Charles Pearson’s Fine Tales from a Frontier LP

Charles Pearson's Fine Tales from a Frontier

Charles Pearson’s Fine Tales from a Frontier

Charles Pearson’s Fine Tales from a Frontier album faced the same challenges I described in my post about Curtis Paul’s Southern Brick Face. It too has been remastered and re-released, can be found now on Beatport, JunoDownload, TraxSource, Bandcamp & everywhere else fine music is streamed and sold…and it sounds better than ever.

If you were at a rave on a Saturday night during the mid ’90s, you would be hearing tracks from this album being played on the dance-floor, as well as in the chill-out room. I personally have a huge fondness for Charlie’s subtle use of vocals throughout the listening experience, taking the edge off the electronics by injecting that human element. It features a beautifully designed cover by his wife and baby momma Jessica Jozwick, and Charlie added a 15th bonus track, Frontier Girl, to celebrate this edition of the album.

Give it a second listen if you slept on it the first time around, and stay tuned as he has another collection of new music in the works…we should be making an announcement soon.

Curtis Paul’s Southern Brick Face LP

Southern Brick Face by Curtis Paul

Southern Brick Face by Curtis Paul

Approaching the four year anniversary of its initial release, Curtis Paul’s Southern Brick Face has been remastered and re-released finally, righteously, on Beatport, JunoDownload, Traxsource, Bandcamp & everywhere else fine music is streamed & available for digital download.

I say the word “righteously” because a handful of our first electronic albums were originally released on these platforms (Beatport, Juno, Trax, etc…) but I ignorantly signed up with a digital distribution service to get the albums delivered to those channels, not knowing that this service essentially setup its clients to fail (in my opinion). I will refrain from using their name because I don’t want to give their brand attention, feel free to contact me directly if you’d like to know…

One issue, they distributed our albums under their umbrella giving the public the impression that our albums where released by them acting as the label, not our brand. =QUAL wasn’t mentioned anywhere. This caused confusion for all parties involved. The only way to lift their umbrella and give the label proper credit was to apply and show that you had enough social proof to justify the placement. I did apply, they said we didn’t have enough fans, we weren’t “big enough” to make it worth their time. The second problem, even though I properly categorized the songs in the appropriate genres (ambient, experimental, downtempo, etc…) they decided to ignore my recommendations and put the album/tracks in categories such as Dubstep and Trap, which this album certainly is not, this decision did no favors for anybody. My only guess is they thought incorrectly releasing albums in categories that were trending at the time might eventually lead to more sales by unsophisticated consumers?! More complications included them claiming rights to the content on Youtube so that they would acquire royalties should anything be used in videos, which was fine while we were a client, but they never terminated their agreement with Youtube once I terminated our agreement with them as a client, leading to many nights of arguing and filling out forms one by one against copyright infringement complaints for each song that were not valid…they collected royalties for content they no longer had rights. At some point, I noticed I was locked out of the account, their website kept telling me my password was incorrect, but the form would never send a password reset once I requested it. I let the label account expire, took it as a loss and learning experience…it was time to move on.

Another issue with the album is that I originally released it without it properly being mastered, blame this again on my ignorance. I’ve been playing other people’s music for many years, but haven’t spent that much time in a proper studio. I had heard a number of artists over the years about the subject such as, “I master my tracks myself..” and “I’d never let anyone else touch my shit…” At the time, I didn’t understand the difference from a track being the master, and a track being mastered…sonically. So, I received the masters from Curtis, the track order, album description and original artwork by my BFF, Dan McDonald, and I think I was just excited to get the ball rolling, put the package together & released it unknowingly.

Much has changed/lived/learned over the course of the last four years…and I am still very proud of this. Not meant for those with short attention spans, it is a listening experience intended to be heard from beginning to end, track three is 14+ minutes long. Give it a chance if you missed or slept on it the first time around, this is the way it was meant to be heard. And keep an eye on Curtis Paul, this motherfucker’s just getting started.

Terry Mullan, Reggie Hotmix & Eric Hinchman

Terry Mullan, Reggie "Hotmix" Harrell & Eric Hinchman

Terry Mullan, Reggie “Hotmix” Harrell & Eric Hinchman

EqualRecordings.com & Detroit Bachelor DJS present the OPENING NIGHT of Ferndale’s hottest new weekly Friday night dance party: district.RED! And, to kick it off properly, we’re featuring:

DJ Terry Mullan (Chicago/Denver)
https://soundcloud.com/tmcatalyst
(Catalyst, Coin Slot, Definitive Recordings)

Reggie Hotmix Harrell (Detroit)
https://soundcloud.com/reggiehotmixharrell
(Club Insomnia WJLB, WJZD, WROU, WHYT, WGPR)

DJ Eric Hinchman (Detroit)
https://soundcloud.com/erichinchman
(=QUAL, DBDJS)

21 & over w/ ID. Doors 9PM. $5 pre-sale, $10 at the door.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1842056412744385/

See You at Charivari 2016 This Weekend!

Charivari 2016

Charivari 2016

20 years ago I left my job as Head of Security of St Andrews Hall to pursue another career. My time at “The Hall” introduced me to DJ culture, and I learned how to beat-match for the first time in the basement in The Shelter one evening before doors opened…thank you Tony Ollivierra.

I moved a mile north of Detroit to the City of Ferndale, and discovered a comic book store called Comics Cafe. In the basement was a tiny, record shop called Mo’ Tunes. I got a job at Mo’ Tunes where I worked eight hours a day surrounded by Detroit and Chicago House Music in the form of vinyl records. There were two belt-drive Technic turntables and a crappy mixer…and not many customers due to its awkward location. So, I spent hours upon hours practicing beat-matching and learning from others that worked there, people like Al Ester, Reggie “Hotmix” Harrell and Darryl Harvey.

Charivari 2016 is happening this weekend. One of the main organizers, curators and promoters of the three day festival is Todd Johnson. Todd is also an author of comic books and traditional novels. Mr. Johnson is also the guy who opened Comics Cafe back in the day, and without it, there would have been no Mo’ Tunes. Funny how things seem to come around fun circle.

Electronic music festivals are nothing new these days, but Charivari 2016 will be the first proper festival I’ve ever played. A festival proudly featuring nothing but talent from Detroit. And, I will be proudly playing nothing but new music by upcoming EqualRecordings.com artists and other local heroes from Detroit. I perform Saturday, Noon – 1:00 PM, on the Park Avenue stage. Children and high school students get in free. We hope to see you at Belle Isle this weekend!

http://charivaridetroit.com

4.30.2016 – CbJ, Spooky Basements, Pancho Villa’s Skull & DJ Hinchmobb

CbJ, Spooky Basements, Pancho Villa's Skull & DJ Hinchmobb

CbJ, Spooky Basements, Pancho Villa’s Skull & DJ Hinchmobb

Join us to celebrate the release of Spooky Basement’s new album “The Worms are Mad” featuring performances by:

CbJ (Detroit Ska/Punk)
http://cbjska.bandcamp.com/
Spooky Basements (Ann Arbor Punk Rock)
https://spookybasements.bandcamp.com/
Pancho Villa’s Skull (Detroit Punk Rock Mariachi)
http://panchovillasskull.bandcamp.com/
DJ Eric Hinchman (Detroit Techno DJ with Punk Rock Roots)
http://www.erichinchman.com/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1259346947413576/

02.19.2016 #JUSTtheTIP 5 wsg DJs Craig Gonzalez & Eric Hinchman FREE ALL NIGHT!!!

DJ Craig Gonzalez

DJ Craig Gonzalez

Please join us for the 5th installment of #JUSTtheTIP presented by Detroit Bachelor DJS & EqualRecordings.com featuring an intimate performace by Detroit’s own DJ Craig Gonzalez & DJ Eric Hinchman. NO COVER! 9 PM, 21+ with ID!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1516255465334661/

JTT3 wsg RON ZAKRIN [live] BILEEBOB [dj] CHARLES PEARSON [live] & ERIC HINCHMAN [dj]

JTT3 wsg RON ZAKRIN [live] BILEEBOB [dj] CHARLES PEARSON [live] & ERIC HINCHMAN [dj]

JTT3 wsg RON ZAKRIN [live] BILEEBOB [dj] CHARLES PEARSON [live] & ERIC HINCHMAN [dj]

JUST the TIP 3 ~ “Celebrating one year of EqualRecordings.com with a forecast of what’s to come…”

RON ZAKRIN aka GOUDRON aka GHOST 200 [Live PA]
(Ersatz Audio, Interdimensional Transmissions, = recordings)
JOHN “BILEEBOB” WILLIAMS [DJ]
(UR, JiveElectro, THROW, +8, = recordings)
CHARLES PEARSON aka CHARLES PRESET [Live PA]
(Kanaob, = recordings)
ERIC HINCHMAN aka HINCHMOBB aka EL CAPITAN [DJ]
(DetroitBachelorDJS.com, = recordings)

21+ with ID https://www.facebook.com/events/827617094021998/

Cuatro de Mayo with DJs Andy Toth, Eric Hinchman, Craig Gonzalez & Drew Maddox

Tickets: http://dbdjs.bpt.me

https://www.facebook.com/events/160443634119431/

DBDJS & bEDOsHIRTS.com Presents:

:::Cuatro de Mayo Featuring:::

ANDY TOTH

Andy Toth’s production can be described as dark yet funky. He’s been producing music for over thirteen years now, and it keeps getting better. His illustrious career started with a stint in The Detroit Grand Pubahs, whose hit single “Sandwiches,” as well as the follow-up album, “Funk All Y’all,” saw to it that Andy would get the chance to peddle his wares on stages the world over. His ever-expanding production techniques have seen him working with Detroit’s top talent as a recording engineer, mastering professional, and producer of hip-hop, Rn’B, and electronic music. Andy has released tracks on labels like Jive Electro, Throw, D Records, Intuit Solar, Hej, Exchange Bureau Music, and People Mover Productions. Andy’s music has been traced as the root cause of the return of handle bar mustaches, the reason we like big butts, and the mass bumble bee extinction. Check it.

http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/andytoth
http://www.discogs.com/artist/andy+toth
https://soundcloud.com/andytoth
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Andy-Toth/107400392614593
http://www.recordinginstitute.com/atoth.htm

ERIC HINCHMAN
@ehinchman

Eric Hinchman began collecting and playing vinyl to audiences of Detroit over 20 years ago. His record selection varies depending on details like the weather, the hour of the day, or even the day of the year. Having performed at nearly every venue in the Motor City and beyond, Hinchman is probably best known for his year and a half residency at Pontiac’s Velvet Lounge, and his 2 1/2 year residency at Hamtramck’s Lush Lounge. Eric is one of the founding members of the collective known as the Detroit Bachelor DJ Society…the concept was created in his living room with Jeremy 2000 & Derek Plaslaiko back in 1997. While we’re at it. Rich grew his hair out and no longer wears glasses, so stop telling Eric how they used to look like each other…it’s no longer relevant…seriously stop. For more info than you could possibly ever need to know visit:

http://www.erichinchman.com
http://www.mixcloud.com/EricHinchman
https://soundcloud.com/erichinchman
http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/erichinchman
http://dj.beatport.com/erichinchman
http://thedjlist.com/djs/ERIC_HINCHMAN
http://www.facebook.com/DJEricHInchman

CRAIG GONZALEZ
@CraigGonzalez

Hip-hop perked the interest of Detroit’s Craig Gonzalez to vinyl at a young age. When he attended his first Detroit underground dance party in 1994, he knew he discovered something special and decided to get in the game.

“There was always something that I just found really interesting with DJing itself,” said Gonzalez. “Maybe it’s the idea of taking other people’s tracks and forming my own kind of story with them over an extended period of time… it can be pretty powerful if done correctly. It’s kind of interesting to take part in something like that.”

Realizing how easy it was to get started, he taught himself to DJ and built up a name for himself, joining the roster of the Detroit Bachelor DJs collective: a lineup including several prominent Detroit dance music DJs. He soon had gigs at the legendary St. Andrew’s Hall for the “Three Floors of Fun” weekly, residencies at Ann Arbor’s Blind Pig on “Solar” Wednesdays and nights at clubs Industry and the Labyrinth in the 90s. Today he keeps the music going at various gigs around town and at CraigGonzalez.com with mixes impromptu and scheduled, while the sidebar doesn’t neglect his other passion for sports and gaming. When faced with this competitor on the decks, expect a selection of take-you-back tracks with his own spin on the story.

http://craiggonzalez.com
https://soundcloud.com/craig-gonzalez
https://www.facebook.com/djcraiggonzalez

DREW MADDOX
@generationhex

For the past 15 years, Drew has been exploring and cultivating his love of electronic music by maintaining a presence in the Detroit area. His involvements with Paxahau, DBDJS, Nefarious & Movement alike have all had positive affects on his life and his constant feeding of the fire that sparked him at the beginning. As a DJ, his styles are deep and diverse, infinitely influenced by the vast sea of incredible local talent the city has forged over the past 30+ years.

https://www.facebook.com/drew.maddox.3
https://soundcloud.com/user1377751

NOT AN AFTER HOURS EVENT
(Please show up early!)

Drink Special:
$4.00 Sangria

Doors:
21+ with Valid ID
$5.00

The Tangent Gallery
715 East Milwaukee St
Detroit, Michigan 48202
https://www.facebook.com/Tangent.HSB

Easier on the ears ~ Harder on the women.

Keith Kemp’s Tumblr

Link

I was chatting with Keith Kemp online randomly yesterday, and he let me know about his Tumblr blog that he recently started, and I think it’s a great idea. He basically grabs a record from his collection and tells a short story about how it has affected his life. Random tidbits of really interesting information @ Keith Kemp’s Tumblr.