Mandi Love is such an appropriate name for a dj. From 1998 to the present, she has been showing us her love for us and for her music, through deep moody and moving music that you just can’t help but dance to. With influences from Miguel Migs to John Digweed, DubTribe to Jeno…who could?
Mandi's mom says that she sang before she ever talked, and her love for music has been there ever since. Mandi grew up in a household where music was always playing, whether it be the radio, the 8 track or her mom or dad on guitar. As soon as she was old enough to perform, Mandi joined the choir and began to participate in school music programs. Upon moving to the Monterey Bay in 1994, she discovered a passion for tribal drums and dance. At the age of 16, she was on a trip to Santa Cruz to skate and drum with some friends, and stumbled upon a Full Moon party on the beach. The friends decided to post up and play drums with the deep grooves they were hearing for the first time. Mandi continued to explore house music and its roots until she found her feet, and found herself comfortable deciphering between styles and genre's. In 1998 something stirred in Mandi for a particular sound, that she didn't seem to be able to find. She wanted a combination of deep baselines and organic instruments. Of smooth tones and quality vocals that matched the tribal rhythm she loved. And so began her journey as a self proclaimed "vinyl junkie." With a trip to San Francisco's Tweekin records, she picked up her first records and began to be inspired to create the music she wanted. Soon after, Mandi met what would be a lifelong friend in Christian Gray, the former roommate and best friend of producers Dizzy (owner of DoubleDown Recordings) and B. McCarthy (Moody, Greyhound, too many to mention). Christian played a kind of funky house that was unprecedented, and had so much experience and influence to offer for insight. Christian essentially taught Mandi how to spin, showing her the basics and watching her progress. Along with local friends Paul Gordon and dj Kurtis, many saw Mandi growing and would offer up their gear for practice in those first few frustrating months. At Tune-Up one Sacramento evening, one of Mandi's good friends pulled her up to play for the first time. "It was terrible," Mandi tells me. "I was so embarrassed, I didn't feel ready at all and here I was, in front of basically the entire Sacramento scene, getting ready to screw up big time!" Mandi thought that she would get to be really good out of the spotlight, and then bust out when she was ready to take on the serious scene. It didn't end up happening that way, as shortly thereafter her friend Peter Fable would convince her to play at a house music mainstay in Sacramento, the club "Plush" at Harlow’s. Plush has been the home to guests like John Howard, dj Professor Stone, dj Melody, and regular visitor dj Tracy. It was one of only a few long-standing house club events in Sacramento, and Peter would bring Mandi back again and again until the club ended sadly in Winter 2004.
Today, Mandi Love (that's really her middle name), is still dj'ing in Sacramento and holds residencies at Mt Shasta, youth events and has been able to travel to many different places to share her music. She continues to play and learn in her home studio, where dabbling in production and spending quality time in this passion.