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
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
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
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!
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: