2014 DJ Selection and Audition Process
Now that the dust has cleared from 2013, I'm just going to cover some minor changes to the selection/audition process that should make things easier for me.
What I've learned this year:
- The new system works a lot better than the open free-for-all audition system.
- Reaching out to people proactively leads to a lot of "I'm not planning on being there this year," which is a waste of everyone's time.
- The process of requesting demos when I have questions is a little awkward, and feels wrong.
So here's what's going to happen as far as this year:
- We're still going to be using an "experience and trust" system for booking DJs. If you're good, and you've played some other events, and generally people characterize you as reliable and consistent, you're in the running.
- To ensure that I'm not wasting time hunting down people who have no interest in playing, I'm going to ask that everyone who wants to be considered send in a demo. The demos do not need to be unique for this con, since full disclosure I'm not guaranteeing I'm going to listen to all the demos. Give me something you think is representative of what you do, and if your name comes up we'll have it on hand to give a listen to and know that you're going to be at this con. Live recordings are best; studio mixes or demos for other cons are okay too. I am going to try and at least consider all the demos, but depending on volume, this gets to be hard. There's no guarantee of this.
- As always, understand that if you're booked, it could be any night Thursday through Saturday. I'll do my best to accomodate you if you're up-front about your restrictions, but it's gonna bother me if I select you for Thursday and you say you're not showing up until Saturday morning, because it always sucks to have to take back an offer once the schedule's together and isn't fun for anyone.
I know that I could effectively just say "I'm taking demos again" but I feel like it's best to be completely transparent about what it is I'm doing with booking up-front so there's no confusion later on. As always, questions, concerns, etc. can be aired here or you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- At least 45 minutes, no longer than an hour and a half.
- Uploaded to mixcloud only, makes it easier to keep track of.
- Emailed to email@example.com.
- No le7els please FOR THE LOVE OF GOD NO LE7ELS.
Since this is a longer process, I'll just open the doors now and you can feel free to send in stuff at your leisure. This should give you a good 10 months to figure out if you're coming and get on the radar of people who will be available to play.
Have fun and good luck!
That sounds like a great idea, Proto! That way if previous DJ's want to do it again as well as some newbies with experience from other cons or gigs want to give it a go, they can. Much better than last year's system in my opinion. I'd like to send you a demo, but I'd rather play a few cons before I give it a go with AC rather than just going for it, starting with FurFright in October.
To be totally clear this is exactly the same as last year's system - we're only pulling people who either come with recommendations from previous DJs or staff of other cons, but we're asking people to register their interest in advance so that I don't spend days tracking down and communicating with people not interested in performing
I don't DJ and I'm not going to submit anything, but I have to ask:
What's wrong with Le7els? Is it like the EDM version of Stairway To Heaven, now?
It's more a tongue in cheek joke (certainly amongst the DJs who frequent the con) but it's one of those songs you've just heard so much at this point you can't take it anymore. It's like ghosts 'n' stuff... for years about half the demos I received had that song in it, you could imagine how tired I get of hearing it
Gotcha. And I can imagine. That's why I rarely ever listen the music I produce (until it's been sufficiently long that I forgot how it went, by then). It's fun to make, but by the time I'm done, I've probably listened to it (and all its crappy incarnations) about 3761075349816385 times.
ugh i totally know that feeling trust me
Hahahaha....."Ghosts 'N' Stuff" and "Le7els" are perfect examples of overplayed tracks. They're like how "Sandstorm" and "Castles In The Sky" were over ten years ago! I have a feeling "The Veldt" his next on the list now. LOL.
As for the DJ auditioning for next year's AC, I think I'll give it another shot. I do have a question, though. Have you set up a deadline to pitch in demos yet?
Wow, sorry! Somehow I missed your question!
I haven't. It'll likely be sometime around March or April this year.
You say this like Rob Swire isn't the f**king man.
And yes, it was overplayed, but nowhere NEAR the levels of "Raise Your Weapon" which makes me want to kick in my Sirius reciever every time I hear it.
Thanks for sharing this. I put out your post on all of the social networks.
Thank you, giza!
Ill be submitting, ive DJ'd headlining over 200 events Nationally since 1996
And have shared decks tagging with the Richard Vission, Paul Johnson and Bad Boy Bill to name a few.
Hope to make the cut
you have a name i can attach to those claims and reasonably link to you?
You can find my bio on my fb: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Durtybeats/205023786279059
couple flyers ive scanned https://www.facebook.com/djdurtybeatspgh/photos_stream
Keep in mind in 95 -05 when it comes to raves etc, we were still breakin into warehouses and using checkpoints , so not a Whole lot was online. except at SCRIS.com and http://hyperreal.org/raves/pb-cle/ (if you browse history on that site of past raves youll find me)
Of course most of my stuff was on myspace, then they changed to the new layout and i lost all the old stuff , which i never log on there...
SCRIS.com isnt up anymore (steel city raver information center) which used to have ALL the raves listed and events.
Lolli.org is still up and you can message the owner of that Lolli, or his name on Facebook Rich Stroud https://www.facebook.com/lolli.org?fref=ts to confirm everything ive said. Ive been a member on that rave / event website since it started like in 2000 and hes promoted my events and seen me spin tons of times.
Alan Beddingfield, aka Durtybeats, is Pittsburgh's only "booty house" DJ. His voyage began in late 1995 as a bedroom DJ and house party regular. He began spinning breaks and trance, quickly moving on to house. He perfected his skills as DJ Steel until March of 1999 when he released his first mix tape "Spintropolis I" under the name Boytronic. At the time of this release he is signed with Booty Basics as well as his own company, Ruffbass MGT. Two months after his mixtape release, he co-threw an official after party to Evoultion called "Big Bang". At that party he shared the decks with Da MoFo to name one. He continued spinning at house parties up until he met DJ Caram who got him some more noticible gigs. Then, the 19 year old DJ moved on to spinning intellegent breaks and garage house. He moved to Chicago for a year where he hung out with Paul Johnson and tagged with Rhemalogix spinning NRG trance and progressive house. He bought most records with guidance from Bam Bam, Bad Boy Bill, Alex Peace and Breakdown B at SUPERDANCE records in Chicago. Moving back to Pittsburgh at the age of 25, Durtybeats was been ripping it up at party's spinning primarily Booty House and Chicago house. he also spins Electro-House and happy hardcore. He threw events for a ten year span, his last being Sun Is Shining and 2 yrs of Club Envoke weeklys. Putting DJing on hold for a while while touring as Mr. International, raping and singing, he opened for Black Eyed Peas, Ludacris and Tech9 to mention a few. You can find him in BEst Buy, on iHeartradio and played on KiisFM stations... He always DJ'd events when asked, but was just working on his music performance. Over the last 7yrs he started Exel Management, talent and casting agency which if you google it youll see he has cast major movies having his IMDB credit as casting director on Abduction with Taylor Lautner. After casting Abduction, he moved back to chicago for another year, where he finally fell in love with dubstep. Being a DJ has always been a love of his. It's best said by Durtybeats himself, "My only goal as a DJ is to rock the floor so hard that when the kids can't dance anymore they look at me, hear the music, and keep dancing anyway! So what does the future hold for Durtybeats? "It can only get better from here!".
My link for Mr.International (as referred to in my bio) : https://www.google.com/search?q=mr+international+&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS531US531&oq=mr+international+&aqs=chrome.0.69i57j69i65l3j5j69i60.10775j0&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#gs_rn=20&gs_ri=psy-ab&tok=nsXhg9u03F9DGo_AY5AdlQ&pq=mr%20international%20&cp=18&gs_id=8&xhr=t&q=mr+international+pittsburgh&es_nrs=true&pf=p&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS531US531&sclient=psy-ab&oq=mr+international+p&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.49478099,d.dmg&fp=606339885c1018be&biw=1366&bih=667
I have someone in mind for possible DJ, but I need to know what the parameters are; such as what he would need to bring and what is supplied.
He is local to Philly; in fact he worked as a producer for some of the top jocks for WFIL56. To say he is professional would be an understatement. He has been a DJ for over 35 years.
You can hear him live every Saturday night at Villa Fazzorali in Buena Vista, NJ, on Rte. 40, where I am his producer. His name is Tony Macrie and he is very fur friendly. :=3
This LJ post http://lowen-kind.livejournal.com/349294.html shows his equipment and your's truely at the board.
I would need a demo to hear what it is he plays and get a feel for how he performs. Equipment-wise, we have a house setup of 2x Pioneer CDJ2000-nexus and a Pioneer DJM-2000. If he isn't comfortable with those he'd need to provide his own equipment.
So, I think I'll try my hand once again at performing for AC. Had a year break to focus on my stuff, both production and performance-wise.
Expect a submission coming your way in the future, Protobuddy. <3
^ Oh snap.
As a reminder, the odds of me remembering and hearing your mix without you following the instructions and emailing it to me are pretty low.
Sent in a Demo Via Email but if you'd like other sources of my work please visit my soundcloud
and a secret mix https://soundcloud.com/michaelvmusic/hardcore-history-main-section
As a reminder, the odds of me remembering and hearing your mix without you following the instructions and emailing it to me are pretty low.
Does the demo itself (20-80MB) need to be emailed to you, or just email you a notification that the demo has been posted to MixCloud? The instructions say to post to Mixcloud, but then just "Emailed to [your address]". Mix posted and mix emailed? Or mix posted and notification emailed?
Just the link has to be emailed to me. Sorry for the lack of clarity.
I followed the instructions, I just put that link there if other people wanted to see what my mixes were like.
Sent the email a few weeks ago
Hope this is not an intrusive question, but gmail seems to only archive my sent mail a month back, so when I look to see if I've already sent all my stuff (which I *think* I did, back in July) I can't be sure.
Are you sending e-mails to confirm receipt of our application e-mails?
That's not intrusive at all! I may have slipped and not responded, to be honest. I do have your demo in my inbox, however. No worries!
just emailed you ^.^
Sorry to bother, but one small question.
This is generally around the time of year I get word from other cons that I'm going to be playing at, so when should I be looking to see if my submission was picked or not? This helps me get together proper funding and all that cool stuff.
It's going to be a little while yet.
Last post was in FEB 2014 and was wondering if youre close to the cut off deadline for submissions? (I see above you mentioned mar/apr for cutoffs)
It's a long shot but it would be a dream to play with you guys, if not I'll continue to try and find a spot at other fur cons though competition can be tight ;3
**Sent a link via email**
Hey protocollie :3
I'm planning on attending Anthrocon this year and I've been there for about 5 years straight. You guys hands down have the best dances and lineups in the fandom I've seen. Needless to say I'd love to try my hand at DJing this year. I've also sent an email alongside this post so it's easier to see.
DJ experience: I've DJ'd at the local fur-friendly party in downtown San Francisco named "Frolic" a total of three different times since June 2013, last time of which was this month (may 2014)
(I typically associate with the stage name MDKai, but for this month I went just as Midekai, because hey why not)
I've also DJ'd at EPR where FTAMPA was booked
I've also DJ'd at Cloud10 event's 4/20 music festival just this past April, where Schoolboy was headlining!
Not many folks can boast having shared a stage with these types of acts. But I'm usually very humble. Of course these two bookings were the highlight of this first year I've been DJing.
(Unfortunately every time I want to link someone to these events, the guys at EPR and Cloud10 just erase the past events and just replace the date. So it's pretty much impossible to find that event ><)
Oh yeah, I also ended up DJing at BLFC this year, which was my first con booking and from what I could tell (Or from what Akonite personally told me) the crowd really enjoyed my mix!
http://www.biggestlittlefurcon.org/dance.php I'm MDKai on the lineup for friday night!
I'm never late for a set, I prefer to use CDJs, so I'm quite comfortable with those <3
And now for the other stuff
I like to spin mostly either Drum & Bass or Electro House :3 I have a love for just about every genre, not just electronic music. But here are me two demos that I'm most proud of!
First one is a short Drum & bass demo. Isn't quite 45 minutes but I wanted to try my hand at quick mixing
The second one is from my stab at moombahton and glitch hop with a tiny bit of trap at the end, totalling an hour and 20 minutes
If you guys are still accepting applications and auditions, I'd like to take a crack at getting my demo heard! Thanks alot <3
Im not entirely sure if I missed the deadline or not, but I figured I give it a shot anyway.
Hello, I am DJ Fennec, hoping to expand outward and be able to DJ at other conventions. I mainly spin eletro house but I have been known to play around with other house styles like progressive. I can also spin genres like Moombahcore and Trap.
My experience includes DJ'ing at Rocky Mountain Furcon since 2008, at this point I could be considered a resident DJ for said con. I've also played at serveral of the bi-montly events called Foxtrot here in Denver, CO since 2012.
I am also a growing producer, at the time I mostly produce remixes. But in the near future I plan on creating my first original track, I like to introduce a remix or original song during a set if I feel the time is right.
Again if I am too late then all is well and understanable, honestly I hadn't planned on going to AC until last week when finding out I am actually able to pull this off. Thank you for your time and hope to have a wondertime at the dance regardless!!
I completed the selection a few days ago, sorry to say. Thank you for applying all the same.
who are the lucky fuzzballs?