Messina Music – June edition is here early. DJ Young Jase is back on the scene with this 125min house mix.
You’ll hear his mix in-stores from now in, and can listen to it on the Gelato Messina SoundCloud.
JUNE'S MIX // MM015
Do You Want Vanilla Mix
This month's resident is a veteran of the Sydney dance music scene, DJ YoungJase. A name that was synonymous with Sydney's club culture in the 90's and early 00's. Having crafted his skills in the days of acid house in the late 80's, Young Jase began his DJ internship in the early 90's rave days, creating a name for himself with a diverse mix of house/ techno. In the mid 90's he fell in love with Drum N Bass, and, under the moniker DJ Pappa Jase, was the resident & co founder of the legendary Sydney drum n bass night "BassCode". Now he's back with Messina Music's June Mix — 'Do You Want Vanilla', a mix of ethereal style house music.
What's the story with Messina Music?
If you didn't already know, allow us to indulge in a little back story about the music you'll hear at Messina stores. Messina is owned by four partners - Nick Palumbo, Danny Palumbo, Donato Toce and Declan Lee. Declan is our 'brand custodian' and now heads up Messina marketing, but back in the day he was actually a DJ and Festival Promoter. In the early days, when there was only one store in Darlinghurst, he started meticulously curating DJ mixes and playlists specifically for Messina. And although the idea of curated playlists is pretty common these days (especially with streaming services and their amazing algorithms), back then it took a bit more time and a bit more effort to dig, download, and compile. It was all the music he loved, music that made you dance, and music that created an experience beyond the cup or cone. Thankfully it stuck, and it's now a signature part of any Messina trip. If you’re a Messina regular, you’ll no doubt recognise some of the mixes.
We always get loads of people asking us about the playlists and mixes we play in store. It's nice to hear compliments about the music we curate and to know that people are discerning enough to notice. The truth is, it's a self-indulgent selection of mixes and tracks curated by a DJ that once was, but now isn’t.. i.e. Declan.
About 5 years ago we dabbled in starting Messina Music again - we started off well, but like most things, life got in the way and the last mix we uploaded was a longggg time ago. Anyway, Messina Music is back. We'll be bringing you a new DJ mix by a bunch of hand picked selectors every month, throughout the year.