dj verse – process part 11
This set was inspired by several things. To begin with, I squeezed myself into a guest spot at Fail Safe, a bimonthly ambient/drone/trip hop/electro/what-have-you night started by Yosh! and Kiechle at Julie’s Supper Club in San Francisco. According to Wikipedia, a fail safe is “a device which, if (or when) it fails, fails in a way that will cause no harm or at least a minimum of harm to other devices or danger to personnel.” It may also be described as “an operation which ensures that a failure of equipment, process, or system does not propagate beyond the immediate environs of the failing entity.”
Seeing as how this was the first time in three years I’d played records beyond the immediate environs of my bedroom, and seeing as how I was primarily a house deejay playing at a venue whose audience I know mostly from the industrial and goth scene, I felt a certain tension to play music that I wouldn’t normally bring out to a club simply to appease the masses. However, this was a fail safe. I could play what I wanted with minimal harm, though deejaying in and of itself is a matter of propagating a process beyond one’s immediate environs, i.e. the jukebox that lives in my head. I needed to be honest, and fearless.
And so, this is part of my creative process–my emotional and intellectual interior leads to a particular engagement with my surroundings. These must mesh before I attempt to beat-match or write a poem or sing a note. It’s not peace I’m looking for as the precursor to making art, but a certain synchronicity. Art is neither consumed nor created in a vacuum.
This mix contains old favorites of mine as well as a couple of tracks I discovered on Rayna’s blog; it includes songs that were always “too slow” to play at house parties and songs that are simply not house. At its beginning and at its end, it speaks to a state of mind (and heart) that has been very real to me lately: vulnerability, a lack of defenses, a willingness to take risks. This heart, this mind, are united with a body demanding motion, wanting to move, move, move.
01. RJD2 – Here’s What’s Left
02. Everyday People – I Can’t Sleep (Afronaught Main Mix)
03. Alex Gopher – The Child (Kenny Dope Radio Edit)
04. Rithma – The New Simple (Joshua’s Main Mix)
05. Brett Johnson – You + Me = We
06. Trentemoller – Always Something Better (Trentemoller Dub Remix)
07. Brancaccio & Aisher – Everybody (Original Mix)
08. MAW Electronic – Tranz
09. Snax – Immer So (Kaos Re-dub)
10. Marlow – Exposed
11. Marques Wyatt – For Those Who Like to Get Down
12. Tommy Moye & Bryan Tyson – High Time
13. Jay J & Chris Lum – Freaks Like Us (Original Mix)
14. Paul Jackson – Bulldozer
15. King Kooba – Fooling Myself (Attack of the 50 Foot Kooba From Mars Mix)
16. Amphibian feat. Natalie Elizabeth Gay – Empty (Marlow’s Five, Four, Three Version)