as I’m doing the cut. It may work perfectly for the night, but I can feel my brain oozing with frustration for the lack of creativity. That said, if I give those particular cuts a rest, there is always a time weeks, months, or years down the line when it feels fresh again. Song fatigue is a real thing.

    I look forward to a month dedicated to discovery and re-upping my creative energy. I am fortunate to be able to work so much. I realize it’s kind of ridiculous to consider 16 gigs a slow month, but when you love what you do, sometimes the biggest challenge is knowing when to chill out.

    Gig Updates!!! 

    My newest weekly residency has been going strong into its seventh month now. Every Monday at the Milky Way in JP I get the privilege of spinning for dinner service. I set up in a cozy corner and just vibe out for two hours. Usually I’ll freestyle throughout my entire library and try to work on mixing in key. It’s amazing what genres can be connected when mixing harmonically. I do take risks on this night, but I also realize that I’m not the show. I can’t be too flashy or command too much attention because, after all, people are eating their dinner. My goal is to give ’em an experience that appeases the subconscious, and if they want to actively tune in, that’s just a bonus.

    On 3/31, I’ll be back at Fresh Produce,  the legendary last-Saturday celebration of all things hip-hop and reggae at Good Life Bar, soon to turn 12. DJ esq. and I will be going B2B for four hours. He is one of my favorite DJs and a total beast, which is just another reason to practice my cuts this month!

     

     

     

  • Check out Brass Union’s March DJ Schedule

    Any month that has five Fridays and Five Saturdays  is fine by me. Check out the full Brass Union DJ schedule below (curated by your’s truly). I’ll have my shot on the decks on Saturday 3/24. As always there’s never a cover!

  • Check out Brass Union’s February DJ Schedule

    Brass Union is one of my favorite places to DJ and hang, and it’s a honor to be able to curate the DJ schedule. I am proud to say I’ve never once played “Despacito” there. It’s a fun spot because you get a little more leeway to be yourself than in other weekend venues. There’s a still a responsibility to keep it relatable and danceable, but the overall vibe of the place rewards the well-timed risk, whether it’s a ’90s alt-rock chestnut, a classic house record committed to the back of our brains, or a dope Fleetwood Mac remix. Stuff like that would never fly on a Saturday night at most venues, but for some reason it all works in the mix at Brass Union. It’s an amazing feeling to lay some 116 – 120 BPM sweetness on ’em and let it ride for a while without falling off a cliff.

    I’m excited to get some old friends back on the decks this month, and look forward to taking the controls myself on Saturday, February 10. Check out the full schedule below (click on the image to zoom in).

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  • February gig updates and other fun things

    Fresh from a week off in Costa Rica, I’m excited to get back to work. February may be a short month, but it’s busy one in the world of DJ J-Wall. In addition to my regular spots – Mondays at the Milky Way, Thursdays at The Druid, & Fridays at Foundry on Elm – I’ll be making the rounds at some of my favorite weekend haunts. Also it’s a busy one for summer planning, mainly booking weddings. If you know someone getting married that needs DJ, holla!

    Here are some of the month’s highlights.

    Saturday, Feb 10 – Brass Union (Union Square, Somerville) 10 PM to 2 AM – Music: Totally open format but danceable. This is where I can be myself and (mostly) get away with it. 

    Sunday, Feb 11 – Galentine’s Brunch at City Tap Boston (Seaport Area, Boston) 11 AM to 3 PM – Music: All female artists! Lots of ’90s and early ’00s vibes. 

    Saturday, Feb 17 – Good Life (Downtown Crossing, Boston) 10 PM to 2 AM with DJ ABD upstairs – Music: Throwbacks, New and Old Hip Hop & Party Jams, Trap, Reggae/Dancehall 

    Saturday, Feb 24 – Aeronaut Brewing Co. (Union Square, Somerville) 8 PM to Midnight – Music: Rock, funk, throwbacks and party jams, pretty much anything is possible. 

    For a full list of gigs be sure to check out my dates page. 

    Also, I’ve set a personal goal to make it to Bikram Yoga in Harvard Square at least 10 times this month. I’ve been practicing regularly since November and have noticed positive results in every aspect of life and work. More on the yoga later (maybe a new blog post?)

    Pura Vida!

     

  • January Gigs: Fresh Produce at Good Life with Frank White

    I’m excited to swing back through Good Life Bar on Saturday 1/27 to spin at Fresh Produce. Me and the godfather himself DJ Frank White will be taking you through all eras of hip-hop, reggae, and trap downstairs, while DJs Knife and Malcom X will be doing their thang upstairs. Fresh Produce is one of my favorite parties to spin in the city and Frank White is one of my favorite DJs to see … so this one should be a lethal combo.

    Saturday, January 27 – 10 PM to 2 AM 

    GOOD LIFE, 28 Kingston St, Boston, MA

    Fresh Produce with DJs Malcom X, Knife, Frank White, and J-Wall 

     

     

  • Here’s Brass Union’s January DJ Schedule

    We are kicking off 2018 right at Brass Union. Month after month I love seeing all these names on one poster. There are so many different styles and generations represented. It goes to show that there is more than one way to get the job done effectively. I am excited to be doing not one, but two Saturdays this month (1/6 and 1/20). My sets at Brass are diverse as it gets without losing the dance-floor. I’ll spin everything from The Killers to Eminem, Drake to Ace of Base, Daft Punk to Third Eye Blind …. you get the picture. 

    Check out the full schedule below. As always there’s never a cover.

     

    Brass DJ Poster JAN 18-2

  • Check out J-Wall’s New Year’s Eve Plans

    The New Year’s holiday is always a big one for us working DJs. I’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to keep it low-key and spin at a spot that feels just like home, The Druid Pub. This will be my fourth New Year’s Eve party there. We do it a little different than the typical Thursday set-up, too. First they rip every table and chair out at the start of the night. And then to maximize the size of the dance floor (and to ensure the safety of my gear), I set up shop in the front window area. It’s an awesome perspective because I literally can see every single person who walks through the door.

    Usually for big nights at The Druid, the classic party jams fare well. Expect a lot of hip-hop throwbacks, nu and vintage disco, ’80s jams, and some indie rock anthems. After midnight anything is possible. Last year I did a classic house set, something I don’t always get a chance to do, and it went over nicely.

    The 12/31 Druid hit is sandwiched nicely between a couple of sure shots. On Saturday 12/30, DJ ABD and myself will be downstairs at Good Life, and then for your New Year’s Day hangover needs, I’ll be spinning a Onesie Brunch at City Tap in the Seaport area. I totally just snagged a Narwhal onesie from Amazon for that gig. It might get wild. 

    Check out my full New Year’s weekend schedule below and click through for more info.

    Saturday 12/30/17 – Downstairs at Good Life (with DJ ABD) – 10 PM to 2 AM 

    Sunday 12/31/17 – New Year’s Eve Party at The Druid Pub – 10 PM to 2 AM – $5 cover

    Monday 1/1/18 – Onesie Brunch at City Tap Boston – 11 AM to 3 PM 

    Have a safe and happy holiday!