This is a documentary made by Channel 4 in 1990. My brother recorded it (on an E180...) and we must have watched it 30 times. It really captured the moment where House/Dance, Chill out and "Indie Dance" became one almost - under the banner of Ibiza. In the digital age I've struggled to get all these tracks, but the collection is now complete. Lupo's "Hell Or Heaven" being the final one found. Spend some time watching this...
With a few private parties at which I've been booked to play (broadly) 'anthemic' house music - and summer just around the corner - I've been going back into the archives to think about those early evening tracks when folks are perhaps not quite ready to dance. The images of people on the beach at Cafe del Mar watching the sunset always remind me of two or three key tracks from the early 1990s, but this particular one personifies it for me.
As part of The Gap Festival in Goring and Streatley, I will present a brief history of hip hop and club DJing and will discuss the absolute basics of the craft (e.g. blending, beat-matching, tempo-matching, looping and scratching) whilst touching on some slightly more advanced skills such as use of filters and effects, remixing/mash-ups and harmonic mixing techniques.
I’ll also address the use of vinyl, CDs and digital – with a greater focus on the digital tools used today from a both a software and hardware perspective, along with various online resources in terms of download sites, mix sites and training/tools.
Aimed at those that already have an interest or those considering getting involved, this is an entry level workshop with demonstrations of all techniques described; it is focused at a wide age group from teens through to those that may even remember Acid House!
At the end of the workshop, those attending will have the chance to try digital DJing themselves and ask for advice or pose any questions.
This is one of three documentaries that really shaped my musical choices. First shown in 1984 and made by the BBC, it has some great footage of Malcolm McLaren; once again picking up on a genre and sub-culture and playing his (in this case small) part in getting it to the masses.