Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Chordial Recordings (Chapel Hill)
Activ-Analog (Charlotte) (7”)
Alma Soul (Madrid)
Friends With Benefits (San Francisco/Portland)
Sound Warrior (Jersey City/Berlin) (Upcoming 12")
My preferred method of spinning is Serato with control records since I have a very slim record collection left sad to say. I enjoy CDJ's also but will play on anything that will allow me to share my love of music with the people on the dance floor.
I started making IDMish/house tracks in the early/mid 90's after seeing mods in action. I bought a used Korg Poly-800 early on and later borrowed a friend's Nord Lead and a K2000 hooked up to the original version of Logic Audio before Apple bought it out - the version that came with a dongle to ensure against piracy. The word dongle always made me chuckle.
As for DJing, I messed around with the turntables at my college's radio station. My friends accused me of trading them (my friends) out for records. I started really DJing when I lived in New Orleans about 6 years ago. It never dawned on me to spin the music that I loved until then.
I created Pegasus, a queer dance party in Chapel Hill, NC housed in one of the first gay bars in the nation in the 60's and plan to bring back some variation of this in the future.
Otherwise I gig fairly regularly in random spots around the NC Triangle such as the Nightlight, Pinhook, and Arcana as Lady Fingers or as half of the duo Holy Tribady and Sir Elton Jane.
Find my latest 7" out on Activ-Analog:
Also Juno.co.uk should have more copies soon!
Sweat Equity Recordings
San Leandro, CA
Grew up playing music/singing in church and at home. In high School/College played in punk, rock, and jam/funk bands. In 1993 on Thanksgiving night I candy-flipped at a warehouse on Harrison St. in San Francisco. I have been in love with dance music ever since. Technically my first experience was in the parking lot of the Oakland Coliseum sucking down nitrous balloons at DJ Garth's Disco Bus but I digress...I started buying records and trying my hand at DJing in 1996-1997. In 1999 I started producing my own tracks. In 2004 I pressed 200+ copies of a white label of 4 of my tracks. I am more in love with this music than ever before. I live to be in my basement making tracks or on the dance floor shakin' my ass. Truth be told...I am a dancer. That's why I am here still a part of this scene. I just love dancing! Oh yeah...and I am an unapologetic raver that still sees the positive possibilities with the human race.
I DJ in Abelton Live with an AKAI APC40 controller. I generally will add some drum sounds and sometimes loops of tracks I am working on to add texture to the mix. I live for the extended mix of 2-3 tracks with added percussion. The way I like to mix is greatly influenced by the old Richie Hawtin set up 3 turntables and a 909. It s not uncommon for me to keep 2 or more tracks playing together for well over a minute.
Brussels & Rome
When I was a kid I listened often in my bedroom a radio show called Dj Mix on a Italian FM Radio, i used to recorded in tapes every session of the show. It was in 1984 and I played those tapes for years over and over before starting to buy those vinyls I was listening in my walkman. It was Acid House! At the same time I discovered the New Sound of Belgium called New Beat!
Some years later my vinyl collection were growing up more and more, collecting early house, italo disco, new wave, acid house, experimental music, rocksteady, minimal synth...
In the early nineties I played in Switzerland (Geneve) for the first time in a famous place called L’Usine, the sensation making and seeing people dancing started me as DJ until nowdays.
When I moved to Brussels in 1996 I started my radio show on an independant radio called Radio Panik (www.radiopanik.org). In 1999, with some friends we created our label called Pneu (www.pneu.org) and we start to run some parties. In 2005 I met some italian djs and I started to collaborate with them (Discolooser, Subwoofer, Cockette,...)
I mostly use vinyls but also cds. When I travel I use as well Serato Scratch.
I’m still running my radio show each wednesday from 8.30 to 10 pm on Radio Panik 105.4 FM Brussels
We recently released on Pneu Records the LP Palais Chalet: a compilation with some bands that played at our party during the last years.
Out soon my remix of Sambaca of ALIEN ALIEN on Roccodisco (featuring as well remixes by GM POP and Fabrizio Mammarella).. more remixes are coming.
Currently working with Hugo Sanchez & Rodion on a new project
.. Surprise soon!
I got into producing about 2 years ago with Ableton Suite.
Some of the best moments of my entire life, times where I have felt to be at the pinnacle of my existance, have been dancing with my friends to this kind of music, particularily deeper minimal/house. Having so much bass in this kind of music enables a very rare and intimate form of collective joy with those around you, because you're all simultaneously moving together while not just hearing the music, but (more importantly IMO) you're also feeling it together. That's been my experience with it, and being as touched as I am, and because of musics over all capabilities for my personal growth, I feel the need to contribute. I feel the need for others to have these feelings that music makes me have when I'm dancing with those dear to me. So I bought Ableton.
I've only ever DJ'd with Ableton + APC 40. As I just mentioned, I got into Ableton for producing, I'm much more interested in producing than I am in DJing, but I certainly love to DJ. I'm still pretty new with production and everyone can hear it, but over all I improve in leaps and bounds with every new track I make. They're all on my soundcloud page, soundcloud.com/tisdale
That being said, after learning production basics in Ableton, I just kind of inherently knew how to DJ based on everything I had already learned, so why not put it to use? Oh, also I made this mix "live" in my room in one shot with said software/hardware.
I've recently begun my most exciting musical venture called "WHAT?" with Trevor Sigler, Joe Pickett, and Dima, which is every wednesday at 222 hyde from 7 to midnight. I'm enjoying DJing but am even more passionate about making music and learning. I would love a mentor who's well versed in production that might want to take on a n00b 🙂 Also if you like my mix and want me to DJ for you, just ask, I'd love that!
I started playing around with production when I was 11 or 12 with a software called DM2 I believe. Haven't stopped ever since. I started out playing off a laptop but I've taken up playing vinyl exclusively instead. I occasionally bring some CD's out as well. The recording set up was very basic (it's all we can get in the forest) Two turntables. 1 CD player, a Behringer mixer and my Abelton Live to capture the audio.
I am simply floating around these days, occasionally playing parties in Brooklyn a few times a year for the Sunrise Over Monitor kids. Looking forward to playing for some fresh faces before the end of the year and generally I'm just looking to have lots of fun!
I started collecting records beginning of the 90's, every single place visited was good to find records.
Quickly this passion grew and I've started to play in radio shows for the late night programs where only the addicted were tuning on to listen to some new amazing sounds.
In 2004, I started to play in Brussels (Belgium) from bars to bars and parties to parties.
In 2006, I landed at Le Belgica (in Brussels downtown gay district). It is the first dj bar in Brussels, where they filter beats and vibes for more than 24 years now. They have a great sound system and an absolutely amazing crowd ready to party!
These left me some really good memories of best parties ever like the annuals street parties or the special events where the bar and the street are over crowded!
Beside Le Belgica, I've spinned records around Belgium either for private parties in some amazing location like castles, met amazing people like all the Russian advertising crew for the Martini photo shoot; or played in some club that have true soul like Cafe Capital (Antwerp) or Brussels T Dance the Sundays afternoon (organized by the Naughty Team).
Check the agenda on dizzyjee.com to find me where i'm spinning records.
Website : http://www.dizzyjee.com
Facebook Page : http://www.facebook.com/dizzyjeepage
Soundcloud : http://soundcloud.com/dizzyjee
Mixcloud : http://www.mixcloud.com/dizzyjee/
Podomatic : http://dizzyjee.podomatic.com
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/
SQURRRL & Rocket Collective
I got into DJ'ing about 2 years ago after I started going to school for Audio Production. The production side of things really sparked my interest in DJ'ing and mixing other tracks together.
I use Traktor with a Denon DN-MC6000LE controller, I also use Serato Scratch and/or CD's for gigs that the DJ booth has less room in. I recorded this set with Traktor and its internal mix recorder.
Right now my biggest focuses are: A) Graduating, B) SQURRRL and all things we are planning for the future, C) Getting Rocket Collective off the ground to help benefit Burning Man camps and attendees. I'm also releasing an album in mid March accompanied by a release party. I had a remix released on February 10th on Coconut Palm Records. Its a tech house remix of Electro Crazed's "Dark Harmonies," http://soundcloud.com/tsigler3441/dark-harmonies-tss-rmx.
I have nurtured a lifelong passion for music. From a very early age I experimented with recording music, and began learning about music production in earnest at the age of 13. I've since produced music for myself and others in genres spanning house, disco, electronica, and rock; check out my profile at soundcloud.com/heskanen to hear select examples of my work.
My DJ experimentation began while immersed in the club scene of Munich, Germany in 2006 and 2007 as the minimal techno scene was at its peak. Soon afterwards, I acquired turntables, started honing my mixing skills, and developed a DJ aesthetic that encompasses disco, Chicago- acid- tech- and deep- house, and techno.
I moved to San Francisco in November 2009 and immediately felt at home in the city’s alternative queer club scene. I joined the Solid crew (www.solid.dj) in January of 2011. Recently I joined forces with fellow GHT-ers Trevor Sigler, Mat dos Santos, and Brian Maier as Rocket Collective (www.rocketsf.com).
Since starting my DJ career in January 2011, I've played at venues including the Stud, Qbar, Rebel, Powerhouse, and 222 Hyde, and I've contributed podcasts to Honey Soundsystem and Electronic Music Bears.
I typically use Serato Scratch Live with control vinyl. It marries the convenience of digital storage with the satisfaction of manipulating the turntables. However I'm continuing to grow my vinyl collection.
In January, Rocket Collective launched our new event called ROCKET, which is a party every fourth Saturday at Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco for queers who like underground dance music and radical creativity (as practiced at events like Burning Man, for instance). ROCKET is every fourth Saturday at Rickshaw Stop.
I'm part of a rotating crew of resident DJs at JOE, the Friday night party at Lookout.
I frequently play guest gigs around San Francisco.
I'm continuing to upload new songs and mixes to www.soundcloud.com/heskanen.
StirSound/Gays Hate Techno
I started djing about 13 years ago and got into after getting tired of playing guitar in bands. Producing came around the same time when it dawned on me that I could have control over every aspect of the sounds I was creating instead of just the limited scope of a guitars sound. I really started leaning into production after I got my degree in recording and finally knew my way around a studio and became more fluent in the hardware/software that I was using. Somewhere around the age of 21 I started StirSound as an outlet for both myself and other unknown artists and built a great network of friends. Been musically hibernating for a few years after moving back to the States from Europe and finally getting back into both making and playing music.
I started out playing all vinyl, switched to Final Scratch and really felt a loss in the emotional connection between what I was playing and what I was feeling. I switched back to all vinyl again when I lived in Europe and was djing full time but now that I’m stateside, there are no record stores in DC, and the dollar sucks for buying records from overseas (especially as a poor student), I’m using a combo of both Traktor Scratch and vinyl. This mix was recorded with Traktor with 3 decks and a controller because I didn’t have access to decks. It gave me the opportunity to loop and layer more so there’s quite a bit of 3 tracks playing at a time in this one.
I’m really excited to be working behind the scenes with the Gays Hate Techno crew at the moment. Not sure where it will go but hoping to bring some great podcasts promoting gay artists and djs. Been working on a bunch of new tracks that I can’t seem to find the time to finish. Had a remix come out on Black Montanas under the name Controlled Choas recently and another coming out on More or Less out of Baltimore in the near future.