Dirty Hairy Presents Jazz Fanatik Volume 3*
One day around September 2010 in Zagreb whilst sipping a nice English tea outside in the final days of summer , i thought i'd pull my finger out and put together another mix tape.
Since my last few mixtapes (many more to come) were with good friend and Bosnian legend Dj Chill. I thought i'd go solo for a minute as in Summer 2010 we took some time apart to venture into other musical activities and break from the duo stuff.
Whilst drinking the tea , i pulled out a napkin and started writing down hip hop tracks i have on 12''.I find ideas come to me pretty quick so before i could write down the tracks I'd already agreed with myself to conceptualize the idea of a jazzy themed mix tape with a personal twist .
Its funny writing these tracks down , as it reminded me of my first ever dj gig , i was around 18 or something , and i wrote down every track i would play on a little set list tip and packed it in the record box as my ' guideline for that night' ..
thinking ' well it worked in the bedroom , why not now in a rammed out student bar? full of people that want to see something ..
After 20 mins of that set being stoned and nervous i abandoned the pre written list and got so into it i was making up scratch routines and blends on the spot ,which is where it continued from there ..
Before serato came along being a dj ment looking at your records at a gig or show and flicking through the precisely trained juke box of your own brain .. yeah crazy eh ?
we often don't realize that we store , beats , lyrics breaks in the tracks and other important changes in the music that helps put the set together in our heads .. So when you look at a track you know via record sleeve .. whats the first thing you do ??
you play it mentally , have a rough bpm and almost immediately have an intuition about weather or not it will work.. don't forget to look up! are they still dancing ? nodding ? change it change it!.
For me the 2 most important things in dj'ing is knowing the music you are playing and the selection . mixing and scratching are very low on my priority list and approach to playing.The only people that measure your skills by anything else are either turntablists or possible competition..
I played with guys that came to my apartment to chill and flick through some of my records , '' then download all the music i brought over the years with the money i made from shitty jobs '… but when they get into a club their biting shows up and people walk away. exactly because of the reasons stated above , poor selection and lack of knowledge of the track.. If its you and your reading … Congratulations! ( you had us all believing that you where actually a dj) .. your not.
So on that sunny day i played all the tracks that made it onto the now sugar coated napkin in my mind and decided to make a mix tape 50% for me and 50% for friends , hip hop fans,emcees and producers. So i went home pulled out all of the records on the list chucked em in a pile, left them for a few weeks and got started..
The 50 % which i claim on this mix is that i actually enjoy cooking with my wife and listening to music whilst we improvise in the kitchen.often taking a break from the lyrical side of hip hop being a daily listener or whatever i regularly want to hear a bunch of my favorite instrumentals thrown together and not really think about or hear the words,flows etc) .Also as a budding hip hop producer(thats 14 years budding btw) it helps me to hoan my craft in hearing how the amazing beatmakers from all over the globe get down on tracks , with samples , drum sounds , arrangments and such.
Finally on the personal tip i listen to a lot of jazz , and i wanted to just put something together that is jazzy(in sample based form) , and easy to just throw on if you yourself cook , or are taking a long drive on your own , Whatever the weather.
Some of these tracks (only some) are a Group Home -Dj Premier situation , by this i mean the original lyrics don't hold up to the quality of the beat, and its a shame a lot of dope emcees out there (hello Ras Kas , hello Canibus) didn't have some of these gentlemen on the boards..
The other % of the tape is aimed at YOU hopefully the listener , i hope i found some new things here amongst the bunch of stuff you already know and if you are an emcee perhaps these instrumentals provoke you to write something nice .Thank me later.
Anyhow , the mix was made in 2 sessions , with 2 turntables and a portable handytrax for live sample/break sections , and a few pieces of dialogue and cuts overdubbed.just for you impatient cats that need something to happen every 4 bars….i'm not really into technology and i didn't feel the need to tidy up my mixes and make everything perfect , so yeah , theres mistakes loud bits , quiet bits , sloppy mixes etc because although ''practice makes perfect , nobodies perfect'' (-Steven Wright-Boston)
So what else do you want to know ? if theres a track in here that interests you , hit me up , theres no secrets at all and if i can push a new artist your way then thats what its all about right ? . 98% of these tracks are from 12''s i own (i also own the other 2% but they are on Ep's not 12's), and features hip hop producers from Japan ,Finland New Zealand,UK,US,The whole mix is straight from vinyl.
For anyone that might wanna buy a physical copy or trade for some old jazz vinyl hit me up at a gig , I'm sure I'lll have a bunch of em with a jazzy little slip cd case(big ups to Krum for the artwork! and Boro for helping me get physical).. Enjoy these soulful joints enjoy the music,the beats..i know i do.
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