GLSEN Conference 2013

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This Saturday, I will be DJing the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Conference at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge. GLSEN will cover workshops concerning LGBTQ students, helping them counter the common issues in LGBTQ discrimination, and build them a better and safer future. Featured guests include LGBTQ Advocate and Mentor David Wilson, as well as “Glee” cast member Alex Newell (who portrays “Wade ‘Unique’ Davis”).

This Saturday’s conference will have a total of 280-300 preregistered attendees and preregistration is already closed. For those interested in attending last minute, come thru early as possible, in case some seats are open due to those preregistered who cannot make it. Remember, seats are limited.

Spindrift’s Sunday Service Recap

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Happy St Patty’s day yesterday to many of you people out there getting your drink and dance on! I want to thank the 20+ people who came thru ZuZu last night for the kickoff of my event: Spindrift’s Sunday Service. Despite El Poser unable to make it, two other DJs came thru to rock out tonight: DJ Aleksey and DJ Shimoda. Big ups to them and also a big thanks to Sterling Golden and all of the ZuZu/Middle East staff for helping me make this event possible.

Stay tuned for April’s Sunday Service!

You Ain’t Ready Radio

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On Monday, March 11, I will be featured on YARR (You Ain’t Ready Radio) in their “Monday Mixup” show. Founded and hosted by Naomi “Beeza” O’Bannon, a former Columbia Records street team member, she made her mark promoting for many heavyweight hip hop artists such as 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., and Snoop Dogg. Beeza has also been a prominent figure in Boston’s urban music scene since the 90s, as a DJ for WRBB 104.9 and a VJ/Promoter for BNN (Boston Neighborhood Newtork) Television.

This Boston based internet radio show broadcasts Monday and Wednesday starting at 7PM EST. Primarily an urban radio stream, their mission is to help promote and support local and global independent artists for listeners to tune in to. It is an EOR (Equal Opportunity Radio), where everybody has a voice to share in many different ways. Music has no limits. You Ain’t Ready Radio has reached 40k listeners worldwide and music becomes more and more diverse week after week. The “Monday Mixup” features guest DJs from all over and respective sets are broadcasted to their listeners. A new DJ is featured each and every Monday. Listeners can also gather additional information about guest DJs in the YARR official website.

Listeners can tune in on Monday night at 7PM to catch my broadcasted set via the link below. I know “You Ain’t Ready” for this!

YARR (You Ain’t Ready Radio) Official Website

Live Stream Link (For Monday, March 11)

New Month, New Day, New Beat

Happy Friday and Happy “1st of tha Month” (Bone Thugs reference)! The title is very self explanatory, of course: a new month, a new day, and I finally release a new beat. This is actually my very first beat to begin with. Since the beginning of 2013, I decided to engage in more studio work along with booking/working my live gigs in the process. This means I will be working on my own Edits, Remixes, and Producing my own beats, along with working to support local artists in the scene.

My very first beat is a homage paid to one of my favorite animes, Cowboy Bebop, and the fabulous soundtrack composer Yoko Kanno. Kanno-san was a prominent figure in building the soundtrack for this great anime. The sample used for this beat is “Car 24,” found in the Original Soundtrack album. It’s a very catchy track, I might say. Using Ableton Live, I have chopped and spliced the sample and layered it over a drum loop, with some hi-hats added. This beat is built with 3x 16-bar verses, the intro sample used as the hook, and worked to add in the bridge as well. I’m still working the basics of Ableton Live right now, but I’m looking forward to really build from scratch when the time comes.

This beat is uploaded to my SoundCloud page, and is downloadable for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!

“Car 24” © Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts, 1998

Cowboy Bebop © Shinichiro Watanabe, 1998