Disclaimer:  This is a long post.  I should have written this up months ago, but, as my mom would say, it’s better to be late and brutally honest than on time and skimp on details.  (She never said that.)



In case you weren’t aware via an annoying email, call, text or social media message from me, earlier this year I ran an unsuccessful Kickstarter campaign.  The campaign would have fully funded Soundtrack: The Story of the DJ,  a documentary about DJing that I’m currently filming.  The campaign was not successful in terms of reaching it’s funding goal.  It was however successful in spreading the word about the project and also in making me dislike crowd-source funding (for the most part).  In the following article I will walk you through my Kickstarter experience and tell you how I feel about the whole thing.


Note:  You can donate to my documentary project at www.TheDJDocumentary.com and every single donation goes towards making the film.  Thanks in advance.


Hurry Up… And Wait


Once I decided that I was going to run a Kickstarter campaign, I sat down at the computer, cracked my knuckles, took a swig of coffee and thought that in no time, I’d have a campaign set up.  I knew that I could get the campaign approved and then launch it when the time was right.  It was November 2013.  Boy was I wrong.


All your Kickstarter donations are processed through an Amazon Payments account you have to set up.  (Don’t like Amazon? You’re SOL.)  To set up this account you need an EIN (employee identification number) which means you need to set up a corporation.  (hits brakes)  So I spent the time and money figuring out what I’m calling my new company and then filed for a corporation.  (Didn’t want a corporation?  Too bad, dissolve it later I guess.)  After the corporation was set up I had to wait for Amazon to verify my bank account.  This whole process took at least a week if I remember correctly.  Ok here we go again!  (makes more coffee)


Once you set up your Kickstarter campaign with all your Amazon information, the campaign needs to be approved by Kickstarter.  (hits brakes again)  The Kickstarter staff checks out your campaign and reviews your rewards (things you give people who donate money) to make sure everything looks good.  This involved a few back and forth emails to the staff, most of which made zero sense.  I had several rewards that were very similar and they’d single out one, ask me to explain it (every reward had an explanation) and then not respond when I explained why I priced something a certain way or what a reward meant.  I changed a few words and they approved the campaign.  It’s now December 26th, 2013.  I launched on January 13th, 2014


Pricing note:  I’ll break down “Kickstarter math” as I call it later so you can see how much you really (don’t) pocket once you send out rewards.  Muy importante.




Every year I get on here and tell you how the UGP is the best party in Pittsburgh and you don’t believe me.  Well maybe you do and you go.  Good for you.  Check out my recap from last year HERE.


Friday, June 20th

Mattress Factory Urban Garden Party

Pittsburgh, PA




Earlier today I anonymously posted the ad below on Craigslist advertising a DJ looking for a nightclub to work for free.  It started to circulate around the internet and stayed up for almost a full 9 hours before someone at a nightclub apparently got butthurt and flagged it for removal.  I guess some people don’t like the taste of their own medicine.  Click on the image to view the full-size ad.


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In This Edition:


Oregon United For Marriage // Children’s Hospital // Wizard of AUS // DJ Movie


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I’m proud to donate my services to the Oregon United for Marriage victory party on Saturday, May 31st.  The victory party will celebrate the court ruling allowing same-sex marriage in the state of Oregon.  There’s going to be food, drinks, great music and over 1,000 guests.  RSVP HERE!



I cut this mix for my recent tour of Australia with Pete Rock and DJ Premier.  (I was holding out on you for a bit to encourage people to buy CDs at the shows.)  This mix has hip-hop, funk, rock, twerk, trap, house and more.  Bump it in your Jeep and come see me at a show for a hard copy.


DJ Zimmie – Wizard of AUS 
(download HERE)




Sorry I haven’t had any exciting blog posts from my tour.  I’ve been living on planes and traveling like mad.  I’ve been recording some ridiculous video and shooting great photos so look out for a recap once I get back.  In the mean time, I’ve just been laced with 2 additional gigs while in Australia courtesy of my man from the Bionic Boogie crew DJ Eddie Mac.  If you’re in Melbourne, you can catch me…


Friday 5.9.2014

Bionic Boogie Sessions


w/ DJ Eddie Mac & the Bionic Boogie Crew

161 High Street – Prahran


Tuesday 5.13.2014


National Route Alt 1 – Melbourne



In This Edition:


Australia Tour // DJ Movie // Four Color Zack Interview // MOM Remix Album


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I’m heading down under once again for probably the most legendary tour I could imagine.  I’ll be supporting hip-hop gods Pete Rock and DJ Premier on their first ever tour of Australia and New Zealand.  I’ll also be kicking off production of the DJ documentary I’m making with the interviews and footage I film on the tour.  Check out all the details of the film at www.TheDJDocumentary.com, follow on social media, sign up for the email blast and donate to support the project.  Amazing posts are coming!


Thur 5/1 – Capitol – Perth

Fri 5/2 – 170 Russell – Melbourne

Sat 5/3 – The Hi-Fi – Sydney

Wed 5/7 – Corner Hotel – Melbourne

Thur 5/8 – HQ – Adelaide

Fri 5/9 – Oh Hello! – Brisbane


Full Details:  http://www.frontiertouring.com/collusion