Posts Tagged ‘House’

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.

Suka Kofi: A Thought Experiment………….

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

I’m often given to very odd thoughts. These random musings can throw up all sorts of inspiration,: a word, a picure, something seen on the side of a house, anything can set me off on some sort of mental/creative mountain trek.

In this case, for no reason I wondered about creating a mix inspired by Mixcloud buddy & tech-house guru, Suka Kofi. The Canadian-born DJ has a great line in strong 4/4 beats & melodic madness & has played in some top venues in locations many of us only dream about. For some reason I imagined ‘What if’ we ended up in the same venue?’

Would we spark off each other, striking the egde of the creative envelope? Would it be a battle to the death?

 

In the end , I went for another option (partly because I’m to lazy to get into all that alph-male stuff – I just can’t be arsed)

 

I realised one of my gifts if you can call it that has been my adaptability – ask different people what I DJ & you’re likely to get different answers (I’m sure I’ve made this point before but bear with me).

This then, formed the basis of the idea behind this mix.

I wasn’t going to do a straight tech-house set, as it would probably sound lightweight. Also, as  a DJ I’m more of a generalist (but I DO love my funky beats), so I’m not sure I’d be that convincing in that style.

 

The final plan was now this: could I adapt what I do so it would sound like it could work with or be complimentary to Suka’s style and still retain my identity & rough & ready edge?

It took some doing, but I hope the results may hold the answer to that…………..

 

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………………………….