FIT Radio flew DJ Ri (pronounced rye) and Craig Smoove to Atlanta back in December to spin at one of the Top 3 Nightclubs in the country, Opera Nightclub. A little bit during and after their set, FIT Radio’s Music Director, Chris Rimby, had a chance to hang out with them and said they were pretty cool dudes… we couldn’t agree more! With so much going on like iClub blowing up and a never ending schedule of events to spin, DJ Ri doesn’t let it all get to his head. He is your typical California boy who enjoys kickin’ it at the pier or surfing some waves. And after the interview we found he’s got a bit of an adventurous side to him as well! Read on to discover more about one of our favorite FIT Radio DJs, DJ Ri… Continue reading
Getting to know your favorite FIT Radio DJs…
FIT Radio flew DJ HOHME down to Atlanta back in July to spin at one of the Top 3 Nightclubs in the Country, Opera Nightclub. Before his set, we took him out to dinner for a little pre-gaming. During dinner and while he was down here, we all got to know him a bit. We were quickly blown away by how humble and courteous he was… must be those North Western roots! During his set, the FIT Radio Team and I partied in an Opera Box; We had a blast! HOHME has great energy behind the decks, and he really knows how to make sure everyone on the dance floor is having a good time.
I recently received the opportunity to chat with him and ask him a few questions. Here is what he had to say…
Where is your favorite place to spin? Anywhere people go specifically to let go and dance. I’d say my recent favorites have to be my sets at Burning Man back in early September, a private beach party in Rincon, Puerto Rico in October as well as my set at Opera Nightclub in Atlanta back in July.
Where do you live now? I’m currently based in NYC, specifically the East Village.
How did you come up with the idea for your iPad DJ MixBoard App? I was looking for a way to make my DJ efforts as mobile as possible, and having to bring/rely on turntables/cdjs at every event was not something I wanted to do…so I took all the main features I use the turntable for and designed them into the interface of the app. Now I can control basically everything I ever did with a turntable wirelessly on my iPad.
What was the hardest part about launching the iPad app? The hard part was designing it in a way that included everything i needed (gain, effects, loops, cues, pitch control). Other than that, considering it’s based on open-source framework off an existing app, I didn’t really have to worry about launching it at all (which is why I ended up giving it out for free download). Continue reading
The Rimby Report
Welcome! For my weekly blog, I will be calling attention to some of the best new mixes on FIT Radio.
FIT RADIO TIP: You can find mixes on demand by searching for a specific DJ under the DJ tab. Every mix they’ve produced will be listed under their name and is available on demand.
The premise of my blog posts will basically involve me morphing into a guinea pig and trying out any compelling articles that I come across while tweeting for FIT Radio. These articles feature fun undertakings, such as getting a workout while working at the office by sitting on an exercise ball (to improve posture and strengthen your back/core). This is exactly what I did for an entire week last week! I made notes throughout the process as to how I was adapting to my new fangled “office chair”, and (I have to admit) I am thrilled that the experience of the balance ball is no more.
Looking back at my notes from Monday, I thought it was going to be a piece of cake… maybe even a little fun. Psh! When I got to the office that morning, I pumped up the ball with excitement and looked forward to regaining the posture I had in the days I danced ballet. Dirk, our tech guy, was pretty jealous and kept trying to (unsuccessfully) steal my ball throughout the day.
Some notes I made included, “It might not be a good idea to cross your legs, Cari”. I also jotted down that my back muscles were definitely engaged after the first hour, and by the end of the day, I was convinced I was getting SOME kind of workout (my back was feeling pretty sore and as the hours passed, the harder it got)! The week went by just like the last couple hours of that first day, slowly. It worked my back from between the shoulder blades to all the way down my lower back. However, there were no feelings of soreness in the abdominal region (sad, I know). “TGIF!” We have a shorter workday on Fridays, so when 4:45 PM rolled around that day, I was pumped to trade in the ball for a chair with actual back and arm rests (you really don’t know how much you miss something until it’s gone).
Next time, I will just incorporate the balance ball every so often instead of multiple days in a row. I am happy to report my posture has improved! I sit up straighter at my desk and my posture is even better when I walk. Today, I finally let Dirk have the balance ball; he was already back in his chair after 2 hours! Ha!
Stay tuned for my next blog post and make sure to follow @FITRadio on twitter so you can give me ideas on what to try next! Also, please feel free to leave comments!! Actually, please DO!
The FIT Radio office stays energized with hard work, new ideas, excitement, laughter, and (of course) music. We work together as a team, but within our team we have the perfect array of people and personalities, which we believe will make for very interesting blogging. We are all extremely busy, but we have decided to each take an hour or so out of the week to share our lives and information with the people we love the most, our users. This blog will take you behind the DJ Booth at one of the best nightclubs in the country, to a music conference in San Francisco, to keg-stands at a local fraternity house, to the streets of Vegas, to a meeting with Pauly D, and so on. Not only will we take you places, but we will teach you things (maybe even as we learn them) about Music, Technology, Fitness, Health, Business, and Media. This is the exciting life of working in a Music Startup. So, Follow our blog and check back with us daily!
Let me introduce you to our team…
Russell Greene, CEO
Boss, skipper, number one, numero uno, honcho, sachem. You will (occasionally) hear from Rusty when we have some really big news or information to share.
Lexi Bellassai, Director of Operations
This is me. I have been involved with FIT Radio since day 1 and couldn’t be more excited about where we are headed! My posts will feature FIT Radio news, events, and globe-trotting.
Carolyn Seaman, Social Media
Cari loves having fun and trying new things. She is a huge believer in the trial and error method, and her posts will feature the trials and tribulations she faces while testing out interesting health and fitness articles she comes across while tweeting about them to our fans. Be prepared to learn from her mistakes and accomplishments!
Chris Rimby, Music Director
Dance Music Producer, Rimby, has been involved in music his whole life and is on a mission to spread great music throughout the world. His posts will feature reports on FIT Radio’s latest mixes, DJs, and anything else you need to know about music.
Dirk (yep just Dirk), Director of Technology and Development
Dirk keeps our printer working, phones up to date, and (much more importantly) our development on track! His posts will teach you little tricks on how to improve your cell phone, FIT Radio app, and anything technical that he thinks can improve your life with a simple push of a button.
Trey Smith, Intern
Trey is one of our newest Interns at FIT Radio. Since growing up listening to music in his father’s record store, he has always wanted to be involved in some aspect of entertainment. His posts will give you an inside glimpse of the life of an 18 year-old working as an intern at a new, exciting startup company.
Joey Commander, Intern
Joey is a GSU student studying journalism with a concentration in public relations. His posts will feature the world of communications and Internet Radio through the eyes of a young college student.