How did you guys start off learning Ableton? Attend a course or just self taught? What would you recommend? I have the lite version but since my aforementioned cubase nightmare in the early noughties I have shuddered at the thought of learning music production, but things seem to have moved in a more user friendly direction.
To me this makes perfect sense. I never really got DJing with CDs. I was vinyl up until about 2003 when all the record shops started shutting, then went digital. Bought a cdj 1000 and never understood the whole waste of time that was buying wavs then burning onto a CD. Pain in the arse. Plus I found dubious quality . Had some pretty embarrassing skip incidents I can tell you.
In my opinion the most logical product on the market at present is the xdj aero. Can be used with a host of DJ software, usb and record box. Even your iPhone. Problem is it doesn't have the kudos of stand along players, that's why this is a canny move by pioneer introducing the single xdj player- needs traktor hid support though
Saw him play about 2 yrs ago in some crappy club in New York just when he was breaking through over here. About the same time as the "Don't weigh me down" remix he did.
The night was interesting to say the least. Club was some hip hop joint near Port Authority. Metal detector at the entrance I recall. Crowd totally not into it...note when I say crowd I mean about 50 people. Me and my mate loved it and got battered on overpriced vodka and bowled around the gaff going crackers.
We felt a bit sorry for Guy J. He had the horror of the venue/crowd plus the state of us two dancing around like loons. Poor chap.
My impression was he wasn't the greatest DJ but his productions in his set carried him through. Sure he has progressed a lot now though.
Interstellar - almost perfect. Some of the blurb was a bit intense and the ending dragged but cinematography at the imax leathering the sound system was awesome. Shat me kecks at that bit with Mr Damon.
Docking scene near the end when MM had to go for it and dock at full speed was amazing. Proper nail biting.
Saw Interstellar last night. Epic movie but ending IMO just lost me slightly. So close to being utterly superb but a tough subject to really nail everyone who watches it. Looks amazing and the soundtrack top notch.
May go and see it again at an IMAX without the mrs and see if it all sinks in sans her fidgeting
It's intersting to hear how Americans got into the scene with little or no mainstream support during the late 80s/early 90s.
As I alluded to in my piece, a lot of my generation in the UK grew up with the folk lore of US clubs/ DJs, but the reality in much of American was house was scorned upon.
Below is an interesting commentary from this period that shows the skepticism of the US towards a scene with heavy drug connotations post the crack epidemic in the country. Over to Keith Allen and Tony Wilson
I doth my cap to anyone who works with outboard gear and actually produces anything.
I remember in the early noughies spending my hard earned bonus on a novation bass station , yamaha csx2, roland d5 and cubase- plus assorted midi bridges etc. spent about a year achieving fuck all, spending most of my time just trying to get cubase to link with the gear properly. Ended up selling it all at a massive loss. Think my mum got the CSx2 for her choir practices...
In my limited experience master one thing and actually get something done start to finish.
Apologies for the KLANG fest, more "it's a small world" vibe than intentional.
We had a few trips up to the Hippadrome Colchester in my 6th form. Think we got a chinning from a bunch of squadies when we tried to pull some birds and they found out where we were from. Par for the course in Essex back then.
Send Tom my regards if you see him up the pool hall. Mention the drummer out of Sub Zero....that will give him a giggle
A great little read Marcus. I grew up in Springfield and live at the back of the river in Chichester Drive. I'm also proud to say I was kicked off the decks in Dukes for playing this mid set (should had seen their faces). Do you ever see La Toya Jackson or Inner City at Dukes?
My Mate also went to KEG's and has forged a really career in the music/media industry.
That's crazy. I lived in Sherbourne Road in Springfield. Number 56 bus and all that. A couple of the guys I knocked around with have done pretty well in music. The band I mentioned in the story, Tom Jenkinson aka Squarepusher played bass. Sort of lost touch with him the last decade but saw him recently when he played Webster Hall here. Also know Paul Fowler who ran the Substance night up until a few years ago. Saw him in NY when he was over doing the night here with George Fitzgerald. Top guy.
Getting hoofed off the decks at Dukes a massive claim to fame. How on earth did you get on them in the first place? Remember a few PAs being down there. Must have missed inner city. I just remember the rave PAs like Bass Construction and the like
Nicely done Marcus. A familiar story to a lot of people on here I expect. How long has the hoboken night been going?..stayed there a couple of times visting family a few yrs ago
Cheers. Night been going for about 2 yrs now in Hoboken. Tough crowd but slowly things changing here. Problem with US its so ghettoised. Yuppies here, arty types here etc etc. Hoboken is a great place to live and lots of youngsters, but it's fratty. All the dance music hipsters are in Brooklyn.
Cheers for the feedback. Was a piece I thought about putting together for a long time. Glad I finally set about the task and managed to do it. The overall feeling I wanted to put accross was its sometimes forgotten what positives the scene in its infancy gave out, and what a different place suburban UK was prior.
The story is based on my past but fascinating that the same experiences were being had by others in the UK in similar small towns and in other countries .
Sad news..LFO was one of those tracks which introduced me to acid house. I actually remember this when I was around 15 and in my back garden in North London hearing this from an illegal rave not far off...completely mesmerised and like WTF. . hooked to electronic music ever since.
For me it was actually a renaissance of club music. A period which gave us Trentemøller at his finest and finally saw the end of the "deep dark tribal" prog bore-off ...
Was also the era of Mick Burns and Matthew Dekay
2003 & 2004 was a great time for melodic prog imo
I remember this era being when I first got my CDJs, started buying WAVs and Eggs are Cute being one of my early digital purchases.
Living in Essex at the time i had to venture into town to the escape the hell that was the Trevor Nelson / Dream Team inspired early noughies urban/RnB nightmare. I remember the Sasha RA interview discussing this era and the fear it was going to kill the prog/tech scene. Kudos to us we fought through and came back tougher ....Essex bells now dancing to "deep house"....
Will be working from our London office Oct 15 through to 19th. Looking at visiting some of the new record shops that have opened up since my settlement in the 13 colonies. Love Vinyl looks worth a visit. Anyone been/can suggest any others in the Hipster golden triangle that is hackney / dalton / the ditch ?
Plus anything decent going on around that way on Oct 17th. Any venues that are decent for after bar antics.