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So I was looking over my featured artist post about Above & Beyond (my favorite DJs in the world) from last year and was just appalled. The list is atrocious. Not that any of the songs are bad, some are sub-par (i.e. “Formula Rossa”), but it’s missing so many of their masterpieces. Honestly, it just shows my former naiveté of Trance in general and Above & Beyond’s library at that time.

Which leads me to this Random Playlist featuring Sirens of the Sea Remixed, originally by OceanLab. For those of you that do not know, OceanLab was a Vocal Trance side project by Above & Beyond and vocalist Justine Suissa. Sirens of the Sea is one of my all-time favorite albums, but fits more into the Downtempo genre. Then came Sirens of the Sea Remixed, an album which hearkens back to the harder (and sometimes 138 BPM) Trance that I fell in love with. Remixed was released almost a year after the original.

The reason I decided to feature this album as a random playlist is because for a good five or six months it was exclusively the only thing I listened to. I mean I stopped finding new music and just played it on repeat all-day, every day. Often times, I still do.

Now I didn’t come by each of these songs because of the album. Many I discovered earlier on as I browsed through Above & Beyond’s library, such as “Lonely Girl (Gareth Emery Remix)” and “Miracle (Above & Beyond Club Mix).” But everything really came together when I listened to it the whole way through. Because some of these songs are so amazing, I am going to provide a little description of some of my favorites. I don’t actually know which one is my favorite because I have about five, but here goes nothing.

  1. “Sirens of the Sea (Above & Beyond Club Mix)” [138 BPM] – The title track on the original album; this remix features what I think are the best vocals on the album. Beginning with the breakdown at about the 3:45 mark, this song gets real deep. I’m also a sucker for songs about sirens, including one of my non-EDM favorites “There There” by Radiohead. I’m certain if Above & Beyond ever played this in one of their live sets these days, which they won’t, I would definitely choke up.
  2. “Satellite (Original Above & Beyond Mix)” [140 BPM] – First of all, fuck yeah 140 BPM! I’m really into Trance songs that sort of desensitize you with really strong bass in the beginning, only to come back with an unbelievably beautiful, drawn-out build. Another great example of this is “Rebound” by Arty and Mat Zo. But I have to say this version of Satellite may take the cake. When the opening Psy Trance part drops out and all you have is mostly the bass line I get fucking pumped – immediate head banging. The Floris de Haan Remix must also be mentioned.
  3. “Miracle (Above & Beyond Club Mix)” [138 BPM] – A song that I think is about saving the environment (?); ultimately has a very similar feel to “Satellite.” It starts out pretty hard, but then drops off into a very minimal build with excellent vocals from Justine. It’s definitely one of those songs that you just sort of stand at a show, close your eyes and belt out the lyrics in anticipation of the drop. Even though this track is 138 BPM, I still find it rather calming.
  4. “Breaking Ties (Above & Beyond Analogue Haven Mix)” [138 BPM] – I’m running out of things to say, but this is another Above & Beyond remix masterpiece at 138 BPM. Beautiful melody, beautiful vocals – just listen. Love the acoustic guitar at 3:01.
  5. “Sky Falls Down (Armin Van Buuren Remix)” [138 BPM] – I’ve said before that I am not the biggest Armin fan, but this song stands out above the rest for me. It’s probably because it’s on an album I’ve listened to over and over again, but nonetheless, this is my favorite Armin song (remix or otherwise). Maybe because it’s Vocal Trance, but who knows.
  6. “Lonely Girl (Gareth Emery Remix)” [134 BMP] – So I’m not sure why, but this song was definitely one of the first 10 Trance songs I ever heard. I love it, it’s great. But I want to include it on this list because I just wanted to proclaim: WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU GARETH?! “Come back because I’m…” missing your old sound!
  7. “On A Good Day (Metropolis)” [134 BPM] – Well it’s not on the album, but make sure you listen to one of the most iconic Trance songs ever in my opinion.

I’ll leave the list at that, but absolutely suggest you check out the rest of the remixes as well as the original album.

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DashI received a lot of Internet love for my post about Myon & Shane 54 yesterday, so I decided to feature my second favorite DJ Dash Berlin in today’s “Featured Artist” post.

It’s hard to even begin writing about Dash Berlin because of his huge impact on my taste in music, as well as my life in general. Just to get this out of the way, Dash Berlin is a group of three producers, but I am still unclear about whether they all still make music or if it is just one guy. Maybe someone can comment below and fill me in.

Anyway, my love affair with Dash Berlin began after the first time I heard “Man On The Run.” I can’t remember where I was or when I heard it, but let me tell you, this is the PERFECT Trance song. It pretty much set the tone for my interest in Trance and I have been hooked ever since. “Man On The Run” is in contention for my favorite Trance song, which will eventually be decided in the post I have been waiting to write since I began blogging – my top 10 Trance songs of all-time. Also, you HAVE to listen to the nine minute version. You have to.

The thing that makes Dash the shit is that his music goes so hard at times, yet still pulls on your emotions with his beautiful breakdowns and angelic vocals. And there is no better case for this than “Man On The Run.” Other Trance producers implement a similar style, but Dash has his own unique, raw sound that I’ve never heard anyone replicate. Take for example any of his 4AM remixes. He takes incredibly beautiful songs in their own right and recreates them with his own darker spin. My favorite example of this is “Not Giving Up On Love (Dash Berlin 4AM Remix).” Now I’m not the biggest Armin fan, but you can tell that the original was seriously missing something. So what does Dash do? He comes in and crushes it!

Another thing that I want to add to this conversation is my progression of Dash Berlin listening. After I fell in love with “Man On The Run,” I eagerly pursued his entire library. At the time, his two most popular songs were “Waiting” and “Till The Sky Falls Down,” however I became strangely attracted to the lesser-known “Never Cry Again” and “The Night Time.” Anyone who went to college with me might remember me banging my head away at College Library while you were slaving away studying. If you do, there’s a good chance it was to one of those two songs because I was obsessed!

I’ve been fortunate enough to see Dash Berlin live twice. Once at EDC Vegas 2011 and then a few weeks ago at EDC again. The guy is a really goofy showman who brings out an iPad and types stuff like “Music is Life” or other cliché stuff. But I buy into his shtick and so do most of his crowds because that is what Trance is about. #TranceFamily is no joke and there’s really nothing more enjoyable to me than belting out the lyrics to a Dash Berlin classic surrounded by his other diehard fans. As you can imagine, I was incredibly disappointed when he had seven minutes left at sunrise two weeks ago and didn’t clothes with “Man On The Run.”

The following songs are roughly in order of which I like most. There are a lot of other good ones that I did not include in this post, so follow me on Spotify or look them up yourself.

  1. Dash Berlin, Jaren, Mitiska, Cerf – Man On The Run (135 BPM)
  2. Jaren, Mitiska, Cerf – You Never Said (Dash Berlin Remix) (132 BPM)
  3. Dash Berlin – Till The Sky Falls (Dash Berlin 4AM Mix) (135 BPM)
  4. Ferry Corsten – Not Coming Down (Dash Berlin 4AM Remix) (130 BPM)
  5. Armin Van Buuren – Not Giving Up On Love (Dash Berlin 4AM Mix) (135 BPM)
  6. Dash Berlin – Never Cry Again (135 BPM)
  7. Dash Berlin – The Night Time (128 BPM)
  8. Dash Berlin & ATB – Apollo Road (Club Version) (133 BPM)

Also, check out this SICK video mix Dash did:

First of all, FOLLOW ME ON SPOTIFY: 

It seems most of the big EDM blogs are obsessed with cranking out post after post with new music. And believe me I’ve been there. I used to spend HOURS scouring the Internet for new releases. Not for my blogs’ sake, but because I was addicted to being caught up on the latest and greatest in EDM. But now that I spend most of my time working, playing video games or grabbing drinks with friends, I think this blog serves as a great vehicle to expose people to awesome EDM that’s already out there. Which brings me to my next “Featured Artist” post about my #3 favorite Trance DJs in the world, Myon & Shane 54 (MS54).

Fun fact: Myon & Shane 54 are Hungarian. I don’t even think I can name another Hungarian DJ and seeing as I am ¼ Hungarian I think their nationality makes them pretty cool and unique.

My relationship with MS54 is interesting, well at least to me. I’ve been listening to them for years, but for the longest time I did not realize that I liked them as much as I do. I first heard about MS54 from Above & Beyond’s podcast formerly known as Trance Around the World. MS54 used to be on A&B’s label Anjunabeats so it was pretty common to hear their songs on TATW. However, it wasn’t until I heard the Myon & Shane 54 Refill of a remix by Cosmic Gate’s Nic Chagall called “Let Go” that I was hooked (I honestly have no idea what a “Refill” even is). The singer on the track is also arguably my favorite Trance vocalist, Aruna.

Story time – about a month after the release of the above mentioned song, Above & Beyond held their TATW 350 episode live from the Hollywood Palladium. Naturally, I stayed in on a Friday night to listen in live from my bed! I’ve pretty much whored him out on this blog since my return, but I was texting my friend Scott who was there about how jealous I was when all of a sudden, Above & Beyond opened with “Let Go.” I was so pissed, yet so happy. And thus began my interest in the duo. If you have not, and I am sure you haven’t, listened to Trance Around the World 350, you NEED to. It really symbolizes the period in which I got into Trance and where my interest in Above & Beyond was at its peak. People also accredit 350 with being the last set A&B played before becoming the 2.0 version of themselves. I will go into more detail about this some other time.

I think I’ve written enough anecdotes already, but I’ll just add that I spent an entire month driving around Europe last summer listening to pretty much the same four songs on my phone. Those songs were “Promises (Myon & Shane 54 Summer of Love Mix),” “Our Way Home” by Lange (OMG the build at 4:15 O_o), “Miracle (Above & Beyond Club Mix)” and “Satellite (Floris de Haan Mix).”

To conclude, I’ve never heard a song I didn’t like by MS54. Their sound is so uplifting and melodic. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! The following songs are in the order by which I like most.

  1. Andain – Promises (Myon & Shane Summer of Love Mix) [132 BPM]
  2. Mark Eteson – Let Go (Nic Chagall Remix) [Myon & Shane 54 Refill] [131 BPM]
  3. Cosmic Gate, Myon & Shane 54 – All Around You [134 BPM]
  4. Myon & Shane 54 – Lights (Club Mix) [134 BPM]
  5. Velvetine – The Great Divide (Myon & Shane 54 Summer of Love Mix) [132 BPM]
  6. Above & Beyond – Every Little Beat (Myon & Shane 54 Summer of Love Mix) [134 BPM]
  7. Above & Beyond – Alchemy (Myon & Shane 54 Redemption Mix) [132 BPM]

Also, check out their podcast (their mashups are sick): International Departures

seven_lions_logo_hiresSo as most of you know by now, my absolute favorite genre of EDM is Trance. But today I have decided to feature one of my favorite artists right now who produces Dubstep. This is not your typical grimy Dubstep, but actually has an inherently trancey feel. His name is Seven Lions.

I first heard about Seven Lions from his remix of Above & Beyond’s “You Got To Go” but didn’t pay much attention to it because there are so many other good versions, including the Original, Above & Beyond Club Mix and Kyau & Albert Remix. I constantly go back and forth between whether the Club Mix or Kyau & Albert version are better, and sadly the Club Mix is not available on Spotify. Seriously though, take a listen to all of these. I include links unrelated to the posts as a whole because you should check them out as well.

My interest in Seven Lions only began maybe a few months back actually after I heard one of his songs on this sick extreme sports compilation video that I watched with my friend Colin. The song was so discernibly Seven Lions and every time I hear a track by him I can’t help but think of the word “triumphant.” His stuff is just so epic. I also want to thank my friend Andrew for sharing “Cosmic Love (Seven Lions Remix)” with me. I kind of shrugged it off at first, but holy shit is this song awesome.

I think it was my friend Kevin who said that it is nearly impossible to look cool when you dance to Dubstep. But I would try my fucking ass off to look cool if I ever get to see Seven Lions live. Him and Baauer have a close race for my favorite non-Trance producer. And I GET DOWN to Baauer.

So definitely give the songs mentioned above and included below a listen. Turn your volume way up and make sure you have some quality headphones or you’ll miss out on so many of the unique sounds Seven Lions incorporates into his music. Everything just sounds so crisp, yet mixed into a world of chaos.

Let me know what you think.

  1. Seven Lions – Days to Come
  2. Florence And The Machine – Cosmic Love (Seven Lions Remix)
  3. Tritonal – Still With Me (Seven Lions Remix)
  4. Above & Beyond – You Got To Go (Seven Lions Remix)

Bonus Slander Trap Remix: Seven Lions – Days To Come (Slander, 7DS & Direwolfe Remix)

Random Playlist: Trap

For my return post to this blog, I would like to write about an EDM genre that has just recently found its way into my music library and into my heart. That genre is Trap.

I remember the first time I heard of Trap (sometime in early spring of 2012), my friend Brian played “Original Don (Flosstradamus Remix)” in his apartment. The song was unlike anything I had heard before and I thought it was so dirty. Having never heard of the genre, I went home and tried looking it up on Google and Urban Dictionary. However, Trap was such a new genre that there was no existing definitions on either site.

A considerable amount of time passed before I heard about the genre again in the winter. I was pretty late to the Trap game, which can mostly be attributed to me only listening to the Trance on my phone for the entire summer. But I digress…

For those of you that don’t know, Slander is a DJ group comprised of my friends Scott and Derek (they are dope and you need to check them out RIGHT NOW). They have had a HUGE influence on my taste in music over the years and I accredit them with turning me onto Trance, as well as my favorite song of all-time – “Rebound”. Anyway, Slander used to DJ mostly Trance and for whatever reason decided to make the switch to exclusively Trap over the summer. Naturally, this move intrigued me so I had to give it a listen.

Scott sent me a bunch of songs and none struck me more than “Spaceman (Carnage Festival Trap Remix)”. I regard the original “Spaceman” as the best EDM song of 2012 by a long shot, yet Carnage’s remix still finds a way to make it sound even grimier. I then decided to attend a Slander show in the fall where they played to maybe 50 people in Orange County. I remember the set starting off pretty slow and I remained skeptical until about 15 minutes in when they played “F.T.S. (Say My Name Remix)”. The drop at 2:43 is still my favorite Trap drop to this day and the crowd went wild when it played.

After that show, I still didn’t take the time to really explore the genre, but decided to attend two more Slander shows within the month. Trap was really catching my ear and there is no dance move in the EDM space more fun than the Trap dance. I couldn’t find a great video, but it’s all shoulders and elbows. It’s awesome. I then attended Coachella with Slander and all of my Trap-loving friends, and have been hooked ever since. Also, seeing Baauer live is one of the most fun shows I’ve ever seen. Go see him!

***Now I have to make a disclaimer about Trap. The genre pretty much sucks on the whole. There are not nearly enough quality tracks out there and only about five or six solid producers in the genre in my opinion. That being said, it’s still fairly new and when a Trap song’s good, it bangs. If you are looking for specific producers, I suggest checking out Baauer, RL Grime and Flosstradamus to start.

The purpose of this post is to serve as an “introduction to Trap” for those of you who don’t know the genre very well. I’m not saying the songs below are the best the genre has to offer, but I think it is a great starting point to show its diversity.

Also, I use my Soundcloud exclusively for Trap and repost any song I think is worth a listen. So follow me and see what else you might like.

As always, I appreciate your feedback and let me know what you think about Trap!

  1. Hardwell – Spaceman (Carnage Festival Trap Remix)
  2. Calvin Harris – Sweet Nothing (Diplo & Grandtheft Mix)
  3. Benny Benassi – Satisfaction (RL Grime Remix)
  4. Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie (Dillon Francis Remix)
  5. Flosstradamus – Rollup (Baauer Remix)
  6. TNGHT – Goooo
  7. Major Lazer – Original Don (Flosstradamus Remix)

Bonus “baby making” Trap: Usher – Climax (Flosstradmus & Diplo Remix)

I’m Back

EDC VegasIt’s been nearly 16 months since my last blog post, and man has a lot happened to me and my taste in music since. Music has sort of taken a back seat over the last year to some of my other passions – I fell for girl, fell for a few too many video games, graduated from college, went to Europe, moved to LA… and the list goes on. But after attending EDC Vegas this past weekend, I realized that music was and always will be my first passion (or at least until I find the next girl).

What really made me want to start blogging again was a conversation, or more appropriately, a lecture I dictated to five people on a bus back from Vegas. For almost two-straight hours, fellow ravers who also attended EDC listened to me rant and discuss various genres, sub-genres and my overall taste in EDM. They hung on my every word and would not stop asking questions. I loved answering all of them and I sort of forgot what it felt like to share my passion for music with others. I don’t DJ anymore and currently have little to no avenues for sharing my taste in music other than the occasional YouTube video on Facebook.

I really like being a tastemaker and few things make me feel better than sharing what is important to me with others. If I can turn someone onto a new genre of music or a new artist that then becomes as big of a part of their life as mine, then that makes me incredibly happy. And so goes the reasons for continuing with this blog.

I don’t keep up with new music to the extent that I used to. I formerly could listen to a DJs podcast and already have downloaded every song featured on it. Instead, I plan to share playlists (like I used to) of songs that share a common theme, genre or maybe just something I’m vibing on and think people need to give a listen.

I always appreciate feedback on both my writing style and taste in music, so feel free to comment or hit me up on social media if we are connected.

So yeah, I’m back. Let’s see how long this lasts…

I cannot believe it is true, but Laidback Luke is coming to Madison, Wis. on April 10. And tickets are only $20! Some have heard me claim that he is the best House DJ in the world, and while I still stand by this claim, I can write no further without commenting on his recent productions.

In my opinion, Laidback Luke was the No. 1 DJ in 2010 and has been a trailblazer for the Dutch House genre that has grown to mass popularity in the past couple of years. However, even though I voted for Laidback Luke in my DJMag poll this year (you only get five votes), his productions over the past year have been mediocre at best.

Nonetheless, this show is a must-attend because Laidback Luke’s track record speaks for itself. He is one of the most technical DJs in the world and a true talent. Many DJs just press play, as you may have heard, but every Laidback Luke show is unique because of the work he puts into his sets. I have only seen him twice before, but I have never seen a DJ that manages to fit more songs and more genres into one set on a consistent basis. He plays all ranges of House music, but has also been known to drop Dubstep, Hip-Hop and sometimes Trance into his sets.

I first got into Laidback Luke when reading through my buddy Jack’s blog called Big10HouseMafia. I downloaded every track that I liked and started to notice that I was downloading a ton of Laidback Luke. That may have been due to the amount he posted his songs, but even so, I must have collected at least 10 in the first couple of days of my search. Jack posts mostly Tech House now, which I don’t care for, but I accredit him with turning me onto Dutch House.

This list could be over 60 songs long, but I tried to pick the 20 best for people to decipher through prior to the show. Luckily, there is a lot of time.

Laidback Luke has been responsible for some of the biggest House anthems to date, including “Leave The World Behind” and “Show Me Love.” But he is also a remix master. “Delirious (Laidback Luke Remix)” was one of the first songs I can remember posting on Facebook that I dubbed a banger. “Dirty Talk (Laidback Luke Remix)” and “Do! Do! Do! (Laidback Luke Remix)” are also definitely up there in my favorite songs of all-time.

Every song is worth a listen and the list focuses on the diversity of Laidback Luke’s portfolio of productions. Enjoy!

  1. Be – Laidback Luke, Steve Angello [House]
  2. Blau! – Laidback Luke & Lee Mortimer [Electro House]
  3. Brand New Bitch (Laidback Luke) – Anjulie [Electro House]
  4. Cinema (Laidback Luke Remix) – Benny Benassi [House]
  5. Delirious (Laidback Luke Remix) – David Guetta [Progressive House]
  6. Dirty Talk (Laidback Luke Remix) – Wynter Gordon [Electro House]
  7. Do! Do! Do! (Laidback Luke Remix) – Carte Blanche [Electro House]
  8. Dutchano (Laidback Luke Edit) – Avesta & B Valley [Progressive House]
  9. Heartbreaker (Laidback Luke Remix) – MSTRKRFT [Electro House]
  10. Hey Sexy Lady (Laidback Luke Remix) – iSquare [Progressive House]
  11. Indestructible (Laidback Luke Club Mix) – Robyn [Progressive House]
  12. Leave The World Behind – Laidback Luke, Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell, Steve Angello [Progressive House]
  13. My G*O*D* (Guns on Demo) – Laidback Luke [Electro House]
  14. Pon De Floor (Laidback Luke Remix) – Major Lazer [Electro House]
  15. Show Me Love (Extended Mix) – Laidback Luke, Steve Angello [House]/Show Me One (Laidback Luke Bootleg) – Swedish House Mafia [Progressive House]
  16. Till Tonight – Laidback Luke [Progressive House]
  17. Timebomb – Laidback Luke [Progressive House]
  18. Turbulence (Club Mix) – Laidback Luke & Steve Aoki [Electro House]
  19. Who’s Wearing The Cap – Laidback Luke & Sander van Doorn [Progressive House]
  20. You Used To Hold Me (Laidback Luke Remix) – Calvin Harris [House]

Random Playlist: Valentine’s Day

For those of you that don’t know, I use to be extremely into emo music in high school before discovering Radiohead senior year and moving onto “better” music. I also used to love the shit out of Blink-182! I have since moved on from that genre and listen to exclusively EDM, but sometimes it is still nice to stop raging face from the moment I wake up until I go to bed.

Turns out this playlist was not even close to as easy to make as I imagined. Sure, there are plenty of EDM songs about love and/or heartbreak, but I was going for a very specific type of track for this Valentine’s Day playlist.

The lyrics must be a focus of the song and I would have preferred if none of them had overwhelming drops. Most of them achieve in this area with the exception of “Thing Called Love (Extended Club Mix).” Having a large drop often ruins the message of a song and people often forget to examine a track as a whole. Rather, I prefered the songs on the list to have a steady, soothing beat that does not waiver much.

There might be some obvious songs missing from this list, but I wanted them to be true love songs as opposed to songs about love stories. One of my current favorite Trance songs, “George Square,” falls into this category.

Other songs, as my friends from TaDeD would tell you, can bring you to tears at the right moment, but those are mostly about heartbreak or love lost and I wanted this playlist to be uplifting. Easily, the most moving song for me is “Man On The Run” by Dash Berlin.

I’m also not happy Avicii made this list three times.

I felt obligated to make this playlist with 10 songs, but the real heart of it can be heard in “Falling In Love With Brazil (Kaskade Mashup),” “Never Let Me Go (Extended Mix),” “On My Mind (Pierce Fulton Remix)” and “True Love.”

I wanted to prove to people that EDM is not just about partying with this playlist, but unfortunately that may not be the direction this music is headed. Nonetheless, enjoy the playlist and hopefully you can share these songs with someone you care about!

  1. Drowning (Avicii Remix) – Armin Van Buuren [Trance]
  2. Falling In Love With Brazil (Kaskade Mashup) – Haley vs. Deadmau5 [Progressive House]
  3. Let Me Show You Love (Ash & Avicii’s Hype Machine Mix) – Ash [Progressive House]
  4. Make My Heart (Avicii’s Replacer Mix) – Toni Braxton  [Progressive House]
  5. Never Let Me Go (Extended Mix) – Chris Reece [House]
  6. On My Mind (Pierce Fulton Remix) – Cody Simpson [Progressive House]
  7. Show Me Love (Hardwell Sunrise Mix) – Steve Angello & Laidback Luke [House]
  8. Thing Called Love (Extended Club Mix) – Above & Beyond [Trance]
  9. True Love – George Acosta [Trance]
  10. Youtopia – Armin Van Buuren [Trance]

Also since this is my blog and I can post whatever music I want, here is my favorite song ever. It shaped most of my teenage angst in high school.

Bonus emo track: Always – Blink-182

My Sets: 2/13/12

Many of you have now had the chance to see DJ Gummi Bear perform live, and maybe you have noticed certain songs being repeated. Because of this, I have decided to create a new section featuring tracks that are frequently heard in my sets.

I really should just mix them.

Enjoy!

  1. Angel On My Shoulder Reaver 76 (Kaskade Mashup) – Kaskade vs Tiesto, Hardwell, EDX & Marco V [Electro House]
  2. Antidote (Tommy Trash Remix) – Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party [Electro House]
  3. Don’t Stop The Levels (Project 46 Mashup) – Avicii vs. Journey [Progressive House]
  4. Glasgow – David Guetta [Electro House]
  5. It’s Not Right But It’s Ok (Main Mix) – Walter Fargi, Trasko [Progressive House]
  6. Louder (Hardwell Remix) – DJ Fresh [Electro House]
  7. Rolling In The Deep (Tom Buster & Kidzoy Remix) – Adele [Progressive House]
  8. Spaceman – Hardwell [Electro House]
  9. We’re Gonna Start – Leventina [Progressive House]
  10. We Found Love (Chuckie Remix) – Calvin Harris [Progressive House]
  11. Without You (Armin Van Buuren Remix) – David Guetta [Trance]

My Equipment: Novation Twitch

Many of my readers have gotten the chance to see me DJ at various parties, and I thought I would take this opportunity to showcase my equipment.

One thing that must be said about my DJing is that it is wildly unconventional. I taught myself everything I know, and I am sure I do not do it correctly.

Also, unlike every other DJ on the planet, I do not do any prep work before I play my sets. A normal DJ would set up hot cues and loops ahead of time, but I do everything on the fly. This is mostly a disadvantage because it gives me less time to mess with the song playing since I am so busy setting up the next one. However, it does make every set unique and it’s more exciting.

But really, I am an idiot and should make hot cues for myself.

I use what is called a controller, different from a mixer or turntables, but honestly I can’t tell you why. Essentially, my hardware (the controller) is synced with software on my laptop, which I control from the controller. DJs could technically just use the software to mix, but the controller offers an easy interface to manipulate the music you are playing.

Disclaimer: I am in no way on expert on this.

I am still figuring out how to maximize my controller and there is still a lot to learn. So if you see my restarting my sets in the middle, it’s probably because some jerk touched something and I have no idea how to fix it.

My specific controller is called the Twitch by Novation. It is pretty state-of-the-art and much different than others out there. The software it is paired with is called Serato Itch, but it can also be mapped to work with Traktor. Watch the video!

Some similarities the Twitch has with other controllers are that it has two decks and can be maximized to play four at a time. It also has two faders and the generic low, mid, and high knobs.

One of its biggest visible differences is that it has touch strips instead of turntables. I use the strips to navigate through songs and they can also be used to scratch. I have no idea how to do that. Loop lengths and other effects can also be manipulated by moving my finger up on down the strips.

Another big difference between the Twitch and other controllers are the 16 touchpads that can switch between hot cues, auto loops, loop roll, and a feature exclusive to the Twitch called slicing. Slicing allows me to isolate eight beats of a single track and mash them up just like a beat grid.

Like other controllers, the Twitch has internal effects, including LPF, HPF, flanger, phaser, etc. But where my equipment differs is that the faders can be turned into effects knobs with the click of a button. This is pretty cool because I can effectively use three effects at the same time.

I hope you found this interesting, and as you can tell, I know very little about being a DJ.

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