Wednesday, October 15
Question of the Week:
How did you come into DJ'ing and what are you up to now with music?
I got into DJing back in high school. I always loved music, but wasn't gifted with awesome guitar skills, or being able to wail on a piano. I did realize I have a good ear for music which is one thing that lead me to DJing, that and having friends with turntables (including the one and only DJ Kadabra). Having many friends with turntables gave me the chance to spin many different genres (Trance, House D&B, Break Beat, Club). I Always had a soft spot for house. Growing up in Austin, in the late 90's early 2000's party scene, gave me the opportunity to listen to alot of great local house DJ's like all of 626 soul, DJ Herb, and Boogie Monster just to name a few. Fast Forward 10 or so years, I got an Ableton Controller. Shortly after, I got Traktor and a Numark DJ controller. I've Had some rough times since then, but playing with music always put me in a happy place. I decided to take that passion and turn it in to a career. I'm now attending College with a major in commercial music management. I plan on taking plenty of audio engineering, synth, and midi courses along side business courses. I would love to get a job mastering tracks, then producing, and hopefully in the end owning my own small record label
Demarkus Lewis - Poppin Fresh - LW Recordings
Jake Childs - Contained - Bunchlox Music
Troydon - Learn to Love (Chuck Love Remix) - OM
Johnny Fiasco - House of Chill - Klassik Fiasco
Andy Compton, Monocles, Slezz, Dana Byrd, Tantra Zawadi - Only Love (Main Vocal Mix) - Foliage
Claude 9, Chris Specht - Get You Some - Shaboom
Kerri Chandler - The Sun's Coming Up - Nite Grooves
Hanna Hais - Rosa Nova (Sax in Rio Dub) - Atal Music
Whitenoize - Pimp On - Guesthouse Music
Natural Rhythm - Fazz Junk - Guesthouse Music
Sound Navigators - Down on It (Joey Youngman Remix) - Blockhead
Fabio Bacchini - Restless - Lapsus Music
Wednesday, October 8
Question of the Week:
As someone who works the smaller, local rave parties as opposed to big festivals - how has that scene evolved over the last few years and where do you see it going in the next 5?
The only pattern I really see is that it just keeps getting bigger and more accepted by the mainstream. This is both a blessing and a curse. As DJ's from the 90's era, I don't think we ever realized that it was going to get this big. I remember trying to get my friends from my hometown of Kerrville into it. There were maybe 4 out of 20 that were truly into the music and culture. Everyone else may have gone to a party with me once and just didn't really get into it in the long run. Now Electronic Music is EVERYWHERE! I saw a post on Facebook saying that Tiesto was playing on MSNBC. That's just crazy to me.
With all the mainstream music being played at festivals and produced to sell on Beatport, we not only have a chance but in my opinion an obligation to spread more underground sounds and get the mainstream into that as well. The perfect place to do this is at smaller parties. I often play tracks that are produced by kids in their bedrooms that are amazing tunes that haven't been discovered yet. I think it sets me apart from other DJ's and I like that.
The truth is, however, even stuff that we would consider more underground or simply not as well known will always make itself into the mainstream. It's really just happened in the House scene lately. That mix of Dark Bass, Deep House, UK Garage, basically the vibes that are in my House Hook Up mix have seen a major rise in popularity in 2013. DJ's are playing that style at festivals. It's pretty awesome, but at the same time, when will it start getting watered down, or has it already? If it has, what will be next?? Honestly I can't speak for any scene other than Austin, Texas because I pretty much keep it local. I know that I will continue to search for the next big thing before it becomes well known here and then when it does, move on to the next. That's just how I've always done it.
I think festivals will continue to get bigger and bigger and more and more mainstream, but the smaller events will always be there. Maybe 3D Mapping will move into hologram technology, that would be fun. What else? Scented lasers? lol Whatever the future holds, I'm sure it will be spectacular!!!
Kaskade - Move For Me (Jask's Deep Late Night Experience Mix)
Luthier-If Only (Yan Brauer Remix)
The Fugees - Ready Or Not (2Groove & Disord3r Remix)
Plastic Funk feat Grandmaster Melle Mel - Don't Push Me (House It Dub Mix)
Billy Kenny - Don't Stop
Hannah Wants - Girls
Taches - Turn Of Phrase (Doubting Thoma Remix)
Blackfeel Wite & Going Deeper - N.F.M.T.
Jauz - Feel The Volume
Sub Focus - Close (Friend Within Remix)
Pete Graham - Wom
Apexape - Listen Up
Abby Jane - Come Again
London Grammar - Metal & Dust (Friend Within Remix)
Mad Hatters Tea Party December 13 2014
Arcade - May 30th 2015
Ambient Camping Info: https://vimeo.com/105441882
Wednesday, October 1
Question of the week:
Being a fun, light hearted guy, what attracts you to the darker spectrum of sounds?
I wasn't always fun and light hearted. When I was young I tended to gravitate towards music that was angry, and very dark. Playing drum and bass in the 90's, I was really drawn to the harder tech step stuff. It was made to make people dance, but it had a lot of rage and anger to it as well. Before I started playing D&B, I was playing a lot of really hard techno and listened to lots of ambient and drone.
Also, the labels putting tunes out like this have really been on fire the last few years. Innervisions, Last Night on Earth, Maeve, Tamed, Life and Death, and No. 19 to name a few. While they do put out dancefloor tunes, labels like this tend to also put out loads of interesting music. Not all of it works, but it's all pretty forward thinking.
1. Cine (Mind Against Remix) - Vaal - Baastard
2. Clouds - (Boso Reversion - Few Nolder - Boso
3. The Real Thing (Adriatique Remix) - Thyladomid, Madfoud - Diynamic
4. Fangtango - Matthew Dekay - Maeve
5. The Island (Baikal Remix) - Bajka, Hunter_Game - Last Night on Earth
6. Black Hills - Hunter_Game - Last Night on Earth
7. The Right Move - Jaw, Fur Coat - Bpitch Control
8. The Knight - Igor Vicente - Hot Creations
9. Adapt - Pavel Petrov - Trapez
10. The Landing - Ruede Hagelstein - Souviner
11. Desination Education (Terranova Mix) - Gui Boratto - Kompakt
12. Cradle in the Wind ( No Synth Version) - Horation, Gruia - Viva
13. Caravan - Horation, Gruia - Viva
14. Free the Visa - Philip Bader, Davide Squillace - This and That
15. Stella - La Fleur - Watergate Records
16. Keep Off (Wighnomy Brithors Detroittobrieflyshort-Ulle) - Sycophant Slugs - Poker Flat
17. Bay 25 - Mark du Mosch - Dekmantel
18. Acid Casino - Boris Werner - Voyage Direct
19. Escape (Jesse Rose & Playmode Remix) - Ninetoes - Kling Klong
20. 9th Configuration - Martin Buttrich, Audiofly - Supernature
21. Space Knights - Adriatique - Cityfox
22. Chamber Nights - Christian Burkhardt, Chris Tietjen - Cocoon
Thursday, September 25
Question of the week:
Best gig you ever played?
BigHaus Christmas bonfire party in 2012. It was held at a good friend of mine's out in the country of north Alamo, TX. It was a chilly night and all our good friends made it out. The BigHaus DJs, including myself, were jamming our styles all night and rocking a solid intimate dance floor. It was a memorable one for sure.
Carlo - Keep It Low (Pablo Bolivar Remix)
Alfred Heinrichs - Sweet Memory
Fritts Wentink - Shrewd
Mickey - Holding Hands
Deeptrak, Emma - Swear Down
Miguel Migs - I Can Feel It (Piano Love Mix)
Copyright - Submarine
Stuart Ojelay - Remember The Good Times
Black Loops - Up On You
Erik Hagleton - The After After
Joyce Muniz, Kiki - Warriors
Eli & Fur, Davidian - Let It Go
Saccao, Marco Tegui - Your Loving
RUFUS - Take Me (Miguel Campbell Remix)
Wednesday, September 17
Question of the Week
How do you search for, shop, and choose music?
Wow, where to begin? I have always been obsessed with discovering new music. It's why I’m a DJ. My next immediate thought after "This track is really great" is always "What context can I put this in to make people hear what I hear in it?" I record DJ charts at online music stores overnight, usually 8 hours' worth, and then listen to them the next day at work. I jot down the time on the recording whenever I hear something I like, and then after work I triangulate which track it was. Then I’ll listen for a week or so and see if there's anything there, if it grows on me. A lot of my all-time favorite music didn't stop me in my tracks on first listen; it grows with time. I'm religious about rotating through the different online stores because each has their own flavor. I probably spend the most auditioning time at Beatport, because the Beatport pro app is so good for keeping track of all those auditions I liked. My Beatport is really useful... I add every artist and label that even remotely catches my fancy to my Beatport. But I also audition lots of Juno (vinyl and download sites), Traxsource, Clone.nl, Bleep, Downtown304.com and Stompy. I also make an effort to go hear touring DJs from out of town whenever I can and I will shamelessly Shazam the heck out of those poor mofos on my phone. When I lived in Chicago I was 20 minutes' walk from Smartbar and would go there all the time, at least once a week. Smartbar had the kind of global booking rotation where you could go there every night for a month and not hear a single track repeated. I make a point of not using my phone when I go out, but if you see me on there, I’m probably Shazaming the DJ.
Faites Leur La Danse-Boca de Yaruco
Harry Romero-Tania (Riva Starr rmx)
Doc Daneeka and Ratcatcher-Walk On In
Gel Abril-Changing Steps
krankbrother-Thank You Baby
Seven Davis Jr.-One (Live Edit)
Vanilla Ace-All I Really Want (Dub mx)
Dego-Could Murder a Burger
Max Graef-No 5
DJ Oji and Original Man-Lets Get It (DJ Ojis Intense-Condensed 347 Vocal mx)
Greeko-We Do Fiesta
Marlon and Dansson-Shake That (Shadow Child rmx)
Rampa feat. Meggy-Everything (Sonny Fodera rmx)
L.B. Dub Corp-Turner's House
Ejeca-Together (Terrence Parker's Motor City Soul mx)
Let The Machines Do The Work-Let Me Be the One
thatmanmonkz-Girl I Know It
Disclosure-Boiling (Medlar rmx)
FCL-It's You (San Soda's Panorama Bar Acca Version)
Thursday Sept 25th catch Seville at Plush: