DJ JAZZY JEFF
Last Sunday, the promise of free tequila, food, and music lured a motley mix of Angelinos, myself included, to the back lot of Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank. The occasion: a Hornitos-sponsored block party.
After passing through the studio gate, we found ourselves in the middle of Main Street America at what could have passed for a county fair—except for the banging techno, open bars, and conspicuous lack of children. The party snaked around a cul-de-sac of faded Victorian houses, each one equipped with a bar inside and a barbeque on the front lawn. Aspiring actors—I mean caterers—served up hot dogs, beef sliders, and chicken wings smothered with BBQ sauce. To drink, there was an array of fruity tequila margaritas: the “Hornipolitan,” tequila, cranberry, triple sec, and lime; the “Horni Paloma,” tequila and grapefruit soda (which turned out to be Tang); the “Horni Pucker,” tequila and lemonade; and the “Hornita,” a take on the classic lime margarita.
Genre: Hip-Hop / Electro
“When I was 13 I took my bar mitzvah money and bought myself some turntables and a mixer. I practiced for about 18 hours a day. Then I came out of my basement, packed my lunch and won a bunch of world championships.”
Montreal’s very own A-Trak (aka Alain Macklovitch) has been an acclaimed turntablist for eleven years, winning his first competition at the DMC’s World DJ Championship when he was just fifteen years old in 1997. He was both the youngest and the first Canadian to ever take home the prize. After breaking through that glass ceiling- he didn’t stop, also being the first to win all three major DJ competition titles (DMC, ITF and Vestax) and the first to win five world championships.