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Jun
15

It’s that time again.  The best party of the year in Pittsburgh is upon us…

 

Friday 6.21.2013

2013 Mattress Factory Urban Garden Party

“Soul Factory: Motown at the Museum”

 

The Gaff (Vancouver, BC) & DJ Zimmie (Portland, OR)

500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA

 

http://www.mattress.org/index.cfm?event=ShowFeature&id=2

 

The Mattress Factory is one of the few installation art museums in the entire world.  Their annual Urban Garden Party is THE must-attend event of the year.  The who’s who of Pittsburgh mingles, eats and drinks from the city’s finest establishments and dances through the museum and courtyard.  This year is Motown themed and I’ll be DJing it alongside Canadian Remixer & DJ The Gaff.  Go HERE to check out my recap from last year.  Break out your freshest duds and don’t miss it!

 



May
31



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May
23

 

Friday night I played 160 songs during a 4.5 hour set.  To give you some insight into what that means, let me explain what happens when a DJ is mixing songs together at a club, or at least what I’m doing.

 

I start by playing song #1.  This song has a particular energy and tempo.  This song is the starting point for the next hour and the rest of the night.

 

Then I pick song #2.  It has a similar tempo and energy but maybe it’s going in a certain direction.  Maybe I’m going to start slowly increasing my tempo.  Maybe I’m going to stay at the same tempo for a while.  Either way, I get the song ready to mix.  I make sure the tempo is matched perfectly to song #1, the volume is even and then I wait for the right point in song #1 to mix it in.  Maybe I scratch it in, maybe it’s a blend, maybe I drop it in.  I mix song #2.

 

Then I have to pick song #3.  Does it have the same energy?  Am I trying to take the energy in a different direction.  Is it a particular genre of music that I want to work with for a while?  Do the drum patterns match nicely?  How about the key?  How am I mixing it?  Maybe I’m cutting up song #2 for a bit.  How did the crowd react to song #2?  I look at the dance floor for a while.  What if I pick song #3 and decide it’s not the best song I can play next?  I need to pick a different song.  Sometimes I just stare blankly at my computer screen.  Maybe I messed up the mix for song #2 and I’m pissed off.  I might have played too much of song #2, I might have not played enough of it.

 

Maybe I get a text.  Maybe someone starts talking to me.  Maybe I get a request.  I need to play this request at some point.  I need to play certain songs at some point but they all have to be played where they fit.  I can’t force them just to get them played.

 

I go through this process, and more, 156 more times.  Each time I have to read the crowd more and more to determine the perfect song to play next.  If the crowd is feeling the music I can take some risks.  Sometimes they work.  Sometimes they don’t.  If they don’t I have to work harder to get the dance floor back to where I want it.  I typically have new remixes or tracks on me.  These tracks might work, they might not.  I haven’t played them before.  Maybe I don’t play them tonight because they don’t fit.

 

I need to run to the bathroom.  Maybe I eat something during the night.  Maybe I’m talking to a girl.  I also have ADD so after playing what seems like an hour of music I realize it’s been 12 minutes.  Maybe I’m having a shitty night.  Maybe the crowd sucks.  Maybe there’s a fight and the dance floor is all messed up for a while and the energy is different now.  With focus and good decisions, I might even turn a bad dance floor around into a great party.

 

For the rest of the night, this is my job.  So the next time you try to talk to a DJ and they seem preoccupied, they have a few things on their mind.  Or at least they should…



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May
14

My friend DJ 3PM recently used my Stadium Status edit of Macklemore‘s “Can’t Hold Us” for a UFC intro and got some video for me.  It’s just a cell phone vid, but you get the idea… Get the edit HERE.

 



May
2

YoYoYoYoYoYo!  The Extra Credit podcast is back with all the knowledge you need to get your DJ life right.  This edition features my man from the Skratch Makaniks crew, 1/2 of the Alfa Paare production team, The Pendleton Jawn Don, DJ EXCEL.  Ex and I chop it up about coming up in Philly, relocating to LA, Playboy Bunnies and more.  There’s a ton we didn’t cover because we had to make a flight so look for Part 2.

 

Listen HERE.  Learn how to subscribe HERE.

 



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May
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Apr
25

Night Of The Roxbury Party

5.3.2013 at JONES

107 NW Couch – Portland, OR – 21+

80s & 90s Douchebag Dance Power Hour

Gift bag for the best Roxbury outfit!

 



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Apr
17

Flick from the Holy Trinity Part at Jones Bar on 4.5.2013 – www.Hoddick.com

 



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Apr
14

I have a friend that works for NBC…

 



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