Hello and welcome, my name is DJ Luke Stevens. I am a DJ, Turntablist, Producer, and Remixer from Detroit, MI, USA. I specialize in all flavors of House music, although I still have a place in my heart for Hip Hop music. Welcome to my new blog dedicated to remixing. More importantly, my blog is dedicated to the process of remixing music by analyzing the detailed steps and tools used by some of today’s hottest remixers.
I began Djing in the mid-80′s when Hip Hop (the rated PG version) was on the rise. In order to be taken seriously as a DJ during this time, you needed to be proficient in spinning the wheels of steel, a.k.a.turntablism. To this day, I still utilize the same basic DJ setup (two turntables and a mixer) but I have kept up with technology and have added a Traktor Scratch Pro setup (laptop, Traktor software, Traktor X1 controller, etc.) to my arsenal.
Initially I will examine my recent attempt at remixing J Scott G’s “Live The Life ft. Adam Lambert.” Anyone interested in remixing this song can head on over to the Fixt Remix website hosted by my friend Klayton (a.k.a. Celldweller.) Just sign up as a listener (free), upgrade your account to artist (free again), download the assets (my favorite word in this paragraph), remix to taste, and submit your remix by the deadline to be eligible for fabulous cash and prizes! As the famous (or infamous depending on your view) radio host Don Geronimo likes to say, “Yeah, baby!
I have spent countless hours remixing various electronic songs without too much success, if success is measured in satisfied listeners. Like many remixers before me, I tend to lack in the creativity department. When I initially envisioned starting a remixing blog, I was interested in creating a venue where I would start a remixing project and record my progress in video segments where you, the interested reader/blogger, could post your creative ideas for me to implement into the remix. Eventually, we would have a finished product that people may actually want to play every now and again. In general, I wanted to create a “community remix” so to speak. Although I haven’t ruled this idea out, I did decide I needed to start my blog now while I was still working on the aforementioned J Scott G remix which is due a few weeks away on Dec. 16, 2011.
Once again, hello, welcome to my blog, and thanks for taking a moment out of your day to be here.
DJ Luke Stevens :}