Archive for August, 2013

I apologize for not posting in a while. The last two posts took quite a bit out of me and sometimes it’s hard to muster up the energy to write something. However, to make up for the lack of content, I will attempt to post at least three times this week (fingers crossed!).

This post in particular is very special to me because I am sharing with you the first EDM playlist I ever made public. This playlist predates my blog by nine months and would only have been seen if you saw my Facebook Note way back then. Remember those? Probably not. So I have decided to resurface the playlist and bring you guys on a trip down memory lane.

One of the smartest things I ever did was create a Google Music account. Little did I know at the time, the account now serves as the only record of my EDM music collection from before January of 2012. I don’t really want to get into it because it was one of the saddest moments of my life, but I did in fact delete my entire music library on accident.

Anyway, every now and then I check the account to refresh my memory with old songs I used to listen to. And what did I find this time around? A playlist that I dubbed “Electronic Dance Music For Beginners” in March of 2011.

The playlist is an absolutely stellar depiction of what was popular in the EDM world back then (well at least for me) and serves as a pretty awesome personal benchmark. I can’t remember exactly why I decided to post the playlist, but I’m glad I did. It marks the day I decided to become a tastemaker and really the day this blog began.

You’re a fool if you don’t know every ones of these by heart. Enjoy! Also, Deadmau5 was the shiiiiiiiiiiiit!

  1. Steve Angello – Knas
  2. Deadmau5 vs. Jelo – The Reward is Cheese
  3. Wolfgang Gartner – Space Junk
  4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix)
  5. The Bloody Beetroots – Dimmakmmunication
  6. David Guetta – Dirty Talk (Laidback Luke Remix)
  7. TV Rock – In the Air (Axwell Remix)
  8. Imogen Heap – Hide and Seek (Afrojack Remix)
  9. Rihanna – S&M (Sidney Samson Cub Mix)
  10. Mohombi – Bumpy Ride (Chuckie Remix)
  11. Congorock – Babylon (Steve Angello Edit)
  12. Justice – Phantom Pt. II (Boys Noize Unreleased Turbine)
  13. Ellie Goulding – Lights (Bassnectar Remix)
  14. Deadmau5 & Kaskade – Move for Me
  15. Tim Berg – Bromance (The Love You Seek) (Avicii’s Extended Vocal Mix)
  16. Above & Beyond – Sun and Moon (Club Mix)
  17. Dash Berlin feat. Cerf, Mitiska & Jaren – Man on the Run

Today I lost my hero

August 5, 2013 was the day I lost my Grandpa Harlan. Growing up, I always looked up to my grandfather as a mythical human being. He grew up in the Great Depression and lost his father very early on in his life. Yet against all odds, my grandpa fought back everything he had going against him and led one of the most epic lives I’ve ever heard of. And we are all fortunate that he was able to write his own auto-biography before he passed. Life’s really hard for most people and one harsh truth I’ve learned is that everyone has their issues. Yet it’s the people like my grandpa who stand up in hard times that make this world a better place.

Remember when you were assigned little essays in elementary school to write about a hero? While many of the other kids often picked athletes or human rights activists as their heroes, I always wrote about my grandpa. I can recall at least three of these papers and one as recently as my application for the University of Texas.

For the longest time, I looked at my grandpa as my hero purely based on all of the professions and hobbies he had throughout his lifetime. He was in the Navy; he was a boxer; he had one of the most beautiful singing voices I’d ever heard; he was a lawyer (and a very accomplished one at that); he was a liberal and always looked out for those less fortunate than him; he was a Sheriff; he was the most well-read person I’d ever met; and the list goes on and on and on.

I also had a very special bond with my grandpa because of the many interests we had in common. We both loved sports (playing and watching), Shakespeare and traveling among many others. We also both loved to talk a ton. Whenever I planned to call my grandpa, I always made sure I had at least an hour to talk. Sometimes I felt like “Oh man, now I have to talk to my grandpa for an hour,” but as soon as we began chatting, there was nothing I’d rather do. He always took a great interest in my life and had wisdom to offer during every single call. I heard countless stories about how much of a hardass my grandpa was and some of the crazy things he put my mom through as kid, but he was always the sweetest man to me. He was my biggest fan.

My grandpa always told us that no matter what you do in life, never be bored. And I’ve tried my hardest to live up to that. It wasn’t easy moving to California without my parents and my sister, but my grandpa thought it was the coolest thing that I decided to live my life out here. He wanted me to try new things and live my life to the fullest, so I hope I’m doing him proud.

One of the things I always admired about my grandpa was his workout routine. Later in his life, he lived with only one lung, a fucked up heart and a hunched over back, yet still woke up at 4 a.m. every morning to go for a run until he no longer could. It broke his heart when he became too physically unfit to work out and I know he took a big shot to his ego when that time came. But he tried for as long as he could, and that’s why I’ve decided to start running in his memory.

Whether it was going for a run, being fashionable or seeing the world, it was most important to my grandpa to be passionate. That’s a big thing I’ve taken away from him and a major reason I keep up with this blog. Electronic dance music is one of my many passions, as well as writing, so I have taken it upon myself to share my passion with whoever cares to read.

Another thing that we shared was that we were both very deep, emotional people. And I can’t help but be devastated that my grandpa will never have the chance to meet my future wife or children.

If there is anything I’ve taken away from my grandpa, it’s that if you want to do something then do it, and if you do it then make sure you always gain knowledge and make yourself a more well-rounded person in the process. I think that’s something that I have always done and hope my efforts are appreciated by others.

If I may pass on some wisdom that I learned from him, it’s to always appreciate people, whether it be for their skills or even just their odd uniqueness. I meet some weird people in Los Angeles, but I always give them a chance. I think getting to know different types of people is important and believe that each encounter provides me with more perspective on life. My grandpa was the same way.

I know this is completely unrelated to EDM, but I think this blog is the best way for me to express my feelings in this time of mourning. If you bothered to read this, then hopefully you understand how great of a man my grandpa was, but also understand me and what I’m made of.

I was lucky enough to have him in my life for 23 years and am even luckier to still have two grandparents and a step-grandparent still alive. I hope all of you have as great of memories of your grandparents as I do and have learned just as much.

I just want to say I love you grandpa and you’ll always be my hero.