Taking his nom de spin from the Black Noah of P-Funk mythology, DJ Starchild spins his intergalactic Dr. Funkenstein-sent grooves at a variety of nights around town. Together with his seven-piece funk band Dat Phonk, Justin is slowly “funkstifying” Saigon

 

Show I’m really excited about: The next Groove Control at The Observatory, May 10. Should be insane. Dat Phonk will be bringing that live funk, and Foniks is gonna kill it with another of his live sets (that dude is a wizard on an MPC). Then Joey-T, Foniks and myself will hold it down on the decks with some serious grooves. The last Groove Control there didn’t end till 5am. I’m hoping this one goes later than sunrise.

 

Best night out last month: Something Funky, Apr. 11 at Cargo Bar. I couldn’t have dreamed of a funkier night. Each band — The Love Below, Tastes Like Chicken and Dat Phonk — absolutely killed it. It was amazing to see that level of funkstification in Saigon.

 

Best meal from last month: All the times I ate at Sushi Ko. That place is bomb.

 

Thing I posted on Facebook that got the most likes: This wasn’t something I posted directly, but I was tagged in a selfie that I had taken using a student’s iPad after I snatched it from her in the middle of class. Last time I checked it had over 300 likes, which is absurd. Word to the wise, if you need more likes, befriend Vietnamese high school students. They like EVERYTHING.

 

Funniest YouTube clip of the month: Squeaking baby sloths.

 

Song I can’t get out of my head: Got To Have Your Love (Club Edit) — Mantronix

 

I wish this band would come to town: P-Funk (with Bootsy!)

 

How is the scene going? It’s on the up and up. Good people are throwing awesome parties, and most everyone I’ve encountered has shown that they are in it for the right reasons — the music. You can feel the love and passion people are putting into the music scene. It’s a beautiful thing. Some nights you have to compete with your friends’ gigs, which sucks, but at the end of the day, we all have mad love and respect for what we’re doing.

 

The best secret in town is: Pho Anh on Ky Dong in District 3. Best pho chin in town.

 

Where I go when I go out on my own: The Observatory.

 

If my super-awesome mom came to town I would: Take her exactly where I normally go, because my mom is a boss. She can hang.

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