Top 10 Tracks of 2015

It was a pretty intense year filled with a lot of transition and change. Undoubtably, the transition and change had a major impact on the music that I listened to and the artists that I discovered, versus years prior.

The creation of the list started with the most played tracks of 2015. From there, the evaluation criteria focused on tracks with a significant memory and emotion, tracks that I couldn’t stop listening to and tracks that helped define me and the last year of my life. It is important to note that some of these tracks were not released in 2015, but that doesn’t matter to me. It’s a personal list and a list that reflects the life, emotion and events of 2015.

Here we go!
10. Funk With Me – Snails, Big Gigantic
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9. Play With Me (Radio Mix) – Platinum Dog
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8. High You Are (Branchez Remix) – What So Not
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7. Revolution (Party Favor Remix) – Diplo (feat. Faustix & Imanos and Kai)
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6. Dangerous (Oliver Remix) – Big Data
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5. Get Free – Major Lazer (feat. Amber of Dirty Projectors)
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4. Ocean Drive – Duke Dumont
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3. No Sugar in My Coffee – Caught a Ghost
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2. You and Me – Bassnectar (feat. W. Darling)
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1. Careful You – TV on the Radio
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And if you want to subscribe to the Spotify playlist, here it is:
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Happy 2016!

My Top 20 Tracks of 2014

This year was a great year of music exploration for me. I listened to a variety of new genres, artists and tracks that I normally wouldn’t. This isn’t to say that I stopped listening to EDM or alternative music, I just expanded my music consumption a bit.

Last year I created a list of my Top Albums of 2013, that were released in 2013. This year, I’m taking a different approach. This year, I am providing a list of Top 20 Tracks that I listened to on an ongoing basis, tracks that I love, tracks that helped define 2014 and tracks that I couldn’t “put down.” Now, I want to caveat this by saying this is a list of my personal Top Tracks of 2014; they were not necessarily created in 2014, nor were they top tracks by the amount of times I listened to them, they simply helped define the last year for me.

So, here we go, as promised, my Top 20 Tracks of 2014!

20. I Just Wanna Love U (Jean Tonique Remix) – Jay Z featuring Pharrell

19. Do It Again – Röyksopp & Robyn

18. Flipmode – Mt. Eden

17. Love Is All I Got (Feed Me’s Matilda Remix) – Feed Me featuring Crystal Fighters

16. Made to Love – John Legend

15. Prayer in C – Lilly Wood and the Prick (Robin Schulz Remix)

14. A Pain That I’m Used To (Jacques Lu Cont Remix) – Depeche Mode

13. Big Talk – Conway

12. Million Voices – Otto Knows

11. Fading Nights – Parra for Cuva (Original Mix)

10. Fade Out Lines – The Avener

9. Allein – Pryda

8. All of Me – John Legend

7. Pushing On – Oliver $ and Jimi Jules

6. Under Control – Calvin Harris

5. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons featuring Kendrick Lamar

4. Til Sunrise (Pairanoid Remix) – Goldroom

3. Rage the Night Away – Steve Aoki featuring Waka Flocka Flame

2. Ritual Union – Little Dragon

And my Top Track of 2014…
1. Dare You – Hardwell

Not only is this a killer track and Hardwell is probably the top EDM artist of the year, but this is the track I heard on approach into Sky Harbor and will forever remind me of my move to Phoenix.

Son of Erik Mixtape Release: Bitmap

A digital mosaic of beats.

I have provided a link for you (at the bottom of this post) to download the mixtape. (If you would like it split into tracks, let me know, and I’ll provide.)

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These mixes are not intended for sale or reproduction. Son of Erik does not and will not receive any proceeds from the production of these mixes. Please respect the copyright of the original artists that have been listed.

Son of Erik Mixtape Release: Stars

Don’t look to the skies for your path, look inward. The heavens may be full of stars, but remember, we’re all stars.

I have provided a link for you (at the bottom of this post) to download the mixtape. (If you would like it split into tracks, let me know, and I’ll provide.)

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These mixes are not intended for sale or reproduction. Son of Erik does not and will not receive any proceeds from the production of these mixes. Please respect the copyright of the original artists that have been listed.

Son of Erik Mixtape Release: Synthesized Society

Is the world fundamentally a better place because of science and technology? We shop at home, we surf the web, but at the same time we feel emptier, lonelier, and more cut off from each other than at any other time in human history. Is this a synthesized society? Listen and tell me.

I have provided a link for you (at the bottom of this post) to download the mixtape. (If you would like it split into tracks, let me know, and I’ll provide.)

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These mixes are not intended for sale or reproduction. Son of Erik does not and will not receive any proceeds from the production of these mixes. Please respect the copyright of the original artists that have been listed.

Son of Erik Mixtape Release: Hi-Res

Son of Erik Mixtape: Hi Res
Intense and in High Resolution. We’re not talking about “high-definition” here, we’re talking about RESOLUTION. Strap on your safety belts and get ready for a ride.

I have provided a link for you (at the bottom of this post) to download the mixtape. (If you would like it split into tracks, let me know, and I’ll provide.)

Download Hi-Res Here

These mixes are not intended for sale or reproduction. Son of Erik does not and will not receive any proceeds from the production of these mixes. Please respect the copyright of the original artists that have been listed.

Son of Erik Mixtape Release: Don’t Stop

UPDATE: Due to a random “marked as abusive” click, the mix is down at the moment. I am working diligently to find another hosting site to offer it back up to the fans. Stay tuned.

Don’t stop the beats, don’t stop dancing, don’t stop rockin’, don’t stop the night, don’t stop lovin’.

I have provided a link for you (at the bottom of this post) to download the mixtape. (If you would like it split into tracks, let me know, and I’ll provide.)

The track-listing is as follows:

New In Town – Little Boots
VIP – Ke$ha
Tik Tok (DJ Double A Remix) (Blend) – Ke$ha Ft. Pitbull, Kanye West, And Lil Wayne
I Know You Want Me On Blue Monday (Dj Mixy Mash-Up) – Kurd Maverick & Vandlasim vs Pitbull
What World – Damien J Carter
Bot – Deadmau5
Fight For You – Morgan Page
Say It – Booty Luv
Take Me Away (Dave Darell Remix) – 4 Strings
Watch The Sun Come Up (Fred Falke Remix) – Example
Spaced Invader – Hatiras
Power – Kanye West

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These mixes are not intended for sale or reproduction. Son of Erik does not and will not receive any proceeds from the production of these mixes. Please respect the copyright of the original artists that have been listed.

Music: Cities in Dust – Junkie XL

At the moment, this is my favorite track. A cover of the original 1986 version by Siouxsie & The Banshees, this track has established a level of energy that is perfect for the 21st Century. Perfectly produced with highs and lows, heavy synth and kickin bass, Junkie XL’s version gets your heart racing for any upcoming event. (It’s also perfect for a Monday morning!)

(If the player doesn’t open, try this link: Junkie XL – Cities in Dust)

I was a DJ at 89.1 WBSD FM

A long time ago (over 10 years ago) I used to work at a radio station. Yes, I was a Disc Jockey. I spun records over the airways for the listening pleasure of everyone (in Burlington). You may ask yourself, “Over 10 years ago? That would make him 17/18ish.” And you are correct, I was a rockstar at an early age.

WHERE WBSD IS FROM
WBSD call sign stands for (W) Burlington School District. The station was a High-School, non-commercial radio station. Run mainly by high-school students with a small amount of adult supervision. The format is Triple-A, which stands for “Adult Album Alternative.” This was the format that was pretty much run from the hours of 8am-5pm on weekdays. It featured artists from Bob Dylan to Garbage and Stereophonics to Led Zeppelin. During the hours the station didn’t run the format, students were allowed to host their own shows.

At the time, in order to have a person sit behind the mic and run the station, they needed to obtain their FCC license for broadcast. It was no easy task. We had to take classes in school and take the federally mandated test. Once you obtained your license to broadcast, you were allowed on the radio.

I WAS A DISC JOCKEY
You never really started out with your own show, you first had to go through the ranks. It starts out with reviewing the endless stream of albums coming trough the mail from every sort of recording company. See which ones were the good tracks, catching the profanity and omitting the 80% of garbage bands.

From there, after you do your due time in the trenches, you’re allowed to host a block of time of the formatted bit during class. Yes, students were allowed to work up in the station during their Study Hall or Broadcasting class. It was a great break from the norm and the station was a heaven away from the mundane life of being in high-school.

Then you get your own show! You could choose from an existing show such as Heavy Metal, Country, Blues, Hippy Music or whatever. When I was 16, I was allowed to take over the “New Release Wednesday” show. It was one of the most popular and highest in ratings show the station had to offer. I was dumbfounded. Here I was, 16 years old, just got my driver’s license and now I have one of the more popular radio shows in the area. Simply rad. After about a half year doing that show, I took a hiatus. (Focus on Boy Scouts, work and my artwork.)

IGNITION SEQUENCE START
When I was 17, I returned to the radio station. I asked my broadcasting mentor, Terry Havel, if I could have my own show, if there was a timeslot available. He said yes, there was the Friday night, 5-8 slot. I took it! I mean, I wasn’t one of those boozers in high-school, what else am I going to do on a Friday night after school? Watch movies? This was an excellent opportunity for me to develop my own show. A show to kick off the weekend.

I created a techno show called Ignition Sequence Start. I created my own playlist based upon my (at the time, limited) knowledge of the dance/techno scene. Since I was getting big into design, I decided to create my own flyers (such as the one you see in this post) to promote my show. (Keep in mind, I was only 17 without any formal education in design.) And what was even better about the show, there was a dance/trance show right after mine. So the dance culture took over the airways on Friday nights, just as it should.

I had the most enjoyable time at the station. I had my friends come up to help DJ and provide witty banter over the air. I received free albums, tickets and almost interviewed the band Garbage.

WHAT I LEARNED
I learned a great deal from working at the radio station. And since this post is long enough as it is, I’ll bullet point them out for you.

    • How the record industry works.
    • How to speak to the FCC.
    • What not to say on the radio and to the FCC.
    • Transmitter maintenance.
    • How to manage and operate a mixing board.
    • Creating promos.
    • How to be cool over the air.
    • Free CD’s can get a bit overwhelming.
    • Radio is cut-throat business.
    • Coat racks make the best door stops.
    • It gets addicting. (I still want to be on the radio.)
    • It can be extremely political.
    • You really have to be prepared for your show.
    • Top and bottoms of hours are for station identification.
    • If you want to be a jerk, you can bleed your signal onto other stations.
    • Ignition Sequence Start was one of my first successful branding attempts.
    • Promotion and advertising is the way to get noticed.
    • Working at a radio station in high school will not get you the ladies.
    • It doesn’t matter if you get the ladies, you work at a freaking radio station.

So there you have it, my 89.1 WBSD FM radio experience. It was truly an amazing, fun and learning experience. I would go back on the radio in a heartbeat if I had the opportunity.

And I would like to personally thank Terry Havel for turning me on to it and nurturing my passion for music along the way.

Son of Erik Mixtape Release: Slash

Slashing for dancing. This mix has a sense of being a dance track that you would hear in a club or where ever you just want to dance. Some great dance tracks slashed with some remixes of your favorite songs. This mix is full of energy and life, so make sure you finished your redeye or redbul before you listen to it.

I have provided a link for you (at the bottom of this post) to download the mixtape. (If you would like it split into tracks, let me know, and I’ll provide.)

The track-listing is as follows:

Fire Up The Shoesaw (LP Version) – Lionrock
Galvanise the Eye of the Tiger – Survivor vs The Chemical Brothers
Magic Carpet Ride (Steir’s 1999 Ride Club Mix) – Steppenwolf
Don’t Let Go – LMC & New Radicals
Up & Down (Superclub Mix) – Scent
Something On Your Mind (Switch Remix) – MYNC Project
What You Waiting For (Jacques Lu Cont Vocal) – Gwen Stefani
Sweet Dreams (Frank Valency & Alan Garcia mix) – Eurythmics
Shot Away (Club Mix) – Pawn Shop
Hear My Name (Feat. Spalding Rockwell) – Armand Van Helden
You Spin Me Around – Dead Or Alive
Round and Round – Bodyrockers
Jump – Girls Aloud

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These mixes are not intended for sale or reproduction. Son of Erik does not and will not receive any proceeds from the production of these mixes. Please respect the copyright of the original artists that have been listed.