Very rarely do I write my own words about my musical endeavors, but this moment seemed appropriate. I’m 30-years-old, and have been listening to electronic dance music for more than half of my life. We were the first wave of teenagers that were sharing high-quality records via broadband, and did so through every avenue that you could imagine.
We started off in AOL chat rooms, then ran through Napster, mIRC, and Soulseek grabbing whatever tunes that we possibly could before hosting became affordable enough for us to pass records to each other without being signed into a peer-to-peer program. I have no clue where I would be right now without this open sharing of thoughts and music, but I met our editor-in-chief during this time. It’s also when I truly got into the art of DJing.
Some of the first DJ mixes that I ever heard were Essential Mixes that I downloaded from these outlets, and they changed my life. I got into John Digweed, Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong, Carl Cox, Daft Punk, Timo Maas, Sander Kleinenberg, and tons of other amazing DJs that truly set the standard years ahead of their time. Paired with the Global Underground series, I used these mixes as a tutorial, and dived into music headfirst.
I purchased 1200s, and spent way too much money on vinyl. I got into rap and drum & bass. Moved onto breaks and dubstep. Knocked out more than 100 “thugstep” edits that were played by the likes of Coki and were talked about on MTV. Then turned myself into a curator of sorts, pulling tunes and writing about them for a half dozen sites before landing at Do Androids Dance.
I still listen to BBC Radio 1 regularly to see what they’re playing across the pond. And seeing the success of Mary Anne Hobbs, Benji B, MistaJam, Toddla T, Annie Mac, and B.Traits has been inspiring. All of them are known more for their ear than they are for their skills in a studio, and they all pick absolutely massive records. To get invited to play on their radio station, for Skream & Benga’s show, was truly special.
The records I selected for this mix are all over the place. I picked some of my favorite tunes, and covered house, rap, club, dubstep, trap, and moombahton. Seven of the last eight tunes are unreleased. I listened live while driving on the turnpike to catch a flight to Atlanta as Skream called me a tastemaker, and Benga compared me to Diplo. To say that it was surreal is an understatement. It was a great way to end 2013, and is definitely one of the biggest moments in my musical career. I’m proud to have it hosted on Do Androids Dance, and hope you enjoy it.
01. Astronomar & Bot – Ghettobox
02. Fellow – Bacchanal
03. Happy Colors & Juyen Sebulba – Sucia Anthem (Unreleased)
04. Kill The Noise feat. Mercedes – Jump Ya Body (LOUDPVCK Remix)
05. Trae Tha Truth – Hallelujah (Feat. Jay’Ton & Yo Gotti)
06. Metsi – Murfs (Gianni Marino Papua Swag Remix)
07. TC – Get Down Low (ShockOne Remix)
08. Ummet Ozcan, W&W Vs.V-T3K – The Code (LocoMotive Edit)
09. KiD KOBRA – Perreando (Unreleased)
10. Munchi ft Isa GT, Concon – Isa Te Dijo (Unreleased)
11. Munchi-Gracias (Happy Colors X C.O.D.A. Remix) (Unreleased)
12. Terry Hooligan – One Step Ahead
13. Vindata – Exposé (Unreleased)
14. CRIMES! – Bulletpr00f (Unreleased)
15. heRobust – Get Busted (Unreleased)
16. Getter – Haggard (Unreleased)