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Mazda Sounds – Keep Belgium Rocking

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Yes, I Know it’s been quite a while – funny how life gets in the way of things you’ve been meaning to do…….
Before presenting my efforts, let me tell you a story…….

Many years ago, I remember as a young(er) DJ, practising for hours in my brother’s room.
I also remember being invited to play, (mostly) doing well, feeding off the energy from the crowd, watching the excitement as well as the approval due to what I was doing,; feeling incredible – on top of the world
I also remember onto entering competitions, locally in the Midlands, including Birmingham & finding how similar and yet how different things were.
Rocking up in a bar/club on my own looking at a sea of faces, the odd feelings of nervse & intense focus, running through the set in my head. Step up to the decks, box in hand – set up & I’m away…..

More often than not, I wouldn’t win, mainly on account of turning up on my own, without a crew of my own, but still getting positive feedback form the promoters & the crowd.

At this point you’re probably asking is he an arrogant plank or begging for votes?
Actually, the experiences shaped & strengthened my desire to play.
For me competitions now are not just about winning (although that’s a bonus!!).
I entered a remix competition a few years ago for Mau5trap records.
I used it to test my production & remix skills as well as working to a brief, working to a deadline (as I’m a lazy bugger), using minimal equipment.
Again, I didn’t win, but that wasn’t as important as that sense of accomplishment.
And now to to today..
My latest effort is for Mixcloud’s Mazda Sounds competition – here it is:

Again, there’s a deadline (done it!!), but there’s another reason;
Given the recent events in Brussells, I think win, lose or draw, we need to keep going to show support, not cancel these events & not give in.
As in France, even through their grief, they showed a sense of determination & defiance, so as in many places touched by terrorists is a need not to give in, to carry on with life & not give in.
That’s why I also used the hashtag ‘KeepBelgiumRocking’, as a reminder that life includes any event or party that brings people together to enjoy themselves or to connect with one another.
So any event or club I’m aware of, I’ll put on my Twitter feed with that hashtag & I suggest anyone else does the same.

Wot I listened to……

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Ronny Hammond has a disco workout (see here)

My man ‘Sav has another switch around in one of his latest opus

Krafty Kuts get busy behind the Iron Curtain.



Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Finally got off my fat one & did a compilation & uploaded it to Mixcloud – in honour of the Solar eclipse we saw in March this year:

Eclipse by Alph on Mixcloud

Step Into The Blue……………

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

I’ve been trying various ways to bring my PC back to life, but it seems, in the words of an iconic sketch, it has ceased to be: it is a late PC. After weeks of searching online, testing, tweaking asking people, I must finally admit defeat.
I’ve been looking at barebones system, but I’ve not been able to find what I want. Circumstances, seem to be pointing in the direction of actually building the damn thing from scratch. It’s rather daunting, but I think I should be able to do it. I just need to get the confidence (& cash!) to get this started. That said, considering the expired machine was dished out of a skip & through trail, error & some help, I managed to get it working, so I should be able to do this.

On a more positive, if somewhat random note, I’ve been speaking to Riddimaster. His 80’s b-boy mashup mix finally got released by DMC & he heard of my computer woes. He has been looking out for deals online on my behalf, but has also been asking to collaborate. Obviously, distance & a lack of a working machine has been a bit of a pain, but he has solicited my opinion on some of his work & it seems the advice has been appreciated.

I’ve generally shied away from collaborative work. Partly because it involves spending even more time away from The Wife, long hours & losing your weekends, trying to catch up sleep.
There’s also the fact that traditionally, I’ve not derived huge benefits from working with others, but in retrospect, that was more down to inexperience & confidence issues. I’m older (& grumpier with a mortgage!), so really that’s something I need to get over, to an extent.

That said, any endeavour, artistic, personal or career, will at some point require a first step and/or a leap of faith – maybe I should just take a deep breath…………….

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Congratulations Everyone!

I can’t believe:

It’s 2012

I’ve been on Mixcloud for a whole year!!

Here’s what I’ve been up to so far……………..

12 months ago, I signed on to a website just by way of a reccommendation & since I’ve met 7 been made welcome by a number of great people, in a thriving community. Thanks everyone for supporting, commenting  & favoriting my work.

This site has also let me hear all sorts of stuff I’d never dream of hearing before – from the elliptical musings of Oddi0, to the full on digital carnage by the enigmatic ID10S4VAN7 via Persian funk.

People – you ROCK!!