Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
LMAO...another great clip from my new favourite channel in the world BOONDOCKS BOOTLEG. Subscribe to that shit, seriously. Dudes are hilarious.
Here's 2 more clips to back up that assertation:
Black Jesus "Ridin Sweet"
Negro News Brief
DJ Semtex (BBC 1Xtra/Dizzee Rascal) showed some love to "Everything" over on his blog recently. (Thats him on the left next to some other guy).
Go check out his site, he has a ton of exclusive content, interviews and live clips with the worlds top hip-hop stars.
Monday, November 24, 2008
This Saturday (29th Nov) make your way to The Bacco Room (that's downstairs from Toto's on Nelson St., AKL City) for a great early Xmas party in support of the Bridge To Bridge Rowing effort. Event kicks off at 8. I'll be on after 10.
The Bridge To Bridge guys are attempting to be the first New Zealand Rowing team to cross the Tasman sea. They will be rowing all the way from Auckland Harbour Bridge to The Sydney Harbour Bridge. Its a huge undertaking so come along, have a great party and know your money is helping these guys achieve their goal. All profits from ticket sales go directly to the Bridge To Bridge team. I'm playing for free. Tickets $25 on the door.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Here's a sick club mix of "Everything" by my man Zane Lowe. He really surprised me with this one! It's my favourite remix of the track thus far.
If you like the sound of this then make sure you check Zane on tour doing DJ sets at Rhythm & Vines and The Big Day Out in Auckland this year.
Download Link: Everything (NZL Remix) - Zane Lowe Mix
My day was mental yesterday. Up at 530am, catching delayed flights, arriving in Melbourne with no time to spare. Taking multiple cabs in peak hour traffic in order to make various interviews and promo spots. Checked in to my hotel at 7pm (my first chance to rest since 5am) then go across the street to eat and catch up with M-Phazes and Jehst for an hour or so before heading over to The Espy for the gig.
Ladi 6 and Parks were on in the other room of the same venue. I caught the last 3 tracks of her set. It was dope and there was a good crowd for her.
Our gig was cool too, if a little under attended. M-Phazes had some killer beats in the showcase and I held my own of course. Jehst got video of the night so hopefully we'll get an upload of that soonish.
Shout out to Louie Knuxx who came down to support and is now the proud owner of a brand new limited edition NZ fitted (more on those very soon!).
Melbourne treated me well even though the trip was mega rushed. Heading home now but I'll be in oz again in 2 weeks.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I'm up early this morning to catch a flight to Melbourne where I will be performing at a new hip-hop night called Main Ingredients. Tonights show will include performances by Buff 1 (USA), Jehst (UK), KillaQueenz (AU) and a beat battle/showcase between me and the mighty M-Phazes. Its at The Espy and kicks off around 9pm if you're in the area.
I almost left a bag outside in the bit before customs. I sat it down while I was filling out the orange departure card and absent mindedly walked off to clear customs without it. Fortunately the customs officer was cool, and the airport was not very busy, so he was able to walk me back outside to collect my bag (which was still where I left it thankfully) and let me continue on without having to process me again. Its times like that I'm glad I live in NZ. I can imagine how much of a drama that would have been in the US or UK with their intense security.
And here's something I find silly. At check-in they require you to put liquids, gels and aerosols in a little plastic bag inside your carry-on bag. No container can be over 100ml. I have a 175g tube of toothpaste which is almost empty (contraband according the checkin lady!) and a 75ml roll on deodorant. I take them out of my toilet bag and put them in a plastic bag and then place that plastic bag inside my toilet bag and then put the toilet bag inside my carry-on. I go through the x-ray, the lady asks to look inside my bag. She opens the pouch containing my toilet bag, looks inside toilet bag, sees little plastic bag, says "oh good, you have them in a bag" then proceeds to put the plastic bag back inside the toilet bag and places that bag back inside the pouch from whence it came and returns my bag to me. Thank you very much. No problem. But can someone tell me what the hell was the point of all that?
I'll be home sometime on friday evening and then heading over to Wellington on saturday morning for a DJ set at my man DJ Shan's Birthday Bash @ The Garden Club. Garden Club is relatively new and I'm looking forward to peeping the venue. I'm not sure of the address, so google it if you wanna come check that gig.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Dave comes through with the remix to his underground smash from early in the year. This version features a new verse from Dave and guest spots from Mr. Sicc and Tek from R.E.S..
Shit is mean.
The single plus instrumental and acappella mixes are available for purchase from all the usual digital outlets.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Black Jesus is my homeboy.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Back in the lab as per usual for a monday. Assisting Mr. David Dallas with a little something he's cooking up (yes, I still do rap music lol) and I'm nearly done with a joint I'm doing for PNC. I have remixes in the works for a local indie-rock band and a certain female R&B artist aswell as doing more tracks of my own towards a full length P-Money album.
My live bookings are picking up majorly as of late (a number one single will do that for ya), so expect to see me all over the country and in Oz over the summer months. Speaking of gigs, i gotta give a shout out to Reuben and Davey who looked after me in Levin this weekend. Thanks to all who came out, it was a fun night, stalker grannies and all LMAO. Off to Greymouth this weekend with PNC so I'm sure it will be more of the same - Good times in Small town NZ.
Dave just arrived now so I better get to work. Catch you lata bay.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I had a late night (got to bed around 5:30) so gettin up in time to pack my bags and make it to the airport was kind of a bitch. Never fear, my number one homie/business partner/unofficial manager Callum was on hand to drive me to the airport this morning.
They have recently revamped the check-in process at Air NZ domestic terminal and finally erased all the physical check in desks (me thinks a lot of former airport employees are now looking for work). Its a fully digital/self service check in system now. Which is cool for me, I always like the automated checkin process, except these NEW machines DON'T WORK!
The old ones were just fine. You would swipe your card and the system would intelligently find you flight details and present them onscreen. You confirm the details and it prints your boarding pass. Done deal, nice and simple.
This new system asked me to swipe my card, then it gets my name back to front, which I have to correct manually, then asks ME for my flight number, so I have to manually scroll through different destinations til I find my correct one, then select that destination and it takes me back to the first screen where I have to input the flight number, which I have instantly forgotten and therefore have to start the process of selecting my flight again (what's up with no auto-fill??), so I do that and I'm back to square one with correct name and flight details which is where it gets stuck and won't proceed to the next screen. Aaarrh.
So I start said process again. Enter all the details manually from the jump and it still won't proceed to the next screen. I try the adjacent machine. Same deal. So then I ask for assistance from one of the idle check in staff who asks me to restart the process for the 5th time. It doesn't work. She is puzzled and suggests I go to the Check In Help Desk which has a line of about 15 people (presumably all with the same problem).
I get to the front of the line, inform the lady of the machines failure and she issues my correct boarding pass with no hesitation (thanx lady) and says 'yeah we've been having problems'.
My question is, what was wrong with the old interface? It worked, I trusted it.
Today was possibly the longest check in process I've had for a domestic flight in a while (and yeah my 3 + 1/2 hours sleep didn't aid the experience).
I hope these are 'teething problems' cause if not, AIR NZ failed.
Technology is cool. I like it and I'm fairly savvy. But I still struggle with the concept of change for the sake of change. Surely change should be made for the better? To make improvements on an old system. To add benefits, increase productivity and/or functionality not just because 'we were bored with the old one' or 'I want it to look different'.
Think about that when you go to the polls today.
Friday, November 7, 2008
If you live in Auckland and have been listening to either George or Bfm in the past couple weeks you could have heard me play this song on-air myself once or twice. But I haven't officially released the track or done a proper DJ service of it. Yet somehow I still made it into rotation on George and into their Top 10!?! Well, you know what, fuck it... let's run with that momentum!
I'm upping the track on my myspace in a minute so the rest of you outside of George frequency range can check it too.
[update] It's up on myspace now.
PS. I made this song to kill people at raves. Metaphorically speaking.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Big congratulations all round, and a special shout out to our ozzie partners on this one Grindin/Central Station Records.
(ps. Does anyone know if any other NZ acts have achieved this result? We may be making history here...)
Saturday, November 1, 2008
1. NO Requests - The DJ is doing his JOB, We don't come to your work and tell you how to make that big mac.
2. Attempting to talk to the DJ from the crowd is not effective. WE CANT HEAR YOU. Just wave, smile or keep it moving. At worst write a note, but don't be mad if that note gets ignored, discarded or destroyed. The man is working!
3. In most cases, crashing the booth (or stage) and dancing up by the DJ is not welcomed. Do so by INVITATION ONLY. You are likely to get bounced by security and/or asked to leave by the DJ himself. Either way it's not a good look for you.
4. Be organized, arrange your guestlist/free tickets well in advance.
Harassing a DJ on the night of the show is THE worst thing you could do. We have enough to take care of already than to be concerned with getting you and your 3 mates we barely know into a packed club for free. All it takes is some preparation (or a couple dollars, cheapskate!).
Ps. Lying to security about being the DJ's partner/girlfriend/sister/cousin/wife/aunty/uncle NEVER works. So please, don't embarrass yourself.
5. A note to the less inhibited members of society (read: drunk and desperate); When you've had a couple and you feel like tonight's your night and you make that walk up to the DJ and whisper something in his ear that would make your mother cry and have your dad lock you in your room for the rest of your life, just think for a second... the feelings may not be mutual.
Yes, it might come as a shock to you BUT that drunken seductress routine; the sweaty hair - smudged mascara - eyes half open stare, combined with the "I just fell right on my ass I'm so drunk but fuck it I'll get back up and keep grinding on my girlfriend like no-one really noticed" dance - doesn't quite work as well as you think it should.
Of course there are exceptions to all these rules (read: Jessica Alba). But if any of this sounds like you then please think about it and exercise some discretion next time. Ladies maintain your dignity and enjoy your night. And if you really really really need to speak with the DJ, then why not wait until he finishes his set, has packed up all his shit and then go politely introduce yourself.
A little respect (for yourself and others) goes a long way.
Thank you and goodnight.