We had no real other game-plan but to have fun. Molly approached me and and asked me to rock on the show. Luckily Unown was available to rock with me. We met at the one love studios in the AM and this is what happened. Big ups to Molly for having us!
Battling is a good way to keep yourself training to learn the things you need to do in a battle and it keeps the sword sharp. It turns me into a nervous wreck but there is that adrenaline rush that (once you get settled) I love. I have been battling since 1995 and although its not my main focus I still want to do well. My main focus is creating music but battling is enjoyable to me. I don’t go into a battle thinking i’m gonna win, I just want to represent well. Ive never had a perfect set and this by no means is perfect but at the same time, after this battle was over………….I partied in DC till the sun came up with Skruff, Jon Jon and Unown. My idea of the perfect day. Alot of the cuts were improv. Although I build my sets, I don’t memorize every cut or juggle. I play into the strengths of what I can do best while I am nervous. I went off the cuff a little on the Craig Mack Juggle and the cuts at the end.
Going to be working with my buddy Shiro on a new EP. Very excited about it! Just messing around over one of his beats.
A lot of the time I spend in my room mixing is really fun and relaxing. Its my “safe place” for me since I have been at this so long. I don’t know what I would do without this outlet in my life.
So I am one of those Portable Dj Modification nerds. There is nothing like creating scratches on a turntable that you put together with parts from people who care about the culture. This was my first Numark PT01 with the following mods: Wrist band platter trick, start stop button, ultra pitch knob, Raiden Fader, lithium battery, hair tie tone arm trick, a platter ring and opened up the radius to the tonearm. This was an incredible turntable what I sold to good friend J Scrilla. Prior to having the infinity platter I had to keep putting the belt on the platter because the belt would slide off. This video is proof that it does happen at the wrong times. The infinity platter is stable and the belt tracks better for better torque but one of the best things to happen since I have purchased the Infinity Platter is that the belt stays on the platter! Available at http://infinityfaders.com/product/infinity-platter/ . I don’t know the company or have a vested interest. Just passing on the good word.
You can catch me Dj'n at world of Beer this Saturday Night (12/2 at 9pm) at One Loudoun Ashburn. I personally love this particular place and had been discussing this with some of the staff while I was a customer. Im glad to have the opportunity to play for World of Beer. If you love beer and music then come on out!
Kcromozone is a incredible emcee/engineer. Kcromozone aka Chuck lives in New York and had his wedding in Brooklyn. What an incredible evening. Chuck had provided a list of what he wanted for Cocktail Hour and Dinner. The reception was a combo of likes from the guest, the wedding couple and my go to wedding folder of music that is a sure shot. Anyways, keeping the blog simple and clean so I won't go into depth, but the party was a ton of fun! Cheers to you Chuck and your Wife. Thank you for bringing me to New York to ensure your evening will be a true party.
Tonight I will be Dj'n a pre thanksgiving set with Childsplay. I have known about Childplay for some time and Have really enjoyed what I have heard. Really looking forward to improvising with him. We had talked a few weeks ago about possibly working on something until we thought, "nah", lets just do what we do and see what happens. Anyways, come out and celebrate with us. Transit is a really long running party. The longest that I know of in the DMV area.
I have so many great memories of my older bro and sis who both loved classic rock. I recently asked my sister for her for a list of classic rock songs that she use to cruise in her Firebird too. This list was completely put together by her. Thank you for helping me with this mix Ang. Love you! It was fun. This was recorded live off a improv. With live music not made on a drum machine, the tempos change quite a bit so it was fun to find different was of transitioning from song to song. I personally really enjoyed the songs and I hope you do too. What a great era.
I remember being a kid a listening to these songs. Im glad my sis was excited to help me out with this. Thanks Ang, Love you!
Wedding Weekend. In preparation for a wedding there is a lot that goes behind it. Its not just showing up but creating music lists that go in line with the Clients I meet. However, right before I met with my clients this week, I got in some practice. The instrumental is by Pete Rock and its titled "Play Dis Only at Night". Cheers
Long time friend (since the late 90's to be exact) has just re-emerged as Arkitek7. This video was shot and edited in one day. Filmed by Arkitek7 himself. The song was recorded one night in a house that had not been lived in for quite some time and the furnishings were out of the 60's, 70's and 80's. We set up a makeshift studio and were were working on something totally different. We heard Arkitek7 (who was in his work clothes) dropping some really nice lines over a beat that Unown was showing us. We decided to just ask Arkitek7 to get on the mic. After a couple of passes he dropped this gem. After he laid down the lyrics Unown did a quick mix on it and had secretly recorded Arkitek7 talking about being rusty but it being like jumping rope. That little phrase at the end of the verse wasn't in the verse but Unown saw the vision. After that was done I jumped on the turntables and just pulled up a Planet Asia acapella and the phrase I used really stood out. Under thinking and planning when recording sometimes leads to really great results.
The event had people from as far as France and we had the current world online world DJ Champion to do a special showcase. What a great day it was.
I am the host of a event series sponsored by Skratchpad. We create positive events with world champions to beginners to bring the culture together.
Hanging out with Arkitek7 over the weekend. I honestly didn't know he was recording half the time. Its always a good time hanging with my buddy. He is a very talented Emcee/Producer/Video producer.
Improv mixing and scratching is the best escape
Friday Night Mix. When I have a Friday night off, I dj anyway.