Probably for the first time ever in 8 years I will not be Deejay-ing a new years event! And probably the first time in 30 years I won’t be at some sort of party! I will be on a plane to the homeland! I will be going to the Philippines as the ball drops to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday. Hopefully we will be celebrating NYE in every time zone as we fly west to reach our destination.
SO I decided in celebration of the New Year I would countdown my 10 top favorite moments of 2010. I’m talking bucket-list sort of things. It was a CRAZY year for to say the least and I would like to share with you these incredible moments in my life! So today you’ll get #10,#9, and #8 and I will continue through the week until I take off! I also will have some honorable mentions moments as well! But the top 10 it is… LET’S GO!
#10 – Opening for Large Professor
Man! What a great way to start a list! For those of you who don’t know who Large Professor is he’s one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time! He produced songs and remixes for some of the greatest Hip-Hop albums! I’m mean where do you start! He produced cuts like, “Halftime”, “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” from Nas’ album Illmatic. He also was apart of the group Main Source which released the Album “Breaking Atoms” which had the classic “Looking Out the Front Door.” Just to be on the bill with this dude is a feat. To be able to share the stage with Hip Hop Legend is something to brag about! Thanks to 720 Records and DJ Selecta!
#9 – Heinz Field Jumbo Tron
Alright this is a no brain-er! Who wouldn’t want to be on the big screen in a stadium! This is especially dope with a team like the Pittsburgh Steelers. This are the things in life that, simply put, make you smile! Thank to Mike Marchinsky for the look.
#8 Dj’ing for the Pittsburgh Penguins
Not only did I DJ for every home game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year I got to DJ inside the Mellon Arena for the very last ice skate before they tore it up. As most of you know the Penguins have a new home at the Consol Energy Center, so to be able to play some tunes through the actual sound system of the Legendary Mellon Arena before it’s gone is event to be noted! I mean Mario Lemieux played there. Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 dawn the stage. And Pink Floyd performed “Dark Side of the Moon” with the roof open. F*ck Yeah!
-HONORABLE MENTION –
Cuts on Mac Miller’s Mixtape K.I.D.S.
Oh yeah! 18 yr.old Pittsburgher Mac Miller turn heads this year with his Rostrum Record’s Debut Mixtape “K.I.D.S.” It’s has been downloaded over A HALF A MILLION times and to be apart if the tape was an HONOR. I did the cuts on the Mad Flava Heavy Flow Interlude and to think the hundreds and thousands of mugs riding to this sh*t makes me smile! Peep it Below!
Download The K.I.D.S Mixtape here: http://www.datpiff.com/Rostrum_Records_Most_Dope_Mac_Miller_KIDS.m143884.html
CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS OF EVENT by Dj Strobe
I wanted to wait a few days to recap what possibly was one of the greatest events I have been a part of. For many years I have been lucky to take part in many charity events, galas, auctions, etc. But this time this benefit was FOR me which makes it a feeling that is very indescribable. Last Wednesday a few close friends of mine put together the I Heart Bonics Benefit. Most of you know that I had a a heart attack a few weeks ago and a life changing event it was. Looking back on it now it was a small price to pay for a changed man. My outlook on life is incredible. In many ways I have slowed down or stopped and smelled the flowers. However I know now that I have even a bigger job in life. Not just being and instrument behind the turntables but and instrument to spread knowledge of heart disease and just LOVE overall. I may sound like a hippie, but its true. I know it deep down.
What happen on Wed at SBAR could have not been gone any better. My close DJ pals Nugget, Strobe, and Zimmie had decided very quickly after the attack to throw me an event in which would assist me in my medical bills. I have just recently received 2/3 bills (EMT, cardiologist, and St. Clair Hospital) and already it has totaled close to 10,000.
Although the main goal of the night was to raise money. It was the least important thing that I pulled away from it. First of all, I was glad that I was able to say something about heart disease. I knew that many people there may not be aware of how much heart disease kills. Its the major killer of men and woman in the United States. For more info on how you can prevent heart disease check out www.Heart.org/MyLifeCheck
But the biggest thing of the night was to see how much support I have. People from college, work, and complete strangers all stopped by to support my cause. I felt love. Someone had said that night that it was easy to support me. They said that I’ve done so much for them and to give to me was not even in question. People got my back and it is something that I cannot put into words. To see people come together for me is this light is by far better than any DJ gig that I have ever done. I would like to thank each and everyone for sharing something from their heart too.
I also shared something very special that night. I announced the start of my newly founded organization “BONICS HEART BEATS FOUNDATION.” Simply put it will be an organization to help spread heart disease awareness and also assist people in medical bills who like me have no health insurance. We are currently registering this with the state. When it’s official I will be sure to share with you our mission and what we have in store for 2011! Thanks to Katie Maillis for logo.
I would like to thank all the businesses and people who had donated their product and services for our auctions. With your help and people’s on site and Online Donations we were able to raise over $5,000!
This is truly the meaning of love. I would like to shout out Sbar, all the PGH DJ’s who got my f*cking back, Kate Gittings, Jamie Dougherty, the nurses of St. Clair, Dr. Zuzek my cardiologist, and GOD.
CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS OF EVENT by Dj Strobe
Here’s a list of auction donors for the event!
Laura Petrilla Photography
OneUp Skate Shop
Undefeated x Puma
96.1 Kiss FM
Ben Lovejoy of the Pittsburgh Penguins
Late Show with David Letterman
Time Bomb Shop
The Pittsburgh Steelers Organization
Full Tilt Remix DJ Service
Joy Taylor Studios
Hyatt on North Shore
Nine on Nine
On the big screen at Hines Field
Got a chance to check out the last Steeler home game of the ’10 regular season. I put the music together for the Steelers for their warm-ups before the game and I got a chance to experience that first hand. Seeing the players right there on the field and hearing the joints I mixed together was just too unreal. Feel very lucky to have a role like that with an organization like the Pittsburgh Steelers!
Thank you Mike M., Rick G., and Michelle R.
With Mikey (@fsmikey) from the 96.1 Kiss Morning Freak Show
Despite heart trouble DJ Bonics has barely missed a beat
Monday, December 20, 2010
By Scott Mervis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Music director for a Clear Channel station is a solid gig with benefits. But this summer Brandon “DJ Bonics” Glova got one of those chance-of-a-lifetime offers: to become a part of the Taylor Gang and work the turntables for rising Pittsburgh rap star Wiz Khalifa.
He alerted Kiss-FM (96.1) that he wanted to go part time and then hit the road for a sabbatical and a gangbuster 56-city Waken Baken tour that was sold-out everywhere.
“It was not an easy decision,” he says of the job change. “I basically gave up my radio career as I knew it. Some people would kill to be a music director and afternoon talent in a top 25 market. With that I knew that losing my health insurance would be risky. The whole decision was risky. There was no guarantee that Wiz Khalifa would be successful. But if you risk big the return can be big.”
Brandon “DJ Bonics” Glova
“In seven years,” says the 30-year-old DJ, “I barely ever used the health insurance anyway, so I figured it would be OK.”
Back in Pittsburgh, two weeks after the tour, on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 2 a.m. he awoke with a burning pain in his chest.
“I felt like my shoulders were on fire,” he says.
He thought maybe it was related to doing shoulder presses the day before, or that maybe he was coming down with the flu, or that maybe it was an anxiety attack. He hoped, anyway.
As he writes in his compelling blog, he paced the floor all night watching ESPN and “Home Alone,” rubbing his body with Vicks VapoRub. The shortness of breath was disturbing. He took a Percocet and managed to fall back to sleep but only for an hour. He actually Tweeted, “feeling like hell.”
That Thursday afternoon, the pain persisting, his car in the shop, he told a friend, “Take me to the clinic. Something is wrong.” He was thinking clinic, because hospital would be too expensive. When he got there, he could barely breathe. They took X-rays and an electrocardiogram, which discovered irregular heart activity. The next thing he knew he was in an ambulance on the way to St. Clair Hospital, where a doctor informed him that he was having a heart attack.
“In less than one hour of getting to the hospital,” he writes, “I was signing waivers for a heart procedure” to unblock a fully clogged artery.
The surgery was a success and after three days in the hospital, Bonics was up and around and back on Twitter, getting well wishes from his friends and fans. One week after the heart attack, he was on the way to New York City to reunite with Khalifa and the Taylor Gang for a live performance on BET’s “106 & Park.” He’s been “Taylored” ever since, including the two sold-out shows at Stage AE last week and a video shoot with Snoop Dogg in LA over the weekend.
Having survived the experience, the Philadelphia-born DJ, who came here to attend the University of Pittsburgh in 1998, is committed to staying healthy and avoiding fried foods. He’s also facing a mountain of medical expenses.
On Wednesday, his DJ friends Nugget, Strobe and Zimmie are throwing the “I Heart Bonics Benefit” from 7 to 11 p.m. at the S Bar, 1713 E. Carson St., South Side. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association and St. Clair Hospital. Cover is $5 up to whatever you would like to donate. For more details or to donate, go to www.djbonics.com.
Scott Mervis: email@example.com or 412-263-2576. On Twitter: @scottmervis_pg.
First published on December 20, 2010 at 2:00 pm
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10354/1112225-388.stm#ixzz18lqlytGO
I can say that I have the best friends in the world. A lot of them happen to be Dj’s as well. So with everything that has happened with my health a few of my DJ buddies decided to throw me a benefit to help with my medical expenses. I don’t always like the attention but I was told by DJ Nugget (@djnugget) that I need to accept the fact that they want to help me. I told them I would only allow it if i can give a good portion of the proceeds to St. Clair Hospital and The American Heart Association. So they are throwing the “I Heart Bonics Benefit” on the 22 of December from 7pm-11pm at Sbar in the southside.
As far as medical bills are concerned I am in the process of getting assistance and still figuring out what exactly I’ll need to owe. I definitely have doctors appointments lined up and of course I’ll be talking medication for a long time. 🙁 And as we know its not cheap. But I will be very open with the process ahead.
If at least I would love to see all your faces come to S Bar on the 22nd. It would just feel great to have everyone around and feel the love. This is what Christmas is truly about the friends and the family. As far as donating it’s up to you guys! Just know that I will definitely give a good chunk the organizations above because it is very important to me.
Their will be some very cool items to be raffled off and I’m sure some banging DJ’s all night! I’ll even get on the mic and give you guys a little “heart” felt speech. What is important is that I can start raising awareness for us young people about health and the heart. Below is the link to Donate. Any amount well help the cause.
A very special thank you to Dj’s Nugget, Strobe, Zimmie, Petey C and Sbar!
Brandon “Dj Bonics” Glova
DONATE HERE —->>>>>http://iheartbonics.blogspot.com/
On friday Wiz Khalifa and the Gang took 106 and Park by storm! My sister took a few pics of us rehearsing! What an exciting day! Thanks to everyone at BET for making us feel welcome and of course our fans who always got our back!
What a week it has been! Last week i had a heart attack and this week i return with Wiz and The Taylor Gang on BET’s 106 and Park! First of all I am so thankful for all of the support that i have had in this past week. All the love on twitter and FB culminated to, for me, an emotional performance. I’m glad to be here and I’m glad you are all here to witness HEART at it’s finest.
BET was insane. This was our first TV performance and the feedback has been incredible! I got some exclusive rehearsal picks coming later today! Keep your eyes peeled….
To all my family, friends, and fans,
Thank you so much for all the prayers, tweets, texts, Face Book messages, or any sort of support during these last 3 days. I am so lucky to have all of you in my life. Some of you may or may not know what had happened, so i would like to take this time to explain.
On Thursday morning about 2AM I woke up in the middle of the night with burning pain in my shoulders and around my chest. I had already been complaining of shortness of breath the few days before which I had convinced myself i was just having anxiety problems or coming down with the flu. At 2AM i shot out of sleep, that was considerably restless to begin with, having pain as if had done 1,000 pound shoulder presses the day before. I told myself that i probably just pulled a muscle and what terrible timing with the “anxiety effects.” I never went back to sleep that night. Trust me, I tried.
It felt like my shoulders were on fire. I tried to take deep breaths but i could only inhale so far and that just magnified the pain i was feeling in my shoulders already. I paced around my room. I watched ESPN. I paced around my room. I watched Home Alone. I tried to rub my shoulders as if it would take the pain away. i swigged some Thera Flu. I rubbed my body with Vic’s Vapor Rub. i paced around my room and watched ESPN again. Damn Ohio really hates Lebron.
I continued this behavior for hours. I didn’t want to wake anyone out of sleep so i painfully patiently waited till the sun came up in hope of someone to awaken in the house. Maybe a hit a of a cigarette will help? Nope it actually made me have even shallower breath after. (Dumb Moment) My room mates awoke and they heard my pleas of pain. But i was too proud to admit i needed help. I thought the pain would pass. Instead for the next several hours i just moaned out loud, wondering what was going on. I tried to take a Percocet with thoughts that it would stop the pain for a little and i could sneak a nap in. That only lasted about an hour, till i was awoken by the chest agony. And again i paced around and continued to moan and groan. My pride meter was depleting and i admitted to myself by about 2:30 PM on Thursday that i should go seek help
“Oh My God, This F*cking hurts. I can’t breath” I must of sounded like an Indian Chief chanting these words over and over in my friends car. She was to take me to work where i would meet another friend who was going to either drop me off at the shop to get my car or take me too the Health Clinic. (“Because it wasn’t anything major enough to go to the actual hospital). Yes, another dumb moment. We stopped for gas, they got some Starbucks and we finally arrived to work. I jumped out the car and immediately jumped into my friends car and said “take me to the Clinic. Something is wrong” Why didn’t i go to the hospital immeadiately? Well thats another story about a man who quits his full-time job and losses his benefits so he can chase his dreams.
So i get to the clinic. I can barely breath. And i can honestly say I’m really scared.
They checked my vitals. Good. I used some breathing contraption for 15 minutes and it didn’t help. They took X-Rays of my lungs. Nothing. I wanted them to tell me i was just having an anxiety attack and a few pulled muscles but instead i had to take an Electrocardiogram or EKG. An EKG measures electric activity in the heart during a captured period of time. (wikipedia) The Doctor told me i had an irregular activity in the heart. My pride meter dips to zero. I am officially terrified.
It all happen so fast after that.
Paramedics show up. Put me on a stretcher. Do more tests. Throw in an ambulance and take me to St. Clair Hospital. Next thing i know I’m in a room and they are doing the same test from the clinic but this time they draw blood and eventually give me an ultra sound. I asked the good doctor if i was having twins.
It turns out i was having a heart attack.
in less than one hour of getting to the hospital i was signing waivers for a heart procedure. I remember calling my mom and all we did was cry.
One of my arteries in my heart was 100% clogged. It was necessary to unblock the artery and fix it before my heart would take anymore damage. The doctor told me that it was blocked for some time now. And Thursday was the time that my body decided to tell me.
Barely 2 weeks before this i had just finished a 2 month tour. I performed in over 56 shows, in 28 states, and a few cities in Canada. It was the a dream fulfilled but a career newly started.
This heart attack could have happened at anytime, in anyplace. But it decided to happen Thursday.
The procedure took an hour. I was awake for most of it. The doctor put a hole in my groin and from there he fixed my heart.
I am 30 years old. Sitting in a hospital room for the last 4 days. My artery is now open. More oxygen is flowing to my heart now then has been in recent times. And a passion for healthy living is set my in head.
Last year my best friend chose to take a risk, quit her job, pursue her dreams and change her life at age 30. The day before she was to start her new job / new life her heart stopped. She was found dead in her apartment days later.
If there is one thing Marge taught me it was to follow your heart. She took a chance and succeeded. The possibilities that she had before her were endless. And just to be able to make a decision to change… IS success.
MARGE INSPIRED ME TO CHANGE.
My heart now is stronger than ever.
And now my possibilities are endless.
Brandon Glova – 1:45 AM St. Clair Hospital 12/5/10
Wiz Khalifa, the Gang and I bring it back to FL this Friday at the University of Miami! Its a FREE show which could mean a pretty damn could time. Don’t you remember what happened last time at a free show. (VIDEO BELOW)
Call me out of the loop, but I don’t know who the other guys are. We’ll find out on Friday!
Madness in Boston…
My good friend and Taylor Gang affiliate Chevy Woods drops “Jimmy Fallon” of his forthcoming EP – Red Cup Music.
Download “Jimmy Fallon” here http://limelinx.com/files/0671ba83a02d46dc8494a9b7ff7ef41f
Here’s his latest music video “G Sh*t”