So thats one of the projects i’ve been working on… Yep a live dance band. Always wanted to be in a band, and we did a 10 date tour with Jagermeister and News Cafe towards the end of last year. Looking to work on some original material in the near future…
The band is as follows
Kevin “Supafly” Dike on drums
Zak on Electric, Bass and Keyboard
Bad Boy B on mixer and CDJ and Effects
and me driving the backbone and drops on Ableton Live with my K2
All of this loveliness was directed, shot and edited by my homie the talented Paul Clark!
So after dreading having to go through 13500 pieces of spam, my good friend Marco decided to load a spam filter! Yaay! Look forward to new post and info as i get the comments box cleared out…
So i’m back at the office after extended paternity leave. My little girl Vida and mommy are doing very well. And while i was at home i managed to put together a new mix. Yeah, very productive i know. So check it out on Soundcloud.com by following this link
ESP has been going very well, i’ve buttoned down the 2 - 4am slot and i’m a having a lot of fun with a funkier house sound of late. Pity we’ve taken the streaming function down cause i’m sure a lot of you guys would like to listen in. On the band front one of our members has relocated down to PE see we are sending a lot of files back and forth and trying to come up with some tunes that way, some interesting ideas already flying round.
On the writing front i completed reviews on Numarks NS6 and FL Studio 10 so check out BPM Mag online or get it from my DJ Mix Club store or other countrywide outlets.
So till next time from a pretty nippy JHB
Hey there Skinz-stars!!!
Been a super hectic in the last couple months so i haven’t been as active on the site as i would like to be. But with that much time gone a lot has happened so let me fill you guys in on whats happening.
Big news is an Ableton Live sponsorship from the guys at Tuerk Music and Ableton HQ in Germany! I’ve been working on the package for a couple of months now and i’m so chuffed to be able to have the full suite and downloads available to get things moving along. Had a sick session with the band last night and with my new MacBook Pro the quality was sick, never mind the latency!!! What a awesome system and i’m so glad i’ve got a beast of a machine to run it on!!!
Busy using Ableton to prep a live DJ/VJ experience for the rebranding of the Oracle Airtime Sales logo. Paul Clark and i have been grafting hard to make it an extremely immersive experience. Very excited for the performance. And i case ur wondering i’ll be handling audio while Paul handle the visual component. Going to be at the Yamaha building in Malboro but invite only sorry guys!!! ESP has been going well and the Easter Period with all its public holidays was a great time at the club. We are in the process of building up to a big party on the 15th June with a Dubstep floor featuring the UK’s Calvertron. I dig his electro and fidget stuff so i’m keen to see his Dubstep and Crackhouse sets! As to the band we’ve got a couple songs on the go at the moment and i have to say i’m loving playing the bass guitar.
Review-wise i’ve completed reviews of the new Allen & Heath Xone:DB4 (sick,sick,sick mixer) and Native Instruments Traktor Pro 2(just as sick!) . So you can check them out in the latest issue of BPM magazine or go thru to the site and read them online if you get a chance. So easy to write about gear and software that inspires you
On a personal front just a couple weeks until my first baby is born and Jess and i can’t wait for it.
Hope you are all keeping well and happy
Yeah i know, i’ve been pretty lazy on the website side. But only the website side. On a personal front Jess and I are expecting a baby girl early July. We are dubbing her “Vida” Very chuffed about this development and i cant’ wait to be a dad ;-) On the DJ side I’ve playing lots of interesting gigs culminating in a trip down to Durban last weekend to play at the re-opening of Traxx. Awesome night out, got to spend some time with Tink and Andy and got to play after a DJ i used to drool over in Shaun Dickson. I used to watch him at Flyhouse,on four decks with a single cup headphone to montior everything and it was smooth. Smoother than butter off a hot windscreen (where did that come from?) . Well, in an attempt to push things along i have also opened a Soundcloud account so my peeps can catch some of my older mixes. Want to upload some more but i have to upgrade my Soundcloud. No worries
Here i am
On the band side we had an awesome practice last night and me picking up the bass has really added a drive to us that wasn’t there before. On the writing front i am scripting for a new concept show with MR Paul Clark from BMO so hold thumbs for that. We have a cast and are busy putting together some other talented ppl needed to put a slice of TV together. Exciting stuff!!! There are some other projects at play but i’ll keep them under wraps until we have something more concrete under wraps…
Well thats me in a bubble right now,
Catch ya on a dancefloor somewhere soon.
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To everyone else, as you were
Here is the latest Top 5. Some real tasties in this selection… Still working with the band on some material will keep ppl posted as to the process. Oh and come on you Gunners!!!
1 Wolfgang Gartner & Deadmau5 Animal Rights
Its not easy to get a good sounding collaberation now-a-days especially
with the travel schedules of the big producers, so when two of the busiest
guys on the cicuit get together to produce a monster like this you
appreciate it for what it is. Joey Youngmans electro guise adds a musical
edge to Deadmau5’s grind and they complement each other perfectly on this
2 Faithless Tweak Your Nipple
The British trio deliver the goods once again with the second single off
their new album “The World”. While Tweak Your Nipple might not of had the
stack of celebrity remix’s as the first single Not Going Home, the
Crookers mix more that makes us for the lack of vartiety with a cracking
edgy electro house hit.
3 Trentemoller Even Though You Are With Another Girl
The Copenhagen based Danish producer Anders Trentemoller displays more of
his effortless class with his new single off his “The Great Wide Yonder”
album. The original track is beautifully sombre and melodic with a
haunting vocal cutting through it, but its the Kollektiv Turmstrasse mix
that is really getting my blood rushing with its tech house swing.
4 Cajmere Perculator
Curtis Jone otherwise known as Green Velvet released this number back in
1992, and while it was a legendary cut at the time it certainly needed
some cobwebs and dust blown off it to give it the 2010 treatment and who
better to do that than man of the moment Riva Starr who puts in a chunky
funky mix. Catch this master of his trade at Truth in a couple days.
5 RA223 - Superpitcher
Resident Advisor is one of the leading authorities on underground dance
culture, their site is one of the leading news based sites on the web for
electronic music so you can imagine that I am on there at least once a
week to check for new gear and releases as well as mixes. I stumbled over
this gem of a mix from the Cologne based producer Superpicher who presents
a bewitching mix of voodoo house and techno. Great listening and available
for free via itunes or direct download. Enjoy!
Heres my latest top 5. You can also check it out on www.sceneout.co.za
Have a wicked weekend and i hope you all enjoy seeing Holland reach the final!!!
Dave Skinz - Top 5 (3rd July - 10th July)
1 Norman Doray & Arno Cost Chase the Sun
The french duo once again combine again their love of melody to produce a beautiful track that’s sampled from the Cardigan (if my music memory serves me correctly). Very mellow track that is sure to find its way into the mix at the beginnings and ends of nights around the world.
2 Pryda The End
Swedish resident and self-confessed Aerophobic Eric Prydz might be terrified of flying but when its come to genuie uplifting house he always hits the mark. Sublime keyline combine with a big-room breakdowns to ensure this track is going on rotation with DJ’s around the world.
3 Robert Babicz Come Close
Marc Romboy’s Systematic Records has always had an ear for talent and its awesome to see one of their picks in Polish native Robert Babicz really rise to the top. Robert has been produced techno orientated beats since the early 80’s but has only really come to the fore with his minimal techno productions. Both the Original and Kollektiv Turmstrasse are examples of melodic techno but the Original takes the cake with its simpler arrangment.
4 Umek Responding to Dynamic
I’ve always been a fan of Uros Umek’ brand of techno but it can be a little tough for my dancefloors, so its with great interest that i see the first single off the Slovenian residents album comes with Koen Groeneveld mix. The Dutch native really manages to turn the tougher beats into an easier listening experiance and this track is must for the bringing the dancefloor to the boil.
5 Global Underground - Wally Lopez
Spains number 1 DJ finally gets an outing on one of the most prestigeous record labels around. His mix is a brilliant blend of tech and house with tribal elements that give the entire a wicked swing. Worth checking out, and if you are a GU virgin, lube up and dive right into the one of the best back catalogs in the electronic scene.
Hey Guys i have been slacker than Frances performance at the WC so apologies for that. I have started a new Top 5 with sceneout.co.za so i will be copying the Top 5 here! Top 4 are singles with the No 5 always being a mix because i know not all of have the facilities/abilites to mix it up
Also keep an eye out for the new BPM mag featuring my reviews of the Pioneer CDJ900 and Denon DN-X1600 mixer…
Here are the music reviews…
PS - HUP HOLLAND HUP!!!
1 Cirez D Exit
Eric Prydz lesser know pseudonym makes another appearance on his Mouseville
label. The Cirez D identity is an outlet for his more techno orientated
productions, but with Exit it’s a little more housey with those distinctive
Prydz synths towering over a dark groovy baseline.
2 Lutzenkirchen Phuture Disco Vibes
Germany Producer and mastering engineer Tobias Lutzenkirchen hits all the
write notes with his new single on one of Munich’s premier labels Great
Stuff Recording. The original riff comes from a tiny sampled lifted from
the lead of “The One’s - Flawless” and both the minimal original mix and
techier Koen Groeneveld mix rock.
3 Melvin Reese & Gregor Salto Whoooh!
The two Dutchmen combine wonderfully on the Sneakerz Music imprint. The
original mix is a little on the screamy side for me but the Mel Tierra mix
is an awesome slice of the Dutch tech sound that’s going down like yogurt
at a curry party.
4 Roisin Murphy & Crookers Royal T
Moloko front-woman Roisin joins forces with the ever popular Italian
producers the Crookers. They temper each other quite nicely and Fatboy
Slim’s Southern Fried puts together a wicked remix package courtesy of
Riva Starr, The House Moguls and my favorite the off the hook Foamo mix.
5 Kyle Watson DubNoir Sessions Vol 1
Some local props going out here considering we never made the Round of 16
in the World Cup. It’s on the DubNoir label out of the UK Midlands and its
good to see Kyle’s hard work paying off with a UK compilation release. Its
a great mix of bouncy tech house without bordering on full fidget. Great