Before I was a rock-star Moombahton DJ I met quite a few of the UK Moombahton crew as part of the Global Bass collective Secret Archives of the Vatican (SAotV).
Although I get involved in the production process for SAotV, my main role is as DJ for the Secret Archives of the Vatican Soundsystem.
The Soundsystem travels the country (or further in anyone wants to book us) playing original tunes from the SAotV back catalogue and bootlegs/remixes/mashups cut in our own studio and designed to massacre any dancefloor.
Listen to my recent SAotV mixtape for a real flavour of how hard we kick out the JAMS:
I’ve really enjoyed writing about my DJ setup and, although it’s taken me a little longer than planned, I’ve come to the end pretty quickly.
I guess, in lieu of a proper conclusion (I don’t really have a point to make) I can tell you about some gear I am excited about. This isn’t dream stuff, just some bits and bobs I may add to my setup.
Firstly I saw some press about the Pioneer DJM-250. This looks like a great mixer and a decent price. If you don’t need the flexibility of a bigger mixer and can make do with 2(or 3 at a push) channels this is perfect. To me it looks like Pioneer are taking a swipe at Allen & Heath by putting filters on each of the music channels, as that is something A&H put on their top level mixers, and they are doing with their basic (but still good!)range.
Next up, although I mentioned that I don’t use a controller, this one from Icon caught my eye. It seems to have a lot of functionality, in a very portable form factor and the reviews I’ve read say it is well built.
Finally, being fond of a gimmick or two this routing box from Magma makes using a smaller mixer like the DJM-250 much more practical. This would be really useful in a home/studio setup where you may have various toys connected to a spare channel on your desk, at a gig you’d probably way quick access to everything in your setup so this may add an unnecessary step.
I am debating whether to continue the series; I could talk about my headphones, bags/cases and even what clothes I wear to a gig! I may come back to this series in the future but right now I want to concentrate on writing about all of the great DJs, producers and music I am listening too right now but do drop me a line with any questions you may have, as you can tell I love talking about this stuff.
I’ve recently made the change from being a CD DJ to being a Lapjock (a DJ who uses a laptop instead of discs and for the record I ditched vinyl back in 2000). This meant a whole load of choices for me so I am going to blog about how I came to my decisions. Read the rest of this entry »