I made this some time during the last week of june, 2009. I was practicing, making sure the upgraded version of Serato worked fine on my machine before my gig at the Pris Prom. It wasn’t particularly tight, and it required a lot of ex post facto level adjustments, but there’s some good stuff in there, so i thought i’d post it.
Cerrone – Supernature DAF – Brothers Bobby O – She Has a Way Ottawan – You’re OK Parvati Khan (Bappi Lahiri) – Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Aaja M.I.A. – Jimmy Magic Men – Pop Corn Sparks – Tryouts for the Human Race JPLS – Spooked Portishead – Machine Gun (Noise Floor Crew remix) Uusitalo – Nälkälaulu Die Haustiere – Danneggiato (Evan Scott remix) Sarah Goldfarb – Confusion Ellen Allien – ITS Pole – Winkelstreben The Librarian – The Enemy OI!tER – I Wanna Be Your Underwear Random Source – Face Like a Robot (original) Front 242 – Tragedy >For You< Skepta – Rolex Sweep (extended mix) NWA – Something 2 Dance 2 Apotheosis – O Fortuna (Apocalypse Chorus mix)
As you can see, it starts out with italo & disco, then delves into techno for a while, and ends up in a very ridiculous place.
oh, and about halfway through, i bumped the phono/line switch and you get to hear about a second of the serato record. ha! very professional.
Here’s a short (~22 min) mix I did this weekend. I just replaced my needles from when they were stolen in February, so I’ve been off the decks for a minute.
Chase & Status – Against All Odds (feat. Kano) (dubstep remix) Jazzsteppa – One Fault – Don’t Dread on Me DZ – What You Won’t Do for Love Cult of the 13th Hour – Wickedness DJ Hatcha – Just a Rift Headhunter & Ekelon – Timewarp Lady Sovereign – A Little Bit of Shhh! (dub)
I discovered a great mix by Wayne and Wax, an early entry in the “Blogariddims” podcast, called “Another Crunk Geneaology“. His mix “traces out another crunk genealogy, seeking the common grooves and feedback loops between crunk and clave, reggaeton and ragtime, bhangra and bounce, to name a few”. Check his lengthy explanation of the 3-3-2 beat, its influence on music, and definitely listen to his mix.
This appealed to me not only as a music nerd, but also as a dj, since I’d been mixing small sets of music with this beat for a while — I just didn’t have the proper music knowledge to identify the common element.
I spent a couple days pulling together music that uses that 3-3-2 pattern for a mix, and did a short (~18 min) test run, with a sort of random track list.
This was mostly a proof-of-concept, so there are some tracks of questionable bitrate, and lots of pitch-shift aliasing to deal with, for sure. (Then again, Ludachrist has Ableton aliasing all over his mix.)
Here’s another Serato mix, an hour of mostly of dubstep, bassline house, and the like. I have at the moment lost (if I ever had it) the tracklist. I know it starts with Andrew W.K., and has Benga & Coki, Dexplicit, T2, DJ Q, TS7, some Drop the Lime… and some more stuff.
Donald Spivak a moniker I used (for a mercifully short time) when residing predominantly within the techno genre, and this set reflects an early attempt (for me) at an entirely techno dj set (though I did sneak in some mashup goodness right at the end).
Much thanks to The Librarian for quite a few of these tracks.
This is another “practice” set I did before one or another of my gigs; judging from the date (02/27/08), I was preparing for the March ’08 edition of Schwarz, the electronic night hosted by The Librarian and me.
As I mentioned when I uploaded this before:
i’m a little rusty, so this week is going to be devoted to un-rustifying.
i threw this together earlier just figuring out what i’m doing again 🙂 it’s mostly dubstep-ish things.
77 Klash – Mad Again (feat. Johnny Osbourne)
Vex’d – Pop Pop V.I.P.
Lone Wolf – Slayed by Shadows
Aaron Spectre – Music Is the Weapon
Benga & Coki – Night (Buraka som Sistema remix)
Cloaks – Hi Tek Buzz
Drop the Lime / Mathhead – Bricks
Twista – Tattoo (a cappella)
This is just under 10 minutes of my performance at the ExBe Showcase in Cleveland. I was plagued with technical difficulties for the first half of the show, as I remember, and you can tell from this snippet: the right channel of one of my decks was not coming through.
The tracklist on this is essentially two mashups: firstly a Venetian Snares track (something from Songs About My Cats) blended with a bit of The Bangles’ “Eternal Flame”, and then into some exercise record, which blends into something from (I believe) Original Hamster.
That show was particularly special for me, because John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask stopped into the venue to play a few songs. It was the weekend before Election Day, and they were traveling around Ohio (a swing state) to try to just get out the vote. I was (and still am!) a huge fan of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, so I was incredibly excited not only to see them, but to share a bill with them, however accidental.
I was busy playing when they were walking around talking to people, but I did manage to get one pic with John Cameron Mitchell (too bad I look silly as hell).
download: DJ Empirical, Mix for Fashion Show, Part 123 28 aug 2004
This was a mix done in Sony Acid for a fashion show in downtown Cincinnati. I would have just done a live mix, but they wanted literally a different song for every girl/outfit (about 45 seconds each), and wanted things to gradually speed up over the course of the show. That would have been well beyond my means in those pre-Serato days, so I spent some time doing it all in advance. There were to be three catwalk segments of 15 minutes each, thus the three parts. Each time you hear a new song, imagine a new girl walking out.
Sorry, no track list on this one. The music is a good mix of stuff, from house music to 80s dance, with quite a few stops in between.