I became involved in the electronic music movement in 1998 when a close friend dragged me into a dark nightclub in San Diego. I'd heard about the scene before, but was never willing to open up to it. After one night in that club, I began what has been an incredible journey. Electronic music – whether it's dance mixes, techno, tech house, house music, progressive house, breaks, chill or a workout mix – has had a huge impact on me. It can match any of my moods, and it has a way of just letting me be. These mixes are a reflection of my moods – some are mellow and some are very intense. You probably share those ups and downs, and for that reason I'll sit in my room, late at night, and try to get these mixes just right. Hope you like them. Etch
Etch Radio [032 : The Cabana]
Dance music, house music, pool party music : Feeling trapped for the past year? COVID caught us all off guard and took away all of our basic social needs, including getting out to dance. What a lost art that is right now. I, like many of my friends, have been talking about how much we miss being out in the club, or a festival tent, or poolside with a DJ who just gets the vibe you want on a sunny day with friends. So this was my task. To remember those amazing pool parties and pay homage to them, I'm presenting you with The Cabana – one of those mixes that surrounds the pool scene and drives its beautiful social environment. Remember those days? Well it's coming back soon, but not soon enough. So hopefully this mix will get those vibes back until we emerge from our houses with squinted eyes and pale skin. I can't wait to get back to the cabana. Enjoy, my fiends.
Etch Radio [031 : Surrender]
Techno, tech house, house music, house, indie house, deep house : This is a unique mix for me. It's in a genre I've been really digging for a while - Indie House. My intention for this mix is to capture the vibe from one of those nights that wasn't supposed to happen. Tonight you're not planning some night at an overly popular, glitzy club with a VIP table for 10 of your friends. This night is some unplanned, last minute gig at an unknown location that a friend of a friend invited you to. It's a place that you're not totally comfortable in as you descend a dark staircase to the basement of an abandoned church. The muffled sound of the bass slowly becomes more pronounced as the damp, warm air passes you up the staircase. On this night, you'll soon find yourself on the dancefloor with your eyes closed, the lights streaking across your eyelids, and you'll swear you just heard a part from an old Blondie song from 1980. You'll also sense hints of Erasure, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Donna Summer, and Dead or Alive. None of this mix is 80's music, but it subtley takes you back to that feeling you had long ago. And it catches you many times in your comfortable spot and lifts you up until you get that smile on your face, before it drops you back down for a couple of proper heads down tunes. The mix ebbs and flows like this, all with pervasive, driving basslines that keep you in the groove. The world melts away. Surrender.
Etch Radio [030 : SONAR two]
Techno, tech house, house music, house, workout mix, deep house : The second in a two part series for the night of SONAR. People transformed from being robots that serve the system to individual beings that began to express themselves in very different ways. There was no more need for simple banter, and there was no sense of responsibility to the constructs that we build around ourselves. The people began to break away from the pods and moved into a different flow. The room started to come alive with this new energy as conversation became movement and focus blurred into a more fluid intention. Dancing became the new desire in the room, and they all shared in that transformation. I watched it happen from the stage. SONAR two
Etch Radio [029 : SONAR one]
Techno, tech house, house music, house, workout mix, deep house : Finally, Etch Radio manifested into a physical entity, as we built an incredible experience at the underground club, Kava Lounge. A hidden gem nestled between downtown, the airport, and the warehouse district, a posh group of sophisticated house heads slowly rolled into the building. Thick with blue light and fuschia highlights, the walls flowed with a cinematic display of naked figures and abstract water forms, while the back room housed a bevy of local artists showcasing live work. The music slowly creeped out of the dark corners, supporting the newcomers as they entered, mixed, and blended into the saturated hues of blue. Slowly, over 3 hours, the set grew in intensity to a peak hour dance set. This podcast is the first half of the night. Mysterious and slow to build, it let the participants know they were entering into something different. This night was going to be special. SONAR.
Etch Radio [028 : Infinity]
Techno, tech house, house music, house, workout mix, deep house : On the edge of an infinity pool overlooking a valley with the Pacific Ocean in the background, my set began at sundown and slowly warmed up the crowd. This night was a true mix of people, so my style had to foray into people's heads slowly and catch them off guard later in the night. This is the actual recording of the mix that night. Starts mellow and gets you going by the end. This is the longest etch radio mix thus far. At more than three hours, it seems to go on forever. Infinity.
Etch Radio [027 : In the Palm of Brian's Hand]
Techno, tech house, house music, house, workout mix, deep house : There were palm trees, there was a hot desert breeze blowing in the night, and there was Brian. It was his bachelor party in Palm Springs, and we were all there to celebrate it with him. Furniture was moved, lights were put up, and dancing went on into the night. Beautiful house, beautiful people, and there was just something in the air that made the night magical. I think it was Brian's new take on life. It was palpable.