Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Griddies + A Great Night

Yesterday was tops. I won two GRID Lab awards for best original soundtrack on Derelicts and best sound design on Goetia, then I rocked a great crowd at Pyramids. Check it.
Derelicts Opening Theme
Goetia Angel Theme
Goetia Demon Theme
Pyramix 4 (12:07)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Final Friday

Final Friday of the school year at A-Pyramids, wear a white shirt, get written on, buy a glowstick for a dollar... midnight - whenever.

My DJ Bag

The folks at Lifehacker have been detailing the contents of their laptop bags and it occured to me that my bag may be of some interest to another DJ out there. With that in mind, here's my bag.

It's a large Timbuktu messenger style bag that I got from my friend David at Hudson Trail.

I keep my laptop in a padded neoprene sleeve within, screen facing out, with my control vinyls alongside to keep them flat.
Here's the goods, my NI Audio 8 DJ interface, Korg nanoPAD, and Olympus DS-40 field recorder.
I roll all of my "straight" cables into a circle and store them flat against my laptop sleeve. Included are the Traktor multi-core cables, USB A-B for the interface and mini-USB for the other two devices. Also, not shown are my 1/4"-XLR output cables (for my mixer) and the obligatory 1/8"-RCA.
I keep my cartridges in a waterproof case with all the associated hardware, including additional weights and a tiny screwdriver for making adjustments.

I use Sony MDR-V700 headphones, if you were thinking of getting a pair, don't. The hinges inevitably break; mine are held together with super glue. Also my 1/8" jack broke so I soldered on a 1/4" so I never forget that pesky adapter.

I bring a Shure SM-58 microphone and a 1/4"-XLR cable to every show though I rarely use it. I hate DJs who abuse their microphone privileges.

Not shown, monster 6-outlet power strip, Apple power supply, Numark mixer power supply, and an iPod-USB cable. Velcro cable-ties are crucial to keep this from becoming spaghetti. It's also important to have an alternate source of music should the computer crash (which mine does more often then I'd like), I bring one vinyl to cover my reboot, an iPod or iPhone (with necessary adapter) work fine too.
What's in your bag?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

520 Megamix

Keep the good times rolling and gear up for summer with this 520 Megamix featuring Notorious B.I.G., Method Man and Redman, Bob Marley, Nas, Buju Banton and Afu-Ra.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Hip-Hop Shop and Lobster Lounge

Tomorrow night I will be playing at Hip-Hop Shop at The Union starting at 10pm. On Thursday I'll be spinning chill tunes at The Front Room for ACRN from 5-7pm.