a new year, newly amplified

14 Sharaf 167 B.E. (Baha’i Calendar)
Soundtrack in my head:  Mad Professor, “Asylum of Dub”

New Year’s Day combined with a little bit of extra pocket cash and the Internet can be a dangerous thing.

Last New Year’s Day I decided to get more serious about my DJ’ing by buying a dual-CD mixer.  It wasn’t a huge gamble because I needed a new CD player component for my stereo, and the mixer wasn’t that much more.

This New Year’s Day I decided that I needed to get new DJ headphones.  I wrecked my old ones.  I bought them maybe two years ago because they were cheap and I didn’t know how serious I would be about DJ’ing.

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In case you didn’t know, DJ’s can be pretty rough on headphones, as demonstrated by Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation in the video below.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0VwFq3-UI0&fs=1&hl=en_US]

So I went online to the Musician’s Friend website and found a really nice pair of Numark headphones for half off. After picking them out, I looked around and, well, decided to pick up a few more things while I was at it.

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Yeah, I guess I went kind of nuts.

But I’d been thinking about purchasing a sound system for a while, and the low price combined with the rave reviews sold me on the idea.

I am and will continue to be a grateful and loyal member of the DJ collective that runs the Madtown Barefoot Boogie.  At the same time, I’d been thinking about doing some of my own gigs.  I figure that now is as good of a time as any to do so. I feel good about the direction my DJ’ing is going and I think it’s time that I challenged myself in front of new audiences. So, I’m going to see about doing that…