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Phat-N-Jazzy’s DJ BMF puts a different spin on the ’80s night

From skating to R&B classics at Semoran Skateway to New York radio discoveries to DJ'ing 20 years of parties, BMF’s search for ’80s soul didn’t stop when the decade did

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Luckily for Phat-N-Jazzy fans, his constantly maintained collection itself allows for ample opportunity to mix things up, which is already a simplified process thanks to a trend in ’80s music to bookend songs with extended transitions. “As a DJ, I love that, because it made stuff so mixable and mix-friendly,” BMF says. “Probably the ’80s more than anything had those long intros and long outros. Disco started that; ’80s took it to another level, where you could draw out intros, so you can blend one song into another.”

Phat-N-Jazzy was an integral part of the recent Questlove residency, and BMF kicked off the string of days in June, opening for the like-minded vinyl hoarder and hip-hop pioneer as he has several times before. BMF recalls that when Questlove first joined him at the Social for this 2014 bout, his unintentional welcome song was especially fitting to his personal history with Questlove:

“I first heard of Questlove as a DJ because he used to go around with King Britt, who was known from [touring with hip-hop group] Digable Planets [and performing as Sylk 130],” BMF says. “Questlove was like the opening DJ; no one knew who he was. I think the Roots had one album out. And they toured Florida. They played Orlando and Daytona and Tampa in the mid-’90s, so he’s kind of a buddy of King Britt’s, and it’s funny because when Questlove walked in [the Social], I was playing a Sylk 130 song.”

For this week’s retro party, the DJ will be projecting totally ’80s music videos while he spins before and after Square Biz’s sure-to-be electric set of R&B classics from Prince, Stevie Wonder, Rick James, the Jacksons and more.

“You know, they do ’80s nights, but you never hear Chaka Khan or the Mary Jane Girls, stuff like that,” BMF says. “You only hear the quirky new wave. I just wanted to do an ’80s night my style.”

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