This weeks podcast went back to the music theme with Jason Ayers. I have known Jason since 2008 through the Arizona tech scene and further because he is a Drum and Bass DJ, Promoter, and Producer by the name Deepfreq and co-founder of SubConscious. He also has a Soundcloud page.
In this interview we cover the gamut of Jason’s progression from growing up in north Phoenix in the 70’s, to his take on “the 4 things wrong with Phoenix that cannot be fixed so stop complaining about them”, and quite a bit about Drum and Bass and the Arizona club scene.
We recorded at the Lost Leaf which you should go check out now.
Sat down with Chris Pena’s new band Bit Panther and am pretty sure its the first interview they have ever done which is rad. I ran into these guys a few weeks ago when they were playing at Lost Leaf and they killed it so I had to get them on the Podcast.
We get all over the map with this interview from where the guys are from to their thoughts on the Phoenix music scene to the future of the music industry. I tried recording their session but have no idea how to do that so instead here is The System:
Tonight is the night to catch the hot Phoenix band Medicine Tent in the flesh at the one and only Rhythm Room in Phoenix Arizona. They will be bringing their unique form of funk and groove to the masses. If you like to shake your booty this is gonna be the place. RSVP on their Facebook Page
Only $10 at the door! Catch a nap if you can beforehand, we’ll be funking until the small hours!
Ok I am gonna try to start doing a weekly Drum and Bass post, again.
If you arent aware of the music genre Drum and Bass this should help introduce you. If you haven’t yet accepted Drum and Bass as the most significant musical structure of all time then this should help to convert you. Either way I hope to educate you somewhat to at least shake your booty a bit.
Studio Toys Nerdgasm: Rawtekk
This is the first I have heard of Rawtekk and from sampling a few of the songs on their latest album Sprouted and Formed I am a fan, big fan. Much more organic analog sound and really intricate drum patterns make for a great listen. Hard chargers like Photone Recruits and To Be a Space Monkey will satisfy traditional DnB headz while Skrotum Left Its Dwelling takes on a traditional 4×4 hard house technique and rocks it out. Shut up and give them your money!
Late on this one as well but again whatever: UKF Summer Drum and Bass Compilation
UKF puts out an annual compilation of the most popular DnB tracks and not it looks like they are taking on the trend of releasing a summer compilation. While the mixing technique is generally a little light on the mixes included the tracks are top notch. This is going into my rotation for sure.
Top Mix for Roger right this moment: DC Breaks – FABRICLIVE x RAM Mix
From the opening line: “I’m making this because in a few hours I could be dead and I’ve got a hell of a story to tell.” to the drop at the 25minute mark where Rudimental’s – Right Here (Andy C Remix) and Capone’s – Friday are mashed up in a bassificated orgy of noise DC Breaks rocks it on and on and on and on.
One of my friends Jeff posted on Facebook talking about regrets today and it made me think of the excellent song by Orbital called Satan where this quote starts things off:
Dad: Yes son?
Son: What does regret mean?
Dad: Well son the funny thing about regret is that its better to regret something you have done than to regret something you haven’t done, and by the way if you see your mom this weekend be sure and tell her…SATAN! SATAN! SATAN!
So I ripped it and put it on Youtube so I could share it with you cause its that good:
The entire episode is good but if you go to 5:30 and turn the volume up real loud its cracking with one of the best rolling baselines I have felt in a long time. Fired up all them dormant serotonin former lives immediate!
Here is the facebook page for Vicious Circle. I have reached out to them to make sure this is ok to do. I hope they see it as promotion but will take it down if they object.
This is a Mix of 35 Drum and Bass Tracks that I decided to put together for my 35th birthday:
After buying and downloading the songs from Beatport I used Platinum notes to repair the volume and clipping of each track, and then used Mixed in Key to determine the key of the song. I lazily warped them all in Ableton Live and then used an APC 40 to mix them together. I tried to match the songs up harmonically so that they flow together. I am just now beginning to relearn about the musical scale and am still pretty much in the dark about how it works. Then I got all crazy wicky wicky with it to create the hour and twenty five minutes of beats you hear here.
Technically I am infringing copyright here but its unclear exactly as over 70% of each song is being mixed over another song. I purchased all of these songs and created this mix cause its fun to do and I think it sounds pretty kick ass. If you like it too you can follow the links provided on each song and purchase the ones you like or all of them if you are that cool. To the creators of the songs I am sorry if you feel I am hurting your ability to make a living in any way. You will notice that this is not available for download and I am encouraging people to buy your art. My take on this is that you are getting free publicity on songs that not many people know about, but if its that big a deal you can either have Soundcloud shut me down or ask me to take this down.
The artists should also notice that here on my site I have removed the rel=”nofollow” tags that Soundclound has on the links on their site. This means that I am telling Google and other search engines that those pages are badass and should get link juice from me. One thing I notice that Beatport is pretty awful at is showing up in the search engines for individual songs that they are selling. I would love to help them with this and they are welcome to contact me anytime. I think that they will sell tons more music and make the artists even more cash.
Once again my point here is not to take credit for any of these amazing songs I just wanted to put them together in a way that will get more people to hear them.
In 2010 Kate and I made our first trip to Zion National Park and immediately fell in love with the place. We liked it so much we went back for New Years when everything was covered in snow and it was equally as awsome, just cold. This year we decided to spend an entire week at Zion and even rented some Kayaks to take along. I did my best to document things and put together the following video for you to watch and enjoy.
The music is by Mav and is called God of Speed. You can buy the song here at Beatport for $1.49 with no DRM and support the artist to make more great tracks.