View From a DJ Booth
One mixmaster recaps a celebrity-laden evening in NYC.
CBS held their post-Upfront event at NYC’s The Collective last week. And the diversity of the crowd matched the cool mix of the décor. Imagine LL Cool J chillin’ with his posse while Katie Couric chatted up a business exec and Neil Patrick Harris partied a few feet away with pals. I had the opportunity to spin for the vast crowd of celebs and (not to toot my own horn) make many famous heads nod to my beats.
The Collective itself is an art gallery/storage room with décor that has no rhyme or reason. You can find yourself eating dinner on the hood of a car, sipping champagne in a bathtub love chair, dancing under lamps made out of paper cups, pasta strainers and straws, or striking up a conversation in front of one-way street sign chairs or ironing board tables. Sound like a dump? It’s tres chic!
I played everything from all the best classic rock hits, like She’s So Cold by the Rolling Stones and a little Shake Down Street by the Grateful Dead, (which made Rupert Boneham from Survivor get up and boogie.) Oldies like Be My Baby, by The Ronettes, and Glenn Miller’s In the Mood infused with Elvis’ Rock Around the Clock and Wake Up Little Susie by The Everly Brothers had even William Shatner doing what I now call the Priceline Chop. Cobie Smulders, who plays Robin in How I Met Your Mother, looks amazing in real life. Her off-camera persona is even more dashing, especially when she’s double fisting two beers to my perfectly placed rock set of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing and Bob Seger’s Old Time Rock and Roll. That’s my kinda girl!