But on a recent road trip through northern Arizona, I was loading up my phone with music and I found a bunch of my classic mixes I hadn’t listened to in awhile.
Then in a flash of inspiration, I realized that this moment actually gives me the perfect opportunity to share some the mixes I’ve always felt deserve a wider audience. Like to you, the people who know me today.
So I’m starting with this one, Live at Stargaze X (2002), my second recorded DJ mix ever! And one of my all-time favorites, from an intimate gathering with close friends and chosen family.
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To me, this all-vinyl, driving progressive house set has really stood the test of time. Despite the music being 15 years old, much of it has a “timeless” feel. And it’s exciting to hear how much I’ve changed as a DJ, growing in terms of taste and technique, and how much I haven’t, because I’m still the same storyteller I ever was.
So I had the mix professionally remastered, to bring it up to modern loudness standards. And it still shines.
I remember being so thrilled after I played this set, and even more excited to hear the recording. I’ll never forget when I got the MP3, and burned it to CD (remember those?) to play in my car. I was a bundle of nerves. “Is it good? Is it good? I really hope it’s good!!” *crosses fingers*
Well, it was good. And 15 years later, I think it still is.
For those interested, you can check out most of the tracklist below. I seem to have forgotten a couple of tracks. Hmmmm….
 Sheila Chandra – “Ever So Lonely/Eyes/Ocean” – Real World
 Jade – “A Day In The Life of An Eastern Assassin (Hollywood Mix)” – Method Records
 D.M.O. – “Any Thoughts (Chab Dub)” – Imago Gramophone Records
 PQM feat. Cica – “The Flying Song (Markus Schulz Renaissance Dub)” – Yoshitoshi Recordings
 *unknown (Yoshitoshi Recordings?)
 *unknown (SOG Recordings?)
 Mark Spence – “Retreader (Graeme L Rmx)” – Immersed Vinyl
 Sound 5 – “The Hacienda Must Be Re:)Built (Tarrentella : Redanka Remix)” – Rip Records
 iio – “Rapture (Tastes So Sweet) (Deep Dish Space Mix)” – Ministry of Sound
 *unknown (Fade Records?)
 Ballroom – “Passenger (Steve Porter Remix)” – Lost Language
 Moshic & Landa – “Faza (Moshic’s Faza Remix)” – Pitch Black
 Sumantri – “Diversion (DJ Nukem Remix)” – Pod Recordings
 Gardner & Thomas – “Propaganda (Dubaganda)” – Pitch Black
 Oliver Lieb – “Subraumstimulation (John Johnson Remix)” – Data Records
 Lovesky – “Drums 4 Better Daze (Excession Remix)” – Hooj Choons
PS. Though I don’t think there are any photos of me playing that set, here’s one of me DJ’ing at around the same time. This was September 2001, at the previous family gathering, Stargaze IX. Still one of the best photos ever taken of me.