Today, I broadcasted for the first time on live internet radio, on a real station no less. The Atomic Vibes radio crew was cool enough to let me start their day’s events with my taste of dnb. The day started off early for me, since the station is based in the UK and their schedule is based on GMT. I woke wide awake and ready to go. This had been something I had been looking forward to. I blasted out a set that to my ears, wasn’t the best or the greatest, but I did enjoy each of every tune and it was a great way to start the day. I hope they will ask me back next week.
Many, many years ago, I used to hang out with the rave scene. I would find myself parked next to the sub woofers and near the dj. Back then, there would only be 2 or 3 djs to a show that would last for up to 8 hours or longer. Some of these shows would last for days. The djs noticed my love for music and trusted me with keeping the tunes flowing when they needed a break. The tunes were mostly house and trance with a bit of tech in there. Sometimes, the dj would return and tell me to keep going.
Life happened and I stopped going to the parties, the raves, the festivals. I settled down but kept my love for the music. I followed the scene and stayed in the chat rooms. Just sitting back and enjoying the work of others. I would help others by going over their set with them and mentioning pointers or changes in various ways they could mix. I watched many a dj improve and tuned into many a show both live and on the internet.
Life happened again and this time, was for the worse. After many months of doing not a whole lot, the itch to spin started to crept up inside me. Memories of the old days drifted within my mind. I planned out buying new gear, tried to save up for it, but life continued to happen. One day, I was at a friend’s house and I noticed a set of decks under a pile of stuff. I asked him if I could barrow em for a bit, knock the dust off it. He was all for it and soon enough, I had a set a decks on my desk again at home.
After hacking together the setup to work with the computer and broadcast and such, I started practicing. I felt the calm, the peace of the mix back within me again. The joy of a perfect mix, a perfect transition from track to track, flowed in my veins. I recorded a few of those sets and got a fair amount of feedback. With each session, I tried to improve on what I did before or would try a completely different way. I spin for the love of the tunes, for the joy it grants me. I will continue to mix and I hope it does continue to improve.
I know I will never be as good as Andy C, the one DJ Gumby or Mr Miggat, but I hope to try. I give props to those select djs that have the talent and the passion for the mix, I look up to you guys.