I Thought Last Weekend Was Busy

Just when you think you’ve worked a crazy busy weekend and won’t have another like that for a while, the next one works you just as hard.

Last weekend marked the St. Patrick’s Day and NCAA March Madness weekend party extravaganza. I started spinning tunes on Thursday as part of my normal Comet Club gig in the Marina (catch me there every Thursday from 10:30pm on) and Friday opened for DJ Vin Sol at Milk Bar in the Haight.

Saturday brought the true madness and when I arrived at Comet Club around 4pm to play a daytime set, the line to get in was already down the block. I kicked it into high gear and played hip hop bangers and dance hits for four hours in the midst of the green-colored craziness. The staff was hella appreciative and even ended up breaking numerous records during the time I was DJing, pretty good for an over 100 year old bar. They wanted me to stay past my cut off time of 8pm but it was time to head to the next gig at Danny Coyles.

The only way to DJ a proper Irish pub on a Saturday St. Patrick’s Day is to do it three doors down from your house and that is what I did. No hellacious cab experience at the end of that night for me, we just carried the equipment over, set up fast and I was blasting Irish tunes and other rock music by 9pm. The crowd definitely loved the vibe and the bar stayed packed past the time I unplugged around 1:45am. The staff was happy and I was glad to have successfully rocked it out at two bars on that crazy party day for a total of over 9 hours of DJing.

Fast forward to this weekend and we’re doing it big again. Thursday starts early at the Lomography Gallery Store in Union Square where SF Station is helping present Get Hungry! – an event bringing together food and photography. I will be providing the tunes and have been told to play whatever I’d like so expect indie pop and rock with favorites sprinkled in. There’s also a chance to win some free meals with this Foodie IQ quiz, guessing local SF restaurants by clues and photos of dishes. I could only get two myself but I’m sure others know a lot more than that. After that I’m in a cab and off to spin tunes at Comet Club for the typical Thursday night routine till 2am.

This Saturday I’m headed to Sonoma where I’ll be working with Dreamers & Heroes Weddings and Events as well as the Sonoma Valley Visitor’s Bureau on their Girlfriends Getaway Weekend 2012. I will be joined by Uzette from Alice 97.3 at The Collection Studio for a party featuring wine, food and great music. Get tickets to one event or the whole weekend, really looking forward to working with some of Sonoma’s best.

Some big events, pretty psyched. Catch you out on the dancefloor or holler at me for bookings at elovelidge@gmail.com.

I’ll be dropping a new mix soon with NY fashion blog Grungy Gentleman so keep an eye out for that!

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Interviews of 2011

I did a lot of writing in 2011, the most fun of it being interviews of artists. All well researched, over the phone or in person and transcribed and edited by me. It was a busy year.

My only non-Pulse interview was in March 2011 when I talked to a timid Ellie Goulding just before SXSW and her blowing up in the states. Pretty sure after those first gigs she stayed in America touring for a few months. That interview can be read here.

Out of about a dozen Pulse writers, I produced four of the top ten posts of the year, including the highest – my Tommy Lee interview. All posts including all interviews can be found on pulse.sfstation.com.

Check them all out below.

Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza |
Big Freedia |
DJs Pleasuremaker & Senor Oz of Afrolicious |
Jubilee |
Kool Karlo |
Nacho Lovers |
Prince Aries |
DJ D-Sharp |
Mario Muse |
Fringe’s subOctave & Blondie K |
San Diego’s Sweet Cheeks DJs |
K.flay |
The Limousines’ Giovanni Gusti |
Araabmuzik |
The Californian’s John Graney |
Tommy Lee & DJ Aero |
Dallas K |
Fort Knox Five’s Jon H |
See-I’s Zeebo |
Nappy Riddem |
Rich Medina |
DJ Sabo |
Kreayshawn |
Anna Lunoe |

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Happy Friday & A New Mix

Gotta love Fridays. I wake up at 7am after DJing last night till 2am, grind hard in the morning, hit the park, then it’s afternoon nap time, dinner and back to the club at 9pm. For some reason I get more work done every Friday and I’d like to think it has something to do with DJing the night before, getting some creative thoughts out and going back to play more records tonight.

Every Thursday night 11pm-2am I’m at Comet Club (3111 Fillmore St., SF), every 1st and 3rd Friday I’m at Milk Bar (1840 Haight St., SF) 9-11pm and other events sprinkled throughout the month just seem to pop up. Weds, Jan 18 at Eve Lounge (575 Howard St., SF) I’ll be spinning a crazy house & hip hop set – just expect lots of BASS.

2012 is the year of music branding for me. Your brand, my music. I linked up with NY lifestyle writer and television host Wael Davis for a high spirited, dancey mix with a little bit of mainstream, some hip hop, lots of pop and even more pop house – 130bpm top 40s songs coming out strong!

We started with an idea, he added his current favorite songs, I added a few I enjoy playing when I DJ certain spots and a few drafts later we had our finished mix. It’s a great mix for pregaming before the club, partying with friends, driving around town or even, going on a run.

DJ Lil’ Elle & Wael Davis present
The Follywang Mixtape Series
Chapter 1: Attack of the She Wolf

Download the mpfree here.

Stream the mix here.

Beyonce – Countdown
Drake – Juice
Sean Kingston ft. Nicki Minaj – Letting Go (Dutty Love)
Britney Spears – Up n’ Down
Black Eyed Peas – Ring A Ling
Dev – In the Dark
Diddy Dirty Money ft. Lil’ Wayne – Strobe Lights
Rihanna & Calvin Harris – We Found Love (Intro Edit)
Kid Sister – Right Hand Hi
Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger ft. Christina Aguilera
Pitbull ft. Trina – Okay
LMFAO – La La La
DJ Class – I’m the Ish
Duck Sauce – Big Bad Wolf
Gemini Club – Ghost (Hey Champ Remix)
Bag Raiders – Sunlight (Armand Van Helden Remix)
Calvin Harris – Flashback
Cut Copy – Lights and Music
Lykke Li – Breaking It Up (Pocketknife’s Loosefoot Remix Extended Version)
Escort – Cocaine Blues (Hoff Remix) ft. Pase Rock
Glasser – Treasury of We (Delorean Remix)
Private – My Secret Lover

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#KloutChevySonic

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On the Morning of Friday, December 2 a brand new 2012 Chevy Sonic was delivered to my house on Haight St and I could do anything I wanted within reason until Monday morning. Best part – they called me the night before to ask if I had a preference between automatic and manual. Despite the hills in this city, of course I went for manual. No strings attached, really.

I captured the weekend on video and used the EarthMoonEarth remix of Phoenix’s “Fences” as a soundtrack. Between driving friends to work and later a DJ gig on Friday, it was time to be the DD for a wine adventure on Saturday morning. We left town by the Bay Bridge into Oakland and Berkeley, over the bridge and toll to San Rafael, then Napa, Sonoma and back to SF over the Golden Gate Bridge that night. Sunday evening we watched the sun set over the city from Twin Peaks, a great end to the weekend of exploring. There’s also a little bit of me DJing and a flyer in our hood with my name for a moombahton show at Public Works last month.

I’m adding more video to my portfolio. Let’s link up if your company, brand or website needs footage and writing content, especially for musicians at upcoming music festivals – SXSW, WMC, Coachella and more.

Enjoy the ride & follow on Twitter @djlilelle.

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Holy Sh*t, I’m Opening for Wale! …and a New Mix!

Nope, not a joke. Wale, DC’s ambassador to this new generation of hip hop (or arguably, DC hip hop in general) is on tour hitting sold out Mezzanine in SF tonight and I get to spin tracks before he does his thing. I won the spot through a contest on uber-addictive Turntable.fm, and actually took first place over all contestants from SF and Seattle and won a bunch of fun free shit.

My song selection for the contest was choice and really built the feel for a Wale show – it was a no brainer. That energy led me to finally finishing a hip hop mix I’ve been reworking since September to post up and release to all of you! Check that below and read a lil’ about it here:

I moved to SF about a year ago after living in Wale’s hometown of Washington, DC for 5 years. I watched his career grow from mixtape master with Fools Gold’s Nick Catchdubs to the Maybach Music giant he is now. I don’t get to DJ new hip hop that I love as much as I’d like so I’m really excited to open for Wale at Mezzanine. These are some of my favorite hip hop tracks from the last couple months to bang out while cruising around or pregaming for the club.

I’m really going to be posting more since I’m pretty much DJing and writing fulltime at this point and I’ve obviously been watching the stats and seeing more hits to the site every day. I’ll give you content, I promise! No more uploading mixes two months after I finish them! Also, my schedule for December is getting filled up so if your holiday party needs a DJ, better book her soon!

Gigs this week:

Tuesday, November 22 – Opening for Wale at Mezzanine, SF @ 9PM; F*ck Yeah! ft. NVO, MC Radioactive, and my ‘DJ band’ Hella Flow with partner Phillyberg at Boom Boom Room, SF @ 10PM
Wednesday, November 23 – DJing with local acts  K.flay & A1 at The Independent, SF @ 8PM
Thursday, November 24 – It’s A Family Affair at Comet Club @ 9PM
Peep the mix after the jump. And stream from my Mixcloud here.
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Mixtape Catchup Pt. 2 – Splash

Back in May and June while I was reading Tweets and texts from all the fam back on the East Coast discussing rooftop, poolside parties and trips to the Eastern or (South only!) Jersey Shore, it was really difficult maintaining sanity in SF. I knew when I moved here I was giving up seasons – specifically winter – but didn’t realize that summer would cease to exist as well. Our hemisphere is facing the sun, why wouldn’t it warm up? Well, in SF we continued to get the fog, wind, and cooler temps, making it one of the more painful June’s of my life. We took many trips inland to the various valleys in order to soak up as much sun as we could.

Fast forward a couple months and August hits SF along with the wonder that is our Indian Summer. The end of August, September, and October were all filled with beautiful, sunny days – mostly in the 70s but sometimes even the 80s – ensuring me that SF actually does have a summer, it just waits an extra two months to appear. So while friends on the East were closing up their pools and packing on the layers, out here we were laying in bikinis on Baker Beach,

camping on the beach in Mendocino County,

and enjoying poolside parties like the Do-Over at the Phoenix Hotel.

All the finally outdoor relaxing wearing minimal clothes was starting to have an effect on me and all I wanted to listen to was chill, enjoyable vibes. I put this mix together with a poolside attitude in effect. It’s got a touch of moombahsoul, some sweet house tunes, everyone’s favorite R&B, and a little BASS thrown in for fun and always supporting homies like Poolside, Vin Sol, 5kinandbone5, Derek ‘DJA’ Allen, and Proper Villains. Buy and support their tunes because without them, I couldn’t play awesome sets all the time.

Stream at the link below and catch the download link and tracklist after the jump.

DJ Lil’ Elle ‘Splash’ Mix on Mixcloud

For bookings and inquiries hit me up on the email.

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Mixtape Catchup Pt. 1 – Miles From Nowhere

When someone else posts one of my mixes before I post it on here I know two things – it’s a great mix and I really need to get on posting them on here and not just my Mixcloud. I usually throw them up there first, let friends have some listens, get some feedback, and then tell more people. Follow me on there to be notified when I upload! Bottom line – mad props to the homie CK aka @leninstomb over at Postcultural for repping my July mix in a recent weekend party post.

For the 4th of July weekend we loaded up five deep plus the dog in the car with way too much crammed in the trunk and on our laps for a 5+ hour drive north on I5 to Mt. Shasta, where longtime superfriend @LizSF is originally from.

We had an amazing time including a crazy rafting trip, camping in the mountains next to a stream, a huge grill feast with Liz’s family, and finally – running my first 5 mile race on the morning of the 4th. It was tough with the altitude and temperature difference since I’m used to running in SF but I finished only slightly off pace and we booked it back to SF in time to catch the fireworks at Alamo Square Park.

These aren’t songs inspired by that trip, while I would make a great folky Americana mix, but songs that kept us going – whether driving that huge distance, sleeping 3 deep in a tiny tent, and most of all, dominating in running that race. Expect a lil moombahton, hip hop, dubstep, BASS, and of course my genre of choice – crunk haus.

Stream at the link below and check the tracklist and download link after the jump.

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