Two Hundred Twenty-Nine.
Wednesday, 2020.06.17, 3:55 PM CST.
badgerspins.com - Mixcloud Live - online live sets!
Current Mood: Loving technology.
As grateful for technology as I am for chemicals.
Current Scent: To Sur with Love by Phoebe Peacock.
this is a really big, cool deal.
doing live DJ sessions again. But not at any venue.
much as I would love to DJ again at some place like Lot No. 6, I just
can't yet. For multiple reasons, not the least of which is that
we're at the beginning of a global pandemic. I have a feeling
I won't be able to set up and DJ anywhere for at least the remainder
of the year.
a little over a month ago, Mixcloud (the site where I currently have
over fifty prerecorded sets uploaded for your listening pleasure - click
here for those) launched a LIVE platform for DJs called Mixcloud
Live. It's still in its beta phase, but I'm thrilled to be performing
NOTE: The following does not apply to my appearances on Radio
SRO/"The Groovy Train." For information about
those performances, please CLICK
Live channel is located at https://www.mixcloud.com/live/djbadger, but
it's easier to remember with this simple alias:
experience thus far has been, overall, very positive. I threw
together a few practice sessions, and for a couple of Wednesdays I performed
what will hopefully be brought back soon as a weekly event called "The
Great Wednesday Chillout," featuring lots of great downtempo/chill/ambient
tracks with the occasional ballad thrown in.
I got to use Mixcloud Live for a party celebrating the 35th Anniversary
of the opening of Club SRO here in Tulsa. That went so well that
I was picked up for weekly sets for Radio
a few technical snags thus far, I believe that online, I may be able
to gather more of a following than I did at my in-person performances.
This is incredibly exciting.
There are SO many advantages to doing it this way.
If you're drunk, you're still a safe distance from me.
don't have to worry about some Lushy McDrunkTank screaming at me, spilling
booze on my music or gear, and/or repeatedly
throwing his date onto the stage like a total horse's ass and making
the records skip.
I can play what I want, when I want.
This section does not apply to my Radio SRO performances ***
is paying me, so I am not beholden unto anyone to do their bidding.
If I'm playing tracks and nobody's dancing, I don't have to give two
shits about it. I won't get faced with a situation in which a
groom tells me to play a certain type of music and then his new wife
decides to stroll over and tell me "We ToLd YoU nOt To PlAy ThAt."
(That happened at one of my last wedding reception performances...)
I don't have to worry about playing "dirty" songs (oh noooooo!)
because someone decided to bring their creampie trophies to an event.
It is AWESOME.
I want to play three 90s house songs followed by Night Ranger followed
by Portishead followed by the Teletubbies' theme song, I can do it.
If I have some dead air between tracks, I don't panic. I lose
NO revenue. And as I've said countless times before, to me, it's
not about the money. Money is important. But
having fun is more important. And one of the main reasons I pretty
much gave up live DJing indefinitely, as of last year, was that it just
wasn't as much fun anymore.
I don't have to take the time to set up gear... or packing up gear.
the time that I set up all the gear for Pop in a Blender #16 last year
and not a single person showed up for it? I remember
it pretty well. I was there.
the worst part was... I had taken severla hours of time to set up, and
I took hours of time packing up gear and getting it home. I think
the total amount of time wasted, including the performance time, was
about twelve hours or so.
so that nobody could show up. (Yes, a handful of people
showed for the bar, but not for the event.)
time that I could have spent with my family, with friends (pre-pandemic),
working on music production, writing a novel, or just chilling.
And yes, I got paid for the performance... but see my notes above in
regard to money.
Mixcloud Live, I can go to Fascination Street (the club that doesn't
exist), start playing, and then at the end, I can shut down the gear
and literally walk to my bed at my home without having to tear
a single thing down. Fascination Street even has a couch that
I can crash on if I want after I'm done. The lights stay up.
The turntables stay in the DJ area. And when I'm ready to do it
again, I just head back over to Fascination Street and start back up.
If people don't show up, I don't have to care about it one damned
This section does not apply to my Radio SRO performances ***
nobody shows up... I haven't wasted a bunch of time, gas, or effort.
I can shut my Mixcloud stream off at any time I feel like.
I don't get paid for the performance. But, once again, it's not
about the money. The money was never the primary focus
of why I DJed. And by providing performances for free online,
knowing that there is no monetary incentive... I'm (ironically) "putting
my money where my mouth is." I don't have to DJ if I don't
want to, but I do want to. And I'm offering it for no
charge. And most of you won't tune in, but that's fine - others
around the world are doing so. I'm able to reach a much larger
audience than just little ol' Tulsa. And we're interacting in
the chat. And it is BEAUTIFUL.
feel free to tune in. Or don't. I'd love to have you, but
if you don't, I'm not worried about it and you're not going to hurt
Mixcloud Live offers me a new beginning of sorts.
have now been involved in the industry for over thirty-two years.
I've been DJing for over thirty of those years. I have no misconceptions
about it: I'm not as popular as I used to be, and I was never
extremely popular to begin with. I was a school dance
DJ who became a wedding DJ who became a college radio DJ who became
a nationally-published music journalist who became a BDSM/fetish club
DJ who became a more mainstream club DJ/event organizer.
always been considered a bit of an outsider and a weirdo. I don't
see that ever changing, and <sarcasm>you can imagine how much
that troubles my fragile little soul</sarcasm>.
Mixcloud Live, thanks to not having to do some of the more tiresome
parts of DJing (like setting up all of the gear every time), I feel
a bit refreshed about DJing and I can actually concentrate on the music.
for the first time in an extremely long time, I feel like I am building
a genuine following. I'm not just background noise; people are
intentionally tuning in, enjoying, and appreciating and respecting
what I do.
is exciting; it's almost like a resurrection of my career (ESPECIALLY
now that I'm working with Radio SRO).
The main thing that I am going to miss about the old DJ gigs.
main thing I'm going to miss: Making runs to Whataburger after
an event, as I'm dead tired, to get potato, egg, and cheese taquitos.
But, you know... I can still do that after my Mixcloud Live gigs if
I really, really want to. And... I probably will.
going to post this blog entry at the same time as my Radio SRO entry,
since the two are so intertwined.
you as usual to everyone who has chosen to listen to me... especially
online during these very weird times.
views/thoughts expressed above, just like every other view expressed
on my site, are mine as an individual. They do not necessarily
reflect or agree with the views of any company for which I work, nor
any company for which I've ever worked, nor any company that I own.