Monthly Archives: February 2013

If I had to pick one album for production…

I’ve always said that Nile Rodgers is my all time favorite producer, but if I had to pick one album for production it would hands down have to be the production Quincy Jones did on the Thriller album for Michael Jackson. All of the tracks on that album were amazing, but in particular my favorite track in “Wanna Be Startin’ Something.” In the vein of nothing is original in music… a bit of little known trivia here is that famous …

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It’s more than just “hard hitting beats”…

To me the entertainment we really treasure the most takes us through a range of emotions. The Movie “Steel Magnolias” is probably one of the most epic examples of this. Regrettably a lot of DJs think a good set is about pounding the crowd all night. They come out of the gate swinging instead of taking the crowd there. If instead you make the crowd feel what it’s like the first time they fell in love and their worst heartbreak …

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“live” vs “Ableton Live”…

“live” vs “Ableton Live”… When I started DJing the whole point of the set was to make it up as you go. There was a back and forth between the DJ and the crowd, they influenced each other. It was more like jazz jam session as opposed to a structured symphony. Too much of what I see now at so called dance events is somebody pushing play on their “Ableton Live” type software that already has a pre-arranged set and …

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Why Top 40 radio matters…

I know many of you hear the words radio and think BARF. I’ll tell you a reason why Top 40 radio is important even if you hate it. Top 40 radio stations by their nature play the same songs multiple times a day driving some people crazy. While this is repetitive, it is the only way new music becomes widely known. The next time you are singing along with everyone else to one of your favorite pop records remember this. …

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