Thursday, July 16, 2009
I got a fairly decent bonus check yesterday, realized I don’t have to pay tuition for at least another month, and decided to check out Craigslist. Lo, it was being sold by an experienced DJ looking to switch out for some new gear! Bennett from rhythm sektion (check that link for some nice MP3 downloads and readable web log action) cut me a pretty sweet deal and threw in a laptop stand and no fewer than three pairs of control records.
The only thing I’m missing is a pair of patch cables to get the pass-thru connected so I can still mix vinyl, but I can get those today at lunch. Meanwhile, my lovely girlfriend has declared that she will relinquish a metric shit-ton of MP3s she wants to dance to. Yes, people. I am situated.
Turns out rhythmsektion is one of the Sunday night DJs at Beauty Bar here in Austin. I’ll definitely have to check that scene out if/when I’m not at Back Alley Social (and you should, too)!
Friday, July 10, 2009
I first encountered Serato Scratch Live
at a house party a couple of years ago. I had lugged in a stack of about thirty records—the other DJ lugged in his laptop, this little box…and his entire rig. My first impression of the device basically amounted to, “That’s neat. Looks simple enough and it’s obvious that things have come a long way since Final Scratch. But, hey, buddy! Your 128k constant bit rate MP3s sound like shit!”
Last Sunday, however, I saw the same gear in the hands of someone who actually had decent, recently-downloaded tracks instead of a scattered collection of crappy dance music remixes from the late 1990’s. Lo, I am impressed!
This got me thinking about some of the excuses I’ve given myself in the past for not “going digital.”
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Thanks to everyone who came out Sunday night! Yeah, thanks…all… (counts on fingers) five of you guys. You are special, you are loved, you are decent, and you are hardcore for coming out on a Sunday night after a weekend already crammed full of partying and revelry.
It was a night of first-time-in-a-long-times for me. In addition to playing out for the first time in years, I climbed a steel rung ladder to get to the DJ booth. When’s the last time you climbed a ladder, anyway? If you’re an office zombie by day like yours truly, it has probably been some time.
I also met a DJ named Loki (last Loki encounter: July 2002), and I got a close look at Serato, some tech I haven’t really examined since playing like three tracks at a house party in Seattle a good piece back.
Anyway, I must have done something right, because Cam has invited me back to play again soon. Details here when I know them!
Friday, July 03, 2009
This Sunday, I’m guest spinning/opening up for DJ Handsome Cam at Back Alley Social! This is my first gig since moving to Austin from Seattle almost a year and a half ago. In fact, now that I really do the math, this will be my first live gig in probably four years. Dang.
So I’m pretty alright in the living room on my own rig, but can I keep it together on a system which is large?
I don’t know, but know what? I bet you don’t know, either. So I guess we should all just show up and see what goes on.
Back room (entrance on Lavaca). Music starts at 10. No cover. 21 and up. Come say hi!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Setting up a site with ExpressionEngine and getting a design together has been smoother (and considerably more fun) than I suspected it might be. I’ll post about that once the site goes live. Meanwhile, you can see a design comp of the coming-along-nicely, soon-to-be-ready website here and a wireframe mockup here.
Taking some criticism into account (“What is this, a beach rave? What’s with the sea foam stuff?”), I’ve made some changes to what you see in the .jpg, but it’s all more-or-less the same. More on the design process later as well.
Things to do:
- Make sure I have styles for all my elements represented in my design (don’t forget hover states…).
- Slice graphics and mark up some static HTML to style with them.
- Plug in the back-end using the existing ExpressionEngine tags on the live site.
- Get going with some Google AdSense.
- Get some content up on this mother.
- Turn the mother out.
We’ll see how much of that I can get done on a Sunday afternoon. So far, ExpressionEngine isn’t really making things hard on me at all, so it’s looking good for a launch later this week!