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Aluna

It took me awhile to put two and two together after watching Aluna’s YouTube performance video.  A friend suggested we check it out and something happened as the last minutes ticked down on the 45-minute performance.  I came to the realization that for the very first time in my illustrious entertainment-binged 2020, filled with escapism tendencies and […]

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Cold November Rain

Been a minute. I’m working on a couple pieces that need some time to marinate before we fire up the stove, again. It’s been a crazy month and things are starting to look less than ideal as the nights get colder and longer in the 604. So, I figured it was time to send up […]

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The Saga Continues

Photo by: Khachik Simorian A few months ago the harsh realities of being a DJ in the middle of a pandemic became abundantly clear. Oscillating between a steady rotation of shock, depression, and aspiration as spring turned into summer, with the hopes of starting to get back to normal in the fall. At the latest. […]

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Something About That Vibe

Good producers can capture a vibe and an essence that fits perfectly to a particular artist.  This can be said of all genres and is especially true when it comes to hip hop.  There is something magical that occurs when a beat maker goes digging and finds the perfect elements to chop and program and fit everything […]

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Time to Chill Again

Squeezing every last drop out of summer is something I try to do every year in September.  This month often provides some extended days to enjoy the city’s sweeter spots without wading through the typical summer crowds. School’s back, vacations are wrapping up and for most it’s time to pick up the pace and get to […]

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Catching Up with Motoe Haus

If you’ve been part of the hip hop and electronic music scenes in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Ibiza or Berlin in the last decade or so, chances are you’ve heard of Motoe Haus.  Maybe you even ran into him posted up outside a club after one of his marathon DJ sets and had a bit of a […]

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Bounce w/ Braddick

Every once in awhile I get a shout from a friend online about someone they think I should check out. History has taught me to always give it some consideration because more times than not these people knew what they’re talking about. They’ve sniffed out some talent and want to see if they can help […]

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Beats & Pieces: July 2020

Here are some gems that don’t necessarily fit with our regular four to the flour bread-and-butter selections.  The great thing about this ongoing segment is that it gives us an opportunity to venture off our regular path of genre and era.  There’s a lot of music out there these days and even those in the know like […]

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Industry Update 2

Photo by Brayden Law In this constantly evolving situation in the entertainment and nightlife industries, it’s best to manage our expectations.  Similar to what is happening in the restaurant industry, it seems that some of the smaller establishments are able to pivot faster than the larger ones.  The smaller the club, the easier it is to more […]

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Joe Pound’s Bass House Top 5

I first met Joe Pound when we worked at the same nightclub in Vancouver over ten years ago.  We immediately bonded over our similar backgrounds, diverse tastes and mutual appreciation for hip hop and electronic music. Most DJs have an eclectic taste in music, or at least they should, and ours matched up on so many […]

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Industry Update

It’s been almost four months since the lockdown began and decimated the entertainment industry.  Depending on where you’re at, perception of the severity may vary drastically.  To be honest, I’m reluctant to bring up the subject as I’m sure we are all feeling our fair share of information fatigue on the subject.  That being said, we just happen […]

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The Reckoning

With the current civil rights movement sweeping throughout the US and across the world, it’s seems like there is a reckoning for our current society and inequitable systems that have caused so much angst and heartbreak for people of colour.  While I’ve come across my fair share of close-minded and ignorant people in my life, […]

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Beats & Pieces: May 2020

This downtime from shows has given a lot of DJs, producers and other creatives the time to learn some new techniques, build on some existing ones and just as importantly, catch up on some sleep. While I haven’t stumbled across as many burners as usual the past couple months,  I anticipate a steady stream of […]

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Connection: Your Key To Recovery

Right now, probably more than ever, we are acutely aware of the human need for social capital and connection. The amount we currently have in our lives might be a good indicator for how well each and every one of us is dealing with our current state of affairs. Never in the course of our […]

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Roll Call

Photo by Radek Grzybowski How are all my fellow DJ’s doing right now in these unprecedented times? Existential crisis? Creative renaissance? Prolific weight-gain? Making the best of these times can be a feat in and of itself when your livelihood gets pulled from under your feet in a matter of days. Having to get sidelined for […]

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Strobe Light: May 2020

The weekend has landed and it’s time to get those bodies moving. Sure, there may not any events or venues to visit, but don’t let that stop you from having a good time! Music is the answer and the selectors here at DJ World West are strong believers in the house-music-all-life-long ethos. Can’t stop, won’t […]

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Still Shining

I don’t know about you, but life has been a little weird in these parts lately. My fondness for FaceTime and hikes through the trails in my neighbourhood has increased exponentially. That’s not saying much considering since the invention of Apple’s video messaging service I have only used it a handful of times. Lately it […]

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Strobe Light: Retrospective

Photo by Emiliano Vittoriosi on Unsplash Usually in this ongoing piece I try to highlight some of the latest tracks that I’m feeling from the world of house music. This time I’ve decided to take stroll down memory lane and showcase some of the most influential tracks from back in the day that had an impact on me […]

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Isolation Tips

I’m not sure how things are in your neck of the woods, but it’s looking like most jurisdictions are getting inline with what went down in overseas because of Covid-19 and what has been taking place in my hometown of Vancouver, BC.  Things are locked down and businesses are closed across the board.  If you […]

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Isolation Therapy

Isolation Therapy:  Day 9 Just had a funny moment in the stairway of my building.   I was about to open the door when I noticed somebody opening it from the other side.   I took a step back and smiled as a lady in my building jumped a little bit from being startled.   […]

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Well, That Escalated Quickly

Let’s be honest, though. It didn’t. We had some pretty clear indications here in North America well in advance of the current lockdown we are all experiencing which I like to refer to as House Arrest Lite. The data points were everywhere over the past few months from conversations with smart industry peeps who were […]

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In The Meantime

While I put the finishing touches on one of my more sizeable pieces (look out for that next week), I figured I should drop a line and share some music that has pinged my radar over the last week. Radiohead’s Creep has been covered a bunch of times and here is another one to add […]

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Beats & Pieces

February 2020 With the longest January in recent memory (or is that every January?) coming to a close, I think we’re all glad to put that one in the rearview mirror.  In Vancouver, we spent most of it in a see saw battle between blizzards and torrential rain.   After the liquid deluge of last […]

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Hibernation?

January is usually a nice and mellow start to the year after an action-packed holiday season capping off with the biggest party of the year on NYE.  December 2019 was probably my busiest month ever and lucky for me January has turned into a bit of a beast too.  The usual onslaught of gigs as […]

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Alternity 2019

Being a DJ, I obviously have an affinity for beat-based music.  It’s our bread-and-butter.  I grew up on a solid diet of hip hop and when I first ventured out into the world and began to fend for myself. I discovered house music, techno and drum and bass.  But like most DJs, my taste in […]

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Strobe Light

Lately, I’ve been spending a good chunk of my listening hours digging deeper into the tech side of house.  I’ve long been a fan and love the lane this style cuts through both sonically and energy-wise.  When you get the right crowd who shares your appreciation, good times ensue.  I need more of this life […]

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Beats & Pieces

Say what you want about social media; that it’s an incredible waste of time, it’s like the McDonald’s of reading, it’s toxic psychological ramifications could be the downfall of humanity, but it does have one redeeming quality: it’s great for crowd-sourcing. I recruited some heads in my network for some help on this latest instalment. […]

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The Block

I gotta level with ya. I’ve got a bunch of half-written stuff in the can here but am having trouble pulling the trigger and finishing them off. Some are pretty long and took a bit of research while others are good chunks of stuff I haven’t yet got the guts to release. It’s been a […]

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Beats & Pieces : October 2019

First off, I should give some props out to the super dope homeboy James Landau, who gave birth to another fresh AF instrumental project called ‘Blueberry’, late last month. His previous two works in the series ‘Sabbatical’ and ‘Sentiments’ both are solid moody numbers worth checking out, but pop this bad boy on get a […]

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Sober October

Sober October.    What are its origins?  Where did it come from?  Who first coined the phrase?   Why are they doing this to us!!!!?    Ah yes, it’s that joyous time of year once again where we (some of us more than others) try to give up the sauce or the smoke or the (insert unhealthy vice here) and […]

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Beats & Pieces: September 2019

Beats & Pieces: September 2019 Time for another installment of Beats & Pieces, featuring some random tracks that have blipped onto my radar over the past month.  I like to use this monthly piece to feature some songs that don’t necessarily fit into some of my other posts that feature choice cuts from the world of […]

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Ras Kass

When word dropped down through the grapevine that John Austin was gonna be in town for a show and album release party for Soul On Ice 2, I was both stoked and a little bummed out because I knew I was already booked myself on the night he was playing in Vancouver with WC.  There must […]

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Summerset: Part Deux

Saturday provided an eclectic evening of music that rolled down the Fraser River till well after dark. The picturesque backdrop of Fort Langley’s wooden walls, the birthplace of B.C., made for a the perfect venue to represent some of the area’s best and brightest, with JP Maurice and The Matinee setting the tone with equally […]

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Summer Sounds

Contrary to what I’ve heard around the block, the summer is not over yet peeps.  Do these people know the first day of fall is still a month away? Get that nonsense outta here!  Now, I might be a bit biased because I’ve finally found some breathing room between now and a solid run of shows at […]

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Texas Gems

Image: Daniel Cartin When two of your favourite new artists join forces to collaborate you can’t help but be thrilled at the possibilities.  Such is the case when I stumbled across Texas Sun by Leon Bridges and Khruangbin.  A fitting title for the two acts that hail from Fort Worth and Houston, respectively.  No doubt these rising stars crossed paths […]

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21st Night of September

Gonna keep it short and sweet on this one. If you’re a DJ or maybe just someone who’s likes it real funkay, then chances are you’ve heard this jam by Earth, Wind and Fire. Seeing as today’s date is dropped in the lyrics to the song, might as well add this one to the evening’s […]

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Industry Red Alert

When things hit the fan in the middle of March most people in the nightlife community who were paying attention knew we were in some trouble.  While a month of no gigs would be a significant blow to the finances, it wouldn’t be enough to ruin us.  Two months might take some significant finessing, strict budgeting and […]

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