Aritzia DJ Mix: Winter Is The New Summer

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So the story goes (assuming there is a story that goes and is to be told…) that I made a DJ mix. I know cool story (bro); well, it gets better. So, actually it all started with my gig opening/closing for STRFKR where I smartly remembered to record my before and after DJ mixes. I then put them online on the cloud of sound. Time passed.

People seemed to like the STRFKR mixes, especially the “Before” one. Somehow Ultragrrl found it and reposted it. She also happens to be the music director for women’s clothing store/blog Aritzia. I messaged her to say thanks. She asked if I was interested in commissioning a similar sounding mix for Aritzia. I said yes.

A month later I finally sat down, picked out some sweet tunes, and this mix came out. I was pretty happy with it. That’s pretty much the story. Now go and get your ears and have yourself a party.

Track listing:

Flight Facilities – Clair de Lune (feat. Christine Hoberg)
Les Sins – Why
AlunaGeorge – Supernatural
Pomo – So Fine
Odesza – Say My Name (feat. Zyra)
ZHU – Paradise Awaits (FKJ Remix)
HNNY – No
Hnny & Koko – Boy
Kungs ft. Molly – West Coast
Flume x WKND – HYPER PARADISE
Henry Krinkle – Stay (Justin Martin Remix)
Melvv – Glide
Justice – New Lands (Falcon Remix)
The Tallest Man On Earth x WKND – The Dreamer
Panda Bear – Selfish Gene
Caribou – Can’t Do Without You
Giraffage – Tell Me
Bonobo – Flashlight (Radio Edit)
Flight Facilities – Two Bodies (feat. Emma Louise)
Tinashe – Vulnerable (Pomo Remix)
James Brown – I Feel Good (El. Train Remix)
Toro Y Moi – Campo
DARKSIDE – Gone Too Soon
FM Laeti – Wanna Dance (Fred Falke Remix) (Radio Edit)
TV On The Radio – Right Now
Chet Faker x WKND – LOVER
James Blake – 200 Press
Jessy Lanza – Fuck Diamond
Kill Frenzy – So Fine (Original Mix)

Flashflooder DJ Mix: Move It Or Lose It Live

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I DJ’ed this past Friday night at Monarch in San Francisco to open the “Move It Or Lose It” party. To put it simply, I played lots and lots of (electronic, eclectic, deep, tech, house, or whatever) jams I’ve been digging recently. They also all happen to be on the lower end of the four on the floor bpm scale like 115-122 As of right now It’s probably my favorite mix of mine just cuz I like da songz so much. You should listen to hear what this self fabricated non buzz is all about. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Or what was the deal with the hokey pokey anyways?

Read on for the tracklisting and stuff. Or maybe not stuff. To be determined upon further typing.

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Flashflooder DJ Sets: Before/After STRFKR Show

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of DJ’ing at a private show that STRFKR played live at in a tiny venue that hosted maybe 200 people. More specifically, this went down at a new venue called Leo’s along the Berkeley/Oakland border and was thrown by two great dudes, one who happens to be a friend of mine and the other happened to be the owner of the venue. Anyways, the night was spectacular, the energy and vibes of the people were great, and of course STRFKR played a great show and were overall good dudes.

My contribution of the night was playing the intro DJ set before STRFKR took the stage and also playing a closing dance set after they finished their set. All in all I DJ’ed for about 3.5 hrs that night with the “before” set being a mix of indie and chill house tunes with some dance appeal starting slow and then picking up the pace up to an eventual dance floor friendy tempo which was continued and extended into heavier tracks (including some crowd requested trap hehe) for the “after” set. The response was unanimously great to my DJ sets for the night, especially the “before” set and it was such a wonderful feeling that I can’t be thankful enough for. If anyone is reading this that was actually there who gave me a high-five, a smile, a hug, or a thank you….THANK YOU! It’s that kind of energy and response that really makes me enjoy DJ’ing and sharing music with other people.

But if you weren’t there and want to hear what you missed out on, you’re in luck! I happened to record both sets and have posted them below for your listening pleasure. Full tracklisting for each is posted below as well as on the soundcloud descriptions. Enjoy!

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Flashflooder’s “4th of Rahuly” 7+hr Marathon Mix

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Last Friday I threw a send off party for one of my very good friends Rahul (who’s leaving to travel the world) at my house which also served as a dual purpose independence day party (as it started on the 4th of July and went well into the 5th). At the party I was prepared to play a little DJ mix for everyone to groove to some quality tunes and have some dancing fun times. Little did I know that this DJ mix would actually stretch into all hours of the night, clocking in at just under 8 hours. That’s right, it’s not a typo. This was and in all likelihood will be, the longest DJ set I’ve ever played in my life.

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Traktor Midi Mapping: How to Make Instant Gratification Style Effects & Play Them Musically

Flashflooder here, your friendly neighborhood Midi Mapper and today we are going to demystify the ever so popular Instant Gratification mapping. Now if you’ll take a trip down memory lane you’ll remember that I explained how to midi map your own supercombos a long while ago but that was the extra gravy on top of the mashed potatoes that was the original O.G. Instant Gratification mapping. And today feels like a potatoes kind of day, so we are going to dive into the core concept of that mapping which was intuitive, fun, cool, and (most importantly) consistent sounding one push button style effects. Read on to learn how to MIDI map these button friendly effects yourself and also learn a sneaky trick for how to play a row of the same effect buttons musically without skipping a beat.

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Traktor Midi Mapping: The Modifier Re-Explained

Have you ever been inspired with an amazing idea of how to take your MIDI controller to the next level by making your own custom super DJ mapping only to find yourself (shortly after) confused, frustrated, and ultimately stumped when dealing with Traktor and its Controller Manager? Chances are, some of you got scared off before even attempting it but never fear, I (Flashflooder) am here to break down the Traktor mapping basics in a simple and layman friendly manner.

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DJTT VCI-400SE Flashflooder v2.5 Traktor Mapping

Hey hey, so it’s another new year and that means another new VCI-400SE mapping, right? …err, well, in actuality, I had hoped to finish this a few months back but sometimes things don’t always go quite as planned and time just don’t stop for no one. Nevertheless, I’ve created a new mapping version for what is still a top notch beast of a controller (despite being released almost two years ago now) which streamlines and simplifies the functionality to what DJs really need and use.

I could go on describing the changes but it’s probably best if you just watch the video below to get a better sense for yourself. As a summary, the main new features are having the ability to trigger all 64 cells of Remix Decks C & D, a FreezeFX mode (with 4 presets including the popular Echo Freeze), basic Loop In/Out controls, a dedicated FX Dry/Wet control section (for pro-style effect fading in and out), and various other small changes. Good stuff all around…

And of course, should you want to download/subscribe to this mapping, post comments for ideas, or post any found bugs, please do so at the mapping link below from DJ Techtools’ MIDI mapping repository MAPS.

DJTT VCI-400SE Flashflooder v2.5 Traktor Mapping Page

As always, thanks to all the users and people in the community for your support! It means a lot to me and I really appreciate it.