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Review: The Life and Lines of Brandon Block by Matt Trollope

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I was a DJ myself back in the 1990s and although I never played alongside Brandon Block, I had the pleasure of meeting him a couple of times. Once, on his father’s birthday in a London bar/club, I had just got out of one of my early mental health hospital stints and I think Brandon was in recovery…. I asked him for some advice and told him about my experiences and he gave me some real pointers about how to deal with my situation, probably moreso than any other professional who works in this industry has given me. Read this book and you read a tale of horror. People believe that DJing is glamorous and fun, but just get stuck into Brandon’s revealing, heartfelt story, and you will immediately see the pain and suffering that comes your way in the murky world of dance music performance. After all the early breaks, once the scene got into full swing and Brandon Block had established a growing reputation, he was pretty soon stuck into an ounce a day cocaine habit. He’s a personality DJ in house music, meaning not that he chats and laughs while playing – his sets are pure banging party rocking professionally done same as may other at the top of their game. Brandon likes to party too much and his notoriety led him well astray. I loved hearing how he began the whole Space Terrace and his fame in Ibiza alongside Alex P is pretty much unrivalled out Ibiza way. The whole Flying and Charlie Chester story was really interesting even if it broke apart slightly. He seems a down to earth good guy, a victim of his own success. Some of the mental health battles after drug addiction took its toll really hit the nail on the head for me. A lot of the venues and clubs were very familiar as indeed many of the characters. The clubscene fraternity is only but a village, even in its global stretches that it reaches nowadays. The 3 gigs a night blasting around the motorways and hitting lines of coke at every red light when the traffic stopped. All seemed absolutely necessary to continue to deliver the acid house that this Big Name DJ believed in. In latter years Mr Block did his fair share of charity work, feeding back into drug rehabilitation centres as a qualified counsellor. He is…

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Spaceman Funk

I have visions of space. In my dreams I see other worlds, worlds where club music thrives. Worlds where new technologies abide and beats manifest to deliver the ultimate party to the thronging masses. As I deliver these mixes to the internet universe, I wonder whether my tech dreams are being realised. This month I’ve gone all-out with new technology and have used Traktor combined with a new Vestax VCM-100 Midi controller. I’m not turning my back on vinyl – NO WAY JOSE. Virtual Mixing with Traktor, however, allows me to air my beatport collection and allows for a different type of DJ creativity with nice tight mixes and lots of creative looping… Stick with the Spaceman Wez G as he delivers some hard-hitting funk using the most up to date weapons systems known to the DJ World. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Spirit Catcher – Secret Stranger feat Ilija Rudman (Original Mix) 2. Milkwish – Hola Hola (Sheehan & Clausen Remix) 3. Alan Fitzpatrick – Green Light (Original Mix) 4. Fergie – Maktub (Original Mix) 5. Uner – Labaneria (Coyu & Edu Imbernon Remix) 6. Rob Mirage & DJ Chus – Back 2 NY (Original Stereo Mix) 7. Patrick M – Paulis (Original Mix) 8. Mendo – Everybody I Got Him (2009 Mix) 9. Passenger 10 – Millenium Balls (Club Mix) 10. Lance Blaise & Rod B – Faaktree (Original Mix) 11. DJ PP – Incognito (Original Mix) 12. The Black Project – In The Disco (Original Mix) 13. Paul Gardner & Hugh Gunnell – Come Get My Lovin feat Marcella Woods (Plastik Funk Remix) 14. Marco Bailey – Watergate (Aalberg Angstrom Remix) 15. Jerome Isma-Ae, Chris Reece & EDX – Ready to Go (Helvetic Nerds Remix) 16. EDX – Party of Politics (Original Club Mix) Wez G – Spaceman Funk by Wezg on Mixcloud

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