Thursday, March 17, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

What's All The Hype

First there was Napster, then Limewire, BitTorrent and now Hype Machine.

Hype Machine is a search engine online that crawls blogs searching for download-able audio content. Unlike it's predecessors Hype Machine is just a search website. To download music, the site gives you a number of blogs where your song is located. And, it's on the blogs where you will actually download the track.

Hypem.com, type an artist or song title in the search bar and you'll be surprised what you find. I've found Hype Machine to a great resource for DJ remixes.

Disclaimer; this is for informational purposes only. I don't promote or support the stealing of music online.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Def Jam Rapstar

The ultimate emcee experience for video game consoles, Def Jam Rapstar is the only music game that focuses exclusively on Hip Hop. With more than 40 of the greatest Hip Hop songs available at release, Def Jam Rapstar allows you to be the star by rhyming, using your console camera, and uploading your video to the fully integrated Def Jam Rapstar community.
 
Click to view the game demonstration.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Thursday's at Underbar in the W Hotel

Sit back in a plush red couch sipping a spectacular cocktail admiring the scene. The crowd is comprised of couples, after work professioanals and stylish Union Square residents. Avoid the lists, drama and whose-who at the door.

This little enclave is great for mingling or sitting with friends, enjoying the music. No- you don't need to purchase a bottle to enjoy the company of friends at a table.

Music by yours truly - dj marc elias.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

the Art of the Sample 2

Remember Jock Jams? Don't even play like you didn't own one of these compilation CD's from the 80s. Believe it or not, those Jock Jam hits were birthed from previous songs i.e. samples such as;

"This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan, which was sampled from the classic 1988 joint entitled Children's Story by none other than the man the ruler Slick Rick.

The Bucketheads dance track entitled "The Bomb" was actually taken from  Chicago's "Street Player". This classic trumpet riff was then re-sampled and used in the 2009 release by Pitbull "I Know You Want Me".

Sampled, reused and packaged neatly... The repetitive cycle of music production.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

the Art of the Sample

I was going through Apple iTunes picking out songs for my wedding reception when I stumbled upon this Tori Amos track - "Precious Things". To be honest I am not familiar with any Tori Amos music. However, on this track there is this one infectious piano riff that I really love. I enclosed a clip from one of her live performances, listen to the beginning part - Tori Amos - Precious Things.

Shortly after hearing this, I realized that piano bit was used in Rabbit In the Moon "Out of Body Experience" (OBE). This dance track is especially sentimental to me since it was included on one of my favorite mix CD's Northern Exposure, Vol. 1., which is arguably the best dance music composition produced by Sasha & Digweed.

To come, I plan to share with you more music from its original composition that was later remixed. I think you'll really get a kick out of hearing the original of many tracks that you know and love.

If you can answer this question, I'll send you a little audio treat via e-mail. What track did the Notorious B.I.G sample the background from to produce "Juicy"?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Indian Influences


Think Slumdog Millionaire meets American Hip-Hop with a dash of pop culture and there ya have it... the re-released Indian Influences Mix. I scoured my music collection looking for sounds that contain Indian sounds and language...Tune in.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Digital Future of the United States



You know you've made a dent in popular culture when legislature begins talking about you. I think this is down right awesome that Gregg Gillis aka Girl Talk has garnered this type of acclaim.

As I mentioned in a previous post, Girl Talk's ability to produce and remix short snippets of classic sounds has tickled the collective ear. How in the hell does Girl Talk produce/remix his music? Click, watch, learn.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

Jazzy Jeff on Future Flavas

Jazzy Jeff live on Marley Marl's Future Flavas show when it was broadcasting on Power 105.

DJ Hero presents DJ Jazzy Jeff. Going back to a previous post, I think the video game DJ Hero will be success which further propels the art of DJing into the mainstream. I don't expect to buy a game console just to be a digital DJ Hero but I would be willing to rent the game and play it on someone elses console.

To be frank; I have low expectations of the game because I can't see how three buttons on a digital turntable can compare to the real touch of spinning vinyl. I hope to be surprised though.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Italian Opera + Breakbeat 4 Real?

Going through my music library I pulled out three moody selections. Decompress.. ahhh.

Outer Body Experience - Rabbit In the Moon
BT - Memories In A Sea Of Forgetfulness
Samuel Barber - Adagio for Strings

Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Today's mantra; make it count!

My 29th birthday was a couple days ago so you'll have to excuse me for getting 'deep' on you.

Let me remind you- there are 365 days in a year, in 10 years there are roughly 3,650 days and in 100 years (far beyond the average lifespan) there are roughly 36,500 days. Doesn't seem like a very long time- because - it's not! My message get out there and do something with your precious time.

Shall the enclosed mix motivate you to do one thing each day that makes the day count. Today, mine was producing this mix. What's on this mix you ask?


Today's mix starts off with some chill house then crescendos into a selection of some of my favorite old school rhythm and blues and hip-hop beats. Then finishes with a sweet cherry; one final feel good house track. Enjoy!