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When I first met DJ Gino Lightner I couldn't really get a grasp on this extravagant American. That was in 2011, when I just got together with my my love. My love always knew where the best (illegal) underground parties were, so life at that moment never held a dull moment. At plenty of these parties Gino Lightner was present as well - be it as visitor, organizer or DJ. Also, Gino Lightner shared an apartment with one of my love's best friends, so sometimes we involuntarily ran into each other there.
The more often I met Gino Lightner and we got to know each other, the more we got to appreciate one another. Spending long nights and sometimes days at a mutual friends’ fantastic loft-like living space in an old Amsterdam school, playing music and hanging out.
Gino Lightner in New York
By now I consider Gino Lightner a good friend with whom I not only share a lot of laughs, but also share the occasional ‘real life’ conversation. In 2014 I interviewed Gino Lightner for DJMag.nl about his first DJ gig ever, that took place at his high school in New York. As Sassafras, these days Gino Lightner organizes the best parties ever in the Amsterdam area, at my personal favorite location: the church of Ruigoord.