Portishead for Dummies

On August 22, 1994, Portishead released their debut, Dummy. It was critically acclaimed and one the Mercury Prize in 1995. Earlier this year it was certified triple-platinum in the UK. It's a dope ass album I love very much and apparently, I’m not alone in this sentiment!

On August 22, 2019, I’ll be hosting a listening session + a tribute. We'll play the album then I'll spin other Portishead songs, remixes, folks who have sampled them, folks they sampled for those amazing songs, etc. Ode to Babel is the perfect place to cool out and enjoy a beverage and the music.

RSVP here!

Also, just a reminder: it’s best to keep in touch with me on events by checking out my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! My mix pages are always up to date so you can peep my latest mixes any time - including my latest for RinseFM and Balamii!



We made it! 2018 was quite a year with lots of changes!

Life of the Party on Waxx.FM is taking a little break. It’s tough producing podcast content on top of mixshow content as one person. I hope to revive it later this year with some help.

However I did start a new mix show in Balamii Radio! They are a UK-based online radio show with a really amazing roster of DJs and Producers I admire. I’m honored to have a spot! My show is called Physical Culture. I know that’s a term associated most with fitness but the first time I heard it, I thought it was in relation to the club! If you’ve rocked with me for a while you know that I am just as obsessed with spaces as I am with music and I want to explore this with my show and some future events. NYC continues to change. We’ve lost a lot of great spaces in 2018 and we need to not only push forth the music/DJ culture, we need to forge new spaces for ourselves and others to experience it.

You can peep the archive here.

I also have a new mix that I dropped last week! ARTNOIR, a global art collective, asked me to make a mix as part of their collaboration with the Untitled Art Fair in San Francisco this month. It’s called Noir Noise and it is a mix with some edge. In a time when electronic music has its dominance globally, its roots and richness and soul originates with Black people. This mix reflects the proliferation of that sound and influence. Check it out here.

It’s always best to check me out on Twitter, Instagram, and/or Facebook or join my mailing list* to stay up to date with me. I hope to have some good things for us this year!

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Ace Hotel May Residency

Hey! Long time, no see!

I've been busy but you can always keep up with my happenings on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook!

This month, I'm doing a Saturday Night Residency at Ace Hotel New York! Every Saturday from 10-til, I'll be spinning. Each night will have a different theme but the first night will be open as I play whatever comes to mind. Subsequent weeks will be focused on specific genres: Hip Hop, House, Soul, Reggae, etc.

No Cover. See you there!

New Mix! Tara on Waxx.FM

Waxx.FM is a DIY pirate radio station broadcasting remotely around New York City. I am very honored to have made my debut this past Sunday, streaming live for 2 hours. I'll have a regular slot broadcasting from an undisclosed location in Brooklyn starting Thursday, July 13th from 8pm-10pm!

In the meanwhile check the mix!




New Mix! The Act

Right in time for Valentine's Day, I have a new mix!

While it is a day to celebrate love, sex can play a pretty significant role in our romantic lives and let's face it: it can be very complicated. Lots of feelings and emotions wrapped up in a single physical act! There's tons of songs that explore the intricacies while being smoldering sensual jams and I gathered up some of my favorites for this mix!

It's enjoyable whether you're canoodling or just chilling solo. I love a thumping beat so you can nod your head or knock boots to this one. Or both :)

Click below for The Act: a mix in 2 parts. Be sure to like and share it if you enjoy the mix!

Recap: #TheVS Party and Back to Life NYC!

November was a busy one for your girl! Earlier this month I spun #TheVS, a party New York Magazine rated Best of New York Nightlife for 2016. The theme this time was a favorite: Neptunes vs Timbaland! Peep the recap video!

This Saturday, December 3rd, I'll be making my debut at Back to Life at Louie and Chan! I first went to this party earlier this year and had one of the best times I've had in a while. The tunes were super fresh and as the music is all UK vibes, I was put on to quite a bit of music I hadn't heard before. I've been back several times since and I always have a great time. I'll be laying down a UK inspired set of my own. I'm admittedly nervous but up for the challenge! If you RSVP, you'll have free entry before midnight! Click here for details and peep the flyer below.

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New Party Alert!

A few weeks ago, one of my favorite spots in NYC, Louie and Chan, kicked off a weekly party, Shapes! 

Shapes features a rotating lineup of DJs from around the world. In just a few short weeks this party has featured DJs such as mOma, Mayer Hawthorne (he was a DJ before he was the singer he is today!), Darling Chuck, and more!

This week, I'm really excited to spin a set with Jennifly, ThaYellowRKel, and one of my favorite DJs, Cosmo Baker. It's FREE if you RSVP, and $10 if you don't so you know what to do. See you Friday!

"So...what are you listening to now?"

A common question I get. The answer can be found on my tumblr! I post up songs (some for free download!), videos, and short articles about artists, both new and old, I am feeling. I always note their place of birth, as the world truly feels small and great when you see how much great music exists outside of your region, or even your country.

Peep my tumblr, Sound Travels, and take a trip with me :).

You can also follow me on Twitter and Instagram. I post about new music and upcoming shows of artists I really like. As a DJ, it is really important to me that I support the artists who make the music that make my job so easy and such a pleasure!

Makossa BK Finale

Our seventh year of Makossa Brooklyn Cookout has been amazing. We've had some great collaborations and have brought out some really amazing DJs across genres. It's been a trip!

We are having our season finale on Saturday, September 3rd at The Roof at Output! Labor Day Weekend in NYC done right! This is a perfect space and that sound system? It's going to be a great time!

Unfortunately, Wonway and Shinobi are unable to be there but they will be in spirit! We decided to gather a dream team of guest DJs to make sure we send Summer 2016 off in high style.

We've got Francesca Harding, resident of Makossa LA, our sister party. We've also got Khalil of the UK DJ collective Livin' Proof. His monthly NYC party, Back to Life, is one of my most favorite parties right now. The music is so good - London vibes in a posh LES basment. It's a great time.

We also have GETLIVE! who consistently rocks every party he spins and to close out the lineup, we have legendary Max Glazer of Federation Sound to provide a proper set for Carnival weekend and more!

There are a limited number of discounted tickets available so save yourself a buck or two and buy yours here!

New Mix: Tara on The Refresh Live 8/22/16

Hey! This past Monday I was the guest DJ for The Refresh, a dope live radio mix show hosted by Kieran Meadows! Leave it to a fellow Native New Yorker to broadcast live from a great little bar on the LES/East Village border. The entire show is great (including a cameo by Melle Melle's cousin who happened to walk by with his wife and wanted to chat) but you can check my mix around the 1:22:00 mark. Enjoy!


New Mix! Motown on Mondays Starting Next Week!

Next week, DJs Still Life, Dstrukt, Mawkus, Tap.10, and yours truly are bringing the weekly international party Motown on Mondays to BROOKLYN!

This party goes on simultaneously in 25 cities worldwide!

Monday, April 4th kicks off the return of MoM in New York! Motown on Mondays Brooklyn is being held in the neighborhood that holds the most heart and soul in Brooklyn - Bedford Stuyvesant (I'm a long time resident! I'm biased!). We'll be holding court at Bed Vyne Brew (370 Tompkins Avenue) every Monday night from 6pm-12am with a rotating cast of DJs and special guests. This is the perfect Happy Hour to roll to after work and we are rockin every week bringing you something soulful to start your week!

In anticipation of our debut, Dstrukt and Still Life have created some dope Motown Remixes for FREE download, and Mawkus and I collaborated on a mix! Check it out below and see you on Monday!

Ace Hotel Part II

Tomorrow night, I'm doing another set at Ace Hotel New York's Lobby Nights! There's a lot of new (and old but new to you) music I plan to share. Come through!

I'll be back at Ace later on this year doing a full month residency. Stay tuned!




Ace Hotel & Hip Hop Karaoke!

Hey guys! The Generations Party was so great! I put up some choice flicks from the night on my Instagram! Thanks to all who came and kept the dancefloor packed all night and thanks to Mawkus, Stefonix, Dstrukt, and Francis Chiser for the fun!

I have a few dates this week that I think you'll want to check out :)

Tomorrow night, I am back at Ace Hotel for their Lobby Nights. I'll be spinning 2 Wednesdays this month but I will be back later on in the year as well - stay tuned!

Thursday night, I'll be at Brooklyn Bowl for my most fun gig, Hip Hop Karaoke! I get to spin a 100% Hip Hop set from all decades, then I get to be your personal stage DJ while you belt out your favorite joints!

The Generations Party - This Friday at Kinfolk!

Generations is a bi-coastal party featuring 4 rotating DJs who spin music from certain decades: the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s!

I'm excited to be one of the guest DJs for the NYC edition, alongside Mawkus, Stefonix, and Francis Chiser!

I also selected one of my most favorite musical decades (though it was hard to pick just one). Come through and see which one I picked :)