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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!

 

DJing an “Insane” Show Tomorrow

ICP in Sarnia

I’m DJing the Insane Clown Posse concert at Station Music Hall in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada tomorrow. This should be a huge show. Hope to see you out!

North 2 West Promotions Presents

INSANE CLOWN POSSE RETURN TO CANADA

For years they have not been allowed in Canada, and finally, its the return of ICP..

Hosted By Bradie Whetham

DJ Chase March on the 1’s an 2’s

with local support

+LAST BREED
+MARMEL ENT with Mercy Gang
+WYCKED TRUTH
+ O-Beast

Special appearance by :

FenyxFyre “as seen on AMC’s FreakShow” and MaddGuyver (StrangeOrDanger Thrillshow)
This Thrill Show will take place inbetween performers

tickets online at : https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/15375/

Advance | $35
Door | $40

You can now get tickets at :

In London :

Grooves : 353 Clarence St London ON N6A3M4
Canada. (519) 640-6714

O-Beast

In Sarnia :

Cheeky Monkey : 130 Christina St N, Sarnia ON N7T 5T6, Canada +1 (519) 332-0978

Picker’s Alley : 430 Exmouth St, Sarnia ON N7T 5N9, Canada. +1 (519) 344-7740

The Station Music Hall : 505 Campbell St, Sarnia, ON N7T 2J1 +1 (519) 383-0006

In Chatham :

Tony’s One Shoppe 83 Center St, 519-351-4885

The Vinyl Room 325 Queen St, N7M 2H7 519-351-2727.

Each store has limited tickets, so get yours before they are gone.

Also don’t forget to hit up WYCKED Truth for tickets, they will sell quick.

O-Beast in London
Suspect in Cambridge
Last Breed Oshawa

VIP Meet & Greet | www.hatchetgear.com

Door 8:30PM
19+ Plus Event
The Station Music Hall
505 Campbell Street, Sarnia Ontario

VIP Meet an Greet will take place at The Station Music Hall
@ 7:00, so make sure you bring your VIP print out, or tickets.

OFFICIAL TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT:

“Attention all Canadian juggalos and juggalettes — we’ve got some great news. Untouchable Detroit rap duo Insane Clown Posse are embarking on a massive Canadian tour.

That’s right, it’s time to stock up on face paint and Faygo, because the dynamic duo of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope will bring their music (and worldwide movement) to various venues around the country.

The trek kicks off at Quebec’s previously announced Amnesia Rockfest on June 24, and continues with shows throughout our great land before concluding in Victoria on July 17.

This is the first time ICP have brought their mythical Dark Carnival to Canada in over a decade, so this news is undoubtedly cause for celebration.!” – Exclaim.ca

Catch Me DJing Every Night This Weekend

Tonight – Hip-Hop Anonymous Hamilton

Sunday – Insane Clown Posse Concert in Sarnia, ON

Hip-Hop Anonymous Hamilton

Hip-Hop Anonymous Hamilton

Hip-Hop Anonymous Hamilton goes down tomorrow night in my home town of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

It takes place at the Touchdown Pub right near the football stadium that is the home of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

I am excited to be deejaying this event and hope you can make it out.

Here are the details . . .

“Hip Hop Anonymous” is coming to Hamilton, Ontario on June 25th

Hosted By DWG ENT and Fresher Entertainment

FREE LIVE CYPHER
BEAT SHOWCASE
LIVE HIPHOP
GOOD FOOD ALL NIGHT

Featuring Performances by:

PB $tyl$
King Kimbit
Rowz
Scrapgang
JR
Lyrical Mind
Buck Zero
Bobby Fresh

With a Special Beat Showcase & Cypher By:

Jinx Beatz

Music By:

DJ Chase March

10$ Cover
19+
Food Served ALL NIGHT

Catch Me DJing Every Night This Weekend

Friday – So You Think You Can DJ at Martini Bar in London, ON.

Saturday – Hip-Hop Anonymous Hamilton

Sunday – Insane Clown Posse Concert in Sarnia, ON

A DJ Showcase You Won’t Want to Miss

So You Think You Can DJ

Here is the press release about the super-cool DJ showcase event going on tomorrow night that I cam proud to be part of.

DJ Arctic currently holds down a residency at this bar but has opened up the night to showcase some of the great DJ talent we have in this city. I am honoured to be kicking off the night. Come early to catch my set!

Turn Turbo Fridayz Presents…..

The ultimate DJ lineup live and direct at the Martini bar on 645 Richmond Street, London, Ontario Canada on June 24th 2016.

Lineup:

Chase March -9:00-9:30
Wiskaz – 9:30-10:00
DJ Starchild – 10:00-10:30
DJ Milla – 10:30-11:00
DJ Hullewud – 11:00-11:30
Mark the Mechanic – 11:30-12:00
Bnutz – 12:00-12:30
Gripski – 12:30-1:00
Arctic – 1:00-1:30
Divinyl – 1:30-2:00

Bnutz – is a madman on the ones and twos watch out for this performance as he has previously competed in the red bull threestyle competition in london and knows how to hold it down like the gravity of a true star. he didnt earn the name Bnutz for no reason. Be sure to check him tear the roof off.

Gripski – the cut magician is going to destroy the evening im sure as he comes out to spin pure fire. He has been involved with the scene for over a decade from PHC to Londerground this Toronto native has made a name for himself in london.

Hullewud – Not much is needed to be said as possibly the most notorious DJ in london makes his way to the stage. with accalaids to long to mention he has made the scene what it is today and has shaped the london landscape for over 2 decades.

Wiskaz – Pioneer of the londerground battle scene and long time battle DJ Wiskaz is coming out to tear it down with his precise cuts and 90s jams.

Arcitc – Turn Turbo Fridayz creator and martini bar resident DJ is coming out to make an impact on the scene for all the DJs out there that need to learn how to do it right.

Starchild – The first person to bring the scratch to London. What more needs to be said other than that alone. his long accredited career includes radio dj for over a decade, club dj, and host of many infamous events. from meeting jam master jay to maestro fresh wes this man has literally built the scene by taking the first shovel full of dirt out of the underground.

Mark the Mechanic – long time dj (redbull threestyle) and scratch master Mark the Mechanic returns to the Martini bar to rip it up on the ones and twos. trust me you dont want to miss out on his unique songs selection and precision scratches.

DJ Milla – DMC champ DJ Milla is coming out to show everyone what it takes to be a champ. D & B will be his focus as he breaks the richter scale and moves the earth this night.

Chase March – No doubt about it thee most hardest working DJ I have ever seen in the radio biz. There isnt an idea this man hasnt come up with first when it comes to promotion.

Divinyl – Straight off the streets of Byron is the one any only Divinyl. I seen this long time freind of mine start from the very beginning in his bedroom and now hes has come so far it blows my mind how much he has accomplished with DJin.

19+
no cover

Facebook Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/261367264235489/

Hope to see you there!

Also, I am deejaying Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Come back tomorrow for more details!

Introducing . . . Sons of Boombap (World-Wide Hip-Hop Collective)

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What is the Sons Of Boombap (S.O.B.)???

S.O.B. is a newly formed collective of close to 50 artists, mc’s, producers, DJ’s, scene builder and heads across the globe, with the shared goal of preserving old-school, boom-bap, hip-hop music.

It was founded by Sharky with a tonne of help from Cable and in just a few weeks time we now have reached 4 continents and continue to grow at an exhilarating pace. The best part is that everyone is incredibly dope!!!

Don’t believe me…check the roster! (In no particular order)

Sharky
Cable
Fraction
Illtone
Prologic
Know-it
Branded Moore
Exit Only
Substance
Es
Lakes
Oskeptical
Age
Notion
Cee
Dynamic
Jux Cain
Mighty Rhino
Ultra Magnus
Madhattr
L.E.O.
Sennes Gregory
Jukebox Verbal
Donny Yonder
MLNY
Definition
Weapon ESP
Applied Science
Dopey Zeigler
Sevven
Otis Mensah
WEARELABRATS
Kingz Of Vocals
King Kimbit
Ahlee Ahlee

Producers/DJ’s/Scene Builders

Klubba Lang
Phadetoven
Spencer Jones Armstrong
Digital Junkie
Tyler Hetherington
Chase March
Cali Spit Club Robert Harris

…less than 2 weeks.

This is just the beginning of the S.O.B. movement.

#‎THEPASTISNOWTHEFUTURE‬ August 2016

‪#‎SOB

Follow and Like Us on FacebookSons of Boombap Collective 

Hip Hop Anonymous – It’s Gonna Be Live!

HHA May 14

It’s going down tomorrow night at Gordy’s Brewhouse in London, Ontario, Canada.

Cquel and Abstract Artform will be making their way from Saskatchewan to the Forest City for this great night of hip-hop.

Local favourites Mad Hattr and Tempomental are also on the bill, along with some other great acts. Tempomental usually brings Nick Easton with him to rock the stage with a live flute and saxophone. Their performances are always off the hook.

I am really looking forward to deejaying this show and holding it down all night on the wheels of steel.

WHERE – Gordy’s Brewhouse. 1631 Oxford St. E. London, ON.
WHEN – 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
HOW MUCH – $5

Visit the Facebook Event Page for more info.

I hope to see you out!

How I Feel Doing Midnight Radio

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Midnight Radio. Written by Ehud Lavski. Art by Yael Nathan.

Contact: elavski@gmail.com

I feel like this when I do my Midnight Radio program. It feels like I belong there and I hope I connect with the listeners in the same way. Brilliant comic!

Listen to My Show –  Word is Bond Rap Radio

Celebrating 4 Years of Word is Bond Rap Radio

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Tonight, we celebrate the 4th Anniversary of Word is Bond Rap Radio.

It’s hard to believe that I started this show four years ago. I have had some great times on the airwaves, produced dozen of documentaries about hip-hop, interviewed close to 100 musicians, had live performances, and spun a lot of great music.

We are having a party at the radio station to celebrate this milestone. If you live anywhere near London, Ontario, Canada, please come by CHRW at Western University to kick it with me live on the air. You are invited to perform a song, jump in on a cypher, and spin a few tracks.

BRING – your beats or tunes on a USB

TUNE IN LIVE – if you can’t make it out, listen to the radio  or stream it worldwide.

PHONE IN – (519) 661-3600 I will put you on the air to give your shout-outs and well-wishes.

Listen to Word is Bond Rap Radio

Follow The Word is Bond on Facebook and Twitter and myself on Instagram.

Follow CHRW on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Hashtag – #WIBRapRadio

Celebrate International Women’s Day With WIHH6

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International Women’s Day is Tuesday March 8th.

We are marking this special occasion with 7 hours of radio content focusing on the Women in Hip-Hop. It gets underway starting at midnight tonight on 94.9 CHRW.

It’s our 6th Annual Women in Hip-Hop Spectacular and we have an exciting line-up of artist interviews, guest DJs, a round table panel discussion, a spotlight on female rap history, and much more.

We will also be podcasting a different segment of the show every day this week.

Listen to Word is Bond Rap Radio

Follow The Word is Bond on Facebook and Twitter and myself on Instagram.

Follow CHRW on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Hashtag #WIBRapRadio , #WIHH6 , and IWD2016

Thanks for listening and interacting with us!

 

Women in Hip-Hop 6 TONIGHT!

WIHH 6We are celebrating International Women’s Day in a big way tonight.

It’s our 6th Annual Women in Hip-Hop Spectacular. 

An entire overnight of radio programming dedicated to hip-hop’s better half.

We have all sorts of great content lined up for you tonight.

We have an exclusive interview with the one and only, Michie Mee. She was the first rap artist out of Canada, the first one to get a record deal, and a true pioneer of the form.

We also have interviews with Eternia, Adria Kain, Keep Rocking You, DJ Mel Boogie, and Tre-L.

We have an amazing guest DJ that will be spinning female-fronted hip-hop as well, DJ T-jr. 

We have a spotlight on the second year rap music was recorded and all of the female voices you could hear that year. Throwing it back to 1980 with this special edition of Know Your History. 

And of course, we have a roundtable discussion featuring some very talented women; Jae the Lyoness, Chris Jay, and DJ T-jr. 

You won’t want to miss this!

LISTEN LIVE – Midnight through 7am EST TONIGHT on CFMU 93.3 fm in Hamilton.

  • On your radio dial in the Hamilton, Ontario area 93.3 FM
  • with the Tune In App
  • with the CFMU online stream
  • by phone, just dial 716-274-2506 and listen to the show LIVE or ON DEMAND
  • and you can find CFMU on select digital cable providers as well

and share online using the hashtags #WIHH6 , #IWD , and #IWD2016

Thank you for listening, sharing, and interacting!

Campus Radio is a Jewel for the Community

CHRW is a JewelAs you know, I have a radio show on 94.9 CHRW. I just celebrated the 200th episode of the show and I couldn’t have done it with the support of Western University and the airwaves on which to broadcast.

My show has given me access to all sorts of musicians and celebrities. I have interviewed some of my favourite artists and even talked to Olympic Champions on the air.

The station gives back to the diverse community by offering programming in a variety of different languages.

There are close to 170 students who freely give their time to host programs, do the news, cover the university sporting events,  and work behind the scenes in the technical realm. There are nearly as many community volunteers or alumni still donating their time and expertise to the station as well.

Some of our volunteers have moved on to prominent positions in the media as well. Kevin Newman now works for CTV. Daniel Shulman moved on to TSN and ESPN directly from CHRW. Stephen Brunt writes for the Globe and Mail. Adrienne Arsenault is a familiar face on CBC. And that it just the tip of the iceberg.

Our hosts regularly give their time to fundraising efforts in the community. We champion for the students of Western University and deliver relevant and timely content to everyone within listening range, and the entire world through online streaming and archived shows.

We play a lot of local artists and support Canadian talent every single week. The music landscape in London, Ontario is rich and diverse, and we celebrate that wholeheartedly.

The radio station relies on donations during its annual pledge week to maintain its costs of operation. However, the main source of funds comes from a student levy that sees every student contributing $13 to CHRW. 94% of our funding comes from this fee.

In my humble opinion, this is a very small price to pay for such a jewel. We need local programming on the radio and on television. Local TV is facing a crisis right now when it comes to original and news programming. We don’t want to see our voice on the radio dial shrink or, even worse, be silenced.

What you can do!

    • Take to Social Media like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and any other sites you use to tell people how important CHRW is to you.
    • Go to the Budget Presentation and USC Motion on Wednesday February 24th at 6:00 p.m. (Room 269C, UCC, Western University Campus)
    • Contact the Student Council and let them know how you feel.
    • Listen to the station and share online that you do!

Thank you for being on this musical journey with me for the past four years. Let’s fight to keep our station viable and broadcasting for the good of the students, the community, and the university at large.

Much appreciated!

Scratching with The Champ

Last month, I had the honour of spinning with some amazing DJs at a private scratch session.

Chase March, T-Jr, Gamma Krush

Here I am with DJ T-jr, and Gamma Krush.

DJ Scratch Session

And the man in the blue shirt, our gracious host, was non other than the DMC World Champion, DJ Vekked.

DJ Team-work

We all rocked vinyl battle records and scratched for hours.

DMC Champ DJ Vekked

Gotta love the champ’s shirt, “Real DJs talk with their hands.”

Multiple DJ rigs

There are DJ communities that regularly hold these type of scratch sessions. It was the first one I ever attended, but it definitely won’t be the last.

Here is DJ Vekked’s award winning routine from last year!

I am still in awe of what he did in this video and the fact that I got to kick it with him live for an afternoon and see him work his turntable magic in person.

Need the Perfect Gift? My Valentine’s Day Mixtape Service is the Answer!

Valentine's Day Mixtape ServiceDo you need the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your special someone?

Have you been racking your brains trying to find a gift that is meaningful and personal?

Here is the perfect solution.

Give your Valentine a professional mixtape.

I can craft the perfect mix to celebrate your love. All you need to do is give me a few songs that you know your loved one enjoys, a few songs that have meaning to you both, and I will do the rest.

You can fit about 20 songs on a mix CD. If you don’t have 20 songs you’d like to include, give me an idea of the type of music or artists that you want included.

Here is an example of what I did for my girlfriend last year.

Valentine's Day Mix for My Love

Here is another one I did for a past girlfriend for a third anniversary present

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You will get an album version of the mix, with tracks that you can skip and that can be easily burned to CD or uploaded to your phone, MP3 player, or computer.

You can have a professional mix for your loved one this Valentine’s Day or for any special anniversary.

I am offering this service for $70 right now. That’s an amazing price for a gift that is forever. A great mix never gets old and becomes a time capsule of sorts.

Book Your Mixtape Now!

You will get a non-stop mix, full colour CD art, and a digital copy of the project. If you order by Friday, I guarantee that it will be delivered to you via email the day before Valentine’s Day.

Contact Me and let me do all the work!

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

My Current DJ Set-Up

Here is my current DJ set-up.

Chase March home DJ set-up

I have it housed on a farily ugly table. Covering it with a blanket allows me store things underneath it out of sight.

Chase March APC battery back up power supply

This is power supply. It is much better than a simple power-bar. It has a battery built into it and if the power shuts off, the battery takes over and keeps my system from crashing. This has saved me a few times at bars that didn’t have the best electrical systems in place.

Chase March DJ laptop

I have a laptop that is my dedicated DJ computer. I don’t use it for any other purpose.

Chase March wireless mouse

I hate using the mouse pad on laptops. So I asked for this wireless mouse for Christmas. Thanks, mom! It can sit right in front of the mixer and makes controlling my computer a lot easier.

Chase March external soundcard

This is a Soundblaster SBX. It is an external soundcard that lets me record my mixsets with ease. I plug in the record feed from my mixer into the line in. I can then record on programs like Audacity or Adobe Audition.

Chase March headphones

Headphones are a must!

Chase March Numark HDX blue

I love the Numark HDX turntables. They are digital and have internal hard-drives, but they are vinyl controlled.

Chase March Numark HDX red

I love having the full-sized, actual vinyl records to scratch. I replaced the clear vinyl that came with the units with some coloured vinyl from my collection.

Chase March SL 1

I have the first generation Rane SL1 Control Box. I have to use the old Scratch Live version of the Serato software. I hope to upgrade soon to a mixer that has Serato built right in so I can use Serato DJ some day.

Chase March Xone 22 Mixer

I have an Allen and Heath Xone: 22 mixer. I really love it. It’s not top of the line but it is a great mixer for a scratch DJ.

Chase March control vinyl

This is my most recent accquisition. I bought control vinyl so I can rock on the turntables at the radio station now.

Plus, if I do a DJ gig and they already have turntables, I can leave my at home and rock with these.

I have Road Ready cases though, so my gear is portable. It just takes a couple of trips.

Let me rock your party!

I am available to DJ all events and have great rates.

Please contact me and let’s work together!

Jam Master Jay and National DJ Day – The 1, 2 Punch

Today is the day that Jam Master Jay was gifted to the world.

Unfortunately, he is no longer with us, but we celebrate in his absence. For all that he did for hip-hop, for how he has inspired countless DJs, and for how he could rock a party.

Here is a video showing his skills on the turntables, right alongside another legend, Grand Master Flash.

And yesterday was National DJ Day.

National DJ Day

It’s fitting that these two days follow each other. It’s the 1,2 Punch!

Here is some more of Jam Master Jay kicking off a concert the way a DJ should!

I was fortunate enough to see Run-DMC live once and it was amazing. This was before I had any way to recording the performance though. Wish I could relive it again.

Rest in Peace, JMJ!

Sound Unbound- Sampling Music and Culture

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Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture. Edited by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky

The basic tenet of this book is . . .

Technology enables creativity, community, art, and love. Crippling it to save someone’s outmoded business-model is a crime against humanity.

Sampling is perhaps one of the least understood concepts about modern music, and, in particular, hip-hop. But believe it or not, some very respected musicians have worked with this form and even helped develop it. Artists that you would be surprised to hear about. Artists like The Beatles.

I took tons of notes while reading this collection of essays, articles, and creative pieces. I plan to blog about it over the next few weeks in detail. Suffice it to say, I truly believe that musicians should be allowed to steal, borrow, sample, and take sounds from everywhere to create new works.

Human culture is always derivative, and music perhaps especially so. New art builds on old art. We hear music, process it, reconfigure it, and create something derivative but new – folk melodies become Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies; Roy Acuff’s “Great Speckled Bird” becomes Hank William’s “Wild Side of Life:’ and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things” becomes a John Coltrane classic. 

And that passage didn’t mention hip-hop once. This is how music works. Hip-hop might be know for sampling more than any other genre but it didn’t invent the practice. Not by a long shot. Although, we might have perfected it.

This was a great read and I recommend it for serious music scholars, hip-hop DJs, music producers, artists, and fans alike.

My 2015 Reading Log – now almost complete

Catch Me DJing Friday at The APK

TheTakeOverTour

The Takeover Tour hits London, Ontario this Friday.

Come out to The APK on 347 Clarence for a great night of hip-hop music.

Featuring live performances by Marmel Entertainment, Northern Minded, O-Beast, Ritt ThemeThe T-Ridaz, Stewie, and MLNY aka Maloney.

I am DJing and co-hosting the event, alongside Brad Shank.

See the Facebook Event Page for more details

It’s bound to be a great night.

Hope to see you out!

Record Collecting for EVERYONE!

Record Collecting for Girls

Record Collecting for Girls by Courtney E. Smith

Why would I read a book entitled, Record Collecting for Girls?

Because Record Collecting is for Everybody!

Just like feminism.

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Both of these are great books and while the former isn’t necessarily about feminism, it does touch on some major issues. Courtney E. Smith explains . . .

“I felt it was important to make each week’s show a 50/50 split of male and female artists, and I was amazed by how difficult it was to achieve gender balance.”

I know that struggle all too well. I want Word is Bond Rap Radio to feature female voices on it regularly. I do my best to play at least one female track an episode, and every International Women’s Day is dedicated to the Women in Hip-Hop. But maybe, that’s not enough.

Smith talks about how many of the female popular musicians seem to fall into the same category. For some reason, they all take the same lane. It doesn’t make a lot of sense. She sums it up like this . . .

“I don’t want another Rihanna. I want to know this: Where’s the female equivalent of the Foo Fighters?”

Great question. And there is no easy answer to it. We’ve had only had a handful of female rap groups that have many any sort of noise. There is one group on the horizon now, Heresy. I hope they bring back a resurgence of female rap groups. We need this voice in hip-hop.

I enjoyed reading Record Collecting for Girls and will be writing more posts about it soon. I want to look at how Smith explores soundtracks, Top 5 lists, guilty pleasures, and break-up songs.

Keep it locked to this blog for more.

My List of 2015 Reads – 40 books and counting