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Good day everyone and welcome to a new week!
Some of us are still celebrating the new year-along with (surprise!) a LOT of January birthdays! I used to think I was the only one I knew; the others are famous (see my previous posts on January 17).
January is racing by...which means it is time for Mother's Day plans! It is never to early...especially if you are speaking of artists like Kem and Anthony Hamilton, along with Tyrese...a show for the ladies!! #goodmusic lives in this kind of #rnb#soul and even #oldschool so if you are in Brooklyn in May (rolls up fairly quickly consider this #show!) are in Brooklyn in May (rolls up fairly).
There will be plenty of "old school shows" around the U.S. paying homage to moms, mamas, big momma...whatever you call her it is definitely a day to be recognized...
Why after all these years do we only have two songs for this day (that I can think of): 2Pac's "Dear Mama" and The Intruders' "I'll Always Love My Mama?" Someone needs to add to the catalog! Maybe I will...
Lastly as always AmplifiedTalent@gmail.com to book me for special events and parties, tours and appearances.
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#DJDreedomLives with Daily Updates!!
Good day everyone. Welcome back. Hope you have been having a great day thus far (or night, depending on what part of the world you are in).
This article was originally published January 20, 2017. It is revised only slightly but perfectly captures the mood of that day.
Today for some is a day of regret (the "new boss" being sworn in. For others it is a day of celebration. For me it is a great day to be alive and share positive energy with you about things that are going on in the world of DJ Freedom.
National DJ Day is here and it came as a quiet storm...because I didn't know about it! A good friend had it posted to her page on Facebook (thanks Gina!) but not much is known about the origin or of any events taking place supporting it. I am speaking with 2 groups that own a website and Facebook so I will keep you posted.
As a DJ who is in various DJ circles-house, hip-hop, Caribbean, Old School, Latin and even EDM-I am going to do my part to see what is possible. I know a few of you (my peers) are up for an event we all take part in building on. Think "We The People" on this.
Speaking of people power, allow this to sink in. We in the business of entertainment have the power to affect real change. We don't need to wait for a political figure or someone famous to step up on our behalf when we want things done. Got some ideas but you aren't sure how to express yourself? Let's get in a huddle and sort it out. We the people will be the change we can believe in...because we know the answer ro the question: who will take the weight? y=self (Y.E.S.) is the answer...we can and we will.
Our world is changing-because WE are changing. We are always evolving as people but it is REALLY happening now where you can see it. Technology has made it easier for us to communicate; I am writing this on a keyboard that connects me to the world through a signal out of my cell phone. It is fast and mostly flawless. That to me is amazing. To my millennial readers it is just a day in the life...but if you ask your parents and grandparents they will tell you: the world is definitely different that we ever imagined it could be.
All of this to say I never thought there would be a day for DJs. As important as they are, DJs are the very reason you know what you know about many songs.
Radio used to chase DJs and what they played when those songs had impact on the dancefloor. Today, DJs chase radio gigs and work with radio stations to play the most popular songs. The overall feeling is NOT to take chances because that will mean "your job."
There is among EDM and house music DJs a mindset that dictates the freedom to play what you want...that is what I grew up on and still represent to this day. If it sounds good, a DJ is the person who knows and will represent! He wasn't a hip hop DJ, although if he called himself that it was just in how he/she played the songs...possibly the agression of his/her style. If he was a "downtown DJ" he played to a more abstract audience-maybe some European influences, early electro, in the 80's and 90's rave, Detroit techno, Chicago house and acid house...hip house and soulful house in New York City...smooth, Latin influenced club sounds in Miami...every city had their thing and the DJ was in the middle of it all.
As a DJ you already KNOW this is something I am going to push for. I am speaking with DJs as the ones who will have the most say in how this will fly or not, but I am not going to limit the conversation to DJs...it will also be people who love music-the fans, as well as the business of music-execs and yes, even radio.
Get involved. Let me know what you think and be sure to watch my website and daily updates for more details.
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Mix To Go Massive has been a Facebook group since 2008 or 2009; I have to check the records on that! But after all these years the group is still about new music powered by DJs, special events, music festivals and parties promoted by event producers AND DJs alike...locally, regionally and internationally.
The group has grown dramatically over the last few months as I have been taking initiatives to get more members to join, inviting people from my Facebook pages and groups I am in/co-administering.
We hit a milestone today-over 10,000 members. Thanks to all of the members in NYC and Miami who have stayed active, posted...and now to the new members who have checked us out and joined on.
In 2017 the group will become much more active in promoting events; I have considered launching a Miami group...but I am speaking with a few assistants to help with the daily posts. Meanwhile you can go to the group page (if you are on Facebook!) from day to day to see what is happening!
All of my posts go there so it is the most current of anything I do on Facebook. It is also home to some of my peers in the business of music; particularly in New York City and Miami.
If you are from other cities please get invovled! I would love to see more posts from around the U.S. and beyond.
Until soon...be sure to check out the group. Join, like, comment and share! ((DJ Freedom))
#DJFreedomLives with Daily Updates!
"Club Massive: Neo Disco 2017" was the first mix I posted for this year. It aired on UrbanMovementRadio.com...2 hours of songs completely remixed or reworked.
After listening to it again (I am listening as I post this) it sounds like a lot of different styles-just like my "Global Fusion" mix show does. If you listen though it is still all based around a "disco house" premise. This particular style of house music is very groovy, retro, funky and danceable. It is upbeat, happy and not as deep, but definitely still deep house. What makes it less deep is the songs are often commercial hits-and because you know these songs the thinking is you won't be as excited to hear "something from the radio" remixed like this as you would something that was originally made for the clubs.
Not at all true.
The fact that these songs came from major radio exposure is because they were often dance songs inspired by what DJs play in nightclubs anyway. If you listen to this mix you will hear the familiar in vocals-that is purposeful-but you will hear music that is definitely for dancing.
Normally I will post my mixes after doing them but this one slipped through the cracks. So...now you can hear it on my site by going HERE. If for some reason you cannot find the mix send me a note: Freedom@MixToGo.info.
Don't forget you can also hear my artist tribute mixes on this website as well: Aaliyah, Mary J Blige, Sade are all here; later this week Donna Summer and Jamiroquai will also be posted. You cannot download any of these mixes; it is for listening ONLY.
Lastly I will be revisiting a residency in Atlantic City. If it goes down I will be broadcasting live on either my Wednesday or Saturday show.
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#DJFreedomLives with Sade In The House!
My annual tribute to my favorite artist in music was revisited last Wednesday on my radio show.
It is the FOURTH time I have done this mix. Why do I keep doing it over? It isn't a consistent do over; this is actually a mix I started doing about 8 years ago. Since then it has evolved and changed a bit...but the main remixes I did the very first time are still there, along with some new remixes, longer versions of the originals-since this isn't for a promotional CD anymore, just for listeners like YOU!
When this mix was originally created there were only a few remixes out there of ALL these songs. Now I hear DJs going after even the lesser known songs and doing these incredible reconstructions. You should do some research to hear for yourself...there are so many!
The remixes I did were always about staying true to her original songs, but in a house music format. When is the last time you danced to Sade for 2 hours outside of being at her concerts? In fact I don't think you'd be dancing like this at her shows anyway...
Missed the show (meaning you are seeing this post AFTER 1.18.17)? Hear the THIRD (3rd) version here:
The new version is on THIS website! Go to my "Mix Shows" page or just CLICK HERE.
Like what you hear and interested in booking me for your next event?
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#DJFreedomLives ...on his birthday!!
Aside from me, other celebs celebrating their born day today are James Earl Jones, Michelle Obama, Steve Harvey, Justin Bieber and yesterday Sade.
Super hero and the world's greatest athlete and man of inspiration and principle Muhammad Ali also would have celebrated his born day today.
Earlier this month Mary J. Blige and Aaliyah celebrated their days, as well as my long time brother from another mother Gary Delemothe.
Book DJ Freedom for YOUR birthday celebration...or whatever occasion you find a need to hire a phenomenal DJ:
#bookme #famousbirthdays #celebrate#January17 #stayintune #Capricorn#greatpeople in #music #acting #politics#comedy and #entertainment ...nearly forgot my brother Denzel Washington also celebrated his birthday this month!
#GoHear with #DJFreedomLives daily updates...with special events!!
#SuperBowl #weekend hang in #Houston with some of my favorite people in H Town!
It will be a grand reunion of old friends and new ones...my longtime Sister who is my favorite singer who freestyles like nothing you have ever heard over EVERYTHING...#KarinaNistal will perform with her band (!!), Kool B (big shout to the Earthwire.net crew!) will host along with tunes by one of Houston's finest DJs #SoleTickler (Dion Seasar).
This will be a party you do NOT want to miss if you are in town for the big game, #football fans (and #partypeople because I never went to the game when I traveled to Super Bowl Weekend).
The Satellite Bar // Houston, TX
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Life isn't complicated but people can be. Just be yourself and the rest will happen. I don't have all the answers but I know me and don't lie to myself.
I may lie to you though.
You can start with my example. Do what you can with what you have. Keep your circle small and tight. That goes for family, friends, your neighbors, spiritual connectors, business tastemakers. There can be several circles that expand out from your inner but your inner is the most important one.
I have learned the hard way what happens when you allow the wrong people into your cipher. Over the years the wrong people have worn all kinds of faces. They were from all 5 of the circles I mentioned.
This year just began and #2017 (2017) already feels like a long overdue classic. I haven't had a classic since I met my wife (although we have had legendary years all along).
While I am not a fan of "kissing and telling" I share here because there are a lot of people looking at what I post, listening to the music I play and hearing me speak over global airwaves. Just know that I will be me through it all...that is why you are reading this and why you will come back.
I just hope when you return you are a little better than how this post found you.
((UPDATED POST-EXCLUSIVE TO THIS SITE ONLY))
When all of the above was written it was a premonition for what has been happening all around me. In my life and in the world outside of it, I am experiencing the best and most interesting of times. The business of music continues to generate new opportunities for people who have no musical talent but have the hustle needed to be successful-that at the end of the day is all you need to make it, if you go by who is successful at times. The business of life requires you to have just as much hustle and even more so at times, creative flow to get to your goals. There is nothing that cannot be accomplished if you put your mind to it.
I am living proof.
I haven't been through everything or seen it all but I have seen enough to know this fragile thing called life is no joke...but you have to find the humor in the math (I didn't originate that last part but it stays with me; one of my Brothers said it to me back in 1996).
What can you offer this life and more importantly the people in it? "This life" as I refer to it is a reference to YOU; the people in it are the people all around you. What are doing for yourself and what are you doing for your community? "Community" can be family, friends, co-workers, business partners, spiritual connectors, community organizers and/or the future of you (your children)? If you don't have any children...where then does the legacy of you continue? How does the dream of you continue? What are you going to do to bring the rest of you and what you represent to fruition?
If not through my children then the seeds of my knowledge, wisdom and understanding will break bread for the minds, inspiration and physical assets of all the human families on the planet.
As Sean Connery said in "The Untouchables" to Kevin Costner's character, "what are you prepared to do?" After a bit of resistance in a clearly less than confident response, Connery remixes his question: "and then what?"
Do you have a plan? And if that doesn't work...do you have a plan B? What if that doesn't work?
Learn how to have a plan but stay flexible so you can keep your plan relevant. It can NEVER become stale or obsolete.
Until soon...look for more gems and jewels on my radio show segment "Community Square" during certain mix shows I produce for Urban Movement Radio. Get it on Tune In (the app) or directly from the website. My schedule is updated daily via my INSTAGRAM page. Go there for the latest, come here for the depth of my posts.
Love and peace,
DJ Freedom ((DJFreedomLives@gmail.com))
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Every Tuesday I share with you
a. my mixshow on UMR
b. Artist tributes: UMR
c. top 10 SM singles
d. rsmf | nyc
(a) "Soul Massive" on
UrbanMovementRadio.com Sat, Jan 28, 4-6pm
Theme within the theme will be split into 4 parts: rnb, neo-soul, party oriented rnb and old school rnb. (b) DJ Driven Artist Tributes | Winter 2017
01.04. Mary J. Bilge
02.08. Bob Marley
02.22. Erykah Badu
03.15. Chaka Khan
(c) Top 10 Soul Massive Singles
10. Dyna Edyne "Diamond In The Rough"
(DJ Freedom's Old School Reflowed)
09. Glancy Kelly "Ex-Girlfriend"
(DJ Freedom's R&B Mix)
08. Honesty "Wanna Give You Everything"
(DJ Freedom's Soul ReWork)
07. Flowers "11/4"
(DJ Freedom's Old School Flow)
06. Rihanna "Same Ol' Mistakes"
(DJ Freedom's Soul ReWork)
05. Nuwamba "Unusual"
(DJ Freedom's Soul ReWork)
04. Tamara Bubble "Just Say No"
(DJ Freedom's R&B Party Mix)
03. PARTYNEXTDOOR Feat Erykah Badu & SZA "Come & See Me"
(DJ Freedom's R&B Mix)
02. Solange Feat Common & Styles P "Cranes In The Sky" (DJ Freedom's Exclusive Soul Ride)
01. Yuna Feat Usher "Crush"
(DJ Freedom's R&B Mix)
(d) #GoHear (event)
"Rhythm & Soul Music Festival | NYC"
Coming to NYC, this event will feature top indie and underground artists from NYC and beyond. Genres include rnb, neo-soul, old school rnb, hip-hop soul, soulful house and conscious reggae.
Venues and lineups will be presented in future posts of both "Soul Massive" and #GoHear RSMF | NYC on Wednesdays.
If you have any questions or would like to submit content for this post:
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#StayInTune with DJ Freedom!
Today is the third day of a new month and year. It feels good to be here. It is a day I look at and reflect on myself, my family, and the world around me.
2016 was a year I cleaned house. Got my ducks in order and refined my cipher of people, places and things around me. It seems like it was a coincidence that I did that and went through what I did...so I can stand tall here and now.
Moving forward I am going to exclusively be booked as a DJ through Premiere Booking Agency. You can contact them here:
This month's online show schedule with Urban Movement Radio has changed:
Wed, 01.04.17.4-6p est
"Classic Pitch Workout"
...encore show from Sat
Sat, 01.14.17.4-6p est
"Hip Hop Lives 3.0"
Sat, 220.127.116.11-6p est
Sat 18.104.22.168-6p est
All of my shows will appear on my website Wednesdays, 7pm est. If you don't see them then it is because I am booked but will post them later...but you can always send me an email:
email@example.com and I will add you to my weekly e-blast!
For those of you interested in hearing me spin live you can check me out at the following events:
in South Beach. This will be a series of parties, pop ups and live broadcasts. Get my mixes when you come by as well as merch and more!
May 7-13, 2017
"NYC Int'l Dance Week"
Update on this event is I am working with several promoters in NYC to host events inside their parties. I will add opening sets of myself and DJs I work with, as well as demos by dance crews/teams/companies who will be in town for Dance Parade.
July 1 & 2, 2017
"Rhythm & Soul Music Festival: NYC"
After failed attempts to do this event at venues in New Orleans (and an investor who just wasn't there) Cam doing this event in NYC. I will spin each day and some of the singers, hip hop artists and DJs I work with will join me.
For bookings, get with my new family in business and music!!
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