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Making a Winning DJ Set

The Process behind the scenes

Well I got it, finally closed out a second win in the BeFm Expat DJ Contest, that really is a mouthful. It was good to get the win but it was a long time coming and should really have been mine a lot early but it is what it is. And in the end I ended up getting quite a lot of prize money from the contest as well as good photos and video footage over the years so all in all, it was worth it along with the fact that it was always a good excuse to go to Busan.

With that in mind, I might as well take a closer look at my set and break it apart since not only did my set come out really well, it also worked really well and there are aspects of it that I will def use pretty often as I do go forward with my DJn (however much longer that will ultimately last however) This will also be a bit of a breakdown of how I like to structure my DJ sets and the thought process that goes behind it. Might prove useful to some people and interesting to know for others. Continue reading “Making a Winning DJ Set”

Live Set – Club Made

Track List

  1. Dawin Ft Silento – Desert
  2. DJ Polique Ft Follow Your Instinct – Don’t Wanna Go Home
  3. DJ Katch Ft DJ Kool – The Horns
  4. Bruno Mars – 24k Magic
  5. Run DMC – Walk This Way
  6. The Ting Tings – Shut Up & Let Me Go
  7. Supreme Team – Supermagic
  8. Supreme Team – Dang Dang Dang
  9. Mino & Zico – Okey Dokey
  10. Ja Mezz, AndUp, Mino – Turtle Boat (SMTM4)
  11. Nas – Hip Hop Is Dead

Unleashed Vol 1

Throwback post! Now that I have some time on my hands, I am uploading all of my mixes and DJ material here. I now have the storage space that I will keep since these kinds of videos can’t be posted basically anywhere else these days (again, record companies, go fuck yourselves) So now that I have all my esports stuff on here, time to start bringing my Video Mixes here too

Here is the blurb from when I originally posted this video years ago! Talks a bit about how I made these.

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DJ Blaze – SKE Ladies Hip Hop Mix

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So, I finally got this mix done and finished, took awhile and I kept putting it off as other things came up (story of my life really) but got to the point where I just decided to put it down as a simple mix rather than mess around with scratch, juggles and acapellas otherwise I would have put it off even longer. So, a little bit of history behind this mix…

Initially I was asked to make a work out mix consisting of all female artists since the good people over at show kings have been interviewing and working with some of the local female Korean body sculptures/builders so having a work out mix catered to them would have been a nice fit. However therein lay the problem, finding enough songs done by female rappers that people not only know but that were also up-tempo enough with a strong enough beat to serve as good work out music. Needless to say, it was a bit of a fail. Why?

Well, think about it, how totally under represented are females in Hip Hop, name your top 20 artists, are any of them female? I highly doubt it, maybe 1 or 2 might sneak into some peoples’ lists but even if they do (Lauryn Hill would have to be up there), that’s still barely 10%. So my song pool was extremely limited, too limited to make a full mix of workout style songs so instead I decided to make it more of a Hip Hop/RnB classic cross mix so I could feature more female artists and still include songs that people would know (Using female artists from current music is even less of an option given how bad they are)

Still, even in doing so, there are obviously a few artists who feature more than others which is a testament to those artists but it is also sad that the industry has really relegated female artists to a mere after thought. Even more sad when you listen to what some of these very talented females artist had to say in their rhymes back then acting as really positive role modals for young females, a far cry from the female hip hop artists of today who are either too caught up on image or no one can understand what the hell they are saying (yes I’m looking at you Iggy)

Ill attach this article as well about Missy Elliot that gives a really good and clear view of how influential some of these female artists were and the legacy they have left behind

Why Missy Elliot’s Legacy is Criminally Underrated 

Please Vote!

Only a day left to vote, voting closes I guess at midnight Wednesday night, prob Korean time, so if you haven’t yet, please vote and check out the video while your at it and let me know your thoughts!

Here is the link to vote, just click the Blue Button to Vote, then click the Grey Button to share!!

http://thre3style.redbull.com/redbull/vote_view/62

You can also view the video from there too!

DJ Blaze Set List Saturday November 15

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Well its been a little while since I put up a set list, mainly because lately at Bar Fly it really has been the same old shit even worse than usual and even looking through the song list, I’m like meh… Having to play nothing but mainstream hits… but for some reason on Sat night I got a lot of compliments for my set… I have no idea why but I’m not gonna complain lol. The one annoying thing is lately I start at 11, but between 11-12, we have to keep the volume down because the restaurant upstairs has started to complain about the noise recently… There has been no change in volume, except that it has prob been less since haven’t been that busy… All I can say to them is piss off, you knew this was a club when you bought the place about 6 months ago, so quit your fucking moaning, needless to say at 12 not only do I crank up the volume but also set the bass up even higher to make sure it vibrates the shit out of the building!

Anyways set list for Sat 15th November 11pm – 1.30am

 
1. Justice Crew – Everybody
2. Cristian Marchi – Let’s Fuck
3. Bueno Clinic – Away
4. Luciana Vs Chuckie – What Happens In Vegas Mash Up
5. Bombs Away – Get Stoopid
6. Israel Cruz – Party Up (Bombs Away Remix)
7. Luciana, Cristian Marchi & Nari & Milani – I Got my Eye on You
8. J. Lo Ft. Pitbull – Live It Up (Jumpsmokers Remix)
9. Albert Kick – Evil Girl
10. DJ Kronic Ft Bombs Away – Looking For Some Girls
11. RIO Ft. U-Jean – Summer Jam
12. Redfoo – I’ll Award You with My Body
13. Usher – Scream (Seamus & Haji Edit)
14. Will.I.Am Ft Britney Spears – Scream & Shout (Ridiculous Remix)
15. TJR – Feel It
16. Klaas & Bodybangers – Freak (Klaas Mix)
17. Tonic Vs KnifeParty – Bitch Please Vs Internet Friends (Bl3nd Mash Up)
18. Turbotronic – Disco Monster
19. Bueno Clinic Ft. Mike W – Sex Appeal
20. Finatticz – Don’t Drop That (Strobe More Bounce)
21. Scndl – Gypsy
22. Havana Brown – Big Banana
23. Mr 305 – Driving Around (Bombs Away Rmx)
24. Play-N-Skillz – Literally I Can’t
25. Joel Fletcher & Savage – Swing (Combo! Remix)
26. G-Dragon – Crooked (Intro Rmx)
27. Robin Thicke Ft. Pharrell & T.I. – Blurred Lines (Justin Sane Rmx)
28. Bruno Mars – Treasure (Cosmic Dawn Rmx)
29. Michael Jackson – Love Never Felt So Good (Fedde Le Grand Rmx)
30. Reece Low & Lefty – Monk Funk
31. Static Revenger Ft. Kay – Back Off Bitch!
32. DJ Snake Ft. Lil Jon – Turn Down For What (Transition Rmx)
33. Lil Jon Ft. Tyga – Bend Ova
34. Lorde – Royals (Caked Up Rmx)
35. CL – Solo
36. 2 Chainz – I’m Different
37. Major Lazer Ft. 2 Chainz – Bubble Butt
38. 2NE1 – Clap Your Hands
39. VIC – Wobble
40. Daddy Yankee – Gasolina
41. Diana King – Shy Guy
42. Beyonce – Love On Top
43. Jason Derulo Ft. 2 Chainz – Talk Dirty
44. Jason Derulo – Wiggle (Transition Rmx)
45. Rihanna & Jay Z – Talk That Talk
46. Lil Jon – Snap Ya Fingaz
47. Big Sean Ft. Nicki Minaj – Dance Ass
48. Skrillex Ft. CL & GD – Dirty Vibe
49. Wiz Khalifa Vs DJ Khaled – Black & Yellow Wins
50. Tae Yang – Ringa Linga
51. Soulja Boy – Crank Dat
52. Anthem Kingz – Birthday Song
53. Calvin Harris Ft. Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love (R3hab Trap Rmx)
54. Steve Aoki Ft. Rivers Cuomo – Earthquakey People (Alvin Risk Rmx)
55. Zedd – Spectrum (Getter Rmx)
56. 2NE1 – Come Back Home
57. Calvin Harris Ft. Tinie Tempah – Drinking From the Bottle (Transition Rmx)
58. Lmfao – Party Rock Anthem
59. Big Bang – Fantastic Baby
60. TJR Vs ACDC – Ode to TNT (Rmx)
61. Hardwell Vs Krewella – Apollo Alive (Simo Bootleg)
62. Showtek – Booyah
63. Hardwell & Makj Vs Linkin Park – Numb Countdown
64. Anthem Kingz – PSA
65. Don Omar Ft. Lucenzo – Danza Kuduro
66. Daddy Yankee – Limbo
67. Wisin Y Yandel Ft. Chris Brown & T-Pain – Algo Me Gusta De Ti
68. Chris Brown – Yeah 3X
69. GD & TOP Ft. 2NE1 – Oh Yeah

DJ Blaze Set 4: Thre3style 2013 Qualifier

So following up on from 2012, thre3style was again back in Korea for 2013, however this year there was def a lack of quality DJs entering with a few from the previous year not coming back to compete, however there was also some really good DJs entering this year who had some awesome performances, prob better than the previous year so it kind of balanced out (except some DJs really looked out of place up there)

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Anyways here is my set for the year, had a lot of mash ups and genre switches which ended up in a pretty varied set. The performance itself was mostly ok, except for dust screwing up my needle, twice! Ruined my intro, thou no one noticed lol and another time during my set it also almost screwed me up. I was pissed about my intro thou because I had to skip a bit of it and ended up using a safe version I had made (just in case something like this happened, yeah I think things thru that far) But apart from that my set came out nice and got some good reactions from the crowd this time round and just overall had a good time up there

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As for the result, well yet again didnt make it thru, and yet again there might have been some controversy on that matter, one of the comments I did manage to hear about my set was use of pre mixes, which yes some of it was pre mixed while other parts werent, there was a balance between the 2 since somethings live just dont go well and I hate having ‘dead’ space inbetween switching tracks etc which is unavoidable if your only using 2 decks without having some pre mixing going on to keep the flow going, but I had some premixes just the same as all the other DJs there (some had a lot of their sets pre mixed) so while that does make some sense, in the overall scheme of it compared to the other DJs, well yeah, possibly robbed… Also my heat was definately the hardest, I would say 6 out of us 8 should have made it thru and only 2 from the other heat were good enough to make it thru (the second heat was really very average) But again, its hard to know what the judges are thinking, its also hard to know if the foreigner card is in play or not, I would say it is likely it is but cant confirm either way, also I did hold back which maybe I shouldnt have done, it was only a heat so I did enough to make it to the finals (which obviously wasn’t enough) which if I had made it, would be a no holds barred set, but it was not to be.

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DJ Blaze Set 1: Redbull Thre3style 2012 Qualifier Round, Club Eden

So I was looking back thru my DJ bio and promo stuff and thought I should re-share some of my older stuff as well as touch up and sort out some of my more recent stuff. So will try and post up a mix from either one of the comps I have been in here over the last few years or some of my other mixes over the next few weeks

 

And we will start with the first DJ comp I entered since coming to Korea, and of course that was Redbull Thre3style back in 2012. It came about at a good time for me, I had just finished my residency at the loft so had a few weeks to throw together and entry set and a few weeks after that to plan out and practice my performance set if I made it thru. But of course being an expat, I wasn’t even sure if I was allowed to enter, but after getting in contact with Redbull they were more than happy to allow me to enter and of course I ended up being one of the 16 qualifiers.

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As you might know, Thre3style is 15mins per DJ and you must use at least 3 different genres of music (thou often this is hardly the case) and is a crowd and skill based competition. In Korea the top 16 were divided up into 2 groups of 8 with the top 4 going thru to the final, and yes I was the only expat to enter and the only one to make it to the top 16 so I was in an interesting position.

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After arriving late and missing sound check on the night, I got to watch a couple of DJs before laying down my set, it went well enough, but honestly it was kinda funny watching the crowd’s reaction to the fact I wasn’t a Korean, I knew this would be the case thou so didn’t plan much crowd interaction or anything instead sticking to music selection, flow and skill. My set went well without a hitch so I was happy with that. To me this wasn’t about winning but about putting my name out there, and that’s exactly what happened, thou I didn’t qualify, there was a lot of people who came up to me afterwards who said they thought I should have got thru, so that was enough for me. During that time I met a lot of local Korean DJs and made some good friends and very important connections as well as showcasing myself as a DJ here.

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I have always been the kind of DJ who has let my playing speak for itself so having this competition to showcase that was a great step up since being here in Korea and allowed me to properly get into the DJ scene here and away from the expat DJ trap which is Itaewon bars and clubs.

BeFM Expat DJ Comp 2014

Well that hapened! And now that I am over it, I can start to get to work on my next projects but I guess I should do a recap of the event first, this is trying to run it off while its still kinda in my head, but I am sleep deprived… so bear with me… hope I didn’t forget too much…

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Well I arrived in Busan on Sat afternoon, and the weather, straight tropical storm blowing thru, rubbish!! Had a lot of the DJs worried abut the next day since obviously DJ equipment and rain don’t play well together. Anyways Sunday the weather somehow magically decided to hold off and play ball so we were treated to a night rain free! Also note, the photos I borrowed from someone, Im sure better ones will appear soon

Sound check was a crack up, all the other DJs are fun loving easy going guys so we enjoyed joking around and trying to keep our energy levels up as most of us had travelled and were runnning of little to no sleep which is pretty standard for the hard working DJ. After sound check we all parted ways for awhile before coming back together before the start of the evenings prcedings which saw Hanmin kick off the night with Krispy Crunch banging out a fusion of EDM and Hip Hop and finishing off with Hanmins smash hit Bsa Sae. Now with that out of the way, it was time for the 7 DJs to hit the stage and see who will come out on top.

First up was Paul Antoni, I have met him a couple of times and he is a nice dude, has some good tracks that he has produced, I have never heard him play before thou but I know he is a trance based DJ so was interested to see how he would handle a competition like this. He started off with a nice intro then proceded into his set which was nice, but as expected he struggled to really engage the crowd with his style. I did love his end throwback track thou

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Next on the decks was last years winner DJ Ferry, a very good producer who has done a lot of dope K pop edm remixes but not what I would call a DJ (he reminds a lot of the top tier DJs, he is like a producer who plays his own music) anyways he started off with a mash up and then proceded into his set playing a lot of his own remixes but his set felt pre recorded, he did however dominate the crowd

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Third on the decks having to follow up a good act was DJ Sir, I saw his entry video which was… ok… but he did do a nice little tone play at the end which I liked. Unfortunately he didnt drop any during his set, he tried to get the crowd on his side but came up a little short, painfully obvious when he transitioned into ‘this is how we do it’ he had obviosuly planned a bit of call and response but Koreans just dont know that song… which is a shame cause I love it. He hit the mark a couple of times with a few tracks but just couldnt keep it the whole way thru

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4th up was Ecky Thump!, coming from a land down under, otherwise known as the west Island of New Zealand haha! He went into his routine without too much fanfare and proceded to do a nice solid mix of newer tracks, spending most of his set keeping his mixing tight with the occsiaonal crowd shout out, but he was keeping busy most of the time, since I was up next I didnt pay huge attention to details of his set but it sounded solid, not hugely crowd pleasing thou, propbably going over their heads with the music selection a litte but I enjoyed it

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5th up was me… So kinda hard to talk about my set from an outside perspective but here is my take. Managed to start off ok then quickly progressed into some crowd bangers to get them going, then dropped it down and actually rapped on stage with the mic to Jay Z PSA, then it was just a mix of crowd calling with popular tracks, a couple of scratch breaks while jumping inbetween mixing and the mic was keeping me really busy, scratching wasnt as tight as I would have liked it and almost screwed up a mix but kept it inline, the 2pm and DJ Doc tracks were crowd killers, all I could see was people waving their hands, and then crooked at the end I had everyone screaming. I had a lot of fun on stage and managed to shake my normal competition seriousness away towards the end and just had fun with it like a normal set, so yeah, shit was mean as! Thou thanks Chad for the awkward question hahaha but all good, that just cracked me up!

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6th on the deck having to follow up me was one of the DJs who I was keeping an eye out for because he has skills similar to me and also a mate of mine, Kiredmik, unfortunately he got off to a bad start not realising one of his channels was on thru mode, but he recovered well and got stuck into his set. He went down the play as many bangers as I can in 9mins route, which in theory wasnt a bad option, but track selection and lack of time to work the crowd or to let some tracks develop hurt his set and didnt really get a chance to show off any of his skills

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Finally was DJ Rell, last is often the best time to jump on, if your set is right for it, Rell like a few others were at the disadvantage of not really knowing what to expect, and while being a good DJ in his own right, competition DJn and festival DJn is a lot different to normal club DJn, while he got up there and did his thing, he def fell into his comfort zone I think by playing a club style set, he was def enjoying himself up there and played some cool jams but not the kind to get the crowd really going

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And that was that, San E graced the stage with DJ Pandol to a very enthusiastic crowd, and they were a great crowd, they were there wanting to be entertained and they showed the DJs a lot of love, but they did have to be directed and lead most of the time which made it hard on a few of the DJs. As I said before, competition DJn is very different from club DJn, the calibre of expat DJs in Korea is very broad, there are a lot who claim to be DJs but are really just music players and then there are some who are the genuine article, then there is the level where everyone else is floating around, not ready for the big leagues but good enough to be out there in the scene. The other problem is Korean DJs are pretty good, not quite world class good, but the top DJs here are a big jump apart from most expats. Thre3style is an example, out of the DJs who entered in BeFM the last 2 years, I am the only one to have entered and done well, 1 other could have made it and 1 other might have made it depending how many of the good korean DJs decided to enter (there is only a handful of expat DJs in Korea who I think could legitimately enter and compete but if every good DJ in Korea entered, I would say only 1 or 2 might have a chance). So, basically what I am saying is while its great that there is a forum for expat DJs to shine, the calibre of the DJs is lacking (for this type of DJn) which is not surprising when you really think about it however I digress… (and this isnt a dig at expat DJs, just trying to point out some of the reality, most of us are over here teaching so its not like we are all DJn full time etc there are obvious issues we face, not to say Koreans dont have their own issues, it just is what it is)

So in the end, the results looked like this

3rd Place – Ecy Thump

2nd Place – DJ Blaze

1st Place – DJ Ferry

The competition overall was really well run, the hosts were great (except Chad, he sucks lol love you bro) and the crowd and venue were simply awesome… however, the result… while I should be happy with second, Im really not, nothing against Ferry who came first, he did his thing, so props to him and to all the others as well. My anger and frustration goes towards the result which means the poor judges, both friends of mine too, Im confused how a set like his won compared to my set which while showman ship was pretty much similar, I showed more variation in skill and technique. Thou my guess is he has the producer card, the fact that a lot of his tracks were his… but then that begs the question, is this a DJ competition? Do you need to actually show some DJ skills for a DJ competition or not (I had this same problem with last years result as well) Now without talking to the judges and getting reasons behind their decisions all I can do is speculate, which in reality doesnt help anyone and just makes me out to be a sore loser, Im an annoyed loser, ill admit that, Im competitive so of course I want to win, but I dont hold anything against the winner or the judges but this is an issue that I think needs highlighted, at what point does producer credits and showman ship outshine skill and technique. This question however as we all know can be directed at the world of DJn in general… which is sad to say but true. The other problem with a DJ competition is the winner is determined by opinion, its not like a race where there is a clear winner, each person has their own opinion and it may differ to others, its human nature and cant be avoided, but it makes the judges job a lot harder, as I said they are both friends and I have a lot of respect for them, so Im not having a go at them, but would love to sit down with them at some stage and understand how they saw things. But at the end of the day the result is in and there is nothing that can be done about it, just hope at some stage I can get to understand it. (and its not easy being a judge!)

Here is my set, its not what I did on the night but close to it, this was one of my practices that I decided to record

But hey, I did have a lot of fun, met some awesome people and got to rock the shit out of a beach full of party people and walked away 800$ in hand, not a bad days work really 🙂

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