Beat Non Stop

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It was the time the day slowly turned into evening and the purple wisteria got ready to turn in for the night, the grand Moorish fortress of Alhambra basked in the last of the sun’s light. My than husband and I walked down the hill finishing our visit to a magical place when the sound of the guitar pierced the warm flower filled air. As if under a spell, I turned and walked toward the sound. Sitting on an ancient stone, a longhaired man held a guitar close to his chest, moving his fingers with the speed of light creating a sound that was out of this world. He was surrounded by gypsies that began to sing and dance as he finished his solo. I was mesmerized by the sound, feeling of wholeness that I had never felt in my 20 years of existence. My feet were moving to the vibrations of the sound and at that moment I knew that the beat that was so powerful was the beat of life itself connecting everything in the universe.

Music became my inspiration, and many years later with the help of many creative souls, I was blessed to open a place dedicated to it. Beat Non Stop, as it was called, located on Melrose Ave. in the heart of Hollywood. Beat Non Stop established in 1992 became a candy store for DJs and clubbers from around the globe. It was a hub where new tracks found their homes in DJ crates and where magical musical vortexes were created.

Mear and his graffiti crew created a fantastical world full of futuristic landscapes from other realms. LA’s best underground DJs came together to fill the record bins with vinyl from known and unknown artists and places. If I was to put together a list of names of all that became the family of artists, customers, record producers, clothing companies, writers, people that shared good and bad times with me, the list would be so long I would have to buy more memory in my laptop. I thank them for teaching me the power of music. The way it can heal and uplift at the most difficult times. The way it can bestow wisdom on you while you are dancing, and the way you can become enlightened when connecting to the sound. For all the amazing experiences I had and continue having I thank my Beat Non Stop family for being the light on my adventure I call life.

XOXOXO NINA

Nina now sells designer vintage garments on Ebay and has a wonderful blog called unicorns and jam  I was lucky enough to receive her story before she posts this to her own blog. Thank you Nina.

 

The art of turntables

I have this obsession with turntables so here are some pictures I’ve taken while out and about in Los Angeles events. Click on the captions their links to their music pages!!!

DJ Zo @ the Line Hotel
DJ Zo @ the Line Hotel
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Holly Marilyn Solem @ Good Times at Davey Waynes
DJ Frankie Ingliese @ Dirty Laundry
DJ Frankie Inglese @ Dirty Laundry
DJ ReMitch @ the Grandstar Jazz Club
DJ ReMitch @ the Grandstar Jazz Club
A DJ at a party @ The Sky Room
A DJ at a party @ The Sky Room
DJ Peanut Butter Wolf @ Thanks Givends
DJ Peanut Butter Wolf @ Thanks Givends
DJ Jeremy Sole @ Bodega
DJ Jeremy Sole @ Bodega
DJ Jason Bentley @ The Hammer Museum Made In LA Music
DJ Jason Bentley @ The Hammer Museum Made In LA Music
DJ setup @ Tumbe
DJ setup @ Tumbe
Dam Funk @ The Lift
Dam Funk @ The Lift

Soul Sessions Reunion

Catching my shadow
Catching my shadow

I recently attended the Soul Sessions Reunion at the Grand Star Jazz Club in Chinatown, CA. Soul Sessions is a collective of DJ’s which consist of DJ Plann B, The Remitch, Baby Bubba, and DJ B-Nasty along with the masterminds behind the group, Chad Corros and Jay Villanueva aka Ninja Simone. Each DJ adds their own twist to their music presentation, which also keeps the show diverse and interesting. They play a plethora of music from soul of course, funk, flashback, old school hip hop, and even some electro favorites along with so much more. The energy in the room is like no other. They had guest DJ’s who tore the roof off the place, StarRo from Soulection and Jeremy Sole from KCRW. StarRo was a crowd pleaser making everyone shocked and engaged by his self produced beats. I even caught someone pointing at me because my face showed utter shock at what he was playing for us, he’s genius. Jeremey Sole is always a good time playing afro beats mixed with flavorful Latin music and even throwing in some reggae too. You can’t not dance when you’re in this crowd of show stoppers. I had a great time with these fellas, I know The Remitch and Baby Bubba but I finally got to meet the rest of the crew. We hung out and enjoyed a late night snack we called the “after party”. There are talks about more reunions for 2015, I’ll be waiting!! You can hear these guys on soundcloud/mixcrate too…

The reMitch

Baby Bubba

Plann B

B-Nasty

StarRo

Jeremy Sole

BTS with Jeremy Sole
BTS with Jeremy Sole
Jeremy Sole cutting it up.
Jeremy Sole cutting it up.
StarRo killin' it
StarRo killin’ it
Baby Bubba wearing his epic Easy E .T
Baby Bubba wearing his epic Easy E .T
The Remitch
The Remitch
Lanterns in Chinatown
Lanterns in Chinatown
Little 'ol me, StarRo, and my friend Joanna
Little ‘ol me, StarRo, and my friend Joanna