Monday, May 29, 2006

An audience with Strict!





Had a great night in the Savoy on Saturday. For about an hour and a half it was as good as I've ever spun and everything worked incredibly! When that happens DJing is the best hjob in the world and i wouldn't swap my headphones for Hugh Heffner's dressing gown. I played loads of old soul classics in the middle of the night and it just lifted the place-the rest of the night was cool too and I played everything from "1979" by the Smashing Pumpkins to "Kick Push" by Lupe Fiasco and "Maneater" by Nelly Furtado.
Afterwards i caught up with Strict from Arm the Elderly, the band who played the other room. MC Strict is a character and a half who I have known for many years and he was the first guy I shared an apartment with when I moved out of home years ago. We had some great times back then as we were both young hip-hop freaks with a love of rock music too! But that's not why he's in my blog.
Strict's current band Arm the Elderly are doing really well and creating a lot of excitement with their brand of rap/metal. As I said, he's a character and a funny man to be around and he kept those who stayed back for a drink well amused with a string of class jokes! The one about Thor the warriors visit to Cork was particularly funny but It's the way he tells em which had me in bits. But again, that's not why he's in my blog!
Strict is in my blog because he told me that he reads my blog regularly and thinks it's great, but he is dissapointed that he has never been mentioned. Whereas my Bebo page (http://djstevieg.bebo.com) has thousands of views already, I'm sometimes suprised if anyone see's this blog at all so I immediately promised Strict I'd include him! It's that simple really, the next time I meet you remind me and you too could be immortalized like Stict!
Well in an attempt to attract one or two more views to this blog I'm gonna put in a picture of my Godchild Anna, on her first birthday yesterday. Doesn't she rock! And she didn't even have to twist my arm like Strict! Nah seriously have a sconce at his band at www.myspace.com/armtheelderly They are cover stars now too don't ya know!

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