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

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Mmmmaven Graduate: DJ Flow Trigger

“Very few people get the opportunity to learn how to beat match on turntables when starting out. Even more important is the community at Mmmmaven. Between the free workshops, strong alumni network both in person and online, and weekly shows like Make It New, this is a powerful community to be a part of.” – DJ Flow Trigger

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Introducing Manny A.K.A Flow Trigger!

Since graduating Mmmmaven earlier this month he has been working on a series of hour long mixes Called “Alpha Waves”, Volume 1 & 2 is featured below, with more to come!

Tracklist:
1. “Beat Organ (Original Mix)” -16 Bit Lolitas
2. “Wayfaring Stranger Ft. Florence Bird (AKA AKA & Thalstroem Remix)” –Joachim Pastor
3. “I’ll Be Missing You (TACHES Remix)” -Puff Daddy Ft. Faith Evans
4. “Fuck Dat (Original Mix)” -Shiba San
5. “Want To Know (Original Mix)” -Sonny Fodera, Bontan
6. “Like You” -Hot Since 82
7. “Just Escape (Justin Martin Remix”) -Escape
8. “Love Taking Over (Original Mix)” -Dusky
9. “Soledad” -Chus & Ceballos
10. “Crossfade” -Gusgus
11. “Sex Appeal (Original Mix)” -Maceo Plex
12. “Kneadin’ (Original Mix)” –Hannah Wants, Chris Lorenzo
13. “Lucky Star (Solomun Remix)” -Ron Carroll, Superfunk

Tracklist:
1. “Not The Only One (Original Mix)” –16 Bit Lolitas
2. “Stay Glued feat. Kevin Knapp (ZDS Remix)” -Audiojack
3. “Time To Get Physical (Sonny Fodera Remix)” -NiCe7
4. “Cherry Hill feat. Max Marshall” -Woz
5. “Chemistry (Original Mix)” -Get Abril
6. “Throwing Stones (Original Mix)” -Clint Stewart
7. “Bloom (Lane 8 Remix)” -ODESZA
8. “Always You (Shiba San Remix)” -Sonny Fodera, Bontan
9. “Stay (Justin Martin Remix)” –Henry Krinkle
10. “Sleep Walking (Original Mix)” -Francesco Parla
11. “Sights (Dennis Ferrer Remix)” -London Grammar
12. “Come On Now (Set It Off)” -Juliet Sikora, Tube & Berger
13. “Sugar & Cinnamon feat. Barry Drift” -Claude Von Stroke
14. “Everything feat. Meggy (Sonny Foder Remix)” -Rampa

Sometimes when you ask a DJ about their name they have one of three approaches to answering the question. First, its a secret. Two, the name was derived from a deeper meaning in which they connect with. Three, “idk I thought it sounded cool”. The name “Flow Trigger” came form Manny’s inspiration form novels which he explained to me…

The name Flow Trigger is inspired by the work of author Stephen Kotler in his 2014 bestseller- “The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance”. The book explores a state of consciousness called flow- an optimal state in which humans perform and feel their best. Kotler identified 17 specific psychological, environmental, social and creative situations- which he coined “flow triggers”- that inspire people to enter this powerful state of consciousness.

Since his graduation he has been working on improving his abilities as a digital DJ using Traktor software and Native Instruments controllers. he currently has a S2 and recently added a F1 into his set-up. In the mean time he has been looking for some gigs, networking, and expanding the DJ community.

Stay tuned with his Alpha Waves series: DJ Flow Trigger

To learn and have the same experience, speak with Sarah by calling 617.849.9321 or drop an email to sarah@mmmmaven.com

It’s Graduation Day for The Beat Academy

After a long week of rigorous scratching and mixing, it’s finally time for the young DJs of the Beat Academy to show everyone what they’ve got. Join us tonight for Beat Academy’s Final Performance at the Mmmmaven Project here in Central Square! Campers ages 10 – 14 will show us what they’ve got before graduating from Mmmmaven’s inaugural summer camp.

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Over the course of the week, campers learned the ins and outs of industry standard equipment, got their hands dirty in some new technology, and produced their first six-song mini-mix. They learned how to organize their favorite tracks and get in the mix with different styles, and now is their opportunity to see if they have what it takes to play in front of a crowd of screaming fans!

Come out and support the new generation of DJs at 5PM, you’ll be blown away.

Mmmmaven Graduate Party [4/13]

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Sunday April 13, viagra come see the next generation of Boston DJs play their first show. Eight recent graduates of Mmmmaven’s DJ course will be laying it down from 9-1 at the Middlesex Lounge.

Over the last 2 months these students were studying under instructors Pete O’Karma, General Motor , Jeff Kinney, and Charles Mazzola. They learned techniques in mixing styles, beat matching, sound design, Serato commands, scratching, and more. You’ll get to see them put these new skills into action for 25 minutes each.

Ever wished you saw an artist before they made it big? That’s some major bragging rights, there. You’re gonna wanna be at this show.

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Do you want to know how to DJ? Do you want to play at a graduate party of your own? Do you want even more on top of that? Our DJ courses are the best way to do these things.