Kontakt 84: Bondi Beach - September Podcast
November 25, 2015 02:49 PM PST
I found myself in Australia for quite a while after Burning Man. i hit some festivals, did a massive road trip, and camped across the country. It was wild! From living in the dirt to a condo on the beach, I really set out to experience as much of Australia as I possibly could. I basically moved there.
A big thanks to all my friends who got me gigs and places to stay.
I spent a fair amount of time in Bondi, near the legendary beach - that Fatboy Slim played massive partys at in the past. Being there was very inspiring musically because it has always been a place that in my mind went hand in hand with a certain vibe of house music.
This is that vibe.
1. Julio Bashmore - Battle For Middle You
October 28, 2015 02:31 AM PDT
What a gift it was to be able to play on top of the wild camp Laka Laka bus during the man burning at Burning Man. Nothing compares for me to rocking the place while watching the gigantic fire, explosions, and fireworks of the man burning at Burning Man.
Right before my set, I was hanging out with Carl Cox inside of a giant mobile inflatable bouncy castle. We were having a moment that's for sure. His camp was right next to my bar, Rat Trap, and the people from next door had been hanging out at our place all week, more than their own. They didn't have a bar, and ours was rowdy as fuck!
The burn time was closing upon us, so I told Carl...
"Carl Cox, I'm really sorry - but I've got to go DJ on top of a bus during the burn, I hate to go but this has to happen"
He asked me where at...
Oh the joys of Burning Man~
Big shout out to my new friends at White Ocean! Thanks so much for making me feel like a part of your family
Anyway - the set went down kinda like this
1. Something Good - 1.28 AM
August 21, 2015 11:57 PM PDT
Wow - Florida was BANGIN this month! From oldskool to nu-skool, the breaks were flowing heavy! So many legends out every weekend, throwing down the real deal. madness. Favorites back to back. Legendary lineups. All just another weekend in central Florida. Tampa is big back on the map now and Orlando is kickin it up a notch. Everyone knows breaks are going to blow up big. It's just a matter of waiting. Shit we might wait forever but the music is primo right now and that's what really matters, right?
I heard so much amazing new material in the last month, that I had to do a throwback set full of some of my inspirations to be a producer and DJ.
All of these tracks bring back awesome dancefloor memories.
Plus Dave London, Rob E, and some other crazy fools were dropping new remixes of old skool jams that really brought back the vibes.
Back in LA now, prepping for Burning Man, Florida isnt just a memory. I'm taking it to the desert with me.
Big ups to Dave London, TJ Fonik, Mazor Promotions, Love & Light, and Sharaz for making so much, including this podcast, possible!
1. DJ Icey - Land Of Boom
August 04, 2015 09:31 AM PDT
Yep, still running a month behind. But catching up. This ones been done for two weeks, but I've been on the move and prepping for Burning Man so it sat on the desk going nowhere for a while.
There is a huge variety of Breakbeats out today, and some are sort of outside of my comfort zone. BassAnus is one of our label artists who steps up to the plate to take car of throwing down the more new school and aggressive noize.
This month we did a tag team set which came together great, putting together some of the freshest new school sounds with some killer oldskool beats and mash up material.
BIG ups to BassAnus for taking care of the jams, and for keeping it weird!
1. Bassbin Twins - The Lock
June 30, 2015 04:15 PM PDT
Between travelling to far away places and sitting around without decent broadband internet for the last month and a half, I put off mixing my podcast for an entire month.
So this one is as late as ever.
If I wasn't so in to being seasonal, I would only have numbers for these. That's my plan for the upcoming podcast from Kontakt Recordings called UDM - Underground Dance Music.
I hope to get it launched soon!
1. Slighter - Devil's Details (Future Funk Squad Remix)
May 01, 2015 03:39 PM PDT
I'm back on the road for the rest of the year! For half of April I was lucky enough to enjoy some killer weather, vibes, and adventures in SoCal. Much needed. The tacos were plentiful! So were the beats of course. Fresh style. Fresh beats. Fresh meats. Refridgerated meats. I don't know where I'm going with this, but who reads it anyway?
This change of seasons has got me deep in to Breaks again and Florida is on the horizon. Check back next month with an even sicker, straight from the epicenter breaks mix from Orlando!
April 07, 2015 10:24 PM PDT
This is just a reminder to myself, and all of you, that life does exist outside of a boring and repetitive daily, weekly, monthly routine.
There are fun things to do out there, despite how long we sometimes end up doing nothing.
Winter is over, I'm done with sticking on the East Coast. Los Angeles and the rest of the world awaits. I'm catching a plane and taking some crazy beats with me. The end of the road is Burning Man.
Follow my adventure!
1. Hydraulix - I Know, I Know (Ashrock Bonus Kuad) (Kontakt's Magic Edit)
March 09, 2015 09:08 PM PDT
Yeah, before I was a house DJ, I was a trance DJ. I spent a long time spinning my favorite music and really loved spinning it. But I was out one night at Limelight in NYC, and this guy D:Fuse who I talked about before was opening up for Scot Project, my favorite trance producer.
D:Fuse spun such an amazing, mind opening set, that I forgot who I went to the club to see! He was promoting his Bring The Drums act and his People 3 CD. Both are amazing. If you don't own People 3, you need to buy it. People 2 is also awesome, but doesn't have the live music element of People 3 that really makes it in my opinion one of the best Dance mix CDs of all time. I realized that I would never get gigs to play trance, but house was something that I could use to sell myself to promoters as a DJ they want to book.
But enough about house, this is a trance podcast. Not the kind of trance you all hear with my yearly trance mix. This is the hard stuff. The stuff i really used to live for out on the dance floor. This music defined me as a raver, as a dancer, as a force to be dealt with in the dance circles of the NYC rave scene. The music in this mix is really hard and high energy, and awesome to dance to, if you are physically up to it. I used to train just to go out to raves where I knew some of this stuff would be played. Now I just dance more so I don't have to train at all.
All tracks ripped from 12"
Yes I made studio edits of course
On with the music!
Kontakt 76: This One Time, I Was a House DJ - January Podcast
February 08, 2015 10:45 PM PST
Well, honestly, I've been a house DJ for a really long time, and never changed. But I do play other things too. It's all about the setting and the vibe to me. I make sure that no matter where, and no matter what I'm playing, I feel like the music I am throwing down is really a part of who I am. DJing is how I let people in, get them to know me. There's always that one person on the dancefloor who I can tell totally gets it more than anyone else. One smile stands out from the rest. Maybe theres even one of you who gets every podcast I put out that much more than everyone else out there. I'm pretty sure there is, just by definition.
It's honestly been a while since I put out one of my more standard podcasts. Thing's have been really exciting musically for probably about a year now, and I've been able to get back in to some genre's I thought I would never hear from again. Over that time though, I picked up a bunch of really great house tracks that I play out live, but haven't really put in to my real podcast format. Let's see how long I can keep this house going this time
1. Bedrock vs. Breach - For What You Jack Of (Kontakt's Jack On Mashup)
Kontakt 75: Its Been A While - December Podcast
January 18, 2015 05:10 PM PST
Here it is! The long awaited, annual Winter Trance Throwdown! Youve got to dance faster and harder to keep toasty this time of year where I am from. Not where I usually spend my winters... but that's where I'm from... It's been a warm and also very cold winter so far for me. It wasn't all that cold in Italy and Florida but up here near NYC, it has been. Global warming at the dawn of another Ice Age is really mixin it up!
I've been travelling a lot and hearing a lot of different kinds of music lately. I also have my laptop back up and running so I can at least attempt to catch up on time and get my podcasts out end of the month. So this one is only 3 weeks late. Partly because I put a lot of time in to finding the tracks and getting decent copies of hard to find tunes, and also partly because I've been working really hard lately and spend my free time playing video games instead of working on music.
But I found the time to get a head start on two more months of music, and also put together this amazing trance mix for everyone to enjoy this winter with some hot spiced cider or cocoa whatever is your bag. I'm more of a cider kind of guy.
Enjoy the mix and STAY WARM!
1. Ben Brown - City Streets (Kris B & Nosmo Remix)
A fresh & funky mix of House, Electro, & Breakbeat mixed live from coast to coast in the Mojave Desert, Ultra Music Festival, Burning Man, and well where else is there anyway?? The Kontakt Recordings monthly podcast features tracks smashing dancefloors all over the country and ones that will soon enough...
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Founder of Army Collective Records and Kontakt Recordings. Born in NYC, currently based out of Orlando and LA. Kontakt spins a mix of break beats, electro, and house all in to one big mess. It doesn't matter how many years of this or that someone has under their belt, how many releases, or what number they are on the DJ List. It's about bringing the energy down on the party, and making it go off! Kontakt's been around long enough to know how to get it on, and then some. A night out is an experience, it needs to be crafted by an expert from all angles to be the best night of your life. The DJ is one of those essential elements. And this is one of those essential DJ's. Download some mixes, mashups, and drop a note. Don't miss out, you only live once ; )
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