Have you ever come to a point in your musical career found yourself saying “fuck this, _________ is just ruining music for me”?? I have and many of my music friends have as well. I don’t want this to be confused with the common case of writers block. I am talking about doing something for so long and all of the things that used to make you love music have just started annoying you. I have found that a common occurrence of this can be found among club DJs. Being forced to play music you really don’t enjoy playing because 1. either you need the cash or 2. you just want to play so bad it doesn’t matter what they want you to play. I have been a victim of this phenomenon myself and later on in this post I am going to give you my advice for this.
For those of you who love the more underground styles of music (ie house or bass music), it is hard to walk into a Top 40 bar every weekend and get requests to play stuff like Rihanna, Sammy Adams (whoever the hell that guy is lol), or stuff like Shania Twain or Solja Boy. Yeah there are some crazy requests out there. Not only are the requests often bad in these venues, but the people requesting are often times annoying as hell. One time i had a guy request six songs in a row without skipping a beat. Then you have the belligerent ladies spilling drinks all over your gear or attempting to dance up on you from behind. These things tend to get repetitive and annoying because if you are anything like me you tend to stay relatively sober.
If these kinds of things get to you and you find yourself hating what you are doing, just take a step back and revisit what it is you truly love. We all need to remember who we are as musicians as well as who we are as individuals. Somewhere inside of you is a talented musician waiting to get out. Music is about love and sharing. Every time I get on stage to play I remind myself that I am sharing songs that I love with the people around me. This is what is important. Don’t let the things that annoy you while playing affect your love of music. Some day you will find an event that wants you to play what you want to play and you will kill it! Don’t let pushy club owners or f&#@d up patrons ruin it for you. Remember music is what you love, so try to play what you love and love what you play.
I hope this helps some of you get out of the funk you are in!
Peace Love and bass
Every so often I come across a club owner that just has absurd requirements for their club. Most of the time it just has to do with their taste in music and what genres of music they want played in their club. Most don’t care because most clubs in my neck of the woods are Top40 oriented, which I am totally cool doing because we all need our practice am I right? Well I recently had a very strange experience with a local club owner regarding payment for the night. Now usually either I charge a flat rate or take a percentage of the cover, pretty simple right? Nope. This was one offer i don’t think i will ever take and still wrinkles my brain frankly.
So I walk in and tell him who I am and that I would like to play in his bar. I explain to him that I am just getting home from finishing up my schooling in another province and that I am looking to start booking myself around the city and other close my cities. I tell him about my playing experience and how I am booked to play in a couple of the major music festivals in our area as well. You would think that the thought “oh this guy must be pretty good if he is playing in those” might go through his head at least once, but I don’t think it even registered because he was too concerned with making himself money. Next logical thing to do would be to ask me for a mix and to just go from there. Nope. Instead he tells me he would have to pay me from the cover (which is fine) but that he would have to hire four bouncers for the night, which he would have to pay from whatever is made from the cover. Still, not totally unheard of. But then he decides to tell me that if not enough money was made to pay the bouncers that I.ME. WOULD HAVE TO PAY THE DIFFERENCE!! Meaning if not enough people came in that night that I would be the one responsible for paying whatever is left that is owed to the bouncers. Needless to say my jaw dropped. i said “wait, excuse me?, hold on here, so you are telling me that there is a possibility that I will have to pay you to play in your club?! Dude you are crazy. that is totally not my responsibility. That is your responsibility to pay your bouncers man, not me.” My mind was BLOWN. All I can say is i will never work with someone who is so concerned about making money that he is WILLING TO CHARGE THE DJ if not enough is made on the door.
WORDS OF WARNING:
To all you new DJs out there, don’t ever let someone like this take advantage of you. It is much better to just walk away from a gig like this. No matter how badly you want to play, just walk away. There are always people out there looking to rip you off, but for every douchebag there is a saint willing to give you an opportunity.
Peace Love and Bass
I’ve been listening to a lot of really chill music lately and more recently I’ve come across a producer/dj who goes by the name Cashmere Cat. This is some really chill stuff right here folks! His music has a very trap-hiphop-like feel to it but it is very soulful. I enjoy listening to it a lot and I hope you do too! Here are a few of my favorites plus a 30 min mix:
Peace Love and Bass!!
Sorry I haven’t updated in a while, I have been busy finishing up my degree here in Newfoundland and just haven’t had the time to properly put the work into it that it deserves. As a return post I would like to share with you some of the stuff i have been jamming to/ playing downtown. I hope you enjoy the deep groovy basslines!!
This mashup is one that i put together myself. I absolutely love Naylo’s One Day of Reckoning song so I added some vocals and some extra drum loops to beef it up a little. I did this one especially up for my opening set for Kap Slap.
This next one is called Kung and it is by a fella from Montreal named Eekkoo. Its very much a tech-house tune and I have been jamming to his stuff for a while now. He has managed to catch the ears of bigtime producers such as Deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner. Looking forward to more of his music in the future!!
This one is a little old but gold!! Claptone brings to us the grooviest of deep-house music. picking up props from the likes of Pete Tong, DJ Sneak, Soul Clap, DJ Hell, Jesse Rose, A-Trak and more, Claptone will be groovin for many years to come!
Out on Bush Records this month is Midnight Sleaze’s remix of Gonna Miss Me.
“It has been 25 years we last heard Turntable Orchestra’s 1988 seminal house classic ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’. Miami producer Andy Slate teamed up with vocalist and sax player Alex Haven to cover this amazing record. The guys then commissioned the Midnite Sleaze boys from Australia to throw down a monster remix in time for WMC and the start of the Ibiza season 2013. Complete with some deep house filled with old school drums, rolling snare fills and the M1 organ to boot. Already having being exclusively played by Carl Cox at his recent Mobile Disco shows and featured on Roger Sanchez ‘Release Yourself’ radio show as the Hot Download, this one is set to explode this summer.”
Last but not least! As a bonus, just to mix things up a little bit, I’ve added in one of my new favorite chunes! Pendos by NFTO. Enjoy!!
That’s all I have for you folks today! Stay tuned for more regularly scheduled posts!
Peace Love and Bass
I’ve come across some great glitch-hop artists and I’e come across some great funk artists but none combine them better then this guy right here. My Artist of the Week has got to be Stickybuds. Stickybuds manages to combine raw glitchy sounds with upbeat lyrics and old familiar samples into a monster tune that can get any crowd going. A bit of his bio reads:
From the funkafied west coast of Canada, Stickybuds has been making his mark on music all over the globe. In the last few years he’s found himself performing in 14 different countries, captivating fans wherever he goes. His work ethic and passion have also earned him a residency at Canada’s Shambhala music festival (2005 – 2012), as well as performances at Glastonbury (UK), Splore Festival (NZ), Burning Man (USA) and the legendary Space club in Ibiza (ES).
With 20 releases on multiple labels, Sticky loves to create and play dance floor friendly music of many different tempo’s. His sets are filled with Funk, DNB, Glitch Hop, Reggae and Breaks all intricately woven through countless hours in the studio.
Stickybuds is definitelyone of my top favorite Canadian DJs. Wish I weren’t on the other side of the country haha. Anyways enough of me heres some recent tunes of his and his Fractal Forest Mix from Shambhala 2012. Enjoy!
Peace Love and Bass
Look Its Justin Timberlake OMGOMGOMG!!!! Here is my second mash of the day: You’re My Excuse (WellSaid & Rubberteeth Remix) + Sexy Back by Justin Timberlake
BOOBS!!!! Now that I’ve got your attention! Here’s a my vocal edit of My Humps By The Black Eyed Peas and Brad Smit’s Bass Face!!! This was recorded live in real time by the way! Enjoy!
In my scour tonight I decided to look for some fun, upbeat fucky/ elctro house and this is what I have found ! Disco Fries are just plain awesome! All of their tunes do a pretty good job of getting me movin’.
The Disco Fries are a multi-platinum production duo who have wrote and remixed tracks for Pitbull, Steve Aoki, Flo Rida, Tommie Sunshine, Armand Van Helden, Clinton Sparks and Katy Perry, to name a few. The duo is an integral part of helping to bridge the gap between EDM and the Top 40 world in their productions. Catch the Disco Fries touring globally while holding a residencies at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Lava Nightclub at Turning Stone & with Tommie Sunshine at Pacha NYC for their “Fries & Shine” events.
Don’t let me down is a straight up bangin ‘ electro tune that gets you right up off your seat! They’re like the ketchup to my fries haha
Silhouettes is another great electro tune with some awesome vocals!
Here’s a bit if funk-y business to throw into the mix!!!!
What can i say they’re diso fries!
This Launchpad Original performance by M4SONIC is just bangin’ and its all played live! excellent chune!
Just came across this absolutely foolish 5 minute mini mix Loadstar did up for BBC Radio 1. They manage to combine about 20 raging songs all into one short little 5 minute mix! Thats some cray shit right there! On top of that they throw in some of there own originals and some other really great and even familiar vocals. Challenge: See if you can pick out all of the songs!
Here’s a cool old school sounding disco house tune I just came across. Its fresh off the press and sounds awesome! You can hear some real instruments in there too if you listen real hard.
Here it is folks! Hardwell’s 2012 Year Mix! This mix came out only a day ago and has already had about 60,000 hits on SoundCloud alone! Enjoy!
Came across another heavy trap song in my song scour recently. Very clean tune with huge bass synths and a lot of Big Booty!
This is one badass trap chune right here!!! Clancys` got my number one pick of the week right here. Butch bass-lines and intricate snare rhythms pieced together with chopped up lyrics and a variety of some pretty cool synths make up a very delish tune! Enjoy!
Looks like reality TV is invading the EDM world… not sure how I feel about this really lol.
Remember Simon Cowell’s idea for a dance music reality TV show a little while back? He thankfully scrapped plans for such a show but now casting is open for an “Electronic Dance Music reality/competition show”….
Check out the whole article in the link below on Mixmag:
So I was browsing through Facebook the other day and found a note/ status update left by 21 year old producer Deorro for his fans. It turns out he and the Panda Funk Team will be offering online lessons and tips on producing music…
Producers, I apologize for the absence of me on soundcloud. I know I used to reply and help out by giving tips and training many of you, I don’t want to let that go. I went from 60 to 127 students with in a few months. Things got a bit hectic and I couldn’t keep track of who was who. So, me and my Panda Funk team have come up with a plan. Beginning 2013, we will start training again. Hopefully doubling the number of students. We have many new plans that will help us reach out to many of you a lot easier, such as at my shows, over email, through Skype, or on the road. For those in the LA area, ill be doing personal training, where I can help you in the studio. And finally, I know many of you have been asking for tutorials, that’s finally ready to go. So hang in there guys. Oh and one last thing, whether you’re still trying to figure out which program to start on, or how to get that final touch to a pro track, ill help you no matter where you’re at in your career. Ill try my best! So get ready PandaFam, 2013 will be on and cracking!
- Deorro and the PandaFunk Family
So if you’re interested or have any questions you can ask him your questions over SoundCloud ( http://soundcloud.com/deorro) or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Deorro). I know I’ll be checking in from time to time! Cheers! Hope everyone had a safe New Years celebrations!
My New years resolutions include keeping content on this page fresh and up to date as well as interesting, and to hopefully produce my first full track. What are yours?
Peace Love & Bass
Mice Hole (Reece Low Remix) [Effectz Recordings]
Thrift Shop (Bombs Away & KOMES Remix) – Macklemore feat Wanz
It’s Just Beginning – Digga Please Mixtape
Internet Friends (heRobust’s Run Da Trap Bootleg)
Can We Go Up by Paper Diamond
Here 2 China (feat. Dizzee Rascal) by Calvin Harris & Dillon Francis
MistaJam ‘Caught In A Trap’ Mix
I recently came across an artist who goes by the alias Sound Remedy. Great music i must say, there is just so much variety and intelligence in his melodies. looking forward to more of his music! Check out this remix of Nirvana’s All Apologies.
Here’s a brand new funky fresh remix of Let’s Get Down (Supafly) released for free by Ill Phil & Lorenz0! Get down to those chill vocals and funky beat!