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Skinny Hendrix: Evolution of a DJ

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As you may or may not know, I have been hard at work in the last 6 months or so in practicing my skills and becoming a dope-ass DJ.  After a few very successful gigs, things have been looking very promising in that realm for me. I plan on using this blog more often as a way to connect with my friends and fans and to keep people updated on new releases, shows, and crazy stories from my DJing.

Ever since I have returned to Miami from an amazing road trip, I have been honing my skills and am nearing completion of an electro set that is going to blow some minds. Being the perfectionist that I am, I want to have it sounding right before I put it out to the world – and now after about two weeks of hard practice, it is sounding RIGHT!!  My hopes are that it will be the thing to legitimize my DJing and take my career to new heights. My entire focus right now is on finishing this mix and releasing it. Afterwards I will begin a promotion phase where I will create a facebook page for my music as well as other forms of internet and direct promotion of my brand.

In the meantime, you can get excited for the full length set by listening to these two electro bootleg mashups of mine.  These clips were done totally spontaneously in the middle of my many long DJ practice sessions. The first a 5 minute mashup of Zeds Dead/Radiohead/Bloody Beetroots/Infected Mushroom.  I believe is a great example for a listener to hear and feel the energy I put into my DJing. They utilize a lot of different techniques and skills that I have been improving upon and will be unleashing in my full live sets.

Hope you enjoy. Share it if you like it and keep your eyes out for the new Skinny Hendrix electro mix coming soon!

-Brady

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2012 in Artist Spotlight, Skinny Hendrix

 

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Exzoddia Excites Fans With Debut EP

Hip Hop artist Exzoddia is back with producer Skinny Hendrix on their new single, “Yes We Cannabis.”

This is the first single off Exzoddia’s debut album, “Ron Paul for President” coming out soon! Keep an eye out for this talented young artist.

 


 
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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in Artist Spotlight

 

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A Spiritual Journey With Michael Garfield : A Million Anniversaries

It’s not often that you come across an artist so gifted that they can connect with people through more than one medium.  Michael Garfield is one of those artists. A guitarist, visual/live artist, and part-time social issues orator (he has talks scheduled all this week at Burning Man) originally from Boulder, CO, Garfields’ artistic expression holds no boundaries.

After one listen to Michael Garfield’s recently released genre-defying album, A Million Anniversaries, I was completely hooked.  The album is a 25-song series of unprocessed acoustic guitar loops added onto one another to create textural patterns and beautiful soundscapes.  The style of music varies greatly from song to song, and even within songs, ranging from blues and folk to shoegaze and head-nodding instrumental rock.  Garfield has a dynamic ability to express himself on the acoustic guitar and to allow the listener to climb inside of his head and connect with him on a deep level.

Below is a video of one of my favorite songs on the album, “Extinct”.  You can see the process that Garfield goes through of adding loop onto loop in order to create a full song.


Having the pleasure of meeting Michael earlier this year at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, I found him to be bursting with talent, yet he remained completely humble and gracious.  He is a truly a visionary artist that is producing works that the world has not seen before.  You can download his new album here for any price you choose.

Find a quiet spot, turn on A Million Anniversaries, and take a journey in the mind of Michael Garfield.

 

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2011 in album review, Artist Spotlight

 

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Coolest Guy in Music: Edward Sharpe, NYC’s Folk Hero

I am using the power vested in me to nominate Alex Ebert, leader of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, for Coolest Guy in Music.  Ebert is the guy in the center in the picture below. As you can see, he would not look out of place sitting in the subway station and singing for money.  As a bandleader, he is a huge inspiration. He heads a band of ten great musicians and from how they act onstage and off, they cannot be happier playing music with him.

This Sunday, I was fortunate enough to be in attendance of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros on the rooftop of the Mondrian Hotel in Soho.  The setting was beautiful; we could see all of Manhattan and some of New Jersey and Brooklyn. What made me laugh was that there could not have been a bigger disparity between the swanky penthouse venue and the ten-piece band who looked and smelled like they had been in a van for the last five days. But on this night, the oddball crew made it work. The group played their magical indie folk in an acoustic set and had the hipster crowd singing and dancing along with them.

I don’t know Ebert’s full backstory, but I know that he had addiction problems which he seems to have overcome through his passion in music.  Before the set, he sat down on the ground in a yoga pose to collect himself amid the crowded roof and sat in silence for a few minutes. After the show, he and his entire band were seen mingling with the crowd and enjoying themselves on the roof.

Not much else can be said about this modern-day shaman that will do him justice. See him in action yourself and watch a video of him with his band:

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Skinny Hendrix Interviews Dubstep Artist Statesthetic

Statesthetic, real name Jason Tortorete, is a dubstep artist hailing from outside of Pittsburgh, PA. He has been producing dubstep for only five months now and already his immense talent is showing through in his music. He has just released a new EP for purchase on July 20th through Vinyl-Related Records. I caught up with Statesthetic to ask him a few questions on his music and new album.

Jason Tortorete, aka Statesthetic

Skinny Hendrix: What should we expect out of the new album?

Statesthetic: You can expect a whole new array of bass sounds and construction, as well as the entaglement of musical/electronic elements. The new sound is much heavier, louder, and more intense.

Skinny Hendrix: Tell us about how you make your music. Do you have a certain routine in order to get yourself prepared?

Statesthetic: I can usually begin a new track any time of the day, but I love to work at night, around midnight. I usually have to be inspired, either by a song I’ve heard or a new sound I’ve made. I always start with a synth that is new or one that I love to work with, find a sound, and let the rest of the song come from the inspiration of that one sound. I create a pattern, then drum and percussion elem\ents, then work from there. I love plugins so I use as many as I need to make the sounds that I envision.

Skinny Hendrix: Which musicians have been major influences for your music?

Statesthetic: Datsik has always inspired me simply because of his low and deep sounds with that edgier harder style. I also recently have got hooked on Modesteps “Feel Good”. I have always tried to incorporate orchestral elements as well as jazz, and I love how they did it. A few others are Mantis and Skism.

Skinny Hendrix: A two part question: Who is your favorite and least favorite dubstep artist?

Statesthetic: Favorite dubstep artist to me would be someone I can listen to over and over again, not necessarily the most outrageous or the calmest. I would have to say Flux Pavilion or Datsik, but my favorites change every so often though. My least favorite would have to be Dr. P sorry to say it i just really do not like any of his music.

Statesthetic's hatin' on DR. P!!! OH SNAP!!!

Skinny Hendrix: What do you think of the common association of dubstep and “bro” culture?

Statesthetic: I think tying anything like that together, generally, is dumb. Music is what it is, and although stereotypes may find a root in there somewhere, it’s all nonsense. People who say they hate a whole genre, always have those few songs they connect with. Music is metaphysical, so lets keep it that way. And for anyone who says dubstep is “easy” to make… that’s like hitting a few notes on a piano and saying you’re a piano player.

Skinny Hendrix: You spent a good amount of time looking to get signed and bounced around a few offers. What made you decide to go with Vinyl Related Records?

Statesthetic: Well I’m releasing a few of my songs through VRR, but as an artist, I’m not signed with them. They have good rep, a great line-up of artists and friendly people. I am however signed to Houze Records where I will be releasing my new EP. They have a fantastic line-up of talent and are promised to be huge in the near future.

Skinny Hendrix: What can we expect from Statesthetic in the future?

Statesthetic: I will be going back to college soon so production might slow a bit, but you can however expect me to progress quickly skill-wise. If you have heard my tunes only two months ago compared to now, you will realize how quickly I upgrade my sound. As well as new promotions, gigs and performances, and of course, hearing about me from your neighbor 🙂

Skinny Hendrix: If you could play your dream show with any DJ, who would it be and why?

Statesthetic: My dream gig would be to travel and play with deadmau5 as weird as that sounds, he’s a cool guy and has a lot of music talent and knowledge and I’m sure would be willing to help out. Speaking dubstep, I would love to play with Datsik, simply because he has so much fun on stage and his shows are so energetic.

Deadmau5 and Statesthetic: possible collaboration?

You can listen to Statesthetic’s music on his soundcloud page or head over to Vinyl Related Records to purchase his new EP.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2011 in Artist Spotlight, Interview

 

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