Welcome to our next installment of our monthly mixtape sessions.
Bay Area native Armand Gaerlan, also known as DJ WALKOFF quickly emerged in the NYC nightlife scene and is now returning home to SF. With a background of 10+ years of DJ’ing, WALKOFF has a unique style of blending a musical arsenal that spans many genres from classic party rockers to top 40, house to hip-hop, and everything in between.
Over the past 3 years in NYC, WALKOFF has worked with some of the top venues, earned residencies, and has been selected to work exclusive corporate parties. At the core, WALKOFF is a true professional DJ whose passion shines through his music sets. He is also recognized and well respected as a former professional baseball player for the New York Mets and a successful online sales professional for Yahoo!, LinkedIn, & now BranchOut. His plans are to continue to perform and entertain audiences with his eclectic style.
Let’s start our Q&A.
When did you first start djayin?
I discovered the art of turntablism in 1996 from many friends who were in the mobile dj scene here in the Bay Area (Club5 Entertainment & PMD to name a few). At the time I was making my own mixtapes by recording from the radio to cassettes, so naturally it peaked my interest to take it to another level. During the mid 90’s to around 2004, I was also pursuing my dream of playing professional baseball so DJ’ing always had the backseat until I got released from the Mets in 2007. During those years I always kept a pulse on the industry and newest technologies, so it was an easy transition to pursue it further than just a hobby.
Current DJ Influences, too many to name but here’s a partial list – A-Trak, Jazzy Jeff, Z-Trip, DJ Scene, DJ Vice, DJ Enferno, Fashen, The Les, UrFriends
2 Technics 1200’s & Rane 56 Mixer
2 Technics 1200’s
Rane 57SL Mixer
Favorite Dj venue?
Favorite place to DJ in NYC – Kiss & Fly NYC
Favorite place to party – LIV Miami
Where can we find you next?
You can find me in the next few months partnering with my crew the Hometown Heroes (www.hometownheroes.com) throwing/spinning at parties here across SF and you can stay up to date with everything else on twitter @djwalkoff.
How can we reach you?
All 8 sites located here in one -> www.about.me/djwalkoff
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
Here’s a live mix recorded at Beauty & Essex in NYC on 7/22/2011. DJ WALKOFF likes warmup sets because it allows him to play a wide variety of songs that might have been forgotten blended in with some current hits.
1. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Otis
2. Fabolous – You Be Killin ‘Em (Ted Smooth Remix)
3. Jay-Z – Sunshine
4. Big Sean feat. Chris Brown – My Last
5. Frank Ocean – Songs For Women
6. Tinie Tempah – Pass Out
7. Kanye West – Get ‘Em Higher (Risk One Dark Fantasy Refix)
8. Nicole Scherizinger feat. 50 Cent – Right There
9. The Notorious B.I.G. – Who Shot Ya
10. Monica feat. Rick Ross – Anything
11. Missy feat. Jay-Z – One Minute Man
12. Born Jamericans – Sending My Love (Jazzy Jim Remix)
13. Mary J. Blige – Real Love (Bad Boy Remix)
14. Nicki Minaj feat. Drake – Moment 4 Life
15. Lupe Fiasco feat. Trey Songz – Out of My Head
16. DJ Eli Escobar – Heavenly Break
17. Grand Master Flash – New York New York
18. Bill Withers – Lovely Day
19. Mary J. Blige – You Bring Me Joy
20. Fait Evans feat. Puff Daddy – All Night Long
21. Mayer Hawthorne – No Strings (Roller Boogie Remix by DJ Jazzy Jeff)
22. John Legend – Rollin’ In The Deep (DJ Eleven Remix)
23. Adele – Set Fire to the Rain (Plastic Plates Remix)
24. The Notorious B.I.G. – Mo Money Mo Problems
25. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Down On The Corner
26. KC & The Sunshine Band – Keep It Comin’ Love
27. Diana Ross – Upside Down
28. Beastie Boys – Triple Double
29. Jade – Don’t Walk Away
30. The Notorious B.I.G. – Another
31. Barbara Mason – Another Man (12″ Vocal)
32. Shalamar – A Night To Remember
33. The Jackson 5 – The Love You Save (The Knocks Remix)
34. Teena Marie – Square Biz
35. Janet Jackson – Escapade
36. Lakeside – Fantastic Voyage
37. Newcleus – Jam On It
38. Dizzee Rascal – Dance Wiv Me
39. The Cool Kids feat. Mayer Hawthorne – Swimsuits
40. Yacht – Psychic City (Classixx Remix)
41. Big Sean feat The Dream – Live This Life
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