Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Las Vegas Mix from July 30th

I've got a mastered copy of the set that I played on July 30th, 2010, at the Defcon 18 Hackers' Convention.

A bit of background about the set:
- I was pretty reluctant to post this at first, because I didn't think it was that great. But after listening to it this week, I realized that it didn't turn out that badly.
- The first half hour has some rough mixes - the show was the first time that I had touched a pair of CD players in four months, so I felt a bit rusty. After realizing that I was a bit wobbly, I played extremely conservatively for the rest of the night, and just focused on making sure that the timing was good.
- I was playing on a mixer that I wasn't entirely familiar with, so there are no effects or filters in the set.
- Yeah, I screwed up a bit just before the 18:00 mark. I started to bring a track in, and faded it out quickly.
- The track of my own that I played during the set (Highway 22) was not mastered properly (I was working off a laptop and headphones all summer), so it sounded pretty lacklustre compared to the other tracks from Beatport and from other producers. I mixed out of it well before the end of the track for this reason. I won't apologize though, since my mastering of the full set this week masked some of that weakness.
- The end of the set was slightly distorted, I don't remember why I cranked the levels too high on that very last song. Not major, but noticeable to the trained ear.
- The mastering sort of tamed all the levels down for the version that you're downloading, but if you're a producer and looking at the audio file closely, you'll see where tProphet's announcements at the start were pretty peaked, so I ended up hard limiting them even after massive compression on the rest of the set.

The crowd was pretty much perfect for my first set in four months. About maybe 250-300 people by the time I finished playing, but it was more of a socializing crowd than a dancing crowd, since the event was a mixer party first and foremost. However, I was surprised to get quite a few people on the dance floor by the end of it.

I've played some of these tracks on my radio show in the past couple of weeks, and if you listen to both, you'll notice the ones on the show are different than the ones in this set. On the show, I don't edit any of the tracks, and leave all the breakdowns alone. For the live sets, I chop out almost all of the breakdowns and do a bit of other editing before I burn the tracks to CD, to keep the dance floor sweating. However, based on my positive experiences with making my radio show in Ableton lately, these could have be the very last two major live house/trance/techno shows that I ever perform using CD's. By the way, if you want to know which remixes I used as the basis for these edited tracks, you should be able to figure out most of it from the track listings of my Subterranean Homesick Grooves episodes from the past three weeks. If not, email me and I'll let you know which mixes I started with.

I played again the following night at the Ninja Party, off-strip. The Ninja set was amazing, in my own opinion, and one of the best shows that I've played. I'll be posting the mastered version of the Ninja Party set here in a few days. I have a radio show to make first though, for Friday night, and a show on Saturday night, so I probably won't have time to get the Ninja set online until Sunday. So think of this set as a warmup to the Ninja set.

This mix can be downloaded as part of an archive of all 28 of DJ Bolivia's available recordings of live shows, from the following Google Drive link:

The recordings are compressed as a RAR archive, which can be opened natively in Windows.  If you're using a Mac, you can use a free utility to open the RAR (popular examples are "The Unarchiver" and the "UnRarX" app).  The password to open the archive is simply 'bolivia' and the size of the download is 5.6 gigabytes.  If you have problems downloading this archive from the above Google Drive link, you can email DJ Bolivia at for an alternate download link.

Additional information about finding any of DJ Bolivia's older mixes can be found at this link:

Thanks for your interest in these old historical mixes!

And finally, here are track listings from the set:

01. Human Beans, Manambros, & Vidaloca - House Of The Rising Sound (Original Mix).
02. Edo van Asseldonk - Fly To The Moon (Bolivia's Re-Edit).
03. John Acquaviva & Ramon Zenker - Dot Bomb (Bolivia's Re-Edit).
04. Marco Bros - I Hook U Up (Bolivia's Re-Edit).
05. Helvetic Nerds - Mistaken Identity (Bolivia's Re-Edit).
06. Patrick Hagenaar - Work It Till Ya Pass Out (Bolivia's Re-Edit).
07. Basti M & Brockman - Sweet Sexy Housemusic (Bolivia's Re-Edit).
08. Marc DePulse - El Lobo Loco (Bolivia's Re-Edit).
09. Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoneick feat Shena - Nothing Better (Bolivia's Re-Edit).
10. Promonova - The Rhythm (Bolivia's Re-Edit).
11. DJ Ortzy - Infected (Bolivia's Re-Edit).
12. Horny United - Lady Of Ice (Bolivia's Re-Edit).
13. DJ Groover & Jelena Milosev - At Night (Bolivia's Re-Edit).
14. Stereofunk - Happy Piano (Bolivia's Re-Edit).
15. Bolivia - Highway 22 (Vegas Instrumental Dub).
16. Oliver Garcia feat Dilek Taskin - House Wa (Bolivia's Re-Edit).
17. Slava Flash & Alena Lvova feat Alena Lvova - Her Jogging (Bolivia's Re-Edit).
18. Technotronic, Dimitri Vegas, & Like Mike - Pump Up The Jam (Bolivia's Re-Edit).
19. Tune Brothers & Anthony Locks - I Like It 2010 (Bolivia's Re-Edit).

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