Posts Tagged ‘Mixcloud’

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.

Cool-laborations

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

How’s this for a sense of irony; some of my best events/work has been in collaboration with others, but paradoxically I don’t think I’m a natural collaborator.

This partly due to:

  • my being  (very) lazy
  • a (misguided/misjudged) sense of loyalty
  • being slightly suspicious of those trying to be (over) complimentary about me or my work
  • a possible (lack of) confidence thing

Now not only am I being asked by people to work with them, I’m being suggested names of those who may help me. This is a very strange situation.
Currently I’ve been invited to work on something with a fellow cloudcaster, Stephanie Byrne on Mixcloud.
She’s a very talented & prolific individual & I’ve finally broken a long-standing habit to collaborate with her, despite my warning her of my working foibles.

She’s also one of those people who genuinely doesn’t get quite how good she is. Don’t believe me? check some of these out

The Byrne-Haller Connection: Rainbow Wind by Stephanie Byrne on Mixcloud

Beat Contradictions by Stephanie Byrne on Mixcloud

Shake rattle and soul by Stephanie Byrne on Mixcloud

I was surprised to be asked, but her enthusiasm was infectious as well as inspiring
I’ve got a couple of things I’m working on, along with a third, which may be a little more involved.
I’ll let you know how it all goes

For My Wife…………….

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Funny how a piece of work you make so long ago seems to resonate with some people.
One of my last uploads ‘Heart & Soul (To My Dearest Wife)’, was an old mix CD I put together for The Wife years ago.

Recently she’s been having a bit of a tough time, so in my bumbling, male way, I did what I know best – uploaded it as a musical love letter.
I’ve had some really positive responses – Thank You.
I’ve told The Wife – she says thank you too.
All I will say is things are slowly looking brighter

Heart & Soul: To My (Dearest) Wife by Alph on Mixcloud

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

2014 has been a bit, well, crap really for me. Still working on my busted-ass PC & more stuff at work to sort.

Anyway, a delve through my archive from my youth, is this from my days as a young, eager thing.

Alph presents: Stockyard Boogie Session by Alph on Mixcloud

 

Enjoy &Happy New Year. Here’s hoping you all have a great 2015 – go get everything you want to come true 😉

*yawn*, Hello? You still there?

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Can’t believe it’s been over a year since my last post!

Sorry if it seems I’ve been asleep or negleting you; it’s just been a bit hectic; honest!

Let’s see what’s been going on:

  • I survived Eurovision!!
  • For me, this involved earplugs & Twitter; others may have used copious quantities of alcohol – this is a risky strategy, given the capacity for drunken tweets.
  • Did BPM this year – again; this time ran into some old friends from home….yes!!Had at least a couple of issues sorting through stuff on Mixcloud, but found some old faces-cool.
  • I’ve yet to post stuff up on Mixcloud – my PC’s played up & just got it back. I ned to do a re-install (d’oh!), but have backed everything up (YES!)

Should really try to get sorted, but you know, it’s good to be back….