Posts Tagged ‘HipHop’

At Last – Tunin’ Up!!

Monday, March 11th, 2013

I know, I know, it’s took me long enough, but hey, I finally got ’round to it; I got a new mixed completed & uploaded.

Tunin’ Up by Alph on Mixcloud

 

I could look to a number of reasons: I got a new PC together& built it myself (I could write a book about THAT particular episode…); family/personal stuff or work; fact is, just not enough time or focus to let me get on with it.

 

I’d initially started this as a single standalone piece. Having completed it & some time having passed, I’ve decided to make it a prelude to celebrating what would have been Stump Juice’s 20th anniversary. It in fact is also a salute to the much overlooked part of many club nights – the warm up session.

Like most guys getting into DJ’ing, I’d always be hungry for the ‘glory spot’, any part of the 2-3 hour peak period of most club sessions. When booked as a headlining guest, this generally isn’t a problem, as promoters usually place the DJ in this spot. At gigs where I worked with friends, there would always be a bit of a ‘bidding war’ for that spot.

However, I soon began to realise & came to enjoy the warm up session.

That period when a club’s open but before the punters come in is as valuable as time as when you’ve got them in the palm of your hand, whipping them into a frenzy at peak time.

I’d use this time almost as a ‘digging session’, locating the less-often played tracks in my box, stuff that wouldn’t normally make it into a regular or peak-time set, as well as new stuff I’d acquired. I’d also try out new mix ideas, without the ‘performance pressure’ when you’re in the middle of a packed out club.

It was also great when I got booked to play if we got to the venue early, often helping to set up then listening to the hosts/residents play their warm-up sets. Getting to hear another side to someone’s musical personality can be as inspiring listening for the hot new tunes they’d be dropping in a peak-time set.

Any aspiring DJ should be aware that this period is actually quite important & if given the chance to play it should do so – ok, you’re not exactly centre stage, BUT if used wisely, it’ll stand you well when you DO get there. I also think that established DJs should do it once in a while, just to see how it feels again to be just playing music.

Hip Hop Songz….

Friday, November 18th, 2011

I’ve got a lot of love for my recent mashups on Mixcloud, but the daddies of the craft inspired me to do this mix.

New York AV8 records have been making cut & paste party tracks for over 20 years & they’ve been as much a part of Stump Juice as Booby Bird & The Brand New Heavies.

It’s a tribute to their craft & the shops I bought the stuff from.

Can You Guess?

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Another upload Another mix.

The second of my mashups done using very basic equipment. This is essentially the ‘first pass’. The final version I remember got props when I first pulled it off, and I’ll probably put it up. Hoever, I think this is just as good.

And I’d like To Thank……….

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

ALL OF YOU!!!

I was clearing out my email when I good an apparently innocuous email from Mixcloud – I thought it was another follow, but it turns out you guys gave me a recommendation in the Hip Hop Category:

Turns out it wasn’t a joke:

That’s a real shocker, especially as i’m sharing this category with the exceptionally talented Riccochet, who put up a storming Mo’ Wax tribute.

I’d not gone out specifically to court approval, but I’m glad you think enough of what I’ve done to tell others, so I thought it only right to thank you properly.

 

More Mixes!!

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Been busy working & raiding the archives for some more tasty treats:

First up is Lightside

A lovely selection of Old Skool D'n'B...

4 to the floor action with this one:

Funkin' at Warp Speed.....................

R’n’B for the Laydeez, Hip-Hop for the guyz:

Ouch! TOLD you it weren't bigger than THREE inches....

Hope to get more posted real soon

Enjoy………………………….