It’s been exactly one year since DJ Veronica’s last mix It’s About Time. As usual, she was over here last night at my home-studio where her mix is being mastered by me.  As I was bouncing the finalized mix to audio-file, DJ Veronica danced all the place and later ate all my chocolate snacks and potato chips.

DJ Veronica – “A  New Beginning”…

Artist: DJ Veronica
Title: A New Beginning (DJ mix set)
Year: 2011
Comment: Mastered by Hashmoder (Omar Hash)

DJ Veronica – “It’s About Time”" (mp3)
http://www.hashmoder.com/idisk/DJVeronica_ANewBeginning.mp3 (link path)

 

From DJ Veronica to you…

So I was on my way to California for a week, all checked-in, through security, and then the flight was cancelled. Apparently the plane was struck by lightning on its way into Vancouver. A 6″ hole went through the nose of the plane! Needless to say, there was no chance of getting out of town, so I got my bags and went back home. Everyone I knew thought I was out of town. I had no responsibilities. I was on vacation, yet I was at home, so I fired up the speakers, cranked the bass, and pulled out the tracks and hit record.  This is the end result.

My new mix –A New Beginning– is full of tracks which I think are nostalgic. It makes me happy. I hope it does the same for you. It evokes memories of good times.  And I mean GOOD TIMES! Track such as Music Is The Answer, Sugar Daddy, Music Sounds Better With You …and so many more… that I know you will recognize but with an updated twist.

Hashmoder has mastered this mix for me in the way that only he can. Thank-you my friend! You rock!

To all my fans over the years, this one’s for you!  Enjoy! And catch me this week-end opening for Peaches @ the Utopia Festival!

Much love.  Music IS the answer!!!

…DJ Veronica

Street Sounds Electro

I have decided to record digitally my entire StreetSounds Electro compilation series.

I will record every single StreetSounds vinyl of mine into Protools, with as much digital restorations as possible and widened stereo-field.  I do believe that I make the best vinyl-rips than most music collectors and bloggers out there. My 30+ years experience in pro-audio says so!

As I’ve stated in my previous StreetSounds article over a year ago, Electro since the early 80′s was electric funk and hip-hop music, mainly for break-dancing, bee-bopping, and body-popping. In my opinion, the word electro today has been hijacked in the form of 4/4 dance music and not anywhere near its true roots.

THEREFORE, STAY TUNED FOR DAILY POSTING OF EACH ELECTRO MIX.

Streetsounds History…

Morgan Khan

Streetsounds was part of the UK Streetwave stable of labels created by Morgan Khan. A Hong Kong-born Indian who grew up in London, Khan had worked in the UK record industry since the mid 1970′s, working for such names as PRT Distribution (a division of Pye Records) and R&B Records, for whom at the time Imagination were the up and coming stars of the day.

Khan founded the independent Streetwave record label during 1981 to specialise in releasing Electro and Hi-NRG releases. Within a year of creation, Streetwave began the StreetSounds series of albums; compilations created from some of the hottest 12″ imports of the day. These releases made available a selection of the most contemporary dance floor hits within the financial reach of those wanting to hear the freshest sounds. In the early 80′s a 12″ single was priced around £2 and you would pay over £4 for an import 12″. The Streetsounds series offered usually 8 to 12 full-length 12″ mixes for under a fiver. Understandably, the Streetsounds series was met with considerable enthusiasm and, some might say, mighty relief.

This series would run for over 6 years and contain over 50 albums. By far the most coveted of the Streetsounds releases were the Electro series. These albums introduced the UK to the developing hip-hop scene from America – a stroke of genius that brought electro and early hip hop from the underground to the UK high street and, one could argue, helped in the creation of the UK’s hip hop scene.

The Electro series ran for a total of 27 albums (and one box set) from 1982 to 1988. The albums were initially labeled StreetSounds Electro with the title morphing into StreetSounds Hip Hop after release 12 in 1986.

All of the albums were competently mixed by a series of the best remixers of the day – predominately from the UK.  A large proportion of the mixes on the early releases were completed by a London-based hip-hop sound system from the early 80s. Headed by “Herbie The Mastermind” (aka Herbie Laidley) the team also featured Kiss FM radio DJ’s Dave VJ and Max LX who were also members of UK electro outfit Hard Rock Soul Movement, responsible for the massive “Double Def Fresh” release.

My digital recording process & audio quality of vinyl records are top-notch …



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Old video: recording session ripping vinyls Electro-6, 7, and 9…

DJ Veronica, Amy Rozier, It's About Time

It’s been five long years since DJ Veronica made a new mix set. She was over here at my home-studio less than two weeks ago, having her latest mix-set It’s About Time mastered. It took me over 10 days to come up with and edit a really super cool intro at the beginning of the mix, after the mastering was finished. I super spliced and edited two tracks together with my own voice on the vocoder on top of it … plus a lot of audio engineering and automation, such as the panning. The two tracks used as intro were (1) Grace Jones – “Slave To The Rhythm” and (2) Kano – “It’s A War.”

DJ Veronica – “It’s About Time”…

Artist: DJ Veronica
Title: It’s About Time (DJ mix set)
Year: 2010
Comment: Intro edits & vocoder by Hashmoder; mastered by Hashmoder (Omar Hash)

DJ Veronica – “It’s About Time”" (mp3)
http://www.hashmoder.com/idisk/DJVeronica_ItsAboutTime.mp3 (link path)

 

From DJ Veronica to you…

After spending 17 glorious days and nights in Whistler during the 2010 Olympics, I became motivated to make a new CD.  Now this is something that I used to do just about every month back in the 90s, and I have released many CDs in the past, but for some reason, which to this date I cannot explain, I have not made a CD in five years.

When my girlfriends and I were at the Chalet, apart from numerous suitcases of clothes and ski equipment, we also brought up all the sound gear and set it up in the living room where one could mix a CD and look out onto the snow-covered trees while the living room transformed itself into a dance-floor.  With audiences such as Team France and Team Mexico and a few local Whistler DJs, the party never stopped.  Sarah-Hannah and I had some great mix sessions together and we often could not stop well into the wee hours of the morning.

Whenever I would hit the slopes or the patio of La Bocca it seemed there was always a soundtrack coursing through my mind.  I was again inspired.  And I mean really inspired.  I have been playing out at nightclubs for over 13 years in places such as New York, Hong Kong, Spain, Australia, Seattle, Oregon and I have held many residencies of course in my hometown of Vancouver, but for some reason the urge to make a new mix faded a bit…but it’s now back with a vengeance!

When I came back from Whistler, I put this mix together one evening over a glass of wine while my little dog Hana watched me curiously, and occasionally jumping up for me to lift her up and do a little dance with her.  I think she likes this mix, and I hope that you do too.  It’s perfect for driving in the car or listening to after the club at an impromptu after-party.  It’s not exactly what I play out at clubs, as I usually play a little harder, but this is a collection of what I am really into now, and I can say that without a doubt this is the best mix I have ever made. A big thanks to Hashmoder for taking the time to master this CD.  You’re the best…

…DJ Veronica

DJ Veronica Photo Gallery…

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[img src=http://www.hashmoder.com/wp-content/flagallery/djveronica/thumbs/thumbs_15555_194412426835_543476835_3549266_1901579_n.jpg]22010DJ Veronica (Amy Rozier)
At the Lotus Sound Lounge, Vancouver.
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At the Lotus Sound Lounge, Vancouver.
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At the Lotus Sound Lounge, Vancouver.
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At the Lotus Sound Lounge, Vancouver.
[img src=http://www.hashmoder.com/wp-content/flagallery/djveronica/thumbs/thumbs_15555_194414161835_543476835_3549282_4021290_n.jpg]560DJ Veronica (Amy Rozier)
[img src=http://www.hashmoder.com/wp-content/flagallery/djveronica/thumbs/thumbs_10735_145078466835_543476835_3145570_6229139_n.jpg]720DJ Veronica (Amy Rozier)
[img src=http://www.hashmoder.com/wp-content/flagallery/djveronica/thumbs/thumbs_26864_368344541835_543476835_4201018_1937833_n.jpg]470DJ Veronica (Amy Rozier)
[img src=http://www.hashmoder.com/wp-content/flagallery/djveronica/thumbs/thumbs_23800_373335726835_543476835_4214748_7091151_n.jpg]450DJ Veronica (Amy Rozier)
At Hashmoder's studio, on the Keytar.
[img src=http://www.hashmoder.com/wp-content/flagallery/djveronica/thumbs/thumbs_9526_166988361020_707506020_3306788_6393011_n.jpg]340DJ Veronica (Amy Rozier)
[img src=http://www.hashmoder.com/wp-content/flagallery/djveronica/thumbs/thumbs_n506429273_1585219_9193.jpg]220DJ Veronica (Amy Rozier)
[img src=http://www.hashmoder.com/wp-content/flagallery/djveronica/thumbs/thumbs_10735_144880241835_543476835_3143678_1702036_n.jpg]290DJ Veronica (Amy Rozier) and Hana
[img src=http://www.hashmoder.com/wp-content/flagallery/djveronica/thumbs/thumbs_10735_145078031835_543476835_3145557_1848514_n.jpg]360DJ Veronica (Amy Rozier) and Sarah-Hannah (left)
[img src=http://www.hashmoder.com/wp-content/flagallery/djveronica/thumbs/thumbs_10735_145077916835_543476835_3145556_876641_n.jpg]220Sarah-Hannah
[img src=http://www.hashmoder.com/wp-content/flagallery/djveronica/thumbs/thumbs_10735_145078291835_543476835_3145565_5710697_n.jpg]310DJ Veronica (Amy Rozier)
[img src=http://www.hashmoder.com/wp-content/flagallery/djveronica/thumbs/thumbs_12569_171967421835_543476835_3366817_2438358_n.jpg]300DJ Veronica (Amy Rozier)
[img src=http://www.hashmoder.com/wp-content/flagallery/djveronica/thumbs/thumbs_12569_171967521835_543476835_3366821_5713420_n.jpg]300DJ Veronica (Amy Rozier)
[img src=http://www.hashmoder.com/wp-content/flagallery/djveronica/thumbs/thumbs_15555_197608461835_543476835_3573026_5083538_n.jpg]280DJ Veronica (Amy Rozier) and DeeJay Rhiannon (Rhiannon Jane)
[img src=http://www.hashmoder.com/wp-content/flagallery/djveronica/thumbs/thumbs_15555_204275716835_543476835_3604503_6126751_n.jpg]280DJ Veronica (Amy Rozier)
[img src=http://www.hashmoder.com/wp-content/flagallery/djveronica/thumbs/thumbs_16270_1298387825571_1406641605_893426_3387109_n.jpg]200DJ Veronica (Amy Rozier)
[img src=http://www.hashmoder.com/wp-content/flagallery/djveronica/thumbs/thumbs_18466_294422656835_543476835_3981863_4704050_n.jpg]210DJ Veronica (Amy Rozier)
[img src=http://www.hashmoder.com/wp-content/flagallery/djveronica/thumbs/thumbs_20766_240668486835_543476835_3774994_4437987_n.jpg]230DJ Veronica (Amy Rozier)
[img src=http://www.hashmoder.com/wp-content/flagallery/djveronica/thumbs/thumbs_20966_301185601835_543476835_4004643_2859125_n.jpg]210Sarah-Hannah (middle) and DJ Veronica (Amy Rozier)
[img src=http://www.hashmoder.com/wp-content/flagallery/djveronica/thumbs/thumbs_20966_309588756835_543476835_4032865_4453530_n.jpg]160DJ Veronica (Amy Rozier)
In Whistler, 2010 Winter Olympics.
[img src=http://www.hashmoder.com/wp-content/flagallery/djveronica/thumbs/thumbs_6573_115401306835_543476835_2761529_6142900_n.jpg]160DJ Veronica (Amy Rozier)
[img src=http://www.hashmoder.com/wp-content/flagallery/djveronica/thumbs/thumbs_n543476835_1052636_9486.jpg]230DJ Veronica (Amy Rozier)
[img src=http://www.hashmoder.com/wp-content/flagallery/djveronica/thumbs/thumbs_4971_97781340739_559980739_2495716_3455687_n.jpg]240Hashmoder, Kate Wilson, DJ Veronica (Amy Rozier), Josh
June 2009 at The Shine club, Vancouver. Good italo dance music that night.

Streetsounds logo

Electro back then was electric funk and hiphop music, mainly for break-dancing, bee-bopping, and body-popping. In my opinion, the word ‘Electro’ today has been hijacked in the form of 4/4 dance music and not anywhere near its true roots.

I am providing you with four Electro albums for download. I recorded them directly from vinyl into Protools (Electro-6, 7 & 9 in particular), digitally restored as much as possible, and widened the stereo field, among other quick fixes. Go ahead an compare my mastered versions to the same ones you find elsewhere — mine sound the best.

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Streetsounds Protools Mastering

Streetsounds History…

Streetsounds was part of the UK Streetwave stable of labels created by Morgan Khan. A Hong Kong-born Indian who grew up in London, Khan had worked in the UK record industry since the mid 1970′s, working for such names as PRT Distribution (a division of Pye Records) and R&B Records, for whom at the time Imagination were the up and coming stars of the day.

Khan founded the independent Streetwave record label during 1981 to specialise in releasing Electro and Hi-NRG releases. Within a year of creation, Streetwave began the Streetsounds series of albums; compilations created from some of the hottest 12″ imports of the day. These releases made available a selection of the most contemporary dance floor hits within the financial reach of those wanting to hear the freshest sounds. In the early 80′s a 12″ single was priced around £2 and you would pay over £4 for an import 12″. The Streetsounds series offered usually 8 to 12 full-length 12″ mixes for under a fiver. Understandably, the Streetsounds series was met with considerable enthusiasm and, some might say, mighty relief.

This series would run for over 6 years and contain over 50 albums. By far the most coveted of the Streetsounds releases were the Electro series. These albums introduced the UK to the developing hip-hop scene from America – a stroke of genius that brought electro and early hip hop from the underground to the UK high street and, one could argue, helped in the creation of the UK’s hip hop scene.

The Electro series ran for a total of 27 albums (and one box set) from 1982 to 1988. The albums were initially labeled “Streetsounds Electro” with the title morphing into “Streetsounds Hip Hop” after release 12 in 1986.

All of the albums were competently mixed by a series of the best remixers of the day – predominately from the UK. A large proportion of the mixes on the early releases were completed by a London-based hip-hop sound system from the early 80s. Headed by “Herbie The Mastermind” (aka Herbie Laidley) the team also featured Kiss FM radio DJ’s Dave VJ and Max LX who were also members of UK electro outfit Hard Rock Soul Movement, responsible for the massive “Double Def Fresh” release.

Electro-9…

Mixed by: Herbie (The Mastermind) Laidley
Year: 1985
Restored & remastered by: Hashmoder

Streetsounds Electro-9 (mp3)

 

Electro-7…

Mixed by: Herbie (The Mastermind) Laidley
Year: 1985
Restored & remastered by: Hashmoder

Streetsounds Electro-7 (mp3)

 

Electro-6…

Mixed by: DJ Maurice Assisted by DJ N
Year: 1985
Restored & remastered by: Hashmoder

Streetsounds Electro-6 (mp3)

 

Electro-2…

Mixed by: Herbie (The Mastermind) Laidley
Year: 1983

Streetsounds Electro-2 (mp3)

 

Track-List of Electro-6, Electro-7 and Electro-9

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Video of ReMastering Session of Electro-6|7|9…

Brian Pfirrman – “Summer 2009″

Brian Pfirrman

Name: Brian Pfirrman
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Set: Summer 2009
Download: Brian Pfirrman – “Summer 2009″ (mp3)

 
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Omar Hash – “Project June”

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Name: Omar Hash (Hashmoder)
Location: West Vancouver
Set: Project June
Download: Omar Hash (Hashmoder) – “Project June” (mp3)

 
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Omar Hash – “54Min Hour”

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Name: Omar Hash (Hashmoder)
Location: West Vancouver, British Columbia
Set: 54Min Hour
Download: Omar Hash (Hashmoder) – “54Min Hour” (mp3)

 

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