Paul Gellar aka Pauly Crush is what every DJ should strive to be, period. He’s accomplished more than most local DJs can say they have in their entire run, whether it be playing in state opening for big acts, out of state, having his weekly featured in Rolling Stone, bringing in acts so far ahead of their time it is baffling, the guy has truly done it all.
Recently, the man that ignited the Orlando EDM scene in 2004, announced that he is turning off the mini-flashlight for the last time and taking his talents to The Big Apple. This is truly the end of an era.
If you are an EDM fan in Orlando and were born before the year 1990 there is a good chance you experienced at least one of Pauly’s (Orlando) Partys. Crush, the infamous Saturday/Thursday, and the short lived J.E.S.U.S..
His signature weekly Crush celebrated its EIGHTH year in 2012. Which is remarkable in a city where nightclubs and parties come and go faster than hopes of the Magic winning a championship. Crush has truly stood the test of time through musical trends, fasion trends, and everything in between. Before you were drinking Old E at Roxy on Tuesdays, before you were sweating your ass off at Dungeon on Wednesdays, there was Crush. It also spawned one of the most successful spin-off parties in Orlando history, the now legendary Saturday/Thursday.
Saturday/Thursday was truly a one-of-a-kind party. This party had style. Everything about it was just fresh and different. It was Crush on steroids and no matter if you went out the night before, or had work in the early morning Friday, nothing was going to stop you from making it to Firestone on Thursday night. I’ll never forget one night I was there and this little asian guy with a backpack was walking through the club trying to find his way to the main stage, that guy was Steve Aoki and he was nowhere near the superstar that he is today. This is how ahead of its time this party was.
The photos for Saturday/Thursday and Crush taken by Kevin Collier and Kapoow, each of them with their own distinguishable look, made you WANT to go. You would be sure to make it a point to get your photo taken, and find it the next day to make it your default photo. The parties were just such a fashionable, good looking group of people that it was hard to find a bad photo.
Both of these nights would be extremely influential to myself as a DJ, completely infecting my ear palettes and move me from being strictly a hip-hop DJ, to opening up to this amazing new genre called Electro that I would soon fall in love with. Sure, the J.E.S.U.S. night didn’t exactly take off the way it was suppose to but I will never forget the AMAZING set that Diplo played there, and they brought this guy you may have heard of, Calvin Harris, 3 YEARS AGO.
Like any good DJ, Paulys transition has been extremely smooth. Moving from DJing full-time to now being Vice President of External Affairs for streaming-music service Grooveshark. Pauly is basically the public figure for the company and any shit that wants to be thrown at Grooveshark gets forwarded to him. Universal Records is the latest ones doing the poo-flinging and they are throwing T-Rex sized turds in the sum of 17 BILLION dollars for what they say is copyright infridgement.
So as Dawe has already said, like A-Rock said, and countless other people have said, Pauly, thank you for all the big name DJs ahead of their time (at a cheap admission price!!), all the great parties, and literally carrying this town on your back. The City Beautiful will truly never forget your contributions. We will all see you at Backbooth.
Crush is a staple in Orlando.
A legendary party.
A one of a kind movement that sparked a dance music revolution in this town… and next monday we will say goodbye for the final time.
When this party started the downtown Orlando clubs were immersed in hip-hop, and top 40 music. Dance music had died in Orlando, and had been officially dead for a while. Pauly Crush AKA Paul Geller went against the grain when he started Crush. This was not a copycat party, this was the original. If not for Crush we would have never seen parties like “Takeovr” or “Riot!“, and the snowball effect that all these parties have had on dance music both in Orlando and across America. Pauly Crush officially announced today via his Crush e-mail list that he was moving on, and that Crush was coming to an end.
On a personal note, I would like to say that this party and Pauly Crush have been inspiring to me. I have nothing but the utmost respect for him. He is a legend in Orlando, the Michael Jordan of the underground dance movement in Orlando. What he accomplished will never be duplicated, yet often imitated. Below is the mother of all farewell letters… I swear Pauly Crush knows how to pull on those heart strings.
I will see you all one last time at Crush, this Monday night.
A FAREWELL TO CRUSH
I have trouble letting go.
Those of you that have known me for the near decade that I’ve been spinning and promoting knows at least that. Even if we’d only met in passing; or maybe you didn’t think you were cool enough to be my friend at all (promoting sort of produces some aura of elitism,) you’ve still seen the ups and downs of the events I’ve done all over the U.S. I didn’t care how you dressed or that you were broke as shit. You know I always tried to keep CRUSH, PULP, S/T accessible. It’s because you are all my brothers and sisters. I mean that. People give me a lot of credit that I don’t deserve for the dance music scene that exploded in Orlando under my watch. The truth is, you’ve made me what I am today, so don’t be afraid to give me a hug on the 11th whether you think I know your name or not. I’ll have trouble letting go of you too.
You were there through some pretty crazy times: PULP, Saturday / Thursday, J.E.S.U.S. Those close to me saw me go through three major personal tragedies in that time, two only just weeks ago. Those have shaped my decision to close Crush more than anything. It’s not about money. (It never was.) It’s about learning when to let go.
As has become a sad tradition, I like to mention some of the people who have been amazing in their support. Eight years. So many people. But it goes without saying that there are Back Booth staffers who went above and beyond in their support and friendship: Aaron and Adam, Josh and Jeff. Chris Anderson. You are my brothers. The dozens of bartenders, security and support staff I’d seen come and go, not one of them would I wish anything but the best of.
I wish I could name all of the door people and deejays that have worked for me. I have half a heart to try. Okay. Let’s work backwards: Andrew Kublinski, Alex Mirling, John Haglof, Justin Allen, George Skrapitz, Evan Strange, Anita Fields (Miron), Sean Egon, Matt Cash (Now rolling with DFA), Jessica Who (the self-appointed queen of Miami), and so many guests. Those of you who are still with me: I love you and I want you to succeed. I’ve been a shadow over you, deservedly or not, for a long time and I am excited for all of you to step out. The CRUSH alumni have spread far and wide. They’ve thrown parties in LA, NYC, Miami and Chicago. We are a pedigree.
There were so many door girls. But a few that became my close friends. Brittney, Lindsay, Hailey, Allison, Kate. Lisa Herman gets a special thank you because I couldn’t have started the party without her. Meghan, my best friend and confidant. Tim for all those early morning drops. My former partner Isaac who got me into promoting in the first place. Josh (Revolver), Barbie and Aramis (Poplife) who I credit for starting the indie-dance revolution in Miami that spread across the states. Really. It was them and there before it was in LA and NYC. Trust me. I just moved it into new markets.
The street teamers. There must be close to a hundred. You’ve all done your share to make Orlando a better place to live. Kevin and Jason over at SFC (and their many friends), who have taken the ball and run with it. I hope they can keep their independence in this onslaught of corporatized party networks, that I am probably partially responsible for inspiring, albeit with regret, as well. I hope they never learn to let go, so I have a place to hang here in Orlando when I come visit.
Of course, I need to thank our fans and supporters. You all are so special to me but everyone goes through phases. Lots of the faces that were there when we started 8 years ago have moved on. However, Marvin and Mary are staples that you will see to this very day. Adrian, who introduced me to the love of my life, things may not have worked out but I won’t forget what you did. Thank you.
But what of me? Why this abrupt decision? Well, I’m moving to New York.
I know what you are thinking: just another hater who outgrew Orlando and moved-on. But, it’s not like that. I have real work to do. I’m going to write female-fronted pop music and do startups. I’m going to fight this epic lawsuit and I am going to continue to help spread music in an open environment on open platforms to open people. I’m going to help create products that revolutionize media delivery, that change the way people think about government and most importantly, that bring the most amount of happiness to the widest array of people possible. I’m going to pet some cats.
This is not the end for you and me, Orlando. I was born in New York and I grew up in South Florida but when people ask me where I’m from, I’ll always say Orlando. It’s just time to let go.
Thanks for partying with me. Let’s do it one last time.https://www.facebook.com/events/373308476051159/
Justin Bieber releases the remix to the song you hate to love, “Boyfriend”. Bringing in a shocking feature list of 2 Chainz, Mac Miller and Asher Roth.
Click here to download.
The best DJ in the world, A-Trak, and one of the hottest names in EDM, Dillon Francis, have teamed up and released their summer BANGER sure to tear up the clubs, “Money Makin’”.
The video is fantastic and features a cameo from P-Thugg of Chromeo. Song is out on the net lurking for free and you can buy it from iTunes and Beatport.
The Billboard Music Awards were last night for the second time since 2007, when it went dormant until returning last year. The show was eh to me, just another complete over-exposure to how much EDM has taken over the pop scene. I was flipping back-and-forth between this and a guilty pleasure of mine, Jerseylicious.
I was surprised to see Wiz Khalifa win Top New Artist over Foster The People, Scotty Mcreery, Big Sean, and Bad Meets Evil (why were they even nominated?). Looks like Wiz has been letting his fiance, Amber Rose, get in on his munchies because it seemed like she was carrying some extra weight and I’m not talking about whats in Wiz’s tour bus. She is still fine as wine though.
Adele continuing to show what an absolute BEAST not only she is, but her album 21 is and that it STILL shows no signs of slowing down as it creeps its way to Diamond status. She would be the nights top winner with 12 awards.
The guys in the animal print pants that are out of control, LMFAO, would take the runner-up spot with 6 awards. I still just cannot believe that these fucking guys, the “I Am Not A Whore” guys we use to play in 2008 at Saturday/Thursday Phase 2, are on an ARENA tour right, not some House of Blues or Hard Rock Live tour, but in ARENAS, cleaning up awards shows, and show no sign of stopping anytime soon. I personally wish they would get back to some remixing like they use to do because anytime you use to see an LMFAO remix it was sure to be some fire. What I want to know is, how soon until we see Red Foo break off and go on a solo career? He is clearly the star of the Duo so it is bound to happen sooner or later.
More than half of the performances at the show were AWFUL. Whoever the sound guy was is clearly fired.
Best performance of the night I would have to say, at least from what I saw clicking back-and-forth between Tracy & Olivia, would have to go to Urrsher because he was actually SINGING while being able to do the choreography of his performance.
Chris Brown came on and beat up the stage (HIYO!) with the worst performance of the night, as he was lip-syncing but apparently forgot the ‘syncing’ part which earned him a trending topic on Twitter. Brown also had the worst acceptance speech of the night as you can tell he is still intimated being in a room full of his music peers after he has shown countless times what a dumbass he is.
Natasha Bedingfield getting no love for her Donna Summer tribute, as the execs cut her off mid-performance for the WTF moment of the night. Kind of an odd choice to do the tribute anyway.
Justin Bieber took the stage to what was easily the biggest pop of the night. His performance was rather lack-luster in my opinion though. I don’t know if you can blame it on the sound guy, who didn’t have his vocals high enough for his whipering tone of the “Boyfriend” track, or that the heir to Justin Timberlakes throne is just not good live. His dance moves seemed on point but he did not steal the show by any means.
The Soul Machine, Cee-Lo Green, was reunited with Goodie Mob for the first time in years as they performed some terrible new song. They obviously should have performed “They Don’t Dance No Mo”. Their performance also segwayed into the MCA tribute for the night as the Mob performed the opening verses from “Fight For Your Right” which was just kinda ehhh. The lyrical ability of that group could have chosen some better rhymes than that but I suppose they had to go with what was familiar as this is the Billboard awards and I’m sure they were TOLD what they were going to perform.
Katy Perrys acceptance speech I thought was better than her performance, as she was not going to get rushed to finish up her speech which I thought was awesome. The set for her performance was pretty cool though with a Cirque De Sole esque stage meshed with what looked like the Smashing Pumpkins “Tonight, Tonight” video.
Like I said at the beginning, all in all the show was kinda lame I thought. Was surprised to see that EDMs golden boy, Skrillex, didn’t get any awards but I suppose thats for the better. What did you guys think?
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Who would have thought that I would already be on my third podcast. I bet most people didn’t think I would stick with this past the first one… I honestly have surprised myself. The thing is, I really enjoy making these mixes! I just came back from a great trip out in LA where I played some pretty awesome shows, and met some pretty awesome people… so this is the “Los Angeles” edition of my podcast. I made most of this mix on the plane trip to and from LA. I also have a few California themed tracks in this mix as well.
Please give it a listen, and then hook me up with a comment, like, share, heart, or whatever else you can do to spread my podcast gospel across the land. Shout out to Jon Gordon McKenzie for the AMAZING photoshoot in Hollywood. He is truly one of the finest photographers in all of LA… more on him in a future blog, but for now check out his website.
Download the podcast below the cover art. Thanks for all the support!
My favorite DJ and my favorite rapper ever have come together to release a collaboration that can only be describe in one phrase, trippy mane. This is off the latest Fools Gold offering, Loosies.
This is very similar to the slept-on banger from A-Trak & Cy-Hy Da Prynce “Ray Ban Vision” released last year. Track and download link below…
The worst news for all women has hit the internet. The biggest entertainment release of all-time, no not Battlefield 3, but Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, has upped the ante on its Prestige Levels, jumping from 10 to 15. This is also along with their latest content drop for Elite users, which was a whopping ONE map. They clearly took a lot of time to think of the designs for these new emblems as well.
“Creative Strategist” aka the guy that speaks for all things Call of Duty on the Infinity Ward side, Robert Bowling, posted on his twitter that they added 400 new rank levels and 5 prestige levels.
What does this mean? Well if you are already a level 10 prestige you should probably consider getting a breath of fresh air, maybe speak to someone of the opposite sex, get a job or I don’t know, maybe even take a shower because the amount of time that you have spent on Modern Warfare 3 is completely unhealthy unless you are getting paid for it. But basically it means that Activision just gave out free video game crack to millions of people that are guaranteed to pick up the
As you may know, when I am not DJing, changing diapers, or writing these incredible witty blogs, I am a Call of Duty fiend. Yes, I am one of those guys that was at Gamestop at midnight for the launch, bought the $100 Hardened Edition for the extra stuff, has no problem talking shit to a 14 year old that just got worked, then posting said footage on YouTube. Take a look at what happens when you step into my crosshairs when I am being a dick with a sniper rifle…
If you have any videos that you think are worthy of me posting on here I would love to post them. Email me the YouTube link to firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicki Minaj has finally jumped the shark and released a full-scale Pop record. Her new song “Starships” which was released yesterday from her upcoming sophomore LP Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is a 125 BPM bubble gum song sure to be requested by everyone. Song is produced by the guy who put Lady Gaga on the map, RedOne.
Would I have rather heard her beasting lyrically with a straight hip-hop song? Of course. Do I understand that she is just trying to soak up that market that she introduced herself to on the Britney Spears tour? Duh.
I’m sure this song will get remixed out the ass, and Brian Dawe will be the catalyst for it. Just send me the non-hype edits, ok buddy?
What do you guys think of the song?
Nicki Minaj – Starships (Click to Listen)
As we start this new year, I think it is important as a DJ to be out with the old and in with the new. A couple years ago I posted a blog about songs that needed to go away starting the new year, and it actually got reposted on the Orlando Weekly Blog.
With another new year approaching, I decided to do it again. So here we go, the Top 5 songs that I feel all DJs should cut out of their playlists.
5. LMFAO “Party Rock Anthem”
4. Katy Perry “Firework”
3. ALL songs by or featuring Flo Rida
2. Waka Flocka Flame “No Hands”
And the #1 song that not only needs to not be played anymore in 2012, let alone anymore period is….
1. Benny Benassi Feat. Gary Go “Cinema” (Skrillex Remix)
Now I’m sure some of you Top 40 DJs, if not most of you, are going to deny that these aren’t in your playlist anymore and to that I say bullshit. I know you want everyone to hear the latest Porter Robinson remix or your Moombahton transition, but most of the time people just don’t know what it is and you have to dig in your Sell Out bag and play one of the songs above to get your dancefloor back (sadly).
What songs do you feel should be nixed starting 2012? Comment and let us know!
Has anyone had the displeasure of having to suffer and listen to the absolute torture that is FM Radio lately? Holy. Fucking. Shit. I really don’t think there is anything more painful to listen to. Instead of torturing terrorists with Metallica, put them in a room and and make them listen to 102 Jamz or XL 106.7 for a 8 hour time span and I guarantee they will be reaching for the nearest gun to blow their brains out after the 10th time “Party Rock Anthem” (or now “Sexy and I know It) comes on, and if that doesn’t do it then surely they will be hanging themselves by the 20th Adele song in a 2 hour period.
My distain for FM Radio is an unbelievable hatred. I despise it more than anything. If I get into your car and you are listening to the radio, you are immediatley failing in my eyes. Why would someone choose to listen to the same fucking songs in a 45 minute period? I do not understand it. This just isn’t Top 40, this is ALL genres. Country (that stupid fucking “I Hear Voices” song, or “Farmers Daughter” bullshit), Hip-Hop, Rock, its all the same shit, constantly. Are these companies really surprised that people are turning to Pandora, Grooveshark, or their own choices on their smartphones and mp3 players? Some people do not though, some people willingly get into their car, fire up 106.7, and start “Rolling In The Deep”.
Working in the 9-5 world has reignited my absolute hatred for this awful format of music. I sit here, and hear Adele, every. fucking. twenty. minutes. Is it really that hard to believe that this chick has the #1 album of the year? She basically owns the radio. How can people stand this? How are they able to just tune out Pitbull, LMFAO, Lady Gaga & J-Lo coming on repeatedly through an 8-hour day? Then whats funny, after their work week, they come out to the clubs, and harass the DJs to play the same shit! Isn’t the point of going out to the clubs to hear something you can’t hop in your car and hear? Apparently not, because we are still getting “Moves Like Jagger” requests every single night. I understand that you’re drunk, and that makes it better, or that you want to hear it on a big sound system and dance to it because you can’t in the office, but that still doesn’t change the fact that you probably have already heard it 7x today, and when you’re driving home you are probably going to hear it again.
Can we talk about 102 Jamz playing things that aren’t anywhere near hip-hop? Since when did Maroon 5 crossover into that genre? I must have missed that. LMFAO I can kind of undertand, because they have that little tingent of Rap in their songs, but there is absolutely no reason I should be hearing “Someone Like You” on what is supposedly a hip-hop station. Is DJ Nasty going to mix “Set Fire To Rain” into the 5′oclock traffic jam? I highly doubt you are going to hear him drop some Marc Anthony on his Friday nights at Roxy, so why is it being played on the station that is promoted on all the flyers of the clubs that he is playing at? I don’t get it.
FM Radio has always and will clearly continue to be awful and thats why I will gladly bring my iPhone in and play things off it whether it be custom playlists, podcasts, SoundCloud mixes, or just firing up the I Heart Radio app (ironic, I know) and listening to talk radio. Do you hate FM Radio as much as I do? I ask you to please “Like” this blog at the bottom, tweet about it, repost it, comment about it, do whatever you can to get my rant out there because I am positive there are other people out there that feel as strongly as I do about this.
The guy who sold out House of Blues Orlando 4 months early and THE king of dubstep whether you like it or not, Skrillex, has been nominated for a Grammy.
The obvious nomination is for Best Dance Recording which features his breakout hit “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”. The curve-ball nomination however, is for Best New Artist, a category for which no DJ/Producer has ever been nominated for, ever. Who would have thought the guy inspiring 14 year olds to shave one side of their head and wear thick black frame glasses would break a Grammy mold.
Although I would love to hear this kids acceptance speech, thanking Deadmau5 and all the kids buying his tracks on Beatport, he is going up against some stiff competition, one being the Queen of Hip-Hop right now, Nicki Minaj. Other nominees are Bon Iver, J. Cole, and The Band Perry.
Now the obvious choice for a winner would be Minaj, but let’s not forget this is The Grammys and they like to make stupid decisions when it comes to picking a winner. Case in point would be Metallica losing in 1988 while in their prime for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance to Jethro Tull, or Will Smith beating out Notorious B.I.G. a decade later in 1998 with “Men in Black over “Hypnotize”. Maybe it was because Biggie was actually lighting the cigars and Smith was doing it just for the look? We’ll never know.
Tune in February 12th for The Grammys on CBS, or just watch Twitter that night and see if Skrillex wins. In the meantime be sure to check out the video in the top right corner for the preview of his remix to Avicii’s “Levels” which just sounds fucking incredible.
Photo by Hey Mr. Riot
If you were at The Beacham this past Tuesday Night then you got to witness true greatness as the #1 scratch DJ on the planet graced Orlando with his presence.
He’s not just the guy from Duck Sauce, or the guy who put out that catchy hit “Barbara Streisand”, this is the guy who at 16 years old was a DMC World Champion and has played venues worldwide for years before acclaiming fame from those songs. He also was Kanye Wests touring DJ while everyone still hated him, this is A-Trak and he put on a 2 hour CLINIC.
When I arrived to The Beacham, Henry Fong and some other guy I didn’t recognize were finishing up their set and I saw that they werent using a computer so that was commendable to see in the year 2011. Anyways, they finished up, then A-Rock and Nova started their 4-turntable set, which I had never seen before outside of maybe a song or two. Those two were more than impressive the way they went back-and-forth with each other I must say. I know A-Rock didn’t wanna completely steal the show, so he held off from playing the new Flo Rida single.
After A-Rock & Nova, the man himself was ready to take the decks. Starting out with a blistering scratch routine like only he could, A-Traks set was full of Disco-Funk with a touch of Electro flavor. If you have ever listened to one of his Fools Gold Radio entries then you recognized most of the tracks but he kept it fresh by throwing in enough tracks not played. The absolute highlight of the set for myself and The Donk was when he pulled out the Dirty South Hip-Hop. Dropping “Tupac Back” by Meek Mill, followed by the highly unexpected “Tony Montana” by Future. To hear these tracks with the bass that The Beacham provides was sooo fucking sick. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, he drops my favorite rapper, Juicy J, and his “Who Da Neighbors” track off his Lex Luger produced mixtape Rubba Band Business 2. Sadly he only played the chorus but that was good enough for me. After he was done with the Dirty South, he went right back to the dancefloor and did his famous Daft Punk scratch routine for their hit “Robot”. Now, I’ve seen this routine on YouTube but it still is just mind-blowing to see how much control this guy has over two 1200s (check out Mr. Riots Facebook for a clip of the jaw-dropping routine). I was also surprised to see that A-Trak, once a very vocal spokesperson for Serato, had switched his tune and was using Traktor for his performance. Now whether they paid him to start using their software (most likely) or whether he just had a true change of heart, I do not know but I did find it interesting.
Now the show was amazing, the venue had incredible sound, but there was one let down and that is the turnout from Orlando. This show was very reminiscent to when DJ AM came to town years before his death and he played at Club Destiny on I-Drive and there was LITERALLY 50 people there total, one being a young Brian Dawe.
When I first heard about A-Trak coming to town I was sure that it would be a sell-out show, without question. With how many times we bring Steve Aoki, Diplo, Avicii, etc. and the turnouts they receive as if they weren’t just here less than 6 months ago, I was sure that the city would show up in droves to see someone way more talented than those guys and brought here much less (and I like those guys so no disrespect…well, maybe not Avicii). I’d say there was maybe a total of 400 people there, and that is being extremely generous. Of course all the local DJs were there including myself, Rincon, Y-Not?, Justin James, Justin James’ hair, and Justin James’ 5 o’clock shadow, among others, but where was everybody else? Our good friend @TheHollywoodHog took his talents to Roxy that night and said it was packed and that was for Chuckie, another DJ who has been here 3 times in less than a year. Chuckie and A-Trak are obviously two totally different DJs when it comes to track selection, but when it comes to skill and technical prowess, A-Trak will blow that guy out of the water blind-folded. This night truly showed that Roxy and the Smile For Camera guys can seriously book any DJ they want right now, even if it is that DJ standing on stage brushing his teeth into a microphone with a 128-140 bpm bass-line, and the kids will flock to it no matter what. Kind of sad really, but good for them.
All in all it was a great show and afterwards A-Trak came down to take pictures and meet everybody in the crowd. I, of course, had already left at this point and I could kick myself in the ass for doing so. If you were one of the few people in the crowd then you know you witnessed something truly great and I hope the small crowd didn’t taint Orlando from having the opportunity to have him play again.