It lasted longer than I thought it was going to be, but being pretty close to the place I began DJing, Rumors Hotel and Boutique where I started, well it was pretty neat for me. I have been been a resident DJ for a few places, but then I actually just started this DJing thang and it is soooo different from radio, way different. Anyways, life seems to be going really fast for me lol, but that’s a good thing. I want to be in a situation where I’m playing for more upscale clients and bigger places. I want the bigger clubs lol. I do think I can handle it, just give me the chance. I can play jazz, actually I Have a style that I call Liquid…. It’s a mix of jazz and eclectic music from around the world. I play it all the time on my show, Liquid Rain Drops. I’m going to miss Firkin On Paradise but I want more freedom of the way I play… I didn’t get that there. Sadly enough, they let me promote to my listeners what I play and then when it was time to play, they told me no, play rock instead of what was told lol. The worst part was that I did newsletters promoting what I was playing at Firkin On Paradise! Here is that newsletter:
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Meeting Chef Donald wasn’t just educational it was inspiring! From the kitchens of some of New York’s finest restaurant kitchens like Le Bernardin, the Quilted Giraffe and The Sign of the Dove. But what shocks me the most is that Chef Donald has been the executive chef for Park Avalon Restaurant in New York City, the James Hotel and Mondian in Scottsdale, Arizona. His 30 year of experience is simply impressive.
What really was inspiring to me besides Chef Donald’s experience, was that four years ago or so, he was diagnosed with ‘Multiple Myeloma’, a form of bone narrow cancer. With him being diagnosed he decided to change his entire life style. Which is where Vegenation comes into play. A straight plant based way of eating. Talking to Chef Donald and his Creative Director of Vegenation Kelly Bennett, oh by the way did I mention how both of them have good energy vibes? Chef Donald went on about how fresh global street food style cuisines can make you feel pretty damn good. Lol. Kelly Bennett also said vegenation is 100% plant based, while going good for the environment and supporting local farms here in Las Vegas.
Myself and my The Socialite DJ had the opportunity to taste vegenations very best. One of my favorites was the Hot Tamale. Which is organic masa, pumpkin green chili, and lentils. Another dish was their Mushroom Madness Pizza with Daiya cheese, assorted mushrooms and herbs. Naked City Pizza is in trouble. LOL. But what got me truly hanging out with Chef Donald and Kelly was their coffee, OMG! Seriously I had both styles Fair Trade Organic Peru and Fair Trade Organic Sunatra from Frankly Good Coffee in Bender City, NV.
Well there was more that we had, but you’ll either have to go visit Vegenation in person (616 E Carson Ave, Suite #120) or tune into MBT Radio for Coffee Grounds to hear about the rest!
Written By: Mr. Black Tie
Flock and Fowl was born in 2015 from with a obsession of serving you the perfect plate of chicken and rice. They only cook what they would serve to their own family. They believe what you eat should be natural, pure and fresh. They make all of their own sauces in house, including 2 different soy sauces for your eating pleasures. They do not use MSG. The source is only the best produce and use organic ingredients as much as possible. I have never imagined I would be an addict to Chicken and Rice until I taste Flock and Fowl!
Here in Las Vegas, he has been on the opening teams of prestigious restaurants including, Joël Robuchon at the Mansion, Social House, Wazuzu, and as Executive Chef at Comme Ça.
In 2011, Sheridan opened his first project, Great Bao, a small cafe along with a gourmet food truck, with his wife, Jenny Wong. There they introduced steamed sandwiches and noodle dishes to great acclaim. In 2013, the success of the first project rolled over to Fat Choy, an Asian American diner. Fat Choy has been featured on the Food Network, NY Times, USA Today and many other media outlets. 2015, the couple opened Flock & Fowl, honoring one of their favorite comfort foods, Hainanese Chicken Rice. In 2017, the locals love for chicken rice led to the opening of Flock & Fowl Downtown. In 2018, Sheridan was nominated for Best Chef: West from the James Beard Foundation.
When given the opportunity to bring some Liquid Jazz to the home front at Flock and Fowl, I knew it was going to have to be a good mix of soft and hypnotic beats. It was going to have to be a different form than the other gigs I have done.
Due to the style as such as the place, it’s in an entirely different atmosphere from most other spots I’ve spun at. More laid back and chill, any great resturant should be right? So that’s what I gave em’, that style of music, and with The Socialite DJ, we killed every night we were there! From doing Fridays to Saturdays! I enjoyed the three months of residency there..! see more adveture’s of Mr.BlackTie at www.CoffeeGroundsInc.com
BlackSmoke (Mr. Black Tie & The Socialite DJ) DJ’s at Top Shop and Harley Davidson Cafe New Years Eve Las Vegas Strip
DJing New Year’s eve was unbelievable for myself and The Socialite DJ as we just started our DJing act as two being called BlackSmoke. The coolest part we hadn’t got just one gig for new year’s eve, we got two. lol (crazy right ???) We’ve been blessed with two. Both on the Vegas strip as well… The Day of New Years, we had the opportunity to Spin for Top Shop located at Fashion Show Mall. Starting at 12pm that afternoon, so we had to get to the Vegas strip early that day. Due to the gig and well the parking was going to be horrible if we hadn’t.
It was really early that morning lol. Due to it being new years, can you believe there were a few specs of people already on the start of getting their party on! The crazy part our other gig for the main event of New Years eve was across the other side of the Vegas Strip at Harley Davidson Café! So from 12pm to 5 pm we spun at Top Shop. Which was a cool start for our debut officially as Black Smoke.!
We started off what we were asked to Spin. Top 40 and radio hits of course. We did throw in some EDM, Tribal, and Bass and Drums of course lol. It went well. Time went fast actually. When we were finally done, we shut down the set at 5pm. Top Shop Management was cool and thanked us for the great set. The Socialite DJ was hungry and little nervous for our next set. ( so was I ) We had to get to Harley Davidson Café. It was a crazy moment as we left the Fashion Show Mall, the strip was full of people drinking and yelling and shouting ( at five pm!!!) The Socialite DJ lead the way as we moved through the standing crowd. We had to get to Harley Davidson Café by six to st up everything. We weren’t going to try to have a close call if something went wrong lol. (any professional DJ would know to always be there way earliest to the gig) well that’s how we roll anyway! So after rushing and pushing our way to the Harley Davidson Café. I was getting a little tired and well agitated. The socialite DJ smiled at me and said ”We can do this” she said as we moved onward. When we finally got to Harley Davidson Café, we started to set things up the main stage. The coolest part of this event, we got to eat before we got started.
-Written By: Mr. Black Tie
I don’t even know where to start to tell the truth, I mean who really would believe the madness that lead me to be able to DJ at the world market center? Who would believe me that this was my starting to point? Who would believe that I was never truly wanting to be a head DJ of a radio station? nor wanting to be the main DJ source of any kind of main event? Truth be told all I ever wanted to be is the photojournalist covering these magnificent events of dancers and DJs! I have been part of many crews and groups, all of them in one way or another just fell apart. As this happened I just moved on, I keep pushing forward.
I never wanted to a leader of anything to be honest. But fate just seems to lead me into this shit every time! I love music, I really do. From the day I learned about turn tables and producing. You need to understand one thing about me. I didn’t come to Vegas to be a well-known DJ. I came to Vegas as a photographer lol. Yet my life got twisted and turned so many times, my heart being ripped open and torn apart. I took people’s word for what it was. Yeah, yeah, I bloody know now that was stupid on my part. I had no intention of becoming a DJ or being part of the DJing industry. Not a damn moment when was that the plan when I first came here lol. Yet sure here I am, DJing at the World Market Center, which became my starting point. Crazy shit, isn’t it? I think so. I mean I’m a photo-journalist by trade. Yeah, I know how to produce and spin. But that wasn’t my focus point in life, nor was it ever going to be. Yet this has become a part of me.
As I said I love music, I love the women who have come in and out of my life as such to. And I think like an artist drawing or painting, or even better like a poet. My personal life has affected my music producing as well as my spinning. I was forced into doing the DJing thing, due to the DJs I was marketing for, they bailed out on a situation. See I figured if I created a well-known internet radio station, it would help these DJs, I would help them to meet and get gigs. It did on many levels at first. But what happened next was simple, they all quit on me lol. I never wanted DJ glory. That was another person dream. One that I felt connected to and would be able to help him win so I could win. Makes since, right? You would think so, and the same for other’s who was close to me as friends. So, the one thing I asked them, everyone here, we are in this together. I don’t want to do this radio thing alone, guess what happened through the adventures, the crew declined, the dream faltered, friends became enemies and some just vanished. I became alone on the adventure by myself lol. What the fuck right? How the bloody hell did that happen? Well it just did without a thought or whisper. I was being torn and ripped apart by the soul and spirit. As I said before I love music, I love the women who came in and out of my life. GOD, I LOVED THEM THE BEST WAY I KNEW HOW. It seems as if it was never enough. So, I got focused on this DJ shit. It seems to be everywhere I turn in Vegas. Maybe there is something to this right? So, I joined different DJ crews, that was a freaking bloody mistake. No loyalty lol, none what so ever. Everyone want to be the big dog lol. I tired but it seems not to be the smartest thing to do. So, I just got into my music. Which is what I’m doing at the World Market Center! It’s crazy to admit this is my starting point! Seriously the World Market Center is where I found myself as a DJ. Yeah, sure, I’m calling myself Mr. Black Tie on the radio, but I had no idea of what this image would be or what he is supposed to look like in photos or in public.
That is until I met my image consultant Fabiola, she is bloody brilliant. She understands my story, sees my adventures. I became Mr. Black Tie thanks to her and London Suits Co.! As I said before, this is my starting point as a DJ. From the image to my style of music. Which I created liquid jazz, something very different indeed. I never have DJ’d truly on my own till the gig at the World Market Center. I have never dreamed doing such a gig on any level on my own. Not once did that thought come across my mind. So, when this opportunity came to me. It was a starting point, so I went with it. I had the image, the style, now came the music. Something though got even more dramatic for me throughout the time I was DJing for two parts at the World Market Center, Thrashed Gallery on one side and the other part was the design center. Things got complicated as my life did too. The Woman of my life, was no longer my woman, so I was totally on my own in ways I had never dreamt before. I was completely on my own. If I failed there was no one to hug. If I even succeed there would be no one to cuddle with or make love in celebration with after a successful moment in life. But I had the image now, I had the opportunity to have everything I had wanted to do to start my career right off right.
So, I went into doing the first set soft with Latin style and soulful chimes. That was just the first day of seven days of spinning. I did one day of Irish chants and drums and bass, another was Japanese hip hop. They loved everything I had produced that week. Now here is the crazy pat of this all. I had truly decided I wanted this DJ thing in my life now, it became a part of me. The same way the woman of my life at the same did as well. The Socialite DJ. Yeah, I know, am I crazy or simply stupid? I’m DJing with my ex fiancé. She is everything to me, even though I might not be the same for her. I can’t stop loving her the same way, I can’t stop DJing or producing my love for liquid jazz. Out of everyone she hasn’t left me or abandoned me, but I guess in time I will see right? Sooner or later someone will come into her life who she will want to cuddle with. See there has been those who doubts because me and my music, I don’t have the fancy equipment. I get it though, and well I keep pushing forward. I always will and will always do. Much love to you all, especially to the World Market Center, Thrashed Gallery and The Design Center.
Written By: Mr. Black Tie
So as you can see, Latin Night was on Saturday but the problem was even after it was already printed and they new this, Tony, the owner approved it. I printed over several hundred copies out and well, I was told to play rock! It was really was hurtful but it was their money and well, when we played rock, most of my little following that I had, left, expecting Latin.. But it is their money, right? So what was I supposed to do? Worst part is, after that they came at me and said they were not happy lol! Ughhhh! The world of DJing, that’s business though. Anyway, I did enjoy Finkin on Paradise but I do want a better place and bigger!!!
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The very first day I met Juan Muniz was a week after I became the resident DJ for the Arts Factory Bar & Bistro. I t was also my first Friday DJing event as well. Juan Muniz introduced me to not just himself but his character Felipe. One thing about Juan Muniz, is he is an artists who is focused. Which I have met countless of them) that had or do have the talent, but no motivation, no path, no focused point. But Juan had, and still has the same path that he’s been on. Focused point on his art work, and character Felipe. Funny we kept bumping into each other, throughout the years. First Fridays I’d see him at his booth. Doing his Felipe book. While myself DJing First Friday on other gigs.
Once in a while you wonder and think and ask, “Am I really making progress?” Well Juan Muniz did something unusual for artists and had a great grand opening of Felipe at the Z Boutique at Zappos. It was incredible seeing what had happened for him. The coolest part, I have to say was DJing for him. Juan Muniz is focused on his path. I’m proud to have known him before all the Felipe crazed. LOL. We will see each other once more! Until then. See More at www.MrBlackTie.com
By: Mr. Black Tie