Student Profile: James Walker AKA Cakewalk

It’s time for another student profile! We checked in with our former student, James Walker, to hear about his DJ career since graduating from Mmmmaven.

James AKA Cakewalk got his start DJing at Franklin Pierce University after teaching himself how to DJ using Youtube and online tutorials. He wanted to learn more about the craft, so he began searching for DJ schools in Boston. His search led him to Mmmmaven, where he began taking classes in 2012. Early on, James started exploring different genres and Mmmmaven helped him pull from these influences to find his own sound.

One thing that has stuck with me from Mmmmaven is “imitate, imitate, innovate”. In other words don’t be afraid to “sound” like or take things you really like from artists that you really love. Eventually you’ll find your own sound but still be able to show your influences in your music or sets.

Cakewalk is currently a resident DJ at the monthly parties, BINARY at Wonder Bar and Flight 617 at Good Life. He loves playing at BINARY parties because they are always packed with fun and energetic people. Flight 617 parties also appeal to him because of the diversity and high-energy feel that they have.

Cakewalk has accomplished some amazing things since leaving Mmmmaven, including opening for Purple Disco Machine at a BINARY party, playing at Boston summer party, Dancing at the Charles, and doing a set at Habitat Living Sound in Calgary.

James describes the type of music he plays as New Disco/ House. He likes to play any funky, feel-good music that will get people dancing.

When asked who his biggest DJ idols are, he cited Soul Clap and no regular play.

Listen to a mix by Cakewalk below:

 

As far as DJing goes, James considers it a part-time job for now. He works full-time as a Kindergarten Teacher’s Aide in Brookline during the week. Even though this job doesn’t primarily deal with DJing, he is able to network with people by inviting them to his shows and has even been able connect with other musicians through work.

James still maintains his DJ career by doing his monthly resident gigs and shows on the weekends as well. Luckily, James has summers off from his full-time job so he is able to focus on DJ gigs during this time. He definitely keeps busy DJing even though he considers it a part-time job.

 

Here’s some advice James had for aspiring DJs:

Work your hardest, but be patient too. That was definitely the toughest part for me, but just keep at it.

 

Catch Cakewalk at our new free event this coming Saturday (3/25) at Hojoko in Boston. Come in for one of their signature dishes, a designer cocktail, and some house music tunes.

3/25/17

FREE

Posted by: Tori Leche

Ableton Intern Katharine And Loop 2016

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Hello Producers and DJs!

My name is Katharine Fountain, and for the past 3 months I have had the pleasure of joining Mmmmaven’s team as their Ableton intern. In addition to my internship, I am also a student at Berklee College of Music across the river in Boston, where I am pursuing a double major in Electronic Production & Design and Songwriting.

Learning how to self-produce has been one of the most important things that I’ve ever done for my career, and I think that every musician should take the time to explore the ways in which music technology can benefit their craft.

I never imagined that I would become this interested in production when I started using DAW’s to sketch out song ideas and practice for ear training tests at school, but I quickly realized the creative possibilities that I had at my finger tips. Many of my friends urged me to try out Ableton, which lead me to take Mmmmaven’s Music Production Certificate Program over the summer. Now as an intern for Mmmmaven, I have had the chance to dive into the world of music production, and share some of what I’ve learned with others. The experience has been incredibly rewarding!

I can honestly say that immersing myself in the world and culture of Ableton has changed my life and my musicianship for the better. So when I found out about Ableton’s Loop Summit that would be hosted at the historic Funkhaus Berlin this fall, I sheepishly put my name in for the ticket lottery and hoped for the best.

I was thrilled when I was granted a ticket, and even more thrilled when I somehow managed to figure out how to make it to Berlin from Boston! Attending Loop was an undeniably eye opening and inspiring experience, and definitely one of the highlights of my year. This three part series will outline some of my favourite events from Loop, and hopefully get you inspired to create something new!

Day 1 >>>

What is Loop?

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Exclusive Mass Realty Profile

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Thanks a ton to Mass Realty for shining a light on what we do here via an interview with co-founder and Executive Director David Day.

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We believe that technology and music not only go together, but that they belong together. As when the harpsichord evolved into the piano, and the guitar to the electric guitar, music has always been improved with the use of technology.

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We’re interested in anyone who has a passion for music: from the elder statesmen folk artist, to the young person just learning what music is all about–even the term “electronic music” is outdated to us.

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Come Get Spooky with ImagineNeon: Halloween Freaks

Come out and get spooky with ImagineNeon Oct 29th! Celebrating Halloween a few days early since it falls on a Monday.

ImagineNeon is proud to announce their first event: Halloween Freaks.

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We celebrate early this year, on the 29th come participate in this sideshow of an All Hallow’s Eve party while the moon is still waning. You are invited to come participate, co-creating our very own over the top awesome spectacle of sight and sound.

We will be hosting a brief costume contest during the event with First, Second, and Third place prizes. Dress in your best Halloween Idea.

*Note, because we are ImagineNeon, to be considered for entry into the contest by judges, some part of your outfit must emit light. The event will be a great time, and better if you dress up!

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– Two Rooms of Sound Featuring –

:: 1 ::
Char
Jeff Mission
Gary Carlow

:: 2 ::
Kibbles & Beats
Fox
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– Art Install –
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Soyomyoyo‘s work focuses on the Shadow. all the parts of our selves that we suppress she embraces and shows the beauty of the broken and the damaged. a bright light casts a deep shadow, and to be whole we must look into the darkness.

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DJs, A stage for Poi**, A catwalk, Two Dance Floors, Costume Contest, Libations!

$5 early, $10 late, Creative and Illuminated attire welcome!

**note the venue is indoors only, therefore Glow Poi only, No Fire Toys.

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DJ lesson.