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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Mix by MMMMaven Graduate Pink0

Recent MMMMaven graduate KC Mackey, who goes by the name Pink0, released her first  mix on MMMMaven’s Mixcloud. It’s a diverse 13 minute mix with 7 tracks, ranging from the gritty Foreign Beggars, to the Bloody Beetroots, and also including Dog Blood, the Skrillex and Boys Noize side project. Be sure to check it out and support the graduates!

Mix by Pink0 by Mmmmaven on Mixcloud

 

Tracklist:
Take Me to the Club – Mannequin
Next Order – Dog Blood
Don’t Dance – Hot Chip
Contact – Foreign Beggars feat. Noisia
Fuck the Pain Away – Peaches
Bo$$ A$$ BXTCH – Nicki Minaj feat. PTAF (Uniiqu3 Remix)
Runaway (feat. Greta Svabo Bech) –  The Bloody Beetroots

Interested in learning how to record your own mix? Be sure to check out MMMMaven’s DJ courses!

Mmmmaven Independence Day Sale – 15% off!

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Interested in learning how to DJ & produce music? Needed an extra incentive to get in on the Mmmmaven Project?

Your Time Is Now!

The Mmmmaven Project is offering an Independence day sale – taking off a full 15% for DJ classes or Ableton Production & Performance classes.

Email sarah@mmmmaven.com or call us at 617.849.9321 to reserve your spot. We require a deposit to be paid by Monday, malady July 8th. Get in touch with us early before all spaces fill up!

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PROJECT MIXX @ Underbar feat. (Sub)Spot

projectmixxThe Mmmmaven Project’s students perform all over Boston and beyond. Catch the newest DJ crew born out of the Central Square hub of DJing and music production. The DJs perform at PROJECT MIXX at Underbar on Wednesday, July 3.

The lineup includes DJs:

KosKos
J. Zamora
NedResh
Dirk Bagg
J. Shellz
Saralee

AND special guest Dumka from (Sub)Spot.

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Email projectmixx@gmail.com for a REDUCED COVER.