They truly are soulmates, aren’t they? | Photo by @steezc
Mike and Charlene Alcanices, or better-known as SOULMAT3S, have been rocking Downtown San Jose’s nightlife scene + beyond since 2016 as the only married DJ duo in the Bay Area.
Through 23 years of marriage, the couple has found themselves raising three children, managing a female-first DJ club, running a plant store in Campbell, and sharing their love of music throughout the South Bay.
Let’s dive into the first installment of our series, “Local Love,” with a couple who’s become trailblazers in the San Jose DJ scene.
🎧 Getting into the scene
Before Mike met Charlene, he was heavily involved in the DJ, hip-hop, and breakdancing culture of the mid-1990s. However, after the couple became parents, he was forced to sell his turntables.
It wasn’t until 10 years later that a family trip to the Tech Museum inspired a reentry into DJing. “The Tech Museum had a little controller and my kids were playing around with it. I was like, ‘this is pretty cool and the kids love it, why don’t we get one for our living room?’” Mike said.
As Mike found his footing on the turntables again, Charlene kept him booked and busy at several local nightclubs + lounges — but Mike soon realized he didn’t want to go without her.
🖤 Becoming “SOULMAT3S”
Understanding that being a nightlife DJ could affect his marriage in the long term, Mike convinced Charlene to take a spin in his role — thinking it could be a fun hobby to do together (and having a backup to relieve him every now and then didn’t hurt either).
It became clear that Charlene was a natural, and the couple knew their place was behind the DJ stand, together. “Me being also very business-minded, I was like, ‘I think we could do this together and book ourselves.’ But never in my wildest dreams did I think we’d be where we are now,” Charlene said.
Satchmo at the Waldorf | Wednesday, Feb. 8 | Times vary | The Stage, 490 S. First St., San Jose | $38+ | Catch this one-man, three-character play in which the same actor portrays Louis Armstrong, Armstrong’s manager, and Miles Davis.
Santa Clara County sheriff Robert “Bob” Jonsen was recently sworn in at the Board of Supervisors chambers, and is the first newly-elected sheriff in our county since 1998. Sheriff Jonsen previously spent time with the LA County Sheriff’s Department and was also the former police chief in Palo Alto + Menlo Park. 🚔 (The Mercury News)
Local tech company Transform is currently working on a $1.6 million project to create an app that will allow tenants + landlords to manage and rent out parking spots. Parknav, another local tech company, is working to provide a real-time parking heat map of San Jose’s downtown area. A timeline for the app rollout has not been announced. 📲 (The Mercury News)
The San Jose Quakes have partnered with Nirvana Soul + the AACSA for a “Community Grind” event this Saturday, Feb. 11. Fans are encouraged to donate toiletries for babies and toddlers, and in return, will receive a 10% discount at Nirvana Soul that day. 🤝
In celebration of Black History Month, San José Spotlight rounded up 15 local Black leaders who have worked to boost equality within the community. Learn about figures like LaDoris Cordell, the first Black female judge in Northern California, and Milan Balinton, the executive director of the African American Community Service Agency. (San José Spotlight)
Beer Week updates ahead. DTSJ Brewing will release two new beers made with 100% California malts from Admiral Maltings in Alameda. The first, to be released Friday, Feb. 10, is a Belgian Trappist Style Quad. The second, to be released Friday, Feb. 17, is the Ampelmänn, a traditional Berlinerweisse. 🍻
Ahead of Women’s History Month, History San José will host San Jose Creative Ambassador Suhita Shirodkar for a 90-minute sketchwalk exploring the stories of Carmela Fallon. Participants will learn sketch techniques while drawing several artifacts and rooms on the tour. Spots are limited, so register nowfor thefree event. ✏️
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Editor’s pick: Did you all enjoy Mike and Charlene’s story? I certainly did. Our interview was all laughs + fun, and the couple’s love is something you just have to witness in person. As a matter of fact, see it for yourself this Saturday, Feb. 11, 12-4 p.m., at Momstera — Charlene will host a one-year anniversary party at the shop, which will include ukulele + acoustic sets, live paintings, and of course, a DJ set by Mike.
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