@ The Spudnik Picnik
Saturday, July 9, 12-5pm
As we gear up for The Spudnik Picnik, we are excited to introduce our musical guests, DJ Pickled Beets and Ian Dinsmor. This dynamic duo is excited to contribute to the festivities an eclectic collection of funk, soul, boogie, early house and more. Here are a few quick facts to help wet your appetite before we all gather on July 9….
Excerpts from an interview with DJ Pickled Beets:
For almost 2 decades. Living down the street from Dusty Groove and Reckless didn’t hurt. I had records before I had a player. I was pretty damn broke at the time and was hoping at some point I could afford a player.
I inherited some records from friends who bought a house with hundreds of them in the garage. I was psyched for the windfall. I think there was some Zeppelin in there, and some weird, local synth pop bands I hadn’t heard of. That was it, I was hooked. I’ve been on the hunt ever since. The first one I purchased was Prince. You have to go with what you know.
I think a friend, Bill Mason, told me about Spudnik. I wanted to take a class and he told me how cool the space was. I felt lucky to have a place like Spudnik in my neighborhood!
Ian is a friend I met through my husband. Long story, but he is a friend of friends from Ann Arbor and he moved here, and they reconnected. He is a highly skilled DJ and music lover with great taste. He and his wife Amanda are great folks, also recently babied. Our kids would make a nice couple, no pressure. We talk a lot of shit about music and play records. They have great bbqs, and invited me to play records. It encouraged me to get out and play more. I think our different styles play well off each other.
I actually prefer them roasted, and my husband has perfected that, and puts them in salads a lot. It started as a joke with my husband when I started Djing. Like, “DJ Pickled Beets, tearing it up,!” Not the most dope DJ name. Then it sort of stuck.
Don’t judge. “Heart and Soul“, Huey Lewis and the News. It has been stuck in my head all day. That song is pretty jammin’, at least my 2 year old enjoyed my rendition at breakfast.
I am all over the place, anything you can shake your butt to. I have a pretty wide aesthetic. The common thread, for me, is always a good beat. So anything from Talking Heads to BT Express,The Slits, Marcos Valle, Grace Jones, Liquid Liquid, ESG. I love it all really. Ian and I play music you can dance, party, feel good to. I feel the more I am exposed to, the more music I love. I am very lucky to have worked at Dusty Groove. It introduced me to so much music, whole new genres and sub genres. I feel immense gratitude for my experience there. How many jobs have you worked where you get to jam out to great music all day?
Want to hear DJ Pickled Beets and Ian Dinsmor? Come by Spudnik Press on Saturday, July 9!