AKIRALIVE 010 – The Blind Dragon Party Mixtape Vol. 1

AKIRALIVE10 - The Blind Dragon Party Mixtape Vol. 1


All year, since the day it opened back in February, I’ve been DJing every Saturday night at the Blind Dragon, LA’s waviest new nitespot, a sexy leopard carpeted speakeasy style nightclub slash karaoke bar in West Hollywood. It has been a joy and a privilege to soundtrack the nights of the lucky few hundred who cram into that gorgeous Lynchian haven, hidden from plan sight, entered via carpark, each and every Saturday night.

As a DJ, it is one’s job to create the soundtrack for the environment and the people, to score their movie… and each place, and each crowd, is unique. The way I play in Blind Dragon can be very different to the way I play in other places, because it demands it… there’s something special and singular in that leopard carpet, and that golden wallpaper, and its made me do all manner of things I might not have otherwise.

This mix, executed live here in Hollywood, is a little taste of some of the things I’ve been doing in my favourite Golden Booth this year. Pretty much everything that happens, every transition, blend, or live remix, was worked out in that booth on the spot in front of joyful humans, fuelled by Moscow Mules and the energy of the room, from the barstaff to the bouncers to the bottle girls to the gleeful gangs of revellers who bring that room alive every night its open. Much here couldn’t have occurred without it – for example, the only reason I sussed out that ill-ass Dee-Lite/Nicki Minaj blend is because someone was having a birthday and their buddy asked if I could play Nicki Minaj while I was playing Groove is In The Heart. Escalating 30Bm from Pony to Everywhere via the majesty of a Pixies remix and a Makonnen hook only happened because someone I saw someone spend a gang of money and the bottle girls emerged ablaze with sparklers, and it felt appropriate, nay necessary, in that moment. And I remembered it, because it was a moment, and moments are what its all about.

Andrew W.K has that song, You Will Remember Tonight:

Today Will Be Over And Done With A Sunrise
But The Way That You Feel Will Be Frozen Forever In Time
You’ll Forget Yesterday
You’ll Forget All The Fears In Your Old Life
You Will Remember Tonight

That’s what I’ve ben trying to create at Blind Dragon. If you’ve been there, you’ll know. If not, enjoy a little taste of the magic via the wonder of this mix.


ATD – Hollywood Boulevard, October 2015


Cheers (Where Everybody Knows Your Name)
Major Lazer Feat. Amber Coffman – Get Free
Hall & Oates – Maneater
Jamie XX Ft. Young Thug & Popcaan – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) (Final Version)
Bob Marley – Could You Be Loved (12′ Mix)
Toto – Africa
LL Cool J – Doin It
Rihanna – Bitch Better Have My Money
Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Got Your Money ft. Kelis
Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It (Twerk Remix)
Mark Morrison – Return Of The Mack
Nicki Minaj – Truffle Butter (feat. Drake & Lil Wayne)
Usher featuring Li’l Jon amd Ludacris – Yeah!
Prince – Kiss
The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
Justin Timberlake – Rock Your Body
Bobby Brown – My Prerogative
Estelle ft Kanye West – American Boy
Sauce Walka – Legitit To QuitIt feat. Flame
ILOVEMAKONNEN – Whip It (Remix) (Feat. Migos & Rich The Kid)
D.R.A.M. – Cha Cha
Drake – Hotline Bling (Cha Cha Remix)
Jack U x Justin Bieber x Craig David – Where Are U Now/Fill Me In (MIDNITEMEN Edit)
Post Malone – White Iverson
Billy Idol – White Wedding
Dead Prez – Hip-Hop
Dead Prez “Bigger Than Hip-Hop” (Beatnick & K-Salaam – O. Jamrock Remix)
Damian Marley – Welcome To Jamrock
Three 6 Mafia – Poppin My Collar
Ginuwine – Pony
The Pixes – Where Is My Mind (Bassnectar Remix)
Carnage – Like Tuh (feat. I LOVE MAKONNEN)
Deee-Lite – Groove Is in the Heart
Nicki Minaj Ft. Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown – Only
Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere
Blondie – Heart of Glass
The Jackson5 vs TropKillaz – I Want U Back (MVXXA Edit)
Notorious B.I.G. – Hypnotize (Mvxxa ReTwerk)
Queen – Another One Bites The Dust
INXS – Need You Tonight
Will Smith – Miami
MIDNITEMEN – P.A.R.T.Y (Matty Aug Mix)
R. Kelly – Ignition (Remix)
Jay-Z and Kanye West – Niggas In Paris
Chamillionaire – Ridin’ (K Theory 2015 Trap Remix)
Soulja Boy – Crank That
The B-52’s – Love Shack
Backstreet Boys – Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)
Britney Spears – Baby One More Time
Ace Of Base – All That She Wants – Self Help & Tanner Twerk Remix
Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life

AKIRALIVE 010 – The Blind Dragon Party Mixtape Vol. 1 by Akira The Don on Mixcloud

— Friday, October 16th, 2015

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