It’s 8:02pm, I’m walking into the grand and beautiful entrance of Salon Millesime as my phone starts to ring (I have an oldschool Jay-Z track as my ringer btw). I pick it up and it’s the manager at Millesime and he is wondering where I am. Hmm, I told him I was walking in as we speak. I’m a pretty punctual person and I was quite surprised that he was concerned about two minutes. It’s all good, however, because this manager happens to be very hot, and he can scold me for as long as he wants.
Within 5 minutes, I was all set up and ready to go. The DJ booth is on the stage in the center of the room. It stands next to a shiny, black grand Steinway piano. The room is this impressive and luxurious space and I kind of feel like I’m on the set of a Francis Ford Coppola film. I’m just waiting for a young Al Pacino to walk in and wink at me.
This was not your usual club, and these people were not going to get down to the usual and predictable mix. If anything, playing any current pop and hip-hop just felt strange. I started off with a verve remix of a Billy Holiday song, and it was perfect. I mixed in Ray Charles ‘I got a Woman’ (the song Kanye sampled for "Gold Digga") and the room started to light up. Moments into it, this dude gets on the piano and starts jamming with me. I thought, "Um...Okay. Let's do this." Amy Winehouse ruled my set along with Joss Stone. A little Lauryn Hill, and a lot of Stevie Wonder. Salon Millesime just opened last week, and they were pretty buzzed on a Tuesday night. Nobody was dancing, but they were feeling it, and the place is not set up for dancing. The highlight of the night was when some middle aged guy asked if I could join him on his trip to Japan next week. Sweet, but no thanks. Besides, I think he had a few two many “train wrecks-” one of Millesime’s signature cocktails.