We start various projects with other people – like One Love Tuesdays or Everyday People – but we remain supportive of each other’s endeavors. We’re more than business partners at this point. We are friends. We are family. -Dj mOma
A One Love Timeline by Moma
April 6, 2009 - I receive a phone call from an established party promoter: “Yo mOma, I want you to DJ my new Saturday night party at Retreat. We’re bringing the sexy back to Manhattan. I got Arthur hosting, Forrest & Cass are hosting and then I got these two new guys hosting. All I need is you to complete the puzzle” … I was skeptical. At the time I was doing Good Spot Mondays at 105 Rivington, Saturdays at Deity in Bklyn, Special Delivery at APT with DJ Eleven, plus the odd one-off at the subMercer: everything – in my humble estimation - was quality, both in terms of venue selection and musical content. I was wary of tarnishing this track record by signing on to some promoter’s project. But I knew Arthur, Forrest and Cass real well, we shared a lot of the same nightlife sensibilities so I figured what the hell: if they’re doing it then maybe I should too. So I signed on. Besides, Retreat was literally a 2 minute bike ride from my crib. To this day I wonder why I rode my bike. I should have just walked.
April 11, 2009 – We launch Saturdays at Retreat and it’s a smashing success. I’m playing my usual mix of hip-hop, r&b, classics, reggae & soca, but I’m also touching on some of the better commercial house and Top 40, and the whole thing is gelling quite nicely. The dance floor is packed, Arthur’s table is popping, Forrest & Cass’s table is going off… and then you also have the two new (as of yet unnamed) promoters. Their table is dancing. I stress dancing because that is not what usually goes on at a promoter table. Usually folks at promoter tables are standing on banquettes, putting their hands in the air, singing / rapping along but seldom do they actually bust a physical move. But this table had a completely different energy: it felt as though everyone was celebrating their birthday. At. The. Same. Damn. Time. Drinks were being passed around, folks were lit, everyone was two-stepping the night away, and a lot of smiles were being exchanged. I had no clue who the two hosts were but I thought to myself “Dope vibes. These dudes are cool” … At the end of the night, after the last record was played, they walked up to the DJ booth and the first brother spoke: “Yo, good set tonight boss. Just wanted to introduce ourselves: I’m Maine”. The other brother followed up with “and I’m Mark”. To which I replied “Great to meet you guys. So Maine & Mark, yeah?” Then came the swift correction, in unison: “Mark & Maine”.
April 18 thru October 17, 2009 – We rock Retreat on a weekly basis. I get to form a great working relationship with Mark & Maine. The party gets better and better until it starts to get worse and worse. The established party promoter has little to no regards for quality control so the night eventually degenerates into a hood party and the club has no choice but to dead the whole thing. Regrettable but not totally unexpected when dealing with the established party promoter.
October 18, 2009 4:30am – Maine retires from nightlife.
October 19, 2009 thru October 6, 2010 – Mark and I try to keep the good vibes going in Maine’s absence. We throw random parties here and there (including Maine’s 30th bday, sorry to date you ole chap!) but nothing quite recreates the magic of Retreat. In any event, Mark & I are still soldiering on.
October 7, 2010 – I make Maine an offer he can’t refuse: “Let’s do Thursdays at Trump Soho”. Maine comes out of retirement immediately. We launch Thursdays at Trump Soho. Mark & Maine & mOma are reunited. The initial blow-out is on smash.
October 14, 2010 thru May 05, 2011 – Thursdays at Trump Soho establishes itself as one of the flyest, dopest, funnest nights in the city. It feels like an extension – an expansion even – of Mark & Maine’s original table at Retreat. Good vibes all around. That being said, nothing in the nightlife lasts forever. Trump Soho comes under new management and the party ends in May.
May 06, 2011 3:30am – Mark retires from nightlife.
May 07, 2011 thru August 1, 2012 – Maine and I try to keep the good vibes going in Mark’s absence. We throw random parties here and there (including Mark’s 31st bday, sorry to date you ole geezer!) but nothing quite recreates the magic of Trump. In any event, Maine & I are still soldiering on. (Editor’s note: I did not copy, paste and edit an earlier paragraph. You can’t prove it.)
August 2, 2012 – I make Mark an offer he can’t refuse: “Let’s do Fridays at Red Rooster Harlem”. Mark comes out of retirement immediately. We launch Harlem Nights Fridays. Mark & Maine & mOma are reunited. The initial blow-out is on smash. (Editor’s note: Ok, so I may have copied, pasted and edited an earlier paragraph. But you still can’t prove it.)
August 3, 2012 to Present Day – Harlem Nights is still going strong. Mark goes in and out retirement quite frequently so Maine and I try our best to hold the fort down. We start various projects with other people – like One Love Tuesdays or Everyday People – but we remain supportive of each other’s endeavors. We’re more than business partners at this point. We are friends. We are family. So on this Tuesday, it’s only right that I extend ONE LOVE to my guys; to my brothers; to Mark & Maine.