• Gigs: Aeronaut Brewery Summer DJ Residency!

    Starting in June, I’ll be spinning the first (ish) Saturday of the month this summer at Aeronaut Brewery. That includes June 3, July 1, August 5, and September 9.  

    Over the past year I’ve DJed at the brewery, which is located just outside of Union Square, Somerville, at least handful of times. It’s always pretty jammed, but it’s a huge room so there’s never an issue finding a solid space to chill or dance (or play Connect Four).

    Each time I’ve worked the room I’ve noticed the vibe has gotten livelier and more accepting of a DJ. Usually anything flies here, sometimes I’ll go on an indie or alt-rock run, and then other times it’s house classics for a while. Lots of throwbacks, and of course funk & soul will make the cut too.

    I strive to stack the deck with my favorite remixes and covers when I spin at breweries, like this one of Little Roy doing Nirvana (Remixed by Alkalino). I think it keeps people on their toes and gives ’em something they wouldn’t usually hear at bars or clubs.

    DJ J-WALL –  AERONAUT BREWERY RESIDENCY

    Saturday June 3, July 1, & August 5 – 8 PM to MIDNIGHT

    14 Tyler Street, Somerville, Mass.

    NO COVER

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  • Monday Mixtape hits Brass Union’s Patio

    Summertime is here (as far as I’m concerned), which means we will be doing a series of Monday patio parties at Brass Union, dubbed the Monday Mixtape. It’ll all kick off on Monday, June 12, three years to the date that Brass Union opened up. With that in mind, we figured it’d be fitting to invite DJ Axel Foley, the first DJ ever to spin at Brass Union. A huge influence on the early days of Brass’s DJ program and a legend in the Boston DJ scene, Axel Foley’s got all the records (I’ve totally bought some of gems from him, too). It goes without saying, I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to spin with him for the first time.

    Mixtape Monday will happen roughly every three weeks through the summer. Each party will have a specific theme too. Everything from ’90s Alt Rock to Disco & House will be represented. So far I’ve confirmed the likes of DJ Ryan Brown, Saucy Lady, Frank White, DJ Evaredy, Knife, and even a Soulelujah takeover. Stay tuned for dates and a full lineup!

    For this one, Axel Foley and I will be going with Funk, Soul, Boogie, and Hip-Hop Classics. We’ll be spinning from 6 PM to 10 PM (or whenever we the party stops).

    Be sure to RSVP right here on Facebook for the latest details.

    MONDAY MIXTAPE: BRASS UNION’S THIRD ANNIVERSARY PARTY

    Monday, June 12 – 6 PM to 10 PM – On the Patio at Brass Union (70 Union SQ, Somerville, MA)

    Featuring DJ AXEL FOLEY & DJ J-WALL

    NO COVER!

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  • DJ J-Wall returns to Night Shift Brewery

    Hey beer peoples! I’ll be back at Night Shift Brewery in Everett on Friday, March 19 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. This will be my 8th time spinning at the brewery in the past year. Breweries are fun spots to spin. A lot of classics fly well here, as well as vibe-y remixes of newer pop tracks.

    As I’m sure you’re aware, Night Shift has exceptionally good beer (my personal favorite is the 87). Also, don’t be misled by the empty photo above, they tend to hit capacity on Friday, so make it out early and often. I’m hoping to go live on Facebook on this one … stay tuned.

    Everett really isn’t that far, either. It’s just a stone’s throw from my ’hood in Union Square, Somerville.

    No cover. No excuses!

    For more info on Night Shift Brewery, be sure to check out their website. Also, in addition to tasty beer. they have dope merch (I am totally rocking their hoodie in my homepage photo.)

  • Grab your tickets for Thirst Boston’s Blender Bender

    I am excited to return to the decks at Whiskey Saigon for the Thirst Boston Blender Bender, which is now called the Gender Bender Blender Bender (say that five times fast). It’s always a treat to spin at a proper club like Whiskey Saigon and still be able to do my thing for a fun crowd of industry folks. As you can imagine, there’s a bumping PA and tasteful lighting/visuals. There’s even a bubble machine.  

    The Blender Bender pits teams of bartenders against each other in a high-stakes duel for fame, glory, and a brand new Vitamix blender. Each team will be cross-dressed to the nines, and it is encouraged that you to get in on the fun! You’ll enjoy delicious cocktails all night long while casting your vote to decide the evening’s winners. It all goes down on Sunday, April 30 from 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM. 

    I’ll be rooting for Geoffrey Thompson’s team. Geo is the dude at Foundry on Elm, my Friday DJ spot, and knows his beer in and out, too. He is holding nothing back either. Word on the street is that he’s recruited Brass Union’s cocktail ace Paulo Pereira to his team. Don’t mess with these men, especially when they are dressed in woman’s clothing.

    Tickets are $55 and include samples from the contestants’ concoctions plus some snacks. Beer is also available for purchase.

    A portion of the proceeds will be donated to BAGLY (Boston Alliance for Gay and Lesbian Youth).

    Sponsored by Bacardi Rum, Bayou Rum, Diplomatico Rum, Four Roses Bourbon, Anchor Distilling, Lost Spirits, Licor 43, Plantation Rum, Patrón Tequila, Privateer Rum, Rhum Barbancourt and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

    All the info is here – http://thirstboston.com/blenderbender2017/

  • Check out Brass Union’s April DJ Schedule

    One of the highlights of my month is when I get to announce the Brass Union DJ schedule. It’s an absolute honor to work with such a talented group of guys and girls.  Check out the full schedule below, but here’s preview some nights that I am very excited about (in all fairness I am very excited about every night).

    For more info, head over to out www.brassunion.com.

    Saturday 4/8 – Serge Gamesbourg returns to Brass for the first time in four months. He murders it with disco vibes and a lot of unique edits (many of which are his own).

    Thursday 4/12 – The Brass Union debut of Brother Cleve for our first ever Tiki Night. Old Monk Rum and Maui Brewing co. are presenting the juice on this one. 9 p.m. start time kids! 

    Sunday 4/16 – Bacardi & Cola – DJ ABD and myself will get weird on a long-weekend.

    Friday 4/28 – Case Bloom plays an early set 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Case is from Nashville and is cofounder and owner of Tucker and Bloom and the Boom Bap. He’s in town to spin Soulelujah the next night. Thanks to our homie DJ Frank White for this score. I’ll be checking out Case Bloom’s set before heading to my own gig at Foundry on Elm. 

    Brass Union DJs April 2017

     

  • J-Wall Drops a Latin Mix to Honor sweetgreen’s Toro Bowl

    The folks at sweetgreen are partnering with Boston-based restaurateur Ken Oringer on the “Toro Bowl.” Knowing Oringer’s impressively delicious track record (heavy-hitters like Toro, Coppa, & Little Donkey), it’s safe to say this will be a winner.

    I was beyond excited to spin the launch event in early April at sweetgreen’s Ink Block location, so I put together a mix for all y’all to enjoy. It seems like a Spanish/Latin vibe would be appropriate for the occasion. Here are some of the tracks I’ve been messing around with in that world (check out the full track-list below). The Whiskey Barons really come in handy in times like these!

    TRACKLIST

    Mi Swing Es Tropical (feat. Tempo & The Candela Allstars) – Nickodemus & Quantic

    Mambo el B-Boy – Red Astaire

    I Want You Back (Daytoner Edit) – Harold Mabern

    Aqui No Sera – Ozomatli

    Baila a Tu Manera (Whiskey Barons Remix) – Nickodemus, Whiskey Barons, Sammy Ayala

    Riding High (Original Mix) – Bosq

    Soul Makossa – Manu Dibango

    Tinto Tintero – Up, Bustle & Out

    Calypso Blues (The Gaff Remix EDIT) – Nat King Cole

    Get a Move On – Mr. Scruff

    Spanish Grease (Dorfmeister Con Madrid De Los Austrias Muga Reserve Mix) – Willie Bobo

    The Music (Youri Donatz and Bright Coffee Non Vocal Mix) – Baggi Begovic & Groovenatics

    Latin Note – St Germain

    Fuego (Whiskey Barons Baile Mix) – Joe Bataan

    Oye Como Va – Tito Puente

  • J-Wall’s “Spring Ahead” Mix is now live on Soundcloud

    Here are some cuts I’ve been working with to shake off the winter blues. The full tracklist is below and features lots of throwback party jams and some edits that I’ve been digging. Enjoy! (and yes that is me in the bunny suit…)

    The Light (Pickster Dub Mix) – J DILLA                                

    Yes We Can Can (SLY Edit) – Pointer Sisters                        

    It’s a New Day (Original Mix) – Skull Snaps                            

    Foxy Lady (Rob Tex Mix) – Jimi Hendrix                           

    Heartbeat (AZ DJ Melo Edit) – Taana Gardner                                                   

    Step In The Name Of Love – R. Kelly                               

    Africa Big Beat (Supreme La Rock) – Toto -vs- Billy Squier                 

    Sittin Up In My Room (Remix-Clean-Cyberkid Intro/Outro) – Brandy feat LL Cool J                  

    Family Affair – Mary J Blige                           

    No Scrubs – TLC                                    

    Nothin’ – N.O.R.E.                               

    Shake Ya Ass – Mystikal                               

    Chillin – Wale feat Lady Gaga                    

    Mo Money Mo Problems – KidCutUp Roses Bootleg (Dirty) – The Notorious B.I.G.                   

    Dance With Me (DJ Tanner PL3 EDIT) – 112                                    

    WHY YOU WANNA GYPSY WOMAN (GRIZART REMIX) – CRYSTAL WATERS VS T.I.                 

    Why You Wanna –  T.I.                                   

    No Diggity – Casual Connection Remix – Blackstreet                                                    

    3005 (Chordashian Remix) – Childish Gambino                       

    LUV (TRAYZE X Mozes X Sean Paul Edit) – Tory Lanez                             

    Impeach the President – The Honey Drippers                     

    Luv Me, Luv Me – Janet Jackson                          

    Return of the Mack (C & J Street Mix) – Mark Morrison                          

    The Sign – Ace of Base                            

    Watch Out Now (DJ A-L Big Pun Blend-Clean) – The Beatnuts & Big Pun                 

    Jenny From The Block – Jennifer Lopez                         

    EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD (SFS RMX) –  TEARS FOR FEARS                        

    Rule – Amerie/Nas                             

    Doo Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Hill                            

    Ride Wit Me – Nelly                                  

    Love Like This – DJcity Throwback Edit – Faith Evans                            

    Blow the Whistle – Too $hort                              

    For Free – DJ Khaled ft. Drake                    

    I Want You Back – DJ Smerk 24K Magic Blend – The Jackson 5                          

    24K Magic – Bruno Mars                             

    Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours (DJ Smash Essential Funk Mix) – Stevie Wonder                          

    Feel So Good – Mase feat Kelly Price                  

    Feel Right – Mark Ronson ft. Mystikal               

    All Night (Kaytranada Remix) – Chance The Rapper Ft. Knox Fortune     

    DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) – SIMPLE MINDS