The Obligatory / Review / New Year / Fresh Start post…….


As I haven’t posted on here for so long, you’d be forgiven for thinking I haven’t been up to much on the DJ front. Actually this couldn’t be further from the truth – as this has been a pretty busy period with some great times. So forgive my silence on here, and this extended post, and try to believe me when I say that I will update this blog every month this year!! (No, really!)

I can’t let the changing of the calendar pass without reviewing the past year. The year started quietly enough, with notable exception the MOJO festival in Falmouth (where I got to see Public Service Broadcasting) in February.

May saw the sun shine on the best Masked Ball yet. It was a privilege to play on the same bill as TEED, Jack Beats and to witness the skills of the brilliant DJ Yoda. But the highlight for me was to play as the sun went down on a very chilled Sunday – and the brilliant Daft Punk tribute from Introducing that followed it. Special memories.

After that the highlights come thick and fast – the next being my second trip to play in Bristol in June.  Playing on the supporting bill for D’n’B heads Pyramid, my hour long set became two and a half hours in a cage in the underground venue Timbuk2. A great night which has given me a taste for playing in the big city!

June was also notable for the visit of The Orb to these parts – great night in St Ives and a pleasure to meet Alex P. – and a good night at Eden where the Kaiser Chiefs were almost outshone by Deap Vally and Tom Tom Club.

July unexpectedly spawned one of the best gig memories. On Lafrowda Eve in St Just I decided to play a few tunes while people went home after the live music. No-one expected it to go crazy (including  me!) but the whole town square was jumping, stage invaded and the night is still talked about to this day.

The first weekend of August saw a return to the Wyldes of North Cornwall for the brilliant Leopallooza Festival. Once again scheduled  to coincide with the headline act, and again turned an empty tent into a bouncing party which in the words of the promoter “would have gone on all night if I hadn’t had a band to get on!”

Continuing the monthly highlights, for the second time in 3 years I performed at the BPM show at the NEC Birmingham, this time at the invitation of Virtual DJ. Great show – met up with the inspirational YouTube DJ Tutor Jonathan Lewis – and squeezed in a trip to Gatecrasher too.

Monsoon-like conditions couldn’t dampen the spirits at the best party in the SW, the Masked Ball which returned for an unforgettable Halloween. Could pick any highlight from: opening the main stage, meeting Leftfield, meeting and having the privilege of watching Sister Bliss of Faithless on the decks, playing to a packed out big top or unexpectedly closing the same stage later on. A truly epic night.

Meanwhile, other gigs were picking up, with a regular slot at the Zero Lounge in Penzance and a whole host of private events leading to a particularly busy end to 2013; all bookended by NYE in The Star Inn in St Just – another great night in the unlikeliest place, and another special memory to end the year.

 

And so to 2014 – top that eh? I’ll give it my best for sure!

Back soon with a look forward to the year ahead.

See you on the dancefloor!

 

February Round-up

As another month loads up it’s flight case and staggers off into the distance, I must begin this post with an apology.

I haven’t posted an awful lot this month – but that’s not to say nothing’s going on!

Earlier this month I made my debut on SourceFM in Falmouth – yes, DDJ on your wireless!! This is a regular guest slot on the first Saturday of each month, 7pm-9pm. Unlike my show on Penwith Radio, this one is all about great dance music – no talking, no interviews, just the perfect soundtrack to your Saturday evening. Source have had a few problems streaming on the web, but are hoping to sort them out very soon, so log on to www.thesourcefm.co.uk to listen to the show – next on air Saturday 5th March 7pm.

February’s highlight musically was the appearance of Krafty Kuts right here in Penzance. Sound nightclub hosted a record-breaking 1000 dance-nuts on a cracking night. Fantastic tunes, great crowd and a real party atmosphere made it a night to remember. I also got to meet the legend of the breakbeat too, and am happy to say he is a top geezer! You can still listen to my interview with him at www.soundcloud.com/the-pm-show Sound are promising more big name DJs in the near future, so there should be more great nights to come. A special mention should go to Kristoff and Max (Snatch The Wax) who also pulled out a couple of blinding sets on the evening.

Apart from an impromptu set at the Queens in Botallack, it’s been quiet on the gig front, but watch this space for big gig news soon. It’s given me the chance to have a play with a few new tunes and also to have a crack at a couple of remix / mash-ups! I’m really  pleased with the results so far, and will be posting them up for your enjoyment very soon.

That’s all for now – check back soon for more regular postings in March, and don’t forget you can catch me next Sat at 7pm on SourceFM.

Booking now…

As the dust settles from the festive season, the time is here to start the party again!

If you are planning an event / party / celebration then why not let Digitall DJ lighten the load by taking care of your musical requirements?!

I can supply PA and lighting as required, plus a bespoke selection of tunes tailored to your requirements, whether you are planning an all-night club night or a funky birthday party.

Rates vary according to each event  so get in touch for a quote today.

If you run a bar or pub, I am also looking for regular bookings. Browse the site to see / hear what I could bring to your venue.

Finally for now, Digitall DJ now has a Facebook page. Follow the link at the bottom right of the page to ‘like’ the page and receive regular updates and musings from the Digitall camp.

Today I’m mostly listening to:  Marble Fairy – Cornish Electro Disco now making waves in the big smoke. Listen here.

Bring in the new….

Happy new year everyone.

Given that creativity often results from adversity we could be in for a good year!

Of course New Year is a good time to take stock, and I’ve done just that over at Penwith Radio. I’ve taken a few of the session tracks performed live on The PM Show over the last 12 months and posted them up on the PM Show Soundcloud page. Including tracks from Tom Dale, Shade of Red, Louella Jade Eke, Lost Dawn and Vektron. Have a listen, and keep tuning in to the show on Thursday at 6pm for more great live sessions and interviews in 2011.

Today I’m mostly listening to DJ Earworm’s Mash-up of 2010 “Don’t Stop The Pop’ – Genius! See the video here.

Festive thoughts…

Another good gig under my belt – a cracking night at Cape Cornwall Golf Club with the ska-behemoth that is Pondlife!

Aching back this morning, but not sure whether that’s from lugging kit around or too much dancing!!

No let up as we head to the end of 2010 – still 2 parties to play plus the small matter of a trip to join JTQ in Northampton on the horizon!

First party is my own – so I’m looking forward to playing a very self-indulgent selection of tunes – mostly with an indie flavour.

Then on the 23rd we’re off to Northampton to support James Taylor Quartet at the Picturedrome. JTQ sell-out wherever they go, and tickets are going well for this one too. It’s going to be a cracker. More details here.

Then after a few days break for Christmas, New Year will be upon us! This year we will be mashing it up in Botallack!! I’ve got the honour of playing over the midnight period – though yesterday someone was telling me this is a nightmare for the DJ as it’s the one time of year you MUST get the timing right. Thanks for that! Better go and dust off my Big Ben sample.

Today I’m mostly listening to….

The Cure – so many classic tunes.

Break the Silence tomorrow…

It’s nearly time..

Tomorrow sees the phenomenal Silent Disco return to St Just. Come along, get your wireless ‘phones on and get down to the best tunes from the best DJs.

I’ll be joined on the ones and twos by Death By Science DJs and the Charleston Sound System.

To accurately use a much misused phrase – a night not to be missed! See you there.

Today I’ve been mostly listening to:

Swedish House Mafia – top of the pile right now!

James Taylor Quartet – Northampton – Thurs 23rd December

Digitall DJ will be busting out of the Duchy big style in just a few weeks. I’ll be packing a hard-drive chock-full of the finest funk and toe-tapping tunes and pitching up at the Picturedrome in Northampton.

On the bill are Northampton favourites The Strides and the utterly brilliant fathers of Acid Jazz – James Taylor Quartet.

I’ll be getting the party started from 7pm.

Tickets are now on sale. Click here for ticket details.

The gig is a fundraiser for CAN, a great charity helping those suffering from the effects of alcohol and drug abuse. Find out more here.

SourceFM debut delayed….

Unfortunately, due to the fact that the station is in the middle of moving to new studios, I will not be able to appear on SourceFM this Saturday as planned. However, it will be happening soon – I’ll post details here as soon as I know when.

There  are  also plans afoot to broadcast the shows simultaneously on Penwith Radio (when they have updated their playout system!). Again, watch this space (or more accurately the space above this post!)

NEW BLOG FEATURE:

Today, I’m mostly listening to……..

Balkan Sound System (introduced to me in the pub last night — thanks Gill)

EXCLUSIVE – new year – new station – new show

I am delighted to let you know that Digitall DJ will be spreading his wings to cover Falmouth and Penryn in the very near future!

Yes, I will be playing live DJ sets on Source FM radio once a month starting in November. The show will be part of a new look Saturday night dance-fest on Source, and I can’t wait to get going! I’ll be providing the perfect soundtrack to your Saturday night, whether you are staying in or getting ready to go out!

My first session will be live on Saturday 13th November at 8-10pm. Tune in a little earlier to hear me chatting to the resident No Set Radio guys.

Further dates TBC, but this will be a monthly slot.

Thanks to Matthew and Doug at SourceFM for the opportunity. The station broadcasts on FM in the Falmouth / Penryn area, and also live on the internet. Find out more about the station here.