Tag: Selector Sessions

Selector Sessions

Well ignoring the fact that its been a shitty Monday (and I’m now posting this on Tuesday), time to throw up a quick brief on a special selector session at the Hongdae DJ Korea store on Saturday.

So firstly a quick overview of what selector sessions are… Well it was the brainchild of Ingram Jones who use to work here for DJ Korea, he was trying to get different DJs together to use a piece of equipment called the selector, which basically allows you to plug multiple DJ interfaces (e.g. Serato and Traktor)

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The Selector

But it was not only to use this little piece of equipment but it was also to provide a forum for DJs to get together (primarily turntable DJs) which is something that is needed and is something I want to continue and to expand on (but more on that later)

So on Saturday decided to do a special selector session with DJ Mo Beatz since he was over here performing that night at Lucidream thanks to Pinnacle. Kinda messed up on the organisation of it but at least managed to get 2 good DJs to come down and jam out, DJ Tom Slick and DJ Tezz. So to start with it was just a normal jam session in the hongdae store, the interest from other people to come down and listen isn’t very high at the moment, actually it’s non-existent so there is a lot of work needed and unfortunately both their good sets were only for our own ears however we did get to play on the new reloop turntables which are really good (review still to come, need to properly figure out how to use the midi natively on it)

Reloop rp-8000
Reloop rp-8000
rp-8000 midi pads
rp-8000 midi pads

 

So, obviously bringing Mo Beatz to a meet and greet to no people would be a waste, instead we decided to move the DJ set up outside (something I was eventually wanting to build up to doing esp over the summer) and do some promo and jam out for the hordes of people who walk by on the Hongdae streets, and it worked out pretty well. Will def be doing this again in the future

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Mo Beatz himself had a nice little set, its good to see a DJ who DJ’s for famous artists actually have solid skills, he had a couple of nice routines down pretty well so was def enjoying it as well as the people walking by too, thou a lot of them prob didn’t understand the true extent of what he was doing, Korea crowds are still appreciative so thats always refreshing

Have to give a big shout out to DJ Mo Beatz for coming thru and doing his thing, Pinnacle for hooking it up, Tom Slick and Tezz for laying down some beats, DJ Breakson for sliding thru and all who came by

PS I will edit this later on to make it flow a bit better but for now…

Feb 2014 Review

God dam its March already?! What the hell… Anyways, time for a quick review of the last month….

Highlights/Points of note

– Finally got a website up and running

– Set up my home studio

– Watched ‘What difference does it make: A film about making music’ at the Beats by Dre Theatre thanks to Redbull

– Managed to successful revive ‘Selector Sessions’ for 2014

– Finally managed to check out Octagon

– New students arriving at Bar Fly

– Had a great night DJn at Dojo for an Old Skool night

So February is usually a very quiet month here in Korea except towards the last week when the students finally arrive back, the good thing this year is it has been a very mild winter but still word around is that a lot of clubs have had a struggling winter which isn’t surprising given the amount of new places that keep opening, Korea has a huge population but the number of people who actually frequent night clubs isn’t enough to sustain the amount of clubs there are now, however thats another story.

So the revival of selector sessions, I will post more about this in another post but in short it was a success given I had 2 DJs pull out on the day, but I managed to get the lifestream up and running and also go to have my first test of the new Reloop 8000 midi turntables (review also on its way) so it was a good start and will hopefully build more on it as the year goes on

DJ Blaze and DJ Hood
DJ Blaze and DJ Hood
DJ Vista
DJ Vista

So, finally managed to check out Octagon, one of the I guess elite VIP styled clubs in Gangnam (basically big ass club, bottom of a hotel, shit load of expensive ass VIP tables, rooms, expensive drinks centred around a DJ up on a stage and a dance floor) Now like the other clubs it is really nice, bit of a maze but the decor is usually really modern, the sound systems are awesome and in general they are awesome places. In a future post ill also talk more about how people act in clubs like this but for now it was just good to finally get there, see it and most importantly, listen and observe.

This is what 1million won buys ($1000)
This is what 1million won buys ($1000)
DJ Booth at Octagon
DJ Booth at Octagon

Bar Fly was slow most of this month but the last week saw a couple of big parties, lots of new students in town so the universities do their usual orientation etc, but of course students don’t tend to spend much money and parties start early which means they end early… again more about this in another post 🙂

Bar Fly
Bar Fly

So lastly I have to mention ‘Back in the Day’ 80’s and 90’s party at Dojo. Now normally I am against DJs only playing an hour etc but for parties like this, it works great, having 6 different DJ’s express their take on a couple of exciting decades of music is always something to see, unfortunately I couldn’t stay long but from what I understand, it was a great night and I am looking forward to doing it again! But it is also good because it is the start of a local initiative to strengthen the local DJ and local brand scene in the Dojo area. The article about not bitching about a scene and go out and create it yourself was really good and this will hopefully lead to good things and I’m very happy to be part of it and help build up not only the scene here but also in my own venture to build up a stronger DJ scene with DJ Korea

Just an awesome poster
Just an awesome poster

Right, thats it for now, there is a lot that I will expand on but for now, month over… on to the next one

Chur!