When the floor clears…

It’s hard for you not to take it personally.  I know.  Sometimes you drop a record, take a chance, or change up styles from the last guy and suddenly the dance floor is deserted.  There’s this little pang of anxiety that tugs at you and you question everything.  Even worse is when you put on one of those records that you have to sit through or make a very noticeable and awkward transition out of.  But take heart.  Not only can you recover your floor but remind yourself of this: Everyone who comes back to dance is coming back for your music.  So when the floor returns you own it.  Sometimes clearing the dance floor is the surest way to find your newest fans.

The master lays it down about vinyl fetishists.

Derrick Carter: “Man, I get so many people really up in arms about playing vinyl. I remember bringing a pitch-control cassette deck to parties to play stuff that wasn’t on vinyl. And reel-to-reels. It’s always been a matter of using the format you had the hot business on. It’s just that it was usually vinyl. Maybe you don’t feel like taking your four-track to the party. There were always other avenues. I like Traktor, I got a little rig. It’s nice. But for sheer portability, I have a whole set on my keyring. Literally, in my pocket as we speak. That’s nouveau amazing. I got 64GB of hot shit on my keys. I’m at the grocery store, 64GB of hot shit. I’m at the gas station, 64GB of hot shit. I’m at the car wash, 64GB of hot shit. Wherever I go, I got a party starting in my pocket. A party in my pants, more or less.”

Go read this article:

http://www.djmag.com/content/qa-sneak-farina-carter

Deathandtaxesmag – EDM is the new American bubble

http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/199160/edm-is-the-new-american-bubble/

This is brilliant.  I wish I had written it.

Those of us who have been around for a while, who are in it for the music instead of the drugs or the massive festivals… We will always be here.  While the popularity of our music comes and goes (this is not, by any means, the first time “EDM” has experienced a swell in popularity) there are those of us who continue to dig, filter, and play the music that moves us.

Mauski’s Summer Mix Tape

Just ran across this killer mix of house & garage from british DJ Mauski.   There has recently been a resurgence of the sound that I fell in love with a decade and a half ago.  The deep, dirty & thick house & garage of the late 90’s is back in vogue but with even slicker production techniques.  Mauski’s mix is a tour of everything that brought me into the House world to begin with.   It’s also got a free download.  Get on it and get educated:

Support with your wallet

A lot of people in our scene throw around the word “support.”  As in “support this event,” or “with support from (big name DJ)” or “support your scene.”  I, for one, am all about support.  But these words are hollow when they’re followed by “can I get on your guest list,” or “can you hook me up with a promo copy?”  The words mean nothing if you don’t support with your wallet.  Pay the cover at your DJ friend’s show.  Your physical presence is supportive, but “support” comes in the form of money.  Playing a producer’s track at your club night is awesome.  BUYING it is far better.   If you go to Starbucks and pay $5 for a freaking soy late then you can throw down $2.50 for the new hotness.

Support with your wallet.

Kon speaks some truth in RA interview

Kon speaks some truth in RA interview

Click the above link ^^

In a brilliant and insightful interview, Kon (“King of Nothing”) drops a little truth on the annoying vinyl purists.

“There’s a lot of people out there that are like, “I only play vinyl.” But what are you playing? You’re playing new music, right? You’re playing house music… How did you make the house record? On tape? Did that go through an SSL board with vintage analogue stuff? No. You made it in Ableton. It’s a digital wave pressed on a piece of plastic. You’re not playing analogue. I think a lot of people don’t understand the chain.

Yeah, you’re playing vinyl but you’re not playing the essence of what it’s about. Vinyl is about tape being committed to the format. I wish there would be a warning like “This contains explicit lyrics”. There should be a warning: “This is vinyl but it was made digitally”.

Great read.  Definitely go check this one out.

Why I hate the term EDM

“EDM.”  It’s short hand for “I’m new to this.”  It’s a term that has sprung up recently with the explosion of festivals like EDC and the influx of new, young, excited fans.  And I’m all for these new fans.  We always need new blood in the scene.  But when I hear someone use the term “EDM” I cringe.

Part of my distaste is just “old man in the scene syndrome.”  I can admit that after 15 years of dance floor and DJ booths I’ve got my own idea about what’s what.  But mostly what gets to me is that, in my mind, EDM represents the “trancification” of dance music and the scenes that surround it.

It happens to everything awesome.  First we had house & techno.  Then came trance.  It was fast, had huge synth melodies and epic breakdowns.  And it was massively popular.  And for some reason the trance sound and formula started to infect everything else that was awesome.  In the 90’s they took house, mixed it with trance, and we got progressive house.  In the 2000’s they took electro, mixed it with trance and gave us “electro house.”  A few years ago they got ahold of dubstep and have trancified that as well.

To me, EDM represents the trancification of my preferred style of music.  It’s the packaging and selling of something that used to be hidden in dirty warehouses and dark basements.   It’s a term that tastes cheap, plastic, and like music industry marketing.  It makes me think of 18 year old kids who think dance music was invented by Skrillex and Deadmau5, who downloaded a free “dj” program to their laptop and are playing the beatport top 100 at a frat house.

Some of these kids will progress and mature into great performers.  Most will not.  While I hope that electronic music will continue to grow and evolve I hope that the term EDM will fade into memory.