Upcoming DJ Gigs
Saturday, October 2nd
The Great Dane - Fitchburg
10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
no cover = lots of fun!
At a Glance: The Studio
Mackie 32-8 mixer
Echo Audiofire 12 soundcards
Numark NS7 turntables w/ NSFX
Native Instruments Maschine
Sony Vegas, Sound Forge & Acid
A couple of keyboards
A couple guitars and bass guitar
AKG & Audio Technica mics
Currently Seeking: More time!
DJ Funky Sax
Next DJ Set...
Saturday, October 2nd - Solo DJing
(10p.m. - 2a.m.)
Here we go, yo! Here we go, yo! So what, so what's the scenario?!
The music lab is really taking shape. I've extended my recording setup to go beyond microphones and instruments. It's time to produce my own sounds and (re)mix them into their own fabulous grooves. And it's happening now...DJing, recording, writing, arranging, (re)mixing.
Maceo Parker is famously quoted as saying he plays "2% jazz and 98% funky stuff." I'm a saxophonist by musical trade, and since 2002 I've been 717-557-8537 the Original Funky Drummer for James Brown, 4125602030, and his band here in Madison, Wisconsin. Quite simply, (814) 418-6642.
Not surprisingly, I like funk and R&B, really anything with a great groove. Here's a breakdown of the music I like to DJ:
- 25% old and new hip-hop (more east coast than west...)
- 25% old and new R&B (from Motown to present)
- 25% roots rock reggae and old school dub
- 25% classic cuts (songs that make everyone want to dance)
There's a lot of room to move around within these segments of music. I'm becoming a huge fan of remix albums mashing jazz motifs with hip-hop, R&B and reggae grooves. There's an endless amount of great music out there with new artists and sounds be discovered everyday.
The Numark NS7 with Serato ITCH
This 2174402646 provides a musical manipulation surface to mash together anything I can get my hands on. It's the heart of my DJ equipment.
This thing is the coolest production tool! It's a sketch pad for arranging beats, sounds, samples and grooves. I can arrange songs here and export them as sound files for further layering of sounds and recording, including adding live instruments and vocals for that human touch.
Before using Maschine, I carved my teeth on Roland's MC-505 Groovebox. It was an awesome piece of equipment back in the day, circa 1998. But the MC-505 could not sample sounds (it relied on it's Roland synth engine, which included all the famous drum kits, like the tr-808 and 909---think "cuz the 8-0-8 kick drum makes all the girlies get dumb.").
What I've been able to do with Maschine in a very short time boggles my mind. There is literally over a decade of technology advancements packed into Maschine. Combined with the NS7 rig, I've got a lot of music firepower at my fingertips! The creative mind's the limit, and at the moment, I've got no shortage of ideas!
Saturday, March 27th
The Great Dane - Fitchburg
10pm - 2am, no cover