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by Greg Avakian
Mon May 28, 2007 11:01 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: DJ Summit in Philly: Sun, June 3rd
Replies: 3
Views: 3103

Sorry about the late notice. I seriously thought this would be mostly local (NYC-DC) ...but I have gotten emails from Canada and California.
by Greg Avakian
Mon May 28, 2007 9:31 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Trading collections
Replies: 73
Views: 34725

And I do think that, in general, trading collections produces less knowledgeable "DJs". This is really a separate topic, but that way I see this process work is this: Newbie DJ downloads dozens of albums that s/he knows nothing about. Newbie DJ then gives all his/her music to friends/other "DJs". O...
by Greg Avakian
Mon May 28, 2007 6:13 am
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Swing DJ’s role (if any) in promoting live Jazz.
Replies: 16
Views: 11258

I think that, as DJs, we often know more about good bands than anyone else in our communities. For that reason, when the Philly exchange committee (which I am not a part of) couldn't get Ray Bryant, I suggested Wycliffe Gordon -who they have contracted to play. I was also the person who suggested Ra...
by Greg Avakian
Sun May 27, 2007 10:20 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Trading collections
Replies: 73
Views: 34725

Trading large collections? Despicable. Stealing collections by recording someone's sets? Despicable. Trading or gifting a mix CD between serious buyers of music? Gray area for my morality -and I agree with Reuben that it's stealing so yeah, I'm stealing. Like most 'bad' things I do, I try to compens...
by Greg Avakian
Sun May 27, 2007 9:28 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: DJ Summit in Philly: Sun, June 3rd
Replies: 3
Views: 3103

DJ Summit in Philly: Sun, June 3rd

Greetings DJ Brethren (and Sistren)! Want to spend some 'music time' with other DJs who are experienced spinning at dances, exchanges, competitions and other Swing/Blues events? Come join PLLX DJs Jesse Miner, Rayned Wiles, David Jacoby, Greg Avakian, and Isaac Mognet as we co-host a session for DJs...
by Greg Avakian
Sun May 27, 2007 8:58 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Why do you need a DJ name (and how do you find a good one)?
Replies: 39
Views: 17958

I was given my nickname and man did it ever stick. When I traveled, no one even knew my real name -which is why I started insisting that my name is Greg.
by Greg Avakian
Sun May 06, 2007 3:04 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Set starters - what works and why?
Replies: 11
Views: 6482

I'd say 'no'; unless the teacher just didn't get very far with it (lousy teacher), then maybe it could be fun. But my basic strategy is to bust the balls of the teacher by playing better music then they did (if possible). It makes me really happy when the energy level goes up when I DJ. I'm not tryi...
by Greg Avakian
Sat May 05, 2007 12:16 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Set starters - what works and why?
Replies: 11
Views: 6482

Whip out the stop watch that you keep in your DJ bag and get the BPM of the last song that the class danced to -or the teacher's count if they don't have music. You need a stop watch to tempo match? Newb! :D Hehehe. Seriously though; it's surprising how many DJs, teachers and musicians insist that ...
by Greg Avakian
Thu May 03, 2007 7:54 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Set starters - what works and why?
Replies: 11
Views: 6482

I think the advice thus far is very good so I'll just add this... If you're the first DJ after a class: Whip out the stop watch that you keep in your DJ bag and get the BPM of the last song that the class danced to -or the teacher's count if they don't have music. The first song should be an upbeat ...
by Greg Avakian
Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:21 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Best "Exactly Like You"
Replies: 40
Views: 11200

What I love about this song is that it is such a crowd pleaser that it is worth owning a variety of versions. Every now and then when I'm feeling cocky I'll play the Satch & Josh version and the follow up with Carmen McRae. The two go really well together and people usually laugh when they here the ...
by Greg Avakian
Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:07 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Favorite recordings of.......How High the Moon?
Replies: 9
Views: 2953

Violinist Antoine Silverman has a nice instrumental version on his album "Swing shift". The guitar provides a nice pulsing odd-even rhythm (not a great bal), it's very well recorded and doesn't get too crazy. I think the tempo is a brisk 200BPM, but the feeling is so relaxed it doesn't sound that fa...
by Greg Avakian
Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:00 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Call & Response
Replies: 14
Views: 5847

I just found a nice, easy ...and very available song:
Bob Wilber's version of "My Blue heaven" from the "For dancers only" CD!
:oops: ... And I consulted on that album! :oops:
by Greg Avakian
Wed Apr 25, 2007 2:35 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Woo hoo! It's VISTA time!!
Replies: 17
Views: 9339

I exchanged that computer for another of the same and it's fine. I still might go with XP, although I'm starting to like Vista's features. I'm mostly worried about software compatability... Swifty, are you actually DJing with vista? If so, did you have any problems at first? What program are you usi...
by Greg Avakian
Mon Apr 23, 2007 8:28 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Woo hoo! It's VISTA time!!
Replies: 17
Views: 9339

OK, it's definitely not the speakers, so I'm happy about that. I saw that someone else had a similar problem and tweaked the performance-appearance ratio in Vista and fixed it. I've tried that and it hasn't helped. I'm going to swap this computer tomorrow and probably go with installing XP. I read t...
by Greg Avakian
Mon Apr 23, 2007 10:30 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Woo hoo! It's VISTA time!!
Replies: 17
Views: 9339

That's a good reason I would think it's the speakers ...not that I use speakers on my laptop very often. Maybe I'll go watch a DVD and see what it sounds like...