DJ Activities

Yes, I do enjoy the many perks and vast monetary rewards that await the ambitious vinyl spinner...

As DJ SONOFLONO, I am active in DJing one or more of the following genres:
Soul, R&B, Popcorn, Rhythm & Swing, Black Rockers, Vocal Groups, Gospel, Rock'n Roll, Teen Heartthrobs, Girl Groups, Beat, Garage, Screaming Wildmen, Surf, Swamp Pop, Hot Rod Vocals, Rockabilly, Country Boppers, Flipped Rockers, Tough Chicks, Killer Instrumentals, Exotica Neurotica, Unclassifiable Oddities, Wiggled Beats, Electric Blues, and my guilty pleasure is 60s Dance Crazes...

Many live mixes are available on my Mixcloud page

As part of the DJ collective MUDDY RIVER YA YAs, I spin 50s and 60s sounds together with my dear record nerd colleague TOM BEST.

To further explore the fascinating and enriching influence THE BLUES had on diverse musical genres such as garage rock, tittyshaker instrumentals, beat, surf and even exotica, I have established the irregular DJ night  DOWN IN DIDDY WAH DIDDY in 2015 - a term borrowed from afro-american mythology.

"Among African Americans in the early twentieth century, Diddy Wah Diddy was known as a mythical town in the South where food was plentiful and no one had to work -- sort of like the hobo's Big Rock Candy Mountain (where the "cops have wooden legs" and "the hens lay soft-boiled eggs"). Zora Neale Hurston used "Diddy-Wah-Diddy" as the title of a collection of folk tales, published in 1938 by the WPA Writers' Project. In the title story, Hurston explained that Diddy Wah Diddy could only be "reached by a road that curves so much that a mule pulling a wagonload of fodder can eat off the back of the wagon as he goes.” Upon arrival, a traveler could find a sweet potato pie that kept growing larger as it was eaten: "Nobody can ever eat it all up. No matter how much you eat it grows just that much faster.”

The words have become song lyrics in various iterations, not always referring to the town."
In order to satisfy the needs of the microscopic Soul scene in Basel, we have created a regular Soul/R&B/Popcorn night called THE GRIP.

In March 2012, a group of record collectors and DJs have launched a monthly listening party dedicated to 50s and 60s sounds on vinyl, called the RAUNCHY RAWHIDE CHICKEN.

As a long-time fan, purveyor and collector of New Orleans soul, R&B and related genres, I also have an irregular series called SUPERGUMBO.

DJ locations in Basel: 
Tiki Bar @ Platanenhof
Agora Bar (RIP)
NT-Areal Sonnendeck (RIP)
Ladybar (RIP)

Cafe Kairo, Bern 
Bar Berlin, Luzern
La Madeleine, Luzern
Palace, St. Gallen
Hangar Rockin, St. Stephan
Club Helsinki, Zürich
Gonzo, Zürich
Cafe Commerce, Biel (Soul Weekender Biel)  

Forbidden Bongo Bar, Freiburg (various locations)
Primitiv Bar, Berlin
Club Rakete, Stuttgart
Goldmark's, Stuttgart
Hot Rod & Art Festival, Weil am Rhein (WAR) 2010

New Orleans Mod Dance Party @ Saturn Bar, New Orleans
Circle Bar, New Orleans
One Eyed Jack's, New Orleans
R Bar, New Orleans
Zuzu's, Boston
The Independent, Boston 
River Gods, Boston
Botanica Bar, New York City
The Fifth Estate, Brooklyn

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