I have a few photos here of my studio transformation/evolution from 2007 to 2019.
The 2007 studio rocked out with 2 stanton st8-150s, a stanton m.270 mixer and Mixvibes DVS with laptop. I had my setup in a closet in my 1 bedroom condo for 10 years.
My current studio (2019) includes Pioneer DDJ-sx3, 2 stanton st8-150s, a stanton m.270 mixer, 2 laptops, HD tv, 32in monitor and hacked Ikea built booth. I also have a bomb ass office space. I have moved down from upstairs in our unfinished bonus room above the garage to our finished basement.
The evolution of myself as an artist has grown along with my tech. I don’t know what is around the corner, but I am pretty damn happy right now.
Suga7 – CAME HERE (ORIGINAL MIX)
Midas, Deekline, SIMM, Jason Laidback – TAKE ME AWAY (MIKE DELINQUENT PROJECT REMIX)
GUSTOLABS – BEST AROUND! (DETACH REMIX)
DJ Randy – AQUA FRESH (ORIGINAL MIX)
DJ Icey – PUMP THE BASS (PEACE TO ALL THE DJS)
DJ Not Applicable – UNNAMED ARTIST
Stanton Warriors – HANDZ UP (WEST BAM REMIX)
Donna Dee And Guests – HERE WE GO BLAH! (BREAKS MIX)
DJ 43 – PEPPER SPRAY (MIKE AND CHARLIE REMIX)
Infiniti – BLINDED BY THE LIGHT
DJ Self, Katharina Santana – SEEN THE LIGHT (LOST BREAK MIX)
Naked Electric and LD7 – ALONE (TRANSFORMER MAN REMIX)
MOTIVBREAKS & THE PUSH – RELEASE ME (SUGA7 REMIX)
ANONYMS – LET IT DROP (ORIGINAL MIX)
B-Phreak – REPEATED GROOVE (BEAT ASSASSINS REMIX)
Staxia – LET’S MOVE ON (ORIGINAL MIX)
DJ Santana – TAKE ME AWAY(MIX FACTORY)
I have been depressed for about 2 – 3 months now. I am working with my doctor to get a med change in order. It is a bitch because I am weening off of one medication and onto another. The one good thing – a side thing – is that it provides me with an opportunity to re-evaluate my to do lists and really get into a good mindset.
Exercising more and doing more creative things as well longer more distant goals which I list in my to do list for those things. I am adding in some reading as well as trying to get myself back to the level of drawing I was at before my life turned to shit. Now I am back and need to get my art skills back up to par – perhaps even getting better.
I have an art store online that I am selling my paintings on and creating art has become more and more a part of my life. I am feeling that creative juice starting to build up. Mind you – this could all be because my new medication is making me manic, but I have not felt the downside of mania yet.
I live in New England and it gets pretty fucking cold up here. It is not yet half way though October and it is starting to get cold. I have to work indoors or my paints will freeze. Also, my wife’s car has to be pulled into the garage when we get snow and we get tons.
Last year was a mild winter, but we still had a couple of blizzards with snow accumulation of 6 or more inches. We have a snow blower that stays in the garage in between our 2 cars. The blower is fierce on our driveway. Other people on our block redo their driveway to keep them prisitine not to mention getting their lawns maticulously manicured and tended to by professionals. I do our yard.
So I need to move my art inside. The good thing is that I no longer do acrylic pours that run over the edge of the canvans and create huge pools of paint. My new technique is much cleaner – the should be no run off ever. I was thinking about a place to dry my paintings, but realized that I could just leave it where I painted. In the garage, the cardboard I was using got all bogged down and warped that I could not keep the painting there before it bleed and ruined the whole thing.
I am now preping my canvas with gesso. I did not do that before. It is good for the flow of the paint as the paint does not soak into the canvas. The main reason I decided to add that step is there are about 6 – 8 paintings that have just bled to death. I cannot sell those – they are terrible. I need to gesso over them to cover up the old paint.
So today I relocate my art studio inside into my basement. It will be good. I hated going into the garage regardless of the temperature. I am not even going to get into the 2 years I spent in our unfinished bonus room over our garage add the mercy of the elements. I do not know how I did it now that I am all nice and cozy in our finished basement with much more than a man cave – it is my studio for both art and music and is completely furnished and decorated. I even have an original DAIM print.
Here’s a nod to mother nature and she affects us here in New England.
Taishan – THE SHAKE OFF
White Label – BREAK IT DOWN
WHAT MUST I DO (ORIGINAL MIX)
Defkline, Red Polo – OH SEVRE! (BREAKBEAT GARAGE MIX)
DJ Nipper – DROP THE BEAT (ORIGINAL MIX)
White Label – HOW THE BASS KIX
Tony Faline – GOT TO HAVE IT (CLUB 1509 REMIX)
DJ Debbie D – LIKE DAT (HATE N BEANZ REMIX)
Freestylers – DON’T STOP
Infiniti – RUNNING AWAY
Agent K & Factor E – START THE PANIC (DJ FIXX BOTTOM END REMIX)
2 FAT BUDDAHS/FATHEAD – CUT THE MUSIC (WEEKENDER REMIX)
Avicii & Sebastien Drums – MY FEELINGS FOR YOU (YREANA RERUB) (SIMO EDIT)
Antillas, Fiora – DAMAGED FEAT. FIORA (GREEN & FALKNER REMIX)
I am going to be branching out into a new genre/type of music. I am preparing to put up a downtempo podcast. It is something I have always wanted to do and now have the opportunity to do so.
I have dropped a 4 hour live online radio show leaving a free day in my week. I am using that time for production, but now also for downtempo mixing/experimenting. I am looking forward to actually getting around to start this new musical journey.