Wednesday, November 16, 2011
It's interesting to me listening to some of my old mixtapes and studying where my head was at at that point in time. Audio Animation was one of my very first mixtapes, in fact it's probably the 3 or 4th mxtape I had ever made in my career as a DJ. I created it with my homie Dj Ed Swift who was another ill Dj I knew back in Jersey.He was also an I'll Artist and Graphic designer and did the cover for the mixtape so it was mos def a team endeavour. It was the mid 90s and I was engulfed in the Turntablist and hip hop underground movement, and techniques and technical prowess was the focus of dopeness. Performing difficult cuts and juggles were periodically sprinkled in to establish my technical prowess and assert my dominance and the musical selection refelcted the blossoming independent hip hop music movement led by record stores like Fat Beats at the time. In other words I was battling and being bragadocious (an integral element of hip hop of course) Hip Hop kid from NYC, . My more mature and more experienced ears hear an overt need to perform technically on tape but so was the norm back in the day. I have "mellowed" as a DJ and prefer a combination of flow and skill which was a main binding agent for the forming of the Triple Threat Djs in the late 90's. and also a reflection of the continued learning and experience I was blessed to recieved for years after this mix was released.
My very first piece of studio production equipment was the Tascam 424 which I picked up at the infamous Canal Street electronics dealers, and an Ibanez delay pedal I got from an old class mate. I'd run the DJ setup through the pedal for scratch effects. This specific recording technique and style of mix was the precursor to one of my most well known golden era hip hop mixes which I produced a few years later when I moved to California better known as Reconstruction. Listening to Audio Animation now, I see it as a rough draft or an unpolished version to Reconstruction which I am told by many fans of my mixes was pretty good so I'll take you word for it. But If you havnt heard AA yet , I hope you enjoy and appreciate it for what it is. For me it was a fun time expanding my DJ skills and one of the most creative times in the history of Djing to be a part of.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Download on Mixcrate!
I quickly put together an edited version of a section of my new mix Return of the Jedi: House form 1A. Iv'e been saying the Dicer controllers are game changers especially when it comes to adding a cool new dimension with turntable manipulation. In an age where midi controllers and Laptop computers are replacing old technology like the turntable, I thought it would be a great to demonstrate some of the old ways are still useful in a Dance music environment if used in context and flows with the genre of music you are manipulating. So peep the first episode for a new web series from ThatsThat label and myself called the MIXSET where we showcase some really cool quick mixes. Enjoy!!!