Mixtape alert! My new SXSW promo mix + interview just dropped over at the tastemaking Media Contender website. Read about the effects of caffeinated chewing gum and the exact sandwich I’d concoct for YOU. Check out both the mix and interview here:
Here’s my description of the mix: “A varied array of some of my favorite 140bpm bass music jams. We’ve got my own music, music from friends, xxxclusives (cue Funkmaster Flex Bomp Drop), set staples, dubstep, 4×4, hip hop, and grime (if you can’t tell from the track list, I’ve become grime-obsessed), all put together with no regard for human decency. I do horrible things to these songs. Horrible, horrible things.”
Sometimes you need to hear a song at a party for it to click. What am I talking about? Let me paint a word picture for you.
It’s the last night of SXSW. I’m at “Silent Disco” in a place called “The Enchanted Forest.” The Enchanted Forest is exactly as it suggests. We are in the middle of the woods with fantastical decorations, lights, surroundings, and activity (hula hooping FTW). There are no speakers at this soiree, only headphones. At all moments, 2 DJs are playing, and you can select between the two jockeys using a switch on the headphones. You also have an implicit third channel, namely silence/conversation. Headphones off: silence and weird half-singing. Headphones on: 1 of 2 dance parties, your choice!
So, I’m there, getting my groove on, busting pretty awkward dance moves left and right. I’m tuned into station A, which is playing very relaxed funk, jazz, and soul. All of a sudden during a calm ambient number, I notice half the people at the party going crazy. Naturally I jump to the other station. What do I hear? This month’s #1 song. The funny thing is, I had heard the song many weeks earlier, and I thought it was pretty cool, but nothing special. At this party? Holy crap! Best song ever! Song of the night for sure! My dance moves get crazier, I start busting moves left, right, up, down, diagonally, and the energy of the party increases with great intensity. Jumping, clapping, singing, the whole nine yards.
Before this moment, I couldn’t have cared less about this particular song. Now I can’t get enough of it. It’s one of my favorite songs. All thanks to an enchanted, silent night at the wooded disco.
March Top 10
1. Adele – Rolling In The Deep (Jamie xx Shuffle)
2. Burial, Four Tet & Thom Yorke – Ego
3. Africa Hitech – Out In The Streets
4. Tom Encore – Spellbound (Zeppy Zep Remix)
5. DJ Madd – I Know It’s You
6. Mele – Trappin (Mensah’s Future Grime Remix)
7. Siriusmo – Signal
8. Nadastrom – Theo
9. Mr. Mitch – Pimp Shoes
10. Munnibrotherz – Moon Chon Chayoh (Zombie Disco Squad Remix)
For more new (and old) tunnidge, here’s a live mix I just dropped for DEFREZ Sound Sessions in my living room. Click the link for track list.
Then, I’m speaking on a panel at 3:30pm at the Austin Convention Center, Room 16B w/ Mike Relm, 2nd Nature, and Adam King from Native Instruments. The panel is called “DJ Technologies: Going Beyond Two Turntables & A Microphone.” For more info, CLICK HERE.