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turn the beat around - adventures of a red-headed stepchild in the house of love
mermaid on the mic
djmermaid
djmermaid
turn the beat around
trying to nail this demo is kicking my ASS!

Jovino has been awesome, patiently listening to my bad attempts at mixes and offering great advice and a lot of encouragement. this is really not the way I like to spin. I want to be all spontaneous and improvisatory, but that just doesn't fly when you are committing it to a recording where it can be heard again and again. I certainly learned that lesson with my Theory sets - I've recorded many of them, and what may have sounded good in the moment often starts to fall apart on repeated listening. you hear ALL the snags, and it's painful!

I do know that all this PITA work is going to pay off nicely the next time I have a disco gig that does allow spontaneity, so I can't really bitch too much.

one interesting realization I have had through this process is that it has really pointed up the differences between early period, middle period, and late period disco in my mind - besides the obvious advances in synthesizers and sound technology, the tempo just got faster and faster and faster (kinda like that old joke about how can you tell when there is a drummer at your door) to the point where you kinda have to order your tracks somewhat chronologically or you're never gonna be able to mix 'em, because the tempos are just too far off. (it's also a lot smoother to get faster than to get slower - so you really do have to plan at least a little, or else have a lot of fast stuff!) I like to hang out around the mid 120s so I need to keep conscious of this.

this whole project is something that I have had in the back of my mind forEVER but have been putting off for a long time. part of it is that there is SO MUCH more available on CD now - it really would not have been possible very much sooner without me becoming a vinyl collector (and frankly I have a bit too much self-preservation instinct to ever let myself go there, lol) but another part is definitely that I have been srsly intimidated. spinning live is different - there's no record! the proof of the pudding is in the eating - and ya know, as long as there is a party going on out front, you are pretty well succeeding as a live DJ. making a recording is a whole other game. it takes a lot of time, and it has to be *right* or every little thing will bug you forever!

so, this evening I made draft #2. it was a VAST improvement over the last one! Jovino and I listened to it afterwards and his suggestions were all totally in line with how I felt. I have a few changes to make to the track lineup and then I think by the time draft #4 rolls around I should be solid with my track selections and then it's all about mixing.

wish me luck!

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7 smooches or Gimme Some Love!
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the_angelus From: the_angelus Date: March 30th, 2009 07:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Rock on!

djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: March 30th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL!
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djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: March 30th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
hey, thanks for writing all this out for me. I always love to hear how other DJs think about things. I like the approach you took for your demo. mine is actually not all that different except that I am precisely planning out the series of tracks I will use... but it all comes out of spontaneously mixing and then picking out the best bits.

and yes, the high/mid/low faders do wonders. I have actually thought about importing some of my favorite tracks into ableton just so that I could pull them into steady time for smoother mixing - but part of me feels like that would be cheating somehow. I don't know. maybe I'm being too much of a purist but I feel like if I change the music too much then it becomes something other than what it is...

anyway, thanks for the thoughts and encouragement. oh, and nice icon!
jessicaberlin From: jessicaberlin Date: March 30th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I want your Disco!!

I want it bad.
jessicaberlin From: jessicaberlin Date: March 30th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
To be more precise: I there's going to be some kind of DJ Mermaid is spinning Disco announce list then I'd love to be added.
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: March 30th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm spinning on the Saturday night before Easter for the Sisters at the Eagle in SF... but only a 45 minute set.

but I will post about it, and definitely get you a copy of the mix when I finally have it polished.

it was good to see you on Fryday!
jessicaberlin From: jessicaberlin Date: March 30th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll be in Berlin that Saturday.

Next time!
7 smooches or Gimme Some Love!