Remixes Vol. 4
Remixes Vol. 4
214 SW Broadway
(cue theme music…) It’s time for another episode of the EXTRA CREDIT podcast! In Episode 6 I chop it up with Portland-based DJ and producer for the Lifesavas, Rev Shines. Rev is one of the cats keeping good music alive in Portland and he’s spreading good music all over the world with the Lifesavas. Sneakers, making beats with Questlove, records, dressing up like KISS and using CD burners on stage and more.
Also, if you need some DJ gear, sound, lights, whatever, visit our podcast sponsor, AGI Pro DJ, and use the code EXTRACREDIT when you check out. You’ll save some loot while supporting a DJ-based company!
In This Edition:
End Of DJing article // MixCrate Featured DJ // Soundrop Live Chat // KZME Interview // All Good Music
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Matt Nelkin // DJ Kez // DJ Zimmie
Holocene – 1001 SE Morrison – Portland, OR
Major props to the good people at Mixcrate. I recently uploaded my entire catalog of mixtapes and I’m now one of their FEATURED DJs. Every mix I’ve ever released is up, including a few that were taken down elsewhere for copyright infringement baby mama drama. Click your way over and listen to some chunes for free!
For those of you that ain’t know, we had a super fresh monthly Sunday Funday day party this Summer called “All Good Sundays“. One of our special guest DJs was triple og DJ Excel from Los Angeles. He was kind enough to hit the record button for anyone who couldn’t make it. Grab both hours of his live set and don’t miss the parties next Summer, sucka!
You love playing Holy Grail but JT’s voice all alone just makes everyone stop dancing and start crying. Lucky for you I put some drums on that situation.
Jay-Z – Holy Grail ft. Justin Timberlake (DJ Zimmie Redrum)
Clean & Dirty
The End Of DJing…
First off, if you’re reading this on your cell phone and you’re in the middle of a dance floor at a club, say good night to your friends, pay your tab, walk outside and step in front of a bus. The world thanks you.
I’ve been meaning to write this article for some time and I’m actually glad that I didn’t. So many things have happened in the years since this seed was planted and they all help to buttress my perspective. Whether or not you agree with me after reading this doesn’t matter to me at all. As a DJ and a person who might consider killing himself if he went deaf because he loves music that much, I live this. This is my life. If something happened and I never DJ’d another gig, I would be satisfied with my career. I’ve played all over the United States, in other countries and with too many amazing artists and DJs to name. I’ve supported myself playing music to make people dance. I have no complaints or regrets.
Also, as of writing this final draft, my heart is broken by all the recent calls from DJ friends who are “over it”. These are good people and great DJs who have reached their breaking point from terrible music, unresponsive or abusive crowds, less-than-savory nightclub staff (from bathroom attendant up to owner) and all sorts of other bullshit unique to the profession of DJing. The thing they love, their reason for getting up in the morning is damaged beyond repair.
This article is long because I care. Read the whole thing if you care.
A few years ago on Cinco De Mayo, a club I worked for booked the legendary Crooklyn Clan to perform a 4 turntable set. Some of you know CC from their record pool and classic party breaks, some of you don’t know them at all. But if you’re in the know, you know that Riz & Sizzahandz are 2 of the baddest DJs to ever do it. After the gig we did the late night grub thing and as if almost by accident, one of the most life-changing conversations I’ve ever had happened. I don’t remember the point of the story being told but at one point either Riz or Siz said “after DJing”.
“You mean when you guys stop DJing one day?”, I asked.
“No, when DJing ends.”, they said.
You could tell it was a conversation they had previously had at length and were in agreement about the concept. They broke it down like this…
“One day real soon, all of this is gonna end. Sure there will be people DJing but it won’t matter. When all the veterans retire, us, Jazzy Jeff, Rich Medina, Bobbito, Scratch, Prince Paul, all the good music cats, it’s over. We can’t keep the good music parties going, venues don’t want it because it doesn’t bring a bottle service crowd and all the good music venues are closing. People bought the buildings on either side of APT in NYC and called in noise complaints until it closed. Who the fuck does that?! And all the DJs are becoming interchangeable. All clubs play the same 100 songs so why pay someone extra because they do it better? Most of the crowds don’t care anyways. Can I ask you a question?”
“Yeah.”, I said with my mouth hanging open.
“I have about 5,000 disco records. Lots of hard to find shit I got from labels back in the day. I’m gonna rip it all to digital. You want it?”, Riz asked.
“Yeah. Are you serious?”
“Yep. What do you want?” .
“Uhh… Can I have all of it? Is this a trick question?”, I said.
“You know how many younger DJs I ask that question to and they all say the same thing? They say, “Gimme whatever will work in the club”. They just want 20 disco tracks to have their “disco set”. They don’t actually like disco. They don’t give a fuck about the music. They’d play the same 20 disco songs for the rest of their life and not care.”, Riz told me.
I was sitting at a table with 6 or 7 other DJs and nobody said anything. Good DJs. DJs that had been doing this for decades. None of us could argue with them. Our minds were blown.
I’ve told this story so many times in the past few years to DJs and nobody has argued with me.
Some people say that everything happens for a reason. I like to think that things happen for a bunch of reasons. I listened to an interview with Chuck D one time and he explained how Hip-Hop started because of a specific intersection of technology, geography, socio-economic climate, popular thought, music and other variables. It was a set of circumstances that will never happen again. The same is true for the rise of rock music, the reason certain fashion trends take hold or why revolutions start. There isn’t a singular cause behind “The End of DJing”, it’s a myriad of ideas, actions, trends other factors that will be the death of the DJing that we know and love. The tragic irony is that I’m watching it die at almost the same speed that it becomes more popular than it has ever been.
Every year, the Mattress Factory Urban Garden Party is my favorite event to play. This year was double fun because the theme was “Soul Factory: Motown at the Museum“. Anyone who knows me knows that I love me some funk & soul. I got to throw down a mix of funk, soul and breaks to warm up the party for my man from Canada, The Gaff . The party boasted over 1,400 guests and raised over $265,000 for the Mattress Factory’s educational outreach programs. I still have the set from this party, maybe I’ll post it if you’re lucky…
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I don’t know who decided that the soundtrack for a pool party is aggro bro rave music, but they are confused. This mix will put a smile on your face and drastically decrease the odds of UFC fighting at your pool. I talked to your girlfriend, she likes all these songs.
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