Saturday, 8 June 2013

"You Played The Set Of The Night"

Quote from one of the promoters.

You cannot ask for much more than that.

I had done my typical limited preparation, all recently burned CDs (from the 6 months) have no labels printed so I have to go by memory.  I have at least mixed all the tracks once in my bedroom but generally in a different order.

I was quite excited to be having a full room of potential dancers, for those that don't know, Bridges nightclub is split over two floors, ground and basement, and there were potentially 140 people to come straight in after the excellent boat party to where I was about to play.

However the decks were not set up so everyone was sent downstairs where the music was already playing.

I resigned myself to playing to two people and the staff like last time.  I put on my first track and started looking for the second.

Except the second track I had planned to play was on the same CD.  And that was the end of my planning.

I had a few tracks that I had recently discovered that I really wanted to play but at least half the tracks were chosen on the night.  Some I didn't have a clue what they sounded like before I tried cueing them up.

I enjoy playing this way.  Far more fun than having your whole set planned - but each to their own.

Slowly surely the upstairs bar started to fill up and given that the vibe of the boat party had finished up-tempo and everyone was in a party mood, I decided to play house music, often of the more jacking variety rather than my usual more deeper/minimal style that I would play for a warm-up set.

I tried to keep it interesting, playing some slightly more downtempo tracks in between the party monsters.

My particular favourite track that I played was this monster which got a really good reaction:

This was easily my best ever set, it could hardly have gone any better, some really good mixing, no fuck-ups, so many compliments - not only by friends but many randoms too, I must have had 15 or so people come up to me during the night to say how much they loved my set.

Honoured.  And more excited now for future sets.  Confidence has boomed.

Only slight downside was having my first experience of a laptop DJ setting up to play after me - and of course the sound cut out.  Revenge of the laptops!  However I totally forgot to sneak up and pull his out whilst he was playing...must remember next time ;-)

A massive thank you to the guys behind Time2Groove, not only for two excellent parties in one day, but especially for the opportunity and I am delighted to have repaid your faith in me.

Next up I am playing around 11:30pm to 00:30am at Hubfest on Saturday 22nd June 2013.  I will be DJing after the bands so may have a slightly different style of house music to play for you.

I would be delighted if some can join me - it is only £6 entry and it is an all-day event for those who like bands.

Also I have a new mix up and would be delighted if you had chance to listen.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Upcoming DJ Set Gigs - 2 Of Them!!!

Sets.  Gigs.  Whatever you call them, it is another step on the way to superstardom and having far more blow jobs from groupies and endless lines of benzocaine or lidocaine from promoters, ticking off more stadiums than your average non-league football fan.

For the present I am delighted to be able to announce two upcoming sets.

Tonight, Saturday 1st June 2013, I will be playing at Bridges Nightclub in Reading for Time 2 Groove.

10:30pm to 11:30pm.  £10 on the door.

It is the after party from the boat party and sure to be a great atmosphere, lots of special people are going to be there.

And on Saturday 22nd June 2013, I am playing at Hubfest, which is mostly a rock/indie event, and I am one of the two after-party DJs introducing house music to hundreds of people who have never heard it before because they all wear black.  I might need some dancers please.  This will be £6 to get in.

It might be like putting a band on at the end of a club night, but I like a challenge and I have several tracks in mind that I think will appeal to those of both musical faiths.

And if you cannot wait to see me DJ, there are now a total of 9 mixes publicly available on Mixcloud, the latest of which is Cinderella Rockerfella and I think it is rather fab.

See you on the dancefloor.