The Longest DJ Residency…Ever?

Posted on: July 6th, 2022 by

While sweltering in my Greenpoint, Brooklyn apartment a few years ago, I started listening to a DJ’s mixes for the International Fountain at Seattle Center. I liked the chill, mostly instrumental vibes; seamless and mildly hypnotic. Best of all I could daydream about frolicking in a fountain in the temperate Seattle summer rather than getting blasted by five hours of direct afternoon sunlight combined with 90/90+ temperature readings and humidity levels. (I did love a lot about my apartment in GP, like walking to Odd Fox Coffee, just…not that.)

International Fountain at Seattle Center with water shooting all around on a sunny day
Seattle Center International Fountain / photo by jpellgen via Flickr

Flash-forward a few years and I’m back in Seattle. I casually look at an update from James Whetzel, the person behind said DJ mixes, on Mixcloud. Egads! This would be his final mix! After 26 (!) years of music attuned to the choreographed delights of a jetting fountain. I was so intrigued by the length of this gig and the setting that I got in touch with Whetzel and interviewed him about the whole experience. Read about it on SeattleMet:

Who’s Behind the Music at the International Fountain?


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