Saturday, 24 August 2013

The Crowd Goes Nuts

At wednesday I had an awesome gig at a basement. It was organized by some students who just thought it was fun to throw a party. Their basement is located in a nice neighborhood. My first impression was really good. When I dropped my gear and saw the location I thought this could be such a nice place to rock the house. It's small. It's cozy. And the wall were full of posters which made you into a great party mood. You can see the picture below. 

This picture was before the party it started. Unfortunately I forgot to make another picture in which you could see the crowd goes nuts. There wasn't a lot of crowd when I started, so I thought it was nice to start with some slower tunes. I used this track by a good friend of mine. It's damn funky and gets you happy. I mean I can't decide for you all, but it gets me happy though.

Later a friend and fellow dj came into the house. He was also been asked to play some tunes. We know each other for a long time now, but we never performed together. He took it over around the middle of the nightand played some really quality deep house tunes. It was fun, because when we switched again and I decided to play some more harder house tunes. He assisted me with some vocals samples, like 'put your hands up in the air' and many others. It was cool he did that. I thought it was a nice bonus to the set. He used some vocals on this lovely DJ Sneak remix.


We continued and later the crowd where screaming and yelling and it was awesome to see that. Most of the time I play at the beginning of the night, when the crowd is more quiet and not ready to give all yet. But since I had to play at the peak time as well, I could feel the crowd was enjoying it and became more loose every minute. Especially when I dropped a track from Dusky. The track 'calling me' was an utterly bomb to the crowd. 

Later we played some harder techno stuff, which I haven't been playing for a long time. It was almost a pity when we had to quit, because it was time to end the party. I wanted to thank the crowd and also the guys who organized it. They gave me a bottle of jenever and from the audience I received a big applause. It was lovely! 

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Rain, Rain and Rain

I think I live in the wrong country. We had a few good days but now the rain strikes back again. I never had the feeling rain could be a huge inspiration to me. So far it isn't, but I really felt the urge to blog again. I try to do my best to make this post a good one. 

Although it has been raining this morning. I think there are several tracks which could cheer you up. The first one is called jealousy. I think I am jealous sometimes. Especially when I hear people are enjoying their holidays on sunny locations. It makes me thinking and I realize then, I should have been in Croatia somewhat longer than just 8 days. Anyway what happens can't be changed. The track you can hear below is the Severino remix. I think this is the best one out of the whole package. Normally I am not that fan of Jamie Jones' Hot Creation Label, but I really love this track. The vocals are catchy!

Let's hope the rain will be over soon, but it wont happen that quickly here. So I started this day slowly. Nothing to rush. Take it all easy! You might have this days before. I haven't got any plans to do so far, until night time. This morning I woke up early but laid in bed and read a book at breakfast. Nothing interesting so far. I reminded me to this track. Which sounds really slow but haunting at the same time. It's been released on Greco Roman. This label released some nice gems, like 'boiling' and 'what's in your head' by Disclosure. You should check this one out if you like some slower stuff: Tirzah - Slow Jam.

These tracks are enough to help you through the day. I guess I wont be blogging soon, since I got loads of appointments and parties coming up. But if I got some time to share some great tracks, I wont hesitate myself to do so. 

Monday, 12 August 2013

On The Highway To Vela Luka

Don't blame I didn't go by car to Vela Luka this time. My parents did, but I was lazy this time so I took the plane, oh yeah! Anyway I had an amazing week in a sunny Croatia. Despite the shitty weather in the Netherlands, I was happy to see the sun shining bright here in Vela Luka. It inspired me to make a sunny mix.

Expect it funky as you know from me. I started this time with a more disco influenced track. This track have been on repeat since I have discovered it. I talked about it on my previous post. The track is called Empress - Dyin'to be dancin' (Breixo edit). Somehow it really fits with the second track you hear. I mixed it together with Tommy's track Brenda Died With No Name. The vocals really suits the elements from the previous track as you can hear around 4 minutes.

Later you can expect some 90 house. I couldn't resist to add the new Detroit Swindle track, since it is so damn catchy. You should check it out it is called The Break Up. It has been released on their very own label Heist Recordings. The mix continues and I decided to end as funky as I started. This track is on repeat as well. You should check it out on Local Talk's sub label called One Offs. The track is from Keumel and is named California My Way which is sampled from Main Ingredient - California My Way. Anyway Love to hear your reactions on my latest mix. Enjoy the vibe!

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Soundcloud A Place With Many Treasures

Soundcloud is well known music device and doesn't need an introduction. It's more the amount of talent you will find here. In this post I will show you some of these Soundcloud treasures I have found lately. Since they introduced the repost function, many talents get more spotlight. I love to repost a good track. It keeps my soundcloud alive while I also share my favourite music among my followers. 

During the years I've been studying, I've met some awesome people who share the same passion for music as I do. One of them is a good friend named Kjell. We both love disco influenced tracks. He showed me an artist named Breixo. This guy sure has got talent. He makes awesome re-edits of almost forgotten disco tunes. I really love what he is doing. Listen to his sound!

One of my other friends is Victor. He told me that he found something good to cure your hangovers on a lazy sunday. He was listening to Boilerroomset, a media device which is sending out proper dj- and livesets. Anyway he found them on Soundcloud and showed it to me. I am talking about Awesome Tapes From Africa. This guy is mixing with cassette recorders. I guess you don't know many people who does that. This guy puts many African tapes online. For example this one:

Although I got good friends who shows me great music, I am also a good discoverer myself. I found a really cool remix of Billie Jean. This guy named Fatneck has added some acid and made it his own edit. I think this rework is really amazing and should be shared with the rest of the world!

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Holidays are good for you

A different approach on life is what you mostly will see during holidays. I won't say I've seen the light or something but I do have this feeling that I should change some of my habits. Music has always been a big influence to me, but that's not the only one I can tell you so far. 

Laying down the beach makes you really comfortable. I was lucky I wasn't at the most touristic place of Croatia so I have seen a lot of local customs. While I was listening to music and see al these local customs happen. Lots of new ideas came through my mind. 

This was the mixtape which has been on repeat last few days, while I was on the beach and airplane:

Greg Wilson is one big inspiration for me. He combined old disco tracks with new ones and plays amazing sets. His blog is really awesome. I think I had to mention this before you continue reading.

In the beginning I already told you that music is not the only thing which inspires me. But the way of living and food are also really important to me. We dutch people are known for being rushed. We want to do a lot in a little time. That is not how these things works in Croatia. For example eating dinner. We mostly eat our dinner at a ridiculous time (5 or 6 pm) and in front of the telly. While people in Croatia come together and serve themselves a proper meal which is healthy and really fresh. I've been eating fish we just caught a few hours back. You will never ever see this in The Netherlands.

Seeing these things wants to make me travel around the globe and let me enjoy life the fullest. There's so much out there I want to see and experience. I really wanna make a part of a club scene in which people feel commitment. Nowadays we just go to parties, stand in front of the dj and act like if he's a god or something. The art of dj'ing shouldn't be that. It's nothing wrong that someone is with his back towards the dj, while he is talking and smiling with friends and u can see he is enjoying the night. I miss these kind of things on more commercial parties. I dont feel the amazing atmosphere, which are on parties where people feel committed to each other. The art of a good dj is playing out good music. Music that makes people come together. With that sentence it I want to finish this post. Here's one last song that make people come together: