spinning round and round since 1998

Classic find on ye olde DJTechTools forums! Member Earl Panda linked to a page with loads of DJ trading cards.

You can see all the scans on the original blog post.

Thanks to djtechtools.com and onlyndetroit.com for this find!

I just want to take a moment to say thank you – from the bottom of my heart – to The Winstons. Without this obscure 60s Soul band, electronic music would never be where it is today. Never heard of them before? Yes, you have. Listen to the track Amen, Brother, released in 1969 as an obscure B side.


The Winstons – Amen, Brother

Now listen again to the six seconds, starting at 1:25.

What you hear is the most famous six seconds in music. Ever. this sample has been used by artists as wide ranging as Altern-8 to Amy Winehouse to Hixxy & Sharkey to NWA. And the most fascinating part is they never made a penny in royalties for their legendary sample. I guess you could say electronic music is based on “open source” foundations.  If it sounds like I am over-excitedly talking this up, it’s because I am. This free-to-use clip deserves more praise than any one person can give to it.


The Amen Break

Now sit back, relax and watch 18 minutes of fascinating history… played from vinyl, of course. :)


The history of the Amen Break

So, from everyone in electronic music – fans, producers, DJs, record labels, sampler manufacturers – we thank you, Gregory C. Coleman, Ray Maritano, Quincy Mattison, Sonny Pekerol, Richard Lewis Spencer and Phil Tolotta.

For years, I took the wrong lesson from that Monster Cable experiment and only listened to my music through alligator-clipped coat hangers.

 

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 monthMixcloud 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?

Firewire4-pin

A wise DJ that worked in a PA equipment store once told me “look after your cables and they’ll look after you” and showed me how to wind them up based on their natural coil. He’s out of business now (not that wise, I guess!) but the lesson stuck with me ever since. It’s true that cables are the oft forgotten component in your setup and they can save you if you take care of them.

That’s why I never understood why anyone would think the 4-pin Firewire port was ever a good idea. It’s far too easy to knock out and usually requires an adapter. I’ve never trusted the connector and always strapped it down with electrical tape if I was DJing with my laptop.

So, as Yoda might say:

“Look after your cables, you will.”

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