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Photos: Eric Cloutier at JQM’s First Installment

Photos by Andy Fundeneanu

Friday night, JQM (Just Quality Music) brought a special talent down to DC at Station 9, with opening sets by JQM’s founder Peteone, Solomon Sanchez, and Schubert.  See what you missed out on!

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Learn more about JQM at: www.justqualitymusic.com

View more of Andy Fundeanu’s photos at: www.liftedinthedistrict.blogspot.com

Posted by admin   @   30 January 2010
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Jan 31, 2010
4:27 pm
#1 OnlyGuyToAttendThisEvent :

THIS NIGHT SUCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKEDDDDDDDDDDDd. WOW IT SUCKED

Ok so first off I want to point out that I am a huge fan of techno. I have been for many years hearing anything from Detroit techno (Kevin Saunderson, t1000, punisher, Robert hood, dan bell etc) to harder forms (Adam Beyer, marco carola) and yes minimal techno (kiko man, M-nus, etc etc etc).

I was excited about this party until I showed up. HOLY S#$# please learn how to entertain before djing in front of people. Its fine to play minimal tracks but not the whole damn song (while doing nothing but scratching your testicles) followed by a simple shotty mix into yet another long repetitive track which you plan to add nothing to but bobbing your head. Every dj got progressively worse. I mean come on the 11pm guy followed the guy’s minimal track with an intro ambient track … was it really necessary to show another dj was coming on to the 2 people sitting on the couch? God you guys are horrible. Look up every once in a while. You may notice as people are sleeping or leaving. Learn how to mix, do some tricks, add samples … something other than showing off how you all love wearing black t shirts.

The venue was decent minus the 9 dollar small cup of booz mixed with loads of ice. I bet I could spend 100 bucks at the bar before getting a buzz with those severing portions and prices.

In sum, I’ve been to sooooo many parties .. probably at least 1000 but this could be one of the worst ever. Nice job

Oh and I love how the pics so NO CROWD SHOTS …. figure it out. No crowd to show. Hence why there are only pics of the staff, boring djs and bar tenders.

Author Jan 31, 2010
8:56 pm
#2 admin :

Wow! Well, we can all see that you did not enjoy this event. Being a site about art, we certainly can’t disagree or have a willingness to restrict opinions. However, it does sound like you may have taken your bad time a little personal, no? I’ve been to a lot of parties myself, even ones I didn’t particularly enjoy, yet I was able to move on.

I wasn’t there myself, but some of my friends who attended did have a good time. If you hated it so much, why would you stay beyond the “11 p.m. DJ”? Maybe there was something more to that night than you were willing to express in your long winded post?

Feb 1, 2010
10:18 am
#3 OnlyGuyToAttendThisEvent :

Sorry to take a huge dump on your night however it’s hard for my wife and I to get out these days so when something sounds great and turns out REALLY bad … its upsetting.

The deal is I really wanted to stay for Eric Cloutier … really really wanted to but after 2 hours or so I couldn’t take the djs anymore (hence why I stayed beyond the 11pm dj … I kept telling myself “this guy is boring as hell but the next guy will step it up … maybe even try something crazy like not playing the entire 6 minute track all the way through before mixing” but nope .. didn’t happen).

I’ll close with some positive remarks. JQM’s website is impressive. The concept is cool .. IE keeping a focus on techno and not veering off to more popular stuff (which a lot of the larger labels, promoters, etc end up doing to make more money).

The venue was surprisingly pretty nice upstairs (I’ve thrown parties years ago there when it was cada vez and it has come a long way since). Sound was decent (for the room size). Setup was cool to have the djs in clear front (even though there wasn’t anything worth watching that particular night).

You guys have the right elements however need to get some better talent that understands performing for people and work out the bar situation (maybe switch the open bar to lowering the overall drink prices or something. Smart people will stop out for the open bar and leave at 10).

Feb 1, 2010
11:03 am
#4 Technochick :

@ Only guy. – First off, you were certainly NOT the only guy to attend this party. If you’ve been going out for as long as you say you have, you should know that these parties don’t get going until at least 11:30… And true to form, at about 12, this party became one of the best parties I’ve been to in DC in a long time. I, too, have been in the scene for a long time in both Europe and the US, so I believe I also have a good basis for forming my opinion. Sounds like you guys came out to take advantage of the open bar and didn’t stay until the party got going. While I may understand your reasons for leaving, your comments were really harsh and unwarranted, since the party was actually really good and it’s not the event organizer’s fault that you didn’t stay past 11. He worked really hard to put on a great event and doesn’t deserve this. Please try to use a bit more restraint, maturity and common sense next time you feel like badmouthing someone who is just trying to bring some quality music to DC.

Feb 1, 2010
11:28 am

First of all, I want to point out the night started off rather slowly, that is 9-10:30pm?

I put much heart and my own money into this party with no financial support from anyone including the venue. The whole point was to bring more underground artists to the DC electronic music scene…

We had technical difficulties from around start 9pm till 10pm, which was also my time slot. My Traktor wasn’t working correctly and we were trouble shooting for a while until I decided to use Eric’s computer. Schubert started around 10:15 and went until 11:30, then Solomon Sanchez, then Eric after 12:30. After you left, Solomon was on and I heard nothing but great deep house, followed by a fantastic set from Eric.

I overheard people talking downstairs about how fantastic this party is and how great it sounds (up there). I have not gotten 1 negative feedback for the party. Eric Cloutier was there from the very beginning and commented at the end of the event that he had a fantastic time.

About the photos, I hired Andy because he has a different approach to taking photos than everyone else in DC. His style is more artistic than just taking crowd shots, and I assure you there were plenty of people there between 12:30 – 2:30 am and I have videos that show this. The final head count was 140.

Also, just so you know I did over 50 parties back in Chicago, including parties at Chicago’s biggest club (Vision) and I also managed another night club in the city.

Just so we are on the same page, I think everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but just like someone said I think “theonlyguythatatedthisevet” took it very personally. I’m sorry you had a bad time, but I do appreciate the positive comment you left about the website and radio station. Please approach me on FB and next time I will make sure you and your wife get complimentary admission after 11pm.

Feb 2, 2010
8:31 am
#6 OnlyGuyToAttendThisEvent :

We got there after the open bar (10:15ish) and left around 12:40 so no we didn’t come for the open bar … we came to hear music. Oh and yes I understand “these parties” don’t start until later (I mean its not worth going to trinidad and tobago, back in the day Five, Red, etc until midnight) so the plan was to stay until Eric C got on however we just couldn’t take it. You’re right .. it sounded like somebody was troubleshooting sound problems however the troubleshooting like dj sets went on until after 12 so we got bored and left.

Hey as you all said it … we are entitled to our opinion. Sorry its not what you want to hear.

Feb 11, 2010
9:35 am
#7 oneofmanysatisfiedclients :

there will be always some idiot to complain,
maybe you should throw a party and we can complain

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