March – Nightclub & Bar + House Music

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**3/9 Las Vegas WOW !! Yesterday was DOPE !! Woke up B4 the alarm, head buzzing from the night before. Had a (way too early) breakfast/meeting with the NC&B Advisory Board. Met old friends, got an update on how the show is going… numbers up across the borad, all areas… edicational workshops, exhibtor footage & entertainment. (show attendees can opt for an “All Excess Pass” with front of the line, no waiting VIP privelidges)

Group discussion on a few pressing matters. Heard some exciting input on how the magazine/website/show plans to evolve & grow. “Where many print publications ar hurting, Nightclub & Bar is thriving,” said NCB boss, John Taffer.

Later, I attended a an excellent workshop on social meeting marketing. Doesn’t matter if you’re a large chain or just a one-man show, there are many ways to use all the available social tools to get your self known & devolope a personal diaplogue with those who find & follow you.

NOTE: I’ve had a number of inquiries on this blog about just how a person might better use these resources. Once I get back home & get muy head clear, I’m gonna get into this w/you, I promise.

Next, spending an amazing hour or so with DJ/music programming genius, Wyatt Magnum, Magnum Music Group & his guest DJ panel. From Toronto, DJ Wrispect, from Houston, DJ Penetrate & Las Vegas’ legendary DJ Frankie. (Been spinning in Vegas since the Disco daze) All of these guys work w/muliple DJs & spend a lot of time researching & programming their music databases w/tunes for their respective formats.

Our group discussed things like developing a niche format sound/identity, (you automatically know if it’s a Deadmau5 or Benniy Benassi DJ set, don’t you?. the increasing impact of house & elctro/techno music in the club mix, how hip hop, R&B are becoming more uptempo & beat driven, (Flo Rida, Usher) how using a quick mash-up of 3-4 hip hop tunes can jump start a set of power dance music, playing to your crowd, not AT the crowd, i.e. force feeding too much of your own personal taste may not always be in the best interest of the crowd in general. One example I have used over the years is that 5% of the crowd will make over 50% of the requests if you let them.

What’s that classic line from Spock in those Star Trek movies? “Th e needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.” In this scenerio, the “many” are the crowd, “the few” are the requests (or those hot bodies you’re trying to hit) & “the one” is YOU.

One operator from Texas summed it up this way, “Playing & mixing music is an “Art,” programming the music to keep the crowd is a “Science.” Many times, it’s the DJ who has to delicately balance the two.

Now, the good stuff.. Just this past Saturday, after an invitation only VIP/Press Party, Paris unveiled Vegas’ newest mega-club, “Chateau,” described as “The next level in Vegas nighhtlife.” (great descriptive slogan, eh?) complete w/Vegas whose who.

On Friday, Nick Cannon, soon to be the father of twins, (he confirmed Mariah Cary’s having a boy & a girl) got the party started behind the turntables, mixing beats for the massive crowd to dance to, followed by dance sets from Australian-born DJ Havana Brown.

On Saturday, singer Drake took the stage for the actual grand opening of the nightclub, backed up by the beats of Lindsey Lohan close friend, DJ Samantha Ronson.

Last night, DJ Frankie invited me as his guest for a tour of the facility. We were joined by Chris Ping, DJ & Technical consultant from Lexington, KY. I got a chance to get up in the booth & see, first-hand the multiple set up w/ 3 side by side DJ mix set ups featuring 2 cd decks w/mixers on each side of a third mixing console flanked by 2 classic Technic turntables. Sweet!

Chateau has a really nice outdoor patio featuring beers from around the world and, oh yes, those lovely French maiden go-Go dancers are everywhere!

Then, off to Caesars Palace & Pure for the Nightclub & Bar Tuesday Party. Yesterday, I erroneously touted 5 DJs for the party. I was wrong, there were 7 !! Starring Nightclub & Bar US National DJ Of The Year Winner, Chris Garcia plus DJs DLUX, Grahamfunke, Homicide, Irie, Reach & HOT female DJ Sky Nellor.

When I got there, it was after midnight & I had to make my way thru a crowd of 3-4 hundred party goers, all who were hoping to get in & join the fun. Once inside, it was wall to wall NRG. The music was crazy good… lots of mash-ups, mostly up-tempo Hip Hop/R&B/Dance w/ some tasty Mainstream/Pop tidbits here & there… AND, just a taste of dance rock here & there to spice up the mix.

NOTE: Absolute living proof of what we all discussed earlier in the day at the DJ Mixing/Programming workshop.

OK, that’s about it for now… I’m getting hungry, so will grab a bite & then I’m off to the Apple Store in the Forum Shops at Caesars for a demo peek oat the new iPad2 which debuts on Friday.

Then tonight, I’m back at the Marquee for the Nightclub & Bar Top 100 Party & DJ Spin Off followed by the highly anticipated musical journey w/ Swedish Power House DJ, Avicii… & yes, we are gonna go all night. L8TR. Ray Ford aka DJstuff.

** 3/8 Las Vegas…. The world came to know Sin City as gangsters, Elvis, Sinatra &The Rat Pack, & in recent years for live shows like Barry Manilow, Cher, Elton John & Celine Dion. Ahh, my friend, but today’s Vegas has morphed into Mega Clubs with Superstar DJs grabbing all the headlines… AND the party people.

Here’s just one example… March at Marquee, this Wed.; Swedish phenom Avicii, for our Nightclub & Bar Top 100 Party; Friday; Robbie Rivera, Sat; Kaskade, Nightclub & Bar National DJ of the Year Winner, next Friday; Dirty Dutch Beatz w/ Chuckie, 25th; ecTwins, 26th; Above & Beyond, A;pril 1st’; Ferry Corston, April 2nd; ATB…. & the list goes on… multiply this list by a dozen other clubs & it really gets crazy.

Point is, we hear a lot about Miami w/ WMC & the Ultra Music Festival and… Ibiza during season, but folks, this party goes 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year !! Las Vegas has become the party capitol of the world !! Oh yes, did I mentioned that MTV has moved their Spring Break this week to the Cosmopolitan?

Here’s another Funky Fact: To Quote NC&B Boss, Jon Taffer, “Nowhere in the world but Vegas will you see a nightclub like Marquee (touted as the largest nightclub on the planet) w/a 100 million dollar price tag.” Marquee is five clubs in one including the rooftop “Day Club” with pool cabanas & round the clock party goers. I spent a couple hours there last night w/ DJ Vice & a thousand other folks… on a Monday night !!

Then I was off to Haze at the Aria for our NC&B Party w/ Three 6 Mafia & another 1,00 or so folks.

Tonight our Nightclub & Bar party is at Pure w/5 top DJs… yeah, I said 5. Is this a great city, or what?

Gotta go… there’s a session on Social Networking & the Wyatt Magnum’s Mixing Panal w/ six top DJs on the dias…. DJ Penetrate – Houston, Texas; DJ Yale Fox – New York City; DJ R.O.B. – Las Vegas; DJ Wrispect – Toronto Ontario; DJ Frankie – Las Vegas.

Talk to ya again later… Ray Ford aka DJ stuff.

Oh, yes… I told you we’ll be focusing in on House Music after Vegas & I just want to give you a mix to get you stasrted. I put this together 10 days ago & just haven’t had time to get it up on the blog, so here is… called, “Welcome To My House.” It’s me & what I’m about… Sooo, Get out the Bake Goods, strap on the phones & turn up the volumne !! And do Njoy the ride ’cause it’s allll goooood !!!! DJstuff

Welcome 2 My House from DJstuff at Letsmix.com

Welcome 2 My House from DJstuff at Letsmix.com.

FLASH !! 3/2 2day, Steve Jobs debuts new iPad2… sez on sale next Friday, March 11th 4 same price.

** 3/3 Friends at Verizon gave me a 30 minute, hands on demo w/the Motorola Zoom today. All I can say is.. “I think I’m in love !!” Crazy fast & yes, it does have a few limitations compared to a PC, but for a person on the go, it’s a thing of beauty. iPad vs. Zoom.. Apple vs. Google.. Ahhh, the beatz & the tech just keeps comin’…

Hi… back in December we tuned your ear to the many forms of Techno. Now, in March… we’ll be zeroing in on House Music… presenting a series of House mixes from DJs around the world. Stay tuned…

PLUS, this month, in addition to DJs & Music, we’re gonna focus some of our attention on The huge Las Vegas Nightclub & Bar Trade Show, March 7-9… which is one of the Top 5 attended yearly Vegas trade shows.

I’ve been associated w/the Magazine & Trade Show for over 20 years, & am a charter member of the Nightclub & Bar Advisory Board that oversees & gives direction to the magazine & show. DJstuff (Ray Ford)

NOTE: >> I’ll be in Vegas next week, March 7-9, covering the Show. You can follow my escapades here on the blog & @DJstuff on Twitter.com/DJstuff.

During my career, I’ve been fortunate to be a club DJ, a club owner/operator & an industry consultant. I write about that experience in a bi-monthly editor’s blog from the operators point of view, “Managing Your Environment” which appears on the Nightclub & Bar website @ http://www.nightclub.com. My latest blog (3/4) has info on a couple of top DJ panal sessions w/Wyatt Magnum of Magnum Music Group discussing “Music Menus” (club formatting) Mixing & more. It’s gonna B all good!

This year, the March 7-9 show at the Convention Center is anticipated to attract 20,000+ attendees. Add a couple hundred thousand weekly Vegas visitors & you’ve got one BIG PARTY !!

Aside from the Show, there are a number of Special Party plans for us all as well. Here are a few or the biggest events next week…

Show & Glow Party
Monday, March 7 | 10:30 PM @ HAZE Nightclub
Aria Resort at City Center -
Nightclub & Bar Las Vegas New Club of the Year (see list below)
HAZE opened last year to worldwide raves and is now one of the hottest clubs in Las Vegas. This multi-level venue with fantastic lighting, sound and video has planned an amazing theme party including the hottest DJs in Las Vegas, performance artists, celebrity guests and a bunch of secret happenings! Three 6 Mafia is making a special appearance.

Triple Theme Party
Tuesday, March 8 | 9:30 PM @ PURE in Caesars Palace
Come party in triple at PURE in Caesars Palace. This triple themed party will be one for the record books with a live concert presented by rising country star Ashley Ray and two other theme parties at the same time! Don’t miss this major event with complementary special cocktails created just for NCB attendees!

Avicii at Marqee

Top 100 and DJ Spin Off Party
Wednesday, March 9 | 10:00 PM @ Marquee, The Cosmopolitan
As the newest, most highly anticipated and largest nightclub in Las Vegas, Marquee at the Cosmopolitan is hosting a new combined event on Wednesday featuring the Top 100 party and Red Bull Sponsored DJ Spin Off! Don’t miss this one where you can help honor the Top 100 nightclubs and bars in the country and be one of the first to step into one of the newest, hottest clubs in Vegas! 2009 Breakout Artist of the Year, From Sweden, Tim Berglin aka DJ Avicii is a special guest DJ!

Check out Avicii on MySpace here.

** 3/2/11 Each year, Nightclub & Bar readers submit the nightclub, DJ & promotion picks they feel deserve special recognition. Then, the list of candidates is turned over to a select group of industry professionals & the NC&B Advisory Board who, after much due diligence, pick the final list of winners. We had a tremendous cross-section of candidates this year… & here are the winners !!

National US Nightclub Award Winners

Nightclub of the Year – Webster Hall, New York

New Club of the Year – FLUXX, San Diego (Celebrates 1 yr. Anniversary March 11th)

Mega-club of the Year – The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City, NJ
Ultralounge of the Year – SL, New York

Las Vegas Nightclub Award Winners

Las Vegas Nightclub of the Year – Tryst, Wynn Las Vegas

Tryst at the Wynn

Las Vegas New Club of the Year – Haze Nightclub, Aria Resort & Casino

Haze Nightclub at Aria Resort & Casino

Las Vegas Dayclub of the Year – Liquid Pool Lounge, Aria Resort & Casino
Las Vegas Mega-club of the Year – Pure, Caesars Palace

National US Resident DJ of the Year Award Winner
Chris Garcia at Playhouse Hollywood, Los Angeles

(This is one of the classiest DJ image videos we’ve seen in a long time… w/just a peek at Drai’s After Hours where he is a Vegas resident.) PS: He’s the dude sans hair.

Las Vegas Resident DJ of the Year Award Winner
Kaskade at Encore Beach Club – DJ/Producer Ryan Raddon aka Kaskade is listed @ #35 in the world by DJ Mag.

Single Promotion/Party/Event of the Year
Moulin Rouge Anniversary Party at Kiss & Fly, Austin, Texas

Las Vegas Ongoing Promotion/Party/Event of the Year
Vice Sundays, Lavo Las Vegas

Las Vegas Single Promotion/Party/Event of the Year
Erick Morillo Labor Day Weekend at Tao

Ongoing Promotion/Party/Event of the Year
Fashion Industry Nights at Baja Sharkeez, Hermosa Beach, Calif.

** 3/1/11 One of the most anticipated surveys that Nightclub & Bar conducts each year documents the Top 100 Grossing US Clubs. The 2010 numbers have just been released…. & guess what… of the Top 20 Grossing Clubs, 13 of the 20 were in Las Vegas !! See for yourself… Here’s the list:

Rank Concept Name 2010 Revenue Location Website
1 XS Nightclub $60-70 Las Vegas, NV www.xslasvegas.com
2 TAO $60-70 Las Vegas, NV www.taolasvegas.com
3 Pure Nightclub $35-45* Las Vegas, NV www.purelv.com
4 Haze Nightclub $35-45* Las Vegas, NV www.lightgroup.com
5 LAX Nightclub $35-45* Las Vegas, NV www.laxthenightclub.com
6 Vanity Nightclub $25-35* Las Vegas, NV www.vanitylv.com
7 LIV $25-35* Miami Beach, Fl www.livnightclub.com
8 The Bank Nightclub $25-35* Las Vegas, NV www.lightgroup.com
9 Tryst Nightclub $25-35* Las Vegas, NV www.trystlasvegas.com
10 Lavo $25-35 Las Vegas, NV www.lavolv.com
11 Seacrets $25-35* Ocean City, MD www.seacrets.com
12 JET Nightclub $15-25* Las Vegas, NV www.lightgroup.com
13 Avalon Hollywood $15-25 Hollywood, CA www.avalonhollywood.com
14 Mango’s Tropical Cafe $15-25* Miami Beach, Fl www.mangostropicalcafe.com
15 The Pool After Dark $15-25* Atlantic City, NJ www.thepoolafterdark.com
16 ghOstbar $15-25* Las Vegas, NV www.n9negroup.com
17 Drai’s Afterhours $15-25* Las Vegas, NV www.drais.net
18 Clevelander $15-25* Miami Beach, FL www.clevelander.com
19 MOON $10-15* Las Vegas, NV www.n9negroup.com
20 Billy Bob’s Texas $10-15* Fort Worth, TX www.billybobstexas.com
* = estimate

View a pdf of the entire Top 100 list Here.

Source: Nightclub & Bar Magazine http://www.nightclub.com

February – From Techno To Technology…

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** 2/24/11 New Android Zoom released today… best of show at CES & touted as on a par w/iPad…. but wait for the less expensive Wi-Fi version in April, or… wait for the new iPad 2, also rumoured as due in April. One more thing… we scoured the Android App Store & were dissapointed that, as of now, they don’t have nearly as much music or DJ stuff as iPad. Ahhh, don’t cha just LUV those Tech Wars?

** 2/20/11 Video Funky Fact: “Elements of Life” by Tiesto, one of the world’s most popular & talented DJs, has been viewed almost 20 MILLION TIMES !!

** 2/16/11 Grammy Funky Fact: Did you know that the best rock album was also a win for classical music… whaa ?? “The Resistance” by Muse was the winner, AND, cut 11 – “Exogenesis Part III (Redemption)” is actually Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op 9, No 2 by Frederic Chopin !!

** 2/12/11 Back in November, we made a Mainstream Club Mix (hadn’t uploaded one in a long time) that got good, positive feedback…(a pleasant surprise)…. so, I did another Mainstream Club Mix for February with new, current & a few classic tunes… Hope U Njoy the ride…

Mainstream Club Mix 2-10-11 from DJstuff at Letsmix.com

Mainstream Club Mix 2-10-11 from DJstuff at Letsmix.com.

** 2/10/11 – Spent this morning looking at/listening to the dozens (yes dozens) of video remixes of Lady Gaga’s new single, “Born This Way” which was released today. The girl does know how to take over the media world…. & yes, it IS already #1 on iTunes.

** 2/8/11 – FYI, Miss Britney Spears Tweets in studio w/will.i.am… sez we’re gonna love this 1…. Also, plan for Feb. 17th…9:56 PM…MTV….The WORLD PREMIERE of the “Hold It Against Me” video…directed by Jonas Akerlund.

**2/6/11 – My vote 4 best Super Bowl ad (57% on Google Survey later agreed) is Eminem “This Is Detroit” Chrysler bit… Awsome, Beautiful !!

Here’s the BEP Sup Bowl Video… til it’s pulled…

We’re kicking of February w/a few of our fav iphone/iPad dittys…

** 2/3/11 – Tap Tap Revenge 4 By Tapulous, Inc. Now available on iTunes
The longest-running, most-dowloaded music gaming app of ALL TIME just got a brand-new UPGRADE – it’s our biggest, baddest, most mind-blowing version yet! Tap and shake to the music of your favorite artists like Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Taio Cruz, Jason Derülo, Metallica, and more! With a huge library of today’s biggest hits, plus over 100 FREE TRACKS, Tap Tap Revenge is the most addictive, adrenaline filled game on the App Store.

BREAKING NEWS – NOW 100% FREE IN TTR4:
LINKIN PARK’S latest smash “Waiting For The End,” plus “Sing,” the new single from MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, and “House Music” by BENNY BENASSI come bundled with the download.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tap-tap-revenge-4/id405373266?mt=8#

** 2/2/11 – This crazy story all started back in October when 4 guys from Brooklyn who call themselves “Atomic Tom” spent 3 days riding the subway being videoed while playing (on their iPhones !!) & singing their song, “Take Me Out.”

When Steve Jobs heard about it, he Tweeted the world… & in the 1st month, they had over 1 millions hits !! Number is now over 5 million hits. Featured on CBS News, appeared on George Lopez… (introduced & came out of the audience on stage playing on their iPhones) Blew people’s minds…

iPhone/iPad Apps they use… Drum Meister, Pocket Guitar, iShred, Von Bruno Microphone, Virtuoso Piano Pro.

Then, around Christmas, the Net lit up with millions of video hits showcasing the North Point iBand doing Chrsitmas music…

Meanwhile, in Europe there’s the award winning iBand using MooCowMusic Piano & Guitar iPad App, BeatMaker Drum iPhone App & MooCowMusic Drummer & Guitarist iPhone App… www.iband.at

** 2/1/11 – Now, lots of folks are doing it…. there are several DJ iPad apps for producing & mixing music as well….

New iPad App, MIDI Touch, Lets You Design Your Own MIDI Controller
from iPad Music Software: MIDI Touch is a new app for the iPad that lets you design your own ultimate MIDI controller, by placing knobs, sliders and other controls onto the screen wherever you want.

According to the developers, MIDI Touch lets you send MIDI over Wi-Fi with latency as low as 2-5ms and and via compatible MIDI hardware devices with near-zero latency, using the Camera Connection Kit. MIDI Touch sells for $17.99.

…. then, there’s the iPhone App – Malibu Music Mixer – a DJ Music Mixer by Malibu & ABSOLUT VODKA

Mixmeister Scratch – Billed as the first DJ program for iPhone and iPod Touch. MixMeister Scratch is a free application for iPhone 3G, iPhone, and iPod Touch that enables you to scratch anywhere, anytime. Download MixMeister Scratch for free from the iTunes App Store right now and scratch on top of your music in seconds.

The app I like best right now is djay for iPad – The full-fledged iPad DJ app by algoriddim. Check out the video…

And finally, a bit of british humor for the techie in all of us. “My Blackbeery Is Not Working.”

….. Hey, a few giggles never hurt anyone, right? Njoy your day… Ray Ford, DJstuff.

Now, here’s a link to the Google Android Developer’s Channel where the New Android Honeycomb (3.0) was released today. 2/2/11

http://www.youtube.com/android

If you love your tech, you gotta do this video…. PS: Developers meet later this mo. In Barcelona…

Happy New Year 20-11 !! January Stuff

Here’s wishing you crazy good beats, good health & prosperity in 2011 !! DJstuff.

** Britney “Hold It Against Me” Storms To #1 Debut On Billboard Hot 100 + #1 on iTunes In US & 20 Countries. D/L TommiwSunshine Killer RMX… B.inary S.pires – Held Against Me [T.S. & Figure Edit]/F.I.G.H.T T.H.E. P.O.W.E.R. #6 @ http://tinyurl.com/6gsq2rn

** 1-10-11 My sources at Pioneer told me they just released new sneak peak of a new product. As you must know, Traktor Pro is the industry DJ software of choice. Couple that w/ a sleek new duel player w/a ton of slick bells & whistles & you’ve good a hot new “must have” from Pioneer.

Pioneer DDJ-T1 w/Traktor Pioneer DDJ-T1 Edition

Features
Plug and play USB connectivity with 4-channel deck control
Included TRAKTOR Pioneer DDJ-T1 Edition DJ Software
Specially designed user interface
Optimized controller for highest quality sound
P-LOCK Fader Cap lock mechanism design
Premier built-in sound card

DDJ-T1
The DDJ-T1 easily connects with a user’s laptop via USB for quick “plug-and-play” capability with TRAKTOR Pioneer DDJ-T1 Edition DJ Software. For further convenience, the controller also comes with a computer dock that allows a laptop’s keyboard to slip directly under the controller, bringing the monitor closer to the DJ, providing fast visuals of song information while mixing. The device adopts Pioneer’s “P-LOCK Fader Cap,” designed to prevent the fader caps from slipping.

SPECIFICATIONS
Included software: TRAKTOR PIONEER DDJ-T1 EDITION
Input terminals: MIC x 1 (1/4 inch PHONE), AUX x 1 (RCA)
Output terminals: MASTER OUT x 2 (1/4 inch PHONE x 1, RCA x 1), HEADPHONE MONITOR OUT x 2 (front 1/4 inch PHONE, mini pin)
Other terminals: USB B connector x 1
Frequency range: 20Hz – 20kHz
Total harmonic distortion: 0.005% or less
Included AC adapter: Power 120 V AC 60 Hz, rated output 5 V DC
External dimensions: 26.8 in (W) x 3.7 in (H) x 12.5 in (D)
Weight: 10.8lbs
Compatible OS: Mac OS X (10.5, 10.6 or later), Windows® 7 Home Premium/Professional/Ultimate, Windows Vista® Home Basic/Home Premium/Ultimate/Business Windows® (SP1 and later), XP Home Edition/Professional (SP3 and later)(Note: is not compatible with Windows® XP Professional x64 edition)

Now therre are video demos of both new products…. including the DDJ-T1

http://www.youtube.com/PioneerDJglobal

Here’s a link to the new DDJ-T1 site:

http://pioneerdj.com/index_f.html#/en/products/ddjt1

There is also more data out about the sister product, the DDJ-S1
w/ Serato Itch… also just released…

http://www.djsounds.com/01/13/pioneer-ddj-s1-controller-official-introduction-aeroplane

** Billboard Magazine lists the biggest grossing acts of each year…
In 2010, these were the Top 4.. 1. Bon Jovi, 2. AC/DC, 3. Dave Mathews, 3. Lady GaGa…. but here’s the best part.. for the first time ever in the Top 25 was a DJ !!

25. Tiesto
Total Gross: $28,626,366 Number of Shows: 110
Total Attendance: 525,894 Number of Sell-Outs: 45
Tiesto, one of the top DJs in the world! His appearances generated over $28 MILLION dollars in 2010 !!! Dj beatz keep gettin’ bigger. Congrats 2 Tiesto !!

** Pollster recently reported that the 3 US Club venues that attracted the most people in 2010 were:
1. House of Blues, Boston
2. 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
2. The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas

** 1-1-11 We think DJFM, Toronto, is the best Dance Music station in North America.
Here’s a link to their listing of the 108 most populat dance tunes of 20-10… compiled from 20-10 monthly charts, sales & DJFM listener requests.

http://www.digitaldjstuff.com/Top108Dance2010DJFM.htm

In December – Tron & Techno

** Working w/producer/DJ Dr. Mario in creating a nutty mix from a collection of his amazing Hard Techno trax. Just uploaded the new mix, “Electro Shock Therapy 3.0 The Dr. Is In”… my 1st new post of 20-11… & the 9th Techno Mix in our series.

I love to paint pictures with my mixes. In this mini-excursion, Ex LA DJ/Producer, the amazing Dr. Mario tiptoes the fine line between Genius & Insanity in this mix of his original Deep Techno music.

There’s drama, pathos, humor & joy. It’s a little bit science fiction soundtrack, part video game track, plus maybe some “Dark Side of The Moon” 2011.

I can tell you it was a mind blowing trip sorting out his material & reworking it into a voyage of self-realization for this mix. Buckle up & enjoy this trip inside your mind. DJstuff

Elelctro Shock Therapy 3.0 The Dr Is In from DJstuff at Letsmix.com

Elelctro Shock Therapy 3.0 The Dr Is In from DJstuff at Letsmix.com.

One of my favorite messages comes from Seal… “We’re never gonna survive unless We get a little crazy” from his song “Crazy.”

** Techno has morphed into many forms… from early influences like the classic “Metropolis” to Kraftwerk to Nine Inch Nails, to Bennie Benassi & Crookers… there’s the mysterious & hypnotic “Pure” Techno, Tech House, Electro/Techno, Detroit Techno & more.

Whatever form it takes or “name” it’s referred to, one thing remains constant… It’s ALL Good!!

Electro/Techno Mix #8 – Since we’re featuring Techno mixes from DJs around the world, I wanted to present 1 from Ibiza. So, I turned to one of the best podcasts on the planet. Dennis Ruyer’s Dance Department on Radio 538 in the Netherlands is legendary. (iTunes) In Episode 272, Dennis gave us a live Deadmau5 set at Cream, Ibiza… from this past Summer. It’s Electric, it’s Raw, It’s Outrageous!! Njoy…

 

Want more ?? Then I strongly suggest you download the entire Dance Department podcast #272 from iTunes w/Deadmau5, a mix from Axwell & more… DJstuff.

Techno Mix #7 – Back to Germany for Ostbahnhof - Ich Bin Das Techno – “Siebzhn” Mix. If you looked up the definition of TechHouse, you might just find this mysterious, haunting & beautiful mix listed there as a perfect example…. FYI, Ostbahnhof is the name of famous train stations in Berlin & Munich…

 

This Electro/Techno/TechHouse Mix #6 was recorded live in Tempe, Arizona by Substation.  (DJ Jay Bitsue) The Groove is Fresh & Tru… 

Latest tracks by substation

This is feature Techno Mix #5. The next stop on our worldwide Techno Tour is in Boston with “Drop Bass Not Bombs” from Commandah Panda. (Joseph Yuen)

Drop Bass Not Bombs from Commandah Panda at Letsmix.com.

Here we go… here we go…. Tech House Mix #4 comes from Jazzy Fingers who creates out of Utrecht, Netherlands. I think you’re gonna njoy this crazy stuff… It’s called “EarPussy Bananas 2010, vol. 1″ How’s that for a lead-in ??

eaRPuSSY BaNaNaS 2010 VoL.1 – JaZZY FiNGeRS feat. MC PRYMe by JaZZY FiNGeRS

Our Techno Act III continues on the world stage with an excellent mix from Mexico & Sequencers with their “Late at our Basement Mixtape” with a definate Kraftwerk “edge” to it.

Late at our Basement Mixtape from Sequencers at Letsmix.com.

For our 2nd Techno Mix, we’ve chosen an Electro/Techno/Deep House mix by Belgium’s Fastury… “I Love Terchno 2010 PT. 2.”

i love techno 2010 part.2 from fastury at Letsmix.com.

And, now, here’s our first featured Techno Mix… it’s from German Techno Monster, Bruno Pronsato – “RTS.FM Kiev – 29-10-2010.” Njoy !! DJstuff…

Bruno Pronsato – RTS.FM Kiev – 29-10-2010 by R_co

Now, to keep the juices flowing, here’s the latest Tron movie trailer…

And, in case you missed it, here’s the excellent Daft Punk (produced soundtrack) interview from Dazed & Confused….

Daft Punk talk about Tron: Legacy Soundtrack

Daft Punk gave their first long-awaited interview about TRON: Legacy soundtrack to Dazed & Confused.

“As soon as we saw the filmmaker was not trying to copy the first [Tron movie],” the legend that is Thomas Bangalter told them. “But expand it after almost 30 years, we thought it was interesting. Then we questioned ourselves as to whether or not it was something we could actually do. The most pressure we feel is always from ourselves, even in a project like this. I think that is why we took so much time before we jumped on board, so we could guarantee our freedom and room for experimentation in this environment – it’s a dream factory. Hollywood is at the corner of imagination and industry.”

“This project is by far the most challenging and complex thing we have ever been involved with” he underlined. “Coming from our background of making electronic music in a small bedroom, and ending up having our music performed by a 90-piece orchestra, with some of the best musicians in the world…We are lucky to have had the opportunity to experience some powerful moments artistically over the years, but recording this orchestra was a very intense experience.”

“The soul and emotion of [classical music] is so powerful that to like it is so easy – it’s just people think you need to be educated. I thought that myself for a long time, until I had listened to so many kinds of music, that one day I just tried it. But it’s not about learning…It’s about learning that it’s just there.”

Thomas stresses the timelessness of orchestral instruments relative to electronic tools. “A cello was there 400 years ago and will still be here in 400 years. But synthesizers that were invented 20 years ago will probably be gone in the next 20. Synths are a very low level of artificial intelligence. Whereas you have a Stradivarius that will live for a thousand years. In the past, we have worked with clashing genres like disco and heavy metal, and here we would do it with film scores…this idea of the ultimate retro-futurism.”

So is it right to assume that they find dance music less appealing than they once did? “For us, yes,” says Thomas. “We are definitely excited by music, but just trying to constantly experiment. And sometimes that means going with other art forms, because you think there’s more latitude to experiment with an orchestra than an 808 drum machine and synth.”

Has Tron: Legacy usurped the original Tron movie in the duo’s imagination? Not according to Guy-Manuel. “Tron left a strong imprint as a kid. I was eight, he was seven. Maybe I only saw it two or three times in my entire life, but the feel of it is strong even now, that I think the imprint of the first one will not be erased by the new one. It has a real visionary quality to it.”

“The most pressure we feel is always from ourselves, even in a project like this. I think that is why we took so much time before we jumped on board, so we could guarantee our freedom and room for experimentation in this environment – it’s a dream factory. Hollywood is at the corner of imagination and industry.”

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The first single from the Dec. 7th Tron Soundtrack release is “Derezzed.” Here’s the video…

** 12/1 Grammy Nominations Announced
Eminem picked up his second Grammy nomination Wednesday night — for album of the year. “Recovery” is the best-selling album of 2010 and marked a major comeback for the rapper.

Also nominated was Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” — the second best-selling album of the year. Lady Gaga was nominated for the second time in a row for “The Fame Monster”; it was the sequel to her first CD, “The Fame,” which was nominated earlier this year.

In the song of the year category, a song that was too profane for radio is now a contender for one of the Grammys’ highest honors.

Cee Lo’s “(Expletive) You” was an instant viral hit but had to be changed for radio to “Forget You” was nominated, along with Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” (featuring Rihanna), Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” and “Beg Steal Or Borrow” by Ray LaMontagne.  

In best new artist nominations, the Recording Academy nominated the 16-year-old heartthrob, Justin Bieber, for best new artist in a field that includes rapper Drake, indie artists Mumford & Sons, Florence & The Machine, and jazz artist Esperanza Spaulding.

Drake was eligible thanks to a change in requirements that allow previous nominees to be nominated for best new artist as long as they didn’t win.

One name noticeably absent from the field was Ke$ha — even though she had a platinum debut and top hits.

The Grammys will be awarded Sunday, Feb. 13, at Staples Center in LA.

The 2011 Grammy Award Nominees:

Song of the Year
Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs, ‘Beg, Steal or Borrow’
Cee Lo Green, ‘F— You’ (aka ‘Forget You’)
Miranda Lambert, ‘The House That Built Me’
Eminem, ‘Love the Way You Lie’
Lady Antebellum, ‘Need You Now’

Best New Artist
Justin Bieber
Drake
Florence and the Machine
Mumford and Sons
Esperanza Spalding

Album of the Year
Arcade Fire, ‘The Suburbs’
Eminem, ‘Recovery’
Lady Antebellum, ‘Need You Now’
Lady Gaga, ‘The Fame Monster’
Katy Perry, ‘Teenage Dream’

Record of the Year
B.o.B Feat. Bruno Mars, ‘Nothin’ on You’
Eminem Feat. Rihanna ‘Love the Way You Lie’
Cee Lo Green ‘F— You’ (The song otherwise known as ‘Forget You’
Jay-Z Feat. Alicia Keys, ‘Empire State of Mind’
Lady Antebellum, ‘Need You Now’

** BEATLES !! BEATLES !! BEATLES !! BEATLES !! BEATLES !! **
11/16 – After decades of prohibition w/no Beatles music to download, iTunes finally has the Beatles catalogue !! Who will be the 1st DJ to produce a hit Beatles medley mix? Lots of chatter today down that Yellow Brick Road… I say look for 10 million downloads by 1/1/11.

** 11/22 – More BEATLES !! Apple says people snapped up more than 450,000 copies of Beatles albums plus two million individual songs during the Fab Four’s first week on sale through iTunes.

Apple Inc. says the best-selling Beatles album in the U.S. is “Abbey Road,” and the best-selling individual track is “Here Comes the Sun.” The Beatles Box Set, which costs $149, is No. 10 on Apple’s weekly iTunes top-10 list.

The Beatles’ music went on sale on iTunes on Nov. 16. Until then, the biggest-selling, most influential group in rock history has been glaringly absent from iTunes and other legal online music services.

(Looks like my prediction of 10 million downloads by 1/1/11 wasn’t that far off, eh?)

** 11/22 – On my Facebook this morning… “Swedish House Mafia – Well we woke up today with sore heads after an incredible day yesterday. We were so nervous we didn’t tell anyone but looks like it went ok!!!!! Happy Birthday to Steve Angello today too!!”

Happy Birthday, Steve from us as well !! DJstuff – SHM with Usher last night on the TV show…

** 11/24 BEP signed as 20-11 Super Bowl headliners…. + will.i.iam sez the group will do some stadium concerts in 20-11.

** 11/23 ”The Beginning” – The new album with plenty of dance beats from The Black Eyed Peas, which they wrote & recorded while on tour promoting 2009′s double-platinum chart-topper “The E.N.D.”

Will.i.am says the two albums are tied together thematically by their hits, “I Gotta Feeling” from “The E.N.D.” & “The Beginning’s” first single, “The Time (Dirty Bit),” which samples “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” from the hit 1987 film “Dirty Dancing.”

“If ‘I Gotta Feeling’ was about someone who went out and said, ‘I have a feeling tonight’s gonna be a good night,’ what would that person say when they came back from that party? They’re probably going to tell you, ‘Wow, I had the time of my life,’ and that’s what ‘The Time’ is,” will.i.am explained.

“‘The Beginning’ is about taking ownership … of your life and not waiting for someone to give you the answers but to go out and search for those answers yourself,” he said. “We’re saying, ‘Don’t let the negativity rule you.’ Sometimes going out and celebrating is a departure. It’s a manifestation of your desire to live a happy life. Some people will say, ‘What the f— am I celebrating? I ain’t got no job. I just got laid off. I got to pay for my mortgage. So what the hell is there to celebrate, Mr. Will.i.am?’

 ”Well, you’re celebrating the fact that you’re alive and that you have a mind and that you know right from wrong. But you have to change your frequency. You have to change your outlook. You’re never going to achieve anything positive if you’re trapped in the negative. So what you’re going out and celebrating is that one day that will change, and that’s the beginning.”

** Here’s my take on the concept album, “The Beginning” at a glance…. Keep in mind, although each song stands on its own, like E.N.D., together all tell the complete & refreshingly positive story. ***** Ray Ford (djStuff)

The Time (Dirty Bit) – Current single… If all you remember about the song is the movie, “Dirty Dancing,” then you’re missing the essence of the SONG!! Here’s the rest of the story….

“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” recorded by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes.. was selected as finale song for the 1987 film “Dirty Dancing”

   Won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, 1987
   Won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group
with Vocals, 1988
   Winner Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, 1988
   #1 Single (1 wk) on Billboard – November, 1987
   #1 Adult Contemporary (4 wks) – November, 1987

* Someday – w/ it’s positive message.. “Someday, I’m gonna get it right… my life. Someday I’m gonna figure it out, maybe tonight…”

* Fashion Beats – 70s-80s sound ala (Nile Rogers) Chic – “I like to go out every night.. Get ready for the night…”

** Don’t Stop The Party – 6:07 Tech/House -

* The Solution – Pop Rock Guitar.. in a nice groove like Pink’s “Raise Your Glass”

** Own It – “Everybody is a star…It don’t matter who U R, no…Keep on reaching 4 your dreams… “Cause it ain’t as crazy as it seems… I wanna own it, that’s the way I want it… Anybody could be famous… It don’t matter what your name is… it’s your moment, baby, claim it.. Go out & own it… Go out & own it..”

* The Best One Yet, Just Can’t Get Enough - more positivity

** Play It Loud – “I pledge my allegiance… to rhythm & sounds… Music is my Medicine… let the rhythms pound… & Play it loud… Baby play it loud… Rock this crowd…”

Love You Long Time,  Xoxoxo, Whenever, The Coming – These cuts are all good, too.

Electro Shock Therapy 2.3

One of those dark room, headphones on, altered states kind of adventures. So as not 2 get 2 serious,we had a good time goin’ Old Skool Electro/Techno & poking respectful fun at Benny Benassi, Dennis Ruyer, UFOs & other stuff. Njoy the ride…. DJstuff

Electro Shock Therapy 2.3 from DJstuff at Letsmix.com

Electro Shock Therapy 2.3 from DJstuff at Letsmix.com.

DJ dish…

** Kaskade uploaded this tasty new RMX (feat. Mindy Gledhill) – All That You Give – (Kaskade’s Big Room Mix) Njoy…

 Kaskade (feat. Mindy Gledhill) – All That You Give – (Kaskade’s Big Room Mix) by Kaskade

** 11-9-10 Fresh Today !! The New Rihanna/David Guetta Collaboration “Whose That Chick.” Yes, it’s gonna B a stone smash… We’ve got the video. Njoy….

** Fergie named Billboard’s Woman of the Year – The Dutchess is being crowned “Woman of the Year” by Billboard magazine. Fergie will be given the honor on Dec. 2 at a ceremony in New York City. The only female member of the Black Eyed Peas says she’s “humbled” to accept the award and called it a “great career achievement.”

The honor pays tribute to a trailblazing female artist and her accomplishments. Fergie’s solo album was 2006′s mutli-platinum “The Dutchess.” She continues to sell out venues and score hits with the Black Eyed Peas.

** SHMs @SAngelloLIVE sez they were rejected many times in Stockholm to DJ.. even when they offered to play 4 free… but they never gave up… They continued their Rockstar lifestyle taking their Masquerade Motel show to The Joint Nightclub n Vegas for halloween… which was billed as 1 of the most prestiges US Halloween gigs.

Steve said this about creating your own music mix “There’s no Rules in Music creation! No one can tell you what to do or how its done .. Do what you feel is good there/then and go with it!” Then, he added, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined. – Thoreau”

Many of you are telling me that the SHM “Masquerade Motel” show at the Joint in Vegas on Halloween was THEE BEST US DJ SHOW OF THE YEAR !! C 4 yourself here..

More… listen 2 SHM interview on the Denis Ruyer podcast below…

DJstuff Featured Podcast

Now, I think you’ll enjoy one of the best podcasts on the planet. Dennis Ruyer’s Dance Department on Radio 538 in the Netherlands is legendary. (iTunes)

And, to celebrate the success of Swedish House Mafia, we’re featuring a Podcast w/Dennis Ruyer interviewing Axwell, Sebastion Ingrosso & Steve Angello… from Ibiza.

Episode 255 with special guests Swedish House Mafia