Things are chugging along well

It’s been a while since I wrote here.  I’ve resolved (maybe against my better judgements) to work on and finish a 2nd album.  Here’s a track (see below,) totally incomplete, I’d like to finish +10 choons for this next collection, I expect to release a finished collection winter 2015, but who knows.  I’m about 40% finished so there’s not much more to say about it.
I made a little party over the long weekend for the BCES and GCP crowds, it was a good party!  Although, the gear malfunctioned and forced us to stop.  It was OK, we stopped at an appropriate time.  But I have to get Jay GF to do up a coffin case for all the gear by the next gig.  All performances or thoughts of cease until my gear is sorted, simple as.  I’ve attached the flyer Elmo designed, it was a good party, there were some babes and 2x awesome DJ’s.  What else can you ask for?  I guess I was a little hungover so was drinking tea all night, but I know a good time when I see one.
All said, things are chugging along well.  I’m broke and without gainful employment, but that’s a horse of a different colour.

Peace.

tM$.

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Timur Mil$chenko & His Orchestra

I’ve just completed my first (and possibly last) collection of songs.  I thought it was gonna be a little EP, but it ended up being 13 tracks, so, we’ll call it an album.  Indeed, the production of the sounds spanned a finite time in my life, and much has happened since the conception and even birth of this album.  It’s a good aural memory of what I’ve been doing over the course of the last two years, and I’ll remember my time with this set of sounds.  Although, some stones were left unturned, and even though this was expected, I’ll want to make sure those stones are turned over by my sophomore joint.  This however is not the time or the place to go into details per my thoughts regarding this debut effort, but shoot me a message if you want to talk shop, I won’t shut-up.  In lieu of those juicy details though, you can stream the album or even buy it here:

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2th con’t.

A new project in which I am playing mostly beats on my turn tables has started and it’s a fun challenge.  It is a duo with Brendan Roy, modern blues rock or garackno you could call it – yea, garockno!  The duo led by the electric blueser’s first gig is February 20th at a hall called Grossman’s in Chinatown, it seems pretty cool.

Here’s our set list as of Feb. 9, 2014, and a link to a private track recorded on an iPhone in practice a week or so before that time.  I’ve also added a picture of the gear, the fax machine is probably some of the most technologically advanced gear we have.

1.  Father

2.  Ruby

3.  Child

4.  Work

6.  Red Dress

7.  Solusbury Hill

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https://soundcloud.com/djtimmills/liveep-feb3-2014

2th

I am going to lend my killer (jokes) deejay skills to a friend’s project, for lack of a better name, titled; Tooth.  It’s pretty cool.  I DJ rhythms and bass lines atop a pair Technic 1200 MK II’s with a DJ mixer older than me (ie: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/dj-mixer-citronic-CDM-7-2-/321101990932) whilst an electric blueser sings the blues, it’s a modern take on old music, I think.  But it’s different than being a ‘selectah’; musical cues, notes, count-ins, changes, etc. etc. are in the mix which requires me to think a little more like a turntablist, and I like that, even if I’m not a DMC champion.  It’s an avant-garde affair so it helps that the project is run by a brave musician from the blues vein.  It’s different than notes-on-a-page because they don’t teach deejayism in schools, Technics 1200’s on the back-line are just a different way to go, a newer way, and you need to brave on the frontier.  Practice feels like work but not like pulling teeth.

 

 

The Junction Skateboard Co., Est. 2014

I have two projects I want to get off the ground, again, cash flow is the only challenge worth considering.

The DJ Tim Mills & His Orchestra EP is coming along, I just need to hook further up with the players and pay them and record them. (Which reminds me, I need to think about I/O).  Then I can mix it.  Before I start thinking about post stuff, I want to get recording out of the way.  I’m going to try with Monty on drums, 1/2 of John Douglas rises once more.  The EP is happening but something else has started to bubble which is worthy of attention.

The Junction Skateboard Co., Est. 2014 is my 2nd and my investment idea – get 25 boards printed up, and try to huck ’em.  Have a contest, a few prizes, and a party.  I’d like to stay in skateboarding, however my body is done with tricking and anything but the lightest riding, ie: sidewalk surfing.  But I think I could direct all that stoked-on-skateboarding energy, and professional skill sets, to the operation of a boutique skate co.  I have the vision, the initial investment will be < $700.  Worst case scenario; I’ll have a job in skateboarding where I’m my own boss and that pays little.  It’s better than what I’ve got now in terms of work.  So, I’m going to go for it.  Nothing risked, nothing gained.  If anybody deserves to exploit skateboarding within a capitalist paradigm, it’s me.

I’ve got to talk to Elmo, once he gets less busy, about a kick ass drawing. 😉

For my next trick, my little blog about my MA experience will magically transform into a little blog for me and me alone

Well, I think they are gonna give me an MA.  It got hairy there towards the end whilst my thesis was under peer scrutiny, I had to make some last minute additions and edits. I had to make a few last minute parties in order to engage a group of people (audience) on a larger scale, as opposed to the one-on-one type of collaborations I had been doing – this was the criticism.  In response the criticism, I made a party, DJed and engaged a large group of people in a TAZ space.  I defended the definition of what consists of a group by citing Bey’s Immediatist Potlatch.  Suffice to say, I’ve earned a master of arts; I used my technical craft of the DJ to explore the theoretical construct of Bey’s TAZ.  And I don’t want to talk much more about it.  I haven’t heard back from my faculty and I am assuming no news is good news, they were quick to point out mistakes in my first drafts, so I’m assuming not hearing anything means my thesis has been accepted.  Either way, I’m fucking happy it’s over.  (Yes, all my education, and I still like to swear.)

Moving on, I guess I’ll now use this blog to do just that – blog about things on my mind.

I’m psyched today because I got to send an invoice for my DJing services to York University.  I love getting paid for DJing.  I love DJing more, but getting paid for it feels great.  It was an OK set I played…I need to practice more though.  It was afternoon set, so there wasn’t much of a dance floor to pay attention to, which is kind of fine by me, because I like down-tempo sounds anyway.  I played trip-hop all afternoon.  It was a good little party.  I was able to connect with a few folks and hand out my business card.  People were mingling and digging my sounds.  I don’t mind afternoon affairs.

I’m trying to get to Maine for a gig in October.  But I have to update my passport first.  The timing will be close, I hope I can go down and play that party.  I guess my DJ goals now are to just play more and better gigs, I’d like to get into a festival next summer.  Also I’m still working on that EP.  In hindsight, I probably could have used graduate school in media production to produce this EP, alas, spilled milk.  But I’m about 45% finished that EP project, I wanna finish and move on because I’ve got the idea for me next set of recordings; it’s gonna be a concept album whereby the concept is living as modern day first generation immigrant, it is still very much in the pre-prod. phase.  As I said, I’m gonna finish this little EP I’ve been working on first – “DJ Tim & His Orchestra; An EP.”  I will do as much as I can do on the beds, and bring in some players to play some parts well beyond me but that I can hear.

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Anyway, I’ve finished my MA.  And I’m still DJing.  But I wouldn’t wish Indie on anybody.  People who don’t know think Indie is simply a modern sound, however it’s a lifestlye; an independent lifestyle, an unsupported lifestyle.  And it fucking sucks to be out here unsupported having to do what you love as a craft.  As I said, I wouldn’t wish indie on anybody.  Everyone deserves a little support, even DJ Tim.