Tuesday, March 29, 2011

...the lead-up to the end...

I've had some time to sit and think about things as of late. And listening to Massive Attack. As we all know, this isn't a good combination...

Thinking back to October of last year, and my failed attempt at putting together a new night for industrial music in Halifax, and thinking about everything that's happened up until now...all the events I've been playing for...it's becoming more and more clear to me that people are tired of hearing me.

The majority of the support I had hoped to have for "Industry" was non-existent...the attendance for MasQ has been dropping off...my feeble attempts to compete in a battle of the DJs event TWICE in a row had little support at all...both events I've spun for in conjunction with Darkside Expo had little support from people...my hopes for playing at two big events have all fallen through...

Maybe it really is finally time to step down, hang up the headphones, and give up...

It's not a matter of being too old for this, as was demonstrated some time ago...but maybe no one wants to hear me play anymore. I've over-stayed my welcome as a DJ in Halifax.

I have a few events I have agreed to play for, and I will stand by that. Beyond that...I don't know...but it's my belief that I won't really be missed. It was inevitable.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

DARK INDUSTRY playlist - 03/24/11

APOPTYGMA BERZERK - Suffer In Silence [Harmonizer]
BLUTENGEL - Reich Mir Die Hand [Reich Mir Die Hand CDM]
COVENANT - Stalker [Club Version] [Sequencer]
CAUSTIC - White Knuckle Head Fuck (feat. Faderhead) [The Golden Vagina of Fame and Profit]
ALTER DER RUINE - I Am Drugs [There's Always One More Son Of A Bitch]
K-NITRATE - 7-7-9-11 [Voltage]
FUNKER VOGT - Black Hole (Blind) [Code 7477]
ROB ZOMBIE feat. ALICE COOPER - Hands Of Death (Burn Baby Burn) [Past, Present & Future]
PULSE LEGION - Before The Punishment [Evolve]
FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY - Millennium (Ashes To Ashes Mix) [Reclamation]
[:SITD:] - Kreuzgang (Remix by Agonoize) [Klangfusion Vol 1]
DOLLS OF PAIN - The Bite Of Your Kiss [Strange Kiss]
BINARY PARK - Wiretripped [Worlds Collide]
A7IE - The Blaze [Narcissick]
STAHLNEBEL & BLACK SELKET - Missbraucht (feat. Johan Van Roy) [Blood & Passion]
ICON OF COIL - Consumer (No Dign of JD on Mars Mix by Moonitor) [Machines Are Us 2CD Ltd Ed]
AND ONE - Shining Star [Tanzomat]
MASSIV IN MENSCH - Die Kybernauten [Niemand Weiss Was Die Zukunft Bringt]
REAXION GUERILLA - Cyberkillers [I Hate You]
CHAINREACTOR - Dystopia [Insomniac]
ALIEN PRODUKT - The Next Chapter (Preemptive Strike 01 Remix) [The Next Chapter]
FRONT 242 - Headhunter 1.0 [Front By Front - re-issue]


Thursday, March 10, 2011

DARK INDUSTRY playlist - 03/10/11

VNV NATION - Further (Remix) [Septic II]
ROTERSAND - Waiting To Be Born (Rework) [Waiting To Be Born CDM]
PATENBRIGADE: WOLFF - Turmdrehkran (Extended Mix) [Turmdrehkran CDM]
PROJECT PITCHFORK - Timekiller (And One Remix) [Timekiller CDM]
LIQUID DIVINE - Sojourner (Club Edit) [Soujourner EP]
KOMOR KOMMANDO - Love Your Neighbor (KMFDM Remix) [Oil, Steel & Rhythm 2CD]
DIE SEKTOR - Accelerant [Applied Structure In A Void]
STATIK SKY - Gonna Need Drugs [They Look To The Sky]
SOLITARY EXPERIMENTS - Rise And Fall (Supreme Court Remix) [Rise And Fall: The 15th Anniversary Mega[Re]Mix]
RAMMSTEIN - Feuer Frei! (Rammstein vs Junkie XL) [Feuer Frei! CDM]
FREAKANGEL - God's Blind Game (ES23 Remix) [Digital Deviations]
COMBICHRIST - Kiss The Blade (Motherfucker 667 Mix) [Noise Collection Vol 1]
COMBICHRIST - Shut Up & Swallow [What The Fuck Is Wrong With You People?]
COMBICHRIST - Throat Full Of Glass (Tough Guy Mix by SAM) [Throat Full Of Glass CDM]
KMFDM - Krank - (Komor Kommando Mix) [Krank CDM]
ANGELSPIT - Like It? Lick It! [Carbon Beauty]
DYM - Lude [The Swarm]
SUICIDE COMMANDO - Come Down With Me [Implements Of Hell]
NACHTMAHR - Can You Feel The Beat? [Semper Fidelis]
EXTINCTION FRONT - Shut The Fuck Up! [Destruction Show]
ELECTRIC BREATHING - The World Collapses [Sounds Of Psychosis]
ICON OF COIL - Headhunter (Exclusive Single Edit) [Android CDM]


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

"So what do you do?"

Many times I get asked what I do for a job. For the most part, I'm a temp. But people ask me what I do, aside from being a temp.

As many of you will guess, I tell people I'm a DJ. However...I've started thinking about what it is I do. The more I think about it, "DJ" doesn't quite cover it. It's more of a matter of being an expert in social science.

Follow along with me in your bo....umm...heh...just follow the train of thought here...there might be a quiz later.

DJs are, by our very nature, people watchers. We observe and record, mentally, the behaviour patterns in people in large crowds. Much like someone that goes to a mall food court and watches everyone around them, we do very much the same thing. We can look at the crowd, and immediately class people into certain categories. Scene kids, hardcore, poseurs, n00bs...even if we don't give consciously names or labels to them, we all do it. It's part of the science. Yes, in some cases, we are perpetuating the stereotypes we loathe...but we all do it.

The other part of this science is within the music itself. More specifically, the effect it has upon the crowd, and said categorized denizens. We play music we think the crowd will enjoy. This is the basis of our profession: mood creation and/or manipulation. Our job is to create a mood for our "lab rats" to experience. We also have the power to change that mood at a whim, sometimes for the sole reason to see what the crowd will do. This, in turn, changes the behaviour of the subjects. As we change the mood, we take note of the style of music we played to change that behaviour, and we can either maintain that mood, or shift it ever so slightly.

This does, in a sense, make us scientists. We conduct aural experiments on a large test subject group, and mentally record the results, remembering the effect a certain song or beat had on the test group, knowing the general effect that will have on the crowd. And depending on the crowd, you may end up with a different reaction to the previous playlist, thus giving you a whole new set of results. Even if you change the mood up, causing a good number of the test group to leave the floor, you have reached a result. Most will go back to what they know will work to gain their attention once more, and bring them back to the floor, letting you start the experiment anew.

For some of you, this might not come as a surprise at all. For me, this became a revelation one night while spinning an event. And much like the realization that becoming a DJ will change forever how you listen to music, putting everything into scientific terms changes how I look at what it is I do.

So for the DJs that might be reading this...the next time someone asks what you do, telling them you're a social scientist might not be too far from the truth...

Good luck on your experiments.