Fund may be importing much of its talent from other cities, but there are
many local aspiring DJs that should not be overlooked. Among them is the
very talented Darryl Strickland. Darryl has played an integral role in almost
all of the Cherry events thus far, and he will once again reclaim his slot
spinning at the Pre-Party Pump at Results, The Gym. This may not be a traditional
dance party (the weights and gym equipment kind of get in the way), but
it does offer the perfect opportunity to listen to the spirited sounds of
our hometown hero while squeezing in that final workout before Saturdays
moved to our nations capital 10 years ago from his hometown of Albuquerque,
New Mexico. Since then, he has worked very hard at establishing his name
in the area. He has played just about every bar and club in DC, including
the occasional gig at Velvet Nation, but you can now find him each and every
Friday night at one of Washingtons premier strip clubs, Wet (spinning
records, that is, not dancing at least not any more).
thrives on versatility and variety. I can play a wide range of music,
he explains. I try to figure out the crowd first before I decide what
Im going to play. If theyre feeding on a certain type of music,
I try to stay within that realm, but I also throw in stuff that is unique
and different. I try to expose them to some music theyve probably
never heard before. Although he certainly does occasionally intersperse
the requisite harder beats, his sets are primarily comprised of high-energy
Darryl apart from many other DJs is his devotion to creating something different
for his crowds, whether it be his own personal edits of songs reconfigured
at home on the computer or special sound effects mixed in live during his
sets. Hed like to venture into commercial remixing in the future,
but he just hasnt found the time yet to take that next step. Like
most aspiring DJs, Darryl works a day job. As a junior network administrator
at the Department of Commerce, Darryls life is consumed by technology.
But he loves it, playfully describing himself as a computer freak.
Darryl doesnt foresee his DJing becoming a full-time career, he would
like to travel more often to out-of-town gigs. Hes certainly off to
a good start this month with play dates scheduled in Ohio, Denver and Pittsburgh,
including the weekend after Cherry at Club Axis in Columbus. Much of Darryls
summer will be spent in Rehoboth Beach where hell be spinning the
Love Party around July 4th and several other weekends at Cloud 9.
ultimate dream is to find a residency at a dance floor [where] they
allow me to play what I want instead of trying to control what I play.
Until then, hes happy to contribute his talents to Cherrys great
cause. I think anything that helps our community is important,
he says. Thats why I like to be involved with Cherry every year
as much as I can. If it helps bring money to the organization, I think thats
great. I dont ever want to not be involved because its like
my city, so I want to represent DC and Cherry. Hopefully next year Ill
have one of the dance floors. (Hint, hint!)
This years Cherry CD, produced by
Platinum Sponsor Centaur Records, features the creative mixing
talents of Darryl Strickland. You can purchase the CD for
$18 at the Welcome Center or online at www.cherryfund.com.
You may also visit Darryl on the Web at www.darrylstrickland.com.