Beats and Detroit

Hi everyone,

For everyone who missed my ‘mini-mix’ last week on UCB Beats you can listen to it again on their website by clicking the image below or you can download it on the UCB player.

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Detroit

I am also planning to go to Detroit again for a DJ/missions trip similar to the one I did last year in Atlanta.  I will be playing at a gig on Saturday 28th May and then will spend the rest of the time with teams from Jesus luvs Ravers and GodsDJs at the Movement Festival

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I have started a ‘gofundme’ page to raise funds for the trip, so if you would like to help me get to Detroit please visit my page https://www.gofundme.com/In-detroit

 

 

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It’s over

Hi everyone,

thanks so much for listening in to the Afterhours FM Takeover event with Deepsink Digital Records. The event forum on www.ah.fm/forum was going crazy with people tuning in from all over the world to the event.

The event is now over…but you can listen again to all the mixes on Deepsink Digital Mixcloud page. They will also shortly be available on itunes podcast. As soon as they become available I will let you know

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You can listen to my 2 hour exclusive mix on the player below, or you can download the mix from HearThis.at

Don’t forget my monthly mix on the first Wednesday of the month is coming up on the 6th April at 13:00 UK time. You can listen to the TuneIn radio app or direct on the web at www.ah.fm/player

Afterhours Takeover

Hi everyone,  thanks for all your great feedback from my monthly show on Afterhours.fm really good to hear from you all and I appreciate you taking the time to connect, and repost my mixes.

I am really excited to let you know that I have been asked to do an exclusive two hour mix for the Deepsink Digital Records takeover event on Afterhours.FM

My mix will be aired at 20:00 CET (19:00 GMT) on Thursday 31st March, but please try and catch the whole event, it’s going to be awesome.

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The last one

Hi everyone, I have decided to stop the automatic emails you get every time I post a blog as I don’t want you to fill up your inbox. If you still want to get updates each time I update the blog, look for the ‘follow blog by email section on the right hand side of this page.

My bi-weekly show on Audacity FM is gaining listeners from all across the world – it’s exciting to see the stats, and see where everyone is listening from.

The show will now also be aired on GodsDJ Radio in Detroit USA – although you can listen in online and on the TuneIn radio app. Look out for schedule details soon.  You can also hear the past episodes on my Mixcloud site

I will be heading to Atlanta in March for a DJ/Mission trip and I am currently looking for donations to help with travel.

If you want to find out more about the trip and how to donate head over to www.gofundme.com/sonarzone

Keep in touch @sonarzone

Mixing it up for summer

Hey everyone, Hope you are all enjoying the summer ( yes it’s actually sunny in Scotland) 

The last two weeks have been really busy and I’ve got lots to tell you.. first of I entered a competition to DJ at a big event in Poland. I have uploaded my ‘entry mix’ on Mixcloud to win I need as many of you to click the ‘heart’ icon on my mix (click here to hear the mix) and please share with your friends as well. I need as many votes as possible.

Last week I had a mix featured on Matthew J Bentley radio show and then last night I was featured on Karl Forde’s – Fusion 22 show broadcast on God’s DJ Radio You can hear this mix on my Podcast Page and for those of you with iTunes, just search in the podcast page for ‘DJ Sonar Zone’

I have some other awesome guest mixes in the pipeline but can’t reveal them just yet. I have also joined Instagram so please feel free to check out my pics there. Well, that’s all for now. Go and download my mix, head for the pool and turn it up. ( Don’t forget the sun cream)

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Review of Future Sound of Worship by Tyler Phillips

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5th Annual Future Sound of Worship 

On Friday May 24, 2012, GODSDJS.COM, presented by Grace Christian Church, opened their fifth annual Christian electronic dance show the Future Sound of Worship (also known as FSOW 5), in Detroit’s suburbs of Sterling Heights, Michigan. Different from last year’s production, Nate Carlisle, CEO and Founder of GODSDJS.COM (and also known as DJ Rodimus), had the opportunity to utilize one of Grace Christian Church’s personalized venues, allowing for a more intimate feeling. Although GODSDJS.COM is known for working with some of Detroit’s best local promotion companies, Michigan has to offer, including a collection of state of the art lighting technology, this production is expected to not be any different. Intelligent-lighting, lasers, projectors, and holographic projection systems engulfed the ravers of FSOW5, adding an array of colorful themes and visuals throughout the six-hour event (GODSDJS.COM). Seven different styled DJs made an appearance, in which my two favorites of the night were DJ Sonar Zone and DJ Rodimus. I thought they portrayed a great sense of energy, musicality, and stage presence in their live performances.

DJ/ Producer Tim Thomson, Sonar Zone, was born and raised over seas in the town of Burntisland, in the region of Fife, in Scotland. As Sonar Zone’s musical taste for spinning consists mainly of trance and progressive music, it truly reflects the way electronic music had influenced him back when the “Scottish-European EDM Culture” grabbed his interests in 1994. His affiliations with Evolution Gold Records (90’s), PWM Records (2010), and Fuzion Four Records (2011) certainly accredits his craft to how fundamentally sound his live show was, coming in half way through the nights line up (Thomson). Sonar Zone’s technical musicality was displayed on a continuous basis during his hour set. Playing original and remixed tracks, the classic simple meter dance music pulsed through the neon-black-lighted atmosphere with multiple tempo changes. Many times throughout his set, you could hear homophonic textures transition into polyphonic textures as build-ups reached their peaks, which in turn ignited melodic and bass breakdowns (Hoffer). Another, interesting moment that I enjoyed was when Sonar Zone’s stage presence helped influence the crowd’s reactions to a few if the bass drops. As the tension grew in a couple of his verse transitions, the shift in energy changed on a dime when Sonar Zone’s body language changed from a a “groove swing” to a “dramatic head bob” at the appropriate time during one of his bigger bass-heavy synth drops. The crowd was feeling his vibe and followed suit with their body reactions, going harder with their body expressions as if the audience all of a sudden felt a spark of electricity surge through with intensity, giving them a boost of sporadic energy. This happened a couple of times throughout his set. I really enjoyed what Sonar Zone brought to the table that night and would love to see him perform when he comes back to the States.

DJ Rodimus, GODSDJS.COM’s CEO Nate Carlisle, is a raver brought up in Detroit’s 90’s techno scene. DJ Rodimus’ taste for heavy bass and melodic sounds of trance was revealed through his later slot in the one-hour set he performed (Carlisle). Being influenced by DJs such as Armin Van Buuren and Tiesto, his passion for a unique live performance was impressive to watch. His stage presence with his personal custom Holo Sim Holographic Projection System definitely added to the visual hype of his performance (GODSDJS.COM). A common theme throughout Rodimus’ set was the use of dynamic side chaining the pulse of the tracks, which displayed throughout his musical set. As traditional progressive-trance music tends to be the rise of chordal progression, sweeping through the air, while the build-up of the kick drum accompanies the musical thought, this was a signature method of execution that DJ Rodimus’ performed many times during his set. When done effectively, the end result of the build up cleans up the musical pallet of the audience, leaving the next musical idea a fresh canvas to paint another colorful musical landscape. As DJ Rodimus performed throughout his set, his musicality of emotional-feeling was expressed through his musical thoughts, revealing how his technical skills combined with his musical concepts accurately displayed his musicianship as a DJ.

As I look out for electronic shows to attend, I will always keep an eye out for when Future Sound of Worship will be coming back to the Detroit- Metropolitan Area. Hearing DJs do what they love, and for a great cause of bringing fellowship together, is something to value as a festival-goer or music coinsure. I personally am working my way into the EDM community as a music producer and DJ artist and I definitely support persons such as DJ Sonar Zone and DJ Rodimus for what they do in their line of work as a live DJ/Producer showcasing their talents. The overall energy that both of these DJs displayed in their one hour time frame to me was a joy to see. Feeling what vibes they wanted to express, through their emotion on stage, is always a fresh experience when you go to a rave. I also thought that the musicality that both of these DJs expressed was definitely above the average DJ performer. I saw a connection between their musical thoughts, which connected and made sense musically, which was easy to interpret and follow along as an audience member. Not only was it inexpensive to see the quality line up that was featured at FSOW 5 (10 dollar presale and 15 at the door), but the entry was open to all ages, making this festival family-friendly option. This intimate festival setting is something I am looking forward to seeing again.

Detroit

Wow, what an amazing time I had in Detroit.  I arrived a day before the gig to give myself time to get used to the difference in time-zone and temperature although for the first day or so the weather was the same as Scotland ( cold, wet and windy)

The event was called Future Sound of Worship 5 and is an annual event hosted by GodsDJ’s. A truly international line-up featuring DJ’s from Finland, USA, Canada, and of course…Scotland.

Over 300 people packed the venue which had one of the best lighting shows I have seen in a long time, provided by Detroit Rave Scene and a pumping sound system.  The crowd were amazing and the dance floor was still jumping right until the very last track was played.  I plan to upload my mix to mixcloud in the next few days

The following days were time to party at Movement festival with  5 stages of artists/DJ’s over 3 days…there was something for everyone, from house, techno, drum and bass, and even some trance.

The only down-side of the whole experience is that my luggage decided not to return home with me, so my decks are travelling the globe on their own. Fingers-crossed they return before my next gig here in Dunfermline ( tomorrow evening )

Sonar Zone at FSOW5 in Detroit

Sonar Zone at FSOW5 in Detroit