Lil Jodeci Isn’t Taking Requests

Lil Jodeci made a name for himself by only playing what he wants to hear.

by Alex Galbraith
September 7, 2018

In another timeline, Lil Jodeci is a really dope landlord.

About eight years ago, the DJ and founding member of the artist and party collective Pink Room Project had a bit of money and a decision to make.

“At the time, I was working a sh*tty job. And I just wasn’t f*cking with it,” Jodeci explained in a recent interview with Very Local. “I had came across some money, man and I was going to invest in some real estate sh*t or some DJing sh*t and I just took that route.”


The 7th Ward native started DJing, and it’s safe to say that the decision paid off. Jodeci found that he enjoyed bridging the gap between hip-hop and electronic music, throwing his own parties in search of like-minded musical omnivores and forming a collective that generated enough buzz to warrant national media attention.

When asked about the Pink Room Project and his blended DJ nights, Jodeci balks at the idea that he set out to effect change. He was just playing what he liked and hoping that he would find other people who also liked it.

“It wasn’t like a scene with like black kids. It wasn’t together,” he explained of the era when he started spinning a mixture of electronic music and hip hop. ” I’ve been trying to blend the two. Social media makes sh*t easier to connect. In 2011, 2012, it wasn’t like that. It was more separate.”


Word got around about Jodeci’s parties. People with a wide-ranging musical diet that centered around wanting to dance found a kindred spirit in Jodeci and his Pink Room co-conspirators.

“We were just doing what we liked and people responded to it. We weren’t trying to get any accolades for it. We were just trying to fill a void in the city,” he said. “And the kids like it.”

For the house-music-loving Jodeci, blending together sounds that typically fall into their own nights at distinct venues was a natural sort-of progression. Putting house sounds together with hip-hop and disco was just a nod to the origins of all of them.


“That’s how house music was originally played,” he explained. “It’s a mix of everything. It’s a baby of disco music and electronic music together.”

In spite of the fact that social media allows fans of many different genres to find their tribe, Pink Room Project generated notoriety by intentionally eschewing promotion on internet platforms. To learn about Pink Room parties, you had to sign up for a hotline and wait to hear back about the next party’s location.

“That was [Pink Room co-founder] Brandon [Ares’] idea. We were just trying to find new ways to get people intrigued in parties. And we don’t really like to do a lot of heavy promotion,” he said. “We’re going to promote it through the phone where you have to hit us up for the address. It just keeps people engaged. You know?”

He added that the crowded calendar in the city makes it hard to keep people interested.

“People forget, especially in New Orleans. We have so much stuff going on. You get lost,” he said.

Jodeci’s parties, both with the rest of Pink Room and on his own, do more than enough to earn that interest, though. He’s maintained his headstrong sense of playing what he likes. His parties like Set De Flo’ at Hi-Ho Lounge are  fully curated experiences and stepping into them is signing yourself over to what he wants the night to be.

“My thing is, bruh, they have so many places where you can go to hear Top 40,” he said. “People come up with requests. I’m like ‘Nah. You can go down the street and hear what you want to hear, if that’s the case.'”

“We’re just trying to give you an experience. If you don’t like it, cool. I’m good with that,” he continued. “It might not be for you. You know, some people don’t eat meat. You’re not going to go to a [steakhouse] and ask for a veggie burger. This is not the veggie spot, you feel me?”

Lil Jodeci’s Set De Flo’ goes down every Saturday at Hi-Ho Lounge. More on Pink Room Project can be found here. For more on the city’s DJs, head here.

He has a distinct voice that you will come to know more as you follow VL NOLA. He has shown himself to be an intrepid entertainment and culture writer, who always knows about the best events, happenings and performers before anybody else. Now, he’s going to tell you all about them here at Very Local NOLA.

More Local Stories

Top 407: the best hot dogs in Orlando

We tried Chicago Dogs, Spicy Chili Dogs, Buffalo Dogs, Reuben Dogs, and more across the Orlando area to find the best hot diggity dogs.

A guide to must-do summer events in New Orleans

Now that we’re back outside, let’s take a look at the events to do in New Orleans for the summer.

What’s On the Menu?: Greenville Food Trucks

What’s On The Menu Greenville is serving up barbecue, Latin, vegan and Thai food from mobile kitchens on wheels. Find out what’s cooking inside these fantastic Greenville food trucks.

Eat Play Stay Orlando: Sanford

On this episode of Eat Play Stay Orlando explore what’s new in the Northern part of town. Sanford has a plethora of breweries, bars, and delicious dining options to choose from.

Hometown Tragedy: The Pike County Massacre

On this episode of Hometown Tragedy: Missing in Milwaukee, we’ll explore what happened to Jerica Banks, her children, and how it impacted their community.

Six New Orleans parks that are perfect locations to celebrate 4th of July

Head to one of these six New Orleans parks to celebrate Independence Day in the city.

Cheap Date Orlando: Punk Rock & Pooches

Two Orlando couples shop vintage, search for the perfect slice, visit a post-apocalyptic saloon, and take the stage on blind dates in Orlando.

Fit and Fab: Free summer workouts in Boston

Cover photo courtesy Getty Images Looking to get fit for the summer? Still wary of COVID-19 or just looking for some sunshine while you sweat? Here are some Boston free summer workouts across the city so you can keep moving all season long! Seaport Sweat May 2 to Sept. 29 Boston’s biggest free workout series…

What’s On the Menu?: Farm-to-table

The farm-to-table movement brings locally grown foods to your plate. Not only will enjoying farm-to-table meals allow you to indulge in fresh, nutritional, seasonal dishes, but farm-to-table dining helps the environment and supports the local economy.  Check out these delicious farm-to-table restaurants in Greenville, South Carolina on the latest episode of What’s On the Menu?. …

A guide to some of the best Black-owned brunch spots in NOLA

Gather the crew together, make those reservations, and celebrate all things Black at brunch. 

A guide to must-do summer events in New Orleans

Now that we’re back outside, let’s take a look at the events to do in New Orleans for the summer.

Chef Dee Lavigne expands the only Black-owned cooking school in New Orleans

Deelightful Roux School of Cooking is the only African American-owned cooking school taught by a New Orleans native, and her class is a guide to New Orleans’ food culture.

At New Orleans’ Hogs for the Cause festival, the cause is front and center

The two-day barbecue and music event is a celebration of the year-round efforts made by more than 90 competing teams. Those teams raise financial aid for families whose children are being treated for pediatric brain cancer. 

Pelicans new ‘Won’t Bow Down’ promo video puts culture front court

The Pelicans new promo video for it’s “Won’t Bow Down” tagline is an exhilarating high energy collaboration that places the emphasis squarely on local talent and deeply rooted culture, featuring a beat from Mannie Fresh, Dee-1, and Black Masking Indians who coined the phrase the Pelicans use during games.