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

Make it Double

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Have you ever double dropped a record before? On Friday, November 21, Chris Ward will be leading a workshop here at Mmmmaven from 7 – 8 PM to show you how.

mac_chrisward_1440d-smallerDouble dropping is when a DJ perfectly lines up two tracks by their sections and drops them at the same time. To put it simply, double dropping is the most underused tool to destroy a crowd. It’s articularly popular in genres like Drum & Bass and Dubstep and famous with DJ’s like Andy C and DJ Youngsta.

Chris Ward is an instructor at Mmmmaven and co-founded BASSIC, Boston’s longest running dub step night. He DJ’s professionally under the name CDubs.

Wanna know more about DJ techniques like this? Check out Mmmmaven’s DJ courses!

How To Get A Punchy Kick On Every Mix

The kick is the deep, resonant heartbeat that drives the music. It is essential that it comes through and connects the listener to the fundamental rhythms of your music. Getting the kick to sit right in your mix can be challenging, but by understanding and knowing what steps to take, you will find yourself closer to the sound you want and need. This tutorial will share five tips you can use to achieve a punchy kick on every mix.

1. Choose the right kick sample
If you are having trouble making the kick come through in the mix, make sure you’ve chosen the right kick sample. Is it tuned to the right key? (It should be tuned to the root note of the key of the song). Does it have low end? High end? The effectiveness of your kick starts at the sample. You may have to stack more than one sample to achieve the kick sound you want. Perhaps one sample will have the low end, another sample will have the mid range beater and a third sample will have the high end click.

2. Use EQ to fatten/tighten up the kick
It is rare to not have to use EQ to shape your kick, unless you’ve written your song around the kick drum. If the kick lacks low end, look for the dominant sub resonance in the 45hz-100hz region. Use an EQ to sweep in this region and find the sweet spot, boost to taste and widen the Q to keep the low end boost smooth, not sharp and pointy.
To tighten up the kick look for the beater sound in the 3-10khz range and give it a boost.
Keep in mind, fattening and tightening up a kick does not always mean boosting frequencies. Sometimes cutting the muddy, unnecessary frequencies in the 200hz-800hz can open up the low end and tighten the upper mids.

3. Use Compression to make the kick punchy
Compression is an essential tool to be used when tweaking a punchy kick. Begin with a slow attack, fast release, ratio 4:1. The kick should compress no more than 3db. Sometimes even 1db of compression is enough to make it pop out of the mix.

4. Make Sure Your Kick Sample Is In Mono
Majority of the time, drum samples come in stereo. Be sure to split them into mono. Having a kick sample in mono center is essential to make it cut through the mix. The center of your mix should always be dedicated to your kick drum, snare, bass and lead vocal

5. Use Sidechain Compression To Give Space To Your Kick
By sidechaining the kick to the bass and other instruments in your mix, it will temporarily attenuate all the sidechained instruments and allow the kick to cut through for a split second before the music goes back to unity. This step is an absolute essential step in getting the kick to come through the mix. Having the bass sidechained to the bass gives life to the mix as well. Experiment with sidechaining other instruments to the kick to see if it gives a cool pulse to the song.

If you have never used sidechain before, check out this YouTube video:

Interested in learning how to produce and mix? Drop us a line!

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