Thursday, 29 December 2011

Not Long To Go...

I'm lying in my bed - having renewed my TID-PRO (enough of the fucking promoting - ED!) and trying to find any tracks that will make my set that bit more original - we've got the visuals pretty much sorted out - that side of it was sorted out by one of my house mates - all that needs finalising is the playlist.

I've got a definite idea of the first two to three hours of the night - a more funky than techy slant than anything - having recorded what I was expecting to be the first hour of the set - it sounded like the mix belonged more later in the evening than the first hour - so that's probably gonna be the set list for the second or third hour - probably the second hour between 9 and 10.

Though the opening tune of the night has already been decided by myself - a song very close to my heart - and the mood will be similar for that first hour or so - getting tougher, funky, techy, deep and eventually trancey and hands in the air by time Big Ben thunders out!!!

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Monday, 19 December 2011

Hair We Go...

Evening all,

Here we are at the hairdressers - a lovely lil' place here in Folkestone - we're waiting for the blonde to kick in with the foils which have been put in by the lovely Louise who has done my hair on and off over the last few years - I've decided that if I'm going to look bloody great for NYE then it needs to be from the top downwards!

Did another two hour practice session last night - think we have an idea of what the opening tune will be on the big night - not wanting to give anything away however its a update of one of house music's all-time classics with a techy feel! Winner!

Gonna be here probably for another hour or so - then gotta get my secret Santa sorted out as the presents get dished out tomorrow at work - but I'm having difficulties in what to get them!!!

Probably gonna have Fajitas again tonight for dinner - then a toss-up between practice and the gym, probably the latter to be fair - gotta be looking fit and raring to go for the seven hour set!!!

Probably do another practice session about 9:30pm tonight for about an hour or so, work on my euphoric hour or so for NYE - gotta get those Trance classics sorted me thinks!!!!

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Sunday, 18 December 2011

Stripped Bare...

With some two weeks left till New Year's Eve and late last night - following watching an afternoon and evening of football involving FOUR separate leagues in Europe, I decided to take some time out to clear out any fucking programs which either clogged the lappy - which meant getting rid of quite a bit of stuff!

But it needed to be done, and needed to be done now, as I don't want there to be any issues ahead of planning of my sets which has already started of sorts, as I mentioned yesterday. I've also decided to put my VMS4 into Post-EQ mode - which means that I can map all the knobs and buttons the way that I want - which might mean - if I'm able to work it out - mapping the two channels either side of the channels that I use to control the decks to give myself more options like perfect loop-looping (I think that's how it should be said,) as well as more knobs to be used - might might give myself an knob specifically for loop manipulation as well.

Now, that is a thought!

Other ideas will be very, very welcome!

The other thing that is playing on my mind, is a visual show for the night - we've got a definite idea of what's happening at Midnight, but am looking for stock imagery to be changed on a hourly basis to change the atmosphere - again suggestions would be very much appreciated!!!!

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Saturday, 17 December 2011

Planning Ahead...

Not been messaging much on here recently, a lot of time has been spent planning my set for New Years Eve at Skuba here in Folkestone - its an 8pm - 3am set, and I am beginning to have an idea of how I am going to do the set.
8pm - 11pm will be mostly stuff from the past year of house and electro, and if I can be bother dubstep, however it will be very, very minimal to put it mildly. Lots of Guetta, Example, Avicii, Afrojack and Deadmau5 no doubt!
11pm - 11.55pmish will be the time I try to get the crowd into a full scale frenzy - been advised on line, to find tracks which have bells, ticking clocks, that sort of thing - probably be a lot of euphoric and classic house, mixed with some trance for that hands in the air feeling!!!
11.55pm - 12.05am is the time which will make or break the night, and I am not going to lie, I am really nervous about this, there are some ideas of how I'm going to do the countdown and all that...
12:05am - 2am is when I am going to go hell for leather, solid wall to wall anthem after anthem, no rubbish here!
2am - close is when I will slow the night down, might go for a bit of chilled out stuff, Leftfield, Bent, Zero 7, a bit of chilled DnB possibly - slowing it all the way down.
3.05am will be when I will be asking for four shots of Sambuca!!!!!
Job done!
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Saturday, 10 December 2011

Finding Those Classics...


I have spent the last few nights away from the decks - trawling the web looking for some very rare remixes of tracks which I adore - and up to a point I have succeeded. Well sort of!

I have been able to find the Euphoric Mix of Faithless' Don't Leave - first heard of it on the Transcendental Euphoria CD back in early 2001 - one of the very underused trance tracks which isn't on many of the ubiquitous Trance Classics album that have been released in recent months.

Probably a track that will be played on NYE!!!

There are a few other tracks that I'm looking for - Perfecto's remix of U2's Lemon being another one - and Full Intention's America being another!!!!

Please someone help!!!

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Thursday, 1 December 2011

Not Enough Time...

With needing to get back to the gym amongst other things - I'm not allowing myself enough time to get behind the decks for an hour or so a night.

Saying that though - went on them for about half hour last night - and it was almost automatic for me - seamless and crisp mixing from the off!!!

Am starting to wonder what sort of set I'm going to be doing for NYE - as its my first public and paid gig - I am thinking of making it as easy as possible for me - no elaborate tricks - just in case it goes all tits up!!!

Am also looking at possible headphones for the night - am thinking of just getting a new pair of V500s by Sony - but am also considering upgrading to the V700s.

Interesting times await.

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