Friday, May 28, 2010

Video Set Lists - Bar/Club

In 2010, Ambient DJ unleashed its move into music video mixing. This move was largely inspired by appreciating the huge entertainment value from a video dance party set at past International Disc Jockey Expos in Atlantic City, where we enjoyed surreal sets by the likes of VJ Rooney G and DVDJ Unique. I have also followed with great interest the activities of VJ Tom Laroc, currently based out of Miami, and who practices his craft at a very high level. Ambient DJ stocks a collection of over 5,000 music videos, but listed below are some of the current favorites separated by genre.

For those of you seeking to kick off your Memorial Day Weekend right, come on out to Brewsters Lounge in East Windsor, NJ on Friday night, May 28, 2010, to enjoy a video dance party with myself, VJ Jagged, along with my partner in crime, Ambient DJ mixologist DJ Iron Mike!

Song Artist Genre

Rad Anthem Rad Omen Electronic
Dance 4 Life Tiesto Electronic
Radio Crash Ferry Corsten Electronic
I Remember DeadMau5 & Kaskade Electronic
Better, Stronger, Harder, Faster Daft Punk Electronic
Jungle Drums Modwheel Electronic
She Came Along Sharam & Kid Cudi Electronic

Soldier of Love Sade RNB
Sex Therapy Robin Thicke RNB
Baby Don't Go Fabolous RNB
Can't Believe It T-Pain, Lil Wayne RNB
Love Come Down P. Diddy RNB
Forever Young Jay-Z, f/Mr. Hudson RNB
Million Dollar Bill Whitney Houston RNB
Successful Lloyd RNB

Jungle Love The Time 80s
Love Bizarre Sheila E. 80s
I'm Looking for a New Love Jody Watley 80s
White Wedding Billy Idol 80s
Der Komissar After the Fire 80s
Rock with You Michael Jackson 80s
Like a Virgin Madonna 80s
Don't You Want Me Human League 80s
Billie Jean Electric Avenue 80s
Oh Sheila Ready for the World 80s

Drop It Low Chris Brown/Ester Dean Hip Hop
Took the Night Chelley Hip Hop
Blame It Jamie Foxx, T-Pain Hip Hop
Bedrock Lloyd and Friends Hip Hop
OMG Usher & Will I Am Hip Hop
Southern Hospitality Ludacris Hip Hop
Heartless Kanye West Hip Hop
Rude Boy Rihanna Hip Hop
Get Like Me David Banner f/Chris Brown Hip Hop
Have a Baby By Me 50 Cent f/Ne-Yo Hip Hop
How Low Ludacris Hip Hop
I Wanna Rock Snoop Dogg Hip Hop
Carry Out Timbaland Hip Hop

Return of the Mack Mark Morrison 90s
Too Close Next 90s
The Humpty Dance Digital Underground 90s
The Power Snap 90s
Mr. Wendal Arrested Development 90s
Push It Salt-n-Pepa 90s
Make the World Go Round Sandy B. 90s
Poison Bell Biv Devoe 90s
You Got What I Need Biz Markie 90s
Take You Home Lisa Lisa 90s

I'm in the House Steve Aoki Pop/Club/Electro
3 Britney Spears Pop/Club/Electro
One Love David Guetta & Estelle Pop/Club/Electro
Freak (Disco Fries RMX) Estelle Pop/Club/Electro
Don't Be a Douchebag Jump Smokers Pop/Club/Electro
Shots LMFAO, Lil Jon Pop/Club/Electro
Feel It Three-Six Mafia & Tiesto Pop/Club/Electro
Poker Face Lady Gaga Pop/Club/Electro
Video Phone Lady Gaga & Beyonce Pop/Club/Electro
Dirty Pictures Taio Cruz & Ke$ha Pop/Club/Electro
Imma Be Black Eyed Peas Pop/Club/Electro
Drums in the Club DJ Russ Harris Pop/Club/Electro
PATT with Diddy Sharam and Diddy Pop/Club/Electro

Jam Rock Damian Gong Marley Reggae
Come Around Collie Budz Reggae
Ting-a-Ling Shabba Ranks Reggae
Murder She Wrote Chaka Demus Reggae
Youths dem Cold Ritchie Spice Reggae
Last Night Gully Mavado Reggae
No Games Serani Reggae
Dutty Wine Tony Matterhorn Reggae

All Summer Long Kid Rock Rock
Hey Soul Sister Train Rock
Lights Journey Rock
Start Me Up The Rolling Stones Rock
Love in an Elevator Aerosmith Rock

Rappers Delight Sugarhill Gang 70s/Disco
Ladies Night Kool & the Gang 70s/Disco
I'm Your Boogie Man K.C. & Sunshine Band 70s/Disco
Stomp Brothers Johnson 70s/Disco
I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor 70s/Disco

Rie Llora Celia Cruz Salsa
Shorty Shorty

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bloomberg Corporate Gala

This evening, Ambient DJ had the pleasure of providing music and audio-visual services for the Bloomberg's Skillman, NJ campus at its annual Employee Awards event. This was our second year working the event. Whereas last year's theme was the Rainforest, this year's theme was beach and boardwalk.

We were engaged by Eggsotic Events (, operated by the talented designer Egils Matisse and his wife Shelley. Team Eggsotic transformed Bloomberg's business offices into a magical environment full of sandcastles, beach balls, lobster traps and blue skies! In addition, Eggsotic provided various other lighting effects, including uplighting.

Ambient DJ covered three zones:

1) The auditorium, where the Awards ceremony was held. Specifically, we provided sound inside the auditorium, as well as a satellite speaker for the office area outside of the auditorium. In addition to providing wireless mics for the three presenters, we played theme-based songs as winners were announced;

2) Cafeteria. DJ Spinz had a dedicated DJ booth where he spun a variety of beach-themed music, and well as his dancefloor staples! It was hard for Chris to concentrate with the nearby food stations full of fragrant high-end seafood!

3) Main stage under the tent - Egils built a marvelous stage and backdrop, where I set up my DJ booth. I backlit my Facied facade with alternating blue and green Chauvet Rain 56 LED par cans. Surf videos featuring big wave riding in exotic locales were run on a big screen using rear projection. To the dancefoor itself, I applied the American DJ H20 effect, producing a shimmering aquatic surface. Throughout the evening, I spun a mixure of Beach Boys, Dick Dale, Springsteen, reggae, soca, calypso and steel drums.. followed by contemporay pop and club artists such as Rihanna and Lady Gaga for dancing. The hottest dance set of the evening was a Latin set, which even drew some of the service staff to the floor!

Importantly, the high-profile Awards show flowed smoothly, with no glitches. Bloomberg's employees enjoyed the pursuant party action. I spontaneously added an Employee Award for Best Dancer, which went to Mr. Don Huff, who was the first to hit the dancefloor and the last to leave!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Awards Dinner

This evening I had the pleasure of DJing the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Awards banquet. Students and faculty from both the Piscataway and Camden campuses were in attendance. Congratulations to the students for their upcoming commencement! The banquet was held this year at the Westin at Forrestal Village in Princeton, NJ. Former locations for the event include The Imperia in Somerset, and the Hyatt, New Brunswick. This was my sixth year in a row to play music for this fine event!

I provided music for the outdoors cocktail hour (what a beautiful day it was), and for the dinner banquet in the Westin's largest ballroom. For the numerous awards, I played short excerpts as guests walked up to collect their prize, sticking primarily to classical and movie themes. During dinner, I played the Dean's and professors' preferred Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble and Chris Botti, as well as some piano music. Once dessert was completed, the lights were dimmed and I quickly built up a dancefloor. Key tracks included Nothin' on You (B.o.B.), Snake Charmer (DJ Rekha mix), Carry Out (Timbaland & Timberlake), and You are the Best Thing (Ray LaMontagne).

Importantly, I debuted my new Facied facade. This product is a four-panel facade with white lycra paneling that can be backlit using LED par cans, for a dazzling, South Beach-style effect! (see photos below). I backlit the Facied in alternating blue and red, and then used uplighting for the back wall, using blue. For more information about the Facied facade, visit Steve Cie's blog at The crafstmanship is amazing, and Steve Cie will treat you right!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Cranbury School Drug Free Fair

On Saturday May 8, 2010, I had the pleasure of DJing/Emceeing the 20th Annual Drug Free Fair at the Cranbury School. The theme this year was "iTune Out Drugs." The mission of the Drug Free Fair is "to extend the health education of the students of Cranbury School beyond the classroom, and into the larger community by providing them with a social/educational opportunity to engage in activities and dialog about healthy, safe and 'Drug Free' living."

I awoke to overcast skies and while driving over, it started to rain. The organizers decided to wait out the rain, and amazingly it cleared up and turned into a beautiful sunny day. Hundreds of town residents came out to support this great cause. The Committee did a great job organzing a variety of fun and educational events. Some of the exhibitors and activities:

(1) Helicopter landing by the U.S. National Guard. Then the kids were able to look inside the cockpit of this sleek bird;

(2) Impaired driving simulator (licensed and permitted drivers were able to drive golf carts while wearing goggles);

(3) Mercer County Sheriffs Office - offering gun lock safety information, and the Middesex County Sheriffs Office offering child fingerprinting;

(4) Appearance by Miss New Jersey 2009, Ashley Shaffer ( , who was signing autographs at the Fitness Zone (of East Windsor) stand (

(5) Vintage T-Shirt modeling show - kids wore shirts from prior year's Drug Free fairs. I Emceed the show, reading the themes of prior years. Miss New Jersey modeled the 2010 shirt!

(6) Appearance by Cranbury Volunteer Fire and First Aid squad, where they showed the "Jaws of Life" used to extricate drivers from accidents (often caused by drugs and alcohol);

(7) Huge rock climbing wall brought out by the National Guard;

(8) Appearance by Princeton High School cheerleaders who performed some cheers!

(9) Live band performance by a duo that included a Cranbury School teacher, Sean Cox, who played a relaxing set of acoustic rock covers such as done by the Goo Goo Dolls. As the DJ, I spun a variety of upbeat pop, disco and dance music, with a few line dances thrown in for good measure;

(10) Custom bead-bracelet booth operated by the Cranbury School PTO;

(11) For the grand finale, East Coast Martial Arts Institute of East Windsor ( had numerous star students perform various feats of agility and strength. For the grand finale, Jason Reilly kicked through a thick stack of wooden boards, and then punched through a cinderblock!

Those guests who gathered the requisite information received free t-shirts.

The big takeaway from this event was that drugs and alcohol ruin lives. While playing a Michael Jackson track, I thought to myself, "what a shame" that this talented artist was taken out of his prime. Drugs and alcohol can suck you in and pull you down slowly, and it's hard to escape once you're in their grasp. I hope that this lesson was not lost on the youth in attendance at yesterday's Drug Free Fair.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Theta Phi Alpha Sorority Formal (TCNJ) - Setlist

On April 30, 2010, DJ Jagged of Ambient DJ spun music to an enthusiastic and packed dancefloor. The event was held at Michael's Restaurant and Lounge in Morrisville, PA from 8 PM - 12 PM. I opened the dancefloor in earnest from 8:45 PM, and it didn't let up all night.

Highlighted in red were the super potent hit songs of the night!

A few of the sorority's special songs include "Piece of My Heart" - Janice Joplin and "Killing in the Name" - Rage Against the Machine. They also sang their sorority song towards the end of the evening.

What a great party!

Take It Easy - The Eagles
Ventura Highway - America
Hey Nineteen - Steely Dan
Do It Again - Steely Dan
What A Fool Believes -Michael McDonald
Oh - Ciara
Miss Independent - Ne-Yo
My Chick Bad - Ludacris f/Nicki Minaj
My Drink N' My 2 Step -Cassidy f/Swizz Beatz
Obsessed ( Remix ) - Mariah Carey
Make Me Better - Fabolous
Flashing Lights - Kanye West
Bartender-T Pain
Soldier Of Love - Sade
Haven't You Met Me Yet - Michael Buble
Say Hey (I Love You) - Michael Franti
Smile - Lily Allen
Rehab - Amy Winehouse w/Jay-Z
Run It! - Chris Brown
Electric Feel - MGMT
Hey, Soul Sister - Train
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Need You Now (Jason Nevins RMX) - Lady Antebellum
Venice - Chris Botti
Bulletproof (Dave Audé Cherry Mix) - LaRoux
On 75th Brazil Street - Pitbull
Glamorous - Fergie
I Wanna Rock - Snoopp Dog
Carry Out (Main) - Timbaland
Rude Boy (DJ Scooter Reggae Remix) - Rihanna
Everytime We Touch - Cascada
Telephone Mash-up - Lady Gaga vs. Metallica
Sexy Chick (Featuring Akon) - David Guetta
Freak (Disco Fries Remix) - Estelle
The Perculator - Kajmere
Mr. Jones - Counting Crows
Piece Of My Heart - Janis Joplin
Hero - Enrique Iglesias
Dare - Gorillaz
Cupid Shuffle - Cupid
Shark In The Water - V.V. Brown
Lollipop (Rmx) - Lil Wayne and Kanye West
Oye Mi Canto - NORE & Co.
Rakata - Wisin y Yandel
Go Girl - Pitbull w/Trina and Young Boss
Get Low - Lil Jon'
Get Low [Merengue Mix]
3 (Lyric Warning) - Britney Spears
Jai Ho - A.R. Rahman
Summertime - Kenny Chesney
Paper Planes -MIA
Swagga Like Us - T.I. and Jay-Z
Baby By Me - 50 Cent and Ne-Yo
Tik Tok (Fred Falke Radio Edit) - Ke$ha
Paparazzi [Moto Blanco Remix) - Lady Gaga
The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
Gimme More - Britney Spears
Like A Virgin - Madonna
Swing - Savage
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Stanky Leg - G-Spot
Freek-a-leek - Petey Pablo
Nothin' On You - B.O.B.
Bedrock - Young Money f/Lloyd
Electric Boogie - Marcia Griffiths
I Remember - Deadmau5 f/Kaskade
Just Dance (HCCR's Bambossa) - Lady Gaga
Hotel Room Service - Pitbull
Shots - LMFAO f/Lil Jon
I'm On A Boat - Lonely Boys f/T-Pain
Killing In The Name - Rage Against the Machine
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
OMG - Usher
Whatever You Like - T.I.
I Can Transform Ya - Chris Brown
How Low Can You Go - Ludacris f/Shawnna
Forever - Drake & Company
Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

Ambient DJ - Teen Dance Video Promo

Most of our high school/college clients want a hot dance mix, loud music, flashing lights and a packed dance floor. Here's what Ambient DJ delivers towards those goals!