Sunday, September 23, 2012

Upcoming event schedule (gettin' bizzay!) (UPDATED 10/01/12)

Yes...I wrote "bizzay"...though it's a safe bet I won't write it again...ever.

But yes, my DJ card is filling up rather quickly for the end of the year thus far...and I'm loving it! Gives me a chance to take my mind off of recent events (single-hood, my recent move and re-assembling my life, so to speak).

The links attached to the events are, naturally, the Facebook event listings:

OCTOBER 6 - Kollektiv in Lunenburg, NS  (no actual location announced yet...check the event for details!)
http://www.facebook.com/events/336444989782398/

OCTOBER 18 - Sexy Black Party @ Menz & Mollyz, Halifax NS
http://www.facebook.com/events/522922534401456/

OCTOBER 30 - Devil's Night-Kit's Wake @ The CoHo (Company House), Halifax NS
http://www.facebook.com/events/444793412226558/

NOVEMBER 3 - Back To The 80s Dance Party @ MSVU (Vinnie's Pub)
http://www.facebook.com/events/138652099614973/

NOVEMBER 10 - the event is cancelled...the date is now free...jus' sayin' ;)

That's about it right now...I'm available right up to New Year's (hint hint!)

Now that THAT'S out of the way...

The other thing I wanted to write about...the state of the radio shows.

As many of you know, I have relocated very recently to a new place, following the end of my relationship. I'm sill getting the housekeeping things out of the way and there's also the purchasing of new hardware (a.k.a. needing a new monitor). As of right now, space constraints are preventing me from setting up a proper "studio" like I had before. Until that time, the radio shows are on hiatus. And, I gotta say, it's killing me...I have SO much new music I want to share with you all, but right now, things are such that I am unable to. However, on the EBM/industrial front anyway, you can hear some of the new material at the event on the 30th of October (listed above).

As soon as I can get some space set aside to put things back together, I'll be back on the air...promise :)

That's all for now...

Monday, September 10, 2012

Changes...

Well...here we are...

For the benefit of those who have not seen my recent post, this will bring you up to speed:

As many of you know, for a while, I had considered hanging up the headphones permanently next year...I had even thought about doing it this year. There were many people that thought this was a bad idea, some because they didn't want me to give up what I loved doing...and others because of the date I had chosen for my retirement: September 11th.

Now, when I started DJing back in 1987, 09/11 was just another day for everyone else. To me, it was the start of a path that I have followed these 25 years...but the negativity attached to that date simply didn't exist at that time. So when I had originally announced that 09/11/12 was going to be my retirement date, people had a lot to say. They weren't wrong...but they weren't looking at it from my POV. Regardless, the change that has happened was done the day before my actual anniversary, so that others that associate that date with an event that shocked the world wouldn't think that I was trying to compete, which was never my intention.

Anyway...

For many years, the name "Bludston" was synonymous with EBM/industrial in Halifax, and for a short time, in Kansas City and other parts of the Midwest US (well okay, two places). All throughout the time MasQ was running in the city, I wanted to expand my horizons, play outside my comfort zone...do something different. But I felt that because of my residency with that event was holding me back. It was one of the reasons I had started considering retiring from being a DJ. 2010 marked the beginning of changes in what I did, doing a dubstep event for Full Circle, and then Hal-Con 2010, an event I would do again the following year. It was in 2011 that I had decided "yes, this would be it...I'm done...no one wants me involved...I hang up the phones for good." I had a conversation with a good friend of mine, and she had thought that maybe the Bludston name was the reason I was being "typecast," and that maybe I should change it, thinking that might actually help open things up for me. I brought that notion to the other person whose opinion I value the most (and still do!), and she said the same thing. It was also decided what name I would use...and both people thought it was the best idea.

And here we are, a year later, and many events behind me...2 Animaritime cons, the Fet Ball, several J-pop dances, and other electronic events...and as of last night, DJ Bludston is no more. Using my real last name makes this a little more personal than it used to be...like "Bludston" was a persona I put on at industrial events, rather than it being me. But there's no reason why I can't just flip the switch and turn that side on for specific events.

Originally, I chose that name in 1999, as I started guest-spinning at Shadowplay...a lot has happened since then.

R.I.P. Bludston (1999-2012)

Long live DJ ZHUKOW!