Coming Home to New Orleans

I recently traveled back to New Orleans to spin at two venues: my old home base at 30x90 Frenchmen and at Gravier Street Social. Getting off the plane, I felt back at home. The first thing I did when I landed was go back to my favorite barber. There is no one I’ve found in New York that matches his talent.

With a fresh cut and feeling good, I was ready to play.

My time there was packed with studio time, taking pictures and preparing for my two gigs.

I had an incredible time at 30x90 Frenchmen. We added a good friend and one of the dopset turntablists, Kidd Love, to the show. We went back-to-back like the old times we played at 1913 in Baton Rouge.

Gravier Street Social is on the other end of the spectrum compared to 30x90 and it’s Lit AF. Fridays are Femme, by Standard Youth, is the legit hang out for every cutting edge DJ from and visiting the city. New stars like San Holo and others play there often, along with a lot of after-parties from the Metro and Republic.

After the gig at Fridays are Femme, I was invited to spin during a livestream on Sunday with DJs Parish and Iyaska. Every Sunday, Parish and Iyaska host a mix livestream of house music from 5 – 8 p.m. I was invited to be the guest DJ this week and we had a lot of fun filming.

I wasn’t born in Louisiana, but New Orleans has become much more than just another city to me. I’m reminded whenever I visit about how much that place means to me. I went to school, performed and made some of my best friends there. In the Big Easy, you have to have passion to play music and, regardless of what’s around you, the spirit of Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler is always by your side.

I'll be back to New Orleans on Friday, December 9 for Gravier St. Social and can't wait to see everyone. Be sure to RSVP through Facebook!

Play it Cool,



Luke Joachim

DJ CoolHand, New York, New York

CoolHand is a DJ/Producer like no other.  His roots are in Oakland, California, where fresh diverse sets, smooth fades, and crisp cuts are required. He is one of the few young DJs who truly started by lugging turntables, digging for vinyl, collecting old crates at radio stations, and blasting home speakers at various events. By the end of high school, he was spinning regularly at night clubs in San Francisco.

When CoolHand moved to New Orleans, he started by spinning Fridays at the “#1 college bar in the nation” (USA Today), touring with international artists, and performing at industry leading festivals like A3C and SXSW.

His sets are spontaneous and interactive because CoolHand vibes with the party and depends on the energy in the room for his selections. His mixes include multiple genres, remixes, key blending, wordplay, and creative concepts. Whether he is playing for an exclusive event or packed arena, come ready to feel the groove like you never have before.

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