Aaaand what an awesome Friday this is. Actually my “Friday” for this week was yesterday. Last day of work before my Winter holiday time until January. My parents are on the way for their Christmas visit as well so I’m coasting smoothly into the weekend.

I’m very happy to be celebrating this Friday with a new mix by one of my best friends throughout my time in the US: Mikey V!
Don’t worry, this won’t be christmas themed. This mix starts off with a housy feel that got me head nodding really liking the housy vibe and thinking “This is cool, though he usually plays elec..” Slam! and in comes the type of sound he played when we used to share decks at shows in Sacramento. For good measure he even added a couple remixes I made… brownie points! πŸ˜€

In some ways our friendship was the kind I had only seen on TV before, unthinkable in a German setting. His family’s front door was always open to me so I was able to barge in there like a sitcom side character without prior notice. It was like that for years and it was fun. I felt welcome at all times. One of the many things I miss about the past. I’m glad that with today’s connectivity options it is relatively easy to at least stay in touch and, with a bit more effort, nurture and continue to grow a friendship.

I’m happy Mike recorded this new mix and that I was able to annoy my co-workers by blasting it in the car as I parked it on the company parking lot for the last time in 2018 at 6:55 am.

Mike, keep that shit coming! You’re my boy, blue!

cheers, RDMN

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Holla if it’s Friday where you live! My Xmas vacation time is coming up so fast now I can hardly concentrate at work at the moment. I’m feeling that straight up house music this weekend and I enlisted my good friend Carlos AlfonzoΒ to bring the heat with his mix called Deep into the Zone.

Carlos and I played at a lot of the same shows back in the day in the Bay and Sacramento Area and if I can say anything about him at all it’s that he personifies a mantra our scene used to like to live by: Peace, Love, Unity and Respect. Always awesome and helpful during shows. Plus he’s never disappointed as a DJ either, one that started in the old school and adapted perfectly to the current digital age. On top of that he’s a multi-released producer on labels such as:

Tech Asylum Recordings
Chicago based Traxmen Records
Harlots & Hustlers
Fierce Animal Recordings
Elikonas Records
Tech-Asylum Recordings
Mini Coffee Records
Ammo Recordings
Tree House Tribe Records
Blue Orb Records

Although we haven’t mixed it up at the same shows since my exile 6 years ago, I’m pretty sure this is one of those situations where if you meet again a decade later you’re still cool and chill with each other like you just played a show last weekend.

Brother, if you need a little tour of Germany one day don’t forget to hit me up while you’re here πŸ™‚

Now, let’s enter the weekend proper:

If I learned anything this weekend it’s that I can celebrate it finally being Friday even when it’s saturday already… kinda like a belated celebration. Last week I had to skip out on my weekly post due to a work convention. Yes, I know it’s unbelievable. I do have to work even though I’m running this lucrative blog. Sorry to have to shatter that image of me πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

So this Friday I just had to go back to Dariio and his latest appearance at the Pancakes and Booze festival. The house music and the mixing are so solid I just couldn’t leave work without blasting it on the way home. Turning Bavarian heads has become a Friday pastime and Dariio is definitely helping with my endeavour.

If you get a chance go check out my man over on Choon for some crypto-based streaming fun:

https://choon.co/artists/dariiomusic/

And now to the mix itself. Don’t bounce off the walls now, ya hear?

Cheers, RDMN

After last weeks thump and grime and distortion I want to share one of my favorite mixes from my early mentor, and one of the best producers I’ve ever met, J. Scott G. He manages to bring sophistication into that “Rock Out” feeling! I coined the genre “Electronica” because it’s not all house and electro but includes breaks as well. We met through John Beaver back in the day when Scott was still part of Deepsky, an electronic live band with lots of live percussion resulting in a tendency towards breakbeat arrangements. They’re shows varied with the setup. Sometimes it was just Jason and him and at other shows an entire band would show up… including a live flute as I’ve experienced back at a Hollywood party.

Scott immediately opened up to a young me, an aspiring producer looking for any and all the help he could get. I will never forget how he busted out two empty CDs after their show (Yes CDs, it was 2004-ish) and filled them with DAWs, VSTs and Samples and told me:

“If you can’t make music with this, you can’t make music.”

That same night he also told me the following piece of advice that’s still holy to me:

“If you start a new project and it’s not kickin after 8 tracks, scrap it and start over.”

This happened the very first time we met after a Deepsky show in San Francisco.

We’ve managed to stay in touch, had lots of exciting moments since and even met up in 2012 in Berlin to explore the night life. Unfortunately, I was unable to meet up with him on his last Eurotrip but I’m sure there will be a next one and I’m making it a point to organize a little reunion.

Scott is currently involved in the projects Summer Channel and the thousand-voice-choir-project Qisvara.

Anyways, enough about all that. Like I mentioned this mix can be blasted in the car or listened to while cooking dinner. I did both this Friday. I feel it’s important for me to musically educate my neighbors with the help of the volume knob and these mixes I post. Now check out the last mix you’ll ever need.

Cheers, RDMN

Track Listing:

1. Intro [0:00]
2. Andrew Bayer & Matt Lange (feat. Kerry Leva) – In And Out Of Phase [1:39]
3. Hybrid – Numb (Hybrid Kill City Sounds Remix) [11:09]
4. Meat Katie & Chevy One – When You’re Dead [14:24]
5. Seb Dhaje – Go Down [20:15]
6. Soundprank/Proff/Frank Sinatra – Lady Rotation (J. Scott G. Mashup) [26:57]
7. Pryda – Allein [32:04]
8. Sergey Tkachev & Alexy Sonar/Blake Lewis/John O’Callaghan/Charlie Chaplin – Find The Great Spiral Touch (J. Scott G. Mashup) [35:54]
9. Au5 – Tendril [43:04]
10. Andy Page & Phil K./Neelix/Guy J – Get To Fly Your Galaxy (J. Scott G. Mashup) [46:56]
11. Deenk/Adam Freeland/J. Scott G. vs. Imprintz & Kloe/Meat Katie – Only You Can Battlefunk In Your Mind & Soul (J. Scott G. Mashup) [56:09]
12. Au5 & Fractal/Queen/Kaskade – Turn Down The Secret Radio (J. Scott G. Mashup) [60:41]
13. Bluescreen/Dilemn/POD/Loadstar – Past The Undercover Boom (J. Scott G. Mashup) [63:05]
14. Asking Alexandria/Celldweller/Chase & Status/Hybrid/August Rush – Break The Lesson In Time (J. Scott G. Mashup) [70:18]
15. Outro [74:13]

“Samples from August Rush, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Here Comes The Boom, The Great Dictator, Perfume, V For Vendetta and anywhere else I could find something inspiring.” – J. Scott G.

I’m a little bit late posting this today, but it’s still Friday in at least Hawaii, right? πŸ˜€
Also I’ve been jamming to this mix by Dariio, one of my old school friends and musical partners. It’s his live recording of the Pancakes and Booze Art Show in.. I assume Washington State. Either way it sounds like a finger licking good time. This mix is dope to chill to or to dance to or even to rage to, which makes it perfect for so many situations, for example, doing my weekly cruise home from work on Friday’s through that Bavarian town on the way home, blasting house music for all my geezer, lederhosen-wearing, buddies… Sorry for the disturbance every Friday around 2pm ya’ll πŸ˜€

Now go ahead and chill, dance or rage to this:

There are a bunch of people that I really miss since my exile 6 years ago. This dude is definitely one of them. I’m glad we were able to mix it up, produce it up and party it up back in the day and I know we’ll be chillin here in Germany at some point! But this is also another reason why I like to cover “locals” and friends of the scene instead of just some big name boiler room mixes, as cool as they may be… the personal touch is just a bit cooler to me.

Here is a brief clip of us playing at Pinky’s which since has burnt down. Miss those times, buddy… πŸ™‚

You can also check out Dariio on:
Facebook
Soundcloud
Choon

Please feel free to send me your mixes to be featured. If possible a whole video of your set but streaming links will also work. I’d love to check it out. Hit me up here or on facebook.

This Friday I’m going to celebrate the weekend remotely with my good friend, old DJ Partner, High School buddy, Shenanigan Champ.. John Beaver. He’s cruisin the Groove Cruise at the moment so I’m going to share a taste of that with you. He created a Groove Cruise themed brand new mix including our new track Let Me See. Check out both below!

And now to John Beaver and his Groove Cruise mix.

Happy Sailing, buddy!

 

Tracklist:

1. Grube & Hovsepian Feat. Captain Jason Beukema – Groove Cruise 2018 Palermo Artist Intro (John Beaver’s Set To Sail Smashup)
2. Duke Dumont Feat. Jax Jones – I Got U (Orig. Vs MK John Beaver Edit)
3. Thomas Radman & John Beaver – Let Me See
4. Shiba San & Green Velvet – Chance
5. Sheppard Feat. Benny Benassi Vs. Shiba San – Edge Of The Okay NIght (John Beaver Mashup)
6. Laidback Luke Feat. Bright Lights Vs. Shelco Garcia & Teenwolf – XXX Paradise (John Beaver Mashup)
7. Felix Cartal & Kaskade – Fakin It (Hook N Sling Rmx)
8. Shelco Garcia & Teenwolf X Wanden – ALways Love
9. Benny Benassi Feat. Gary Go & Laidback Luke Vs. Cazztek Feat. Goshfather – Cinema Came To Get Funky (John Beaver Mashup)
10. Offaiah – Trouble
11. Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive Won’t Look Back (Orig. Vs. Dub John Beaver Mashup)
12. Cosmic Gate – Body Of COnfict (Cosmic Gate Club Rmx)
13. Adam Beyer, Layton Giordani & Green Velvet – Space Date
14. Sofi Tukker – Drinkee (Secondcity Rmx)
15. MK & Becky Hill – Piece Of Me
16. Loud Luxury Feat. Chus Ceballos Vs. Benassi Bros Feat Sandy – Body Illusion (John Beaver Mashup)
17. Felix Cartal – Get What You Give
18. Cosmic Gate Vs. Axwell Vs. Benny Benassi Feat. Chris Brown – Beautiful People Get Up In The AIr (John Beaver Mashup)
19. Duke Dumont Vs. MK – Real Love At 17 (John Beaver Mashup)
20. Laidback Luke & Tujamo Vs. Martin Solveig & GTA Vs. Eric Morillo & Eddie Thoneick Feat. Shawnee Taylor – Live Your Life On The Groove Cruise (John Beaver Groove Cruise 2016 Anthem)
21. Scotty Boy – This Girl Is Back & Forth
22. Shiba San Vs. Benny Benassi Vs. Duke Dumont – 100% Satisfied With Your Booty (John Beaver Mashup)
23. Cosmic Gate Feat. J’Something – Over The Rainbow
24. Dean Mason Vs. Grenn Velvet – Jaguar La La Land (John Beaver Mashup)
25. Benny Benassi Feat. Kelis & APL & Jean-Baptiste Vs. Offaiah – Private Spaceship Show (John Beaver Mashup)
26. Cosmic Gate Feat. Eric Lumiere – Falling Back
27. Cazztek Vs. Offaiah – Private Launch Show (John Beaver Mashup)
28. Outkast – Ms. Jackson (Goshfather & Jinco Twerk Weapon)
29. Two Friends – Bandaid
30. John Beaver & Durty – Youth Of A Nation

 

Photo Credit: Johnny Edge

For my Friday drive home I was looking through my mixcloud favs, because I felt like listening to some solid house music and I came across my old friendΒ DJ Denise and Comfort Beats v2. Dude, I was jackin through this tiny bavarian town like it was Blossom Hill Rd. People left and right wearing lederhosen (this is not a joke) looking at me like I’m stupid.. and I kept driving, volume up, bumpin all the way home. I felt like I was back in Cali for a minute.

Denise and I crossed paths many times back in my Bay Area days. She DJd a lot more than I did but we ran into each other here and there. I also released a remix on her label when I was still living there. All in all, always good vibes with her and a solid connection I’m glad I’ve made.

Anyways, this is the mix that got me all hyped for my Friday and now I’m off into the weekeeeeeeeeeeeend with my favorite kind of D!

cheers RDMN