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'Terrible Weather, High Spirits'...


September 18th, 2018



Welcome back to another edition of my weekly blog!

 


When I walked out to my car early Sunday morning and saw the wet snowflakes coming down I was a little concerned but it did nothing to dampen my enthusiasm as I knew everyone at the 'Hustle for the House' being held by the Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta was going to be chomping at the bit.  Luckily I brought my tarp to cover what gear I didn't need out in the open and the crew brought me a tent to cover my gear with as I played on-stage during the morning.  Playing on the biggest and loudest system to date was amazing and although we were left wanting for sound it was more then enough to get people warmed up and moving in the cold.  Such a great day and I feel lucky to contribute in a small way to help sick kids and their families.


I also locked down a Halloween party doubling as a fundraiser for 'Canadian Blood Services' at Espresso Cafe which is exciting.  With the opportunity to showcase my skills and open up the possibility to play their marketed 'Chill Out' Fridays on a reoccurring basis I am more then a little amped.  I've started prepping my playlist for what I've been advised is an older crowd which totally suits me - because well, lol, I guess I am older now - and my style.  While I won't be bringing any bass reinforcement I'll be packing up the lights and for the first time my projector.  I'm hoping that the glow sticks I purchased a couple weeks back will come in time as it would suit this event perfectly.  The only thing left to figure out is what costume to wear :)




That's it for this week until next time make sure to 'Feel the Music'.

 




 'Full Slate'...


September 11th, 2018



Welcome back to another edition of my weekly blog!

 

 

It's shaping up to be an interesting week as I get prepared to play for the 'Hustle for the House' this Sunday morning.  I've heard that the weather is forecast to be sunny but with a cold front headed for the province on Monday you never know if old man winter is going to make for an early appearance.  Last year I was wearing gloves and a toque (it was that cold)...hopefully the weather stays.  Whatever Sunday brings I'll make it work even if it means just mixing on my phone to bring some energy for the crowd.

I have a client meeting this Thursday as well to do a fundraiser event with possibly some reoccurring work...I guess you might say I might be looking at my first residency which is exciting.  I won't divulge too many details since we're only in initial talks but I have a good feeling that this might open some doors down the road.  
I'll keep it short for this week and hopefully have some exciting news for next week and heck maybe even be finished up my studio :P


  

That's it for this week until next time make sure to 'Feel the Music'.

 



 House party recap...


September 4th, 2018



Welcome back to another edition of my weekly blog!

 

 

This past Sunday found me ripping it up at a client's 17th birthday party and from all accounts it was a doozy!  I will post a couple short clips from this event just showing the outside of the house and my setup.  I'm honestly just getting my feet wet into video and documenting gigs.  I'm not sure how other bloggers do it but I always find myself so into the gig that I'll forget to take a moment and take some candid shots or video.  I guess the best method is to 'set it and forget it'?

From about 8:30pm to 12:30pm I played a heavy hip-hop set with sprinkles of R&B and even a couple shots of country.  While everyone seemed down to grooving to some oldies I did my best to cater to today's hits along with multiple requests.  I will say that (and I know this quite well) there is soooo much music being put out today that it's impossible to know all the songs out there and it was challenging trying to field some of these requests.  I'm going to be changing up my format going forward in that I'll be upping my account at my BPM Supreme pool to automatically receive the monthly DVDs containing all releases for music and videos.  Along with just being able to search everything at once it will save time and stress searching for songs online at a gig.

On the business side I'll be looking to up my marketing this month and completing that pesky logo for 'Elevate Entertainment'.  I've also narrowed down a deal for a set of twenty battery powered pars.  I'm down to four at the moment and while these ones I'm scoping are limited to RGB the ability to run these units without cables will be fantastic and of course I'll still be able to create various colors and control them via wireless DMX.  I also splurged and ordered sixty glow sticks (I know glow sticks?) but at 50% off I couldn't resist and I see these as being able to generate a good return down the road.  If you didn't catch my Instagram post or my FB post from last week I also copped a DDJ SP1 which made a huge difference in being able to do access functions so much easier while playing on my DB2.

To close it out this week I will say that I really enjoyed myself playing the house party and I find myself with a new level of respect for all the OGs' who played out with vinyl.  I had a few interesting moments with guests bumping into my turntables and other equipment and one young woman who fell over and nearly land on her face and tip over my deck that was playing and have it precariously dangle over the table at a forty-five degree angle.  Ahhh!  Still it was a good time and I look forward to doing awesome events such as these down the road.

  

That's it for this week until next time make sure to 'Feel the Music'.

 



 Getting out there...


August 21st, 2018



Welcome back to another edition of my weekly blog!

 

 

Wow!  Summer is almost over, it seems like its barely started.  My studio is in flux again as I've moved it across the floor of my basement into a tiny little corner and wedged much of my PA system and accessories underneath the stairs.  It's almost like there was a plan to move everything over there and that's why I have gotten rid of so much gear these past few months.  It's super cozy in there - dark, but cozy lol - once I move everything off the floor and am able to navigate freely it is going to be super awesome!

Until I can do that though I am playing a charity event this Thursday in support of the RMHSA and Kids Sport at InjaNation...it's an event i did last year and we are looking to do it even bigger and better this year.  Once I have that sorted I can focus my attention on clearing my space, getting all my marketing done in time for fall and then really hitting the streets to hustle.  I'll be sure to take some footage so I can share with you next week or just check out my feed:)

  

That's it for this week until next time make sure to 'Feel the Music'.

 



 Find your path...


July 31st, 2018



Welcome back to another edition of my weekly blog!

 

 

Often were told we have to find our way to reach our destination...but what if your not sure of your destination?  What if everything you've done inevitably leads you in the wrong direction.  I'm reminded of a bit of sage advice from Oprah where she believed that we are all borne to follow a path and when we veer from that path we are eventually guided back.

The point of my abbreviated post today is for us to remember that who we are and eventually are meant to be may take some time.  Eventually you find who you are not so much by what you accomplish but what you also strive and fail to do.  Success without learning isn't as valuable as failing and learning from that experience.

Laugh at yourself with grace and live without hesitation or regret because at the end of the day death is another day closer and a life without working to find your path is not actually living.

 

  

That's it for this week until next time make sure to 'Feel the Music'.

 



Less is more...


July 24th, 2018



Welcome back to another edition of my weekly blog!

 

 

When I look back at the first setup in my office I remember the excitement in having actual equipment to mix on after so many years of dreaming and saving. 

 

Two Technics MK5 and a DJM 3000 mixer.

 

That was it and really that’s all I needed.  The studio migrated from the office to the basement and over the years I’ve added and subtracted gear but my fondness for the bare necessities has never changed.  The studio however ballooned from that original seven-foot table to well over six tables and still that wasn’t enough to hold all the gear I’d accumulated.  Much of it was left covered and taken out only on the odd occasion.

 

While I was very hesitant at first to let items go these past several months have been very cathartic in shedding much of the studio.  I’ve been up well before dawn these days rearranging and condensing tables.  I’m down to a much more manageable space and reclaimed a decent area of the basement back.  I still have a few pieces to go but it’s been a nice burden to have lifted trying to even consider what to play much less learn all the features.

 

I’ve had more time to focus on practicing and creating sets and overall have more fun and even doing some scratching.  It’s unleashed more creativity and my passion for playing music again.  I’m very much looking forward to my gig next month and even though I’ve got several plates up in the air with getting Elevated Entertainment up and running it’s fun being back in the (smaller) studio.

 

  

That's it for this week until next time make sure to 'Feel the Music'.

 





 All In...


July 17th, 2018



Welcome back to another edition of my weekly blog!

 

It’s been a great week as I locked down a gig for next month, saw a great show out put on by the crew at EyeThought Records and had an amazing meeting with a friend to catch up and talk business.

 

I’ll be out playing next month for a charity dodgeball fundraiser that I also played last year.  I’ll look to record and upload the event but keep an eye out as we are looking to get the event put on by a television channel :)


The Peerless show was on point again, always a great lineup with some cool electronic vibes.  I can’t give enough off shout out to all the crews who run local shows like this in YYC.  It’s not easy building something organic and these guys/gals are putting it all out there to bring you tomorrow’s next big things out there for you to enjoy today.

 

Lastly I met up with a friend who imparted a lot of advice on business and how to succeed.  If I were to take away one thing and it’s nothing new that I haven’t heard before it’s this: 

 

You must move forward and do the next thing to achieve your goal.  Fail forward, standing still will not get you closer to where you want to be.

 

That's it for this week until next time make sure to 'Feel the Music'.