Avalon Emerson paid homage to victims of the tragic Oakland warehouse fire of December 2016 in her debut BBC Essential Mix last weekend (18th August).
On Friday 2nd December 2016 a devastating fire started during a 100% Silk party in Oakland's warehouse venue Ghost Ship, resulting in the death of 36 people.
The final track in Emerson's mix is by Oakland band Them Are Us Too, and, as the Panorama Bar mainstay explained via Instagram, the mix is dedicated to all those who lost their lives in the DIY space.
“You music and love lives on,” she wrote. “FUCK technocrat capitalist greed in the bay.
“One of Ghost Ship’s spiritual predecessors, Ghost Town in Oakland, was one of the first gigs I ever played, back in 2011 right around the time when I was realizing that I loved making music and DJing.”
Emerson's incredible debut BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix also features tracks by Nathan Micay FKA Bwana, Aurora Halal and recent DJ Mag Cheeky Bubbler Solid Blake as well as a remix of Christine and the Queens. It also features some unreleased productions from Emerson herself.
You can listen to Avalon Emerson's incredible, genre-spanning mix in its entirety here.
I’m usually not much of a preplanned mix person, I massively prefer playing to a crowd and interacting with the atmosphere. Combine that with the extremely not insignificant fact that this is one of the most important and longest running mix series around, this was quite a challenge! I spent a long time gathering these 40 songs and playing with the arrangement (even made a couple new edits). I included songs that have been staples in my sets, plus old favorites from before I was a DJ. Eternal shouts to Nathan Micay, Aurora Halal, Overmono, E-Talking and Koehler for letting me include your dope as hell unreleased new music (plus two unreleased songs from myself). The last song is by Oakland band Them Are Us Too and this mix is dedicated to those who lost their lives in a diy music space a year and a half ago. Your music and love lives on. FUCK technocrat capitalist greed in the bay. One of Ghost Ship’s spiritual predecessors, Ghost Town in Oakland, was one of the first gigs I ever played, back in 2011 right around the time when I was realizing that I loved making music and DJing. If someone told me then that I’d eventually make an Essential Mix and be touring around the world, I’d be incredulously curious to see just how that would unfold. It’s been wild. Thank you to everyone who has listened and danced with me since then. recorded on two cdjs and an xdj, xone 92 & extra help from the teil1 delay and blue sky reverb
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