Episode #31: This episode was live-streamed to the PyramindSF.TV Twitch channel. Greg speaks with Smasheltooth, a West Coast Dj, artist, and producer whose new album Smashel of Liberty comes out spring of 2023 on Mal Label Music.
Pyramind’s Director of Marketing Jeff Straw (aka DJ F) gives us 10 tips for DJing with an instrumentalist (or vice versa). He performs a groovy organic house / broken beat set utilizing both his tenor saxophone, as well as CDJs controlling Serato – before digging into some helpful rules he’s learned throughout his musical career.
Pioneer turntablist TurntablistDISK (aka DJ Disk) graced Pyramind with two exclusive scratching performances, as well as some insight into his philosophy on scratching. He also provided instruction on how to perform some of his favorite scratching techniques – including a yet-to-be-named scratch he recently created. He has shared the stage and scratched with legends such as Herbie Hancock, Primus, Buckethead, Tabla Beat Science and Bill Laswell.
In this tip, Pyramind instructor Will Marshall goes over his views on the advantages and disadvantages of DJing with Ableton verses CDJs. Will has performed using both, so he is able to speak to how he uses them for different types of performances. This is a must watch for up and coming producers who are getting ready to start performing live.
In this tutorial, Pyramind instructor Shawn Mercado (aka M3RC) goes over triggering hot cues in Slip Mode. Slip Mode is a feature that allows you scratch, loop, or trigger cues during playback while preserving the original playback of the track. This way, once you’re done triggering your cue etc., the track will continue to play as if you hadn’t manipulated it at all.
Having trouble mixing harmonically? In this tip, Pyramind DJ instructor Shawn Mercado (aka M3RC) walks you through a simple way to analyze your songs and plan your set accordingly. This will be especially helpful for those of you who aren’t very familiar with music theory.