So my blog, this blog you are reading now, has been listed in the top 100 music blogs of 2013! This surprises me as much as it does you! You can take a look at it for yourself HERE. I Come in at number 90, right up there with BillFoolery and MrBrungle, which I have no idea what he is saying other than he has ‘Invisible Hands‘. I can now do one of two things, lift my game and try to get to number 1 or just continue doing what I have always done…. ie: not very much…. so considering that I never really expected to get this far with this blog I think I will just continue to do what I have always done…. easy! Now for the hard part, I need to add a picture to this article (because that is what I always do, and it looks real good on the page), so here is a nice picture of a rehearsal session we had the other night. I took the picture, on the right is Brad and on the decks is Alex…. we are putting an album together…..
Finally it’s a new mix for you! An experiment with minimal house. Not normally the kind of stuff that I would play, but I figured I would take a listen and before I knew it I had made a mix. I could even be convinced to make a minimal track at this rate because I liked what I heard!
Over the last few weeks I have been involved with the Australian Museums Jurassic Lounge event, as a sound professional. This involved pushing equipment packers around and setting things up and most excitingly running the front of house desk for the bands we have had coming through! Over the last few weeks we have had The Walking Who, Shady Lane, Iluka, & Richie 1250 & The Brides of Christ all come through the venue and play gigs. The bands haven’t been half bad, most of them have record deals and all the social media that comes along with that, so you can go and listen to them. The guys have all been very happy with my work and are always stoked when we pump up the PA and they realise how loud it is and that they can hear stuff…. that’s always nice. Anyway this is all a bit late in the piece now since this season of Jurassic lounge has finished. But don’t be sad…. there will be a new season for Sydney siders this spring, and yours truly will be front and center ripping things up on the sound desk! Keep you eyes on this blog and I will be sure to let you know when things kick off……
So I have finally rid myself of the scourge of iTunes! (crowd goes wild) I’ve managed to cutover my entire collection to Media Monkey. It’s a great piece of software. The best thing I like about it is the ability to keep separate collections, this allows me to keep a folder of music that I listen to on a regular basis and a folder for music that is purely for DJ mixing. There is a big difference in the two types of music and I don’t regularly make a habit of listening to the music that I am blasting off the decks every weekend, so it’s nice to not have it all mixed together. This also gives me the ability to define different auto sort rules for the two file structures, this is great! Because it allows me to sort albums as artist/album/song, and the singles for DJing are stored as genre/year/song in a different location, which is exactly what you need to see when doing a DJ set.
I’ve also managed to integrate the playlists from DJ Decks into the playlists from Media Monkey, giving me a single point of playlist management. But the absolute best thing about this is that Media Monkey allows you to install in portable mode onto a mobile drive. So I have copied ALL of my music on a single 1TB portable drive and can carry it around from dekstop to laptop and take it to gigs with me. Imagine having every single song that you have every heard at your fingertips…. that’s what it feels like now when I do a DJ gig… insane! and it’s all organised, even crazier! The software is skinnable and highly configurable and it can easily sync with your iPOD or phone, which is also what I have managed to do.