DJ Chris Haycock, co-founder of one of LA’s most-loved parties, The Do-Over, spins Thursday night in the Amigo Room at Ace Hotel Palm Springs with resident DJ and old friend DJ Day — Day just returned from a tour abroad and is making certain his weekly ¡Reunión! lives up to its name by packing it full of friends and really good music. Chris shot some good stories our way about the early days of The Do-Over and the blessings of your house always being too small to hold all of your friends.
Catch he, Day, Aimlo and special guest DJ Hyder of Blunt Club tomorrow at 10pm. Come early for good tequila and tacos in the Amigo Room.
OPENING DAY - 2006
As we embarked on our second year in Los Angeles at Cranes, the weather forecast called for rain in the afternoon. We weren’t used to this from the previous year as we all know it rarely rains in LA. Who is to trust a weatherman in these times anyways?
To our surprise, likely thanks to people talking of our little Sunday party in the off season, we hit capacity quite early in the day (we had never experienced capacity issues previously). As we got into the prime time of the party, the crowd was going nuts and we knew it was going to be something special…until the rain came. For a few moments, I freaked out and figured everyone would storm out. I couldn’t be more mistaken. As the rains came in hard on the crowd…no one left. Aloe got on the mic and asked the crowd to raise their hands and touch the sky. What resulted was 200 people on a packed patio getting soaking wet while dancing. We knew at this very moment we had a monster on our hands.
THE INFAMOUS NAS SITUATION - 2007
As we grew in size, the cops began to take notice and we ended up hitting capacity each week and also closing the gates at times and not allowing anyone in. One Sunday, at the peak of a packed party, there was word that Nas was at the door and couldn’t get in. My brother, who will say to the grave that Nas is the best MC ever, began poking me that I had to go get Nas into the party. My hands were tied as the fire marshal was there and it was going to be impossible. Nas waited outside for 45 minutes with no luck and we became known as the party that even Nas couldn’t get into from that day forward.
THE DO-OVER BROOKLYN - 2011
Our first ever event in Brooklyn was a huge success. We turned away hundreds of people. At the end of the party, Eli Escobar, who helped with the party grabbed me and point towards the door. That’s when I saw Fab 5 Freddy leaving the party. Our first party in NYC and the one person who I could only dream of ever attending a Do-Over was there, apparently for a few hours. We had Fab 5 Freddy at The Do-Over. So geeked!