Latest Mixes (April 2015)

Activation Breakbeat Session 07 by Dj Shaun on Mixcloud

Two hour set of breakbeat from 130bpm to 135bpm. Again with lots of tunes from VIM Records, LW Recordings, and Beat By Brain among other labels.

Activation Techno Session 25 by Dj Shaun on Mixcloud

Some house. Some techno. Lots of energetic grooves. There’s a huge blurry line between house and techno which I’m not afraid to cross. I have to admit I haven’t purchased a lot of house tunes lately. There’s literally hundreds of them released every day making it impossible to keep up. Recently I picked up some funky & tribal house tunes which a few I played in this set.

Latest Mix: Activation Techno Session 24

Activation Techno Session 24 by Dj Shaun on Mixcloud

“Activation Techno Session 24” is a 3 hour trip in funky, banging, energetic techno. Starts off in tech house territory around 130bpm and I work my way up in tempo from there finishing at 148bpm. Originally I was aiming for a 2 hour mix but then I was just feeling that groove and kept going. I honestly don’t know how some DJs can stop at 30 minutes. That’s just too damn short a mix for me.

Latest Mixes (March 2015)

Activation Breakbeat Session 05 by Dj Shaun on Mixcloud

“Activation Breakbeat Session 05” has breakbeat hardcore to dubstep. Energetic broken beats is where it’s at. Tracks are all in the 140-145bpm range. Heavily featured are tracks from the label Warehouse Wax Music. Also threw in a classic from Urban Hype which still sounds good 23 years later.

Activation Breakbeat Session 06 by Dj Shaun on Mixcloud

“Activation Breakbeat Session 06” is a two hour mix with a tempo that goes from 127bpm to 138bpm. Most of the tracks are from recent compilations released by VIM Records (based in Greece), LW Recordings (based in the UK), and Beat By Brain (based in Spain).

Activation Techno Session 22 by Dj Shaun on Mixcloud

“Activation Techno Session 22” features energetic tech house & techno with plenty of funk, disco, Latin, electro & tribal influences. In other words, there’s plenty of hardgroove techno.

Activation Techno Session 23 by Dj Shaun on Mixcloud

“Activation Techno Session 23” features techno. That pretty much says it all.

Latest Mixes: Activation Breakbeat Session 04 and Activation Techno Session 21

Activation Breakbeat Session 04 by Dj Shaun on Mixcloud

“Activation Breakbeat Session 04” mostly features recent releases with about half of which are from VIM Records. I’m really liking their breakbeat output right now. The mix starts off at 125bpm and then progressively climbs in tempo to finish at 138bpm.

Activation Techno Session 21 by Dj Shaun on Mixcloud

“Activation Techno Session 21” goes into the harder end of the techno spectrum with the tempo in the 150-155bpm range. Some tracks are dark with their industrial tones while others have a sense of fun despite the aggressive sound.

What? A New Post On My Blog?

I’ve neglected my music blog for the past few years but I think it’s time I started posting again. I think I’ll just write about the music I listen to and the mixes I’ve made though I’ll start by writing a bit about myself.

I’ve been a fan of music all my life. Born when disco was at it’s peak, I’ve always liked music with a good beat. In the late 1990s my interest in DJing got serious and I started collecting unmixed house & techno CDs. In September 2000, after a busy summer of working two jobs, I bought my first set of gear: Numark CDN-32s dual CD player and Gemini PS-626 Pro 2 mixer. I wish I had bought tabletop CDJs but they were just too pricey at the time. I still have that old gear boxed up. I haven’t used it since 2008. I loved that Gemini mixer. The only feature it was missing are EQ kill switches. It still works, though it has needed a new crossfader for many years. Because of that I spent years perfecting mixing with only the channel faders. From 2001 to 2006 I recorded a bunch of demos with that setup. Then life happened (professional IT career & family) and trying to become a full time professional DJ just wasn’t going to help pay the bills. When my 2nd kid was born in 2007 I barely had time to DJ for fun. In the mean time I slowly converted my entire 800 or so CD collection into MP3s. Then in 2008 I started fiddling with Traktor and then accumulated what is now my current controller setup: M-Audio X-Session Pro mixer, NI Kontrol X1 controller, and NI Audio 2 DJ audio interface. In December 2009 I decided to get back into DJing, but only as a hobbyist. Honestly, I wasn’t going to get tonnes of bookings in my town playing hard dance anyways! And with how the Internet had progressed, it was now possible to upload a long MP3 file in a decent amount of time. In 2010 I started by posting my mixes on my facebook page. After getting some feedback (and building back my confidence in my DJing skills) I moved on to proper music streaming platforms such as mixcloud.com and more recently mixcrate.com and house-mixes.com.

Most of my mixes (or podcasts if you like) are under the ‘Activation’ banner. I had some old demos called ‘Trance Activation’. I guess I liked the sound of it. The music activates your brain & your body. Which is fitting since most of my mixes are energetic, sometimes aggressive, and usually high in tempo (as in over 130bpm). At first my podcasts were mostly hard house, hard dance, uplifting trance, and hard trance. That was my comfort zone since that’s what I had been mixing since forever. But then I started venturing again into techno, psychedelic trance, hard techno & schranz, acid techno, and more recently breakbeats.

Well, that’s enough from me for now. Here’s my latest techno mix for all to enjoy:

Activation Techno Session 20 by Dj Shaun on Mixcloud