This post is going to be a bit different from the rest. Those of you who have known me for a while are aware of my DJing hobby. So this time, instead of describing my experiences or analyzing a new trend from the world of business or technology, I will focus on promoting my latest DJ mix.
It has been a very long time since I last made a mix. Some of you may remember my Electrosummer Mix from August 2009. The 2.5-year hiatus in my hobby was mainly due to all the important events that I had gone through since then. For some time, I truly believed I had completely grown up and put an end to my creative/artistic side… Until last month, when I started contemplating a mix once again.
For those uninitiated in my DJing habits, I mostly focus on electronic music. In some of my older mixes, I emphasized more on trance, but house has been the dominant theme in the more recent ones. So if you don’t like that type of music, I am giving you a fair warning — proceed at your own risk.
My new mix (skip to the bottom of the post to play it) is a slight deviation from my traditional format. Typically, I would mix 10-15 tracks in about 70-75 minutes. This time, I decided to do a longer set, consisting of 27 tracks, and lasting close to 130 minutes. I did that mostly because once I started mixing, I enjoyed going back to my old hobby so much that I simply couldn’t stop. I did it also to compensate for the few years of silence.
The mix’s title is illustrative of the influences I’ve had while selecting the music. I’ve spent a significant part of the last 2.5 years traveling between Miami and Washington, DC. Both of these cities have vibrant DJ scenes so it only suits to “marry” the two into one mix.
The mix consists of 3 main parts:
- The first 40-45 minutes pay tribute to several of my favorite current hits: I’ve selected house versions of some of the latest from Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, Fedde Le Grand, and even Rihanna and Pitbull.
- About one-third into the mix, I take a slight turn away from the more commercial sound and go into some loungy house tunes. The element of jazzy house dominates this part of the mix, with multiple saxophone motifs.
- The last part of the mix aims at more Latin beats. Look out for a cameo from Gloria Estefan.
Heads up for two other noteworthy cameos — half-way through the mix, you’ll hear a rendition of the late Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean song, and toward the end of the mix, you’ll get to hear Jimmy Somerville’s voice.
A few final words about the mix. Since I always think that combining audio with visual impressions makes for a better party, I decided to share a video version of my mix on this blog. That way, you can still display something cool on your monitor while you listen to my mix. I also added a small animated intro with three of my cartoon-style friends. They do a good job at presenting the mix in the first 30 seconds. I hope you like them, as well.
So, without further ado, click below to listen to and watch my new mix. Note: The video player may take a moment or two to start playing; please be patient. Also, if you see a big white space below but no video player, please make sure you have the latest version of Flash installed.
(I can make the high-quality audio file available by request. Just message me and we can arrange for that.)
Finally, for the DJ buffs reading this post, the mix was recorded at 128 BPM. Below is the track list:
- Swedish House Mafia Ft. John Martin — Save The World (Alesso Remix)
- David Guetta ft Usher — Without You (Nicky Romero Remix)
- Fedde Le Grand — So Much Love (Original Club Mix)
- Rihanna — We Found Love (Cahill Club)
- Adele — Rollin’ In The Deep (Diggz vs Afrojack Peak Hour Club Mix)
- Afrojack ft Eva Simons — Take Over Control
- Avicii — Levels (Cazzette’s NYC Mode Mix)
- Dj Antoinne vs. Timati ft Kalenna – Welcome to San Tropez
- Pitbull — Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor) (Kassiano’s Brazilian Tribal Mix)
- LMFAO vs. Fred Perry — Sexy And I Know It (Electro House Remix)
- David Herrero — Rio Rio (Original Mix)
- Brick City — Rumba Magic (DJ Chus & David Herrero Remix)
- Soundbluntz — Billie Jean (Kut And Swel Mix)
- Jorge Montia, Coqui Selection — Jazz Standard (Original Mix)
- Sladen, Steve Cadd — Sax Machine (Rachel Ellektra’s Sax on the Beach Mix)
- Elio Riso — Curiosity Killed The Sax (Sick Electrik’s Sax Murderer Mix)
- Central Avenue — The Bounce (Original Mix)
- Gregor Salto, Mastiksoul — Toca Bunda (Muzzaik Remix)
- Riva Starr ft Noze — I Was Drunk (Original Mix)
- David Penn, Rober Gaez — El Chamaco (Jorge Montia & Juan Diaz Mix)
- Bongo Starr — Saxofonia (Riva Soul Mix)
- Nikolas, Albert Day — Que Buena (La Fiesta) (Original Mix)
- Matthew Codek, Nader Razdar — Alegria (Original Mix)
- Michael Mendoza, Roul, Doors — Trinidad (Original Mix)
- Arthur Baker ft Jimmy Somerville — I Believe In Love (Joris Voorn Vocal Mix)
- Sultan, Ned Shepard, Fedde Le Grand, Mitch Crown — Running (Festival Mix)
- Miami Club Machine — Dr. Beat (Sexy Tribal Club Mix)
For the photography enthusiasts, the three stills in the video version of the mix were taken by me, as follows:
- Photo of Washington Monument taken from the P.O.V. bar.
- Photo of Miami at sunset taken from the Blue & Green Diamond towers in Miami Beach.
- Photo of full moon taken from the street in the Clarendon neighborhood in Arlington, VA.
The mix was conceived on February 14, 2012. It was recorded, mastered and post-produced between February 14 and 25, 2012.