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The Rocks Off 200: DJ Good Grief Knows How to Have Fun

DJ Good Grief spinning at the Crown Royal Black Mansion Party with Big Boi of OutKast, June 2011.
DJ Good Grief spinning at the Crown Royal Black Mansion Party with Big Boi of OutKast, June 2011.
photo by Marco Torres

Who?

This local vinyl junkie is known as DJ Good Grief. He has been involved in mixing & producing live music since around 11 years of age. He is M\mostly known for catering to Houston's hip-hop audience and DJing behind local celebrity and upcoming rap artists. "I dabble in all styles of music and perform my mixes for very assorted ears" he proclaims. "I have fun!"

Home Base:

Good Grief can be found throwing down in almost every corner of Houston's inner loop. From the newly renovated The Flat in Montrose, the Southwest's notorious Carrington's, Social Junkie on Washington Avenue, to working with his Waxaholics partners DJing all vinyl mixes at Midtown's Double Cross Lounge.

Why do you stay in Houston?:

"I never get lost on any side of town" says Grief. "I have probably met 40% of the city's population and we have all gotten along so far".

War Story:

Grief recalls a trip to Europe:

Flew all the way to Paris, France to DJ a set. All of the sound went out 30 minutes into my mix. The crowd started beating on the stage! I thought they were mad and were planning on tearing me apart, but they ended up making the beating into an actual beat, so we got into a French freestyle session.

Music Scene Pet Peeve:

"Organization! Sometimes I feel like we lack a 'scene'. I want a scene. I need a scene! I am currently trying to support and instigate a scene."

The grief continues on the next page.  

DJ Good Grief (far right) at Boogie In The Park, November 2013.
DJ Good Grief (far right) at Boogie In The Park, November 2013.
photo by Marco Torres

Five Desert Island Records:

As far as DJing goes:

  • 2 Live Crew, 2 Live Is What We Are (1986)
  • A Tribe Called Quest, Low End Theory (1991)
  • LCD Soundsystem,This Is Happening (2010)
  • New Order, Substance (1987)
  • UGK, Ridin' Dirty (1996)
The Rocks Off 200: DJ Good Grief Knows How to Have Fun

Grief's personal collection of records that he couldn't send to the recycle bin would consist of jazz LPs and 12" Disco singles.

Best Show Ever:

The Roots, Goodie Mob, & The Fugees (Houston, 1996)

What is the next show/project that your are promoting?:

Grief's next mix is entitled "Nineteen Eighty Great", a sequel to "Nineteen Ninety Live" mix where he blends and remixes tunes from the era (80s for the new, 90s for the previous), and involve talented vocalists within his reach to exhibit a side of what Houston has to offer, but is not always heard.

See the rest of the Rocks Off 200 and a link to the Rocks Off 100 on the next page.

  THE ROCKS OFF 200

Robert Kuhn, the Well-Traveled Islander Tyler Newberry, Head Chef in the Songwriters Kitchen Gunnar Cushway, Insko's Feel-Good Utilityman Mario Rodriguez, Tax the Wolf/Bang Bangz's Wonky Power Monger John Smith, Goodtime Continental Club Manager Dwayne Cathey, A Good Man to Scare People With Walter Carlos, Guitar-Punisher of Funeral Horse Ryan James, Putting Up a Good Fight John Cramer, Guitar Apostle of Project Grimm Big Gerb, Houston's Hongree-est MC Steven Higginbotham, Hard-Working Wheel Worker Alisha Pattillo & Her Swaggering, Soulful Sax Brandon Ray, Punk Rocker Turned Filmmaker/Animator The Excitable Boys of Another Run Flash Gordon Parks, DJ as Funky Professor DJ Main Event, Kratez Crew JumpOff Man Odd Hours and Back to Back's Hank Doyle Legendary K-OTIX Producer Russel "The ARE" Gonzalez Dylan Bryson Sings the Blues (Rock) DJ Damon Allen, R.O.C.O. Fellow Tom Lynch, New Kid On the Block Ashley Worhol, Goth-Metal Queen of Katy Joe Ortiz, Clockpole's Master of Nonsense Marzi Montazeri, the Man Dimebag Darrell Called a Bad Motherfucker John Salinas, the Beat Beast of Only Beast Homegrown Cowboy Crooner Charles Peters Adam Bricks, NYC Expat Metal Journeyman and Blasé Bassist Alan Hilton Kyra Noons, Houston's Reggae Sunsplash DJ AudiTory, the Maestro of LuvItMane The Nephilim Terror's Death-Metal Growler Danny Carroll Tommy Grindle, Guitarist of Square and Compass The Bailout Bureau's Mysterious "Bob Bovary" DJ Twinkle-Toes, Won a "Dick-Measuring Vinyl Orgy" With Two iPods Beanz N Kornbread, Gmail-Loving Production Duo You(genious), Party Crasher Turned Musical Auteur Daniel Alexander, Klein's Backyard MC

THE ROCKS OFF 100

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