Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 2, 2014
As the mercury rises, the streets start to sizzle and the city settles into a slightly slower groove, we present the 360 Summer Mixtape. Each week we’ll check in with a different figure in the Austin music scene for summery song selections and pro tips on keeping it cool through the hot months ahead.
Track selector: DJ Mahealani Band (or crew): It’s mainly just me, myself and my wax, but I got strong back up from my D.A.M.E. (DownAssMamasElevatin) Sisters! Next gig: This Sunday I have the pleasure of sharing the decks with DJ Digg at Social Sundaze, Austin’s finest champagne and DJ brunch at Upstairs on Trinity. Favorite cold drink: Fresh watermelon, a little honey, mint from my yard and ice in a blender. Best way to cool off (that’s not Barton Springs):For gigs, I keep my records out of the heat and make sure I have proper shade and water when deejaying outside. That keeps me really chill! When not deejaying, if i can’t make it out to a delicious watering hole, I create a li’l homemade magic. I have a slab of granite in my back yard that I cover with any overgrowing hoja santa, basil and mint leaves and I lay on that under a cold water sprinkler. I only need it on for a minute and I’m cool as a cucumber! Summer show you’re psyched about: I am a deejay that lives in a town full of music, so it’s hard to pick just one! Afrofreque at Sahara Lounge on the 17th, BodyRock this Friday, the consistently soulful offerings at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard. Just like when I’m digging for records, I always find something new (to me) that blows my mind. I definitely look forward to that every summer. THREE SONGS FOR SUMMER
"Let me Turn You On" by Biz Markie - This one right here is some super fun hip hop boogie and you can’t not smile like it’s the last day of school when Biz is on! "Romantic Call" by YoYo & Patra- When bathing suit season hits, I gotta have some strong female inspiration and these women are sexy, having a good time and TOUGH! Ya gotta be tough to make it through a Texas summer. "Devika (Goddess)" by Lonnie Liston Smith- Good for when the sun melts you into laziness. Laid back, deep, divine and relaxing, like a cool breeze and tall glass of water on a hot summer day.