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posted Friday, October 8, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 41
DJ Almond Brown: 'House music is where it's at!'
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DJ Almond Brown: 'House music is where it's at!'

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Velvet with
DJ Almond Brown
Neighbours
Nightclub
October 15


DJ Almond Brown is here to make a statement: House music is where it's at, Seattle! Almond is bringing his brand of dance party to Neighbours Nightclub on October 15 with his new night, Velvet, which he says will attract many of his loyal listeners as well as educate the dance masses on the joys of house music.

'I've DJ'd off and on since I was in the 9th grade,' DJ Almond Brown told SGN. 'I've been a musician almost all my life.'

As a DJ, Almond says he's spun hip-hop and acid jazz, but his true love is house. 'The older I got, the more I wanted to spin for my peers,' he explained. 'Right now, hip-hop is a mess, and I couldn't take another request for Ludacris. House music and its universal message of unity and a good time really appeal to me, and have since the '90s.'

Almond says that he's reentered the Seattle market through DJ Flo' by starting out as a 'hype man' covering his breaks. In addition to helping Almond back onto the scene, DJ Flo' introduced the all-vinyl DJ to the digital side of spinning.

'I love the flexibility of being a DJ,' said Almond. 'I sang with bands for most of my musical career and we had a set number of songs that we would do. With many of the bands I was in, a lot of the songs were choreographed and fine-tuned for a particular time in the night or room. So much of my DJ set preparation is based on my learnings as a musician, but the immediate access, and option to pivot on any given song from a pool of hundreds of songs, is real cute.'

DJ Almond Brown says that as a Gay DJ of color, he realizes that he has the unique ability to make a statement. 'With Puppy's help at the Cuff, I have helped to dispel the rumors of bias and created one of the most popular nights in the venue,' he said. 'I'm receiving a lot of visibility lately and I think it's mainly around that I am different in appearance, sound, and overall presentation. There are a lot of talented people of color in our community and unfortunately we are rarely represented in our local events. But I always say, 'A closed mouth don't get fed,' so if you want to be heard, make some noise.'

Almond says he wants to take his brand of music national and create an identity and sound that is not based on Top 40 expectation. 'I won't play Lady Gaga again,' he joked.

The popular DJ says that his view of Neighbours Nightclub, where is new set is scheduled to start, is that of a lot of guys in his demographic - there are a lot of women on the dance floor. 'The increasing number of women in the Gay clubs is being felt everywhere, and that's fine,' he said, 'as long as they are respectful and leave the entitled attitude in the car.'

DJ Almond envisions Velvet as a night where Neighbours Nightclub becomes the destination where 'our masculine presence is felt.'

'So many of my memories as a DJ are based around the people I meet and the things I see or hear,' he said. '2010 has had some memorable moments, with the remix work for Inaya Day landing in the top 25 for the Gay Days DJ competition and becoming a resident DJ at the Cuff and on Strictly Dance Radio.'

Almond says he is involved in a lot of production work. 'I have a lot of exciting releases coming up,' he said. 'I have another new track with Inaya Day coming out before the year ends. I'm also working on an original track for my new label with Lamont Wheat and with another house legend Xaivera Gold. Club Nouveau is releasing a 25-year discography and I'll have a house version of 'Rumours' on it.'

One thing's for sure: With DJ Almond Brown in the booth, you are gonna dance, dance all night long.

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