Sunday, April 26, 2009

My Lost Lappy inspires rants on Serato

Its' been a ruff few weeks. I lost my laptop. It was stolen by 2 kids in Oakland at the bus stop as I was putting it away in my backpack. I chased the kids down and got one and turned him over to the police. I still have no laptop. What did I lose? Music. My tracks I was eager to finish up in Ableton and about 5 months of dubs from all over the world. The day before this all went down I backed up my laptop and did not save the dubs because I wanted to sort them and file them in an organized manner. Silly me. I posted up on Dubstep forum and I received an outpouring of tunes from all over. I had to use cds the last time I played Grime City and it was ok. I do miss my Serato and Ableton.

How a DJ plays music has been a hot topic locally for sometime. Some people think that using Serato is not real djing. One needs to use records or cut plates because its better. It's a tired debate which really is pointless. If you have ever seen Plastician play he fucking kills it using Serato. He deftly plays tunes like a tie fighter pilot swaying and moving going in for the dance floor kill. Its awesome. Serato has made me a faster more focused DJ. I see wave forms and hear phrases and my mind and body sync and I can play tunes in more creative ways. My sets pack more of a wallop. No more going into the record bag to fish for tunes. No more confusion on white labels. Heck no more cuts and dry finger tips from handling all those record sleeves. I buy the record I rip it it goes into the laptop and for once in my life I don't wear out a record and it has a good long life on the shelf.

After about 18 years of djing I've learned to choose my weapon and use it wisely. Damn do I miss my laptop!

Big up Bowzer, Chefal, Shift, Airtight Imprint, Kial, Forensics, ThinKing and all the others who sent me tunes.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

WMC Aftermath and more

Been a long week recovering from Miami. The days went on and on with sun, drinks, food and music. Lots of new faces, meeting people, talking, talking. Got to visit family too, total solid trip, worth every bit of effort. Big up LA Gang, UK famo, Kush Aurora, Kozee and big shout to Hera, you are an amazing travel buddy as always! Great to hear SUREFIRE has a solid rep worldwide. It was wonderful to hear people ask and talk about all that is SUREFIRE. Aside from losing our banner to a thief the night of our showcase and before London Bass in Miami, all went well. Thanks to all those that made it out and played!

Highlights:
Seeing Benga, Plastician, MRK1, Mala and Skream over and over (big up guys, big up Plastician's Sunglasses)
Surefire Sound Showcase at Black Sheep Bar
London Bass in Miami at Black Sheep Bar
Meeting the Florida Dubstep massive
Werd2Jah
Meeting ALL OUT DUBSTEP crew (Swedish Vampires in effect!)
Meeting Kutz finally
Meeting Juan Basshead (huge big ups Juan!)
Sunning with Hijak
Texas Dubstep crew
ViRAM
Meeting and seeing the Trouble and Bass Crew & AC Slater
Lil Jon and Diplo in a nasty beer filled warehouse
Richard Devine in a small bar
Rusko and the gentleman Rod Azlan
Kruder and Dorfmeister (the unicorns of electronica)
Seeing Nikola Baytala playing someplace other then SF
Prodigy at Ultra
Timbaland DJing at Ultra
Not paying to get into Ultra
Chasing 12th Planet around
Being called a beaner and being asked "where the beans at?"
Cuban food everywhere
Closing night House music vibes with Sam XXXL and the London crew ( i ducked out early to catch a 5 am shuttle earning the footie chants from Hijak and Mala that "they can see me sneaking out, sneaking out!")
Many more musical moments lost in a sea of Rum and humidity for reals.

Pics below:

Benga by you.

COMING UP:
Grime City with Lo Dubs. There is so much cracking in SF this night but this IS the place to be aside from Roni Size and Mad Professor and Seven at 103 Harriet.



SUREFIRE. SOUND001 big show our first offical event at the new space. If you are in the area don't miss it!