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Your Outdoor Festival Camping Checklist

Posted in Festivals, Lists, Note to Readers with tags , , , , on May 24, 2010 by worldromper

Going to a festival this season?

Wondering what the hell you should pack? No worries, DF5K has the ultimate outdoor festival camping checklist for you!

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Posted in Lists, Note to Readers with tags on May 22, 2010 by worldromper

My dearest promoters…your enthusiasm and energy lights the fires of nightlife and I humbly respect those who have made giving others a good time their raison d’être. Play is important, and here are a few tips to help you trim your game in order to pack the floor and create the right vibe at your next party: Continue reading


Posted in Lists, New Media, Note to Readers with tags , on April 12, 2010 by worldromper

I am in the process of updating my blog and soon these will all be in my blogroll, but for now here is a list of all the bass music bloggers that I could find. If you know of any I am missing, please tell me in the comments and I will add them. Bloggers are the underground of the interent! Continue reading

OFF TO MIAMI! DF5K’s Survival Tools for WMC 2010

Posted in Festivals, Lists with tags , , on March 24, 2010 by worldromper


I am packed and ready to dance upon the sacred playground in Miami! When I’m stopped at LAX for a “random search” yet again, the TSA will get to rifle through the following items in my bag:

  • Mullet
  • Water wings
  • Inflatable frog
  • Purple plastic fanny pack
  • Jar of 100 earplugs
  • Mentos
  • One bag of jellybeans, crème-filled Hershey’s kisses & chocolate-covered malted eggs
  • One bag of Twizzlers
  • One more bag of assorted candy bars and chocolates
  • Approximately one shit ton of Emergen-C
  • Seven bikinis
  • Hundreds and hundreds of flyers
  • Drew Best’s prescription glow-in-the-dark raver glasses
  • Rainbow hologram glasses
  • Package of glow bracelets (HEY I’M GOING TO ULTRA BOTH DAYS OKAY?!?)
  • Three-season sleeping bag – because you just never fucking know

…and a bag of chips


Posted in Lists with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2009 by worldromper

My Top Ten Record Labels of 2009, in no order:

  1. Brainfeeder
  2. Muti Music
  3. Hyperdub
  4. Warp Records
  5. Innerflight Music
  6. Tectonic
  7. Addictech
  8. BPitch Control
  9. Planet Mu
  10. Alpha Pup Records

2010: Year of the PUP

2009 in Review by Decibel Festival Director Sean Horton

Posted in Lists, Music News, Note to Readers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2009 by worldromper

Sean AKA Nordic Soul is the Decibel Festival Curator and Director, he is my good friend and one of the greatest contributors to Seattle’s thriving underground music community. This is a very insightful summary of electronic music in 2009 with his Top 15 list at the bottom as well:

From Sean:

Every year it’s part of my job at PlayNetwork to come up with a list of top albums and overall assessment of music trends for the year. Below is my brief review of what I felt was a pretty landmark year for electronic music in the US and in general. Barring any incredible releases over the next month, these are my picks for the year. Keep in mind this list is strictly made up of albums; not EPs, 12’s or remixes (i.e 95% of the electronic music I purchased this year).

2009 in Review : Binary Pop, Warp’s Legacy, Dub Mutations and the Return of Sexy Dance Music

2009 has been an incredibly innovative year in relation to music production. Artists like Animal Collective, Fever Ray, Royksopp and Moderat have proven once and for all that digital beats and electronic sound design can appeal to a pop audience that otherwise wouldn’t find themselves listening to “electronic music”.

This year also marks the 20 year anniversary of the greatest electronic music label (arguably greatest label) of all time, Warp Records, which has had an exceptional year across the board with strong indie releases from Grizzly Bear and Maximo Park as well as strong releases from their more obscure electronic artists like Tim Exile and Clark. Warp’s 20th anniversary box set is not only one of the best reviewed collections of they year, it’s also a brilliant testament to the label’s vast catalog of ground breaking artists (i.e. Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Jamie Lidell, Nightmares on Wax, Prefuse 73, Autechre, Broadcast, Plaid, Battles, Squarepusher, etc).

In addition, 2009 witnessed the rise of Dubstep as a respected genre in the US through acclaimed UK labels like Hyperdub (Burial, Kode9, Joker, Zomby, Flying Lotus) and Tectonic (2562, Martyn, DJ Pinch, Benga) both of whom continue to blur the boundaries between Grime, Dub, West Coast Hip Hop and Detroit Techno. With the avid support of tastemakers like BBC Radio 1’s Mary Anne Hobbs and Low End Theory’s Daddy Kev (Alpha Pup Records) UK Dubstep and West Coast Glitch Hop / Hip Hop have both become quintessential styles on the electronic music frontline in the US. From Burning Man to this year’s Movement festival in Detroit, Dubstep and Glitch Hop have fully emerged in 2009 as a staple sound in North America.

Another emerging trend has been the Deep House and Tech House revival, which has been experiencing a resurgence the past few years as club-goers have tired of the heady, sterility of Minimal Techno and the frenetic, over the top sound of Electro House. Artists like Gui Boratto, Voodeux, Pezzner, Milton Jackson, Stimming, Mode D, Catz n Dogz, DJ T and Dixon have all helped in keeping underground dance music both sexy and musical.

Overall 2009 has been a phenomenal year for technologically driven music, proving that creativity is truly catching up with the tools used for musical expression in the digital age.

Here are my Top 15 albums of the year:

1. Animal Collective “Merriweather Post Pavilion” Domino Records

2. Various “Warp 20” (Box Set) Warp Records

3. Moderat (aka Apparat & Modeselektor) “Moderat” Bpitch Control Records

4. Fever Ray “Fever Ray” Rabid Records

5. Phil Kieran “Shh” Cocoon Recordings

6. Nosaj Thing “Drift” Alpha Pup Records

7. Jon Hopkins “Insides” Domino Records

8. Various “5 : Five Years of Hyperdub” Hyperdub Records

9. Lusine “A Certain Distance” Ghostly International

10. Grizzly Bear “Veckatimest” Warp Records

11. Gui Boratto “Take My Breath Away” Kompakt Records

12. 2562 “Unbalance” Tectonic Records

13. Modeselektor “Body Language Vol. 8” Get Physical Music

14. Tim Hecker “An Imaginary Country” Kranky Records

15. Voodeux “The Paranormal” Mothership Records

Top 25 Bad DJ Names

Posted in Lists with tags , on October 13, 2009 by worldromper

Bad DJ names have a purpose: they stick in your head. However I would rather my music and performances be memorable rather than the fact that I am named ‘DJ Mucus.’ Still, silly names draw attention and press (like this blog post) and the line between funny and stupid is a thin one, so please feel free to add your comments below!

These names are all real (I checked):

  1. DJ PJ the DJ
  2. DJ Candy Kid
  3. DJ Pussyfoot
  4. DJ Dave Trance
  5. DJ Fake
  6. DJ Osteoporosis
  7. DJ Teletubbies
  8. DJ Self-Administered Beatdown
  9. DJ Small Cock
  10. DJ Mom Jeans
  11. DJ Scratchatory Rape
  12. DJ Anal Erection
  13. DJ Blue Spectral Monkey
  14. DJ Britney Spears
  15. DJ Catfood
  16. DJ Preach
  17. DJ Train Wreck
  18. DJ Pubes
  19. DJ Glowstix Warrior
  20. DJ Retard Vomit
  21. DJ Spee DJ
  22. DJ Gross
  23. DJ Promo
  24. DJ 2 Many DJs
  25. DJ Booth

If you are just getting into DJing and need a name, here are some tips:

  • Use your own name. Don’t put DJ before it.
  • If your name is fairly common and unmemorable, you might want to think of a new name, something unique and clever. No one will remember “DJ Mark” and when they search for you online, they will find 800 people with the name “DJ Mark.”
  • GOOGLE your proposed new DJ name to make sure it is not the same as a Chinese douche company, a sewage plant in Oklahoma, or the word for “turd face” in Indonesian.
  • If you go with a funny name, make sure it is weird-funny and not stupid-funny. Realize that a lot of people may never get the joke.
  • If you are an MC and choose to go with the label ‘DJ’ as a tribute to the reggae ways of old, prepare to explain again and again and again that you do not DJ.
  • Don’t refer to drugs in your name. It doesn’t make you cool, it makes you stupid.
  • Make sure people can pronounce your new name. There seems to be an artsy-fartsy trend to have unpronounceable DJ names, however if no one knows how to say your name, no one is going to be talking about you. People don’t want to sound like idiots mispronouncing names, and will therefore just choose to talk about someone else.
  • Don’t abuse punctuation and capitalization; this one comes from a writer. A made-up example: T-oMMy Turn.Table$$$ is a horrible DJ name. You are going to have it constantly misspelled, and you want your name spelled right all the time for the best web publicity.
  • Don’t make your name too long or it won’t fit well on flyers. Plus, it looks a little ego-y.
  • If you name yourself something like “DJ Darth Vader,” prepare to be forced (waka waka) to change your name and start from scratch when you get big. You may even get sued. Just ask DJ Luke Skywalker.

Hey, at least his eyebrows have mixing skills.

Thanks Rakhan for the video!