Bristol Sessions move from Memphis to Detroit February 22, 2002
Danny Love had a good thing going. Now he has a better thing going. What the veteran club DJ has going is a Friday-night party called Bristol Sessions, which was named after the street in Costa Mesa on which it originated, although the Bristol Sessions party is no longer on Bristol Street and would be more aptly named "The 19th Street Sessions." Confused? You won't be if you head over to the Detroit Bar. The Detroit Bar, in the corner of a not-so-trendy shopping center near 19th Street and Placentia Avenue in Costa Mesa, is the new home of Bristol Sessions, and that means more people can enjoy the late-night lounge scene featuring a kind of music that some refer to as the "new electronica." Love prefers to call it "electronic groove." Love and his dj partner Lil Brandon were a regular Friday-night attraction at Memphis. Without benefit of advertising, the weekly promotion quickly outgrew it's confines. It was difficult to groove, electronically or otherwise, in those tight quarters. So when the owners of Memphis (Dan Bradley, Diego Velasco, and Andy Christensen) got together with Scott Hamilton to buy the former Club Mesa and turn it into one of the hottest clubs in the county, they invited Love to bring his Bristol Sessions. "It was a perfect match," Detroit Bar events manager Chris Fahey said. "We needed a night like this and Danny had gotten too big for the room." According to Love, Bristol Sessions were always meant to be nothing more than an alternative to the standard dance club. "We just wanted to be a lounge," he explained. "There was no pressure to dance, unless you really wanted to get out of your chair." "It's a place to have a conversation with friends and listen to some groovy music. Dancing is not the main focus of this scene, and we dont' even play any danceable music until after midnight. I enjoy it because it gives me an outlet to play music that I wouldn't ordinarily be allowed to play at another club." As for the change in locale, Love said he was ready to stretch out in his bigger digs. "This place opened just in time," he said. In fact, the Detroit Bar opened just in time for a lot of people, who were starting to believe that no new clubs would ever open in Orange County. Detroit Bar, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa (949) 642-0600

Bristol Sessions at Detroit Bar March 1, 2002
Tucked far back in the depths of a Costa Mesa strip mall stands the most exciting nightclub find in OC - Detroit Bar. As I drove up to the end of the strip mall, parking spaces became rapidly scarce; groups of people in two's and three's marched their way through the lot towards a line, about 20 peeps deep, snaking out from the front door. Finally finding a parking spot on the opposite end of the lot I made a mental note in my clubbers log; "Friday…10:30PM: Get here earlier next time”. From the outside I can already tell this is no ordinary bar turns club at night. The proprietors of Detroit bar have captured an era of times past in a subtle and pleasing way. If you are oblivious to detail, you may not notice the bar is styled in true 60's adorn. Starting from the outside, traditional architectural hints of the era become apparent in the light blue stucco exterior and stacked flag stone facade. Still paying attention to detail, brushed stainless steel window treatments tightly hold their translucent glass counterparts in place. Candles glowing from behind the glass further add to the detail that authenticates this unique venue. Strolling on into this cosmopolitan drinking lounge the dubby beats and guitar licks of down-tempo groove instantly set the mood. As my eyes finally adjusted to the dim lighting inside, it became clear that the retro stylings within were influenced by the simple expressions of minimalism, a style made popular in the mid century (1950's & 60's). Filling space on the wall are cushioned rectangles of various sizes and colors puzzled together against an orange wall. Further adding to the groovyness of this lounge is the use of visually stimulating fabrics and upholstery ranging from Brady Bunch kitchen orange to fundamental Partridge Family greens and mustard yellows. Ordering drinks did not seem to be a chore this night. Even with a packed house, the five bartenders still managed to keep the drink waits to under 5 minutes. Pockets of down-tempo aficionados danced on the main floor, while groups of refined urbanites and club followers chilled with one another in one of two other rooms found in this venue. Every Friday night, Detroit Bar plays host to "Bristol Sessions", a nightclub created by Danny Love and Lil' Brandon. Danny Love, also resident DJ at Club Rubber in OC, relocated Bristol Sessions to Detroit Bar after outgrowing his last venue - Memphis Soul Café and Bar on Bristol Street (hence the name) in Costa Mesa. Carrying over the club name, "Bristol Sessions" to the new location, Danny Love with partner Lil' Brandon continue to grow the club to new heights each week. The music of choice here is down-tempo, a slower funkier version of house vibe. Speakers mounted in every room ensure the melancholic vibe continues wherever you chill, even out in the smoking patio. The music and venue are a perfect compliment for each other. I could not imagine a better fit between music and venue anywhere else in Orange County. Portrayed in true modernist style, emerges a bar lounge worthy of consistent weekly visits. I recommend this club to those who want to try something different and less mainstream. To avoid waiting in line early arrival is recommended.

The Many Loves of Danny Love May 1, 2002
Danny Love brings the joy of music to thousands of music lovers each and every week. Displaying his mastery behind the tables, most notably at Club Rubber since day one and now in its sixth year, Love brings forth an unequivocal vibe and passion for his music. PubDistrict’s DJ chaser, Melissa V, recently had the opportunity to speak with Love and demystify the man, the myth and the legend known as “Danny Love”…

PD: Tell us a little about the name " Danny Love"? DL: The "Love" part of my name was given to me some college buddies when I was in school at UCLA. We used to throw little underground parties and that is the name they started putting on the flyers when I was DJ’ing. Contrary to the myth, the origin of my name has nothing to do with girls or sex, but just describes the vibe of my DJ sets. PD: What made you become a D.J.? DL: For me it started with a love of dance music at a very young age. I can remember inviting my little friends over to my house in first grade to listen and dance to my Jackson 5 records. After that, in high school, my friends and I started break-dancing. Well, we needed music to dance to so I just started making mix-tapes for us, and I guess that’s when I bought my first set of Technics (Top of the line turn-tables). PD: How would you describe the vibe you are trying to create? DL: When I am DJ’ing I have one thing in mind. Primarily, I want people to have fun. When people come to see me play I want them to leave all their troubles outside the club and cut loose and party. That’s why wherever I play I try to have the turntables set up as close to the dance floor as possible - because I want to be right there in the middle of the party.

PD: What style of music do you enjoy performing the most? DL: The style of music I enjoy playing the most is good music. There is too much good dance music out there, so why would I want to limit myself by only playing one style. Be prepared - when you come to see me play you might hear lots of different styles of music, but it will always be funky and soulful.

PD: How many C.D.s do you have out there? DL: Presently I have four mix CD's out. They are called Future Funk Vol.1 and Vol.2, Slow and Low, and Summer of Love. Beej and I are also just finishing up our double CD for the Summer of Love party Memorial Day Weekend in Palm Springs. This new CD will be available by the end of May. PD: Where do you enjoy performing the most? DL: I have been lucky enough to be able DJ at some great clubs in the USA and even Mexico. Some of the best are San Francisco - they are real music lovers, and of course Las Vegas. Right now my Friday nightclub Bristol Sessions at Detroit Bar is a blast, but I guess my home will always be Rubber. I have been there since day one and after 6 years it is still the best club I have ever been to.

PD: Do you have any advice for the D.J.s just breaking into the scene? DL: My advice is just be yourself, don't be afraid to let your own personality show through in your sets. Also, nothing beats experience, so try and play out anywhere, anytime.

PD: Besides yourself, who is your favorite all time D.J.? DL: My favorite all time DJ’s include Z-Trip, because no one can straight rock a party like him, and Marques Wyatt and Mark Farina because they play with so much emotion and soul.

PD: With the name like Danny Love... You must be quite the ladies man? DL: Damian Sanders of Rubber started all that "ladies man" stuff. At Rubber in OC there are two go-go stages next to my DJ booth, but they are for the girls in the crowd. So every time Damian walks by, it looks like I am surrounded by girls.

PD: What is the highest profile event you ever performed at? DL: Probably the highest profile events that I play at are the 10,000 person Pimp-n-ho Costume Ball the equally large Summer of Love parties thrown by Spiritworld Ent. Also this year, I had a personal dream come true when I got to headline a party with Eddie Amador and Mark Farina in S.F.

PD: How did you become a D.J. resident at Club Rubber? DL: My association with Rubber started when John Huntington picked myself and Beej to play at a new club on Monday nights at the Galaxy Theater. Six years later and now on Saturday night twice a month - here we are still kickin' ass.