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Old 06-10-2010, 03:47 AM   #101
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All the parties I went to and played @ from the beg to now have also influenced me. The experience I have at them. The conversations that take place. The magic within all that.
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:21 AM   #102
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1. Any thoughts or attempts to incorporate Drum and Bass into your House mixes?

2. After DJ'ing for so long, how are your eardrums?

3. Yay or Nay:
a) Koochy
b) Italo Disco
c) Booka Shade
d) All Ages venues
e) DJ's are rockstars

4. House of House - Rushing to Paradise Just wanted to share this with you.

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Old 06-10-2010, 05:53 AM   #103
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1. Any thoughts or attempts to incorporate Drum and Bass into your House mixes?

2. After DJ'ing for so long, how are your eardrums?

3. Yay or Nay:
a) Koochy
b) Italo Disco
c) Booka Shade
d) All Ages venues
e) DJ's are rockstars

4. House of House - Rushing to Paradise Just wanted to
share this with you.

1. No although I did, many many moons ago...play dnb.
2. I last got them checked 3 years ago and they were somehow healthier than avg.

a. Armand is a creative cat which I can respect. This starts ok/fun and then becomes 2 much with the "here is my car" sample. He did something w
pharell that sounded cool but it was not that suv thing. So...YaNay?

b. Some yay some nay. Allot of the yay is genius tho. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhIXU4IXLWg


c. Yay. dope production.

d. Yay. The youth are everything in a sense within dance music. The venues may have to be a bit more "controlled" but I'm for it.

e. A few are. Most wannabe. Many get treated like one. In general no tho. Nay. But u can def live like a rockstar so...?

4. Two people told me to check out tunes in this thread. Of the two you both suggested this one. Def dope. Not something I would play regularly but a must for the collection. ty
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5. Jazzanova - That Night (Wahoo Mix) For all the late night slouchers forever halfway between a bed and the dance floor.


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Old 06-10-2010, 06:59 AM   #105
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Have you made a stop in Portland, Oregon?
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Old 06-10-2010, 03:55 PM   #106
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Have you made a stop in Portland, Oregon?
I don't think so. Maybe years ago but...Nah don't think I ever did. . How is the house scene?
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Old 06-10-2010, 04:08 PM   #107
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For those who like it deeper. If anyone knows this I will be impressed. Crap recording tho.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwMM-...eature=related
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Old 06-10-2010, 07:28 PM   #108
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I don't think so. Maybe years ago but...Nah don't think I ever did. . How is the house scene?
I'm more into Trip-hop and down-tempo (DJ Shadow, Thievery Corporation, and Kruder & Dorfmeister) which is not so popular here. The deep house scene is pretty cool back in 2002 - 2004; back then Mark Farina, Miguel Migs, and Kaskade frequently had shows in Portland. Indie-electronic hipster music is now the fad. Dub-step is gaining popularity.
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Old 06-10-2010, 07:51 PM   #109
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Fabric in London recently went into administration, as well as some other big venues / promoters. Any insight into any of this? Seems like something beyond just the recent financial crisis etc.
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Old 06-10-2010, 08:14 PM   #110
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For the guy who said Stereo in Montreal was amazing before it burned down twice, I know a lot of people that always say that but the place re-opened and it's still a good spot, the sound system is still top notch and the crowd has become more mainstream but you still have an amazing vibe.
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Old 06-11-2010, 12:13 AM   #111
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Are u german? If so that puts some things into perspective
Yes, I am.

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Influences in terms of DJ's and such.
More recently noone in particular. I like listening to a good dj diz set but I like R hawtin as well.
It's so f***ing amazing how much good music comes from Canada. Only 30 mil ppl, but lots of quality stuff. I can really go far far back when I started digging EDM and easily name Canadians that were among my absolute faves. John Acquaviva in the early/mid 90s comes to mind. And since you mention Richie Hawtin: I still think there's little better than the "Hotel Scandalös" (means "hotel outrageous" or something like that) party at Robert Johnson in Offenbach, Germany. (Hawtin and Villalobos are the DJs.) It's been running for years, never ends before noon (and then there are the afterparties), and it's always insane. More technoid than what I usually like but still unbeatable. Only Andrew Weatherall can top the **** they're running there imo.

I mean, if you go through the list of Canadian acts at RA, it's pretty much all quality: Akufen, Caribou, Cobblestone Jazz, Mathew Jonson (!!!), Basic Soul Unit, Deadbeat. I could go on

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Old 06-14-2010, 11:50 PM   #112
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For the guy who said Stereo in Montreal was amazing before it burned down twice, I know a lot of people that always say that but the place re-opened and it's still a good spot, the sound system is still top notch and the crowd has become more mainstream but you still have an amazing vibe.
I saw a few comments about stereo. I have not played or been there since they reopened it after the fire. I heard it became more commercial and less "special" but I'm sure its still the best after hours club in MTL.

Stereo was a special room. Most def. But I don't think it ever lived up to its full potential for a bunch of reasons I won't get into or at least now now (no time and don't know if it would be appropriate). IMO it could have been as legendary and as special as some say it was. What I am insinuating is that people spoke of it as "church" and such and I'm sure it was to them which I 100% respect...But at the same time if it really realized it's full potential then it would truly have been legendary. Perception is reality tho and people loved it regardless and prob still do. I just think it could have been so much more and truly legendary. It was to my knowledge...The last room of it's kind.

Regardless tho...Even tho I'm saying it could have been more than what it was in my eyes...I still had a blast playing there and being there. I def need to check the "new version" out.
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Would you want to play at this Rave?

http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=zUDT...eature=related
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Old 06-15-2010, 12:06 AM   #114
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Yes, I am.
That makes sense haha. Germans are so so so passionate about there house / techno and are even a little snobby about it haha. Again not a bad thing but it puts some of ur comments into perspective. U love ur music and are not afraid to give ur opinion. I respect that.

I'm even like that to a certain extent tho I learned long ago that people are going to like what they like no matter what u tell them. IE I used to tell people who loved "artist x" - "wow..there **** terrible...You need to check out this and that...That's true house" etc etc. I kinda dissed who they liked if it was like...Someone like Tiesto (who does suck lol..kidding..kinda) but now...When people talk to me about artists they love whom I don't like or find to be **** or whatever...I say "cool...But u should really check out some other stuff too and see if u like it".

Essentially...I encourage people to just have an open mind and give other styles / sounds / genres a good listen and see if it grows on them. Don't just settle for what is most "visible" within "house" because there is so so so much music. I have turned people onto stuff that they listened to once and hated...Listened to again and it kinda grew on them a bit...And b4 they knew it they were no longer listening to Tiesto and now listening to Quentin Harris or Dennis Ferrer etc etc.

Often when I play people tell me "i love this stuff! what is it?" and I'm like..."house" and they get confused lol.

House is allot of things and I encourage everyone to be open minded and check out as much music as possible and be open to the sounds you are hearing!

****...I even kinda dig Deadmau5's "ghosts n stuff" - I'd not play it...But I see the appeal.

/rant but yea...Germans love there EDM.
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Would you want to play at this Rave?

http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=zUDT...eature=related
Maybe in 1996 and if I was a DNB dj but no haha not today. I do really dig old school DNB tho and MC GQ is the mutha fkn man. Brings back memories of Grooverider and Ed Rush and all those DNB cats I used to play with.

Fwiw Raves are what got me into all this and I miss them. The rave period was the best period of my life. I had soooooooooooo much fun that it took forever to realize and come to terms with the fact that it would never be that special and that fun ever again. I sorta didint enjoy djing/ going out for an entire year because it just was not like it "used to be". Once I got over that tho I started having allot of fun again...But not like back in the rave days.

If a strong rave scene still exists somewhere...I'm talking smaller (200-500 person parties) with a tight community of cool friendly open minded people I'm ready to come play and cheap! Raves were so much fun and they just don't happen much anymore. I kinda figured rave was dead in terms of smaller non rave festival things. I do this one thing ev year which is sort of a reunion and have a blast.

Rave on
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Ravers/Electronic Music fans are generally very snobby about there sub-sub genre of music.

I can admit I am slightly the same way. I on;ly listen to like 3-5 different style of much. A few different styles of Electronic Genre and a few Metal Genres. But I'm not as bad as I was when i was a teenager.

I stopped going to raves in like 03 or something like that. They got corrupted after awhile and everyine was a DJ/Promoter it just for annoying and old.

These days I will go to see a certain DJ or something or to one of the locals weekly/monthly maybe once a year or so. There are a few promoters around here I have went to a few parties but nothing is like it was back in the 90's.

I rave in my tons of good memories.

I was asking more if you would like to play at a Church on a Sunday morning for a bunch of Crazy Christians that dance like there raving....lol
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Would you want to play at this Rave?

http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=zUDT...eature=related
Wow I totally missread ur Q. I thought u were asking if I would play that song at a rave and answered haha.

To answer your actual question...Maybe? Possibly? Over / under I'd prob take under tho.

MC GQ is still the man tho.
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Ravers/Electronic Music fans are generally very snobby about there sub-sub genre of music.

I can admit I am slightly the same way. I on;ly listen to like 3-5 different style of much. A few different styles of Electronic Genre and a few Metal Genres. But I'm not as bad as I was when i was a teenager.
Yeah everyone is a snob now in terms of EDM. sigh. . I have been into metal since I was like 8 tho. Anyone from Motley Crue (Theatre of pain) to Venom to Metallica to...Shiz...Heaps of metal haha.
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That vid is so on point though. Whoever created it was a ****ing genius it works so perfect.

And yes MC GQ is the ****.
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If someone works a 40h a week day job, and whats to just start playing around with turntables etc... what would you reccomend. I would like to try to produce some stuff after practicing a lot.

How much would an "ok" system start up cost.
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Maybe in 1996 and if I was a DNB dj but no haha not today. I do really dig old school DNB tho and MC GQ is the mutha fkn man. Brings back memories of Grooverider and Ed Rush and all those DNB cats I used to play with.

Fwiw Raves are what got me into all this and I miss them. The rave period was the best period of my life. I had soooooooooooo much fun that it took forever to realize and come to terms with the fact that it would never be that special and that fun ever again. I sorta didint enjoy djing/ going out for an entire year because it just was not like it "used to be". Once I got over that tho I started having allot of fun again...But not like back in the rave days.

If a strong rave scene still exists somewhere...I'm talking smaller (200-500 person parties) with a tight community of cool friendly open minded people I'm ready to come play and cheap! Raves were so much fun and they just don't happen much anymore. I kinda figured rave was dead in terms of smaller non rave festival things. I do this one thing ev year which is sort of a reunion and have a blast.

Rave on
Idk, I think you're just older (and wiser, of course) and have maybe "lost the magic." If you ask me, rave culture is alive and well, even if it's at massive festivals. It's more mainstream but that doesn't take away from the magic of it--if lots of people are rollinnn to the party then the vibe will be great no matter what.

Definitely that PLUR still goin on. Think I'm gonna learn how to give lightshows sometime so I can continue to go to them even once I have retired from my "career," so to speak

Honestly try L.A. sometime if you get the chance.
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Stereo was a special room. Most def. But I don't think it ever lived up to its full potential for a bunch of reasons I won't get into or at least now now (no time and don't know if it would be appropriate).
I think I have a theory as well but I agree that it wouldn't be appropriate to talk about it.

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Idk, I think you're just older (and wiser, of course) and have maybe "lost the magic." If you ask me, rave culture is alive and well, even if it's at massive festivals. It's more mainstream but that doesn't take away from the magic of it--if lots of people are rollinnn to the party then the vibe will be great no matter what.

Definitely that PLUR still goin on. Think I'm gonna learn how to give lightshows sometime so I can continue to go to them even once I have retired from my "career," so to speak

Honestly try L.A. sometime if you get the chance.

I'm aware rave culture is still very alive. I just think what they once were was dead for the most part. Rave festival type things are fun to play @ cuz like...Well...U get to play 1/hr for XXXX$ for 10 k people + and kinda find it absurd and wonderful all @ once. Been to LA to play a few times. Never raves tho.
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I think I have a theory as well but I agree that it wouldn't be appropriate to talk about it.

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Were you part of xvi?
Stereo just had, well, too many ego's / morons (for lack of a better word) / and generally sketchy people "running it". There were some cool people as well but for the mostpart meh. It was as if they had the thought "What can we do to ensure we lose more and more $$$ while remaining as uncreative as possible" or something like that.

The only reason I know about any of this is A friend was a resident there. That club and all the sh it he had to deal with playing @ it made him basically retire. He complained to me bout it week in week out for a year till he finally quit.

So crappy it never got into the hands of a proper team. It may be in one now...I have no clue.

What is xvi? Nope.
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If someone works a 40h a week day job, and whats to just start playing around with turntables etc... what would you reccomend. I would like to try to produce some stuff after practicing a lot.

How much would an "ok" system start up cost.
Produce music or DJ or both ? You can prob get a decent setup for 1 k - 1.5 k ish? Do u want turntables or cd tables or ??? I'm not the best to ask...But yea prob 1-1.5 k. I may be wrong haha. Mine that I use @ home is worth around 4 k and is kinda high end so I presume 1.5 k gets u something decent.
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