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EDITORIAL: So You Want To Be a DJ? by Ashley Holden

So You Want To Be a DJ?
By Ashley Holden
Bringing insight from local professionals that took the dream and made it their reality

“Prove them wrong by being good and being better and being diligent and uncompromising with what you’re trying to achieve.” – DJ Thornstryker

If music were food, DJs would be the sous chefs. Each one has all the same necessary ingredients to make something magnificent; however, each result will be much different. It is the job of the DJ to mix those ingredients in a way that ensures we not only enjoy our meal, but that we also keep coming back for more. Just as master chefs come in numbers, there are numerous people trying to step on the scene and become the next best DJ. The question is then raised, with such a saturated market, how can one possibly stand out above the crowd and be successful? If this is you, the first thing you must ask yourself is, what are you bringing to the table?
“Once you find the problem and then the solution, you too can make it.” – Corey “Mr. Lightshow” Smith

If you go online now and search for the top DJs in the area, there is no doubt you’ll get more than you bargained for. There are lists and lists of people that want to become the next hottest DJ but unfortunately not all will make it. Not to discourage anyone looking to enter the field but there is a level of realism that must be understood. It is an art. And like any artist you must take the time and necessary research to perfect your craft. Much too often people make the mistake of thinking this is a job anyone can do. Besides, with all the free software out there, how hard could it be, right? Wrong. They couldn’t be more mistaken. Long time professional, DJ Paul Martindale says, “You can get all the music, but whether you mix it well and it sounds good is what matters.” Once you’ve grasped that this job won’t be easy and are ready to take your craft seriously, you’ll find that there will be plenty others that will do just the opposite. There will be people that scoff at you and tell you that it is not a “real job.”
“There are people that think they can enter this career with the bare minimum” - DJ Paul Martindale

Emily Thornhill, better known as DJ Thornstryker, house DJ for the Detroit Pistons, says, “Haters are going to hate. But that’s how you know you are doing something right, unfortunately.” We are living in the age of the dreamers and doers. Nine to five jobs are becoming obsolete and more and more people are determining that now is the time to go after the things they truly love.
So, you’ve gotten past the scoffers. You went all in and now you’re back at question one, “What do I have different to offer?” Well meet Corey Smith, also known as “Mr. Lightshow.” He has built his brand around not only being a successful DJ, but by also providing an elegant light show and certain fog effects that add an entirely different element to any event. Not only does he create a fun atmosphere, but he also enhances the dancing experience to make that moment most memorable. He originally aspired to be a police officer, but like Thornstryker, who aspired to be a dancer, Mr. Lightshow knew that if he didn’t go after this career in music he would never be completely satisfied.

“I’ve done my research and I practiced and practiced and practiced my butt off.” - Mr. Lightshow

It was not an easy journey however. Like anyone who’s taken on the dare of self-employment, they’ve had to overcome battles and learn from experiences on the job. One case in point would be an experience of Emily’s. Like many other female DJs, she battles with ensuring she is receiving equal pay for some of her shows where she’s known men to get paid more. Another would be the beginning of Corey’s career. He is self taught and therefore came across many roadblocks where he was not prepared for a gig and absolutely, “stunk  up the place,” he says. Crap happens, but when you truly desire something you find a way to get over it. Whether it’s investing in the latest equipment, hiring a manager to help you get paid fairly, or even taking the time off to perfect your craft and making a huge comeback. Whatever the obstacle is, NEVER STOP. “Obstacles can be fun, just find creative ways to get around them,” says Thornstryker.

“Elusive quality adds value.” -DJ Thornstryker

So, you’ve gotten past the scoffers, and you’ve even found something unique to bring to the table. The final and maybe most important thing to always remember is that this is also your business. You must, “Expect a certain wage,” says Martindale. When starting off, it’s acceptable to take a little less for gigs knowing that you are not yet seasoned. Once you’ve found your way around the block however, you must always remember that your work has a certain value and that’s how you begin to seal your brand. Deliver a product that is fresh, memorable, and worth the dollar spent. Emily says it best, “Your job is to make sure people have fun.” At the end of the day, that’s what it is all about.


LIMITED RUN THIS WEEK ONLY: Shin Godzilla with English subs

Have you guys seen this trailer? It's been around for a bit, but seriously, have you SEEN THIS TRAILER? The G-Man is back, (literally) bigger than ever, and mad as hell. I've been waiting for this one for YEARS!

Wait no longer — Funimation is doing a limited theatrical run THIS WEEK, October 11-18, in Japanese with English subtitles. No Torrenting this one, folks, this needs all the big screen real estate it can get, for that tail alone.

Go check out the Funimation page to find your local theater!

NOW THROUGH 30 OCT: Baskerville A Sherlock Holmes Mystery @ Meadowbrook

October 5 - October 30 2016
Meadow Brook Theatre

Get your deerstalker cap on — the play's afoot! Comedic genius Ken Ludwig transforms Arthur Conan Doyle's classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors portray more than 40 characters.

NEXT WEEKEND: Beautiful Nightmares Halloween Party Sat Oct 22

Charity Event • Makeup Artist Competition
Saturday, October 22 at 7 PM

Enjoy Food, Drinks, Music, Vendors and Entertainment as some of Metro Detroit’s best makeup artists square off in runway style competition that pits both beauty and effects against one another in the quest to create the most Beautiful Nightmare. Come dressed up or dressed down, the choice is yours.

The main focus of this event is to join in the fight to end human trafficking. The Sanctum House will be receiving the full profits from drink sales as well as profits from dedicated silent auction items and the Northwest Oakland Abolitionist Hub will be receiving the full profits from the silent auctions items being donated by several of our generous students and sponsors.


The Ninth Annual DAMNED Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness!

Detroit, MI - On October 27th through 29th 2016 at the Tangent Gallery/Hastings St Ballroom in Detroit comes an extraordinary assemblage of126 artists from across this world to display 150 of their most introspective creations at the ninth annual DAMNED Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness. From the infamous to the freshest of local and international talent, this prodigious congregation will allow us a glimpse within the diverse shadows of id and ego…of overall mind and encompassing soul guaranteed to intrigue, disturb, inspire or repulse.  Rising from within the ashes of Detroit’s historic institution of Devil’s Night, this is not Halloween-themed art but an immersion within the immeasurable realms of consciousness through an elegant ambiance of live ethereal music and cirque/butoh-inspired performances.

There are 3 nights of DAMNED, each with its own distinct theme for the ambiance and performances that flourish within the exhibition:
  • 10/27 “The Darkness” – A night of introspective exploration within the shadowed and primal essence of self. This opening night features an intimateVIP Preview/Artist Reception, a formal absinthe tasting, an on-site chef preparing hot hors d’œuvres and experimental aerial and butoh-inspired performances.
  • 10/28 “The Enlightenment“ – A night of the extrospective self enlightened through light, fire and the ethereal.  This gala night features an on-site chef preparing a sampling of internationally-inspired tapas with flavored mead tasting courtesy of B Nektar Meadery and exotic fire, aerial and experimental performances.
  • 10/29 “The Masquerade“ – A festive celebration through a menagerie of exotic cirque, sensual rhythms and masquerade. This closing night features the formal mask-mandatory masquerade ball, an elegant seated 6-course aphrodisiac-inspired dinner, sensuous dance performance interludes, thedreamworld aural ambiance of DJs Josh Burge (Plastic Passion) and Slofu(Happy Endings) and a menagerie of strolling cirque performances all night.  This night is mask mandatory and proper attire only.
DAMNED, first and foremost, is an exhibition of the intensely personal creations that are often born from within the artist’s most darkest hours that often returns them towards the light. DAMNED then cultures an intriguing visual ambiance of art-inspired explorative performance vignettes with the region’s most creative talent.  For 2016, the astounding performance roster includes Satori Circus, Detroit Circus, Amber Carter, Jade Ashekerra, Shadowe Feuer, Jennabelle Feuer and Stella Isis Rothe. Aurally, the haunting gallery soundtracks are custom designed by Life Toward Twilight with the mesmerizing live music ambiance of Dixon's Violin andMarcus Copernicus.
Then on Saturday October 31st, DAMNED will heighten the exhibition towards a sensuous celebration of extravagant delicacies, libations and dance with a formal, mask-mandatory Masquerade Ball. Beginning at 6pm, a very intimate VIP engagement will commence as we usher you to your private seat for an elegant Six-Course Aphrodisiac-Inspired Dinner created by our own DAMNED chefs. Between courses, brief interludes of intriguing dance performances will further enhance the senses and inspire. Exotic desserts and keepsake photograph are also included.  The public doors then open at 9pm with a special aerial performance by Detroit Circus at 9:30 amidst the art. Then from 10pm until 2am, the evening becomes enveloped with the dreamworld aural ambiance of DJs Josh Burge (Plastic Passion) and Slofu (Happy Endings) bringing a carefully selected mix of ethereal dreampop, lush trip hop and smooth grooves all blended with alternative classics for a night that will delight your sonic senses.  All within a menagerie of exotic cirque performances throughout the venue.
Tickets are now available online and at Noir Leather in Royal Oak and V-Male Vintage in Dearborn Heights starting at $15.
Visit the DAMNED website at “” to review past photos, find further detailed information and to purchase advance tickets.
The Tangent Gallery/Hastings Street Ballroom is located at 715 E. Milwaukee St. in Detroit.
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DAMNED IX - An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness
Fine Art + Performance + Fine Dining + Masquerade Ball
October 27th through 29th 2016


TONIGHT: Chick Corea Trilogy at Orchestra Hall

Former DSO Erb Jazz Chair and NEA Jazz Master Chick Corea has been at the forefront of jazz—both as a renowned pianist forging new ground with his acoustic jazz bands and as an innovative electric keyboardist with Return to Forever, the Elektric Band, and the electro/acoustic Vigil. 

Now, Corea returns to Orchestra Hall with his trio featuring drummerBrian Blade and bassist Eddie Gomez to perform music from his Grammy-winning recording Trilogy. Hear reinventions of classic Corea compositions and previously unrecorded originals to an array of jazz standards.

8:00 PM

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall
3711 Woodward Ave


MCB PICK OF THE WEEK meets FREE VINYL FRIDAY - Stomp Rockets vinyl release show tonight by New Fortune Records - PJs Lager House Detroit - Friday Sept 23rd 8pm

Talk about a BONUS!
It's a Friday night dance party Detroit!


Win a free Stomp Rockets vinyl thanks to the guys and gals over at New Fortune Records!

email now for your chance to win and get to this show!

The Stomp Rockets 45 Record release show featuring 
Michael Hurtt & His Haunted Hearts 
and introducing, 
Heartthrob Chassis!!!

9:00 PM
Heartthrob Chassis 
(debut performance)

10:00 PM
Michael Hurtt & His Haunted Hearts

11:00 PM
The Stomp Rockets



PHOTOS: Make America Smart Again x LSC Present: Idiocracy

#MakeAmericaSmartAgain (MASA), a voting initiative founded by Amanda and Shepard Fairey was created to combat voter apathy and the spread of misinformation. 

 On Saturday, September 3rd at The Skip in Detroit, MASA and partners Library Street Collective hosted a screening of "Idiocracy," a cult comedy directed by Mike Judge that satirizes the rise of commercialism and decline of human intelligence in a future dystopian society.
Fairey alluded that the movie is now better categorized as a documentary.  
The film was selected as a tool to remind and inspire audiences to use their brain and participate in our democracy.

A community discussion was held prior to the screening featuring panelists representing Detroit Soup, the RTA Master Plan as well as Fairey.
After the screening The Skip hosted an after-party featuring local DJ Amy Dreamcatcher of Nothing Elegant and Shepard Fairey AKA DJ Diabetic.
The event was free to all guests.
A select number of #MakeAmericaSmartAgain t-shirts and pins (produced by
OBEY Clothing) were available with donated proceeds to benefit Vote Detroit, a local grassroots initiative fighting to ensure that the voice of every city resident is heard in the upcoming election.


Last week! CALL FOR ART: DAMNED 2016

An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness
October 27th through 29th 2016

Within the word, it is easy to envision devils and hellfire. However, it also reflects the eternal condemnation of self and the subtle mind against itself. It may reflect the emotional trappings within the haunting ghosts of the past. Perhaps the binding tendrils of our deepest longings or deprivations.

DAMNED is an exhibition of those extraordinary artists who know that without darkness, there is no light, that beauty does reside within the repulsive and enlightenment within our darkest hours. This art may be the one true reflection of self that make us balanced within our personal damnations…or possibly it is an expressive visual therapy…or simply a sign that there is amazingly inexplicable inside without comparison.

Artists of all mediums from anywhere in the world are welcome to submit their work for DAMNED. There are no restrictions on genre or content but the more deeply personal and powerfully introspective, the better.

Submission deadline is September 13 2016


UPCOMING (Sept 17): Strange Beautiful Music 9

New Music Detroit’s annual contemporary music marathon

September 17, 2016

3434 Russell St., Detroit MI

Tickets: pay-what-you-want $10+ (sliding scale) - available at

New Music Detroit 
Andrew Harrison: Hum (world premiere) ft. Jamaal May, author and poet
David Lang: are you experienced? ft. Dennis Nulty (DSO Principal Tuba), with narrator and 13-piece chamber orchestra
music by: Marc Mellits, Joseph Schwantner

Tribute: Steve Reich’s 80th
New York Counterpoint, Shannon Orme (clarinet)
Vermont Counterpoint, Ian Ding (marimba)
Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ, with Willo and guests

Detroit Bureau of Sound
debut performance of DBS Techno Ensemble, ft. Shara Nova
music by Octave One, Juan Atkins, Omar S, Richie Hawtin, Kevin Saunderson, and other Detroit techno legends, arranged by the ensemble

ft. Tanner Porter
music of Gold Panda, Mt. Kimbie, Samaris, Caribou, Chrome Sparks

Donald Sinta Quartet
music by: Ligeti, Albright, Mellits, Bresnick, Biedenbender

Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
National Parks Commissioning Project

Latitude 49
“SHE: the music of female composers”

Æpex Contemporary Performance
George Benjamin: At First Light
Pierre Boulez: Notations (in honour of Boulez’s death earlier this year)


THIS WEEKEND: Andy Stott/ Demdike Stare/ Nate Young's Regression at El Club

El Club + Party Store Productions present

Andy Stott 
Demdike Stare 
Nate Young's Regression
The Grim Rider
Friday 9/2/2016 
All Ages / All of the Time
Bar 5pm 
Show 9pm

About Andy Stott-
Andy Stott made his debut for the Modern Love label in 2005 with the 'Replace EP' - a 4 track exposition of his uniquely slanted production style taking in Chi-Town and Motor City influences with an obtuse genetic code at its core. In the years since he has released over a dozen EPs and three albums, remaining loyal to his Manchester roots and sticking with Modern Love for all recordings. Refusing to settle, his output has veered from deepest Techno to broken Garage, slowed down House, hyperactive Footwork, analog Grime and wavey/pop mutations- always referencing his unique stylistic signatures: deep, complex and oddly beautiful. 

2011 saw the release of two EPs 'Passed Me By' and 'We Stay Together' - companion pieces which saw a shift of sound into ever more frayed territory, slowing the tempos down for a set of tracks that grabbed the attention of many and ended up on countless year-end charts. The following year produced what is by now regarded as a landmark album 'Luxury Problems', - a record that introduced new elements; most notably the vocals of Alison Skidmore, Andy's piano teacher from back in his school days. A combination of accessible yet inherently deviant tropes and a production style which has become more individual and identifiable with the passing of time has attracted a huge amount of interest, with countless features in publications as diverse as Pitchfork, Vogue and the New York Times, as well as appearances at numerous festivals and shows including SXSW, Unsound, Mutek and PItchfork MOMA events continuing to expose his work to an ever-growing and often bewitched audience.

TODAY: August Soup at Spaulding Dinner

Come on out to the SOUP at Spaulding August dinner. This dinner benefits community projects in the Corktown, North Corktown, Core City and Woodbridge neighborhoods.

This edition of Soup at Spaulding will be at Holding House art workspace and gallery located at 25th Ave and Michigan Ave. We will have good soup provided by neighborhood institutions, real community, music and a chance to help your neighbors with projects they are working on that make our city GREAT.

For those unfamiliar with the SOUP model, $5 gets you soup, salad, bread and a vote. At each SOUP dinner there are four presentations on projects ranging from art, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and more. Your vote can make a real difference in community projects in your neighborhood!

We are currently looking for those in need of funding. If you would like to submit an idea, we encourage you to contact us! If you have a project that benefits the neighborhoods / neighbors of Corktown, North Corktown, Core City and / or Woodbridge this is your chance to make it happen!

You can submit your ideas here --------->

If you do not have a project but would still like to get involved in making SOUP at Spaulding happen, reach out to us! This is a volunteer led event!

Sunday 8/28, 4-7PM
3546 Michigan Ave.


SATURDAY: Detroit Burger Brawl, Eastern Market

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Nearly 20 Area Restaurants Will Compete for the Title of Detroit’s Best Burger

In partnership with Dine Drink Detroit, Low Frequency, and Fairway Packing, Detroit Burger Brawl returns to Eastern Market on Saturday, August 27th. Nearly 20 restaurants from around metro Detroit will be competing for the title of Detroit’s Best Burger during this street fair-style event, which will run from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Attendees are encouraged to sample all of the competing burgers and vote for their favorite, with the top four restaurants getting the chance to specially prepare a custom burger for a five-member panel of celebrity judges to taste and select. Voting will take place between 11:00am and 1:00pm via the Burger Brawl app, with results updated in real-time via onsite screens and the web, and the top four burgers will be judged at 3:00pm.

Tickets for Detroit Burger Brawl start at $25, granting access and all-you-can-eat burgers, with $55 VIP tickets offering early access (9:30am), entry into the VIP tent and bar, and two drink tickets.

This year’s Detroit Burger Brawl will be emceed by Ken Daniels, the voice of the Detroit Red Wings, and be held at 1313 Erskine in Detroit’s Eastern Market, shutting down the road between Russell and Rivard.


THIS WKEND: DIYPSI Summer Festival @ ABC Microbrewery

Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28, 2016

Over 80 handmade vendors representing the best of the midwest
Live music and our region’s best indie bands
handcrafted eats + specialty craft brews
August 27: 11am-8pm (bands til 11)
August 28: 12pm-6pm

Admission: $1 Suggested Donation
21+ unless accompanied by a parent or guardian


UPCOMING: Nonsense Night Unconventional Convention @ Tangent Sept 9

September 9, 2015
Cosplay Encouraged

Nonsense Night is going full nerdcore for this event. 
Think COMIC CONVENTION but weirder & more intimate & in Detroit.

COSPLAY is strongly encouraged 
(ANYcharacter from ANYuniverse is appropriate)
BOARD & CARD GAMES will be a thing that will be happening
(from Apples to Catan to Risk to Magic to Pokémon to Oranges)
L.A.R.P BATTLES will totally be a thing 
(bring your own (foam) weaponry)
POKéMON GO will be going on
(there's a gym at the venue & several Poké-stops near by)
STAR WARS will be prevalent 
(of course)
ANIME should be all over this shit
(cosplay a Studio Ghibli character or you're a coward)
EVERYTHING "nerdy" or esoteric is welcome.
Nonsense Night is about YOU bringing the weirdness.
This is not a concert. It's HAPPENING starring YOU & your friends.

Musical performances by:
Wesley and the Crushers
Zak & What Army?
Aaron Phoenix Wright


TONIGHT! Godzilla Returns to the Phoenix Cafe

Two years ago, the Phoenix Cafe hosted "Godzilla Vs. The Phoenix Art Show" and it was an outstanding exhibit of Godzilla art. This year, many new artists will have work on exhibit with an emphasis on Godzilla, Kaiju, and other monsters.

Featuring Art by: 
Pete Coe, Steve Czapiewski, Jacob Davis, Matthew MCR Ellison II, Steve Gamburd, David Hanson, Olivia Herron (IN), Mark Jackson, Michael Kruso, Brian Lewandowski, Ryan Poteracki and more! 

Musical performances by:
Morticia's Chair - Post Punk, Psychedelic Goth Rock from Cleveland, OH

The Curls - Indie Rock from Chicago, IL

Burlesque/ Variety performance by: 
Kitty Hawkk

Aerial/Fire performance by:

Participating vendors:
Pete and Sandra Coe - paintings/monsters 
Steve Czapiewski - vector pop cartoon and show prop designer
Lacie Michelle Bollon - sex pop cartoon 
Stephanie Sage - Pure Romance 
and more tba!

7pm Doors: artist and vendor reception

7:30 TBA 
8:30 The Curls
10:00 Morticia's Chair
11:15 Variety showcase featuring Illumine (fire, dancer, flow artist), Kitty Hawkk (burlesque) and more tba!

All Ages!!! $10 cover



Static invites you to go back in time for the night with the return of thee retro party of the year! On SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, be prepared to flashback to the late '70s as we celebrate the 21st Big '80s Flashback Bash in a new way by celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Punk!

This year features punk tributes by six bands:
  • CLASHBACK (The Clash)
  • The DDT's (The Ramones)
The party starts at 8 p.m. at PJ's LAGER HOUSE, located at 1254 Michigan Ave. in Detroit. Call 313-961-4668 for info or check out

21 & over are welcome and cover is $6 and proceeds benefit the Hater Kitty Rescue Army, a local cat rescue group.