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  • Brexit The Mixtape

    June 7, 2016 | Posted By: | Blog |

    The definitive referendum mix-tape, out now!

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    Relentless Live

    November 22, 2013 | Posted By: | Blog |

    I recently played Relentless at the Old Billingsgate Market in London. The Venue was fantastic and the Relentless team had done a great job of turning an old fish market into a live music venue. Once again it was a pleasure to on a line up with my old buddy Zane Lowe and the likes of Professor Green. In short a great night out.

     

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    Relentless Stage Leeds Festival

    September 30, 2013 | Posted By: | Blog |

    The competition

    I was notified about the Relentless ‘Here to be heard DJ comp’ 6 hours before the deadline by my good buddy via Facebook. With the deadline being midnight I called my fellow spinner J Sound who dutifully covered my residency at Cardiff’s Peppermint Lounge whilst I aimed the finish the mix an hour before the deadline. The mix could only be 10 minutes and long and include at least five songs. My goal was to play across as many genre’s and tempo range’s as possible with in the time limit, whilst playing old and new creating a good juxtaposition, fun and ultimately entertaining the judges. The judging was split in to 2 phases, round 1 – selection, round 2 – judging panel. The competition was high and well subscribed, over 200 DJ’s submitted mixes. The second round was judged by Zane Lowe and Professor Green.

    http://www.relentlessenergy.com/features/here-to-be-heard-dj-winner.html

    The Festival

    I drove up to Leeds with my brother for company, he has been on many DJ jaunt with me including GLC tour and DMC battles and enjoys the missions. The prize included four nights in a hotel, Festival tickets plus VIP access and of course a warm up set before Zane Lowe. My set was not until the Saturday so we spent our time bumping into old DJ pals in the hotel bar. Old chum’s DJ Yoda and Dan Greenpeace where playing the same stage and are always good fun to hang out with. We also linked with The Fredrerick, Alex Light, all very nice chaps and great DJs, much Relentless was drunk. The Relentless stage was situated at the bottom of the campsite and discreetly tucked away in a wooded vally. With the stage at one end it looked like an old skool rave. Also being the latest area open on site meant that it was rammed until the early hours.

    As well as playing before Zane Lowe Relentless had organised a load of PR around the competition win. This included an interview for Alt Sounds, a chat with the guys at SBTV and photos with Zane Lowe. Zane is real friendly guy always keen to find out what your up too, props.

     

    The set was loads of fun, its great to play on a big PA and festival crowds are always really responsive.

     

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    Relentless DJ comp winner 2013

    August 20, 2013 | Posted By: | Blog |

     

    Great news! I have won the Relentless “Here to be heard DJ competition’ and will be warming up for Zane Lowe on the Relentless stage 9pm Saturday night.

    All details and interview are available here,

    http://www.relentlessenergy.com/features/here-to-be-heard-dj-winner.html

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Goldie Lookin Chain Remixes

    August 20, 2013 | Posted By: | Blog |

    I recently put together a remixes for the latest Goldie Lookin Chain single, Baneswell Express. It’s out now on I Tunes please have a listen here.

    https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/baneswell-express-vol.1/id662914578

    Newport’s finest are back out on tour in October you can find details of the upcoming gigs at the following link.

    http://youknowsit.co.uk/

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    Bumpcast 10

    August 14, 2013 | Posted By: | Blog |

    Here’s the latest instalment of the Bumpcast. All songs selected by Mayor of Associated Minds fame and mixed by yours truely. Its my favourite Bumpcast yet, enjoy!

    Bumpcast #10 – DJ Killer Tom by Associatedminds on Mixcloud

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    Podcasting Bro

    August 13, 2013 | Posted By: | Blog |

    Recently I was invited to be a guest on the best new Strength and Fitness Podcast online. Hosed by Ralph Ripshit of Associated Minds fame and Big Hatty we chatted about how I started Djing and my interested in Powerlifting, it was a lot of fun.  These guys put out weekly Podcasts on Soundcloud.

     

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    Bumpcast 7

    March 11, 2013 | Posted By: | Blog |

    Enjoy some dope beats and cuts selected by myself and Mayor.

    The Bumpcast #7 by Associatedminds on Mixcloud

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    Late night practice session

    October 16, 2012 | Posted By: | Blog |

    Just got my hands on Mr Oizo’s Monophonic shit, the dopest practice beat I have heard in ages, made famous byt the one and only D Styles who is far superior in every way. Still it has  a nice bounce to it and is great for learning some new flows.

     

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    Serato demo’s

    September 24, 2012 | Posted By: | Blog |

    This week I will be representing Catapult records and Rane/ Serato/ Sennheiser at Cardiff Metropolitan Universtiy. I will doing Serato tutorials and scratch lessons , and dishing out advice on any of the products on the stand. Hope to see you there!

     

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    Movida Corona International DJ Contest

    September 20, 2012 | Posted By: | Blog |

    Saw this competition advertised 2 days ago and managed to knock up a half decent mix just before the deadline of midnight on the 2oth of September. Its a mix of some of my favourite dance tunes, covering house, electro, techno, garage, acid house, rave and disco, old and new. Listen enjoy, share with your friends!

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    Vestax VCI 380 review

    September 10, 2012 | Posted By: | Blog |


    Last week I had the pleasure of hooking with old DMC buddy DJ Rasp and the Vestax Europe team as they showcased the new Vestax controller at Catapult Records.
    Myself and Rasp have battled on 2 occasions in the DMC, I have lost both battles! Anyway we had a little back to back session and I was quietly surprised with quality of the unit.

    Firstly I am a big fan of Vestax products. As a scratch dj there is something about the feel of Vestax faders that I love, the weight seems perfect the solid feel of the unit  is reassuring. Perhaps because I grew up scratching on Vestax PMC 05′s and 07′s they seem like a right of passage for  the discerning scratch dj. Right now my QFO has an old Vestax fader taken from my 8 year old 07 pro in it. So with this in mind I was very happy that unit was built like a tank. Most controllers I have come across feel plasticy, almost toy like. The VCI 380 feels heavy in its construction. The top face plate is one piece of metal with all the knobs faders and switches sunk in. All buttons and switches are robust and of high quality. The crossfaders are standard Vestax faders which are perfectly good but you can upgrade to cut control fader for extra scratch hammering.


    The main focus for me was the response of the jog wheel. It did not disappoint I managed to pull off complicated scratch patterns such as prisms and some triplet variations. Very nice! The midi capabilities are all there you can fully control Serato or Itch from the controls in front of you. All pads are velocity sensitive which means you can activate the on board effects however you like. It works as a stand alone mixer so you can plug 2 decks in if that takes your fancy. On the back there are more treats, balanced xlr outs so you can go straight into a club system. In short this thing is a beast. With more Serato integration on the way its a very exciting bit of kit

    So what about practical applications of this praised device. I dj in so many bars and clubs where (to be blunt) the set up is dog shit. Dodgy cables, cdjs caked in beer and shitty mixers. To be able to turn up with a reliable unit every time that you can scratch and mix on is very appealing. If your travelling you always have 2 decks and a mixer on you. This means you can fully practice or prepare a set in a hotel room or on the train providing you have got power. For new djs this is a great option, at £599 it comes in much cheaper than a single cdj and is all you need to get started.

    I need to spend more time o the unit to get fully acquainted but so far so good!

    Heres the video

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    Mixcloud

    September 6, 2012 | Posted By: | Blog |

    For all you Mixcloud users here is my what The Ffunk mix, enjoy!

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    What The Ffunk Mix

    August 31, 2012 | Posted By: | Blog |

    Just finished a new mix for  a new student night in Cardiff. What The Ffunk starts on Monday the 17th of September at The Lady Bird Club, Mill Lane, Cardiff.

     

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    GLC podcast

    August 21, 2012 | Posted By: | Blog |

    Did a podcast with Rhys and Eggsy, showcasing some of my all time favourite funk and hip hop tracks, enjoy!

     

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    Wu Tang Newport

    August 1, 2012 | Posted By: | Blog |

    If like me you grew up with a sound track of 36 Chambers, Only built for Cuban Linx and Liquid Swords seeing the Wu Tang live is a must.

    With no guest-list in sight I purchased a ticket at  a hefty £30. This is a lot considering the gig was on a Monday night and in Newport leisure centre , but at  less than £10 per Wu member the sting was not so bad. As advertised we where to be entertained by 4 Wu Legends, Method Man Raekwon the Chef and Ghostface killah and the GZA. I would happily pay just to see Ghost or Raekwon.

    So myself, Dj Flipside plus buddies Jamie and Dave hopped on the first train to Newport (home of the 2011 Ryder Cup). Arriving at the venue (Newport Centre, complete with pool and an excellent array of indoor sports facilities) it was clear that it was going to be pretty quiet. Usually you would have to cue to get in, (hip hop gigs are always notoriously slow for security because of all the guns and weed we hip hop heads bring to shows) but we managed to walk straight in. On our way past reception I asked the security staff if I  needed 50p for a locker? They did not look impressed.

    The venue smelt of chlorine,  I wondered if Ghost was getting his armbands on for a pre show swim? The bar seemed worryingly empty, all local heads where present, GLC, Sanchez, Oner, Bboy crews etc. Its nice at theses events to catch up with old friends and it always  makes me  realise how many good people I have met in South Wales over the last decade. The scene down here is tight. I purchased a diet Coke and proceeded to the arena.

    The venue used was the sports hall which had tiered seating at the back. With about 500 in attendance there were plenty of seats. You could relax in a fold out seat, enjoy a panoramic view from the balcony or get right up close at the front of stage. For a warm up act we were treated to  a few J5 numbers from our host Akil the MC. I really like Akil he has a good energy, but I get pissed off when he does the whole of Concrete School Yard acapella, drop the beat yo! He did the same thing in Buffalo a few years ago. Never mind, Jaffa suitably smashed through an A – Z of hip-hop bangers and I was happy again.

    Hip hop is notoriously bad live. After a not so inspiring warm up form a rap group who’s name I can’t remember doing something reminiscent of Task force about 12 years ago it was Wu Tang time. Slightly nervous about hearing lazy shouty raps ruining classic songs, I waited patiently for the Wu Legends. First out the blocks Raekwon and Ghost. To be fair they were dope. Ghostface raps with a passion that is not seen in hip hop any more, every word and line he spits is personal, the man has soul, just listen to him on ‘I can’t goto sleep’ thats some emotional shit right there. This intensity transfers to the live stage and I was hooked to every syllable. Great to see one of my heros in the flesh, damn he’s dope.

    As for Raekwon I was not too sure what to expect, but out of all of the Wu in attendance he held the whole show together. Constantly  hyping the crowd, he conducting the show and rapped with clarity, a pro. The pair smashed through hits from Cuban Linx, Bullet proof Wallets, Fish Scale, Iron man and Supreme Clientele. every tune is a banger, a Wu bnager. I’d actually forgotten how strong their back catalogue is. Then it was time for 4th Chamber, a beast of a tune from the Liquid Swords album and a perfect intro for the GZA the Genuis. Wearing what can only be described as a stripy blue jumper form the next sale (every on else was clad in Pelle Pelle and other garish US brands) GZA proceeded to spit his slick scientifical flows in that Genius tone.

    At this point with the venue half full and the crowd just plodding along we were asked to make some noise. Hip hop karaoke in-sued, ‘if you really love hip hop make some mother fucking noise’, ‘when I say ho! you say….’ With crowd response mediocre at best GZA took it upon him self to raise the bar. I turn to my left and there is a man in a shit jumper rapping. Its GZA! He has jumped in the crowd, we all circle around him everyone goes nuts. From this point on the energy in the room is electric, despite the lack in numbers those at the front are having a great time. Every tune is a classic, every verse is sung along too, the Wu are smashing it.

    Funny moments included Ghostface continually shouting at the light engineer, ‘turn these fucking lights down man, change it up make em green or some shit!’. As well as the guest rap from crowd. This involved a fan being brought on stage to rap ODB’s verse on The Mystery of chess boxin. A daunting task, but to be fair the kid smashed it hard, we all went nuts. Ghost look impressed.

    More Wu Bangers followed, again you forget how many dope albums the released as a collective in the 90′s. RZA really had the golden touch back then.

    The absence of Method Man was a slight issue. He is a huge star not just of hip-hop but of TV and film and many people will have purchased tickets just to see him. Personally I was content with Ghost, Rae and GZA as lyrically they are my favs, but Method Man does bring that little extra to the Wu. We where dutifully informed by Ghost (after some heckling) that ‘he gotta be dealing with some family shit ya’ll’ and that was that.

    Over all I had a great night the lack of numbers of Wu Tang and punters was put aside and both parties made the best of it, Wu delivered the classics, we went buckwild. “Put you muther fucking Wu’s in the air!”

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    Video Games remix

    July 20, 2012 | Posted By: | Blog |

    Here is a little something I finished last night

     

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    Tom Jones Mega Mix

    June 6, 2012 | Posted By: | Blog |

    Having just finished  a beat for the Cardiff leg of the Olympic torch relay (made from a Tom Jones tune) and  to coincide with his current profile on the voice and at the diamond jubilee, I  thought it was time for the Tom Jones mega mix.

    Big up Sir Tom Jones

     

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    Eternal Sunshine

    May 14, 2012 | Posted By: | Blog |

    Watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind last week and loved Becks version of Everybody’s got to learn sometime. It  has different feel to the original by the Korgis, full of nice little hooks and samples. Here’s what I managed to fix up.

     

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    Catapult DJ School

    May 4, 2012 | Posted By: | Blog |

    Right all you budding Djs, you want to learn to scratch and mix? This is the course for you!  Cardiff’s finest DJ store Catapult Records are setting up an intensive eight week course with myself and Cally (Cally and Juice) as tutors. This will be a great opportunity  even if you are a complete novice. All levels and abilities are welcome. Places are going fast so be sure to email the guys at Catapult to book your spot.

     

     

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    Bumpcast Vol 5

    April 24, 2012 | Posted By: | Blog |
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    Redbull Threesyle set

    April 16, 2012 | Posted By: | Blog |

    Re posting this one because I like it! Thanks to On Par for the video work. I lost the UK Final with this set!

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    Rane sixty two part 3

    April 8, 2012 | Posted By: | Blog |

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    Rane sixty two part 2

    April 8, 2012 | Posted By: | Blog |

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    Rane sixty two first look

    April 8, 2012 | Posted By: | Blog |

    Got my hands on the brand new Rane sixty two mixer today. Just thought I would see how the new onboard effects unit responds with some scratches. All the effects are easy to access as buttons on the faceplate. You may notice I use the midi cue buttons to cue my samples throughout. So far its pretty dope.

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    Somebody remix

    April 1, 2012 | Posted By: | Blog |

    Here is a little remix idea I put together the other  day.

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    Spring time remix

    March 20, 2012 | Posted By: | Blog |

    Here is a a remix I knocked up today with sunny vibes, enjoy.

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    Glc tour part 5

    March 20, 2012 | Posted By: | Blog |

    Part 5 of the ultimate road movie, this is what touring is all about!

     

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    Glc Tour video part 6

    March 13, 2012 | Posted By: | Blog |

    Phase 6 of the tour

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