Posts Tagged ‘Mixes’
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.
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.
I can’t believe it’s been a little over a year since I first signed onto Mixcloud! I never thought I’d get so into it as I have done. I also didn’t think I would do as anything as daft as my challenge to upload 52 mixes in a year.
Unfortunately I didn’t start that from the very start of my time there but it’s been good trying to get new stuff up as well as looking back at old material.
Also it’s a shame that I didn’t quite get there (I was just 6 uploads short), but hey, it was fun & I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback for the stuff I did manage to put up.
I’ve also come across a lot of nice, helpful ‘casters, whose support has been invaluable & I thank them, as well as you guys, for supporting me, alongside everyone on Mixcloud, making it a great community, not just a great website.
Well, if you’re interested, here’s a selection of what I did………
I love my beats. Correction: I LOVE my beats.
That said, one of the things that REALLY gets my back up is when some nerd spouts on that only real DJ’s scratch/beat mix/harmonic mix.
These same self-important plonkers crowd by the decks, offering nothing but snide remarks & snobbery at someone’s hard work.
Don’t get me wrong – good DJs will of course, have a knowledge and/or mastery of some, if not all of the technical aspects of Djing today (or they bloody well should have), but I’d rather someone just play tunes than perform second rate tricks badly.
I appreciate that some can only deal with someone who mixes on the 3rd beat on the hi-hat triplet, but does it make them a good DJ?
At heart, a DJ entertains. He plays TO an audience. He plays FOR an audience. Showing off or self indulgence DOES have its place in a set , but NOT at the (total) expense of the crowd.
Don’t get me wrong, there probably are precious few DJs who HAVEN’T dropped the record/scratch/loop/mix trick purely because they like it or are good at it? I fully acknowledge I’m part of that group & also have cleared a floor because of my excesses.
I know this is a subject I’ve ranted about before, but it seems to be one of those evergreen moans.
On Mixcloud, there are many souls who aren’t DJs & don’t mix, some are DJs & choose not to, yet continue to upload incredibly rich & diverse sets.In addition to the russet-haired selector that is Miss Phi, I think a couple more are worthy of a mention
Not so much a DJ as a sonic fell-walker, Kaboodle has put together a wide variety of sets, many loosely connected by an over-arching theme or has collaborated with other artists from different mediums.
What is important is this: on his profile he makes it explicit on his website that he does not mix:
“ I love electronic dance music, but I am not a ‘house’ DJ or a ‘drum n bass’ DJ. So, I don’t provide sets of perfectly beat-matched music sticking to a few styles of dance music; other DJs are far better at that than I am, and I am not going to attempt to encroach on their territory. I can beat-match, but that is not where my talents lie. ”.
Yet this hasn’t stopped him from producing some stunning pieces:
Is a lady from South America (but I think she’s actually Eastern European?). She puts together sets that I can only describe as the result of someone who:
- Has a subversive sense of humour
- Eats too much cheese before bedtime
For reasons best known to her, she removed the vast majority of her gloriously mental material, possibly as a result of lack of confidence, boredom or she initially bought intro this whole Djs-MUST-beatmatch nonsense. Only she knows for certain.
Anyway, she’s back with a new set & My Word, she’s played a blinder with this one:
The individual I describe a Mixcloud’s ‘Yoda-in-Residence’, is a prolific uploader, producing mixed as well as unmixed sets. Like Kaboodle, the selections are tied to an overall theme or mood, but like both Kaboodle & F.A.T.S. It’s clear great care has been taken over every set. ‘S4V’ has even removed sets considered not up to his exacting standards.