Live Aloha Mix 2013BEN
Because I miss Hawaii and all my Family/Friends on Oahu and Maui… These are songs that remind me of times on Oahu straight chillin’
I made this mix to bump in my car/ relax and I thought I should share with everyone. Enjoy!
- The Common Kings - No Other Love (feat. J-Boog & Fiji)
- Fiona - I’m In Love (tehBEN edit)
- Conkarah - Island Girl
- Rihanna - Diamonds - Shokkout Reggae Remix
- DJ Quickie - Buy U A Red Red Drank
- J Boog - Im Falling
- Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven - Major Lazer Remix
- The Common Kings - Wade In Your Water
- DJ Quik - Tha Bombudd
- Collie Buddz - Come Around
- J Boog - Low The Guns
- Junior Reid - Love Your Brothers
- J Boog - Mystery
- John Legend ft Buju Banton - Can’t Be My Lover - DJ Beatnick Edit
- Marcia Aitken - Im Still In Love
- Estelle ft Sean Paul - Come Over Remix
- Steel Pulse - Roller Skates
True DJs vs. Music Players
Today I come to present a very controversial subject, especially if you descend from the old school of DJs, from a time mixing music was a matter of true talent, accurate ears, agile fingers, knowledge of the music you had to play in advance and creativeness, to play with irregular tracks compared with the today’s ones, most from vinyl then, hardware created, and with the true perception of difficulty to mix the more you return the decade, going back to the 90s, 80s and 70s.
The youth nowadays has a vast apparatus in terms of both hardware and software that practically allow almost anyone to be a “DJ”, what the old could consider just Music Players, with no more need of accurate ears, agile fingers, previous knowledge of the tracks, with very well created tracks via software, with beats equally distant from each other throughout the whole track, thus requiring less talent. They do not need to synchronize beats with their ears and hands, software does that for them; they do not need to know if the tracks are appropriate to each other in advance, software can determine that for them; etc.
What are the parameters that should be used to classify someone as a real DJ?
What is the real DJ, someone with ability to mix music up or someone able to click Play in front of the crowd?
Should the assessment parameters be different, if any truly exist, when we consider DJs prior to the year 2000?
One of these days I have been presented to something that definitely led me to creating this topic, I came to know about the existence of the software Mixed In Key, this one: http://www.mixedinkey.com/
When I read this question at the bottom of the page “Are you ready to mix like David Guetta, Dubfire, Paul Oakenfold and many more?”, I thought to myself “so is with this that David Guetta has become the #1 DJ in the world? This man is pure crap as a DJ therefore”. I also thought that, if anyone can mix as the #1 DJ in the world, the scene is completely upside-down, coming to the conclusion that being a DJ today is a mere matter of opportunities to play, to be a Music Player.
Now another question that cannot be missed: what are the parameters that define the best DJs in the world, such as the DJ Mag’s ones? I confess, I do not know DJ Mag’s parameters, but I do hope those are based on technical skills. Does anyone know what it is about?
Today, can the status of #1 or best DJs be taken as synonymous with being famous? In other words, the more famous you are, the best DJ you become? How does DJ Mag and others classify the DJs in their lists?
Frankly speaking, if popular poll only is what defines the best DJs, I am sorry for all true and real DJs that do not occupy the first positions in the charts exclusively because they have no opportunities to show their jobs, to be famous, and be fairly judged and deemed real DJs, against possible Music Players that take the lead for being famous.
It is worth saying that some people do not know how to vote, they like the artists’ music productions and vote for them as a great DJ, totally different abilities.
The more radical ones consider these guys as the real DJs:
DMC World 1991 DJ David (Germany):
DMC World 1996 DJ MC Jack (Brazil):
To some others, the real DJs are the ones that forget about software facilities and does a similar job as Ferry Corsten did here below.
Ferry Corsten live in Tokyo, 2002:
To some others, probably the most recent DJs that have come to the scene, it is acceptable to become super star #1 DJ in the world with pieces of software like Mixed In Key, able to determine also if the tracks are compatible with each other, with little intellectual work.
And the possibilities to play the DJ go beyond this, nowadays being possible to do the job with software such as VirtualDJ, iPods and even mobile phones.
Oh man, come on, is that too easy to become a DJ today? Or rather, can they really be considered Music Players and nothing else? Does being #1 in the world really mean being famous only?
If popularity is what makes a Music Player a real DJ, should Madonna wish to be a Music Player, she will become the greatest DJ of the world, much beyond Guetta…
I myself do not mix with CDs or LPs, I use a Torq Xponent Controller. Why do I do like this? It is simple, I do not have CDJs or possibilities to mix with vinyl, it is a matter of money to invest. Am I worried with that? Not at all, I have software facilities, but I do not use them, I do it manually, making my ear more and more accurate and manually dealing with the jog wheel to avoid beats-mismatch. Am I silly and should be doing differently, playing similarly to what David Guetta does?
What are the outcomes of all this scenario?
In my viewpoint, thanks to this reality wherein technology and opportunities to be famous transform Music Players into DJs, naturally, to the ignoramus one that believes being a DJ is to be waving his hand before the crowd after clicking the Play button, now we have truly talented artists hidden due to lack of opportunities to demonstrate their abilities, whereas the most unskillful ones can become the greatest DJs of the world if they are granted the chance to click Play. Furthermore, competitions between true DJs and the fake ones are too fierce today, it is a lot more difficult for the real professional to join the scene, have opportunities, and payment gets lower and lower because now you do not need to hire an artist who deserves a fairly good payment, a Music Player will do it. What is the fate of the true artist in this new world of Music Players?
Last but not least, should we forget about all this pride that made DJs true artists in the past? Should we embrace the new technology and cross the fingers to have opportunities to be famous, accepting any payment for our jobs?
If you are 20 years old or less, maybe the answer to the last question is straightforward to you, you probably do not have the background of a 30 year old guy like me, someone who attended a DJ course and had classes on Vinyl and CDJs with no software present.
Please, have your say and let us foster a great discussion, with different answers expected depending on age and perhaps nationality too.
Regards from Brazil!
Maker + Meyer Mix [April 2013]
Brand spanking new mix from from Maker + Meyer ahead of their appearance at techno nirvana VOID this Sunday at Cafe 1001.
What is VOID about? Influenced by the sounds of London, Detroit, and Berlin, VOID is a showcase for local London artists. The music policy is techno only & our DJs are allowed to play without restraint or inhibitions.
Interested in VOID? Then check out our Like Page.
1] Percyl - Vision 2 (Mattia Trani Echo Rework) [Pushmaster]
2] Minilogue - Endlessness [Make a Beautiful Corpse]
3] Lucy - Finnegan (Pariah Dub) [Curle Recordings]
4] Minilogue - When Sadness Releases, Joy Arises (Grindvik and Zahn Remix) [Enemy Records]
5] Chris Page - Three Handed Soldior [Sonntag Morgen]
6] Function - Modifier [Ostgut Ton]
7] ad.lib & Silvision - Collide (Jeroen Search Remix) [Affin]
8] Alan Fitzpatrick - 9 Hours Later (Markus Suckut Redefinition 1) (M+M Edit) [8 Sided Dice]
9] Mike Dehnert - Ke Me [Fachwerk]
10] Magnus - Act Two (Truncate Remix) [Magnus]
11] SP-X - Internalize [Komisch Records]
12] Jeff Mills - The Keeping of the Kept [Axis]
13] Antigone - Circumpolar [Ars Mechanica]
14] Manzel - Manzel 002 [Manzel]
15] Nihad Tule - Shatter [Sloboda]
16] Heiko Laux & Diego Hostettler - Chicken Understood (Truncate Rmix) [Kanzleramt]
17] Deepbass - Nova (Psyk Remix) [Informa Records]
18] Surgeon - As You Breathe Here Now [Semantica]
19] Lucy & Silent Servant - Dormancy Survivors [Mote Evolver]
20] Recondite - Cleric [Dystopian]
21] Ilario Alicante - Raw-us (ROD Remix) [Pushmaster]
22] L.B. Dub Corp - Indulgent Dub [Stroboscopic Artefacts]
The January Disco Potential mix starts of a bit synth-wank with a retro flair before it starts flirting with pop, indie disco, and streamlined club music. I enjoyed making it quite a lot and I hope you enjoy listening to it. While the Tumblr application allows you to play it through your browser, I recommend that you right-click and download here.
- Discopolis - Kris Menace & Lifelike
- La Musique - Yelle
- I Wrote The Book - Beth Ditto
- Raw - Rudy’s Midnight Machine
- Ace of Hz (Punks Jump Up Remix) - Ladytron
- I Am The Beat (Treasure Fingers Remix) - Señor Stereo
- Disque Oh! - BeatauCue
- Hot Mess (Duck Sauce Remix) - Chromeo featuring Elly Jackson
- YSLM (Treasure Fingers Remix) - Burns & Fred Falke
- Missing (Fedde Le Grande Mix) - Everything But The Girl
- All You Need - Miss Kitten
Total running time: 54:31
Figure - Adventures in Time and Space Tour Mini Mix (192kbps FREE DL)
Sick 22min mix from Figure, ‘Adventures in Time and Space Tour Mini Mix’. Throwin’ dubstep and trap. [tracklist]
“Brand new mix in support of my Adventures in Time & Space 2013 Tour!
Original tour announcement link and full info here [link]”
The Fly Scientist (feat. Page & Silver Medallion 1)Drake & Coldplay
The Fly Scientist by Drake and Coldplay (featuring Page & Silver Medallion 1)