Dyro – Set Me Free EP

So the new Dyro EP came out and I’m completely  stoked about it. Every track is solid and it even includes a collab with one of my favDyro Set Me Free EPorite rap groups Dope D.O.D. Here’s my thoughts on each track.

 

https://soundcloud.com/wolvrecords/dyro-x-loopers-set-me-free?in=wolvrecords/sets/dyro-set-me-free-ep-1

 

The title track is some solid Electro House with some amazing sound design and solid vocal work. The track has a little bit of a rock in roll feel along with some great Dub style synth design.

 

https://soundcloud.com/wolvrecords/dyro-surrenda-feat-le-prince?in=wolvrecords/sets/dyro-set-me-free-ep-1

 

The second track Surrenda features Le Prince is a little bit of a faster Drumstep style track with a futuristic sound. It’s definitely a darker sound than the title track.

 

https://soundcloud.com/wolvrecords/dyro-x-dope-dod-predator?in=wolvrecords/sets/dyro-set-me-free-ep-1

 

Predator is Dyro’s collab with Dope D.O.D. is definitely my favorite track on the EP. It’s very dark lyrics and heavy Dub style bass are a perfect fit for each other. I would absolutely love an entire collab album.

 

https://soundcloud.com/wolvrecords/dyro-artifact?in=wolvrecords/sets/dyro-set-me-free-ep-1

 

Artifact is a Dub-Electro track with a really strong heavy kick throughout driving the track on a sonic journey. This track has that larger than life sound that I can’t wait to play through a large club system.

101 Things in 1001 Days Challenge

My publicist Jennifer Nickert introduced me to the Day Zero Project and has been trying to convince me to take the plunge and participate in setting goals in the same manner so I decided to finally do it. For more information on the Day Zero Project check out https://dayzeroproject.com/about.

This challenge is basically a list of 101 things you want to accomplish in 1001 days.  I am starting today, so I will finish on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.   Keep checking back to see how I am doing on my list.

  1. Write a blog article for everything on this list I complete.
  2. Learn to play the Piano.
  3. Learn a new word every week.
  4. Learn photo shop.
  5. Be able to edit my own videos.
  6. Be able to create all my own flyers.
  7. Exercise every week.
  8. Get 6 pack abs.
  9. Eat at 12 restaurants that have been featured on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives. 0/12
  10. Cook 52 new recipes. 0/52
  11. Learn a second language.
  12. Purchase a House.
  13. Go 1 full day without using my phone or laptop.
  14. Take my lady and kids on a vacation that doesn’t involve any work.
  15. Go on a cruise.
  16. Watch 100 full tutorials. 0/100
  17. Monthly Podcast for the entire 1001 days.
  18. Have my own Merchandise line.
  19. Have 6 sponsorship’s.
  20. Film 4 music videos. 0/4
  21. Buy a new vehicle for my wife.
  22. Buy a new truck for myself.
  23. Throw one GIGANTIC ass party.
  24. Go to 4 museums. 0/4
  25. Too private for blogging, lol.
  26. Grow at least 1 cannabis plants.
  27. Be able to live & pay all bills off farming.
  28. Go to my 1st major festival.
  29. Go to a Lions game.
  30. Go to a Pistons game.
  31. Go to a WWE PPV.
  32. Go to a play.
  33. Go to an art museum.
  34. Walk in a parade.
  35. Visit 5 countries. 0/5
  36. Give good butt loving to my lady every night of the 1001 days. Failed, sleeping on couch.
  37. Go to the shooting range.
  38. Go on a helicopter ride.
  39. Do yoga at least 5 times a month.
  40. Rollerblade again.
  41. Buy a bike and start riding.
  42. Brew my own beer.
  43. Take family to the zoo.
  44. Take my kids fishing.
  45. Write a short story.
  46. Go hiking or on a nature walk once a week with my lady (Weather permitting).
  47. Go 7 days without using FaceBook. 0/7
  48. Own a Rolex.
  49. Go Skydiving.
  50. Drive a Ferrarri.
  51. Go on a hot air balloon ride.
  52. Go on a horse and buggy ride with my wife.
  53. Buy a new computer.
  54. Learn how to program lighting for shows.
  55. Shoot a gun.
  56. Ride a Motorcycle.
  57. Go Camping.
  58. Start a college fund for my kids.
  59. Start a retirement fund for myself.
  60. Use acapellas in my sets.
  61. Beat Juggle during sets.
  62. Scratch during sets.
  63. Incorporate a remix deck.
  64. Buy 900 nexus DJM.
  65. Buy 2 2000 nexus CDJ’s.
  66. Do 24 overnight gigs. 0/24
  67. Learn how to midi map.
  68. Design my own midi controller.
  69. Spin Movement.
  70. Spin Ibiza.
  71. Get 10,000 likes on FB page.
  72. Write 100 blog articles. 0/100
  73. Complete 10,000 hours practice & production. 0/10,000
  74. Produce 24 finished tracks.
  75. Create music playlists for different events.
  76. Break Guinness Record for longest DJ set.
  77. Compete in DJ Battle.
  78. Win a DJ Battle.
  79. Release 3 EP’s. 0/3
  80. Release 1 LP.
  81. DJ in over 20 different States. 0/20
  82. Have a gig in a foreign country.
  83. Create a Youtube channel.
  84. Create a Loop pack for Download.
  85. Create 100 cheer mixes. 0/100
  86. Create 10 royalty free tracks for videography use. 0/10
  87. Create entrance music for at least 10 fighters. 0/10
  88. Produce stickers to pass out.
  89. Have a new logo made.
  90. Read 24 books. 0/24
  91. Earn $250,000.
  92. Create a networking group.
  93. Volunteer at 10 events. 0/10
  94. Read at least 12 of my books on the Nook. 0/10
  95. Go 30 consecutive days without soda. 0/30
  96. Successfully use a planning system.
  97. Learn to spin poi.
  98. Go to Mackinac Island.
  99. Learn 10 hat tricks. 0/10
  100. Learn to play the piano.
  101. Create a mission statement.

 

That’s my plan for the next 2.75 years. It was really a cool experience even coming up with my list. It makes you really think about your goals and direction. I am hoping that blogging to all of you will help drive me to keep up with this list.

I challenge all of you to make a lit yourself and post a link in the comments. Tell all of us how you are doing on your goals. Wish me luck, send me encouragement and good luck to you too!

 

DJ Dock

 

 

 

 

 

My Top 5 Favorite MitiS Tracks

With MitiS coming to Detroit Jan 16th, 2016 for The Rapture put on by Headliners Ent. I thought I would put a list of my 5 favorite MitiS tracks.  I can’t wait to spin at this show.  mitis

 

  1. Heavyweight – Butterknife(MitiS Remix)

 

This track falls at the bottom of the top 5 mainly because of it being a remix, but it’s actually one of my favorite tracks that he’s done. From the chopped up vocals to the ebb and flow of mellow and heavy, this track has some of my favorite builds in all EDM.

 

 

  1. MitiS – Born Ft Collin McLoughlin(Vocal Mix)

 

MitiS has some of the best vocals in EDM in my opinion and this is a shining example of that. The instrumental on this track plays with your emotions complementing the vocals perfectly.

 

 

  1. MitiS – Change Will Come(Instrumental Mix)

 

I’m not usually a Drum and Bass guy, but I love this track, but this track really pops out to me. Rather than being super heavy, it’s very light and airy to me.

 

 

  1. MitiS – Living Color(Original Mix)

 

I just love this track from start to finish. From the light plucky synth at the beginning to the minimal vocals laced throughout it has great builds and once the drop at the end hits it might not be the heaviest but it’s absolutely perfect for the track.

 

 

  1. MitiS – Oasis Ft CryWolf(Vocal Mix)

 

This Dubstep track isn’t your typical heavy ass balls to the wall bass heavy track, but again he has amazing vocals topped with amazing synth work. The build into the drop flows so smooth that I can fit it into any mix whether Dubstep or Trap. Then the light beautiful piano work at the beginning of the re-build isn’t something you hear in EDM all that much anymore and separates MitiS from most producers.

 

 

Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1496158220685376/ for more information on The Rapture at the Works Jan 16th, 2016.

 

 

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Wicked Halloween Playlist

Halloween PlaylistMy surefire Halloween song list for your party or to play for Trick or Treaters.  Make sure to tell me your suggestions in the comments.

  1. Riot Ten & Jack Bass remix of – This is Halloween
  2. Kill Paris Remix – Ghostbusters
  3. Oingo Boingo – Dead Man’s Party
  4. The Black Keys – Howlin’ For You
  5. Santana – Black Magic Woman
  6. The Addams Family Theme
  7. The Munsters Theme Song (Sampled by Fall Out Boys on their track Uma Thurman)
  8. Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra
  9. The Cramps – Zombie Dance
  10. DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – A Nightmare on My Street
  11.  Lady Gaga – Monster
  12. Zevon – Werewolves of London
  13. Bro Safari feat. DJ Craze – Spooked

Just a  few quick Halloween songs for your playlist.  Thanks for visiting.  Check out my Facebook for more.  DJ Docks Facebook

Christmas in Detroit

This has been on of my favorite Christmas seasons probably of my life.  I’ve had some great shows, kToys for Totsiller friends, awesome kids and I love my wife with all my heart.  The wife’s family is cool as hell and there are a lot of them.  We’ve been having a good time.

Another thing I never really got the chance to do was help so many good organizations.  In the last few years we’ve made some great connections with some very good Charities like the Wayne Goodfellows and Toys for Tots among a few others.  This season I donated my time to DJ for both of those charities.  I’ve done three Toys for Toys parties this month alone.  We had a great group of people help us with our own Ugly Sweater Party to benefit Toys from Tots.

The event was a huge success, with a lot of help from from friends and a lot of area businesses we donated 25 (I think that was the final number), about 12 full boxes of toys and cash which we used to buy more toys.  All of our Djs, performers and Go-Go girls donated their time for Toys for Tots.  It was a great feeling and a lot of work.

Big THANK YOU to Sparrow from Front Row Bar in Southgate who let us use his bar and donated a free buffett and drink specials to people who brought toys or made a donation, Big B from LovetheBeaver.com who organized the bikes being bought and picked up and delivered, Power House Gyms (Lincoln Park, Dearborn & Brownstown), Frank Nitty Events, Tequila Cabresto, Mike Sickinger for being our Dirty Santa, Tittle Brothers Construction, RightWay Auto, Pro Wrestling All-Stars, our fabulous Pulsegroove Go-Go dancers headed up by Summer Cobb, the awesome DJs: Dock, Aich, Panic Attack, NickyBoom, Broley, Ian Strange, Aimo, Laudible, Jared Michael, Jesus, and special thank you to Flash Flood for his performance.
Christmas Kids & Santa

We even had Santa come and surprise the kids at our house.  We came home from a family party and walked in the catch Santa putting presents under the tree.  Santa had presents for the niece and nephews that came along, he had the gifts for our kids and read them the Night Before Christmas.  I think the adults, especially my brother in law were more excited than the kids.

 

 

I hope all of you have an awesome Christmas and New Year!

Dock

 

 

 

P.S.  Here is a cool article about Christmas Traditions in Detroit:  http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20111218/METRO07/112180303

 

Tips For DJ’s

As I get more into the promoter side of things I realize that DJ’s could do things a lot better to get themselves booked. Here are some simple things that you can do to help yourselves when talking to promoters and clubs.

The number one thing you can do when you reach out to promoters is to make sure you have all of your information ready to give them when they ask for it, especially your social media links. If you have to set up bookmarks in your computer so you have them ready to go. Don’t make them search for them, don’t make them go to your webpage where they are listed. Send them a list of all the links (Your webpage, your facebook, your soundcloud, twitter, etc), your real name, your DJ name and your phone number.

Secondly be ready to give references when asked. A lot of promoters want to know what promoters you’ve worked for in the past. It might also be useful to have some of the digital flyers for events you’ve been on stored on your computer so you can quickly show them examples of events you’ve been on. Make to ask the promoters if you can give their phone number or email as a reference. They won’t appreciate a ton of calls during their busy day if they didn’t give permission.

The third thing you need to be prepared with is how much you want to earn to be a part of the event. If you are a starting DJ then you should consider certain things such as the exposure you’ll get from the event, will your name or likeness appear on the flyer, and the venue the event is being held. For a starting DJ getting the exposure of being on a high profile event or your name on the flyer can mean more than the $20-$200 you might earn from spinning another show that’s not as high profile. The same goes for spinning at certain venues. Having the opportunity to spin at some of the biggest clubs in your area could be worth a lot more than you might typically get from other venues. Consider the benefits (will this show promote more, will their be reporters and press coverage, will it be videos or televised?).

Always be professional and use proper grammar and sentences. Use spellcheck. Reaching out to a new venue or promoter is starting a job interview. Your first response could be the only shot you have.  Be brief, courteous, and direct. Give your links or samples in your first email if possible.

Just a few things to keep in mind to make your life and the promoters lives easier. Good luck!

My Thoughts on the Grammys

Pharrell grammy hatSo, tonight was the Grammys and to be honest it was kind of what was expected.  No surprises in who one the awards, some great performances and some ones that were in my opinion just plain boring and forgettable.  I missed the beginning and didn’t get to see Jay-Z and Beyonce perform.  I came in during LL Cool J’s terrible monologue and began to wonder why he was even chosen as a host, and my opinion didn’t get any better as the night went on.

Lorde did an amazing rendition of her hit Royals. Katy Perry had a phenomenal stage presentation for Dark Horse. Pink had an amazing acrobatic act at the beginning of her performance. Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar was fantastic and got my vote for favorite performance of the night ending their performance getting shot with paint cannons.  Paul McCartney showed he’s still got it and even allowed Ringo to share the stage with him, even after showing earlier in the night that he should probably retired from music.

Seeing the Highway Men back on stage with Blake Sheldon and Merle Haggard filling in for the members who have passed was a real treat for me as a fan of real country music.  Seeing Daft punk on stage with some legends and current stars was something special that most people watching won’t even get.  Metalica blew me away with a  new rendition of One, which is one of my all time favorite songs.  Macklemore had a great performance until Madonna, who looked like she got hit by a bus, came out and ruined it.  The unlikely pairing of Miranda Lambert and Billy Joel gave an amazing tribute to the Everly Brothers.

Daft Punk was the big winners of the day, which it’s about time that electronic music take home some of the big awards.

I know I skipped some performances and those were the ones that were either to boring to terrible to mention. As I mentioned earlier Ringo was terrible and gets my award for the worst performance of the night!

Bookings

I’m pretty excited with all the new bookings coming up.  My calendar is starting to fill up pretty nicely for 2014, including several weddings.  My booking agent and I had a conversation this week about possibly going on tour in late 2014 or 2015.  I’m excited and nervous.  I would love to do a tour and a few festivals, but I have big concerns about finding the time to travel and work out time with my kids too.

I’m just going to go with the flow and cross my fingers all this momentum and interest in booking me continues.   I’ll let the agent and publicist handle that and I will sit here listening and producing music in the meantime.  In fact, as we speak I am prepping for my show this weekend.

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Top 10 All Time Popular Line Dances

The crowd gets on their feet and they are all moving in unison smiling having a good time.  Line dances help get the night started sometimes.  Something familiar that people are comfortable dancing to and enjoying with their family and friends.

Here are DJ Docks Top 10 Line Dances of all time.  These are the most requested of all time in my years DJing.

1. Cupid Shuffle -song by Cupid

2. The Wobble -song by rapper V.I.C.

3.  The Cha Cha Slide  -DJ Casper

4. The Hustle -Van McCoy

5. The Electric Slide -Electric Boogie by Marcia Griffith

6. The Time Warp -The Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast

7. The Chicken Dance  -Henry Hadaway

8.  Cotton Eyed Joe -Rednex

9.  Boot Scootin’ Boogie -Brooks and Dunn

10. The Macarena -Los Del Rio

 

If you don’t know any of the dances and want to learn go search Youtube for the songs and free tutorials.  You can also find step lessons for each song by searching google.

Finding Your Style Part 1: The Music

club-music-dj-tbodSo everyone has their own opinion as to what makes a DJ and what the hardest part of being a DJ is. We all know it the DJ’s job to set the mood of the event, whether it be packing the dance floor with latest club tracks or playing some smooth sounds and a gallery opening, as well as everything in between.

 

Now that I’ve established what a DJ’s job truly is now comes the hard part. Discussing the hardest part of being a DJ and how to over come it. Most DJ’s will tell you that the hardest part of being a DJ is some technique that you must master, whether it is beat matching, scratching, proper mixing techniques or reading the crowd. Well, I’m going to call bullshit on that. You will learn all of those things as long as you stick it out long enough to become a professional DJ.

 

It is my opinion that the hardest part of being a DJ is to find your own style. All of the music and technique in the world wont help you if you don’t have your own style. Sure you’ll get jobs at bars doing the same thing as everyone else, but if you want to stand out and make it to the upper echelon of the DJ world you will not only need to learn as much as the technical side as possible but also how to put your own signature on it.

Now this might seem like common sense, but you would be surprised. The first step in finding your style is to decide what type of music your going to play. The easiest place to start is by simply playing what you already love to listen to, but the hard art comes when you are trying to chain the songs together.

 

… To Be Continued.