In terms of gigs and musical output, I've had a very quiet winter and it's been fantastic. Many of my journal entries here on Area709 have made mention of my ongoing balancing act between my DJing and my outdoor pursuits. Typically, any spare time I have during the winter is consumed evenly between attending or throwing events and training indoors for the impending climbing season. This year, climbing was limited to more what I would call "maintenance," and actually dropped off my radar completely for the month of March. Other than the Beheshto event that Khan (http://www.area709.com/khan
) graciously invited me to headline in February, I've been largely inactive as a DJ for the last couple of months. That party ended up being a reunion of sorts with an amazing group of people I haven't partied with since 2009, and I really want to thank Khan and Nemo for thinking of me when they were putting the line-up together.
So, what have I been doing all winter? Well, despite this being my first season on skis (and starting the season in January) I managed to log roughly 45 days in the snow. I'd like to say I'm a natural, but there's significant amount of dissonance between that statement and the number of times I've been violently catapulted off my skis over the last 3 months. Hand in hand with new hobbies, while I've still been buying and playing music at home, I think it's safe to say that the majority would be accurately described as electronic music, but not necessarily dance music. I think the gradual switch in my listening tastes have reflected a consistent series of subtle lifestyle changes over the winter. When faced with the option of going out on a Saturday night or waking up obscenely early on Sunday morning to get in some turns, well, I've happily chosen the latter. I'm well familiar with a similar decision tree after a decade of prioritizing being vertical on a rock face over being horizontal on someone's livingroom floor when it's a weekend and the weather is fair.
So, after some time off, it's back to climbing and DJing again. I'll be playing at the next Soundproof party, "Atomic" which is going to be held on April 21. Details can be found at Soundproof's website, here: http://soundproof.ca/
Soundproof's Anza nights will recommence in June and our annual outdoor party - Trancemission - will be held on August 11. This is going to be our 15th Trancemission, which definitely boggles my mind a little! I'm expecting my gig schedule to be quite light over the coming 6 months, especially since I'm not actively promoting myself these days, but I'll be sure to keep this space updated regardless. Time away from gigging will hopefully allow me to put some energy into recording some new mixes over the next couple of months... and maybe even something as involved as my "Archives" mix from 2010.
But, for now, I'm off to the gym and then it's time to sort through some tracks for next weekend...