Ever thought about how to do your bit for charity using your mad DJ skillz? Neither did I, but that’s what Dance Aid is all about. Set up by two DJ’s, Wayne Eldridge and Mete Alpsakarya in 2006, the charity aims to help under-privilaged children in London by putting on exclusive club events and celebrity nights.
Phil from digitaldjtips.com doing his part...
So when I was invited by Phil from digitaldjtips.com to the event at Ministry of Sound on 27 May, I was quite surprised to have a form and a badge shoved in my face. I was going to take part in the attempt to break the Guinness Book world record for “the most DJs to consecutively mix one record each”. The last record was set by BBC Radio 1 Xtra back in June 2010. We needed 83 to beat. We had 100. No pressure, guys! Even the MoS cleaners got involved!
Me, holding the official certificate
Well, in one fell swoop, I managed to cross two items off my bucket list: breaking a world record and DJing the main room at Ministry. The only thing going through my head as I stepped up for my turn was “please don’t let me be the guy that messes up!”
I didn’t… and neither did the other 99 people taking part.
So, tomorrow’s the big day for UK DJs and hardware manufacturers alike, with everyone descending on Birmingham’s NEC for three whole days.
I’m lucky enough to be part of the digitaldjtips.com team for the weekend and we will be finding out everything and anything about all the shiny new gadgets, and delivering it all right into your eyeballs. We will be filming, snapping, interviewing, stalking… and tweeting. You can follow all the action from @digitaldjtips and @djs_life by searching for the #ddjtbpm hashtag.
You can also meet the team and other digital DJs this Saturday at 13:00 on the Novation stand. We’ll be the ones wearing the t-shirts as below (courtesy of my lovely wife, accidentalvix) and the big smiles.
I know it’s fashionable to hate on Mau5, but whichever way you look at it, the man is as close to genius as you can get. I first heard this track when Joel did his first Mixmag CD, with Mark Knight’s ‘System’ on top. Just class.
This will always be a signature track for the upstairs room at Sankeys, Manchester. Such a great bassline that kicks in and changes the pace. Blurs the line between Techno and Progressive House! Now time to put my shades on so the massive strobe light doesn’t blind me!
001. HEFTY – No Escape (Original Mix)
002. Mario Miranda, Daniele Petronelli and Audiocut – Aqua Marcia (Ricky Stone and Mikael Jonasson Remix)
003. Moenster – This Is For You (Robag Wruhmes Chukka Boot Rekksmoe Remix)
004. Marco Resmann – This Song feat Soucie Six (Original Mix)
005. Kane Roth – Souspicious Mind (Monoloc Remix)
006. Edit Select & Alex Smoke – The Retainer (Original Mix)
007. Alan Fitzpatrick – A Small Decline (Mark Broom Dubbed Mix)
008. Emptyset – Altogether Lost feat Cornelius Harris (Original Mix)
009. Kaiserdisco – Aguja (F.Sonik Remix)
010. Booka Shade – Regenerate (Pysh Remix)
011. Masomenos – 9 Balloons (Original Mix)
012. Amyn – Moonbird (Original Mix)
013. Tony Rohr – Sweat On My Tabla (Original Mix)
014. Paul Kalkbrenner – Sky And Sand feat Fritz Kalkbrenner (Original Mix)
So, it’s that time of year again where you re-examine your life and make promises to yourself which you probably won’t keep. After reading this article by my esteemed colleague, Phil from digitaldjtips.com, it got me thinking about how to do more with my hobby/passion. So here’s a rundown of some of my thoughts on 2011.
Record and upload a mix a month – Mixcloud is a most non-heinous website for uploading and listening to mixes. The site is very easy to use and unlike Soundcloud, you can upload as many mixes as you want, they just can’t be downloaded. Every month, so much great new music lands on my hard drive that never really gets a look in. Let’s get that shown off!
Mixcloud: good for DJs
DJ out more – Sort of related to the above, I love DJing, but I’ve never been bothered about doing it as a job. Doing parties and small events is much more personal and you don’t have to deal with customers and bothersome bar owners. The excitement as you start your first track is a rush I will never get bored off.
In my element?
Devote more time to new music – So much great stuff out there! The web makes it easy to listen to mixes!
Buy some Technics 1210s – The DJs Life Towers is currently a postage-sized overpriced flat in South West London. As such, my setup had to be streamlined and the excess equipment packed away. A wedding and bigger ambitions on the horizon means that moving is inevitable and more space to use. I’m looking forward to building some proper studio space without hundreds of wires littering the room.
Like this, but bigger. And real.
Finish producing a track – I learned a lot about Ableton Live and production in 2010. It’s time to put this stuff to use.
Own a hardware synthesiser – even if it’s just this Korg.
Do more with this place! This website doesn’t get enough love. I’ll do more, promise!
Over to you! Have you got any new year’s resolutions? Did you manage to keep any you made for 2010?