Almost strictly #80s #djset yesterday. Fun to air all that stuff out. Some really nice surprises, and I few former sure-things just don’t work anymore. [ #setlist below] #austindj 

*Work For Love, #Ministry is a bit of lost classic when you consider the more well known part of their catalog. 

*99 Red Balloons — don’t play it in a DJ set. Period; especially if you have the English version. 

*Any Police works if you’re outside and it’s sunny. 

*Album versions of #daftpunk #GetLucky is great. 

*People love #MissingPersons even though they are not immediately recognizable to most. 

* #RunningUpthatHill into Big Love was a good idea. Works. Same drum beat. Although, sonically Big Love songs 100x better. 

*I bet you could play Everybody Wants to Rule the World 3x in as many hours stink-eye-free.

* Always end with Love Plus One. Always. 

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Drowned World/Substitute For Love, #Madonna

Walking On The Moon, #ThePolice

Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God), Kate Bush

Big Love, Fleetwood Mac

When The World Is Running Down, The Police

T’ain’t What You Do (It’s the Way That You Do It), Fun Boy Three

99 Red Balloons, Nena

Too Shy, #Kajagoogoo

Set Adrift on Memory Bliss, PM Dawn

Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, Culture Club

Voices Carry ‘Til Tuesday

Never Let Me Down Again, #DepecheMode

Cruel Summer, Bananarama

Work for Love, Ministry

Hold Me Now, Thompson Twins

Instant Crush, Daft Punk Feat. Julian Casablancas

Everybody Wants To Rule The World, #TearsForFears

Pelota (Cut a Rug Mix), Khruangbin & Quantic

Enjoy The Silence, Depeche Mode

A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays, De La Soul

Crazy (12_ Mix), Icehouse

Cold Heart (PNAU Remix), Elton John & Dua Lipa

Get Lucky, Daft Punk Feat. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers

Me Myself and I, De La Soul

Holiday, Madonna

Pale Shelter, Tears For Fears

Dance Reaction, #MetroArea

Bizarre Love Triangle, #NewOrder

Chameleon (feat. Kira Divine), #PNAU

(Keep Feeling) Fascination (Extended Version), The Human League

Dreams (Gigamesh Remix) Fleetwood Mac

If You Love Somebody Set Them Free (My Songs Version), Sting

The Jam, Kideko

Lover Come Back (To Me) [Extended Version], Dead or Alive

Love My Way, The Psychedelic Furs

Don’t Go (Re-Mix), Yazoo

Ray Of Light, Madonna

The Telephone Call, Kraftwerk

Just Can’t Get Enough (Schizo Mix), Depeche Mode

Regret (New Order Mix), New Order

Words, Missing Persons

Love Plus One, #Haircut100

Beautiful sunset @ Lost Creek Country Club

Had a fantastic Saturday night, pool-side set. Beautiful vibes all around. I am at my level best @ this kind of gig.

Actually hanging up the solo electronic/ acoustic spurs for a bit to concentrate on these DJ sets.

Gives me a greater opportunity to share music I love, keeps me so current — searching for new cuts, and I can mix in my own electronic stuff (that fits).


Walking on the Moon – The Police
A classic, ushering in the right feel.

All I Want to Do – UB40
Deep cut from my favorite album of theirs. Such a great groove. Amazing drum machine and bass (machine) too.

Natty Dread – Bob Marley
All time favorite Bob track. So chill.

T’aint What You Do – Fun Boy 3
So weird and great.

Non Stop – Kraftwerk
One of the greats. This is a newer remix. Absolutely love the mood here.

Verona – Lastlings
Nice, close song. I think I heard it in passing on Apple Music.

Rat in Mi Kitchen – UB40
Couldn’t help myself. Had to go back to the well.

Fems Pay Douces – Raphael Toiné
Heard this via Paris’ Le Mellotron. Shows up in a lot of folks sets. How could you not love this guy?

I Fell it Coming – The Weekend/ Daft Punk 
Such a jam. Chorus is repeated a lot. Not sure the kids know what he’s talking about, luckily.

Sentimental Street – Night Ranger
Again, I can not help myself sometimes with the 80’s.

Paradise (live) – Sade
Thee deepest of grooves. Love this whole record too.

Wouldn’t it Be Good – Danny Hutton Hitters
A classic. Good break-the-sounds-up song. A bit cheesy, version-wise.

A Message to You Rudy – The Specials
Perfect pool-side music. Drunken horns on a Saturday after noon are perfection.

Down Under – Men at Work
Always sounds great loud. You wouldn’t think, but it’s true.

Brother’s Cup – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Wasn’t sure about this one. Kept waiting for an errant blue word. Never came!

Matadjem Yinmixan – Tinarwian
I love this song so much. Perfect chill afternoon vibe.

Cruel Summer – Bananarama
Ditto. Love this too. Sounds so wooly and perfectly of its time.

Where Angels Fear to Tread – Disclosure 
Amazing. The whole thing; every facet. Made me a fan of these guys.

Meditate – INXS
Weird, but it worked. Forget how it even got on the playlist.

Oguo – Lakou Mizik & Joseph Ray
I almost misted-up when this started. Such amazing work here combining the rural, very real island life with the modern. Breathtaking. Watch the video. Reminds you what an amazing world we live in.

Secrets – The Weekend
The most modern way to cover songs ever. Genius.

Adventure of a Lifetime – Coldplay
No apologies for loving theses guys. This record changed the course of my life.

Crazy – Gnarls Barkley 
Classic. Everybody loves it. Period.

Bad Dream – Cannons
How cool is this? Love these guys.

Love is Not Enough – Above & Beyond ft. Zoë Johnson
Beautiful remix. And that voice. Wow.

Chameleon – Panu
Happiest song ever? I could listen to it over-and-over-and-over.

Warning Signs – Alan Fitzpatrick & Lawrence Hart
This has been playing in the car a lot. Like a lot.

One More Time – Daft Punk
I can still remember the first time I heard this. Fell right in love.

Sailing – Chicane
Cool idea and execution. Prefect for the Country Club afternoon set. Tailor made.

Beyond Beliefs – Ben Böhmer
The summer song of 2021. For sure.


The Telephone Call – Kraftwerk
Yes! Current favorite Kraftwerk song.

SuperJumper – MadMixMustang
So ridiculous.

The home, manual beat matching set-up.

Saturday I am opening for myself, or as I like to call it, playing myself in.

Here’s the pick-list: https://embed.music.apple.com/us/playlist/21-7-10-dj-crate/pl.u-Z6Wmjtq6KvN

My first steps from zero to hero:

  1. What’s Good? Favorite DJ resource on the Internet (a/k/a Youtube) is Digital DJ Tips. Honerable mention to DJ Tech Tools as well.
  2. Can I stream? No you cannot stream form Apple music or Spotify. You have to to sign up for Tidal, but I am not using streaming this time around.
  3. How to Setlist? Per Digital DJ Tips’ advice, I have twice as much music ready as I need packed neatly into a Serato, in order of BPM, which is probably how I will play it. Organization has been the best digital tip (of many). I’ve watched a ton of Phil’s content on repeat, and his patience is saintly.
  4. What’s your thing? Know what you’re after. I mix like a vinyl DJ, and that’s making the first outing easy: emphasis on vibe and mood, not non-stop dancing. Making this distinction–figuring out the what and how, will save heartache down the road.
  5. What’s been the best? The internet (Youtube) is filled with some really amazing feats of curation an dexterity from DJ’s all over. A lot of great Brazilian action out there right now. As a closeted sp-404 guy, I found LeMellotron in Paris, and their DJ sets are second to none. I love all of their programing.
  6. What about your original music? It’s all affecting the music I’m making now. This week’s track is a prime example.
  7. This guy

Next post: set building.