Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ramblings...

Once more I find myself allowed to be alone with my thoughts...and playing Massive Attack. MA on its own is not a bad thing, not by any stretch. However, me being in the mood I'm in and listening to MA...yeah...not a good combo...

For those that didn't read the previous post, MasQ is no more. For most, this is not news. And for a lot of folks in the know, I have had quite a love/hate with the event. With what exactly, I won't get into here. However, now that it's gone, there is a void. Like part of me is dead or something. It's hard to put it into exact concrete terms...but "void" is the best thing I can think of. I feel like the opportunity to play industrial for the masses is now gone. I'm sure someone out there will think "Well, why don't you start your own night?"

In a perfect world, that would be an option. However, this is far from a perfect world. I gave that a go last year, with all the well wishes and promises of support. Support which I did not get...many people that said they'd be there were nowhere to be found. For those that were, they have my eternal gratitude. The number of listeners of my industrial radio show have been steadily dwindling (yes I know, they haven't been on in a while...this was before the hiatus) with a couple of exceptions...but I'm feeling the industrial scene here in the city is dead...completely dead. And with its demise comes a feeling of being washed-up...like I'm no longer needed...like it's time to hang up the phones...

And yes, I know I've spoken of this before. However, with no prospective gigs coming up anytime soon, this may very well be it. Like this was my last hurrah. Who knows...maybe it should be.

Maybe it's the time of the year...maybe it's because I need to eat...or maybe everything I'm feeling right now is exactly how things are. Like the people that say they're my friends really don't want anything to do with me. Like I'm really alone. Like it wouldn't matter much if I just slipped away and stayed there. The way I'm feeling right now, all of those things are as real as they can be.

And with that, the words that could come close to describing how I'm feeling right now begin to fade. Like I don't even care about finishing this post. In a way, I don't...I guess whatever is ailing me tonight had taken hold fully. And as the opening strands of "Dissolved Girl" come over the speakers I will end this.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Update 11/17/11

Well...Hal-Con has come and gone...and what an event! I had SO much fun spinning for the geeky/nerdy masses...hopefully I'll get the chance to do it again next year!

Next up for me is Have Yourself A Gothic Little Christmas, which is happening Dec 3 & 4 at the Halifax Forum, same location as last year. Shouuld prove to be a lot of fun. Again, I'm not spinning there, but I'm helping out selling tickets at the door...so feel free to stop by, chat, and all that fun stuff :D

And something that I have been morbidly waiting for has happened: MasQ is no more. Why is it gone? The promoter decided it had run its course and it was time to end it. I will miss spinning industrial live for the masses at MasQ, and hopefully something will emerge to fill the void.

The radio shows will return next week. There's been a lot going on over the last little while, with side gigs here and there (my work xmas party this weekend, the Belindance hafla next weekend, Gothic Little Xmas the next)...but I want to get back on some semblance of a normal schedule before year's end.

That's all for now. More when it happens...

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Recap, update, and a short rant...

Judging from the title of this post...yeah...should be interesting...not to mention listening to FSOL, Photek & deadmau5 while writing it...

First off...the weekend from hell. Three gigs...three nights. I survived...barely.

GIG1: When Darkness Falls (Oct 29th, Citadel Halifax)
Didn't quite go as well as the folks who put it on were hoping. We ended the night early. It was fun, but again the turnout was kinda disappointing.

GIG 2: Time Traveler's Ball (Oct 30th, Lord Nelson Hotel)
Oh man...what a night! Amazing turnout...amazing energy in the room...the whole thing was awesome! Great costumes...the crowd ate up the tunes, lotsa dancing...definitely the highlight of the weekend. There was one small thing about it which was a little of a downer...but I'll be getting into that in the "short rant" section of the post.

GIG 3: MasQ - Halloween Event (Oct 31st, Tribeca)
Honestly, to me, it was a bigger turnout than I was expecting, considering it was a Monday night. I like the Tribeca space...it has an industrial feel to it, which helps with the energy for the event. Always a pleasure to work with DJ Rune. 

And as soon as I walked in the door from that event, I got a nasty-ass cold. Home for three days straight. Wasn't fun...still recovering. Much better now, but still coughing a bit. Prolly gonna be doing that for the next week or so.

Now that that's over with...there's the stuff coming up:

Hal-Con 2011 (Nov 12-13, WTCC, Halifax)
Once again, I'm spinning at the ball for the convention...and like last year, I can't wait! Of course there's going to be a VERY mixed bag of music for everyone...sci-fi, retro, industrial, Asian...you name it! If you haven't already been doing so, I have a forum topic on my Facebook fan page set aside for requests...and seeing as it's coming up REALLY soon, get them in quick!!

Have Yourself A Gothic Little Christmas (Dec 3 - 4, Halifax Forum - Maritime Hall)
I'm not exactly spinning at this event, but I am going to be at the door helping out with admission both days, and providing some Christmas & celtic music for the event. As far as I know, there might be a dance-off like there was last year...in which case, the music will be slightly more upbeat for that :) You're more than welcome to come over & say hi while I'm there :)

As far as next year...well, I'm hoping to be spinning for Animaritime 2012, as well as a few other events in the works. Time will tell.

I apologize for the sporadic schedule of the radio shows. I was hoping to start doing the Dark Industry shows like a regular podcast...yeah, that went well, didn't it? Anyway...I'm hoping to have everything straightened out for my 80s show on Monday night...no Dark Industry show this Thursday, as I'm still working on my secret project for Hal-Con...but once that week's over, it's business as usual for the radio shows...hopefully...

And now we come to the short rant section of the post...this isn't really an angry rant...just something that's been kinda bugging me.

Remember way back in the post when I mentioned something happened at the Time Traveler's Ball that was a bit of a downer?

Well...a few days after the event, I got an email stating someone had written to them about their disappointment that I hadn't played their request(s) at the ball...and wanted to know what it was all about.

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First off, I love playing requests for people. They get a thrill out of hearing their song being played, I like making people happy...it's one of the reasons I do this. But I can't do it each and every time. There was a sign I saw on a website a fellow colleague directed me to which had different notes sent to DJs and signs different DJs had posted near their setups. One really caught my attention, and it kinda defines my thoughts regarding requests:

"I'm a DJ, not a jukebox."

As much as I love playing requests, there are several reasons why I haven't/won't play a request. The disc could be scratched, the file could be corrupted, or I just don't have the song in my library. There's also a very big reason, one that is very important for me: if it ruins the mood, it will either get played later, or not at all.

One of the primary jobs of a DJ is to create a mood for everybody. The mood generally shifts over the course of the night, as it should, as people in general are fluid, and a good DJ "goes with the flow," as it were. If someone requests a song, and it goes with the flow of everything up to that point, it will most certainly get played. If, however, someone comes up with a song that doesn't fit, again it'll either get pushed to a part of the flow that best suits the request...or it doesn't get played at all. As cool as it is to hear your request played, you gotta remember that there's a whole crowd of people in the room that might not like the song. And I have to make a decision on how the crowd will react to it. One of the worst things for a DJ is to lay down a track and have the floor clear...and if I think that song you've requested will do just that, it might not get heard. It's nothing personal...it's my job.

And I have to say this here and now: if you run up to me with an iPod or phone or other mp3 player, and tell me you want to hear a song and you have it on your player...there's a good chance I won't be hooking your player to my rig. Again, it's nothing personal...but the tracks I play for the crowd that are digital in nature are generally at the highest bitrate with which an mp3 can be encoded (I prefer using CDs, but I already have like five books of CDs I lug around with me...a thumb drive or ext. HDD is a LOT easier to carry!). Not everyone has the same standards I have regarding digital music. There's a good chance that while you're loving the track in your player, it'll come out sounding crappy coming over the sound system because of the encoding...in which case, I won't play it. Call me a snob if you like, but quality is everything when you're an audiophile like me. If I had my way, everything would be in .FLAC format...but I just don't have the room.

These are things to keep in mind when making requests at events like the ball, or at Hal-Con. Something I covered in the opening forum post for the request thread was about theme songs from movies, TV shows, anime, or game theme songs. If the song has a good beat, and and you can dance to it, then it'll be played. If it's a theme that I have a remix, or variation of (like "Doctorin' The Tardis" by the Timelords, when people ask me to play the Doctor Who theme), that will get played. If you ask me to play a theme song that is symphonic in nature, it won't get played. Even if you find some heavy metal cover of it on YouTube...it won't get played. And even if I like it, which happens quite often, I have to consider everyone else in that room. As cool as it is to hear a piece of symphonic music from your favorite game played over a sound system with tons of bass...you might be the only one that likes it...in which case, it clears the floor. And that's bad.

Again, none of this is directed at any one person. None of this is to be taken personally. This is my job as a DJ to have the final word on what gets played during a set.

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And with that, I go to bed...see you all at Hal-Con on Saturday night!!