DJ Basics

5 Tips for Beginners  Pursuing a career as a DJ can be an exciting and sordid affair.  Like most things in life, if you get into it for the wrong reasons, then you’re probably not going to get very far. The early stages in most career pursuits are paved with times of economic uncertainty, self-doubt […]

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Artist Profile:  Leon Bridges Have you every heard an artist’s voice and immediately felt a connection? Something about them, be it the gritty angst seeping through their vocal chords or their carefully chosen words, just resonates.  If we are self-professed music lovers than this has no doubt happened a few times. Such was the case when […]

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Hiring a DJ

  Hiring a DJ: Ask These 3 Questions     By JT James  March 8, 2018   Chances are if you are reading this you have been tasked with hiring DJ entertainment for a corporate event, club night or wedding.  Music is such an important component of almost any type of event, so it has […]

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House music has been a huge part of my life since that first big party back in the day. I honestly couldn’t tell ya where it was exactly.  Industrial park in Burnaby?  By the water in Richmond.  Who knows?!  I can tell you that musically, it was a life-changing event.  After that, I would venture […]

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, By JT James   JAN. 6, 2018 Earlier this month marked 4 years since I had my last adult beverage.  It came and went with not a whole lot of fanfare just the way I wanted it.  I’m grateful that it just isn’t something that I think about so much anymore, and I’m happy with […]

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It’s a brand new year and the dust is finally starting to settle after an incredibly busy holiday season.   My intention during December was to put together a “Best Of” to round out the year in music from my experience, but my show schedule didn’t leave enough creative juices in the tank to put […]

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A New Hope

A New Hope   As mentioned in previous posts, a lot of hip hop purists today complain about the lack of depth and craftsmanship being displayed by contemporary artists.  Thankfully, this doesn’t mean that they don’t exist, they just struggle to be heard through the litany of noise created by sub-par artistry backed by big […]

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Radio Silence

This time of year can be a real grind for a lot of us music professionals.  It’s great because in our profession we can deal without a lot of feast and famine situations financially, so being busy is good.  For a working DJ this isn’t something we experience in the month of December.  With Christmas […]

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Boom Bap

I remember back in the day when an older kid in the neighbourhood came home from the UK at the end of the summer. He was all decked out in a red Adidas tracksuit and matching shell toes with a fat boombox in tow.  It was my initial first-hand interaction with hip hop culture.  Initially […]

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Four to the Floor

  During my formative years I began to immerse myself into the world of Hip Hop.  Everything about the culture appealed to me, from the dancing to the DJing and everything in between.  It still does, but early in my twenties when I left the nest and began paying my own way in life, I […]

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