Monthly Archives: July 2016

Old School Skateboarding with Rodney Mullen

“Rodney Mullen, who three decades ago invented many of the tricks on which modern skateboarding is based, steps inside fashion photographer Steven Sebring’s revolutionary 360 studio for his first major release of footage in 12 years, including several never seen before moves.”

Music by Dhani Harrison
Steven Sebring: http://sebringrevolution.com/

Rodney Mullen is a pioneer of skateboarding and one of the best to ever do it. He specializes in flat-land tricks and performs them flawlessly.  He makes the board behave in ways that seem scientifically impossible.

It is so great seeing the pioneers of skateboarding still active on the boards. I love this stuff!

Bash in the Bush TOMORROW

Bash in the Bush

The second annual backyard music festival goes down tomorrow in Melbourne, Ontario. Come on out for an amazing evening filled with music, food and good times!

I will be deejaying for local rap acts, Mad Hattr and Tempomental. They go on early though so make sure you are there by 7:30 to catch these talented performers in action.

“To help facilitate the festivities we are selling entrance tickets which include your 1 entry for the raffle. The raffle will consist of 1 top prize draw, 2 secondary draws and a final 50/50 draw of ticket proceeds collected.”

Featured musical guests

– Rise Of Ares 5-6
– TKP 6-6:30
– Jack from Tha Khemistry 6:30-7:30
– TempoMental 7:30-8
– Mad Hattr  8:30-9
– Kid Royal 9-10
– Darien Night & Wil 10-1

– DJ Chase March (backing up TempoMental and Hattr)

Info

– Tickest are $10 in advance $15 at door
– Camping spots available for an extra $5
– On-site washroom facilities
– 19+ event
– No outside drinks
– We will be selling food but you are welcome to bring your own

Itinerary

– Arrival of guests
– Bbq, food, and drinks
– Games
– Live music
– Fireworks
– Raffle and 50/50 draw

Directions from London, ON.

Get on ON-401 W
14 min (8.9 km)

Head west on Queens Ave W toward Picton St
240 m

Turn left onto Wellington St
7.4 km

Use the right lane to merge onto ON-401 W via the ramp to Windsor/ON-402
1.2 km

Follow ON-401 W. Take exit 157 from ON-401 W
15 min (27.5 km)

Merge onto ON-401 W
1.2 km

Keep left at the fork to stay on ON-401 W
25.9 km

Take exit 157 for Iona Road/County Road 14 toward Melbourne/Iona
500 m

Continue on Iona Rd/County Rd 14. Drive to Melbourne Rd/Middlesex County Rd 9 in Southwest Middlesex
4 min (5.8 km)

Turn right onto Iona Rd/County Rd 14
3.6 km

Continue onto Melbourne Rd/Middlesex County Rd 9 until you see a BASH IN THE BUSH sign. 2.1 km. 20274-20448 Melbourne Road

For more information, visit the Facebook Event Page.

DJ Chase March on The Come Up Show

WIB takes over The Come Up Show (1)

I am pleased to announce that I will be the guest-host and deejay tomorrow on The Come Up Show from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on 94.9 CHRW.

I am usually on late-night  with my show “Word is Bond Rap Radio” on the same station. It is nice to have an earlier time slot for once. If you are not a night owl, you can finally hear me spin live.

Please call in to the station to say, “What’s up?” at (519) 661-3600 when you are listening. You can also text that number.

I plan on playing nothing but Canadian hip-hop music tomorrow. If you have a request, call, text, or hit me up on social media.

I’m looking forward to rocking for you in the day-time / early evening.

Listening Options

Use the hashtag #WIBRapRadio

Because I Can Tour (TONIGHT)

Because I Can Tour

I just got added to this bill and will be holding it down on the 1s and 2s as the official deejay for the night.

I know that it’s super-last-minute, but it would be good to see you out!

Because I Can Tour Live TONIGHT!

310 Sports Bar in Brantford, Ontario, Canada

O-Beast AKA Da Phats is headlining his 2nd tour to promote his upcoming albums#MeMyselfAndI & #IdentityCrises He will be performing all new unreleased music plus some of his classics.

Tickets are $5 and available at the door. Show starts at 10:00 p.m.

DJ Chase March

Opening Artist:
Maloney
Villain
Sean White
Sindakit
D-Bams
Stickie Jay
Nos Insidious

See you there! 

DJs Run It and Run With It

Playing With Something that Runs

Playing With Something That Runs by Mark J. Butler

This book focuses on DJ and laptop performers in the EDM (electronic dance music) realm. I thought it was worth exploring even though that isn’t really my genre of music. I was sure there would be tie-ins to hip-hop and what I do as a DJ. I was right.

Recorded Music is Its Own Thing

Hip-hop music spread and became popular due to recordings (singles and albums.) They sounded different from the live performances too. The author talks about this in relation to rock music.

“rock spread and became popular through recordings . . . [and] is essentially dependent on recording technology for its inception and dissemination . . . rock embraces a host of performance styles, but most have some basis in African American popular music, are rooted in song, and paradigmatically exist as recorded music.”

Hip-hop started with deejays taking breaks from existing sound recordings and extending them. When hip-hop started to get recorded, it wasn’t simply a live performance being recorded. It became its own thing.

“recordings have conventionally been understood as ‘snapshots of live performances’ [but] records were conceived of as goals rather than by-products of artistic endeavors.”

The Third Record

When a deejay mixes two records together, he is essentially creating a third record. When two songs match up perfectly in time, they create new song or sound that had never been heard before. The deejay essentially creates a new song that has been labelled “the third record.”

Butler explains it this way, “this combination of texts produced something that did not exist in material form.”

Borders Dissolve and Songs Become Fluid

The deejay present songs in a way to make the set something exciting and new. The mix is what is important, not just the individual songs. The whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts.

“The works contained in the recordings that constitute a DJ set are rarely presented in their entirety; instead, they are truncated, altered, and combined with other works. The borders and seams of the original work dissolve; it no longer functions as a unitary, bounded entity. The stability, fixity, or permanence that is classically associated with the work slips away, and any authorial value that might have been accrued with the work is seriously weakened. At the same time, aspects of the original work’s essence remain, and its former identity is not irrelevant. These ontic elements, however, become part of new, larger entities – the third record, and ultimately the set.”

The Power of Recognition

When deejays play a snippet of something that the audience can recognize, it energizes the crowd and makes the set memorable.

The sample, which presents a brief chunk of material – often recognizable – from a preexisting recording .. . is “performance quotation” because of the highly specific way in which they point back to the unique ‘aura’ of the original recording.”

Time Constraints 

“Perhaps the most obvious and global constraint of improvised musical creativity is the requirement that it proceed inexorably forward through time. . .  Steve Lacy, quoted by Borgo, highlights this limitation: ‘In fifteen seconds, the difference between composition and improvisation is that in composition you have all the time you want to decide what to say in fifteen seconds, while in improvisation, you have fifteen seconds.”

Timing is essential for deejays. We have to take the record as it spins and mold it or form it so that it meshes with the song before it and the song that comes next. This is a constraint that helps foster creativity in the DJ set. I love how improvisational all of this is. But improvisation takes practice and experience. It’s a challenge that I enjoy trying to overcome every time I get behind the turntables.

More to Come

I enjoyed reading this book and learned a thing or two about my craft. I have more notes too that I’d love to share. Stay tuned for a follow-up post soon!

 

Chasing Content – Highlights from July

Chasing ContentLet’s look back at what was happening last year at this time in a little feature I like to call Chasing Content.

You can read all of the posts from last July, 

or just these highlights . . .

Skate Port – Port Stanley’s Skatepark

Not the best skatepark I have ever skated, but it’s got one of the best names!

Why Do We All Have to Earn a Living

I found a quotation online that really spoke to me. Still haven’t figured out an answer to this question, but I hope to some day.

Transformers Comic Review

I really enjoyed this series. I need to find the next few trade paperbacks to read soon.

Kains Woods Adventure

I love running trails and not knowing exactly where I am going. It’s always an adventure.

Chasing Content Archive

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

Remember to click through all of the links above so that this great content doesn’t get buried in the archive.

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