September 5, 2021No Comments

Sunday Sundowns+ // Summer 2021

Last May, I officially joined The Ambient Mafia, so I've been keeping pretty busy on Sundays this year playing for Sunday Sundowns. I'll usually start with a couple of hours of relaxed melodic and organic house in my own stream and finish with an hour of chill for Sunday Sundowns. The music is great to throw on in the background while you work. Please enjoy 😅

I was also invited to play for the Friends & Family Virtual Campout in June and Unison 8 in July. Unfortunately, I can't find any recordings of those shows :(

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May 31, 2021No Comments

Sunday Sundowns // May 2021

This month I officially joined The Ambient Mafia. I’ve been spinning with them for the past few months, but our history goes back much further. We’ve all DJ’d together for a couple of decades with Stargaze and other social groups.

I played three sets with them this month. I haven’t done a chill mix in some time, so it’s been a challenge finding the right tone and options. Fortunately, I feel like this will be a great opportunity to explore my chill side, so I’m grateful to be a part of the group. Thanks!

April 18, 2021No Comments

Unison 7

The Ambient Mafia invited me back to play at Unison 7. This time the benefit was for the Asian Pacific Fund, whose mission is to strengthen the Asian and Pacific Islander community in the Bay Area.

I was fortunate to be offered a prime slot on Saturday night. Considering how amped up everyone would be at that point, I decided to play aggressively edgy downtempo afro tech and dark disco. I also got to try out my Snarky Now Playing theme and experimented with color keying via LED H20 lighting and a greenscreen t-shirt. The results were almost overwhelming but it seems like everyone enjoyed it :)

April 12, 2021No Comments

Raw Mixes ’21 // Spring Sesh

This was my follow-up to my Winter Sesh mix. The tone this time is more positive and energetic, reflecting both the natural spring vibe, but also optimism as we're nearing the end of the COVID pandemic. It's almost all melodic house tracks.

As for production, this was the first time using a dual-projection setup. It added a lot of color to the video and did a pretty good job downplaying my room studio. I think Whiskey & Nimbus both drop in for a visit towards the end. This was also the first time using my custom Now Playing titles that only show up for a few seconds.

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February 23, 20211 Comment

Raw Mixes ’21 // Winter Sesh

This was my winter livestream on Twitch. The tracks are mostly progressive & melodic house, along with some organic house and indie dance / techno crossovers.

I was going for a chill, Sunday afternoon winter vibe. I figured the end of February was a good time to use winter imagery rather than in the middle of the (cold) season. It was also my first time using the Now Playing app which allowed me to display the currently playing track in the stream.

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February 14, 2021No Comments

Unison 6

The Ambient Mafia invited me to play at Unison 6. The two-day livestream was a benefit for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, a non-profit strategy and action center based in Oakland, California. Together we raised over $10k to help break the cycle of disinvestment and incarceration in communities of color.

My set was pretty wacky. It's a mix of afro tech, downtempo organic house, and a little dark disco. I was the 2nd opener on a Friday evening so I tried to make it energetic for the after-work crowd while sticking to downtempo tempos.