DJing as blogging

For a while I stopped DJing. No one cared, even me. There was always part of me that felt like I worked with so many great DJs that it wasn’t important for me to contribute. Also, for a while I wasn’t inspired by the music I was hearing.

I’ve been having way more fun DJing lately. Usually for radio or for friend’s parties but even in the club. I think that’s largely because of a perspective shift. Much like blogging i just look at DJing as simply organizing ideas.

It’s not that I’m a particularly great DJ or that I even love performing (I don’t). I shifted my energy away from thinking of it as an act of performance and pressure and have now found the act (including prep) to be a way to organize time and give focus to a big part of my unaccounted for life, listening to music. For someone who consumes a fair bit of music, it’s important to have a moment to collect and sift.

Ghostly Knowledge Share

One of our big goals for Ghostly this year was to find a way to engage youth with the experience and wisdom of our musical and visual artist roster. We put this in motion last month with our first Ghostly Knowledge Share at the Neutral Zone in Ann Arbor.

Neutral Zone creates a positive space for Washtenaw County (where Ghostly started in Michigan back in 1999) teens to learn and develop key skills for their lives and future careers.

Ghostly artists Matthew Dear, Kllo, Mary Lattimore, Tadd Mullinix, Lord Raja, Starchild & The New Romantic, and  Matthew Shlian Came together for a very special day and we hope to make this the first of many.
Big thank you to Doug Coombe who captured the day.

 

Return Of The Mack

 

Way back at the turn of the millennium, the first album on Ghostly was from a local kid (a Florida transplant) named Tadd Mullinix and the second album was under an alias of his, Dabrye. The Dabrye project led us to crazy places like venues in Glasgow and Tokyo, and to sacred spaces like the home studio of the departed J Dilla, who Dabrye collaborated on the song “Game Over”.

Tadd arrived to me/Ghostly via our friend Todd Osborn who heard the Matthew Dear / Disco D record we did in 1999, and Tadd gave me a mixtape in 2000 (a cassette, yes) that had snippets of these sleek, strange, and wonderful hip-hop instrumentals. We didn’t have big intentions other than to get them out in the world, and when his album One/Three came out in 2001 it put Ghostly International on the map of music heads almost instantly.

Next year we’ll release the final installment (but not the last word) in Tadd’s futuristic, vast trilogy of albums (featuring a world class array of talent) and we couldn’t be happier.

We’re also offering the previous Dabrye records (including the long out of print Instrmntl) in box format, limited to 500 pieces.

Big thanks to the believers who stayed with Tadd through this all especially Jason DeMarco at Adult SwimMichael Cina, and the Ghostly team who made this possible. Thanks to Tadd and Ghostly’s fans for supporting this art.

Listen to the new single feat Detroit’s Danny Brown and Quelle Chris plus Roc Marciano:

https://pitchfork.com/…/danny-brown-joins-dabrye-on-new-so…/

Adult Swim site:

http://www.adultswim.com/music/dabrye/

For the vinyl:

https://www.theghostlystore.com/collections/dabrye