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My Twitterview With Andrew Kuo

The other day I undertook a feat of investigative reporting that was unprecedented and that rocked the media world in ways not seen since the days of the Nixon administration.  On the day of the launch of Andrew Kuo’s latest tome entitled What Me Worry, I executed what is forever to be known (in my own head) as the world’s very first “Twitterview”.  It was an interview conducted solely via Andrew and my Twitter feeds!  Below you will find the historic transcript.  Read it only if you dare!

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Meet DJ Aaron Castle

Meet Aaron Castle. He’s been DJ’ing 4 years and is the Founder of A Club Called Rhonda, one of the biggest disco parties in LA. His vibe is funk, soul, disco, soul, house, hip hop, electro, new wave and… shall we go on? He packs alot in his case.

Aaron has since moved on to being a full time DJ and can be found playing all around town. You can check him out at The Standard Hollywood lobby mostly on Mondays or Tuesdays. Here’s the lodown on Mr. Castle.

Full Name

Aaron Castle

What is your DJ name? Why?

Aaron Castle. Ask my parents.

What genre’s of music do you spin?

House, Disco, Funk, Hip Hop & New Wave, etc.

Tell me the top 5 jams right now on the dancefloor?

Woa, Tough one. Could never actually answer this question, but here’s the first that come to mind Daft Punk “Face to Face”, Bizarre Inc “I’m Gonna Get You”, Patrick Cowley “Get a Little Loose”, Joints “Tell You”, New Order “Bizarre Love Triangle” (Shep Pettibone Mix)

What is the stupidest request you have been asked?

I kinda feel like taking an issue with bad requests. When you are Djing, it’s like being a surgeon and not wanting to see any blood. It’s part of the job. I try not to be a snob. That said, you’d be surprised how often people come up and request an artist while you are currently playing that song. “Do you have any Michael Jackson?”…”This is actually Michael Jackson right now”. At that point all you can really do is smile

What year did you start DJ’ing?

Lets see…2005?

Laptop? CD? iPod? Vinyl?

Do people really DJ with Ipods? I usually go with laptop or CD’s

What are you feelings about drinking and working?

Arent DJs all just closeted alcoholics?

What is the 1 old-school classic you still bust out every time?

This is a weird question for me because I mostly play older songs. Can’t go wrong with anything Prince.

Do you have a special closing song of the night?

My personal favorite closer is Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes “You Cant Go”

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Read more at the Aaron Castle Blog

Meet Mr. Goodtimes

Here’s Georgie Goodtimes from the Standard, Downtown LA. Normally, most DJ’s you speak to are trying to phase out their vinyl and move onto digital, but not Mr. Goodtimes (that’s his other nickname). The man who counts “Boogie” as one of his genre’s are taking it back to the old school and getting rid of the laptop soon. Doesn’t that make you want to go check him out already? 

If you are in Los Angeles, he’s spinning on Tuesday nights at The Standard Downtwon rooftop from 9:30 -1:30 am, and he’s also part of the Saturdays Collective, Saturdays from 2:00 - 7:00pm on the rooftop also. In the meantime, here’s a little chat to get to know him. 

Full Name

George R. McWilliams Jr.

What is your DJ name? Why?

Georgie Goodtimes aka Mr. Goodtimes – This was an ironic nickname given to me by a friend as a comment on my generally negative attitude and grumpy demeanor. My attitude has much improved since then.

What genre’s of music do you spin?

House, Boogie, & Disco

Tell me the top 5 jams right now on the dancefloor?

1. Round Table Knights & Bauchamp “Calypso”

2. Levon Vincent “Love Technique”

3. Johnny D “Love or Leave Me”

4. Chamboche “Closer”

5. Dom Thomas “Disco Workout”

What is the stupidest request you have been asked?

"play something we can dance to"

What year did you start DJ’ing?

1997

Laptop? CD? iPod? Vinyl?

Laptop & Vinyl. Currently phasing out the laptop.

What are your feelings about drinking and working?

I go all natural.

What is the 1 old-school classic you still bust out every time?

Liaisons Dangereuses “Peut Etre…Pas”

Do you have a special closing song of the night?

Dire Straits “Follow Me Home” (Geoff Leopard Edit)

Meet Lori

Lori Bell

Acupuncturist and Astrologist at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach

Capricorn

Meet The Standard, Miami’s residential acupuncturist who sticks needles in peoples bodies all day long, makes you feel “stoned in the best way possible” and will maybe even let you know if your Capricorn boyfriend is a good match.

The Standard: How did you get into doing Acupuncture?

Lori Bell: I worked in fashion for a while and it had no soul. One day I went to a reading of a Taoist master and he kind of planted the seed. I went to him hoping to hear that I would fall in love and live happily ever after. Instead he told me to be an acupuncturist.

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Meet Christo

Doesn’t the job title “well being manager” sound lovely? Well, we got that too! Meet chRisto Rein (that is not a typo, just a special way he spells his name).

chRisto guarantees that all guests at The Standard, Miami, leave the hotel rested, relaxed, and full of clarity — just before returning back to the rat race. We asked him a few questions by the pool on a sunny day in Miami Beach. 

Name: chRisto Rein

Title: Well Being Manager

Sun Sign: Gemini

The Standard: We’ve never seen you at work not wearing a sarong. Where do you get them and how many do you own? We’re a bit jealous.

chRisto Rein: The sarong style (also known as Keikoy), the one I wear at work is from our very own Boutique. I have others that I picked up during various vacations (Costa Rica & Africa) with some great patterns. My sarong wardrobe is around 15. They’re incredibly versatile not only for pool or beach wear but also for traveling, and men are commonly seen wearing them around the world.

Boxers, Briefs or Commando under that sarong?

Some days Calvin Klein briefs and others free balling… depends on my mood. I don’t go Commando on windy days, because this dude doesn’t give “free shows” … LOL

What’s a typical day like in the life of chRisto Rein, both personally and professionally?

At work I check in at the Front Desk & Spa Desk to pick up daily reports and get current info of what’s going on. I change into my keikoy, then walk through the pool area, ensuring that the entire area looks great for our guests. Next I’ll have one-on-ones with the pool team getting them up-to-speed on arrivals, VIPs, daily occupancy percentage, events, and anything else that they may need to know for the day to better prepare them for their day — “knowledge is power!”. We even try to predict the weather on our own, even though we check the weather forecast like 10 times through the day — hehehe. Me and my team interact with the diverse range of our pool patrons and explain to them the numerous hydrotherapy benefits our property has to offer. I conduct weekly Bath Lab tours for our newly hired hotel staff as well as tour guests through our spa land as well. Great stuff to talk about!

Personally my typical day may seem boring, but I enjoy every moment. The way I see it, there’s a difference between being still and doing nothing. I choose to “Be Still”. After I shave my face & head and take a 5 minute shower (deliberately quick to conserve water), I’ll burn some incense, have breakfast — usually at a local restaurant (Balan’s on Lincoln Road is my fav), walk down Lincoln Road, meditate, maybe go see a movie. I love movies. Then I do some grocery shopping, which also relaxes me, and also listen to some music. I’ll chill with a friend or 2, and that’s about it. Ok, maybe watch some TV, too. My bedtime is usually around, well, I’ll just say it’s before midnight.

What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve seen happen at The Standard, Miami pool?

One day I saw somebody walk right up to our Arctic Plunge with determination—he jumped right in without hesitation, but he jumped out just as fast—screaming in pain! He mistook the 58 degree Arctic Plunge for our Hot Tub and when he got out he was shivering (and a little embarrassed). The handrail to the Arctic Plunge is blue (indicating cold) and the Hot Tub handrail is red (indicating hot)—but not everybody makes the distinction right away, especially if they’re very focused on just getting into the water.

Can you give our friends your favorite thing to do in Miami that they probably would never find or do on their own?

Let me think… one of my favorite Miami places is Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. The setting is a lush green space, detailed with flowers all over the place –a perfect place to meditate. Just watch out for the iguanas! I also enjoy watching a thunderstorm brew over the bay, and cast it’s temporary rain spell on the land.

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For more info, go to Standard Spa & Wellbeing

Meet Neil Aline

Meet Neil Aline, our DJ at the party known as Nouveau York held every Sunday from 6:00 pm -2:00 am at Le Bain, inside the Standard hotel, New York. We think every DJ should not be afraid to drop a good Wham U.K. tune from time to time. Here’s a proper introduction to the man himself.

What is your DJ name? Why?

Neil Aline… because my parents gave me that name

What genre’s of music do you spin?

Music you can dance to

What are your top favorite songs right now?

Midnight Magic “Beam me up”, Eli Escobar remix Joey Negro “Why”, Hot Toddy remix Dennis Ferrer ” The Red Room”

What is the stupidest request you have been asked?

Any request is stoooopid

What year did you start DJ’ing?

1994

Laptop? CD? iPod? Vinyl?

CD’s

What are you feelings about drinking and working?

"Scott! can i have more drink tix pls"

What is the 1 old-school classic you still bust out every time?

Wham’s “Everything She Wants”

What is your most memorable DJ experience ever?

APT. Sundays 5 year residency

What is your most memorable DJ experience at The Standard?

Boom Boom Room winter night, when all the lights went down for an hour. The room went crazy

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For more info go to DJ Neil Aline Facebook or Etedamour.com

A Chat with AA Bronson

Heading into it’s 5th year, The New York Art Book Fair was lovingly conceived and brought to fruition by AA Bronson, Chief Executive of one of NY’s most cherished art bookstores, Printed Matter. Since its relatively recent inception, the Fair has grown exponentially to include over 280 exhibitors from around the world and has essentially revived the once floundering art book into a flourishing market. Once again, we are proud to be the official hotel partner for this years fair.

Guest blogger Johnny Misheff caught up with Mr Bronson who was communicating via email from Paris, where he is currently working on a show called General Idea: Haute Culture, a retrospective of General Idea at the Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris opening in February, 2011.

(Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter, curated by AA Bronson)

Johnny Misheff: Why was it important for you to start the NY Art Book Fair?

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Meet Greg K

Meet Greg Krelenstein, 1/3 of the DJ crew, The Misshapes. Greg acts as a floating satellite all his own, DJ’ing major events at night while booking celebs for cool magazines at his day job. This weekend, we’re psyched to have The Misshapes make a cameo visit on our turntables for Halloween. Here’s a few things you should know about him…

What is your DJ name? Why?

Greg K. My last name is just too long and when I first started going out I met people like Michael T, Justine D, and Carlos D and thought that’s just what you do in NY!

What genre’s of music do you spin?

Lately, its been a lot of pop!

What are your top favorite songs right now?

Robyn, “Dancing On My Own”… Kanye West, “Runaway”… Sky Ferreira, “One”.. Far East Movement, “Like a G6”… Willow Smith, “Whip My Hair”

Who are your favorite new bands?

Salem, Nicki Minaj

What is the stupidest request you have been asked?

David Guetta, though I secretly love him

What year did you start DJ’ing?

mid 2000’s

Laptop? Cd? iPod? Vinyl?

Vinyl and CD

What are you feelings about drinking and working?

Depending on the event, it sometimes is essential.

What is the 1 old-school classic you still bust out every time?

I always like a Diana Ross or Stevie Wonder or Michael Jackson jam thrown in

What is your most memorable DJ experience ever?

DJ’ing in Milan pre-Thanksgiving for a Campari party

What is your most memorable DJ experience at The Standard?

DJ’ing the Givenchy Marina Abramovic after party, that was such a cool crowd

What are you working on right now?

Trying to find a new venue for a weekly party

What has been inspiring you lately?

My friends, always

Who are your heroes, musical or otherwise?

Madonna… cliché… but she’s the trailblazer for every pop girl currently on the scene

What was your earliest music memory?

Singing along to Annie in the movie theater

Meet Japanster

His real name is David Abitbol, but he goes by the moniker “Japanster” due to his penchant for the country. David now DJ’s every Friday at Le Bain, Standard New York. Here’s an introduction to his world… 

What is your DJ name? Why?

Japanster. I guess it comes from a big crush I had on Japan when I went there in the late 90’s.

What genre’s of music do you spin?

It goes from post punk to pure African beats. I really love all kinds of music. I played an Arabic belly dance track last Friday just after a Fleetwood Mac song and people loved it.

Who are your favorite new bands?

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Male Bonding, and Xeno & Oaklander.

Do you have a special closing song of the night?

I usually play White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane.

If you could invite 5 people, living or dead to a dance party (or dinner party)?

Kurt Cobain, David Lynch, Serge Gainsbourg, Jack Nicholson and …. Jennifer Connelly.

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Come see Japanster play every Friday night at Le Bain or visit him directly at Japanster.net