Evan Gabriel

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presenting MANDATORY BOUNCE

In Audible, Current on July 18, 2013 at 11:11 pm

In recent weeks at the Incorporated Factory, aka the lab, with nothing more than a few ideas floating around and our piles of music, digital and vinyl, Mark McGinnis and I decided it was time to put together a mix that would sum up not only our tastes in music, but create a new listening experience. I like to think of our “Beats and Palaces” compilation as more than a couple “mashups,” a term that was coined by notorious the laptop DJ, Girltalk. Instead, I think of these blends as handcrafted selections with a degree of authenticity based on what breaks we used and why we paired certain artists with others. There is a rhyme and reason to all. Don’t let anybody tell you differently. Thanks for the patience. Now sit back and indulge in that fact that while your workday passes by, this is the state of music in the streets.

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AUDIBLE: A-Trak’s Boiler Room Set

In Audible on July 9, 2013 at 12:53 am

Standing among the sea of sweat in Portland’s Wonder Ballroom last summer, glumness crept over me as the club’s lights came back on.

Why? Wasn’t seeing Nosaj Thing, Flying Lotus, and A-Trak plus the flask of rum in my pocket enough to guarantee a good night? For some, maybe. For me, I just couldn’t help but wish A-Trak would let lose and dig into his legendary beatjuggles, rather than bang dance songs for candy-eyed hipsters.

As an 11-year-old DJing in battles around the Twin Cities, it didn’t take long for older cats to put me onto A-Trak, who started in Montreal before quickly excelling on an international level and becoming the youngest DJ ever to win a Disco Mix Club (DMC) title in Japan at the ripe age of 16.

Although the DMCs went bankrupt before I could get myself to Tokyo, I kept battling, kept looking up to Canadian kid. At 16 years old, I bought “Sunglasses Is A Must,” A-Trak’s self-produced documentary, and continued to be astounded by his skills. Weather catching praise from the likes of Ice T, Prince Paul, Red Alert or Kanye West, whom he began DJing for circa 2006, everyone can appreciate a guy with a cool jacket who produces bangers. But A-Trak is more than just that.

In the graffiti world there are kings. Djing has its Grand Masters. And even though the brother of Chromeo’s David “Dave 1” Macklovitch is no longer solely considered a turntablist, (Danny Brown is signed to his Fool’s Gold record label) but rather headed towards the EDM sunset, it’s safe to say A-Trak will soon approach the DJ Hall of Fame.

Check this video of Trizzy absolutely killing his Boiler Room set and making me wish I had saved up some cash to make the haj to Los Angeles.

Favorites: the Mannie Fresh/Lil Wayne “Go DJ” beatjuggle @8:00. Oh yeah, and the J Dilla drops at the end are aiight.

 

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