Let It Whirl is the first real cross-genre “party mix” I’ve worked on in (yikes) over 10 years. I had gobs of fun putting this together, especially since I consciously drew on certain songs/segues that I’ve chanced upon over the years, spinning out for dance floors. In case you care, I discuss the process in footnote #1
Here’s a 10 min. sampler that I put together, highlighting different moments from the mix:
For my mixes, I always start with a massive master list of potential songs and then gradually whittle it down to about 130% of what I’ll end up using. Then it comes down to play with segues and finding songs that either sonically or thematically seem to go together. This is probably my single most favorite part of the experience (besides listening to the final product)…experimenting with segues and hoping for unexpected outcomes. For the tracking and effects, I use the open-source multitrack program Reaper, which I couldn’t recommend more highly (though it does have a bit of a learning curve). I asked my friend DJ Phatrick to handle the final mixdown since he has far more engineering experience than I do – and after all these years, I feel like I never get the levels right on my own. ↩
I tried this “one second” test on Slate and found it entertaining but perhaps a touch too easy (even if I did miss one).1 So I decided to sit down and randomly go through my hip-hop (digital) crates and pulled out a set of 16 “real heads” songs just the hell of it.
One second is actually a decent amount of time to i.d. almost any song so I don’t imagine these are going to be that challenging for anybody but have some fun with it.
Didn’t recognize “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” ↩
This past summer, I gave myself a goal to finally get back to making some new mixes. In particular, I wanted to create a new hip-hop mix and a multi-genre party mix. I loved making these “back in the day” which loosely translates into “before I was a dad and had a full-time job.” In a few days, I’m going to make good on half that promise by releasing Let It Whirl, the party mix (and the hip-hop mix will follow in a few weeks after).
To make room for these new mixes, especially since I’m selling them through my digital download store, I decided to “retire” two mixes I used to sell and make them available on Mixcloud.1
Groove Thing and Adventures in Rhythm were created in 2002 and 2003 respectively and Let It Whirl will stand proudly in their lineage.