Friday, 20 August 2010

.. Friday's Feedback ..

My last blog entry was earlier on in the week, Monday, after posting 'Mundy's Mischief Mix'. The following day I accomplished my longest solo bedroom-set recording entitled 'Joy Ride on Green'. Before hitting record I did the usual rehearsal playing different genres. I've found this to be extremely helpful with understanding the dynamics of beat matching. I decided to record and upload one of my dancehall rehearsal mixes to youtube. I came to the realisation that youtube now offers a maximum of 15 minutes which is slightly better than the 10 minutes that was earlier allowed. This enabled me to upload a 12 1/2 minute quick mix featuring 7 of 51 pieces on the 'Joy Ride Riddim'. Although the upload allowance with youtube has increased, it seems the clamping down on copyright infringement is also on the rise. My upload is not available in the UK, but is still visible to certain countries - Locate it on my Facebook Page.

After recording and uploading I got to work on my breakbeat set which went down quite well. I'm improving all the time. So long as the current mix always sounds better than the previous, I know for certain that I'm heading in the right direction.

I didn't do a set at home on Wednesday as I was busy with other things. I managed to get a bonus mix in the bag by taking part in a set recording with 3 other DJs later that night. Thanks to Mr Lewis & Ideosphere for allowing me to set up and also to 2Ba-Bu for the lift over. It was a good jam and that mix is also online for listening and/or downloading. Thursday was spent listening to the previous days mixing, and what a marathon it was. I still haven't wired the BCD back in place and will probably not have another mix just yet. I want to make some time to listen so I've downloaded DJ Huntress and DJ Stacey's most recent uploads. DJ Stacey's 'This is The ONE!!' is currently being played and is almost finished in all honesty. It's a good mix and sounds very clean. I'll be cueing up DJ Huntress's Mix to have a gander at what's coming out of the Netherlands in these times.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, 16 August 2010

Monday Mischief

I've been on the decks for about 3 hours or more this afternoon .. Started out with the breakbeats and encountered literally no errors .. Moved on to some D&B and some jungle skanks which also went down well .. Did a garage set and was also impressed with my new found ability to beat match (you know the one which keeps escaping me, yea that ability lol) .. I finally went back to the break selection and hit record .. I haven't listened to it yet but it's in the encoder getting ready for uploading .. I was very comfortable and every tune dropped really well .. I even pushed the boat out and used the FX as well as looping which didn't sound messy or fuck up the mix.

Mundy's Mischief mix is now live. I've heard it a few times and I'm still happy with it. It's making me want to do another in all honesty.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

GKP - Humans in Traffic - [short mix]

Recorded this short one this afternoon specifically to stick on YouTube. I had around 4 or 5 false starts. By right I should have been disqualified but I kept at it until it sounded almost right. Currently listening to some of the recordings I've not uploaded so I might go on an uploading frenzy if there aren't too many errors laced in the blends. They're last months efforts, some of which does actually sound pretty tight - still a bit baggy in places but it's good to listen and realise where I'm going wrong.. Any how, enjoy 'Humans in Traffic', named so because I used a dialogue from the Human Traffic movie soundtrack in my intro.

Additionally I've added this earlier short blend to Mixcloud. I was eager to spin the Robert Parry beats that were in my track collection. I didn't have much that I thought would mix well with them but I had a go and this was the result. This is the first Mixcloud upload that I've done and I quite like the site. Uploading was relatively fast and the editable details for the player are pretty good.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Back in the Biz

I've been mixing and recording but not uploading lately. Listening to the works of others is prompting me to work ever more harder on my skillz. I've just finished a blend (today's). I played a load of random choonz with no other objective besides seamlessness. It was tough but I think having that focus helped to tighten up what was once sounding quite slack. Could be tighter still !! Instead of hitting record immediately after switching on the hardware, this time I had a few practice mixes playing some UKG and dubstep just to get in the swing. I think it helped me a bit after not mixing yesterday.

Since blowing my own trumpet and bragging over a single section of a mix I did last week where I couldn't tell if I was cutting-in or not, last weekend I attempted some back to back with Mr Lewis and Toubabou but the pros blew me out of the water; 'one time' .. I was looking forward to listening to the recording and figuring out where I was going wrong but unfortunately the recording got trashed before I had a chance to acquire a dub. No matter, always another time; If not, still no matter!

I think I shall upload the mix I was boasting about to see how others respond to it .. Only portions of it are any good, while the rest contains the usual fuck-ups .. I've gotten through listening to 15+ minutes of today's 50minute set and it's sounding quite good .. I haven't heard much of an error yet but I know they are lurking in there somewhere. *Edit:((EEEEK half way in, the blend with Azzido Da Bass and the next tune is RUBBISH lol - First major error, but I knew it while I was doing it; which doesn't help really))*

During the week I played some Happy Hardcore which is quite a lot faster than the Breaks I've been pulling out, but I had a good time working the controls at a much faster pace. I also had a go with more D&B and recorded a short Jungle set. I think that's enough typing for now, I'll get uploading.