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DJ Brian Norwood was born during the first seedlings of dance music as we know it today were sprouting. In the 1970s, the Tea Dance at Fire Island's Blue Whale was settling in as ritual and David Mancuso's infamous "The Loft" parties in NYC were just getting started. Being born in the music-rich environment of Nashville would be a harbinger of things to come. And being born in that era would greatly impact his career.In the 90's, Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, would open its arms to Brian. This move to a more urban environment and being within the twinkle of NYC skyscrapers, is an important transition not only in geography, but of musical awakening. After attending a seminal Saint-At-Large Party with all its intendant revelry, he felt an overwhelming drive to cultivate music and learn to mix. Vinyl was still the preferred medium for DJ's, which gives Brian the unique perspective of being among the younger DJ's still spinning today who teethed on vinyl.In the 90s Brian began to play live shows. His ability to feel the energy of a room and to zero in on what crowds want to hear quickly gained him major name recognition that spread from Philadelphia to the entire nation. Over the last 25 years the notable gigs he has played are too many to count, but include events in every major American city and as far away as Maui, Hawaii and Amsterdam, Netherlands.In 2011 he began podcasting for the ability to reach even more listeners. His Mixed Emotions by Brian Norwood podcasts have been streamed hundreds of thousands of times and continue to be a major asset to his musical career. The sets that have been the most recognized of his work are Sophisticated Morning, Sophisticated Deep, and Sophisticated Chill. These sets are just as their name implies: percolating, hazy, gently rising to an alert state. However, to those unfamiliar with his breadth of music, it would be unfair to characterize him as a “chill” only DJ. It is unlikely that you would have heard music and music mixed like this anywhere else. Brian has a style of playing unique, obscure and ethereal songs that is unmistakably his. This is a true artist that isn't stuck in a genre, who can play for long sets and play to the most demanding crowds.It’s difficult to express with words something as nuanced as music by a sublime DJ. But to paraphrase an old saying, you know it when you hear it. He knows how important a crowd is to a DJ and how important a DJ is to a crowd and he chooses cautiously and carefully the live gigs that he plays. His podcasts can be found on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, PodOmatic and HearThis. Whether you hear him at a live performance or on his podcast you’re in for a rare and unique musical trip.

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DJ Brian Norwood was born during the first seedlings of dance music as we know it today were sprouting. In the 1970s, the Tea Dance at Fire Island's Blue Whale was settling in as ritual and David Mancuso's infamous "The Loft" parties in NYC were just getting started. Being born in the music-rich environment of Nashville would be a harbinger of things to come. And being born in that era would greatly impact his career.In the 90's, Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, would open its arms to Brian. This move to a more urban environment and being within the twinkle of NYC skyscrapers, is an important transition not only in geography, but of musical awakening. After attending a seminal Saint-At-Large Party with all its intendant revelry, he felt an overwhelming drive to cultivate music and learn to mix. Vinyl was still the preferred medium for DJ's, which gives Brian the unique perspective of being among the younger DJ's still spinning today who teethed on vinyl.In the 90s Brian began to play live shows. His ability to feel the energy of a room and to zero in on what crowds want to hear quickly gained him major name recognition that spread from Philadelphia to the entire nation. Over the last 25 years the notable gigs he has played are too many to count, but include events in every major American city and as far away as Maui, Hawaii and Amsterdam, Netherlands.In 2011 he began podcasting for the ability to reach even more listeners. His Mixed Emotions by Brian Norwood podcasts have been streamed hundreds of thousands of times and continue to be a major asset to his musical career. The sets that have been the most recognized of his work are Sophisticated Morning, Sophisticated Deep, and Sophisticated Chill. These sets are just as their name implies: percolating, hazy, gently rising to an alert state. However, to those unfamiliar with his breadth of music, it would be unfair to characterize him as a “chill” only DJ. It is unlikely that you would have heard music and music mixed like this anywhere else. Brian has a style of playing unique, obscure and ethereal songs that is unmistakably his. This is a true artist that isn't stuck in a genre, who can play for long sets and play to the most demanding crowds.It’s difficult to express with words something as nuanced as music by a sublime DJ. But to paraphrase an old saying, you know it when you hear it. He knows how important a crowd is to a DJ and how important a DJ is to a crowd and he chooses cautiously and carefully the live gigs that he plays. His podcasts can be found on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, PodOmatic and HearThis. Whether you hear him at a live performance or on his podcast you’re in for a rare and unique musical trip.

    Sophisticated Morning 88

    Sophisticated Morning 88

    Pulling this podcast together was both incredibly easy -- and hard, all at once. Easy...because of how much breathtaking music I had to choose from. And hard...because of, well, how much breathtaking music I had to choose from! You see the predicament. ;-)If you're a follower of mine on one of the various streaming sites then you you've probably seen that it's been a good spell since I've been able to mix for you. Life has just had so much else on my plate. The good thing though is that through the "quiet spell" I never stop sourcing the music. I go through life with my eyes, ears and heart wide open. The gathering of music never ends. The benefit is that when I do finally find the time to mix...I am overwhelmed with gorgeous music (and emotions!). And now it brings me unspeakable joy to share it with you.This is a very special collection of music. The skeleton list that I compiled to choose the final tracks from was over 70 songs long. Because I limit all of my mix sets below 80 minutes it means you'll hear 14 of the best of the best of what I've found. I guess that's the "bad" news. The good news is that I've got no shortage of tracks for upcoming mixes. ;-)This edition features records by worldwide superstars Above & Beyond, Kygo, Sultan + Shepard, Shallou, Forester, Tinlicker, Eli & Fur, KC Lights, Claptone and more. I'd say it really IS a collection of the best of the best in chill and deep house. As always this podcast was mixed with every ounce of love that I've got to give.From my heart...to your ears...#/Artist/Title/Remix01. Ella Henderson/Heartstrings/Acoustic02. Plested/The Way We Were/Kygo Original03. Forester/Breathless/Jerro Original Mix04. Du0/Overflow/Original Mix05. Stuart Crichton/All For Love/Kygo Original06. Hero Baldwin/Rebirth/Tinlicker Extended Mix07. Sultan + Shepard, Shallou/Raye/Extended Mix08. Julian Gray/Between The Lines/Extended Mix09. Lau.ra/Beautiful/Claptone Extended Mix10. Hi Frisco/Guiding Light/Nils Hoffmann Extended11. Above & Beyond/Gratitude/Sebastien Leger Remix12. KC Lights/Sky/Extended Mix13. Sons Of Maria/We Are Strangers/Extended Mix14. Eli & Fur/Temptation/Original MixFOR WORLDWIDE DJ BOOKING INFORMATION:Email: IamBrianNorwood@gmail.comPhone: 615-418-8900Instagram: DJ Brian NorwoodFacebook: Brian Norwood

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Sophisticated Chill 12

    Sophisticated Chill 12

    I'm always unsure of how my Chill sets will be received because it's pretty rare to hear this genre of music mixed into a DJ set.  I wouldn't say the music is rare, per se.  I'd just say that it being mixed as a DJ set is.  But I was always attracted to the melodic and emotional side of music and I have always insisted on having my heart lead the way on my musical endeavors -- so here we are. From the very beginning I tried to stay true to myself and not allow a desire to please the masses cause me or my sound to change. If you've been listening to me for years then you know that my sound is two things at once:  nothing like was in the early years and exactly the same as it ever was. Seems crazy, but it's true.  I wear this as  badge of honor.  If you're a new follower of mine...I ask you to keep an open mind.  You've probably not heard any of this music presented in a DJ mixed format.  For me...it's both super easy and astonishingly hard to do sets like this.  Because this music pushes my buttons in all the right ways...it's super easy to conceive because my heart is the driver.  But technically it's almost impossible to mix music like this together.  So I have to be crazy clever and creative in how I do my blends.  Please do forgive me if a mix or two is less than perfect.  Essentially none of these songs were formatted to be mixed in the way I that I do it.  About this music:  This is the very same music that I present on my Sophisticated Morning sets, just chugging along at a considerably slower pace (102 to 107 bpm).  I've intentionally designed this series to be versatile enough to be anything from "typical everyday background music" to "dancing your way into the late night/early morning hours" music. OK enough of my ramblings.  On to the music.  As always...I've mixed this set with every ounce of love that I've got to give.  From my heart...to your ears. #/Artist/Title/Remix01.  Matoma, A R I Z O N A/Heart So Big02.  Patrick Baker/Don't Think Twice, It's Alright03.  LVNDSCAPE/Dive/Extended Mix04.  Becky Hill/You Got The Love/Live In London05.  Jules Buckley/Sweet Harmony/Original Mix06.  Olivia Sebastianelli/Wishing Well/Extended Mix07.  Kygo/Permanent/Original Mix08.  Christina Novelli/Beautiful/Extended Mix09.  DJ Licious/Ripples/Extended Mix10.  Able Faces/Without You/Extended Mix11.  Dutchkid/Light On/Original Mix12.  Forester/Radio Snow/Original Mix13.  ODESZA/Light Of Day/Original Mix14.  Zara Larsson/With Every Heartbeat/Orchestral Version15.  Du0/Lost For A Little While/Original Version16.  We The Lion/You/Original VersionFOR WORLDWIDE DJ BOOKING INFORMATION:Phone:  615-418-8900Email:  IamBrianNorwood@gmail.comFacebook:  Brian NorwoodInstagram:  DJ Brian Norwood

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Sophisticated Morning 87

    Sophisticated Morning 87

    Heart. That's the word that comes to mind when I think about my newest musical journey. I guess when I think about it I can say that I'm blessed to have always been very in touch with my heart and not afraid to share it with others. And that's where you come in. This is a collaboration -- and I'm happy it's between you and me.As far as this production goes...one would say it's a tale of two mixes. The first part is a breezy chill-house affair anchored by gentle vocals that pull at the heartstrings. These are records that I've specifically picked for not only the sound they convey but also the words that they contain. Listen closely. There's messages to be had here. From there I move the mix into sturdy and powerful deep-heart anthems. The sounds may transition from pop oriented chill house to a deeper and more serious sound -- but the heart and emotion stays intact. I've always been intrigued with finding records that are deep, anthemic and emotional all at once -- and I'm particularly excited for you to hear these new ones.As always...this set is a gift from my heart to yours. Listen, love & share; It's what makes the world go 'round.#/Artist/Title/Remix01. Matoma/Summer Feeling/Acoustic02. Janieck/Better Now/Original Mix03. Dean Lewis/Never Really Loved Me/Kygo Original04. Wilder/Arizona/Original Mix05. Calle Lehmann/Alive/Gryffin Original Mix06. FEiN/Remember/Extended Mix07. Diplo/Don't Forget My Love/Rules Extended Mix08. Christian Burns/Any Love/Banaati Extended Mix09. Julia Church/9 Days/Extended Mix10. Līve/Lightning Crashes/Avira Extended Mix11. LEVV/Collateral Damage/Tritonal Remix12. The Journey, Pantheon/Run/Extended Mix13. Sons Of Maria/It All Started With A Feeling/Extended14. Sons Of Maria/Heirloom/Club Mix15. Chicane/Offshore/Disco Citizens Evolution ExtendedFOR WORLDWIDE DJ BOOKING:Email: IamBrianNorwood@gmail.comPhone: 615-418-8900Instagram: DJ Brian NorwoodFacebook: Brian Norwood

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Sophisticated Morning 86

    Sophisticated Morning 86

    Hello my fellow music-lover.  Good to be back with you again after a too-long absence.  Life has had too much on my plate and I've not had lots of extra time to create a set...until now.  Just in time, right?  Spring is in the air.  The sun is out.  The air is warm.  The birds are chirping.  And here's new music to match the season. I'm always excited about releasing a new music project.  But I'm particularly excited about this set.  Maybe it's because it's been a few months since I've created a set.  I do have a good story to accompany the mix.  I was actually going to release this a week ago -- but I was having reservations about a couple of the songs on the mix.  First, I wasn't really *feeling* the opening song and I'm a huge believer that the opening song is possibly the most important song of the mix (if there is one?) as it sets the stage for what's to come.  Just as I know from the first note if I like a song or not...I believe that YOU should know from the first note of my set whether you are going to like the journey (or not).  There was also another song or two later in the mix that didn't quite gel with the rest of them. So....I held off and didn't push the mix out.  Fast forward to yesterday morning and I was on a call with my friend Michael Rackley and...as we always do...we started talking about music.  We're DJs.  What else are we supposed to talk about? ;-)  He asked me if I had heard the new Galantis acoustic mix of Becky Hill's "Run".  I hadn't!  He the asked if I had heard Gryffin's new collaboration with OneRepublic "You Were Loved".  I hadn't heard that either.  Well, there you go.  There's your first two songs on the set.  Thank you Michael for solving the problem of what to open my set with.  It's a big and powerful heart-tugging acoustic anthem and I hope that you love it as much as I (WE) do.  From there I weave my way through my signature deep house soothers that segue into uplifting vocal anthems that again segue into driving spine-chilling instrumental masterpieces.  They segues are subtle;  you will hardly notice as I push the energy and intensity higher.  If you're a Flagger...your Flags are going to end up in whipped excitement.  If you're a Dancer....your hands will reach for the sky.  Eyes closed.  Hands high.  As always this music project is an act of LOVE.  Every note, tone and word you hear is rooted in Love.  From my heart...to your ears...ENJOY. PS:  One of you turned me on to the third song "Starlit Afternoon" by Craig Strickland and I can't remember which one of you did.  THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for doing so.  I'm in love with it and it's on constant rotation with me.  AMAZING. #/Artist/Title/Remix01.  Becky Hill/Run/Galantis Acoustic02.  OneRepublic/You Were Loved/Gryffin Original03.  Craig Strickland/Starlit Afternoon04.  Nathan Nicholson/Saint Louis/Original Mix05.  Christian Burns/Tigers/LIVA Extended Mix06.  Moby/Almost Home/Sebastien Remix07.  Linney/Lullaby/Le Youth Extended Mix08.  Linney/Stay With Me/AVIRA Extended Mix09.  Sam Gray/Wild Feelings/Extended Mix10.  Brandon Mignacca/Searchlight/Elypsis Extended11.  ARTY/So Good To Me/Extended Mix12.  RBBTS/Lighthouse/Le Youth Extended Mix13.  Magnus/Heaven/Extended Mix14.  Nora En Pure/Tribe Of Kindness/Extended Mix15.  Chicane/Sunstroke/Disco Citizens Evolution MixFOR WORLDWIDE DJ BOOKING INFORMATION:Phone:  615-418-8900Email:  IAMBRIANNORWOOD@GMAIL.COMInsta:  DJ Brian NorwoodFacebook:  Brian Norwood

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Sophisticated Morning 85

    Sophisticated Morning 85

    Of all the music that I mix and present it's the heartfelt deep house music that I love the most.  And it's been more than three months since I released a Sophisticated Morning set -- so I'm crazy excited to bring this new edition to you.  This mix has music by the best and most current chill and deep house artists, producers and remixers including Forester, Shallou, GoldFish, Matoma, Zak Abel, Robin Schulz, Alle Farben, KC Lights and even Bono & The Edge of U2 fame.  I start the mix in my signature emotionally warm and rich sound and slowly ramp the mix up into euphoric deep house anthems that will have you dancing, flagging, tapping, shimmying, wiggling and smiling ear to ear.  And with that...let's get on to the music.  Every song on this set was mixed with love and originated from my heart -- so settle in and prepare for a euphoric heart trip!  As I always say...from my HEART...to your EARS.  #/Artist/Title/Remix01.  Shallou/Corners/Original Mix02.  Max Vidima/Going Home/GoldFish Original03.  Forester/To Feel Alive/Original Mix04.  Madeline/Heart/Forester Original Mix05.  Zak Abel/Be Kind/Keanu Silva Remix06.  Carl Wallis/No No No/Extended Mix07.  BullySongs/Take Me To The Sunshine/Matoma Original08.  JP Cooper/Runaway/Sigala Extended Mix09.  Rag 'n' Bone Man/Fall In Love Again/Mistajam Extended10.  Bono & The Edge/We Are The People/Martin Garrix Original11.  Youngr/Back 2 U/Extended Mix12.  Dennis Lloyd/Young Right Now/Robin Schulz Extended13.  Kiddo/Alright/Alle Farben Extended Mix14.  Linney/Lullaby/Le Youth Extended Mix15.  Tritonal/Losing My Mind/djimboh Extended Remix16.  KC Lights/Girl/6AM Extended Mix17.  Kye Stones/Hold On/KC Lights Original MixFOR WORLDWIDE DJ BOOKING INFORMATION:Phone:  202-766-6880Email:  JohnBrianNorwood@me.comInsta:  DJ Brian NorwoodFacebook:  Brian Norwood

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Epic Maui Journey 8 (The Golden Hour)

    Epic Maui Journey 8 (The Golden Hour)

    Let me tell you an awesome story.  I played Epic Maui Journey on the beach every year for 7 years (until 2021 of course) and we were hoping for its return in 2022.  Unfortunately because of restrictions on Maui that were lifted too late to give most people time to plan we weren't able to pull together an official party again.  But 2020 and 2021 being what they had been (especially to me personally) I decided to go ahead and go to Maui this year -- official party or not.  I assumed it would be a very small gathering of maybe 10 of us.  It mattered not.  I wanted to be on Maui with Billy and the few friends I knew were going.  Imagine my surprise when I got there and realized that several dozen of our closest friends had made the journey to experience the magic.  We were smart enough to have a large enough of a sound system that we were able to permeate the beach with outstanding sound -- something we knew was a must even if there had been only 5 of us on the beach.  Amazingly enough...even though there was no party per se...well, one happened anyway.  There must have been between 50-75 of us on the beach that day and the same magic happened as it always does.  The music was loud, the love was abundant and the magic was real.  One very special thing that got to happen this year was that I was not held captive behind the DJ booth performing live.  There was no live set from me; only pre-recorded music that then allowed me to play and frolic with my friends and allowed me to see this party through their eyes and experience it just as they always have.  Wow.  Let me tell you what a rare and magical experience it is.  I always knew it was.  But to experience it from "the other side" of the DJ booth was very special for me (and something I'm actually considering for next year).  More on that later.  Originally Billy and I had decided that this year would not be called EMJ8 because it wasn't *official*.  But upon it happening the way it did we have decided that we would in fact called this year #8 and next year #9.  But because of the outpouring of love and support from so many people the party really did happen - if only a little different this year. So....prepare for number NINE next year.  ;-)Now...about this music:  Sunsets are serious business.  They are big, powerful and mysterious.  Knowing that I decided to pre-record one set for the hour of the day that is most special to me (and surely everyone else there) and call it The Golden Hour.  These are the hours where late afternoon is awash in a golden hue that is almost indescribable.  So it was important to me to put together a big, powerful and mysterious soundtrack to match the big, powerful and mysterious show that the Sun was giving us.  And now that recording is my gift to you.  It's important to keep the scenery in mind as you listen to this set.  I specifically chose these songs for how they would affect us in that very moment.  These are songs that were chosen to pull at our heartstrings as the giant golden globe was casting it's mysterious glow upon us as it slipped below the horizon of the Pacific.  And as it slipped below the horizon we all burst into thunderous applause -- and all was right with the world -- if just for that very moment.  From my heart -- to your ears.  #/Artist/Title/Remix01.  Solarstone/Seven Cities/Highlandr Extneded02.  Sigma/Hope/KC Lights Extended03.  Echoes/Human/John Summit Extended Mix04.  Paul Reid/Cafe Del Mar/White Island Re-Work05.  York/On The Beach/Kryder & JenJammin Sax Mix06.  Robert Miles/Children/Tinlicker Extended Mix07.  Thrillseekers/Amber/Hydra's Altered State Mix08.  Roy Rosenfeld/The Biggest Heart/Original Mix09.  Keymos/Sky Cities/Extended Mix10.  Craig Armstrong/Marelle/Paul Oakenfold Remix11.(continued)

    • 1 hr 15 min

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4.8 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

Lex philly ,

Friend

Thjs is my good friend BrianNorwood, his music has gotten me through death , soul suicide ,happiness and sadness ! He has a heart as open and full of love,as I have ever known ! His music can sooth , excite ,entice, it can make me want to dance , rest , heal, love ! It always gives me chills, I cry, I smile!! He is not only a genius of music , he is a master of emotions and feelings.. who can ask for more from a friend !! Brian I hear you, and I feel you need a real friend NOW! If you need me call me! I will be in touch very soon also !! PHILLY ALEX

Blue Eyes LA ,

Brian Norwood is the best!

Thank you Brian Norwood — you are pure joy!

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Awesome Morning Music!

Just discovered you....love you! So happy to find these awesome mixes.

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