Scruff’s Top 5

This past week was awesome, I finished up my latest track, played a few live shows and I successfully started my day at 5am for a full week. Now, rejoicing over one week seems rather silly, but i’ve learned that you must rejoice whenever accomplishing anything. I don’t rejoice for the attention, i’m merely sharing with you all my journey; my growth. I rejoice for me, last week I talked about self esteem, this is a part of building that self esteem, that confidence. One small step for some may be a huge accomplishment for others, i’m just taking my journey in strides and thinking about the good along the way. 

I finished my track with my mentor this past week, and I must say that i’m very happy with how far i’ve come in such a short amount of time. This doesn’t mean that i’m super fly and I should get paid as much as Calvin Harris, but it does mean that i’ve got more opportunity to build my audience with some originals for my sets. I now have 4-5 tracks that I consistently play out, and I can’t wait to have a full hour worth of original material. I had a few live shows this week and I was able to get feedback from a live audience, from people that I don’t know, but I want them to rock out to my stuff. I felt very encouraged when I had people say that my style reminded them of more popular producers, for me this just meant that i’m heading in the right direction. I don’t want to sound like anyone else per say, but to compare my current works to bigger artists I feel quite flattered. 

This week I played at the 415 in Omaha and Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls. Both gigs were exciting, I can say that i’m returning to a place in which I can’t wait to hit the stage, butterflies hit my stomach, and the rush pulsates through my veins. The 415 is like coming home and the crowd is always very receptive to the music regardless of the genre. Icon is a whole new animal, the last time I played here was for Manic Focus, and that was a few years ago; I was happy to return. The Icon set was super special because it was in the style of boiler room. No stage, the DJ is set up on the dance floor with the crowd around just enjoying the vibes. As a DJ I know that I have a skill, but I don’t see myself as better than, or higher than anyone. With that said being on the dance floor with everyone else is my kind of show. 

Next week I plan on having another track completed, another step towards my goals

  1. Back On The Bouley – AJ Funk 
  2. The Mystery Of Old Ma Clifton – Mark Knight 
  3. Boundaries – Mason Maynard 
  4. Up Up – Benny Bridges 
  5. Shake Dat – Wade

Scruff’s Top 5

This past week has been one that has taught me about time management, preparation, and opportunity. Not only are these things the basis of success, but they actually work together, and if you can appropriately handle the first two the last is your reward. It has taken me a while to figure that out, but now that i’m aware of this (secret not so secret phenom) diligence to get the most out of life is my main priority. This just doesn’t involve the music, but all aspects of life. My relationships with people, my responsibilities to S&E, and overall becoming who I am really intended to be. 

Over the course of the week my responsibilities were as follows: Radio show for both here in Sheldon and in Cork county, finish up a track that I wanted to have finished by now, prep for a wedding, and get ready for two shows that are coming  up. By the end of the week I can say that I made an artsy radio episode, 99% of that track is done, and I have some tracks in mind for my live sets. Now comes the point where I start this week trying to keep that momentum going. I know in the past few weeks I have been very repetitive when it comes to momentum and being diligent, I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but for once I get it. Time waits for nobody, and now is the time to take the initiative and become the best you that you can be. Hopefully, I can continue to share my journey and encourage others who are on theirs and we can all grow together. 

  1. Break – Tough Love & Trutopia
  2. Piknik – Riva Starr
  3. Smash The Disco – Gemellini
  4. Not A Mystery – A – Trak
  5. Reality – Chocolate Puma 

Scruff’s Top 5

This week i’m going to discuss self motivation; believing in yourself. I struggle with it, though I get the gigs, and wedding referrals are constant, I still struggle with the confidence factor, knowing that I am doing a good job. In my mind it might be a fear, or even being too close to that grey area of ego and confidence. I’m not sure what the actual cause is, but I know that it’s real, and if I can get over that hump things might really take off. Now, that’s what I hope, but who knows how long it will take before i’m DJing full time, my music gets some more recognition. I know it will happen at  some point, but how can I assume that I am where i’m at just because I don’t look in the mirror everyday and say something motivating.

I battle back in forth with it, maybe i’m where i’m at because that’s all I can handle for the time being, maybe my ego would be too much if I accelerated any faster, maybe I need to learn a little more humility. I focus on my ego because I hope its not due to the fact that I don’t believe in myself as much as I should. I know I believe in what i’m doing, I see the results and they are looking good, but i’m not satisfied. I know that I can do better, and I can’t expect anyone else to do the work for me. I’ve read that as you get older your drive slows down, the things you eat can manipulate your productivity, your environment, amounts of sleep, etc. I’m tired of using any of those things as excuses, I want my drive to grow, my goals to be accomplished, my confidence in my work to increase.

So in order to start in that direction I took some steps to eliminate some excuses from my life. I went out and bought some men’s daily vitamins to start my day off. I’m reading some self help books, and focusing on me. It’s easy for me to motivate someone else. Not trying to toot my own horn, but i’m good at helping my friends and family find that inner spark. Now it’s time to ignite my spark, my energy, my destiny. For the next month before I leave my house i’ll be looking in the mirror, saying something positive and encouraging. Turning off the garbage on T.V. unless its educational, reading more books to stimulate my mind, eating at home 90% of the time. These are only small things but the momentum I honestly believe that I can get from doing these things will not only boost my confidence, but it will hopefully spark some more creativity, and a more determined work ethic. I’ll keep updating as the month goes on, I having a feeling that this is just the beginning of a lifestyle transformation. 

  1. Goat Talk – T-pain Ft. Lil Wayne
  2. Rule The World – 2 Chainz Ft. Ariana Grande 
  3. They Call Me – Matroda 
  4. Red Light Green Light – Duke Dumont ft Shaun Ross
  5. Don’t Stop – Styline, Mr. Sid & Dave Ruthwell

Scruff’s Top 5

After a snowy, cold weekend full of music and cooking, I am ready not only for warmth but also more gigs. Spring time is coming upon us and my calendar will be filling up with various weddings and private events. Even though my winter has been quite busy, I’m tired of having to deal with road conditions, snow, and bitter wind chill. On Friday I made my way down to Des Moines for a hockey game and a DropKick Murphy’s concert. This is right before the weather decided to take a left turn and dump ice and mounds of blizzardly conditions our way.  The game was amazing, and the concert was even better. I had never seen Dropkick before but they know how to put on a good punk show. My lady and I jumped and danced to the music, it was a great night, we also has some memorabilia signed at the end. 

On Saturday we were stuck indoors due to the weather, so we cooked a good meal, watched a few movies and listen to some great tunes. I had the chance to catch up on some much needed work and get prepared for the upcoming tasks of this week. I’m preparing for the radio show in Sheldon, and Ireland, a charity event here in Sheldon, plus I have to play at the Firehouse this upcoming weekend. When I made my way back to Sheldon on Monday morning, there were cars and semi’s stuck in the ditch, mounds of snow all over, drifted and covering everything in it’s path including the roads. It took me 4.5 hours to get back home , on a trip that is usually 3.5 I was ready to get out of my car. Even though the weekend was uneventful besides the hockey game/concert it was exactly what I needed.

  1. Hurt – Dale Howard
  2. Chi Chi – Trey Songz
  3. Back 2 House – Antranig
  4. Position To Win – Migos
  5. Red Cup – Dakar, Solo Tamas 

 

Scruff’s Top 5

This past weekend has taught me that being early can never be the wrong decision. We received quite a bit of snow over the weekend, bad weather and driving in it is one thing that should be avoided at all cost. I knew that we were expected to start snowfall late in the afternoon so I left home a few hours early to beat the storm. After arriving to the Firehouse and setting up, the owner came up to me and thanked me for actually making it to play. I don’t cancel and if I had to I would have called, this just tells me that he’s had that happen to him before. That’s not a good feeling, not knowing if your hired entertainment is going to show. In all my years of DJing I have learned that communication goes a long way. A simple phone call can determine whether or not you reschedule, or you are asked not to return. In this business there is always someone out there looking for the opportunity that you have been given. I don’t plan on ruining my business relationships just because I never picked up the phone. For me it’s an honor to play for crowds of people, engage and grow a fanbase. The best way of showing my gratitude is by being on time, being well prepared, and doing all that I can to make sure the customers are having a good time.

After a weekend at the Firehouse, I was ready to relax. Sunday I researched some music and started another track, I wanted to get a head start on the upcoming week. I have some things planned for next weekend and that doesn’t leave me with a lot of time to finish up my daily responsibilities, so doing a little bit each day instead of procrastinating is the only way to accomplish all that I need to. My mentor has told me that Miami Music Week is where all the producers and DJ’s showcase their new work. He wants me to have tracks ready for the world to see. So over the next few weeks i’ll be buckling down and getting some work done. I know my plan was to have two tracks done a month, but i’m going to have to push it, I want to have 5 tracks to share by mid March. I’m not sure if it is possible, but i’m going to do all that I can to try and make it a reality. Getting up at 5 has been a success so far this week and though it’s only Monday, You have to start with 1 before you can get to 100. That’s the one habit that I hope to incorporate into my life. I’ve read that many of the top CEO’s and most productive people start their days between 4-6am. It gives them time for personal tasks before starting the work day, I do believe that this is necessary to keep going on any journey. I don’t want to lose who I am to anything, instead I want who I am to be perceived in all that I do. Getting up earlier will allow me to do this. Without sounding like a broken record, I can say though it’s only day one of this week I can see the difference in what I have accomplished today. The goal is to get up early 5 days out of 7. This is going to be a hard task, but I will succeed, I will prosper, and I do believe that I can conquer this and live the best life I can.

 

  1. Stereo Love (Legna Remix) – Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina
  2. Feel My Music – Jealousy Band
  3. Open Your Mind – Mark Gabriels 
  4. Funk It – Jacklin Martin
  5. Animal – Prof

Scruff’s Top 5

It’s Monday morning and my alarm goes off at 5 and 6. I’m up writing this blog post, tired but knowing that I need to stay very intentional with starting my days off earlier. This is my way of starting with a win, If I write my weekend experiences and growth first thing when I wake up I can check it off of my list. I can feel good about having something accomplished for myself before the sun comes up, before I have to avert my attention to helping someone else’s dreams and goals stay alive. My weekend was spent down at the Firehouse in Sioux City; battling fatigue, and cold weather but  a great time nonetheless.

This weekend my calendar was empty, this is right in the center of our slow period at Stovetop Productions. We will probably start to get busier next month when the weather warms just a bit.  So with the openings I hit up the Firehouse to see if they had an availability. As a DJ I have to play to get paid, and no it’s not just about the money, but I do have bills that I have to attend to. It’s always love when I hit up Sioux City. The crowd was digging the music and the staff always treats me right, I couldn’t ask for anything better from a venue. After playing on Friday night I made it home around 3:30am just to wake up at 7 for work at 8am. Due to some personal misfortune one of the cooks had to take a medical leave and shifts had to be covered, I agreed to a Saturday shift. After work I made my way to Worthington, MN for a meeting regarding a Hip Hop show. This will be one that incorporates the talents of many different artists from all over the Tri-State area, this is the first time S&E will be co hosting a fundraiser in the state of MN. After the meeting and a drive home I finally got a small nap in before having to head back to Sioux City for night #2 at the Firehouse. Saturday was a lot busier than Friday, people piled in trying to escape the cold, and having a good time with beverages and dancing was in order. I stuck with more of the newer tunes this go round. It’s easy to want to reminisce about your own club going experiences, and yes I still play some of the classics. I’ve just been trying to give the next generation their own experiences to look back on with music that they personally can relate to. It’s not easy by any means but the crowd was receptive to the tracks that I played. 

Super tired from back to back late nights and working most of the day on Saturday, I took a day of rest. I did nothing on Sunday except listen to tunes and organize my music folder. I look forward to the upcoming week and I can’t wait to see what a little organization and discipline can do to help me obtain some momentum. 

  1. Bad (Remix) – Wale Ft. Rihanna 
  2. Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored – Ariana Grande
  3. Bust Down Barbiana – Nicki Minaj 
  4. I Love – Joyner Lucas
  5. Obsession – Aventura 

Scruff’s Top 5

The first month of the new year is now completed, and as I move forward with 2019 I can look back at this last month and reflect on my mistakes and accomplishments. It almost seems repetitive to talk about, but life changes take repetitive actions. I can honestly say that its going to take a lot more time, patience, and persistence to achieve momentum, but once it starts I don’t plan on stopping. My main goal is to get rest, get up earlier and start my day working on my goals; before working on someone else’s. Start my day with some wins.

Within the next month this is what my schedule should look like:

5am – wake up/make my bed

530 – shower and morning stretches completed

6am – Coffee and reading

630 – music production

7am – music research for radio show

730 – music production

8am – work (if scheduled this early ) /check billboard, trends, and other sources for top 40 popular music. (prep for wedding season, proms, and club events)

9am – Breakfast

This isn’t a firm schedule but it is what I hope to model my work routine on, this will help in my quest of not only releasing 2 tracks a month, but holding myself accountable of my time.  

  1. EF2MOZ – Ben Remember 
  2. Breath – Space Food
  3. Tick Tock – Dev Bhandari 
  4. Professional Dancer – Franz Costa 
  5. Mr. DJ (Low Parse Remix) – A-Tonez

Scruff’s Top 5

After another week in January, I can still say that 2019 has been the most positive year that i’ve ever had from the start. I just finished up my month long residency at the Firehouse Bar, and i’m sure i’ll have a few more dates coming up in February as well. The radio show is still being played on two different states on two different continents, and i’m working on my next track. Life is becoming very busy, now if my mother were to express whats going on she’d say “god doesn’t put more on us than we can bare”. So with that being said I guess i’m ready for what is to come, with a little bit of work, I know that it will continue to be good things. 

Saturday night I was down at the Firehouse, the temps were supper cold but the crowd was ready to boogie. I had done a little extra research on some tracks and I was ready to spice things up a little bit. Throughout the night the crowd came and went, but I always had someone on the dance floor vibing to the beat. I am so appreciative of the opportunity to have had my first exclusive residency at a nightclub. I want to say it’s about dang time, but I know that right now is the right time. I want to remain focused and expand on this, while learning form those who are more experienced than I. I can say that after learning the basics in a DAW, learning about the editing process, the remix process, I can now start to use what I have learned to make things my own.

After the production of my first label ready track I wanted to stick to a two track a month schedule. I am a little behind schedule, but I don’t consider that a setback. I’m setting a high goal, trying to reach it and figuring out how to eliminate down time in the process. This is my plan for obtaining that goal. I knew that I would have a hard time achieving two tracks a month, but by the end of the year I know that i’ll be pushing for a bigger goal. With the help of my mentor and support from friends and family, success will be inevitable. Once again, I must stress that I will have to remain focused and diligent with this process. Plan and prepare, figure out the 5 W’s and go with it.  I know it sounds crazy, but sometimes  taking a leap is what you need to grasp what you want to achieve. 

  1. Do it again (Roelbeat & No Hopes Remix) – The Chemical Brothers 
  2. Funky Ass – Rocca 
  3. Sauce All On Me – Coca Vango
  4. Twerk – City Girls ft. Cardi B.
  5. Feel The Vibe – Crazibiza 

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It’s been exciting the past week, I streamed the first show of Sheldon’s Dance Experiment on Cork Radio in Ireland last Wednesday, I got approached to host an electronic dance night at a newer club in Sioux City, and i’m working on my latest production. I can’t be anything but grateful for these opportunities, I don’t know where they are coming from, but I know that I have to bring it. Hard work pays off, but I do know that just because the gigs and opportunities are coming my way I can’t afford to slack off. The work load has increased and now it’s time to organize and pace myself for the challenges that are ahead of me. Not only will I have to keep up with weekly episodes for the radio show, original productions to release, school mashups, but on top of that Lee and I are trying to add employees to the roster. This journey is expanding in ways I had hoped but could never imagine. I just cross my fingers and hope that with the right people in my corner I will be able to continue and grow, not just as a DJ, but as a man and entrepreneur.

It was a cold, bitter weekend in Sioux land. With numbers well into the negatives, cars disobeying the turn of a key, and the wind disrespecting your coat and bones; I was looking forward to heating up the dance floor. After a week of researching newer tracks, and hidden gems I started my night at the firehouse with some bangers. Throughout the night the crowd came and left, yet stayed quite busy for the most part. I’ve enjoyed my month residency at the Firehouse, it has been an eye opening experience. I can’t wait to finish off this month strong, and hopefully extend the residency.

  1. Lost In The Fire – Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd
  2. Wow – Post Malone 
  3. Party Tonight – Revlow, Sandor
  4. Push Up (Danny Howard Remix) – Brother Leo 
  5. Get The Funk – BRADII

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This past weekend was nothing but fun, I had the chance to play at the Orange City, IA bridal show, the Firehouse, Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls, and got the opportunity to expand my reach on the radio. 2019 has been an amazing journey thus far. I can’t believe the potential that this year has with a lil bit of hard work and dedication.

Friday night I made my way up to Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls, SD for my friend Adam’s taco birthday party. Adam rented out Icon for a few hours and served tacos in 90’s vintage apparel. You saw Space Jam jersey’s,fanny packs, overalls, and Starter jackets. The party went from 8-12 and had 3 DJ’s on deck, I was fortunate to be one of them. It had been almost 2 years since I last played a track at Icon, I was glad to be back on the stage. Since it was a 90’s themed party I tried to stick to the 90’s early 2000’s with my track selection. I played a lil ODB, Salt n Peppa, and Mariah Carey to keep the crowd singing. It was a fun event and i’m glad those guys thought of me.

Saturday was an early morning. I had to get to Orange City for their Better Together 2019 Bridal and Fashion showcase. Stovetop Productions was in charge of all the music for the event and that meant keeping the ladies and their entourages moving and grooving towards vendors. This is our second year being the preferred DJ’s for the event. We really enjoy working with the staff at the Prairie View Event Center in Orange City. After the event was over I made my way home for lunch and a nap before packing up and making my way to the Firehouse for the evening. It was a pretty busy place down in Sioux City. It’s always fun to play at the Firehouse, but I really enjoy it when the place is packed. One thing I enjoy is getting the different requests from the crowd. It’s hard keeping up with all the new trends and artists, so getting requests keep my library up to date. I’ve been listening to so much house music, I can’t just neglect the other genres I need to know in order to be proficient at my job.

Sunday was my day of rest and relaxation. I laid around and listened to tunes, watched some television, and worked on some production. It was a good day for sure. It was especially nice after a long weekend, not to mention I was going to have my radio show broadcasted across seas the following week so that was exciting. I don’t know how it happened but, right place and right time surely seems appropriate. I was on Facebook checking a DJ community group i’m a part of when I came across a post asking about radio shows. I answered the thread and informed the topic creator that I had been on air for 3 years, that turned into a conversation about having my show aired on another station. Of course I was interested, in my mind I see it as another way to find fans, and spread the love of dance music. Well after going over details I found out that the station was based out of Cork County, Ireland. Needless to say I became very excited and hopped on the chance to have the show played in Europe. So starting next week i’ll have the show aired on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s. Once in the U.S. and once in Ireland, I can’t begin to express how grateful I am for this. Just goes to show that hard work does pay off, I can’t wait to see how much this helps me grow. Not only as a DJ, but in general. I know having my show on another station brings a little more responsibility to my plate, but if I remain focused I know that I can excel. 2019 is looking like a year for opportunity and blessings, can’t wait to see what else is in store.

  1. Come Get Her – Rae Sremmurd 
  2. Keep Moving – DJ Scruff 
  3. Abandoned Ship – Dillon Nathaniel 
  4. Push Pull – OFFAIAH 
  5. MJ Is Alive – Alvaro Smart, Menesix