Category : Rants & Raves
This is going to be weird for both you and I but you’ll have to bear with me as we travel the road less travelled. About a year ago I had a rather pleasant and unnerving dream. After spending an evening attempting a harry potter marathon, which ran about one and a half movies and a few beers long, something rather peculiar was absorbed into my subconscious, that I haven’t quite been able to put a finger on. Until now of course. And so I give to you a quick glimpse into the asylum which is my sleeping mind. Allow me to preface this whole story with a short interlude. There was a point at which the self reflection took a new turn and I realized what it all meant. This video clip right here:
Okay, so back to my stupid dream. It started off with a third person view of myself wandering about a train platform. Cliche I know; and who do I run into but Mr. Daniel Radcliffe himself. Who apparently was a good friend of mine. We went for coffee, toured the cookie cutter dream sequence city we were in, and all the while I couldn’t help but notice how much attention he was getting. I kept asking him questions like “Bro, your gonna make me famous right?” (Shut up I was dreaming) Eventually as time passed, as it so randomly does in sandman’s land, I realized that my inquisition had turned into a nagging of sorts, and eventually I had become a caricature of the side kick, coat tail rider. I kept looking to the dream state Harry to give me the break I thought I deserved. Never actually giving any real contribution to the success I dreamed I had wanted.
Well, as you know with all good things comes a history of hard work, dedication, and determination. In my dream I wasn’t the one doing any of those things. I was hoping and wishing that someone else would do it for me so that I could become the icon I believed I could be. Of course my waking self understands that, but somewhere deep in my subconscious, part of me must’ve believed that if I could pretend to work hard enough, something might happen. I have grown a great deal since this dream and understand the fact that good things don’t come to those who wait. It is rewarded to those who want to work hard to truly achieve their goals. I speak from a place of experience when I say that my Plan B has taken so much away from my Plan A.
Yes, it is true that in order to get somewhere you must work to survive, invest your earnings, and focus as much spare time and energy as you can on your Plan A, all the while excelling at your Plan B. But in hindsight I find it way too easy to look back and find all the places where my Plan B took more than it deserved. I’ve personally spent the better part of 8 years working at what I do as an entrepreneur. Real estate photographer is the title. The perks aren’t all that great but at least it pays the bills. The thing is, I can’t help but think about the countless hours I’ve wasted on trips to cancelled shoots, time spent developing great industry relationships that ultimately can’t and won’t pay off in the future I aim for, and every second that ticks by while I’m sitting in my car waiting for someone whose priorities are not the same as mine. My aim is not to be negative but only to reflect on my experiences so stay with me here.
In short, all I can say is, take advice from someone who has been here. You’re not going to get rich investing in a stock tip from a hobo. But a wall street guru might have some valuable information is all I’m eluding to. All of this is kind of a long winded way of saying, here: have this piece of crucial information I have found, and see if it can help you in your journey, chasing the dream I think we all share. This guy might not be the industry top but he’s the only one who’s willing to share the information the rest of them won’t. If you can make it through these rantings then you might as well sit through an hour of someone who actually knows what he’s talking about. Have fun, and take notes. Remember: Synergy is Unity. Together we can take over the world. Or at least the new landscape of the music industry.
If you have anything you think might add value to the idea feel free to post below and lets get a conversation going! I truly believe that in order to progress and succeed we must share, learn, and grow together.
I’m ashamed to admit that there once existed a younger me that believed this statement. DJ’ing was overrated to me and I never thought it took much skill to accomplish becoming one. The demand was there, after all, for any novice with a turn table to attend a party and ensure steady streams of music poured through the speakers. Guests wouldn’t pay much attention due to the heavy amounts of intoxicants they were consuming so it was easy to get away with “pretending to play with something”. Basically “an overrated iPod controller”.
If you haven’t heard what these quotes are from yet then pause for a quick second and enjoy a laugh with me as Daniel Tosh of Tosh.0 explains this principle in a much more elaborate and entertaining way.
Although funny, this sketch stirred up a lot of polarizing feelings within as I’m sure it does for you. So much so, that another, legendary, entertainer used a snippet of the rant for the intro of the next video I’m about to show you. But let me prelude this with slightly off segway. I do believe there are DJ’s out there with mad skill. Just few and far between. So I guess you can see how contrasting the feeling is when you see the young guns trying to pretend to be something that falls short of a hyped up play button man. All I have to say is, if you want to be a spinner, learn how to spin. Pay close attention kids. This is how it’s done.
So as you can see. Boy’s got skills. The YYC hip hop scene is filled with talented DJ’s too, they just all seem to be hiding in the basement mashing up Diana Ross records with that new Jay Z joint. My challenge to all of you is simple. Step up the game and get out here and prove your worth! If you’re a YYC scratcher and you have something worth sharing let’s see it! Comment a link below so the people get a chance to hear you. If you’re all too bashful then let me start naming a few names and see what happens. These are guys I’ve seen spin with my own eyes and let me tell you. They are some of the most talented dudes to ever grace the needle folks. They deserve a little recognition. Peep them and let me know what you think!
Category : News
If you’ve been a part of YYC’s hip hop scene then you already know about the 10@10 phenomenon. If your new to the wonderful city of Calgary, good old Cow Town, then you should get yourself well versed in whats going on around town and who’s who. The amazing team at 10@10 have been building something that has, so far, been paralleled by none. A real, down to earth, atmosphere of community and culture that sums up the heart of Calgary’s hip hop scene. The team at the heart of it all, including the few I’ve met, Beni J, Rico, and, Ryan, have been nothing but absolutely charitable in their endeavours to bring life to an otherwise salty and diminished underground scene. Jaded as I may be, Calgary doesn’t really have a lot going for it when it comes to the hip hop underground and without the 10@10 crowd it would seem to be almost lifeless.
Recently the 10@10 team has celebrated its third year in rotation in the Calgary Hip Hop scene and for that we should all be raising a glass. A toast to those as truly dedicated as this team to bringing a warm atmosphere, good vibes, and amazing talent to the forefront of our great city’s profile. Hat’s off to everyone involved from the organizers to the artists without you all it would never be possible. In the words of the 10@10 team, Let’s Build, and continue building until we get our city on the map as one of the true hubs of hip hop and urban art, culture, music, and dance!