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Fingerprints on Long Beach!

October Update & Bookstore Reminders!

Hey everyone,

Got some good news for you guys: DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM and THE RAVER STORIES PROJECT are both now being carried in a new bookstore: FINGERPRINTS in Long Beach, California! You can find lots of details about this amazing record shop (think Amoeba Music, but in Long Beach), here: FINGERPRINTS’ WEB SITE

Fingerprints on Long Beach!

Fingerprints on Long Beach!

Awesome!

Awesome!

Speaking of our vendors, the amazing SPACEDUST in Echo Park just celebrated its’ 4-year anniversary! Some of L.A.’s best and most eclectic artists have their work featured at Spacedust, so come on down for some off-the-chain swag you won’t find anywhere else!  SPACEDUST WEB SITE

And let’s not forget the one and only Y-QUE TRADING POST in the always hip Los Feliz neighborhood of L.A.! They’ve got the city’s edgiest custom made t-shirts, as well as copies of DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM! They don’t have a web site, so go see this great little bohemian knick-knack shop at 1770 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027!

Get your copy of DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM before the holiday crush!

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 30:  DJ/producer Steve Aoki attends a signing of his new book "Eat Sleep Cake Repeat" at The Last Bookstore on July 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

DJs – THEN & NOW, Week 9: STEVE AOKI!

A long time ago, the great DJ Steve Loria once told me that the best part of being a DJ was being able to have his cake and eat it, too. What he meant by that was the fact that he could play the most amazing house music he could find, and make lots of people happy in the process. Today, we have another DJ named Steve who likes to have his cake and eat it, too…actually, a more accurate way to put it would be having his cake and then throwing it into his audience! Yeah, I think you know who we’re talking about here! From the depths of Hollywood depravity (ha!) comes the EDM generation’s favorite destroyer of desserts, the one and only STEVE AOKI!

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The photo on the left was taken at the old LAX club in Hollywood, where Steve and the late DJ AM used to hold court regularly. The one on the right is from Steve’s book signing at The Last Bookstore in DTLA.

Anyone for some Benihana?

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Posts from Michael: John “00” Fleming and the catching of powerful moments

Hello everyone,

I hope that all of you are having a good day today. I want to share something with you folks that on the surface might not seem to have much to do with DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM, as it’s an event that happened just eight days ago–not an incident from the 90s glory days as chronicled in the book. However, I think you might change your mind about that after you read about what happened at Avalon Hollywood last Saturday night, September 3rd. It was going to be an old-school trance fest, as the headliners were the double billing of Christopher Lawrence and John “00” Fleming. There are few trance artists in the world that have longer pedigrees than these two, and having known both of them for a long time now (nearly twenty years in Christopher’s case), I’ve seen them do some amazing things with audiences. If you’re into trance, a night with these guys will not disappoint…and this was certainly the case at Avalon this night. Trading off on the decks on a constant basis, they brought the energy level in the room to a spectacular height.

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However, something else was going on that neither Christopher nor I was aware of…something particularly intense and powerful that was going to transform this ordinary night out into something bigger. Much bigger. I’ll let Christopher tell the story at this point–this is from his Instagram post about that night.

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“I can’t begin to explain what a privilege it is to have John “00” Fleming [as my] best friend and DJ partner. I have never met someone with as much integrity behind the decks and in everyday life. On the night of our set at Avalon Hollywood last weekend, John received the news that his mother had passed just before we left for the show. He never mentioned this to me even as we drove to the show and did our prep and sound check. True to his professional nature and dedication to his audience, he kept silent knowing that I would worry about him if I knew and that it might effect our eight hour open to close show. How he found the strength to do this I will never know.

At Avalon that night he played the most powerful set I’ve ever heard from him. We have played many sets together but this one stood out from the others. There was a particularly intense part when John had been playing pounding techno and the crowd was loving it. I went up to him to tell him how much I was digging it when he suddenly made the dance floor erupt with an incredible emotional melody.

It was only the next day when John told me of his mother’s passing that he said the powerful techno set followed by the euphoric release was when he had been thinking of his mother. It made that intense part of his set all the more special and explained the raw emotional roller coaster his sets had been throughout the night.

John’s mother was always extremely proud of him with good reason and I know she was looking down on him that night. I felt very honored to have shared the stage with him.

It was important for me to let you know what an incredible person John is. So perhaps show him a little more love as he sets out on a three day tour of back to back open-to-close sets in Australia.”

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This is my photograph of the moment that Christopher was talking about. When I look at it today, it almost gives me shivers, it’s such an epic and transformative moment…and I happened to catch it and immortalize it. I won’t say it was completely by accident–I was there doing my job professionally, as I always strive to do–but as Christopher said, John was the only one in that room who truly knew what was going on. I didn’t know. Christopher didn’t know. Nobody on that stage knew. So for me as a photographer, to know that I serendipitously caught the instant where John is just about transcending into some higher plane, and knowing (now) the circumstances behind it…well, these are the moments that keep photographers going. This is what we live for–knowing that we got it.

Here’s a link to a YouTube video that I shot that also captures the atmosphere pretty well. Sorry about the noisy quality.

On another, more sobering note, I wish to express my condolences to John Fleming. I know this can’t be an easy time for him, in spite of the big outpouring of fan emotions thanks to Christopher’s post. And as usual for him, he’s going straight ahead into more work, even during this trying time. I hope that he continues to get support from the public in the future, because of course you can’t really just cope with something like this.

Anyway, as I said at the beginning of this piece, I believe this has a lot to do with DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM, because just as back in the day, electronic music has the ability to take a moment and transform it, to shape it into something bigger, something more sublime…and dare I say, universal. This is something that has not changed over the decades, from the classic rave days to today’s EDM world. Thus, the spirit of DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM is very much alive on today’s dance floors, in spite of the fact that the audience has inevitably changed over the years. That Avalon crowd wasn’t made up of old, grizzled rave veterans like myself. It was a largely twenty-something audience that was going for Christopher Lawrence’s and John Fleming’s trance just as passionately as their old fans back in the 90s and 00s. It’s heartening to see that spirit has been passed intact from one generation to the next. It’s why, even in the light of the numerous incidents that have been plaguing festivals as of late, that I still have faith in the future of electronic music. This thing is now too big to simply go away–it has woven itself into the fabric of American pop culture so deeply that it will never be completely removed.

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OFFICIAL BOOK SIGNING PARTY on Friday, Dec. 4th at COUTURE HOLLYWOOD!

We’ve got a BIG signing party coming up this FRIDAY, DEC. 4th at COUTURE HOLLYWOOD! Here’s author Michael Tullberg’s latest blog post that has all the details!

*Whew!* Thanksgiving week is over with, and I have a lot to be thankful for, that’s for sure. I have a lot of people who believe in what I do, and more people every day finding out about “DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM“. This past week in particular was very productive and hectic, because the book got a big spike in attention and sales, thanks to back-to-back web articles from two huge Internet outlets! The first was from the mother of all dance music, the legendary Mixmag in the UK. Mixmag has been around longer than any other dance music magazine in the world; they are the premiere global authority on electronic music. They were they first in, they’re the last one standing from the old guard, and they’ve always reigned at the top of their field, both print and web-based. So when you get their official stamp of approval for your work, that means you’ve accomplished a lot. The dance music community in Europe and the UK jumped all over this, re-running the gallery story loads of times. Lots of domestic outlets reported on it, too. A print article is in the works as well–will update you on that when the time comes. Here’s the link to the original story:

http://www.mixmag.net/read/the-time-before-edm-blog

Now, normally getting a big shout-out from an organization like Mixmag would be enough complimentary showcasing to last a whole week–except nobody told the people at Buzzfeed that! The very next day after the Mixmag piece came out, Buzzfeed released their own image gallery of my work, stirring up even more Internet reaction. Their approval charts were extremely favorable, which means the word got spread around to a lot of other Internet outlets who normally wouldn’t have found out about the book. Plus, there have been more requests from other web pages to provide them with pictures in the wake of this article–quite nice! And, it looks like we may have secured our seventh retail outlet, and we’re fishing for more…a very big fish, in one case. Again, details to follow…here’s the Buzzfeed article for now:

And to top it all off, I was also shooting most of the week either for Getty, or for the VRtuality show that went off at Avalon yesterday. So I’m also thankful for this day of rest so I can recharge and get ready for another busy week, which culminates on Friday with my Official Book Signing Party for “DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM“! That’s gonna be a killer show, with Steve Loria, Eve Falcon, Reza Gerami, Riley Warren and Danny B spinning! Plus, there’s NO COVER! That’s right, free admission all night long! plus there’s gonna me free drinks for the first hour thanks to some great sponsorship from Serpent’s Bite Whisky, too. And I’ll be there selling and signing books! It’s gonna be a great night, so I hope you folks invite who you like and bring yourselves down to Couture Hollywood, which is at 1640 Cahuenga Blvd. in L.A.
SEE YOU THERE!!!