Monday, 2 January 2012

The year is off to a cruising start. I'm not into new years resolutions much, probably because committing to quitting a bunch of habits and starting new ones is a tall order. I quit smoking for all of 34 days prior to Boxing Night but have since slipped back into the claw of this disgusting, smelly habit. The break done me well and I'm proud. After today has passed I will revert to a non smoking status - how hard can it be?

I knocked out another mix yesterday. Well, I did an hour mix and it sounded good. So I then decided to mix this hour mix with a previous mix of similar length. It doesn't sound too bad to be fair. Both mixes were already pretty tight, so blending between the two, EQing and regular adjustments with the jogwheels gave a reasonable result.

Had I had 4 decks to use I'm sure I may have got a little less jumbled and my efforts would have been a tad more tidy.

There it is. I haven't uploaded the solo New Years mix, only the combined mix. While working on this mix I was kinda fantasising over having 4 decks to play on and getting down to some really hardcore blending with House, Acid and Techno of varying sorts. I've entered it into the djkit End of 2011 Mix Competition along with 3 other mixes. There's no harm in trying. I'm not bothered about winning, taking part is just as healthy. It would be nice to acquire £500 credit to spend with djkit, I can think of a few things I could acquire to enhance my DJing.

I paid a visit to an old pal just before new years eve. I hadn't been over for some time, a couple years in fact. Seems he's developing on the music front and now has a studio in the making and the majority of hardware required to string up and band and deliver some loud music to a reasonable large hall. There might be some scope to collaborate on some projects this year. I'm still not 100% clear what this collection of gear is set to result in. Whatever it is, it seems promising for my old school pal.

I also caught up with the DJ Alpha before he went out and played at Random Concept. This guy has gone from strength to strength with his music career. About time too! Good to see the revellers loving up your productions.

I'm keen to see what everyone has planned on the music front this year. I'm wondering what twists and turns Shotty takes with his skills in production, if Simon Owen manages to keep his studio fully booked, if Strictly Beats are planning any outdoor DnB gigs during the summer, Dance Off Your Turkey is set to evolve but no one seems to be speaking about this yet - least not with me. If nothing happens by mid February then I'll do things myself - how hard can it be when you know people in the right places who know even more of the right people in the right places?

There's much more going on around me than previously. There are things I can get involved with so I'm going to keep my ear to the floor. Of course I can't list them all here - well I could but what would be the fun in that?

The most latest news to land in my inbox is that I'm now a proud owner of a Numark N4 4 channel midi controller. This came as a shock. The Dance Off Your Turkey collective have just inherited it's first dedicated piece of kit. I'll have to make some time to become conversant with it when it arrives, although I'm due to start working in my new job any day now. Juggling my time is going to be a fine art. I've forgotten what it's like to be enslaved for 8-12 hours per day. Planning my holidays is going to be fun, so I must ensure I don't waste them.

I'm going to be severely rationing my time this year. I will need a diary of some description. I've almost got the year planned, and it all kicks off within the next week. This is super cool. Being busy, earning again with large plans. It's like a new breath of new air.

** Edit **

I missed a mix out of my list. I did this one on the 30th December. I think it was prior to visiting an old pal. Yes that's right. After Sonic Terrorist played his last set he handed some familiar looking headphones over to the venue owner who swiftly deposited them in his studio. I asked Sonic Terrorist who's they were to which he explained they belonged to The Dreadster. I was knackered to be honest and just wanted to go home after 17 hours at our party. Turns out those cans were as I originally suspected and I ended up leaving Ste-Jay's headphones at the venue. I had no reason to doubt Sonic Terrorist, but in future I'll be triple checking. The night was not without it's hiccups. A pair of CDJs went walkies for an hour or two, which put me further away from going to sleep for a short time. Luckily they came back and it was an honest mistake - just like the headphones incident.

Ye, I was going to discuss this mix. I recorded it for the journey to the venue to recover said headphones, however when I got there the place was shut. I wasn't going to call it a night and go home, so that was when I took the detour and visited my old school pal for a quick catch up. Hopefully we can collab on a Hip Hop EP this year.