Personal Travel

Going to Chvrch

Before October, I’d never been to a real concert. There I said it. I’m lame. Sure, I’ve piled into a church bus to see Steven Curtis Chapman as a kid*, joyfully attended Rockapella’s Christmas special last year, and saw Hamilton with Rob in Chicago, but I’d never had to slip plugs into my ear holes and rock out in a large venue.

I’ve also been a big fan of CHVRCHES lately. I gained an interest in the band through the Rebel FM podcast, the Forza Horizon soundtrack, and their stellar remix of MS MR’s Hurricane. They were one of the first bands I binged heavily when I first adopted Spotify, and their Every Open Eye album dropped into my life with a bang.

One day this Summer I noticed their upcoming tour dates on Spotify. I’d missed them in Orlando around my birthday a few years back (chickened out on going alone) so I clicked through. One jumped out at me: Asheville, 10/9. We would be in Blowing Rock (a couple hours north) the week prior…maybe this could work? But no—we planned to drive back the Saturday prior to this Tuesday night concert. Drat. On a whim, I checked Kayak for flights to Asheville and was surprised to see extremely cheap seats from Sanford and back surrounding the exact time of the concert: departing at 5pm and returning the next morning at 9:30am. Could this work?

DJ Sets

DJ Mix: History

Download Set

I haven’t made one of these in awhile, and some friends encouraged me to do another one, so here it is! It’s a bit of a throwback mix with a lot of tracks I felt were too played out in years past, and the result feels like a warm blanket of dance music from my past with little notes from the present. Enjoy!


  1. Shakedown – At Night
  2. Freemasons – Love on My Mind
  3. Junior Jack – Stupidisco (Hott 22 Main Vocal Mix)
  4. Mylo vs. Miami Sound Machine – Doctor Pressure (Dirty Club Mix)
  5. Armand van Helden – I Want Your Soul
  6. Paul Oakenfold – Faster Kill Pussycat
  7. Delta Heavy – Punish My Love VIP
  8. The Similou – All This Love (Tonite Only F**K Tomorrow Mix)
  9. Freemasons – Rain Down Love (Walken Extended Mix)
  10. Tyken – Every Word
  11. Cedric Gervais – Spirit in My Life
  12. ATB – Never Give Up (Stefan Dabruck and Tocadisco Remix)
  13. Oliver Heldens – Gecko (Overdrive)
  14. Junior Jack – Thrill Me (New_ID Remix)
  15. Mat Zo – Sinful (Louis La Roche Remix)
  16. Nero – Reaching Out (Booka Shade Remix)
  17. Booka Shade – In White Rooms
  18. The Aston Shuffle – High With You
  19. Robyn – With Every Heartbeat (Tong and Spoon Wonderland House Mix)
  20. The HIM – Balance
  21. Mousse T. – Right About Now (Fuzzy Hair Remix)
  22. Dada – Lollipop
  23. Dave Armstrong – Love Has Gone (Fonzerelli Remix)
  24. Mr. Timothy – I Am Tha 1 (T Funk Remix)
  25. Digitalism – Wolves (Extended Mix)