Afro Monk Afro Monk

Keep it Fresh!

Afro’s In Miami Bitch! | Thugstep/Glitch-Hop Mix

time December 30th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , ,

It hasn’t been a secret on here that I’ve relocated back to my hometown Miami. Truth is I haven’t really made it a point to tell anyone except my close friends. The music community is so vastly different here and knew I was giving up a lot moving back to this market. It’s not meant to be taken in a negative sense. Unfortunately the music I’ve been playing/pushing doesn’t really have much presence here. We all know the meccas are Colorado & California.

I was lucky enough to discover a market in Texas that allowed me to do what I’ve always wanted to do… Play glitch-hop. I became extremely involved in Texas and turned my life focus on music for the most part. I’d go out every night and actually network/talk to people. I’ve always been shy and moved to Texas only knowing my roommate. Texas was a scary move but once I got there it took me for one of the best rides of my life. I was only in Texas for a year but it feels like I was there for over five years. The amount of talented artist is overwhelming! The festival crowd is full force and plenty of homegrown events.

Now that I’m back in Miami I’ve started an entirely new lifestyle. I know that bass music popularity has reached a new height but it has also left me much to be desired. I don’t want to become that bitter old man complaining non-stop. I’ve decided to put this mix out there to target the Miami audience and nightlife but at the same time tip my hat goodbye to this sort of style. It’s fun, party, dance, and rave out music but truth is I’m burnt out and have been for some time now I’m sure. If you follow me on FB and Twitter you’ll know what I’m talking about. I’m a mid range bass hater. Yes, I admit it.

It’s time to focus on a positive new attitude and something different that will brighten my spirits. 2012 will be the start of many new things. As I said my lifestyle is quite different now. I don’t go out anymore and I’m going back to my anti-social recluse ways. My nights consist of me laying around my dream apartment on the beach listening to chill out lounge music and playing video games. My roots are in trip-hop/downtempo/lounge. I’ve decided to focus on that for 2012 and create a sister site that will built around that vibe. Expect a soft beta launch around Feb 2012.

This doesn’t mean this site will be executed!!! Ed and Tara have been doing an incredible job and I’ll still be writing post but come to understand I won’t be as active. It’s time to expand the market. I’ll still be around at all the events but keep in mind Miami doesn’t offer acts that I’ve been spoiled with while living in Texas. The bass scene is very alive here but it’s very brostep/moombah oriented which truthfully I can’t vibe with. Along with the sister site launch there will be a new weekly event that will be created to support the new movement here. I’m super excited to see how this pans out.

Now about this mix. It was designed on the fly to get you moving and sing along. There are times where I need to get motivated to go out to the club or bar and these tunes get me all hyped. They are mostly top 40 remixes with me giving them an extra umphhh to them and adding my glitches live. It’s been over a month since I’ve played or even mixed since I’ve been so busy with the move. Not to mention like I said I’ve kept myself isolated in Miami so not looking actively to play out. It was fun to rock out in my new studio to this. Anxious to see what the reception of this mix will be.

I hope you enjoy and have a happy new year!!!

-Afro

Category: Afro Monk Mixes, Downloads, Dubstep, Fire Friday Mixes, Glitch & Bass Sessions, Glitch Hop, Miami Dubstep, Miami Glitch, Mixes, Music | commie 5 Comments »

5 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. 1

    i feel you, but in my opinion if what you’re looking for isn’t here, then you need to make it. miami is a little behind with some things but that’s because we’re so physically isolated from the rest of the world. our scene’s history has touched on IDM, all sorts of experimental music, breakcore, drumnbass, electro, hiphop, freestyle, and on and on but this is a new world for all of us, and opportunities are to be taken advantage of. there hasn’t always been glitch music in california, colorado, etc – someone had to take the first few steps to make it happen. :)

  2. 2

    Dope mix, would love a tracklisting and feature it on the Gravitas podcast.

  3. admin

    3

    @SJ yeah man I feel you. I feel like it’d be a bit much to start something more along glitch-hop here especially when there aren’t many DJs who even play it. Don’t get me wrong if I see an opportunity arise to get something going I’ll take it but right now I rather focus on starting something new here catered to a wider audience and music I can listen to for the rest of my life. Much love fam!

  4. DPMaGee

    5

    I mush admit, while I love all the other mixes I’ve listened to of yours, this one is my favorite so far. I live on Denman Island, BC, Canada and I play a local radio show as well as host monthly dance parties here.

    I often feel that the scene here and on the west coast canada is awash in relaxation. People are asleep to the emotions brought about by this way of living and are gravely in desire of some new ways of feeling. The anger, spite and rejection of civility underlying thug step, acid crunk and breakcore/noise are the greatest power for actualizing this release. The trance brought about in glitch is necessary for the disassociation from the civil mind fuck.

    Ha! I’m rambling.. Anyways, your glitch is the nicesest. PLEASE drop some artist names for this set? I’m clueless to this scene.

    You’ve got a new fan!
    Dirty Pants MaGee

Reply to “Afro’s In Miami Bitch! | Thugstep/Glitch-Hop Mix”