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Friday, February 28, 2014

Free Spin February edition brings JAZ to Octane

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Once a month, on the Westside, a handful of vinyl enthusiasts get together and break it down at Octane Coffee (1009 Marietta St NW) for Free Spin. For the past three years Joshua Flail, Terry Holloway, Ivan Caceres, and Rotating Souls record label founder Curt Jackson dig into their collections and play music for the simple reason that most DJ's step up to the decks: For the joy of it.

Flail has been DJing since he was 20-years-old while living outside of Philadelphia and looking for ways to make beer money at the local bars. These days, Free Spin sets itself apart creatively and on the business side. They don't charge a cover, which means you can boogie for free and come and go as you please. The DJs don't get paid either, relieving themselves of pressure to play a "certain sound" and allowing Octane and the Free Spin crew to grow their audience organically.

There will be no digital DJing at the party either. It's a pretty straightforward rule as the crew can spin anything they want so long as it's on wax.

Free Spin is a free-for-all type dance party, "We chose the name to represent all those ideals: Free to play what we want, free to come in the door, free for the venue," Flail says.

When asked what makes Free Spin different than the other parties happening on a Friday night Flail adds, "We're all playing other people's tunes, and for me (as a listener) it's about the experience of hearing new tracks and great mixing, not the method by which it's produced. That said, I think the biggest difference (besides not having to cart around heavy-ass creates) is that a lot of digital DJ's don't spend enough time digging. It's one thing to play the top dance hits that week and another to be spinning some one-off, white label greatness that otherwise would never be heard."

With genres ranging from disco, house, reggae, post-punk, and everything in between there is a flavor and speed for everybody. Plus the coffee and craft beers are a nice detour from Jameson, PBR, and smoke-filled rooms found in most of Atlanta's dive scene.

Disco devotees can be split down the middle rather easily; those who love Donna Summer and those who love Gloria Gaynor. If you're wondering what side of the tracks Flail falls on when it comes to the queen of disco: "You serious? Gaynor. Hands down. She survives."

Tonight, (Fri., Feb. 28) the Free Spin will bring in a special guest - a rare practice for the modest collective. John Zahl, AKA JAZ, recently released a record through Rotating Souls Records.

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