Sep 162014
 

This Saturday I’m DJing at Gyspy Bar in Downtown Phoenix with Pickster One for Peep Me XOXO.

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mercurius fm gypsy bar

Aug 222014
 

video game music panel at saboten con

I’m happy to announce that I have 2 panels during Saboten Con 2014 in Glendale, Az (right by Phoenix) on Labor Day weekend. Both of my panels are about video game music and back to back.

Retro Video Game Music 101

About: A look back at the most iconic and memorable video game music from the 8-bit and 16-bit era. This nostalgic panel will cover the music of video games from such legendary systems as the NES, SNES, Genesis, and Game Boy. We will also pay respect to their composers and legacy. Discover the rich musical history of Final Fantasy, Castlevania, Street Fighter, Mega Man, Chrono Trigger, Streets of Rage, and more!

When: Saturday, August 30th, 2014, 3:30 PM
Where: Solana G

Your Favorite VGM: REMIXED

About: With the rise of both video games and dance music to mainstream popularity, gamers and DJ’s often have parallel interests. We have curated a selection of some of the very best video game remixes ever made. Video game remixes demonstrated will range from Sonic and Mega Man to Doom and F-Zero. We will also give some information for those who would like to become video game music remixers including tips and advice on arrangement and effects.

When: Saturday, August 30th, 2014, 5:00 PM
Where: Solana G

Check out SabotenCon.com for information on buying tickets. I look forward to seeing you there. I will also have some free goodies for everyone who comes through my panels!

Aug 042014
 

daft punk - EDM who is that?

I make music. It’s usually some form of hard techno and sometimes house. I’ve even dabbled in trap. But what do those genre’s mean on the radio? Not much. It all falls under the umbrella term EDM. Kind of like, back in the old days, every form of electronic dance music was called techno (it still is in some circles). I think in a lot of ways, EDM is what we make of it. Initially, I found myself fighting the term, because it ignores the specific titles of the genres I love. Like the magic that is a real, groovy house track… Or the happy anxiety that hits during an abstract and creative techno track. However, I also realize, as the sole person who is responsible for marketing my music, that the goal of an artist today is to give people the opportunity to experience their art in a sea of other artists doing the same thing. As an artist, I also understand that at the end of day, the goal for this type of music is to give people the soundtrack to a good time.

disco

Today, that means EDM. In the 70’s that meant disco. By the 90’s, it was called electronica. Each era will have it’s own name for the things we love. However, it doesn’t mean it has to be bad. I think as consumers and as DJs, we have the option of choosing what to support.

Are you playing a track in your DJ mix because you think it will get retweeted by a person who, A) didn’t even make the track you played in your mix and, B) doesn’t care if you played the track on your Soundcloud with 500 followers because their publicist has already made sure the track got 40k plays in a day?

Are you buying the song on iTunes because you really like it, or is it simply stuck in your head from heavy radio play and the two-faced industry of music “bloggers” who post songs based on how much they’re paid (payola)?

payola

By no means am I bashing pop music. I love pop music. Michael Jackson’s Thirller & Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories are among the best records ever made. They are even pop AND dance records to boot! I’m bashing blind support of a commercial machine which doesn’t care about you. Dubstep started off as a rather cool music style, and slowly formed into the madness that is Skrillex’s brand of brostep. However, take note, that Skrillex is out there, doing his thing everyday. I think that’s cool. The real problem is all the people who have dissected his every sound to copy him. A similar problem happened with house music with artists like Swedish House Mafia. Again, I’m not saying your genre of music is bad. I’m saying, supporting copycats and trend chasers is usually something that will not offer a rich level of artistic quality in the long run.

edm

If you’re a DJ… Dig deeper. Find the deep cuts. Don’t be afraid to play a “no name” artist. They’ll not only be more grateful, but you’re also helping them get one step closer to the success they deserve.

If you’re a listener, remember that artists rely on your support. I know you have a lot of options, but try to rely on your own ears for what you want… not “curated” lists created by corporate suits who only want to make more money.

carl cox

So, what is EDM? It’s whatever is financially successful right now. Let’s try to make it some damn good, hot jams.