Lazy Afternoon Sundays is one of Orlando’s most trustworthy names for DJ’s, hip hop and good music in general. They’ve hosted the likes of Rich Medina, Spinna, J. Rocc, and more. They prefer to leave the radio alone when behind the decks and hold down classic hip-hop, funk, soul, dancehall riddims and anything else that makes you boogie.
We explored the thoughts of Lazy Afternoon’s Danny Venegas and Jonathan Santino (Danny V and Spreadsheets) prior to them rocking the decks at their first Open House Conspiracy this Saturday, June 22nd at Sandwich Bar. As you can tell they are true gentlemen and scholars, quoting music history like they did a dissertation on it. This isn’t your average interview, continue after the jump and you might get more than you asked for.
Left to right: Jonathan Santino, Danny Venegas, Rich Medina
What does Lazy Afternoon Sundays bring to the table? Is it even a table or is it more like a picnic? A Hunger Games free for all?
DV: I see where you’re going. It’s somewhat a picnic table in the sense we’re very welcoming. Kind of like when the crypts and bloods have their picnics together. Maybe that’s a bit extreme for an analogy. Lazy Afternoon brings a desire to keep the origins of DJ culture alive. Going back to the days of the Paradise Garage and disco, before hip-hop. Not that our love for hip-hop isn’t immense. It’s just that hip-hop is kind of over. Think about it. The continuity of disco, house, or just club culture in general, is constantly evolving and being built upon from the days of the Paradise Garage, Studio 54, The Loft, the list goes on. Granted America’s club culture barely exists, it’s very prevalent worldwide and it stems from New York, just like hip-hop. We’re just trying to shine our Orlando light on what we envision as the true form of DJ’ing and club culture at the table.
You guys have a deep respect for the craft and music of the past. Where did you pick these traits up and do you feel this is being lost in today’s landscape?
JS: Hip-hop was my first true love affair and I can still remember the chills I felt when I heard an original sample for the first time. Bananas. I began to like the originals more than the re-produced material. A lot of people hear a new hit that samples some song from decades ago and think it’s original. I think we take for granted the musical genius of some of these musicians who clearly were beyond their time and created timeless masterpieces that are used, flipped, and re-used today.
Can I kick it?
The visual aesthetic of Lazy Afternoon Sundays has repurposed the work of 80’s NYC artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. What does their art mean to you?
DV: The works of Keith Harring & Basquiat are a major influence on us (like many others of our generation). Maybe more so of an influence is the era from which they were most active during. They also frequented the Paradise Garage, no big deal. Their art represents honesty, New York, an incredibly important era, a rebirth of cool, and as Fab 5 would say “making it happen.”
Someone – and they always do – asks you what kind of music do you play, what do you say?
JS: In the words of Dr. Dre, I play “some ol’ funky shit.” Hahaha. Seriously though, I like to play a lot of original tracks that people might recognize because of its use in a more current production. I also like to play versions, afro-everything, and that feel it in your soul house.
Levitating, no biggie
If you could look up and see anyone on the dance floor who would it be?
DV: A topless girl. Not in a porno way though. In a I don’t feel threatened, worried, or self-conscience about myself kind of way. We can recall one of our favorite DJ’s showing us a video on his phone of a party he played and there was a group of people dancing topless. Men and women. Not an orgy or anything like that. The way he explained it was…“they were free.”
Record Sleeve, the new fragrance by Madlib, would you wear it?
JS: Hell the fuck yes I’d wear that shit. Double-spray. I’d be on the look-out for those fragrance oils though.
What is a DJ if they can’t scratch?
DV: They ain’t a freak-o-holic.
Rich Medina conducting