Is your music collection arranged in a chronological, alphabetical or autobiographical order? Here is episode #14 of Aka Tell´s “Hangover Sessions”.
[find the whole article and the tracklist after the jump]
I assume most of you know the book “High Fidelity” by Nick Hornby or the film by the same name with John Cusack. It is about a group of music nerds (and also a love story and stuff) and – as a side note – it also treats the topic of how to organize your records. It features the awesome line “I guess it looks like if you are reorganising your records. Chronological? No. Not Alphabetical? Nope…. Autiobiographical.” (At least this line is included in the film, I can´t remember if it´s in the book. You can watch the sequence here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQvOnDlql5g)
To organize your music collection is, of course, very important if you are a DJ. But you might want to follow other criteria than a music consumer. It is important to find a track as fast as possible, if you already know what you are looking for. If you have a digital music collection this is rather easy, if you prefer vinyl or CDs this becomes more difficult. And if you do not already know what exactly you are looking for, but have a vague idea of what would be the perfect next record, you will be the faster – and this way better – DJ if you have your music sorted accurately. The most common method is to classify your records in musical genres – and of course sub-genres. But how to arrange it within these genres? And doesn´t it make more sense to arrange your music like a set or a night in a club – with an introduction, a peak time and some stuff for the late hours, when everybody is wasted? Or maybe a combination?
If you played a new record successfully, you will always remember how it sounds, how it´s sleeve looks like and where you filed it. So I think every DJ´s collection is at least partly autobiographic. And that´s why I love this line in this movie so much!
My Hangover Sessions #14 mix is a further development of a style I already brought up in the last months. A lot of future techno (as it seems to be called now) – which is actually a mixture of acid synths, electro and dirty minimal techno – and related stuff. I always like to include some deep tunes into my mixes, although I have to admit I do not play them in clubs that often.
I have not been DJing that much in the last few weeks, as we were finishing our album and doing a lot of studio and label work. But I will be out in the clubs again soon and I am curious about how this will affect the Hangover Sessions.
Aka Tell´s Hangover Sessions is a series of monthly dj mixes. For one hour Aka spins the tracks that he loved most, that influenced him or about that he really had to say some words during the last few weeks. Every mix is accompanied by an article on discodemons.net in which he is disclosing thoughts, stories and anecdotes about that mix, the last month and DJing in general.
Aka Tell is a member of the electro house act A.G.Trio. Together with Andy Korg he heads the austrian electro house label Etage Noir Special. He has been active as a DJ for more than 10 years. Aka Tell lives in Vienna, Austria.
TRACKLIST HANGOVER SESSIONS #14
Handbraekes – Callgurls
Nicky Romero – Generation 303
Das Glow – Concrete
Electric Soulside – L.A. Invasion
Keith & Supabeatz – Grip (Modek Remix)
J-Trick – Wanksta
SCNTST – Highfield (Dunjinz Remix)
Sound Of Stereo – Watt
Sharooz – Osiris
Haezer – Monkey
Volta – Keyboard 47 (Dunjinz Remix)
ZZT – Work
NT89 – Voices
The Sneekers – G.A.S.
Le Petit Belge & Le Cheval – Jolly Jumper
Mumbai Science – Reality
Swick & Tranter – Mad Dings
Zoo Brazil – Game Face
autoKratz – Splinters
Ego Troopers – Polar
Djedjotronic – Walk With Me