DJ Amber: dj, producer, musician + creative soul

DJ culture, events, and assorted advice with San Francisco-based DJ and producer, Amber.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

 

Sister SF in Guardian Unlimited (UK)

Wow, it's been a long time since I've seen a news article covering the female DJ phenomenon. Sister SF gets a good mention.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

 

Top 10 SF DJDreamteam: Vote Now!

Voting for the 6th Annual DJDreamteam, a Bay Area DJ poll, is on now! Please take a moment to give thanks for the sound that represents where you come from and who you are. Vote for the DJs who inspire you personally. Voting closes December 14.

Upcoming Events:
Dec 22 - Poproxx @ DNA Lounge
Dec 27 - Thirsty @ Matador (new monthly!)
Jan 11 - Triple Power @ Il Pirata

Saturday, November 24, 2007

 

New Monthly: Thirsty at Matador

ImageChef.com I'm excited to announce a new monthly event I am co-presenting. Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to get Thirsty!

Thirsty
Every 4th Thursday
Beginning December 27th


With Resident DJs:
DJ Amber
DJ Denise
Samira
dj Missao

Your favorite house, techno, and breakbeat sounds including original track premieres. Venue recently renovated including new sound and DJ gear. Come on out!

Matador, 10 6th Street, SF
10pm - 2am
No cover. 21+

 

Going Digital: Serato Scratch Live

I'm going digital. I have picked up Serato Scratch Live, a product that will allow me to control computer audio files using records. (I'm also in the market to buy a laptop to go with it: Minimum 1.5GHz processor and 1GB RAM--email me if you have a lead.)

The reasons to switch from spinning music on vinyl to a digital/vinyl interface like Serato Scratch Live are similar to why any music fan would switch from CDs to mp3 downloads: it's easier to catalog your collection, music can be more easily sorted through, and, yeah, you don't need to store or lug a bunch of albums. A lot of the functions in the software even take it past that--lots of cool settings the can customize exactly how the vinyl controls the digital track.

It's going to be some work getting it all set up, but when it comes to music even work is fun.

Serato Scratch Live Demo Video


Monday, November 12, 2007

 

Perfect 10

Amber's first DJ setupTen years ago, with a sudden urge and with three records in my hand, I began to practice as a DJ. I purchased some used equipment, set it up on a coffee table, and sat on the floor to mix. For a full year I taught myself how to DJ--I was terrible and learning came slowly. Eventually, I recorded a 15 minute mix to cassette. (Yes, 15 minutes. Yes, tape cassette.) I couldn't have been prouder, though now that recording makes me cringe.

When I first started, friends teased me, saying that "everyone" was becoming a DJ and I was just another newbie (if only they saw how many there are now)! I lived an hour outside of San Francisco and nobody I lived with at the time even listened to electronic music. But once every week or two I would get together with my new friends in the electronic music scene, and that meant everything.

Now, 10 years later, I am so grateful for everything that's happened. I remember my first gig, where only one pig-tailed hippie was left at 7 a.m. I remember a totally packed club in Juarez, Mexico with bodies wall-to-wall, dancing and screaming. I remember being mooned mid-set by three lovely ladies, with each letter of my name on each cheek--and a smiley face on the spare. (Yep, got a picture of that one...)

Love and hugs and biggest thanks to: Sister SF, Epiphany, Friends and Family crew (especially Goolie), Cloud Factory, DNA Lounge and everyone with :CODE, the :CODEtv crew, Norcal DJ & Music Production Academy, Nick Winterhalter (double-thanks!), Rob Andreoli, Patrick Sean Farley, Jeff Elo, Yara Sellin, Viberation, Ambient Mafia, XLR8R Magazine, SF Raves, Solid Grooves, Karmacoda, all of my amazing friends who make me laugh time and time again, and anyone else I have foolishly forgotten.

The barriers are down and the road is open. On to the next 10...

Sunday, November 04, 2007

 

Find me on Flickr

Flickr logoI've gotten very active with my camera recently, getting lots of great pictures at recent events. You can find them on my Flickr page. And if you're a member, too, I'd be happy to link as contacts.

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