Four mixes out in seven days! Big Beat Beginnings was recorded just one week after my first mix, and must have been waiting in my brain for as long as many of these tracks had been out. For this mix, I wanted to highlight some of the tracks that were influential to my early interest in Electronic music. Growing up I was like a sponge for Dance Music, sucking it up from the few places I could find it - I had an older sister who was a raver and gave me a few tunes, Movie Soundtracks, TV Commercials, EA Video Game Soundtracks, a total of two friends who shared the interest in Country-Ass rural Delaware... This is an homage to some of those early Big Beat tracks that started the dryer spinning in the first place.
May 2011 is when I started releasing mixes as Sneakers in the Dryer. Prior to that, I recorded and posted about 15 mixes as "DJ Erock," a nickname I had been using since early high school - well before I understood what a DJ even did, I just knew I was into dance music. By 2009, when I first got a pair of turntables, I knew enough to know what a good DJ set should sound like and what it shouldn't. The DJ Erock mixes are probably closer to not good than they are good. As my hero, James Murphy says about DJing, "We want to take you on a journey" I released the mixes I recorded as DJ Erock as part of that journey - they're not technically perfect, they're not mind blowingly great, and they were never intended to be the final product of a DJ persona who would be seeking gigs. I just wanted to be transparent and share music a long my development. I'm uploading these mixes all to Soundcloud to have them archived for listening. Hopefully someone will enjoy, or at least take inspiration from these!
Ladytron - Mu-Tron
Fatboy Slim - Right Here, Right Now
The Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up
Basement Jaxx - Where's Your Head At?
Felix da Housecat - Silver Screen Shower Scene
The Faint - Dust
Alpinestars - Snow Patrol
Daft Punk - Human After All
The Chemical Brothers - Star Guitar
The Crystal Method - Busy Child
Wiseguys - Start The Commotion
The Bucketheads - The Bomb!
Torley Wong - Xristophan
Royksopp - Poor Leno
Moby - Porcelain
Venue CV :: (DC) 9:30 Club Backbar, MilkBoy Arthouse, Denizens, The Black Cat, The Barking Dog :: (Baltimore) Baltimore Soundstage, The 8x10, Domefest, The Depot, Hour Haus, Funk E Fest :: (Other) Awful Arthur's - Blacksburg VA, The Brunswick Hotel - Lancaster PA, The Whole Cannoli - Harrisburg PA, Bangaroc City Music Festival - Philadelphia PA
Appeared with :: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (x15), Papadosio, Space Jesus, Cristauff, Jon_MFD, Zoogma, Cloudchord, Mr. Bonkerz, FunkBot, DigitalDavy, Love City DJs, Segway, The Heavy Pets, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, Speakerbot and many more