Posts tagged: 2009

Bye 2009, hello 2010

You were great. I will always remember you.

  • マキちゃん
  • DJ Workshops
  • Prowess Records
  • 日本

In another post I explained who (and why) my favorite DJ of 2009 is. In this post I’ll tell you about my favorite track of 2009. It’s shear beauty, it’s great production; melody, synths, vocals. And to me, essentially, it’s emotional value:

We listened to this song together in the car, an route to Himure in 滋賀 (Shiga) with お母さん behind the wheel. I already loved this song for personal reasons, but at that exact moment in time I realized, with a lump in my throat: “I don’t want to go home. I wanna stay here with マキちゃん forever. We were counting down the days till we could finally spend time together. Now that we are, I don’t wanna go!”

2009 was a brilliant year. I have good hopes for 2010, but, this year was special in so many ways. Unexplainable, I can’t put it in writing. So, without further ado I’ll let the music and my favorite track of 2009 do the talking.

Gui Boratto – No Turning Back

Of course, there were many more great tracks produced this year. Offaudio had some brilliant releases, Lele’s Marble EP was the best electro I’d heard in a while and my own productions have finally started to sound like release worthy. (Yes, yes, very soon, I’m sorry for the delay!) I’ve finally been able to toy around with real hardware, the MC-303 and TR-606 and the already brilliant Korg DS-10 found it’s big brother; Korg DS-10 Plus. Not too mention how kind Ableton Live has been to me the past months.

2009 was hard work and it had it’s downs. But the good memories outweigh the bad in so many ways. Thank you 2009, with you in the back-pocket, I can only imagine how brilliant 2010 will be. Thanks so much 2009 and please send me a postcard when you think of me.

Empire Of the Sun – Walking On A Dream

マキちゃん, I will be back soon…


Summer holidays, finally!

After working my fingers to the bone for my study at the Academy of Pop-culture, I can finally get back to important things like making music. But, I didn’t work for nothing, as my own record-label; Prowess Records. Is almost done now. Yes, I’ve said it before, but this time it’s for real. Heck, we even got a designer working on our style! And hopefully I’ll be able to unveil it around the 1st of August.

The music I mentioned earlier is in a rather good state, expect some real bangers appearing as soon as the first release, Scheduled September. Of course I didn’t mark September for the first release by coincidence. Because this September I’ll be in Japan! Enjoying a different culture, networking and performing. During this trip, I’ll promote my label to the fullest and hope to visit many interesting places.

If you are a DJ and/or producer in Japan, please leave a comment. Also, you could contact me via e-mail or tweet @Sonof8Bits.

Three new performances

In the next month (June, July 2009) I’ll be playing three performances:

19th of June, 2009: Cumulus DJ workshop final Battle
17:00 – 21:00 Griftpark Utrecht
I will be in the Jury, among others, and do a short performance during the break

2nd of July, 2009: DJ contest Cafe Lust
Participating DJ

5th of July: Griftpark, Skate contest (Like the one last year!)
13:00 – 17:00 Griftpark Utrecht
Together with the Metro DJ team, we’ll make sure this contest gets it’s kicks!

Feel free to join the fun! See you there…

Maire & Marjan’s bigass birthday bash

Friday, the 27th of March 2009:

‘058’, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.

Maire & Marjan’s bigass birthday bash!

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Hanzecast DJ contest 2009

Some of you might remember me entering the 23plus8 / Hanzecast DJ contest 2008, and winning the first round.

Ofcourse Hanzecast is organising this contest again for 2009. This years first round:

Semi-final 1
Wednesday the 5th of february

DJ Rokket XL
DJ Willem van der Kolk
DJ Simon Sezz
DJ Koetjes en Kalfjes
DJ Sky
DJ Splendid
DJ Jorn
DJ José Pols

Semi-final 2
Thursday 6th of february
DJ Emre
DJ Jerome Dubois
DJ Impulz
DJ Supertramp
DJ The Redeemer
DJ Jerk from Wisconsin
DJ Bobby Steingassner
DJ Buster Palmer

The best of luck to all DJ’s entering the contest this year, see you guys there, I’ll be checking in on you guys!

For those wondering why I’m not in this list of contestants,.. I didn’t enter! the deadline was way earlier then last year, and schoolwork was number 1 in my priority list. Sorry to dissapoint…

Watch this space, for there is a new demo coming soon!