Chris Ward’s Favorite Mix of 2015

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DJ instructor Chris Ward takes his mixing very seriously. “As a performer, whether cutting and blending hip-­hop to mixing dubstep or jungle on 3 decks Chris is obsessed with finding the perfect mix.”

Chris is also the co-founder of Bassic Boston, the region’s long-running night and a legitimate dubstep original. It is of little wonder then that Mr. Ward picks a selector from dubstep’s Memphis: Bristol, UK.

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Favorite mix of the year would probably have to be by this guy from Bristol who goes by Pessimist.

He was featured on the Samurai Music Podcast series back in May. It’s all about the exploration of the gray area around 170 bpms. I like how it rides the lines between dnb and minimal experimental.

BONUS MIX:



If I had 2nd favorite mix it would be by Boston’s own Graphs for Big Up Magazine.

Including Boston-related artists like Rizzla, Cirrus and his own tracks, Jason Taylor “weaved his sound rooted in drum & bass into a unique blend of dubstep-, 2-step-, footwork-, bass-inspired productions. He reflects that it comes from a ‘disoriented place’ and it only appropriately embodies the feeling.”

As for Graphs studio tricks?

Good coffee is essential. Swedish Fish are essential. Black liquorice, too. Especially those horrifying double salted ones.

Click to read the interview with Jason and then pick up the Om Unit compilation featuring Graphs here:

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BASSIC celebrates its 7th year [Fri 6/13]

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On Friday the 13th come party with BASSIC at Good Life Boston. This event marks their seventh year running and they’ve brought in Mumdance (here all the way from the UK), Wheez-ie, and Dev/Null.

Wheez-ie will also be celebrating his new record label, Southern Belle. He was recently added a song to the Fools Gold Records’ Clubhouse series, a collection of new (and free to download!) dance records. Hear his mind-altering contribution, “Deadbolt,” here:

Other featured artists include Banana Seat (Durkin + Ghostdad), Solidisco, and Simply Ded.

RSVP to the Facebook event for more information! And listen to Mumdance’s “Twists and Turns” to get a taste of what’s in store:

Damian Silva, one of Bassic’s founders, now in our DJ lab. Learn from the pros here at Mmmmaven.

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Mmmmaven Recharge Lounge: Music Tech Workshops [5/12]

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Every weekday during the Together Festival, you can head over to Mmmmaven studios to relax, listen to music, charge your devices, and participate in awesome workshops.

On Monday, ToUch Performance Art will have a Masterclass Workshop for Collaborative Artists, followed by “Integrating Hardware & Software w/ Ableton Live,” hosted by Damian from Bassic Boston.

ToUch Performance Art’s workshop works with one of the main focuses of the Together festival: collaboration. It’s recommended that musicians bring their instrument for the live collaboration session during the workshop. The masterclass will cover production track analysis, how to build escalating rhythms & riffs, call-and-response between musicians, and more collaboration techniques.

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Then Damian will teach about working with hardware and software in Ableton Live. He will cover MIDI and Control Voltage control voltage comparison, Using hardware synths and effects processors with Ableton and Integrating hardware controllers (Maschine, Keyboard, Electronic Drum Kits) into software based studio.

For a list of all of the Mmmmaven workshops and other cool Mmmmaven events, click here.