Check out my latest set, live from Flattopps Astoria! Flattopps is one of my favorite venues, because I get to play stuff that I don’t get to often. Plus, I get to play on their in house vinyl system and Rane 62! Enjoy this set of funk, disco, and jackin’ house!
A quick update on the goings-on in my gigging life. A bit of a creative slump prompted me to return to vinyl from controllerism. Read on to find out!
I absolutely love playing on vinyl. It’s my preferred method; I’ll take beat up TT’s over new CDJs any day. Without sounding too snobby, it just feels better! The feeling of a moving platter under your hands is unmatched. Even when using a controller like the Numark NS7, it just feels weird. To be honest, since I’d bought my turntables a few years back (read about that situation here), I’d very rarely taken them out of the house. It was just a hassle, and they were heavy, and when you have a controller in a nice little backpack with your laptop, everything else seems [Read more…]
Hey everyone! I can’t believe December is already upon us! This is honestly my favorite time of the year: from hot-chocolate-fueled studio sessions, to seeing the lights and decorations all over New York City, wintertime is simply beautiful. That is, after the overwhelming doom of final exams passes… *gulp*
Anyway, December is universally known as a season of giving, regardless of your spiritual preferences. For those of you with DJ’s and producers in the family, I’ve done you the favor of creating a few lists for the different types of DJs in your life. Feel free to mix and match to suit their hearts’ desires. And for those of you with DJ Girlfriends, check out these lists, courtesy of A La Keighla.
Let’s get started!
For Any DJ:
We’re gonna start small. Sometimes, especially with DJs, the most meaningful gifts aren’t the ones that are big, expensive, and flashy. If DJing was a meal, these items would be the utensils and napkins: while they’re small, they make a massive impact on the meal, especially if they go missing. With the constant here-and-there of a musician’s life, gear takes a toll. Stuff breaks, or gets left behind at the club, or even worse, “borrowed” by the guy before you. We really should know better and buy these things in bulk, but that’s why you’re here! Go the extra mile – wrap the cables in some funky tape, make a cool earplug case, or put a love letter on the flash drive. Believe me, we notice these things and it means so much.