Re: Mixing Acid Jazz, (was: Re: hello out there...)

From: Leslie N. Shill (
Date: Wed May 23 2001 - 01:47:13 CEST

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    RE: Mixing Acid Jazz, (was: Re: hello out there...)Mark,

    I am totally with you on this subject, I consider myself to be a 'selector' rather than a beat-matching DJ since I do not scratch either. That is not to say that I do not do some beat-matching but it is not the raison d'etre of my spinning. I like to think that it is my selection ability that makes my mixes good and special and, like you, all 17 of my fans are now starting to get more into the broken-beat stuff and they are much happier with right-on funk than they are with pounding 4 onda flaw!


    Leslie/The Power of Sound
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Mark Bartlett
      To: 'Rasskazov Ilya' ;
      Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2001 3:28 PM
      Subject: RE: Mixing Acid Jazz, (was: Re: hello out there...)

      The UK heads have the right idea with the concept of the "selector". Stealing the concept from Reggae DJ's and applying it to Northern Soul parties, where you'd have a hard time beat matching Minnie Riperton to Paul Weller. Here in NY at least, where the scene is so biploar with hiphop and house dominating, I have been thrown some shade when I don't come with the smooth blends. If something isn't all cut up and scratch-mixed, or smoothly blended and EQ-twiddled for 5 minutes, you get funny stares. (Seriously, my house DJ peeps have longest blend contests...Like yo I blended those joints for 15 minutes on 3 turntables cousin...mental)

      I do feel I compromised my track selection in order to mix my broken beat biz into and out of house joints. In the past coupla months, there have been soooo many dope records coming out that I've just stopped doing that. I now build my sets on tracks that flow but might not be entirely "beat-match-able" (and hey I'm no formally-trained musician, but some of this broken beat stuff is just not in the classic 4/4 signature...) I've found it's all about context and application. If you're opening up the night at a dance party or playing in a more "lounge" environment you can open up the mix and do some nice fades and drop-out blends. If you're following a storming house set, and the crowd has been sweating hard for 4 hrs., they're gonna be less appreciative of eclectic selection and quiet bits with drop outs. In my ideal world there'll be mature dancefloors that can get down to something that is not a continuous 4/4 stream. Gilles P's Monday night Bar Rhumba had that kind of crowd, I assume the folks at the Co-Op night are feeling it as well, but I've yet to check that one out first-hand...

      I have found that my "fans" (all 10 of them ;) have started to feel the more eclectic, "broken" sets and I feel like I'm getting some good tunes out there.

      Check out Alex Attias' set at Swope, and some of the popular Gilles P. "mixes". These are all great "selections" of tunes that play whole tracks, use fade-outs and do intro/outro blends. I take those as my benchmarks for dope sets, not the snickering of the trainspotters standing by the decks...


      -----Original Message-----
      From: Rasskazov Ilya []
      Sent: Monday, May 21, 2001 12:19 AM
      Subject: Re: Mixing Acid Jazz, (was: Re: hello out there...)

      mixing acid jazz is really an interesting thing. I think it is possible to mix acid jazz (not only beatmatching is important, but your also have to know your own material), but if you put beatmatching in the first place, you don't have the freedom to choose any track you'd like to play.

      Last Friday i've seen dj Tadashi Yabe from UFO play at his own birthday party @club Blue Tokyo. Listening to him play i was like asking myself this question about beatmatching all the time. The thing that Yabe is doing - crossfading or hardcutting the tracks all the time. and only sometimes he was beatmatching. But, it all sounded like a very good mix, though it was very eclectic. So, you have to know very well where to crossfade or where to hardcut - this may be called the art of acid jazz dj-ing too.


    >Hi all,
    >I pretty much agree with Olaf's comments. Beatmatching
    >acid jazz tunes is not only just about impossible,
    >it's pretty much beside the point. Come up with a
    >great program FIRST, then just crossfade or hardcut
    >the tracks. I'd much rather hear a killer program that
    >wasn't beatmatched than a half-assed program that was
    >seamless. Content matters.
    >Take Care-----Paul Berger---
    >--- Olaf Molenveld <> wrote:
    >> i spin all kinds of stuff, house, garage,
    >> nujazz/brokenbeats/whatever,
    >> jazzfunk and acidjaz....when a record cannot be
    >> mixed properly and/or has an
    >> important intro or outro, i just crossfade the track
    >> in, or sometimes do a
    >> hard cut (i.e. start the second track after the 4th
    >> of the first one, making
    >> some kind of life edit)
    >> Olaf
    >> ----- Original Message -----
    >> From: aya lounge <>
    >> To: <>
    >> Cc: <>
    >> Sent: vrijdag 18 mei 2001 18:48
    >> Subject: Mixing Acid Jazz, (was: Re: hello out
    >> there...)
    >> > Hey, I just joined, so I don't know about these
    >> cycles yet, but I was
    >> > intrigued by how you say you got some good ideas
    >> for mixing, I wonder if
    >> you
    >> > could point me to the relevant thread(s) and/or
    >> re-cap some of what you
    >> > learned here. My DJ friends all play house music,
    >> on vinyl, and they
    >> always
    >> > match beats, and these records always have
    >> extended loops at the beggining
    >> > and end to facilitate this. On the other hand I
    >> spin acid-jazz CD's, at a
    >> > variety of tempos, and most of the tracks have a
    >> proper beginning, and
    >> some
    >> > even have a proper ending too. So I was wondering
    >> how anyone else in the
    >> > same situation goes about the mixing of tracks....
    >> >
    >> > Eric Kittell
    >> >
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > >From: "Leslie N. Shill" <>
    >> > >To: "Dave Haynes" <>
    >> > >CC: "Erik Boralv" <>
    >> > >Subject: Re: hello out there...
    >> > >Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 07:27:42 -0700
    >> > >
    >> > >the list is quieter but it tends to go through
    >> cycles, like anything I
    >> > >suppose. I hope it doesn't fade because ithas
    >> been a huge plus for me. I
    >> > >have found more worthwhile music here, more ideas
    >> about music and mixing
    >> > >and more interesting people that any other list I
    >> spend any time on!
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