Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Hardest beat of 2007 no question.

El Michaels Affair - The PJ's (instrumental)

People always ask me what this is when I play it so now you know. Go cop the 12" with Raekwon and don't sleep on their "Sounding Out the City" LP. These dudes have been making a lot of noise lately getting props from Jay-Z to Regis and Kelly Ripa (??).
Anyway, don't just download go out and cop the album!

You can buy music and find out more at

Wu Tang with El Michaels Affair - Bring the Ruckus

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Magnificent

If I had to pick one person who truly inspired me to become a DJ it would be Jazzy Jeff. While others like Aladdin & Joe Cooley played a big part in influencing my style, Jeff was the one I actually learned from. Back in the late 80's (OOF! I'm dating myself) I would spend hours and hours trying to re-create his cuts. This was before instructional videos/fader contours/hamster switches and all that other fancy shit. All you could do was listen and learn and try to breakdown what he was doing.

So with that I give you the complete 20 minute version of DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince "Live @ Union Square" (1986)

Rip if you're reading this... I still remember the first time you played this on the way to N.M. I was buggin!

Monday, January 28, 2008

INL for Short

I can't believe it's been over a decade since this came out. Listening to this now is a trip.

Innernational - Rock of Ages (INL Comp 2) (in all it's 4 track glory)

A lot of people have asked me over the years what happened to INL and the only answer I can give them is life.
People got jobs, went to school, started teaching, had kids and some folks disappeared or quit making music altogether. The crew never ended "officially" - I'll be down por vida! - but real life happens and you just gotta keep it moving.
A lot of us are still making music though and there's been talk of INL Comp 4 so don't count us out just yet...

I also dug up an old URB article from their turntablist issue back in '98 (written by my man Professor Rockwell ) for those of you who aren't familiar with the crew.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The More You Know prt.2 - MikeTwoSixDoubleOh

I have no shame. I'm gonna big up my peoples on this here blog.

Mike Davis is a marvel of modern humanity. I have no idea how this guy eats, sleeps or has any kind of sex life with the amount of work he does. This dude is PROLIFIC in a real way. Not content with just doing graphic design and artwork, he also manages to have a steady DJ/production career on the side.
To give you an idea of how surrious my man is, look no further than the resume.

Originally from St. Louis where he honed is skills as a college radio DJ and founding member of The Litterthugz , he began doing graffiti and linked up with Life Sucks Die. Working there helped him learn about the business (as well as porn, dead animals and random Wu-Tang quotes) and take his art to the next level.

He now resides in the frozen tundra of Minneapolis running Burlesque of North America with the old LSD crew and working with everyone from Stones Throw (he and Wes made the famous Chrome Children poster below) to Diplo and Arcade Fire.

2600 in the house (literally)

And he still manages to design concert posters, albums (he did the cover for my CD, plus the "Got To Get It Right" EP and the majority of MPM releases) artwork for Kidrobot and Complex Magazine, web design and like I mentioned before, mixes, production and his own artwork.
Mr. Davis, I don't know how you do it.

Mike 2600 - "Oh Yeah!!"

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Live @

I planned on making this post yesterday, but real life intervened. Here's another mix for Monday Tuesday. It's a live set from '06 at The Rub. Big up Cosmo Baker & DJ Eleven, and a huge congratulations goes out to new poppa, Ayres!

DJ Day - Live @ The Rub

I've got a lot of things going on this week so posting might not be as thorough as I'd like, but stick with me. Speaking of this week... don't forget The Fly Ball this Saturday at The Grand Star in LA

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Aht Uh Mi Head...

No, this isn't a post about Shuggie Otis, but my damn head. Ugg... I'm still reeling from last night so this is gonna be a short one.
Here's the 12" instrumental version of "Got To Get Your Love" by Gary Davis (Chocolate Star)*. It's a nice day so I'm gonna get some coffee and max out. Be back on Monday.

*Shout out to Mr. Chinn

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Learning to Fly

Too bad I didn't have this ready last night. While I was writing the last post I remembered I had filmed a lot around that time, so I threw this video together to show how the song was made from start to (almost) finish.
Please excuse the shaky camera styles and pale legs.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The more you know

Everyone is so overloaded with music these days that a lot of good artists go unnoticed. I'm gonna take the next couple of posts to shed some light on folks I'm feeling, cats I've been working with and my extended family.
Starting with...

Miles Bonny

I stumbled across his myspace page last year and was really feeling what I heard. I think it was something from his Smell Smoke EP and my first thought was, "I gotta work with this dude."
He sings, makes beats, plays trumpet (his father is renowned trumpeter Francis Bonny) and is part of INnatesounds with Joc Max and a ton of other talented cats who are holding it down for Kansas City.

Eventually we got to talking and I sent him some beats. I had a demo of a live song I was working on that needed something extra and Miles did just that, laying vocals and horns and taking it to the next level.

Since this is still a rough mix and things will probably be changed before it's released, I'm just posting a preview clip.

DJ Day & Miles Bonny "Learning to Fly" (rough mix)

Miles Bonny - "Sing Your Song" (produced by Joc Max from the Smell Smoke EP)

Video for "Yes I Do" from the "Closer Love" EP

Be sure to check out his new releases of which he has MANY. He's also been working with MPM and just put out a new EP called "Closer Love".

Monday, January 14, 2008

This has been...

...on repeat for a week.

Bring it back, come rewind

I was originally gonna post one of the old Innernational tapes, but I noticed it was missing 2 songs. So until I get that straightened out, here's another old jammy from '99 (damn time is flying).

Credit is Due

I recorded this on a mini disk 4 Track (aka the Betamax of audio) over the course of a few months. I remember working for hours and ending up with only 10 minutes of material. Record, stop, rewind, pause, record, stop, rewind, pause.

Speaking of mixes, Rip One and Kair One are still putting them out on the under. They even did a collab CD. I'll holler and see what I can do about getting something up on here.
I'm also gonna try to post a mix or some kind of music at least once a week, and expect more old man talk when I get around to posting the INL tapes.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Last Impressions

People have probably been wondering what I've been up to and to be honest, not a whole lot. I've mostly been spending time with my family and living life. Outside of DJ gigs, music kinda took a backseat. I guess you could say I was in a slump or producers block or whatever. I just lost interest in it and wasn't feeling most of the stuff I was making. I think I got complacent (read: lazy) after accomplishing most of my goals. Ever since I was a kid I wanted to get signed to a label (check), put out a record (yep), tour and see other countries (a little bit) and, of course, be a DJ (doin' it).
I lost that fire for a minute, but it's a new year and I'm innit2winit.

I didn't just sit on my ass the whole time tho...

A few months ago I was approached by Thierry at Vadim Music to do a remix for Janko Nilovic. Being the record nerd that I am, I was honored and jumped at the chance. For those not familiar with the prolific pianist and composer, he's probably best known for his "Impressions" library series* which command $ in the record world. He created some very unique music and much of it has been re-issued. If you like Axelrod, Gainsbourg, etc. I highly recommend checking him out.

The project I'm involved with is called "Last Impressions" and features remixes of Janko's work from various producers (Kid Loco, 7 Samurai). It's due sometime in Feb.

Here's a clip. First half is the original, then my take on it.

Janko Nilovic/DJ Day - "Chorus for Leslie" (original & remix)

*For those reading this and saying "library?"
Library records were (and still are) music composed for commercials, television and sometimes film, and a modern day producers best friend.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Are we on the air?

So, I've finally thrown my hat into the blogosphere. I started this as a way to keep people up on what I'm doing and post some music (and some late night drunken posts, no doubt!), but who's to say where it will go. I'm not used to putting my personal B.I. on the interwebs, so I'll start off with some photos from the last few local Aesthetic Arrest gigs and a mix to download.

Here's a live mix I did for Florian Keller's Samurai FM radio show. I made a small run of CD's that were given out as a promo (big ups to Manny with the handmade houndstooth cover art!).

DJ Day - On the Air

I've also got other tings a gwaaan that I'll share with everyone soon. Remixes, progress on my album that's taking forever and a day, some collabos, sneak peaks, etc. and I'll try to post up some of the old INL joints people have been asking about.