Scruff’s Top 5

This week has been quite interesting for me. An exciting change has come and yet a very risky one. I celebrate leaving my full time job to pursue my passion as a full time DJ. The summer has been an awesome one thus far, with weddings and events booked solid. This is what I am banking on the keep me going, pay up on bills and stay ahead because the winter months are coming. My mindset hasn’t totally changed like I want it to just yet, I know that every day I have to make the effort to change and not rely on pure hopes and I needs. Putting the work into action will probably be the toughest, yet I know that once I start to see the fruits of my labor I won’t want to stop. 

  1. 2u – David Guetta feat. Justin Bieber 
  2. Golden Pineapple – Jay Hardway 
  3. KARTEL – Robert Falcon, KEVU & Vendark
  4. Perm – Bruno Mars 
  5. Lake Arrowhead – Nora En Pure 

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I had the pleasure and honor of spinning some tracks for the local Relay For Life walk. Being a part of this event made me appreciate life that much more. You only live once and why live it with the glass half empty, tomorrow isn’t promised to you so make the most of today. The survivors that attended proved that your will to live and push back against adversities is the only way to live. Mediocre living won’t get you anywhere fast, and being content with the bare minimum is a waste. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve noticed little things here and there that tell you to push, that tell you to be beyond the best that you think you could ever be. All I can say is that i’m choosing to live, because you might not get a better chance than now to do so. 

  1. Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor 
  2. Maneater – Hall & Oats 
  3. Bring Your Body – Leandro De Silva 
  4. Hunter (Gereld Le Funk Remix) – Galantis 
  5. Funkin – Olin Batista 

 

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This week has been full of various trials, and self examinations. Transitioning from working for someone else to being your own boss is a lot harder than I had began to realize. Now its not hard because I can’t find work, no that’s not the issue. The issue lies in self motivation. Wanting to sit down that extra half hour or watch just one more episode. I’m starting to realize that my heart, mind and body have to all align into one path. One can’t stray to the left or right because it throws your whole rhythm off. This is going to be my most difficult path. It’s really almost like forsaking everything else just to be a starving musician. I can do this though, I have no doubt that i’m choosing the right path. I just now have to discipline myself and do what I have to do.

  1. Calling All My Lovelies – Bruno Mars
  2. Don’t Cha – The Pussycat Dolls
  3. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison 
  4. Funkin – Olin Batista 
  5. Uh Oh – Kryder & Leandro De Silva

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I have to apologize to everyone who reads my blog. This is the second week in a row where i’m late with my post. Life has been busy, yet I have to make time for the things I truly want to commit to. With that being said, this week I am going to say that I plan on Dropping from a full time job, to having a part time one. I’ve been preparing for the wage decrease by getting rid of unnecessary bills. Some of these bills include my internet provider. Now I know what you are thinking, don’t you need the internet to write your blog, research and upload your music, advertise your skills, and for leisure. Yes, I do and yet I don’t. I work at the radio station so free internet. This also gets me out of my house, and keeps me focused on the tasks that I hope to accomplish while at the station. Sometimes being at home after putting in 9 hrs can be the worse for trying to accomplish tasks. At home I have a bed and tv, food and internet (had lol) . I found myself not being the best I could be with all the distractions. Now i’m forcing myself to be better, to take the necessary steps towards my dreams. This change will be very uncomfortable, but at the end of the day getting out of your comfort zone brings change.

  1. Feel Like Making Love – Roberta Flack 
  2. You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else – The Jones Girls 
  3. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley 
  4. Lone Digger – Caravan Palace 
  5. Electric Touch (Banana Biz Remix) – A R I Z O N A 

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This weekend I was blessed to play an impromptu show at a local venue in Lake Okoboji, IA. The crowd was awesome, very receptive to the tunes that I had played, it’s always a challenge knowing what to play when you have to go off of reading the crowd. Even though playing this past Saturday night was one of the highlights of my weekend, I have to take the time to recognize what this Holiday weekend is really about. I have to remember that it’s not about a barbecue, or drinking, or getting a day off from work. This holiday is there to remind us not to take our freedoms for granted. I have to take time to remember my family members that have served our country and have returned home, and know that there are so many that didn’t make it. I have to remember the husbands and wives, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles, grandparents and friends that gave the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that I can write this blog, and praise them for all their hard work and service. This is one holiday that I feel is very important to everyone. I get wrapped up in my own life that I tend to forget where this country has been, and where it is headed. I thank all of my military branches for keeping my family and friends safe. Happy Memorial Day, may we never forget those who have sacrificed it all for the great of men, women, and children around the world.

 

  1. Make the world go round – Tom Bull & Mantra
  2. Peaches and Cream – 112
  3. Slide – Calvin Harris Feat. Frank Ocean & Migos 
  4. I love Rock & Roll – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
  5. 24K Magic – Bruno Mars

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After a long week of work and listening to various tracks, I have come to the realization that dreams can only come true if you make them so. I encourage so many of my fellow peers to fight for what they want and dream big, yet sometimes I look back and find myself not taking my own advice. It’s very hard to keep focused on my own personal goals when it seems like i’m being drained of all ambition, strength, and passion. I find it easier to uplift others, encourage, and motivate; because I feel like my dreams and goals are so far away. The truth is, my dreams aren’t that far away, my goals are staring me right in the face. It’s time to put in the work, time waits for nobody, i’m sure i’ve said that before. I don’t know what it’s going to take, I don’t know how i’m going to achieve this, in my heart I know i’m on the right path. I’m going to beat this sense of….. failure, sense of struggle, sense of being uncertain. I Will Win!!!

 

  1. Killing In The Name Of (Sir Ben Charles Remix) – Rage Against The Machine 
  2. I Ware House (Matroda Remix) – Joyryde 
  3. Toes – Zac Brown Band 
  4. Hey Now (Sasha Remix) – London Grammar  
  5. Memories (Cat Dealers Remix) – David Guetta feat. Kid Cudi 

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Happy Mother’s Day, this week I would like to talk about just that. For 22.5 hours Denise Eaddy was in labor with me, that’s something not all women get the chance to experience, but at the end of the day that’s not what makes this woman my mother. For 18 years, she kept me from starving, being homeless, and has supported me in all my endeavors the best way she knew how. Since leaving home and starting my own adventures in life, she continues to give words of wisdom, and support from 1500 miles away. I appreciate the long nights of conversation, days when I didn’t want to listen to nobody. I appreciate growing up knowing that education and staying in church was the most important things. Learning about the sacrifices made to keep a roof over my head, or buy me new school clothes, these are the things that I will never be able to repay. So shout out to all the women out there doing what they have to do, not just to make ends meet, but to also impact a child’s life whether they gave birth to them or not; you are the real MVP.

  1. Feels like – Taiki Nulight
  2. 2 my house – Benny Benassi & Chris Nasty
  3. Children – Robert Miles (RIP to a legend) 
  4. Fall Into The Sky – Zedd & Lucky Date
  5. Motor – Contrvbvnd

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Well hello there world, today I will be discussing Jealousy. Yeah, the thing that turns people green, the sour grape in a bowl of sweet delicious fruit. Do we all get jealous, of course. The misconception of being jealous is that it’s a very bad emotion to have. Most people feel that being jealous is the start of a very slippery dive down into a no fly zone. I embrace it. I will admit I am jealous of a lot of things that I see around me, especially when it comes to DJing. I see a lot of my friends doing things that, are not only amazing, but just overall an enhancing experience in the scene. My patience is thin, as is many people. I want things to come overnight and when I see the progress of my peers, who are not only younger, but, also have been DJing for a shorter amount of time I am very jealous. I could use that jealous tendency to do harm, which is where that slippery slope comes in, or I can use that jealous energy to motivate myself and try to excel. Acknowledging that I am jealous allows me to prioritize the energy to do what I have set out to do and not let the accomplishments of others tear me down. It’s like a lil game that I play of catch up, I am now chasing the goals of my DJ friends. This isn’t a bad thing, I am now striving to get those shows, and perform at those venues, not entirely because they have done so, but because I feel like I deserve it. Since i’m not at the same place, I have to question why. I find myself questioning my location, social status, and skill. The truth is those are all distractions, continue to harness your craft, keep your eye on the prize and enjoy the ride. Being jealous doesn’t have to be a “sin”, it can def be a blessing depending upon how you use it.  

  1. Andromeda (Zhu Remix) – Gorrilaz feat. D.R.A.M.
  2. You Could Be Happy (Paul Oakenfold Future House Remix) – Paul Oakenfold, Angela McCluskey 
  3. So High (Hot Since 82 Remix) – Shadow Child 
  4. Get On Up – Jauz & Pegboard Nerds
  5. El Chupacabra (Brohug Remix) – Rob & Jack 

 

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This week I have the opportunity of doing Sioux Center’s High School Prom, and the Junger’s wedding. Now though they aren’t clubs or raves, or even artist spots I feel like you have to play each event the same. Play the event as if it were your last, or rather yet; the beginning. Giving your audience your all is one that is rewarding and yet very vulnerable. Putting your creativity to the test, seeing if all your preparations were enough, being the ringleader of the dance floor, making magic in peoples’ lives, it’s all you can ever ask for being a DJ. With that said if you struggle, if you aren’t what you hoped to be, the audience can sense this tension, and sometimes that’s the hardest skill to hone. Failure is a part of growth, it is a part of learning how to handle pressure. As a DJ i’ve been in that very situation, i’ve had the killer crowds and then i’ve had epic disasters. The lesson is to never give up and take both situations humbly.

  1. Despacito – Luis Fonsi ft Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber
  2. Pretty Boy Swag – Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em 
  3. Play That Song – Train 
  4. My Girl – Temptations 
  5. Places (KlARDUST Remix) – Martin Solveig ft Ina Wroldsen

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This week I can say that my DJ season has officially started. The schedule will become a little bit more hectic, and sleep will definitely be on the back burner for the next couple of months for sure. It’s always a blast to get started, but one thing I want to discuss is burn out. Yes, I’m doing some of the things that I love. Yes, its an awesome feeling to make a room full of people dance and party.  Yet, after exhausting so much energy, the problem becomes when you don’t have anything to replenish that energy. Now, some of this can be applied to all forms of lifestyles, not just DJing.

  1. Sleep/Rest – One of the key factors in not burning out is getting a plenty of rest. Now I know what you are thinking, how can I do that if i’m always doing a gig or working my 9-5 weekdays? Well the answer is simple: Time Management. Though there are only 24 hours in a day and you have 25 hours worth of tasks to accomplish, breaking things up over periods of time help out more than you know. If you are running on empty your brain can not function properly, clear creativity won’t last. So in my case I work for  an hour each  day on my radio show/ music research. Within that hour I prepare my tracks in the order that they need to be in for the show, I listen to new artists and songs; keeping my library going. Afterwards I do something else. Whether that’s reading a book, watching a movie, or cooking. I give my brain time to focus on other things, bringing some perspective to what i’ve already started, and work a different part of my mind. 8 hours of rest is what most doctors call for. Now we all know that life really doesn’t let us do that often, so my suggestion is simple. During one of your breaks sit down and just breathe. Read a book or listen to tunes, but don’t do anything more than that. Let your muscles relax for a few, I know it may be hard at times, looking at what you have to do, but take 10 mins to sit, to release tensions in your muscles. All of this affects how well you produce your final product.
  2. Eating – What you put in your body is just as important as resting it. I know that eating healthy can be a pain in the butt, especially with the prices in the supermarkets, and the convenience of fast food. Saving time so that you may continue to move is a priority. I get it, I am the same way at times. However, eating healthy can not only help stimulate your mind, but it can give you the proper energy needed without the extra caffeines and sugars. Now i’m no health doctor and I can’t tell you the scientific properties of a balanced diet, but what I can say is that through personal experience the healthier I eat the better I feel, and the longer I can go before needing a break. Vegetables and fruits have some really good benefits for producing vitamins that your body may need to keep you healthy. Cooking at home instead of eating at your local fast food place ensures that you know what you are putting in your mouth. 
  3. Hobby- Make sure you keep a hobby. When I feel like all I do is work on music, and nothing else it can be really discouraging. One way to offset this is fishing. I enjoy it, though I may not catch much lol. Having this hobby outside of music keeps music my passion and enjoyable. I don’t want DJing to be a burden, I want to love what I do, I never want to stop because it became more like work or a tedious task than fun. Yes, I have to work on my craft, but it’s not the only thing that I do in my spare time. DJing is just one of the things that I enjoy doing. As long as I keep it that way I will never get tired of making people groove.  

Now that I have given you all my 2 cents here is my top 5 tracks for the week 

  1. Losing You – Ephixa & Laura Brehm
  2. Cold (Maesic Remix) – Maroon 5 ft Future
  3. Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life – Stadiumx & Muzzaik
  4. God – Kendrick Lamar
  5. Duckworth – Kendrick Lamar