Dots and Loops Radio
I got into DJing around 2003, after years of music hoarding, playing in bands and writing about music for some alt weeklies and rags in SF and Minneapolis. After forcing one too many mixtapes on a friend, she suggested I channel that NRG into DJing, and then got me my first gig (thanks, Campbell!). I also started composing film scores with that same friend using vintage synths, processed guitars and drum machines around that time. I moved back to the Midwest in 2008, and, re-fell in love with house and techno, and started taking the actual craft of DJing seriously. I came back to San Francisco in 2010 and started playing that stuff out, and, also recently started making music again.
When I started getting back into house & techno, I also started re-buying dance records and reconnecting with music I loved when I first started clurrrbbing. DJing those genres is still fairly new for me, so, playing and mixing with records and high quality coasters...I mean burned CDs, provides a really interesting challenge that I can't see myself getting tired of anytime soon. The fact that I now can mix the records I used to obsessively listen to in my little apartment in Minneapolis has been one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had. With that said, I also think Serato is perfect for events where I have to hop from one disparate genre to another, and, I use it when the need arises. I have always loved buying records, but, I also now enjoy the digital hunt and instant gratification it provides. Since it's the year 2013 and we do not appear to be moving backwards in time, I'll most likely continue to buy both.
I recently started a record label with two friends - dabecy and Exillon - called Jacktone, and, we just released our first 12” (jacktonerecords.com). I’m also trying to find the perfect home for my radio show/podcast I co-host called Dots and Loops. I’m venue shopping in SF and Oakland for a new residency, and gigging around town/everywhere as often as I can. I'm excited to focus more on production this year and am chomping at the bit to travel to new spots, meet some like-minded music jerks, and, continue to absorb everything I can about DJing and production. I feel like I learn 100 new things about music everyday and I hope that never changes. I'm truly grateful for all the opportunities I've been given so far by my pals and they never cease to amaze and inspire me. It feels great to be part of such a supportive music community, so, thanks for letting me submit this mix!
the Ribble Valley (British countryside)
I've always loved music especially from around the age of 17 when I started going to good clubs here in the UK like Gatecrasher, Sankeys, The Attic, The Music Box and Back to Basics.
I always wanted some decks at that age but could never afford them at the time. My friend got a pair of Technics for his 21st birthday, this was the first time I ever had a go at trying to mix but nothing serious. It wasn't until 3 years ago I got some turntables of my own at which stage I was really into the Deep House sound and that's what I started mixing with.
Personally I use Technics MK5 1210 turntables & Traktor Scratch Pro and I like both vinyl and digital formats. With so much good music out right now it's easier on the wallet to buy my music digitally.
I spend a lot of time searching for new music but DJ'ing is just a hobby, I've only ever done one gig before and that was last year for a mates birthday. Sadly I don't get much time to practice because of the neighbours. In the future I'd like to get more time behind the decks, maybe start a night of my own and dabble in some production.
dj at honey soundsystem (released music on hnytrx, ecstasy records, mr. intl records and untitled & after)
i started buying techno and house 12"around 1994 being inspired by the dj's i was seeing at the underground parties taking place in detroit. that insatiable desire to hunt down music hasn't diminished 18 years later. only the means to to do so has evolved.
i still lug around bags of vinyl to gigs but also play cd's. the one thing that hasn't changed is a tendency for being over prepared for a gig.
i currently dj around san francisco and beyond and help throw a weekly sunday night party with the honey soundsystem crew. on the side i continue to hone my production skills. coming up very shortly i've got a remix being put out collaboratively on 12" between honey soundsystem & cocktail d'amore. it's a song called "face love anew" by stereogamous featuring the vocal talents of shaun j wright. definitely check it out!
Desde niño me sentía atraído por los sonidos electrónicos y fui creciendo interesándome por todo lo que conlleva la electrónica, rodeándome siempre de gente que entiende el concepto de la música electrónica como arte. Siempre suelo estar mas en la pista de baile que trabajando como Dj , adquiriendo conocimientos y asistiendo siempre a todo tipo de festivales como "Sonar" , clubs como "Florida 135" ademas de Raves y conciertos. Siempre he tratado y he conseguido relacionarme con profesionales , de los cuales he aprendido a jugar, y actuar como Dj en alguna ocasión. Desde hace dos años participo una vez al mes en una emisora de radio de Belgica " Radio Panik" donde emiten mis Sets. para mi siempre ha sido muy importante el concepto de un set, tratando de crear historias y sentimientos . es lo que me gusta ofrecer . He tenido la ocasión de jugar en festivales independientes de moda "MIDE" y en algún que otro evento cultural.
Since childhood I was attracted by electronic sounds and I grew up being interested in everything that involves electronics, always around me people who understand the concept of electronic music as art. Whenever I'm usually more on the dance floor than working as a DJ, gaining knowledge and always attending to all kinds of festivals such as "Sonar" clubs as "Florida 135" in addition to Raves and concerts. I have always tried and I got to interact with professionals, of which I learned to play, and act as a DJ on occasion. Participated for two years once a month on a Belgian radio station "Radio Panik" where my issue Sets. for me has always been very important to the concept of a set, trying to create stories and feelings. is what I like to offer. I had the chance to play in independent fashion festivals "MIDE" and the odd cultural event.
Tuve la suerte de tener maestros de la vieja escuela que pinchaban con vinilos y aprendí a jugar con ellos, aunque actualmente uso el traktor pro 2
I use Traktor Pro 2 with a Traktor S4 mixer.
I am an intermedia artist who has been utilizing dj sets for over a decade to lure listeners into a sensorial state of deep rhythmic and melodic abandon. I'm thoroughly obsessed with collecting and playing with all the different types of deep sounds that the universe has to offer.
After a hearty career of fledgling undergrounding, I got involved with various crews throwing parties in Los Angeles in 1998 and by the year 2000 I had already amassed a sizable collection of deep wax. After finishing fashion school, I got a job with Ovum Recordings from 2003-2005 in marketing and promotions. It was really great experience getting to help out with Ovum shows around the states and especially at WMC. In mid 2004 I met one of the founders of BerettaMusic, Ryski, as we were constantly running into each other at gigs in Southern California. 2005 was the first year I attended DEMF, and became great friends with the rest of the Beretta Crew. I have been integrally involved with the label ever since. I started the deep podcast "Distance Over Time" (http://feeds.feedburner.com/distance_over_time) in March of 2009 which serves as a broader musical framework for Beretta artists to contextualize their work within and also as a gourmet supplement to their personal musical visions.
My ideal setup employs vinyl and serato scratch live with a kontrol x-1 on technics and all routed through a xone mixer - this is setup I created my GaysHateTechno mix with.
I've been making mixes for people for about 8 years. Traktor just makes it stupidly easy to fool around with music and whether you're playing with techno or ambient music, there's always something rewarding about looping and stacking sounds on top of each other. I understand method is everything in art, so I will avoid saying I'm a "dj" to save myself from the stale conversation around the definition of "dj labor". I just love these records. I'm not making a dime pressing these buttons.
I was a music writer for a magazine called Blow Up for many years and for most of those years I thought I'd always be on the listening side of the spectrum, never really getting my hands dirty. Attending techno stuff in NYC and in Berlin last year has inspired this anti-midlife-crisis phase where I have an itch to actually put stuff out there. We'll see how it develops.
It's all Traktor. Like a real poser.
I'm making podcast stuff for other friends running sites/parties. That's about it.
east coast underground, A/Vclub
I got into djing because I had to. It was the natural progression of things. I had been dancing and listening for SO long, the music is a part of me. I was collecting music and mixing it in my head. Djing was the next obvious step. It still hasn't been that long, but I am truly loving this new outlet. Really submersing myself in it. It's been a healthy addition to my life. I always have a project going on or thinking about what to do next. Still collecting lots of great tracks and building my library. I've been to some AMAZING parties with some fantastic dj's. That has set the standard pretty high... .I know what I think is good..... Well, don't we all?
I Use Traktor Pro, Vestax VCI-100, M-Audio FastTrack Pro, and my Dell Laptop
I host and dj a party every first friday called LOVE, located at Flask Lounge in Portland, ME.
I'm almost half way through my second year and it's going strong.
Other than that I usually do one or two other local gigs per month.
Check some other mixes out @ http://www.mixcloud.com/jamieosullivan/
I started DJ-ing when I was 16, I was a big techno fan that times, that was the genre I started with.. mostly the european scene. bpitch control, etc..
Not sure about the future, I'm doing it because it's a vital part of my life. I'm also getting deeper and deeper into production, on my way to find the best environment and tools I can work with..
Humanaut / VIA
I got hooked in middle school when Napster came around. I'd hear a lot of mainstream electronic music in the background of commercials, do a search for what the music was, and then download it. Over time I got to know the more underground producers because of the remixes they did of those tracks, and I just slowly went further down the rabbit hole into where I'm at now. Pretty early in I made the connection that this music had a party culture to go with it, and the minute I turned 18 I was dragging my high school friends with me to the Ohio clubs where I grew up. First time there that was that – I was hooked. Looking back on it, it was kind of weird the route I took into the music. Most of my friends entered into it through raves when they were younger, I came in from the opposite direction.
I really don't have a personal preference in method of playing. I love vinyl, I love CDJs, and I just fell in love with my buddy's Traktor S4 this past weekend (oh no!). My perfect setup will always include Tech 1200s no matter how advanced stuff gets.
Humanaut is my original baby out of the projects I have my hands in. That has been around in some form since 2004, and our goal with that one is to focus strictly on house and techno parties — the serious business. We just started a monthly called 'Out of Order' at a shitty punk club. Super dingy and dark — it's perfect. As of right now we have Kirk Degiorgio, Tin Man & Reference lined up to carry us into the summer. The other time suck for me is the VIA Festival, which we launched in October of 2010. It's an experimental A/V festival in the vein of Mutek, but with a bit broader range of music to it. It's not so techno oriented, although that is part of the programming as well. For the techno day of the 2011 version we had the Underground Resistance live band play, followed by a Humanaut afterparty with Sutekh, Donato Dozzy & Nuel. Edgar Um (from GHT) is also one of the main music curators for it. I've also been in the process of setting up a booking agency called Eightyº with Claude Young, Kirk Degiorgio and some really solid Pittsburgh locals like Shawn Rudiman and Pittsburgh Track Authority. I'm not getting much free time these days.