Let's be clear about something...
Being a good DJ has NOTHING to do with whether you use digital or vinyl as your medium of choice. Instead its how adept you are at using either one or both creatively.
There will always be bad DJ's out there regardless of which format they go with. The difference now is that its easier to hide a lack of basic skill OR create an illusion of talent with digital than vinyl.
The best will always stand out and the rest will be called out by those who know.
First, the DJ Only section of the website is up and functioning with almost 300 registered DJ's since March 30th. Thank you everyone for the incredible support!!
Registration is easy, but you must be an Active/Working Professional DJ to gain access (all others who are interested contact me first).
Go HERE, click on the Member Login button, choose Register and fill out the 3 fields with REAL information then submit. Please make sure I can use the info provided to find you on Facebook. If you do not have a Facebook account please email me with your relevant DJ info.
Second, I have previews of over 350 edits and remixes available on the site. They are broken down into Past Releases and New Releases. Some of the pages have many previews, so it may take a few seconds to load them all.
Lastly, occasionally someone will ask me what the top played and sold tracks are. Most of the requests come from DJ's who have had custom tracks done and would like to see how their selections are being enjoyed.
Well here are the lists for the Top 15 Sales & Plays since March 1st 2017:
NOTE: It bears mentioning that 98% of the tracks listed below are Paid Custom Edits. So see where your customs ended up over the last 5+weeks :)
My Top 15 best selling (All Sales) Edits/Remixes since March 1st 2017....
1. D-Train - Walk On By
2. Jimmy Bo Horne - Spank
3. Phyllis Nelson - I Like You
4. Roxy Music - More Than This
5. Peter Brown - Dance With Me
6. Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody
7. Madonna - Express Yourself
8. T-Connection - At Midnight
9. First Choice - Let No Man Put Asunder
10. Marty Balin - Hearts
11. Narada Michael Walden - Tonight I'm Alright
12. Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity
13. Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force - Looking For The Perfect Beat
14. Siedah Garret - Do You Want It Right Now
15. Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
My Top 15 Plays since March 1st 2017....
1. Madonna - Express Yourself
2. Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
3. Information Society - Running
4. D-Train - Walk On By
5. Phyllis Nelson - I Like You
6. Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody
7. Peter Brown - Dance With Me
8. Roxy Music - More Than This
9. Siedah Garret - Do You Want It Right Now
10. Marty Balin - Hearts
11. Narada Michael Walden - Tonight I'm Alright
12. T-Connection - At Midnight
13. Sweet - Fox On The Run
14. First Choice - Let No Man Put Asunder
15. Jimmy Bo Horne - Spank
There is much going on here now at DVRE......
My site is getting an overhaul and most of my world will be available here and Facebook.
My question to you is: Are You A DJ? A Professional DJ? Do you work a Club, a Podcast, Radio? Can you prove it?
Then go HERE, click the Members Access Button and Register. And please send me a FB Friend Request or link to your website by EMAIL....
Gotta run......More to come :)
The Holidays and the end of another year is upon us. And let me just say 'Good Riddance" to 2016. What a horrible year it was for sure.
For those who were unaware, as of the end of October Legitmix is no more. Apparantely they could not generate enough of a profit to stay in business. I would like to say Thank You for all of those who supported me there over the last 3 years.
An unfortunate side effect of losing Legitmix for me was that I lost my main site for track previews. Legitmix handled 85% of my catalog which made it easy to see what was available. Now I am trying to figure out another option.
Soundcloud limits what I can post, Hearthis dropped my account abut a year ago and YouTube is too easy to pirate. So far it looks like House-Mixes.com will be my new home for track previews.
Please check out my House-Mixes page.
Also, if you were a previous Legitmix customer, PLEASE reach out to me and stay connected via Facebook or Email. I'm sure you'll be glad you did.
On another note, back in late October I started offering my editing/remix abilities to DJ's all over the world by accepting requests to do Paid custom remixes. I had no expectation of how many would be interested (if any), but I have to say it is becoming a very popular option! DJ's from all over are contacting me to have custom mixes done of songs they love and love to play. As of now I have done dozens of tracks for DJ's all over to planet...with more on the horizon!
If you are interested in more info regarding my paid custom work, please contact me.
Thank you again my friends for all your amazing support.....wishing you and yours a most Happy and Safe New Year!
FreddyG - DVRE
First, I am happy to report my very first non-Bootleg Remix is available internationally across all Digital Platforms!!
A huge THANK YOU goes out to Singer/Songwriter Paul Chiten for allowing me to work on his track.
Paul Chiten - Transylvania 6-5000 (DVRE Dracula Remix)
I was first contacted by Singer/Songwriter Paul Chiten awhile back when he ran across my edit of Five Star's "Can't Wait Another Minute", which by the way he wrote. He liked the edit so much he reached out and started a dialogue with me, that continues to this day. Paul asked me if I wouldn't mind taking a crack at his his song "Transylvania 6-5000"....which I immediately said yes! Paul has done some amazing work with some of the top artists in music.
Check out his Discogs page here: https://www.discogs.com/artist/394024-Paul-Chiten
Second, I get a lot of people asking why i don't give all my tracks away for free. You know, like every other bedroom DJ/Producer does these days. Well the answer is simple...economics. The Hardware and Software needed to edit tracks in a professional fashion is NOT cheap. Every dollar I earn via Legitmix gets re-invested back into Digital Visions.
That being said I am humbled by the amazing support I receive month in and month out from fans, Facebook group admins, fellow DJ's, Industry veterans, and even artists.
BTW, if you have any issues using Legitmix to purchase, please contact me directly. I may be able to assist: Contact
Third, I can now be found once a month offering up a 2 hour guest mix on Crib Radio. For listings please feel free to checkout the following links....
My next Crib Radio mix will be on 10/22 @ 8pm EST
Please also check out mt little Halloween mix...available on both Mixcloud and YouTube....
Until next time my friends!
Its been awhile since I updated my blog, for which I apologize. But there's no time like the present to get back to it!
I do have some interesting news....
Earlier this year I was contacted by Singer/Songwriter Paul Chiten after he heard (and actually bought from legitmix) my edit of his track "Can't Wait Another Minute" by Five Star....which became a massive international hit in 1986.
Since that time he and I have stayed in almost constant contact regarding other tracks he has done for other major artists....including a track he did himself for a major motion picture back in 1985.
The track (and film) in question is called "Transylvania 6-5000" and has become something of a cult classic.
Well, Paul asked me to re-edit the track in order to give it a bit more modern feel along with some additional spooky elements.
So very soon my remix of his track will be released worldwide on all Digital Music Platforms (iTunes, Amazon, etc) and will constitute my very first "major" release.
More info will be available soon!
Let me add this....
Over the last year or so I have had a couple of near-misses regarding commercial remix projects, not including my brush with the option of becoming a Hot Tracks remixer. Well this one is for certain and will be official very very soon!
I know I say this fairly regularly, but its TRUE. I owe much of my success and reputation to you guys, the DJ's and the music lovers! I do the work...you make it all worthwhile.
Over the last month, sales have increased to about double my previous monthly average. I am pleased to know that more and more people are checking out my tracks and choosing to purchase my first gen copies rather than DL MP3's off the net of dubious quality.
The vast majority of the tracks I edit are widely popular internationally, meant for working DJ's to use in their sets. I don't really do modern tracks and I don't do too many obscure releases...instead choosing to create DJ friendly versions of the tracks the audience knows. That may sound like a safe path to take, but its the niche I have decided to fill and it looks like it was a wise choice.
If you would like to purchase via Legitmix but are having issues with the iTunes requirement or the system in general, please contact me. I will be happy to assist.
For those of us old enough to remember when the tools of the trade were the same everywhere: 2 turntables, an analog mixer and vinyl, we also remember how our ability to use those tools were what “thinned the herd” as it were. Working with vinyl is an art form, whether you went the route of turntablist or blending there was more to it than cueing up records and playing them. It was more about feel than BPM. It was about understanding your crowd and your role in the club. You had to memorize your records, knowing each songs variations and intricacies in order to best use them effectively.
When tools like CDJ's became available, they were not meant to make everyone a DJ. They were designed for the vinyl DJ, offering features that would make our creativity come through easily. The byproduct of course was that it did make many of the most basic aspects of being a DJ much easier, allowing more people to become part of the culture. But there was still the investment and that was pretty pricey, which did help to limit the influx of new participants.
Then along came the Controllers. The invention of CDJ's and mixers placed into one easy too use package has made being a “DJ” more accessible than ever. Recently I myself made the investment, purchasing a beautiful Pioneer DDJ-SX2. And I did it not because it was my dream tool.....but because of economics. Its an amazing piece of hardware, but a full on investment into a complete DJ system did not allow me to buy what I wanted (a pair of CDJ-2000's plus a Mixer). Instead I had to compromise. I think that happens with a lot of newer DJ's when it comes to their tools of choice. Its far less expensive to buy an all-in-one controller and take that from gig to gig than the alternative options.
Thanks to the amazing technology available, one thing is definitely certain....developing the basic skills necessary to mix is far easier now than ever. I think that's where most of the issues lie between the new breed and old guard. What took me years can now be learned in months thanks to automation and tech. But that doesn't mean everyone who invests will be good at it. Sadly the world is now flooded with so called “DJ's” that can't even mix using the tools at hand and they are trying to make a name for themselves. And when they are not fully prepared for working in a club bad things can happen....as in the new rules at the LA club The Cure and The Cause.
Learning and applying the basics are one thing, becoming a Professional DJ is something entirely different. Even with all the tools at hand, you still have much to learn in order to call yourself a “Professional”. Clean mixing, great programming and the ability to understand that working in a club is not all about you, its about the crowd and the venue making money. There have always been new DJ's around, looking to grab a spot somewhere and earn a reputation...usually for less $$. So in that respect nothing has actually changed. What has changed is the sheer number of new DJ's out there...unprepared and cheap.
So in summary, being a DJ is not about the tools...its about the skill. Make the crowd love you, make other DJ's envious and make the venue money...and you can call yourself a Professional
Last month was a rough one for me as I lost my Mom to Alzheimer's and Old Age. I have still to fully get over the loss and it has made it difficult to find that creative spark that I need to create my Edits and Remixes. But I have no doubt that as time passes it will become easier to find what's missing and begin to move forward again.
An enormous and heart-felt Thank You goes out to everyone who reached out to me, both privately and publicly regarding my Mom's passing. That meant the world to me and my family.
As for the rest, despite my loss I have maintained my release schedule of 2 new tracks a week. That is due to the fact that I knew what was lurking on the horizon and decided to work on as many projects as I could so that I would have a small catalog of tracks available when the time arrived that I could not do it.
Speaking of tracks, Hearthis has suspended my account due to the normal violations. Something I had hoped would not happen, but did. I am still on Soundcloud (5 accounts) and of course Legitmix and YouTube.
MY CREATION PROCESS - CONCLUSION...
Now for the last of the entries regarding my Creation Process. The last part is in video form and is a VERY BASIC overview of my process. As a video detailing the entire creation process would be hours long, I have chosen only to show the basics from starting in Abelton Live to using Fruity Loops to some of the end steps in Abelton Live.
And before anyone says "You know you can do it THIS WAY instead" ....I am more than likely aware of that. What I am showing is the process that I am currently using, one which does serve me well. It should also be said that my processes are always evolving so at some point much of what you see in the video may change.
First, there have been quite a few new additions to the DVRE catalog since last months Blog. I am attempting to add 2 new tracks every week for as long as its humanly possible. Please feel free to Follow Me on Legitmix to stay updated on all new tracks.
I have also re-invested in my DJ career for the first time in 30 years. It is my hope and desire to start working again and bring my tracks to the people personally.
Now onto my continuing Blog Series detailing my creation process....
My Creation Process Part 2 - The Tools of the Trade....
So last month I detailed where I get my inspiration from. This month I'll discuss the Tools I use to create.
Over the years I have probably used most of the available out there, starting with a little program called Cool Edit back in the 90's. Some of the audio programs that have made it onto my PC's over the years are: SoundForge, ProTools, Adobe Audtion (formerly Cool Edit), Acid, Audacity, Fruity Loops, Abelton Live. Cakewalk and Reason.
After a ton of trial and error, I eventually decided to use a combination of 3 programs: Abelton Live (80%), Fruity Loops (18%) and Audition (2%).
Abelton sees the bulk of the duty when I work, as it does for most of the people who use it. One thing I do not use Abelton for is general Rhythm Track Creation.....I choose to use Fruity Loops for that. Within both programs I have access to a host of plug-ins, but my biggest "Go To" plug-ins for Abelton are the iZotope Ozone bundle plus 2 little ImageLine VST's called Gross Beat and Maximizer.
There were 4 big turning points for my editing since I jumped back in to it approximately 4 years ago. The first is when I started using Fruity Loops to create my rhythm tracks in combination with Adobe Audition as my editor. The second was replacing Audition with Abelton Live 8 as my main DAW, giving me the ability to warp (aka tempo correct) tracks easily. The third was using Maximizer during my final stages to get that "Full" feeling to the tracks. The last happend about a year ago when I finally added the Ozone 6 pack to my bag of tricks. Since that point, virtually everyone has noticed a significantly positive difference in how my tracks sound overall.
I am a Windows guy. I know there are a ton of people out there who say that Mac is the only way to go, but nowadays I don't see that as a rule anymore. I use 2 22" monitors...one with fruity Loops open and the other with Abelton Live 9.
Next Month....The Basic Process....
Firstly, I hope everyone has connected with my multiple musical outlets, especially:
Over the last few months I have been releasing 2 brand new mixes a week to my Legitmix account. That has brought my total tracks for sale to 235!!
I also continue to add new tracks to my Official Hearthis account...many of which are Direct to Download offerings where I allow FREE limited time DL's on songs not available for sale.
And if you Follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter, you also see that I have been trying to offer limited time FREE DL's of various back catalog tracks on a weekly basis.
Quite often I am asked to share my "Creative Process". I have also been asked to create a video summary outlining how I do what I do. I really don't have the ability to record a video that would clearly outline my process...not to mention the sheer boredom it may induce....so it may be quite awhile before that dream becomes a reality. However, starting with this Blog post and on my DVRE Facebook Page, I will be outlining much of my processes. Perhaps one or 2 people will find it remotely interesting....lol.
So here we go!
Where Do My Ideas Come from????
First a little backstory....I have been editing music, in one way or another, since the late 80's. I started Digital Editing in the later half of the 90's using a little program called Cool Edit. I walked away from it for about a decade and restarted editing about 4 years ago in conjunction with a Live Stream I was doing online via Livestream. I simply had a need to create DJ friendly edits of classic Pop/Rock/Dance tracks so I could easily play them in my stream. No further expectations or designs. I also wanted to create the mixes I wish I had when I was DJ'ing in clubs during the 80's and 90's.
If you have been Following me anywhere for even a little while you probably noticed the wide range of tracks I work on. While some remixers only focus on a genre or 2 to work on, my love for Pop music of all kinds leads me to songs that most people would avoid or simply never consider. But in order to consider a song at all, I have to "hear a mix" in the song as its playing. If I can imagine moving parts around and adding elements to create something interesting, it becomes an Idea.
My inspiration comes from many directions and sources....Radio/Internet Radio, my personal collection of music (both physical and in my memories), suggestions (from followers, friends and DJ's worldwide), Facebook posts, etc. Many of the tracks I choose are either songs that were damn near impossible to mix in their original form or Pop/Rock songs that were never intended to be mixed at all. My hope was to create respectful versions that DJ's could add to their collections and play out easily.
Virtually no genre is off limits to editing for me. If I like it and it "speaks" to me, I will give it a shot.
It bears mentioning that not every track I start gets finished. Many are just beyond my ability to modify from the commercial versions I have access to. My hard drive is littered with folders with bits and pieces of projects that I hope to find a way to finish someday.
Once a project is chosen, it is up to me to turn what I heard in my head into something more than a thought or idea. That's where Fruity Loops, Abelton Live and various plug-ins come in.....
.......More on that next time!
I am DJ FreddyG, Creative Genius of Digital Visions Edits. I'm an old skool professional Club DJ turned Remixer....offering DJ Friendly edits to DJ's worldwide.