Wednesday, September 22, 2010
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Saturday, May 29, 2010
Things to look forward to?
**A totally new look, that's easy on the eyes, laid out thoughtfully with convenience and quickness in mind, utilizes a simplified and standardized download process, and a BIG surprise we're not ready to announce... YET!
**A streamlined update process for myself, so I can get more out in less time, which should translate into freed up capacity to actually read and respond to all of your emails, devote the necessary attention to our sponsors and partners, execution of events produced by Circuit Cadence, booking DJs for events, (just for starters).
**An interactive feature that will allow DJs to post their new sets directly for users to download, without my involvement, so you'll get their latest works first, regardless of my personal ability to respond to the submission.
**And OH SO MUCH MORE!!!
This is obviously very exciting and will be a significant milestone in the incredible life that the site has already experienced, but all of these features not only require my time to author, but doing so involves the implementation of an entirely new scripting language that I am learning for the very first time. To make a long story short, don't let the lack of updates of late be an indication of the sites continued commitment to being the best place to get circuit music, because behind the scenes its actually that very commitment that is driving some big and exciting changes soon to be rolled out.
Here's an old fashioned update, so you'll have some hot new music for the holiday weekend, and thanks for bearing with us!
"MOIST" V.Jun.10.Pt.1 | Memorial Day Play
There's the link to download the tracks from this edition of "MOSIT." I'm opting not to do a podcast version so that time can be directed toward getting the new site up and running instead. That link will actually get you the direct download links for each of the songs, on your choice of five different popular hosts, so you can choose based on your preference and/or depending on which sites you personally have a membership for.
I'm super excited for tomorrow night's Scandal here in LA, featuring Peter Rauhofer. Circuit Cadence is an official sponsor of the event and couldn't be more thrilled to play a part in Peter's return to LA for the first time in 3 years! You might be thinking, what a difference a year makes? I think its a perfect example of why its always got to be about the music, because when it is, things always play out the way they were supposed to, and the result is a great time and great events for all of us! Regardless of whatever silliness might come and go along the way.
Check out the promo video and I'll see you on the dance floor!!
Don't worry east-coasters, you get an amazing event with Peter (and then some!), of your very own, next month for NY Pride! Stay tuned to Circuit Cadence for more about that, and for an opportunity to win one of our sets of VIP passes for the Saturday night event at Roseland Ballroom featuring Peter, Ana Paula, Stephan Grondin, & Marco Da Silva!!! I'm looking forward to visiting NY for the first time in ages and hope to see you all @ "Welcome 2 MENHATTAN" too! What's a NY Pride without WORK, right? Tickets are selling out quickly, while available you can buy them online at http://www.wantickets.com/ You know you won't get in without one, because with Alan T. working the door...
Saturday, May 15, 2010
To start, it is the launch of Pride season for the gays, and I'm excited for Long Beach Pride as my first stop on the summer circuit. In that spirit of pride, we have a lot to be proud of this year. Like our continued growth and popularity, which is obviously directly attributed to you all being so loyal and supportive! Do you believe that our traffic has been averaging in the top 2% of all sites worldwide, and our relatively new venture into the world of Podcasts has had even more remarkable results, with us peaking at #56!! That rank means among all other podcasts, regardless of genre, worldwide - on the pod-O-matic broadcasting platform (which is our feed into iTunes as well)- and there are tens of thousands, only 55 have a greater following! Once you weed out the religious themed, political, talk radio, etc. etc., its hard to believe that we're at the lead of the pack for focus, in such a short time...
Regular updates are a huge piece of that interest and popularity, but even though its been almost two weeks since the last podcast I published, as of today we are maintaining at an impressive #125, which obviously will be brief, as this newly published episode is chock full of HOT summer hits and might very well get us even closer to a top 10 slot! A HUGE thanks to the generous donations from listeners and ongoing support from JustCircuit, otherwise we'd never be able to maintain the bandwidth needed to reach all of you!
I must say this current edition of "MOIST" was quite a chore to assemble! Technical difficulties abound this week as I've struggled to get my files and software all switched over to Mac, which if nothing else, has at least given me a good thorough crash course in the Mac platform in record time. Right down to a defective drive, right out of the box! LOL. But, there's lots of great music out right now, and I knew this was overdue, so with a disaster area of certain files in one place, certain programs in another, etc. etc., I committed to getting this out to you all tonight - and it has taken all night. Just when I'd finally hammered out most of the workstation bugs, now my host is having issues getting the content published, but it is up (or on its way if you don't see one or two pieces of it.), so I hope you enjoy! There's a couple of tracks we're breaking for the first time, and several others that are bound to be summer hits!
http://circuitcadence.com or http://whatmixisthis.com
"LOUD & PROUD" | Pride Season Kickoff
1. Christina Aguilera - Not Myself Tonight (Eddie Baez Club Anthem)
2. Dim Chris Feat. Amanda Wilson - Sometimes (Johan Wedel Remix)
3. George Reefah - Rollin (Tony Moran Warren Rigg Radio Remix)
4. Mylene Farmer - Tristana (Offer Nissim Full Remix)
5. Allan Natal Feat. Joe Welch - Lollipop_(Allan_Natal_Original_Mix)
6. Danielle Simeone - Rather Fall (Tony Moran & Warren Rigg Club Mix)
7. Lady Gaga - Alejandro (DJ Paulo Private Dub)
8. Rihanna - Photography (Chew Fu Mix)
9. Kimberly Locke - Strobelight (Tony Moran & Warren Rigg Radio Edit)
10. Enrique Iglesias - I Like It (Nir Ozer _Remix)
11. Toni Braxton - Hands Tied (Hex Hector Club Mix)
12. Ke$ha - Your Love Is My Drug (Radio Edit)
BONUS TRACKS *NOT INCLUDED IN PODCAST VERSION* (circuitcadence.com)
13. The Script - We Cry (Bimbo Jones Dub)
14. Lady Gaga - Telephone (Bryan Reyes Winter Party Mix)
15. Epiphony - Mr. Charming (Deep Harmonic Remix 2010)
16. Kelly Rowland - Commander (Radio Edit)
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Hey everyone, hot off the presses, we have this weekends edition of Club FG Internation w/ DJ Peter Rauhofer posted on the home page (almost as quick as it was aired!), as well as Part B to the multi-part MOIST entitled "Take Back The Circuit!"
1. Erika Jayne - Pretty Mess (Tracy Young Club)
2. Soul Project Feat Lisa Hunt - Music Makes Me Free (Morris Corti Remix)
3. Robyn - Dancing On My Own (Chew Fu Extended Mix)
4. Christina Aguilera - Not Myself Tonight (toMOOSE Dirty Club Remix)
5. Rihanna - Rude Boy (Ranny and Bryan Reyes Club Mix)
6. Tocadisco & Nadia Ali - Better Run (Club Mix)
7. Sylvia Indeep vs. Gloria Estefan - Kiss My Salsa (DJ Seth Cooper's Private Mix)
8. Ralphi Rosario Feat. Abel - La Pachanga (Native Drums Mix)
9. Steve Aries Feat Lavoie - Dressed In White (Ana Paula Mix)
10. La Miss - Something I Should Know (Da Brozz Rmx)
11. Macy Gray - Beauty In The World (Ruff Loaderz Club Mix)
12. Longo & Wainwright - One Life Stand (Ian Carey Mix)*
An overdue edition of "The Verge" | Crossing Over is on deck, the playlist is already put together for the most part, and its going to be a HOT one! Those that prefer the deeeper and more tribal side of things have received the separate set devoted to that style, very well.
A follow up to my "take back the circuit" commentary from White Party week, for those who care to follow along is below. For those that don't, here's the TiVo button to go directly to the site.
To the point of that re-empowerment push, take a moment to reflect back on the roots of the circuit, as it relates to YOUR life. Gradual changes over time can blur the importance of things going on around us. Or exaggerate them. When I compare things, I actually don't see a dramatic shift. By in large I think the majority of the things I love about the circuit endure unscathed - music, friends, fun, leisure, community, travel, etc.
In fact, I actually came to the realization that a lot of the things I viewed as current "atrocities" taking place around the circuit, are really nothing more than meaningless and petty misunderstandings, gossip and/or ego/greed/insecurity issues. The sad part really becomes then, that just because its petty shit, it doesn't mean its impact is petty or insignificant. It sucks even more to think about events such as the Reunion Pool Parties not taking place, when it was that very event at the old Hilton way back when, that is a gay days institution. And for what?
***(rhetorical question, btw - a lot of people probably think they have an answer or a part of it, but far too much of it is probably circumstantial or incomplete, or otherwise overcomplicated to an irreconcilable extent, to ever hope to make sense of. this is one of those rare questions on the S.A.T. where the correct answer is "not enough information exists to determine the correct answer." far too many answers would lie in the honesty of people who, good or bad, probably haven't earned the benefit of the doubt to "take their word for it.")
Disney was doomed from the day of the "no compete" concept being entertained, but one would have hoped that at least someone who entered into the agreement could have had enough foresight to say: "Hmm. I wonder if monopolies and cartels are illegal in this country, and regulated heavily by powerful branches of federal government, because they might not always be good, or fair, or benevolent?" (which by the way they never are, but if you paint a small enough picture with enough short sightedness, it might be tempting).
Isn't a huge part of the genius in a capitalist economy, that the innovation and motivation inherent in a system where there are infinite potential rewards for working hard, and that he who is willing to work the hardest and the smartest and the longest, is deserving of said rewards? We all know someone who became something out of nothing and were able to do it because they were willing to bust their ass and work really hard to get it. We probably all know someone who sits on the couch everyday and complains about never winning the lottery, too. It doesn't even occur to them that a good start might be to buy a lottery ticket and to watch the results, it should just happen, and happen for them.
Gay Days exploded into the mega-circuit event that it did, because it was a heavily competitive climate, in a robust economic period for the world, and it was taking place in a town that is fueled by the tendency for people to over-indulge in leisure and luxury, and is essentially just an ongoing "who can build the best playground" contest. Fantastic events were taking place because they HAD to take place. Each promoter knew they needed to do everything possible, and everything had to go right, or they'd fail to survive. Each year had to build on the now newly set, higher expectation of the prior year, and the venues had to be better, shows more spectacular, music more groundbreaking.
The agreement obviously cost enough money to make it worth multiple promoters time to walk away for a couple of years, so are we shocked that then there wasn't really the investment in the end product that people had come to expect? Not only does a monopoly eliminate any incentive to "try" or improve anything, because why does it have to impress if you're already marketing something to people who have no alternative? But, even if a desire to impress exists, the money to execute it disappeared with the payoff.
Of course all of this took place publicly, but the party-goers who didn't like an event in a hotel ballroom didn't have anything to say about what led to that, until they were physically in the ballroom. As long as there was something that seemed remotely plausible, being offered as a rationale, the rationale need not even be listened to. I mean, who's really buying the whole split crowd dilemma, anyway? Many of the events were so over sold that they could no longer hope to resemble somewhere you could expect to be safe or comfortable. There was room for more than one event at a time, and the fact that there were options, was precisely why the weekend was so widely appealing. If someone was obsessed with Victor Calderone and their best friend was obsessed with Peter Rauhofer, they could actually enjoy a weekend where both of their desires are being catered to. I'm all for an event away from my hotel-mates by the time Sunday usually comes around, anyway.
The logistics and complication of tickets and coordinating with friends was more troublesome than dancing in a ballroom? In actuality, yet another strength of the weekend, is those very complications. Perhaps if god forbid the fab 5 be separated for an event, they might meet more new friends and have more new and fun experiences, than would have happened with all 5 standing hip to hip in a tight circle in the same spot of the dance floor, otherwise.
My point is twofold:
I've decided to postpone indefinitely the planned launch of circuitscandal.com, because I don't want to spend time or energy on negativity. I've learned some OUTRAGEOUS things about people many out there look up to, unknowingly, but unless me sharing it has a direct positive impact or prevents an imminent threat, its a distraction from more constructive tasks.
I picked up a pen and in less than five minutes came up with the following list of personally important people, musicians, establishments, organizations or otherwise significant influences in my circuit life, each of which had then hundreds of instant memories tied to them, that came flooding back to me. For over 10 years and my entire adult life circuit events have been a substantial source of my happiness and are simply vital to my personal identity (inward and outward). Not everyone is quite the fanatic I am, so its obviously going to have varying levels of importance. But, I was walking blind and uninvolved up until now, so hopefully more and more of us wake up to things and start taking things back.
*** The results of a brief and spontaneous brainstorm re: my circuit roots, and the key influences leading to my eventual passion/obsession with circuit music.
DJ Jason Lanoux
"Velvet" @ NATION - D.C.
Fireball - Chicago
DJ Tony Moran
DJ Peter Rauhofer
DJ Victor Calderone
DJ Steve Lawler
The Mayan - L.A.
Crobar - Chi & Miami
Mansion - Miami
The Saloon - Minneapolis
Profile Music - Minneapolis
iPod & .mp3 technology
Pensacola Memorial Day
San Diego Pride
Palm Springs White Party Week
New Orleans Halloween
NYE in LA
"When Boys Fly"
Troy & Ryan a.k.a. Circuit Moms
Sid (a.k.a. crackhippobitch, lil' pink circuit ho)
The travelling after-hours posse
I stopped when they stopped just popping into my head rapid-fire, so its not complete, but I was taken off guard by how complex it is, and how many tangents and connections exist within the web. Its an indication of just how very unique each person's must lay out too. Thanks for caring enough about what I had to say to make it this far!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I've never been exactly quiet in my assessment of Jeffrey Sanker as "the greediest promoter on the circuit." In five consecutive attendances at the White Party Palm Springs I have witnessed example after example where it is quite evident this is not some mutual passion and love for music that is driving the annual production. Rarely are the public comments taken into consideration, prices are outrageous considering the overhead consists of a hotel ballroom and city subsidized public spaces. Allegedly, He gets countless tax kickbacks in gratitude for the tremendous economic surge the event brings to the local community, yet he has not once ever passed those funds on to the circuit-goer in the form of lowered ticket prices or complimentary refreshments.
You might wonder how I reached this conclusion of greed being the key motivator, so I'm obliged to share with you just some of the countless examples over the years.
Drink tickets are not a necessary component of a properly run event. If the insinuation is that there is a desire to prevent theft from staff, then why wouldn't that staff simply be supervised and fired for infractions. To then make it a concerted point to make them mandatory at all events of all sizes and then implement three different types of tickets, with varying values and applicability, it seems evident that the motivation would be largely based out of a conscious desire to see people purchase as many excess tickets as possible, that would ultimately go un-used because of the structure. It also creates an environment where the staff are not well tipped, if at all, because there is no cash quotient present at the time of serving.
I'll never forget the year it was 110 degrees at the tea dance and you better believe 5 or 6 drink tickets was only enough to get one of those tiny joke miniature evian bottles with two sips in it.
The ticket prices speak for themselves, there's just nothing else on the circuit remotely close in range, and for a "for profit" operation at that.
The pool parties, pricing, and ticket purchase process is confusing at best, but grossly overpriced and despite a higher than bargain pricing on the host hotel rooms, are not included for guests of the hotel?
The talent and production is often bare minimum necessary to a quality disproportionate to the expectation associated with ticket costs that inflated.
I'm sure if we wanted to open a public forum asking for all of your personal examples it would become out of hand.
With the gossip about Jeffrey finally trying to sell the event running rampant, it would seem prudent that logistics and operations, plus costumer interaction, would be a key priority. However, many paying customers of the main event with the Freemason's, were turned away at the door, with a simple statement of "we're closed" as early as 2AM! **************If you are one of these persons, I strongly urge you to contest the charges for your pass with your credit card companies****************** This was done arbitrarily, and without explanation or rationale. Door staff on an ego trip were simply unwilling to be bothered with caring for the best interests of a very valuable client base, by honoring even simple requests for management escalation. A simple "only paul or Jeffrey can change it" and a complete and total unwillingness to engage either of those individuals, by the door manager Brian, after repeated requests - is unacceptable and appalling, a full three hours prior to the scheduled close.
I actually arrived at the event to notice that I had left my wallet and pass in my other jeans, told the recording artist I manage and was with, Jipsta, to go ahead without me and I would run back to the hotel, only to return 10 minutes later and be told, the same story. I was not able to be present for the debut of the current number 32 Billboard dance track "Nasty Boy" in front of its largest audience to date, and door staff couldn't have cared less that I was industry, with an artist inside to represent, or even worse, did not care that I am a promotional partner for the weekend and have generated considerable value for the weekend in the form of high volume web traffic, fully dedicated podcasts, page customization, and continuous word of mouth. I literally stood outside for over an hour without one person offering an explanation, or logic, and the blatant disregard for doing the right thing for someone who clearly has been helping to promote the parties. (Might I add that I was approached in January being solicited for a partnership, not the other way around)
Meanwhile, earlier that day, two other wildly successful pool parties were occurring around town, with outstanding and new music, while the sanctioned event was nothing more than an opportunity for masterbeat to push a best of their own downloads play list. In an economic climate where people are thinking twice about flushing money down the toilet, for less than half the price, the ACE pool party in particular, was the talk of the town, without a doubt. And do you think its a coincidence that the police showed up at that event twice, hoping to find some sort of technicality or missed permit opportunity to shut it down, no doubt at the request of Sanker himself.
Considering the blaring absence of a charitable cause tied to the weekend festivities, the blatent disregard for the community, and the repeated demonstrations of ego, power, manipulation, and greed, its time to start taking back our circuit, for the love of music, community, and charity. I see the Ace party as a foreshadowing of just how simple it is to put on a better experience, and why not do so with charitable intentions while we're at it? I know that there are plenty of hotel ballrooms around town, plus even more appropriate types of venues, and I think its time to say enough is enough to this out of control trend towards us giving up the things we love about the circuit and spending more to do it. Meanwhile, we're offered less and less, including unconscionable moves like eliminating MedEvent to cut corners and improve profits.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Available now at http://www.circuitcadence.com
- LILLY ALLEN - THE FEAR (BRYAN REYES 2010 UNDERWORLD CLUB MIX)
- ALEXANDRA BURKE - THE SILENCE (ALMIGHTY CLUB MIX)
- TONI BRAXTON - MAKE MY HEART (STEREO PALMA VOCAL CLUB MIX)
- WYNTER GORDON - DIRTY TALK (OCELOT MIX)
- SABRINA WASHINGTON - OMG (SOULSHAKER REMIX)
- KE$HA - BLAH BLAH BLAH (DREW G. & BRIAN CUA'S OBJECTIFIED ANTHEM)
- BOY GEORGE - AMAZING GRACE (SHARP BOYS EXTENDED CLUB MIX)
- MYON & SNAHE 54 PRESS. VELVETINE FEAT. ARUNA - SAFE (WHEREVER YOU ARE) (ORIGINAL MIX)
- BRIAN GIONFRIDDO - CATCH YOU FEAT JUDY (SIDE B MIX)
- VERNESSA MITCHELL - RISE (JEROME FARLEY & LEVEL ONE EXTENDED CLUB MIX)
- J. VERNER & SHINE - I GOTTA BELIEVE (GUSTAVO SCORPIO REMIX)
- MATISSE - BETTER THAN HER (RANNY AND BRYAN REYES CLUB MIX)
- YINON YAHEL - I FEEL THE MUSIC (ORIGINAL DUB MIX)
- CHARICE - PYRAMID [BARRY HARRIS CLUB]
- DAVID GUETTA - GRRRR (ORIGINAL MIX)
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Saturday, March 27, 2010
Newsletter: A Weekend Of Music Like No Other @ NewCircuitMusic.com! You'll Be Walking Funny By The Time Circuit Cadence is through with you!!
But, don't worry - we're not keeping you in a capella in the meantime, there's tons of music going on this weekend, and Circuit Cadence is thrilled to be your source for new circuit music (http://newcircuitmusic.com)!
If you hadn't noticed, there's a new podcast being broadcast, its my official Best of the Freemasons set, and its SUPER happy! Just in time to get you excited for their Saturday night headline set for The White Party itself. That's not all you need to know about the White Party, though - so be sure to visit our dedicated white party page @ http://www.circuitcadence.com/white-party-ps !
Check out the this special Gay Days announcement, regarding the Reunion Pool Parties!! Special room rates until April 1st only. You can check back at this same link getting closer to the event, for the latest up to date information, including when the rooms are sold out, etc.
Our first remix contest is underway, with the first phase in progress, and tomorrow we'll be opening it up to everyone, everywhere! I'll send a note with more specifics about entering, tomorrow - but, take a look at all the hot prizes that await the winner - so if you're a DJ/Remixer/Producer, get your appetite whetted and then more info will be announced tomorrow!
There's some little conference going on in Miami this weekend, maybe you've heard of it, it's called The Winter Music Conference? No, not ringing any bells? The largest and most diverse, ongoing and incredible celebration of dance/house/electronica music in the world for the past 25 years?! So, I thought you might want to get your ear on some of the hot new music being unveiled there, even if you can't be there in person.
DJ Pete Tong - Essential Tunes - Radio 1 - WMC 2010 (Mar 26)
My favorite European DJ (tied with Steve Lawler), Pete Tong did his weekly show for Radio 1 in the UK, straight from Space Night Club in Miami. This is the two hour set, just hours later than its actual occurrence!
DJ Tiesto - WMC 2010 March 26th &
DJ Ferry Corsten - WMC 2010 March 24th
Both of these DJs regularly jockey for claim to the fame behind the title of "World's Most Popular DJ," so I thought there could be no better choice to hear what they're bringing to the turntables for 2010. Here is Tiesto's set from last night, followed by Ferry Corsten's Wednesday set!
DJ Tomaz - "Switch" - Studio Brussels - WMC 2010
Finally, I'll wrap up the WMC special feature, with a DJ I know almost nothing about, except for the fact that his set caught my ear immediately, and its HOT - to say the least.
Hopefully you'll enjoy these sets as much as I have. It's all available on the home page, http://www.circuitcadence.com !
Stay throughout the weekend for even more music, just as quickly as I can get it to you! Have a dance filled weekend!