Sunday, January 22, 2012

Bolivia: Live at the Pump NightClub, Saint John

This past Friday night, I played at the Pump nightclub in Saint John, New Brunswick. I took some video and recorded my set, which I'll be sharing later in this post.

To give you some background on the set, I told Fred Bissnette that I wanted to bring an Allen & Heath Xone 4D mixer and do an Ableton Live set using the mixer as an audio mixer, but also using the MIDI controls at the same time to control many of the effects/controls in Ableton.

I decided to play a set of classic house tracks. And I'm serious when I say that; I really dug up some older classics, a la Nexus6ix and Tommy Knuckles style (for those of you from Atlantic Canada). Many of the tracks were released between 1995 and 2003. I couldn't find electronic copies of a lot of them, so although a few were bought from Beatport, I actually got most of these by ripping digital copies from my own old vinyl records. Unfortunately, the quality isn't "wave" quality for all of the tracks in the set, but I think that just adds to the authenticity of the set.

As usual, I was running late and didn't have as much time as I would have liked to prep before the show. It was a two-hour drive to get to Saint John, but luckily one of my friends (Ian Allen) was driving, so I had that time in the car to prep for the set on my laptop. I warped the tracks and barely had time to set up some basic effects - enough to get me started. I expanded on the layout of the session once I got into the club and started playing.

Here's a quick two-minute video that roughly explains how things were organized once I first got set up. As mentioned in the video, I set things up to be a bit more complex as I was playing, and added some extra mapping and processing:

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 here are the track listings from my set:

01. Crystal Waters, "Gypsy Woman" (Teddy Douglas Edit).
02. Alcatraz, "Give Me Luv" (Original Mix).
03. Funky Green Dogs, "Fired Up" (Twilo Anthem Edit).
04. Jungle Brothers, "I'll House You" (Club Mix).
05. Eddie Amador, "Rise" (New York Preacher Mix).
06. DJ Sneak, "All Over My Face" (Original Mix).
07. Deep Forest, "Deep Forest" (Sam Slam Remix).
08. Nuyorican Soul feat India, "Runaway" (Armand Van Helden's Mongoloids In Space Mix).
09. CZR feat Darryl Pandy, "Bed Enough."
10. George Morel, "Let's Groove" (Original Mix).
11. Cheek, "Venus" (Sunshine People Remix).
12. Eivissa, "Move Your Body" (Extended Mix).
13. Bionik Phunk, "In My Head" (ATFC's Timmys In My Head Remix).
14. Deep Swing, "In The Music" (Original Mix).
15. DJ Sneak, "Fix My Sink."
16. Chili Hifly, "Is It Love."
17. Pontiac, "Everybody Dance To The Music" (Carrad House Reprise Mix).
18. South Street Player, "Who Keeps Changing Your Mind" (Club Mix).
19. Joey Negro, "Love Hangover" (Joey Negro Luv 2 Dub).
20. Milk & Sugar, "Higher & Higher" (Montilla 2000 Remix).
21. Grace Jones vs Funkstar Deluxe, "Pull Up To The Bumper."
22. One Phat Deeva, "In And Out Of My Life" (Knee Deep Vocal Remix).
23. Octave One feat Urban Soul Orchestra, "Blackwater" (Original Mix).
24. Joey Negro, "Must Be The Music" (Crazibiza Remix).
25. Soul Providers, "Try My Love" (2001 Classic Vocal Mix).
26. Barbara Tucker, "Stop Playing With My Mind" (Whiplash & Turner Vocal Mix).
27. Bob Sinclair vs Bucketheads, "Gym Tonic" (Thomas Banglater Remix).
28. Back To Basics, "Where's My Money" (Bongo Beat Mix).
29. Shakedown, "At Night" (Kid Creme Club Mix).
30. Jerry Ropero, Denis The Menace, & Sabor, "Coracao" (Axwell Remix).
31. Love Connection, "The Bomb."
32. Max Linen, "The Soulshaker" (Original Mix).

I was going through the tracks a bit faster than I should have. I probably could have played the same music as a three hour set, instead of the slightly-under-two-hours that it was. To be honest, although rushing through the tracks led to a bit more variety and entertainment for the dance floor, I really think the set would have sounded better if I had mixed it over a longer period (less melodic overlaps and disharmonies in the key signatures). Also, the set is FAR more "busy" than I would play if I was playing progressive or tech-house, where I really aim for smooth mixes. The energy levels are high here, and there is a lot of chaos.

I'd like to thank Fred Bissnette (the resident DJ) for setting up this special event, Troy Morehouse (the owner at Pump), and the staff and other DJ's for making the night so fun. By the way, I'll leave you with an extra video of Fred DJ'ing with the Xone 4D and a pair of Pioneer CDJ players:

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