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Nov. 19, 2017
When you want to get your groove on, there's nothing like a bit of house music to get the job done. That's why "(dog made me) Funky!" In the beginning there was Chicago, and Chicago had a groove. And from that groove, came the groove of all grooves, and house music was born! Then came Garage House, Acid House, and Gospel House; Deep House and Disco House, Electo House and Euro House, Hard House and Diva House, Big Room House and Melodic House, Soulful House, Tribal House and Techno House. But, oh my lord, there's Funky House, with a groove so infectious it cannot be ignored. That's why, for Episode 52, I'm so glad "(dog mage me) Funky!"
June 27, 2017
How do you describe a set that's been more than 50 years in the making? With three simple words: "Rock the Remix" Episode 51 turns the clock back, way back in fact, with a set that's been more than 50 years in the making. Featuring songs from rock legends like Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Cream, Jefferson Airplane, The Beatles and more, this set of classic rock songs should bring back some memories, or maybe help you create some new ones. If you've been to any of the events I've played in the last few years, you've likely heard some of these tracks before. This however, is the first time I've put them all together in one set, and I've got to admit it's turned into one of my favorites. More than anything, I hope this episode proves that good music never goes out of style and proves appropriate to any age. So grab your Wayback Machine, it's time to "Rock the Remix!"
May 12, 2017
A return to mainstream and house marks Episode 50 of the podcast! Chock-full of fun stuff, this one is a "Triumph!" We've hit a milestone for the podcast and arrived at Episode 50! This set in particular, a return to mainstream and house, has been very deliberatly put together. From it's name, to the list of tracks, it's meant to be a celebration of us, all we've been trhough, and everything to come. We were all aflutter when President Obama lit the White House with the rainbow in honor of GLBT rights and nationwide Pride celebrations; and while we may be under attack right now from a more hostile President and Administration, we nevertheless need to remember how far we've come over the years, but how strong we are when we stand up as family, and remind them we will not go backward. With that in mind, this set is full of songs about love and sex, being catty and bitchy, happiness and sorrow, and most of all, the fun we all know when we get out on the dance floor and just leave everything else behind for a while to enjoy the music, the beat, and each other's company! So, c'mon with me on this celebration. Turn up the volume and revel in the "Triumph!" This set is dedicated to everyone who has ever stood up for our rights and made a difference, big or small. Thank you!
May 3, 2017
Dark, deep, groovy, like molasses for your ears, this is a slice of-tech house through my filter; it's my "tech-neeq." Another episode that has been a long time in the making; this time, it was a combination of technical and system issues, as well as my depression getting the better of me. But here it is, out at last. Like "Impact," you'll probably either love this or hate it, and as I've said before, that's okay; tech-house is not for everyone, or every mood. I absolutely love the deep, dark vibe; the heavy bass; the warped, distorted vocals; and yes, even the sense of humor and playfulness. So, as Madonna once said, "get into the groove." Go ahead, strip down to your underwear, turn the lights down low and the volume up high, boost the bass, and grab a partner (or not, if that's your thang). It's time to adopt a new "tech-neeq." This set is dedicated to Matt Christopherson (DJ Hazmat) for hookin' me up with the hardware I needed to record once again. Thanks Matt!
June 1, 2014
They say when you hit rock bottom -- after the impact -- there is only one way to go: up. Join the "Ascension." This episode has been over two years in the making; not because the music wasn't there, but rather because of the loss of my mother. I kept wanting to record; there had always been a plan for a follow-up to the cycle that was "Escape," "Freefall," and "Impact," but I couldn't bring myself to do it. Then, just as I was ready to get back behind the decks to record, my father passed away -- almost exactly to the day and time my mother had, but one year later. It was just too much, really; and so, the podcast -- like me -- languished. Finally, about a month ago, I picked it back up. "Ascension" (the title had always been that), the fourth in the four-episode set, had gone through many changes; a lot of the songs I originally had chosen no longer really fit the mood I wanted, but thankfully there was plenty of new stuff to fill it with. On May 5, 2015, I returned to my studio space, and recorded once again; now, it's ready to share. I want to dedicate "Ascension" to my mom and dad, who were always there for me when I needed them, who were proud of my DJing even if they didn't understand it. I love you mom and dad, and miss you every day. I hope you will find this trip into the Heavens both uplifting and enjoyable.
Jan. 12, 2012
The third in a four-episode set, "Impact" follows "Freefall" in a progression of the overall arc theme. This is an electro/progressive set. You'll either like it or hate it, and that's probably a good thing. This set was pulled together with a minimum of vocal tracks; I was honestly trying not to use any songs with vocals, but that's not always possible. I will say I had a difficult time pulling this one together, which is why it's been so long since I've released a podcast. This set is indicative of mood and feeling. Sometimes, it can be really hard to convey this particular place appropriately. I feel like I've sent a clear message, and I hope you are able to catch that. As for the music itself, chances are, unless you're a fan of the genre, there will be few tracks you'll recognize; I have played some of these out at my live sets recently, but not to this extent. Nonetheless, you should recognize some of the artists in here (Fedde LeGrand, Wolfgang Gartner, Adam K, and Deadmau5) from my other podcasts. As you listen to "Impact," please try to feel the music more than just hear it, or dance around your room to it (which, undoubtedly, you will). Bear in mind this is the third volume in the series, and it follows on the heels of "Escape" and "Freefall," both thematically and musically. As for volume four? The only hint I'll provide is: What comes after an impact? Remember, after the fall, there's no avoiding the "Impact."
May 27, 2011
The second in a four-episode set, "Freefall" follows "Escape" in style but not necessarily in theme. This is another mainstream house set you all seem to love so much; and while the music may be upbeat and happy, if you pay attention to the lyrics, you might notice what they have in common. There are some definite big hits rolling around in here: Adele's "Rolling In the Deep," Gaga's "Judas," Alex Gaudino's "What a Feeling" (which is sure to be a summer anthem), as well as new songs from Kylie Minogue and Robyn -- both of whom have rocketed into the consciousness of clubbers in the last year, despite their long careers as singers. I'm also really happy to toss in a few songs with male vocals; there's not enough male vocal in the club scene these days -- then again, it's always been about the divas -- so when good songs pop up with a male vocalist at the helm, I take notice. Pay special attention to "Without You," "Not Getting Any Better," and "Beautiful World," to hear what I'm talking about. Finally, this set ends on a bit of a darker note, musically speaking. It's a foreshadow of what's to come next, but I don't want to ruin the surprise by telling you too much. I will give you a hint though: What comes after the freefall? Fire up the MP3 player, put on your dancing shoes, and remember to close your eyes, becuase, after all, "if you close your eyes, it's a beautiful world." When your world is spinning, and everything seems out of control, it can feel like you're locked in a "Freefall."
May 13, 2011
We are, each of us, besieged. Overwhelmed by this and that, problems and circumstances great and small, some of which we can control, and others still both out of our control and uncontrollable. The world hands us lemons, and we make lemonade for a while, until there is no sugar left. The walls close in. The doors close and lock; the windows shutter tightly. The lights dim, and finally go out. And all that is left is hope; even if it may be borrowed. Hope for something better. Hope for tomorrow. Hope for clarity to see through the siege. And then a patch of blue sky breaks through. The climb may be exhausting, the goal out of reach no matter how many rungs we ascend. Nothing truly changes, for we are we, and the we remains; but just then there is fresh air, light, and the possibility of hope's promise, no matter how brief. So, take respite, even for a short while. Go ahead: Escape.
Feb. 26, 2011
Old songs, particularly the good ones, have a way of hanging around. Catchy "hooks" become the basis for a whole new song, as you'll hear in several of these tracks. Then again, the original versions of other were so popular, or so tapped into the zeitgeist, they've become ingrained in every generation to come after them. And then there are the classics, the songs we've been singing for decades, so they remain a part of the current consciousness, but unless given a "freshening," would be unpalatable on a club floor. It's the cycle of things; songs come, songs go, and some songs come back for a second, third, fourth, and more, round. In this go round, you'll find songs from George Michael; LIPPS, Inc.; Chic; Mike Oldfield (a name you may never have expected to hear in conjunction with a dance set); Faithless, Darude, Georgio Moroder, Stars on 45 (Yes! Stars on 45, can you believe it?); the Michael Zager Band; Everything But the Girl; Diana Ross; Aretha Franklin, and even Elvis. As I picked these tracks, I kept smiling and flashing back to the first time I'd heard them (yeah, I'm that old). It's been a fun walk down memory lane for me, and an even more fun notion thinking of how I'll drop each of these into a live set. Why? Well, not only because I can, but really, because they're that good and that fun! So, here you go, a collection of new remixes of some great songs dating back over the past 30 years, proving once again, that Everything Old is New Again!
Jan. 21, 2011
Mainstream sets are the most popular with all of you; I'm pretty sure this one will quickly become a favorite once you hear it. Upbeat, happy and bright, it's full of current chart toppers from the Freemasons, Katy Perry, Cher, Rihanna, Kylie and Britney Spears. Sets like this one seem to come together without any effort. The music seems to fit together easily, almost as if the songs were written to go together. Nowhere is that more evident than in the transitions between "Irresistible" and "Believer," and "Believer" and "Firework." I tossed in a couple of songs that are currently rockin' my world as well; Friscia & Lamboy's "Rock the Bells" and BT's "The Emergency." While the lyrics may not always be the happiest, the music certainly will make you a smile. I was so pleased with this set, it's going to be the one I'll send out with my Press Kits for the next few months. I'm sure once you've listened to it, you'll understand why I named it "Shine."