School-Safe Music and Celebrating Ellen DeGeneres's Gift to Summit Academy Charter School

I had a lot of fun DJing at Summit Academy Charter School in Brooklyn. It was a celebration of their gift from Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen is giving every single graduate a full 4-year scholarship to the college of their choice. The students are then not restricted by college affordability, but can achieve their full potential.

After getting the call for this gig, I instantly ran into the problem that any DJ runs into during school dances: finding the music that's "cool" but school appropriate. Lazy DJ's simply play Top 40 they find on some outdated, clean playlist, but the party is for the kids, so playing what they like is important. Just playing clean tunes doesn't cut it either because it's more about content than curse words. Above are the videos of the show and below is a Spotify playlist and some pictures I snapped while setting up for the event:

Congratulations @summitacademycs! #ellendegeneres #nycdj #schooldj #djcoolhand

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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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