Monday, March 18, 2013

A Small Sonic Teaser

At Last I have something for people to listen to!

A week ago I decided that I was going to start publishing my DJ sets and something that seemed so simple had suddenly become anything BUT simple. As described in my last post it has been a tedious journey and I actually came across a few more road blocks after that post. Most DJs are probably giggling as they read this bc they most likely started to digitally recording and publishing their live sets as soon as they started spinning. NOT ME:) I'm very late to the party but I AM here and I'm only getting started;)

Below is a link to a 7 min live DJ mix of pure randomness. Expect the unexpected. I tried SoundCloud but it didn't work out and so I  joined mix cloud. Tomorrow I am posting a full mix from skyroom. This is just a tease.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

On a Mission

It's kind of strange that in the 2+ years that I have been writing this blog I have never posted a mix. If I didn't know better I would think that I was all talk and not a real DJ (ha). Well to my defense I didn't convert to serato until this past summer and I'm only now getting accustomed to the digital world and it's endless potential (I've always been a little late to the party). I did purchase an MP3 recorder and I will record my next live set and post it on sound cloud no matter what (even if I hate it).

For the past few days I have been trying to optimize my DJ booth at home. I had been so busy since I moved to this apartment that I hadn't even set up my Turntables until yesterday (pure madness). The grounding on one of them was broken and I had to strip it. I also realized that my Macbook pro doesn't have an 'aux in' which has me running around the city getting cables, converters and all types of sh---. I have decided that 2013 is going to be about production, remixes and sharing my live mixes. It's just taking me a moment to get up an running but once I do I doubt I'll be able to stop. I finally have the time to really do this and time is precious so I am going to give it everything I have;) 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

When Hip-Hop was Clean

After reading about how lil Wayne was hospitalized from ODing on some hard chore drug cocktail I became a bit nostalgic about when hip-hop was (relatively) drug free (with the exception of weed). I can't recall a single hip-hop song from my youth that glorified the use of hard drugs. If anything most references to hard drugs in 80s and 90s hip-hop usually condemned drug addiction. For example "White lines" or "Slow Down" and even a song like Biggie's '10 crack commandants' pretty much stated to not become a user and don't have personal relationships with users.  With that said the act of being a 'gangster' / 'drug dealer' was sometimes glorified but being a 'drug addict' was not.  I guess I'm lucky that I hated techno and the whole rave scene and I grew up at a time when only 'smoking blunts' and 'drinking 40s' were considered cool.