Friday, February 17, 2012

SHG Radio Show, Episode 100

Video tutorials about the production of this episode of Subterranean Homesick Grooves are at the bottom of this post.

Welcome to this week's edition of Subterranean Homesick Grooves™, a weekly electronica-based radio show presented originally on CHMA FM 106.9 at Mount Allison University in Atlantic Canada (but expanded to a distribution on other terrestrial radio stations), and also distributed as a global podcast through iTunes and numerous other sites. The show is normally programmed and mixed by Jonathan Clark (as DJ Bolivia), although some weeks feature guest mixes by other Canadian DJ's. The show encompasses many sub-genres within the realm of electronic dance music, but the main focus is definitely on progressive and tribal house, and a small amount of trance & techno. Liner notes for this episode (SHG 100) can be seen below.

Para la información en español, vaya aquí.

By the way, if you're looking for DJ mixes in styles other than progressive/tech-house, check out That page has a number of mainstream/top40 dance mixes (the "Workout Mix" series), as well as some deep house, drum and bass, and other styles.

Here's our Podcast Feed to paste into iTunes or any other podcatcher:

Older episodes of the show are not directly available from our main servers anymore, to conserve space for more recent episodes. However, all older episodes have been posted individually on SoundCloud, and also in archives of 25 episodes apiece (convenient for bulk downloading) from DJ Bolivia's Public Dropbox folder. That Dropbox link also has folders for individual tracks and remixes, project files and stem collections for producers who want to make their own remixes, videos, and other material. You don't even need to have a Dropbox account to download files from it.

Here’s a link so you can listen to the show or download it from SoundCloud:

Well, here we are with the 100th episode of Subterranean Homesick Grooves. I guess this is quite a milestone. To be honest though, I'm not surprised: I did start with three digit numbering of the episodes from the start, knowing that I'd enjoy the project and would want to keep producing the shows for a number of years.

This episode is probably going to be remembered as being unique not so much because of the special number 100, but rather because I used this week's episode as the focus of a series of three YouTube tutorial videos to teach people how professional DJ mixes can be created using the Ableton Live software suite. And to clarify, lest that type of production somehow detracts from the regular skills needed by a DJ to do live shows and mixes, I will also be producing a couple of additional tutorials series in upcoming months to cover live DJ'ing techniques. I'll describe those details in more detail further down this post, after the track listings.

I'd like to thank CHMA 106.9FM at Mount Allison University in eastern Canada for allowing me to get this project started. I'd also like to thank all of my regular listeners for their regular support, for sharing the show on your facebook pages, for tweeting about new episode releases, and for following on SoundCloud. You know who you are, and I hope to meet many of you in person some day.

And now, let's get back to the program. This episode is a bit different than most of the recent episodes. It isn't quite as energetic at the end as most, but I think I've picked out some interesting tracks. Several are actually older tracks from several years ago. I purposely put a different remix of Cream Sound's "Always," by one of my favorite producers (Snake Sedrick). I say "different" because I used the Stereotip Edit of this exact track on the very first episode of SHG. By the way, Cream Sound (from St. Petersburg) is somewhat unique on this show for another reason: she is one of the [unfortunately] small ranks of female producers out there. This mix also features a recent track by David Anthony, a friend of mine who was actually the first person to book me as a DJ at a "rave" style party, even though I had already been DJ'ing for fifteen years at that point.

I should point out, on an unrelated note, that today is a notable day for another reason. Today is the 30th anniversary of the passing of Thelonious Monk, one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time. If you ever get a chance, watch the 2001 movie, "Straight, No Chaser" to learn more about this legend.

Anyway, without any further ado, here are Track Listings for episode 100:

01. Reflect Grace, "I'm A Robot, Not A Human" (Original Mix).
02. Kachu MX, "Orlando" (Original Mix).
03. Monodrive, "Deeper Sight" (Monodrive's Rainy Day Mix).
04. Trim The Fat, "Disco Head" (Original Mix).
05. Philip Jo, "Su Vit Nastis" (Original Mix).
06. DJ Smilk & Black Criss, "Is The True" (Original Mix).
07. David Anthony, "High Tech Soul."
08. Bas Struik, "Transitions" (Original Mix).
09. Vincent Villani, Kevin G, & Chriis Cruz, "Planet Underground" (Original Takeover Mix).
10. John Sweet, "Sliding Behind Sun" (Claudio Climaco Remix).
11. Paul Jays, "Spiritual Battery" (Carlos Fauvrelle Remix).
12. Martin Bonansea, "Spirit Of Force" (Original).
13. Cream Sound, "Always" (Snake Sedrick Remix).
14. Ke Nobi, "Jump Into The Air" (Rodrigo Diaz Remix).
15. Arieldecks, "Indian Rules" (Original Mix).
16. Gomo, "Bandelay" (Mikel Ayerra & Ismael Alonso Remix).

Here are links either to personal websites, MySpace pages, or [usually] the SoundCloud pages for a few of the original artists and remixers/producers listed above:

Kachu MX (Mexico)
Trim The Fat (Britain)
Philip Jo (United Arab Emirates)
DJ Smilk (Colombia)
Black Criss (Colombia)
David Anthony (Canada)
Bas Struik (Netherlands)
Vincent Villani (United States)
Kevin G (United States)
Chriis Cruz (United States)
John Sweet (Britain)
Claudio Climaco (Italy)
Paul Jays (Portugal)
Carlos Fauvrelle (Spain)
Martin Bonansea (Argentina)
Cream Sound (Russia)
Snake Sedrick (Hungary)
Ke Nobi (Hungary)
Arieldecks (Spain)
Gomo (Spain)
Mikel Ayerra (Spain)
Ismael Alonso (Spain)

As mentioned above, this week's episode is somewhat special because I used it as the focus of a series of three YouTube tutorials to help teach Ableton Live users about ways to use the software in a programmed DJ'ing environment.

The first video teaches viewers how to warp tracks in Ableton, which is the key first step before the software can be used effectively for DJ'ing:

The second video is a very in-depth look at how to put together an entire DJ mix using the arrangement view of Ableton. Anyone with a basic understanding of music and of any sort of audio/technical software should be able to follow along and learn how to do the same thing:

The third video is designed to teach you the very basics of mastering (specifically focusing on how to tidy up a DJ Mix), and ends with a few thoughts about marketing your mix once it is finished and ready to share with your fans.

If you're a producer who is interested in submitting music for possible inclusion on future episodes of SHG, visit DJ Bolivia's SoundCloud dropbox. Please note that not all submitted mixes will be played on the show. If you have a track that fits the format (progressive and/or tech-house), then your chances of having the track featured will increase.

Subterranean Homesick Grooves is a weekly specialty EDM music show with a basic weekly listening base of about 1500 listeners per week through podcasting and direct downloads, another hundred or so listeners through SoundCloud, and an unknown number of listeners through terrestrial FM broadcast. If you're a radio station programming director, and would like to add Subterranean Homesick Grooves to your regular programming lineup, contact for details. We currently release SHG as an advance download to a number of stations globally on a weekly basis (at no charge), and we welcome inquiries from additional outlets.

Go to the Mix Downloads page on the main DJ Bolivia website if you'd like to check out a number of our older shows, or visit our SoundCloud page for individual tracks and remixes.

We also have a file containing complete track listings from all of DJ Bolivia's radio shows, studio mixes, and live sets. The PDF version can be viewed from within your browser by clicking directly. Both the PDF and the Excel versions can be downloaded by right-clicking and choosing the "save link as" option:

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