Saturday, October 31, 2009

On rankings

The DJ Mag recently let the world know global DJ rankings based on votes by the public. Full results for last week's results can be seen here, but here are the top 10:

1. Armin Van Buuren
2. Tiƫsto
3. David Guetta
4. Above & Beyond
5. Paul Van Dyk
6. Deadmau5
7. Ferry Corsten
8. Markus Schulz
9. Gareth Emery
10. Sander Van Doorn

This is all very cool, but where do you draw the line between what the "public" wants to hear, and what the DJ/producer him/herself wants to play? And does this affect a DJ's/producer's work?

Feel free to discuss below, but my point is that I hope DJs and producers who do what they do because of their true love for music continue to do it for this love, and not for a number in a magazine somewhere. Because technically, if it's about a number, then everything becomes a number, and skill is calculated for a reason rather than nurtured out of pure, simple passion.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Language of the World

"I don't know why these things have to be transmitted by word of mouth, he thought. It wasn't exactly that they were secrets; God revealed his secrets easily to all his creatures.

He had only one explanation for this fact: things have to be transmitted this way because they were made up from the pure life, and this kind of life cannot be captured in pictures and words.

Because people became fascinated with pictures and words, and wind up forgetting the Language of the World.

- Extract from The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

3rd sessions

Another BahariBeat session, this time with a some soulful house vibes.

1. Cafe Negro - In your eyes (Main mix)
2. Kevin Yost - Two wrongs making it right

Mix (and more) can be downloaded here.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

2nd sessions

Two more mixes!

Bahari Beats 002:

1. King Britt presents Oba Funke: "Uzoamaka"
2. Arnej: "Tomorrow never comes (Intro mix)"

Solarvibe Sessions 002:

1. Matisyahu - King without a crown (Live @ Stubb's mix)
2. Thievery Corporation - Amerimacka (Original mix)
3. Sub Focus - Coming closer (Original mix)

Both mixes (and more) can be downloaded here.

Friday, October 23, 2009

... and some more vibes

What can I say? Piratefunk was inspired.

1. Karen Overton - Your loving arms (Markus Schulz vs. Elevation intro mix)
2. Jonas Steur feat. Julie Thompson - Cold winds (Original mix)
3. DJ Tatana - Spring breeze (Martin Roth Summerstyle remix)

Download available here:

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Finally, a new mix :)

I gave in to Virtual DJ and made a quick 10-minute mix. It's time to start experimenting with the lounge/chillout scene. Enjoy!

1. Crazy Penis - 3 play it cool
2. Moussoulou (remixed by Charles Webster)
3. Boozoo Bajou - Under my sensi (Thievery Corporation remix)
4. Crazy Penis - 3 play it cool (Solarvibe Comeback cut)

Download available here:

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize this week primarily for his efforts and potential progress towards nuclear non-proliferation.

It's important to keep in mind that hope plays a big part in Obama's promise when assessing whether the decision by the Nobel committee was a good or bad move. Sometimes, you have to give people incentive to live up to their promise. Obama has mentioned that this award is his "call to action".

Check out what people are saying on BBC's forum. While you're at it, check out


I think a collaboration between Akon and Sean Kingston might work really well.

Monday, October 5, 2009

On Convergence

I'll leave it up to Xplane and team for this one... This may have some big implications on the process of development in terms of creating freedoms for people. Enjoy.

If you're interested in reading more, check out Karl Fisch's blog or Xplane's website.

Friday, October 2, 2009

On Pluralism

"The problem is that large segments of all societies - in the developing world and the developed world - are unaware of the wealth of global cultural resources and, therefore, of the need to preserve the precious value of pluralism in their own and in others' societies."

H.H The Aga Khan, Speech at the Prince Calaus Fund Conference on Culture and Development
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 7th September 2002