Dovetail Radio 005
Whenever I play I always try to somehow play a diverse range of music. Rich does too, I think, to my mind that’s a big part of what “Dovetail” is all about: different elements that come together to make a cohesive whole, and something more than the sum of its parts.
Now usually that’s not just the music but also the concept of our doing the show together, but this show was a little different in that I did it solo, but I certainly tried to incorporate some of the flavour Rich would bring to things.
So about the set. I always like to open with a proper “opening” track – something that really grabs you or sets a mood. I chose a latin, percussive track as I felt it was an antidote to the mid-winter blues we’ve been embroiled in weather-wise as of late.
From there things went into percussive weird territory and then into disco territory and finally a vocal a couple tracks in before getting into some heads down groove and techy stuff. I find that spacing out the vocals, weirdness, techy stuff, and disco really makes each part stand out more. Making it all make sense in the mix is what good djing is about in my opinion.
That said, about halfway through there’s a big fuckup in the mix because I had to leave the decks for a minute. That’s ok though, all my favourite mixes have mistakes, so hey!
The mix kinda continues in a similarly diverse vein until towards the end when I usually try to bring things down and back to where they started. In this case I threw in a Bob Marley original just to honour the main since it happened to be his birthday!
I like the mix overall, it’s interesting(I think), and the first time I listened back to it I really had no idea what might come next, and that’s usually a pretty good sign that you’re keeping the body and brain on their toes. I probably could have played the same tracks in a different order and made it very dull but you have to go with your gut, and I’d like to think it ended up interesting and fun the way it turned out, mistakes and all.