Category Archives: Music

Blues-inspired DJ Mix

Delta to Digital (Blues Vibes, Samples, Remixes, and Mashups).

This DJ mix explores a 21st-century take on the roots and branches of the blues family tree through beat-driven electronic music. Everybody gets the blues, sometimes!

Without the blues masters of the Mississippi Delta, we wouldn’t have modern popular music as we know it. Over the last year or two, I’ve been listening for their digital echoes in remixes, samples, and mashups. By curating this DJ mix, I’m paying homage to the enduring vitality of blues music. Much respect to the African American originators, lest we forget their struggles…

Listen now! And remember, sharing is caring.

 

“Blues Guitar” image by Curt Hart, remixed by Ronin E-Ville. Used under CC Attribution 2.0 Generic.

Fresh Hip Hop From the 6ix

 

Free Toronto Rap Mixtape.

A while back, I produced a hip hop track for Elias Edraki, an up-and-coming Toronto MC. You may also know him as an actor from TV shows like: Degrassi, The Strain, and Beyblade.

His Planet Erf mixtape is finally out! You can check out the whole album for free using the following link: http://piff.me/cca0b0e. Parental advisory for explicit lyrics; this is straight underground sh8t and totally NSFW.

Listen now to “Dirty Funk” (beats by yours truly, Ronin E-Ville):

 

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. ”

– Maya Angelou

“A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.”

― Leopold Stokowski

“The only truth is music.”

― Jack Kerouac

Summery Electro-Samba DJ Mix

Summer has officially arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s time to re-post one of my old DJ sets. With Brazilian samba rhythms fused into electronic beats, this mix is a sunshine dance party!

“Movimentos na ‘Avida do Samba’ pirajuense” image by Luiz Gustavo Leme from Flickr used under CC Attribution Generic 2.0.

What is Music Worth?

…and what am doing with my new EP of downtempo electronica called The Middle Beat EP?

I’m sure many people would agree with me that music is, in fact, priceless. The paradigm shift that has been heralded by the arrival of mp3 file sharing, however, means musicians are faced with quite a conundrum. This is part of what makes it so hard to sell recorded music as a commodity and is why I am no longer focused on doing so.

According to Forbes magazine, the music industry is growing, despite the greatly decreased revenue posted by major record labels since Napster reared its head in 1999. This broad view includes live performance, publishing, radio play, synchronization with moving images, music education, etc.

When I’m not working on being an ethnomusicologist (studying kung fu drumming), I’m primarily a recording artist, so the value of recorded music is still near and dear to my heart. In the last few years, online music distribution has left physical recordings in the dust, which is a boon for independents that no longer need to rely on the physical delivery networks of the majors. This is a blessing and a curse, however, because more recorded music is now being produced and disseminated than ever before; listeners are spoiled for choices.

Big acts like Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails have spearheaded a Pay-What-You-Want approach to downloading their music. This may seem akin to a busker passing the hat, but I tend to think of it more as “crowdsourced” patronage. If someone likes a particular artist, they contribute to supporting him or her. Furthermore, there is also tremendous artistic capital to be found in making music feely available through social networking and file sharing.

If the market is potentially saturated and it’s tough to make a dollar selling recordings, why have I bothered to issue a 4 track, digital-only, release? Because I feel artistically compelled to do so, the means are available, and I think I have something to offer. As a producer, I always prioritize sound quality and production values, while as a DJ, I always dish out the beats; on this release I’ve also brought a renewed focus on instrumental melody to an eclectic blend of acid jazz, dub, and trip hop.

My goal is simple: to get lots of people listening to these tracks.

In order for this happen, I need the people in my network to share them with the people in their networks. It would be nice if people bought them, but I’m actually more interested in promotion and dissemination. Specifically, I would like for my music to reach not only the ears of audiences worldwide, but also music supervisors for film and TV, as well as publishers, DJs, journalists, bloggers, etc.

This release is available as Pay-What-You-Want from Bandcamp; for sale from iTunes, Amazon, etc; for streaming on sites like SoundCloud, LastFM, and Myspace; and posted for P2P sharing on Bittorrent, through The Pirate Bay and Mininova.

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