2000Down Founder Isaac Jordan Chats with DJ Cred (Podcast)

In case you’re late to the party, NYC heavy hitter (and soon to be Parisian) DJ CRED (BreakzRUs) chats with 2000Down founder Isaac Jordan about his career and the way that sharing his personal edits and curating 2000Down allowed him to travel the world. Give it a listen HERE and subscribe to the Laptop Musician Podcast here.

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By |April 3rd, 2015|AWESOME, DjIsaacJordan, Interview|Comments Off

Killaka5: The Real Mr. 305

I got a chance to rap with my man Killaka5 from Miami recently. If you haven’t been following this dude, you haven’t been paying attention. He’s on the rise in the Southeast, and he’s got some touring under his belt. With a good attitude, friendly demeanor, and the skills to pay the bills – he’s headed places. We’ve featured his edits on the blog in the past and we’re proud to hit you with another 2000Down exclusive. Enjoy.

Killaka5 (pronounced Killah-Kas), tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was born in Miami, raised here and in Nicaragua. I come from a very diverse musical background, which is one of the reasons i always wanted to DJ growing up. I always wanted to DJ ever since I was a kid, the thing was that growing up in Nicaragua made it very hard to come across turntables, so i wasn’t able to get my first tables until I was 18 living back in Miami. I started to “DJ” at these parties in high school, but I didn’t know anything about mixing, it was on a dual numark cd player, one of those all in one things. I would just do stutter effects with the cues, and fade songs in and out LMAO! A lot has changed since, that was about 12 years ago. Been back in Miami for about 5 years, before that San Antonio, Texas. Currently a resident at Mansion, Mokai, Set, FDR @ Delano, Wood Tavern, Cafeina, W @ Fort Lauderdale and a few other spots I do here and there.

Miami is a tough market to cut your teeth in – for those of us who haven’t been on the other side of it – what’s that like?

Miami is insane, like i mentioned I been back for about 5 years, and when I moved back I was really caught by surprise. I was DJ’ing in San Antonio at some of the top venues, and thought I had it together, when I moved here I had a rude awakening lol. Most venues close at 5 AM(11PM-5AM), you have your opening from 11-1ish, prime time is typically 1230ish-3ish and your closing 3-5 (sometimes before that). The thing about Miami is the energy, you have to keep people on their feet from the moment they walk through the door. It’s tricky though, not high energy cheesy hype edits, but more of straight music.
Favorite Venues to play it in Miami?
I’m thankful enough that I get to play at a few venues, each with their own taste in music. I would have to say that my 2 favorite venues to play at are Wood tavern in Wynwood, and FDR @ Delano on South Beach. Wood Tavern is a laid back indoor/outdoor bar in Wynwood (art district), which is covered with graffiti, stickers, etc. The Wynwood area has its own feel. Mixed crowd of hipsters, yuppies, latin, older happuy hour crowd, etc. I play there on Thursdays (and sometimes Sundays for the day party). The best thing about me playing there is the format of the night, which is a mix of indie, indie dance, 80s, 90s, rock, some hiphop, and kind of whatever fits the mold. I get to do what I want with some of my favorite genres. My other favorite venue would be FDR @ Delano. I play there on Mondays for the #FDRmondays hip-hop party, hosted by @yesjulz. Been playing that party for almost 2 years. It’s a hiphop party, but not your generic yell on the mic hiphop party. We play a lot of new stuff, and also older stuff that you wouldn’t normally hear at a generic hiphop party. When’s the last time you heard master p in the club? well thats the kind of things you can expect at FDR.

As an open-format DJ, does Miami’s club scene cramp your style?

The open-format club scene in Miami is changing, a year or two ago it was very EDM-ish. A large demand for the Showtek DM & LM bangers, but that’s slowly fading away. There’s been a demand of the more open format stuff as of late. What use to be the golden era of crooklyn clan (06-09), but without the unnecessary Fat Man Scoop yelling acapella. So the scene coming back to this gives me the artistic freedom that I like to show.

How (if at all) has the national EDM trend affected the club scene in Miami – which has a rich history of bass and house music?

Like I mentioned there was a high demand for it, but (in the open-format world) its not hitting as hard. People start to hear all these songs sound the same, and it just doesn’t have that effect on the crowd. I always try to find different sounds, stuff with good drums and that has a good vibe to it. You have a lot of those influences when you hear ppl like GTA, Hendrix, Digital lab, Sluggers, Paul E and other local producers.

Rockwell talent – what’s that experience been like?

It’s been great man, I love my team. Rockwell started about a year ago and it’s a collective of 4 DJ’s: myself, DJ Zea, DJ Vinni Soul and Paul E. We’ve all been good friends for years and have been working hard trying to leave our mark. We’ve all worked under different “management”/promoters/clubs/etc, and weren’t happy with what was going on, so we came together and started our own agency. We all had different connects/plugs, so we brought that to the table and established an even bigger name.

When you have a night off – and you’re not at home surfing netflix – where in Miami can you be found?

A night off is a night I’m not making money. I usually work about 5 nights a week, give or take. If i’m off 2 nights, I will usually go out one and lay low on the other. If I’m laying low I’m working on edits, sending emails, looking at venues to approach (in and out of Miami), listening to other DJ’s mixes or doing something music related. Don’t get me wrong when I’m laying low – i also binge watch TV shows, but ill randomly come up with a transition, world play etc, and then I go back to work.

What’s the deal with “Keep it Anglo” ?

My main purpose when I started djing was to play the music I like. I grew u listening to a lot of rock, 90s alternative, 80s new wave, stuff like U2, INXS, the police, genesis, etc. I always wanted to make a mix with just rock music, and not the stuff you hear at the club. Back when you could post mixes on beezo, I would listen to a new mix everyday, and was tired of the same lady gaga and BEP song on every mix. If i did hear a rock mix, it was a bunch of quantized redrums, holla back girl drums LOL. So i decided to do a mix where it was mainly the original songs, or edits i had made. all recorded live. the name keeping it anglo was kind of an inside joke, but it actually caught on. I did the first one in 07, knocked out the second one shortly after, didn’t do the 3rd one until 2010, and the 4th one i just recently did, which was recorded live at Wood Tavern. I have a crate with the original 4th one, but i just haven’t gotten around to do it :( I have a bunch of those unfinished mixes

Who do you look up to as a DJ? How have you grown over the last couple of years?

I look up to pretty much all my peers, any DJ around me (that takes it seriously). I’m a product of my environment, and i feel like every dj (good or bad) has influenced me in a certain way. I grew up watching craze and atrak DMC videos, actually met craze for the very first time in 2002 when he came to dj in Nicaragua, i knew one of the promoters and asked to meet him, he signed a flyer for me (which i still have, framed) and told him how much of an inspiration he was for me, 12 years later he’s a homie, lol, just saw him last night. In 2003 I was visiting family in NYC and I was handed a mixtape called “CHALLAH BACK VOL 2″, i took a listen and was BLOWN AWAY, never realized another dj had the idea to mix so much random music and make it sound good. This mixtape was by the one and only DJ AM (featuring Samantha Ronson). Since then on i followed AM, had the pleasure of seeing him live a few times, and also meeting him. He was so ahead of his time and open doors for so many of us. Another huge influence in my dj career has been my good friend dj Konflikt (@myfavoritedj). Like i mentioned when I moved to Miami i realized this was the big leagues and he was one of the reasons why. He constantly raises the bar and when you think you heard it all he’ll surprise you. Joe Maz was another dj who really made me look at djing differently. The thing about JM is that he’s so clean with his mixes. JM will mix 2-3 songs because they have the same snare or drums, little things that only djs will pick up. JM and Konflikt (which make up Discotech) have been a HUGE reason why I’ve grown. There are so many djs that impress me every time i see/hear them, dudes like Four Color Zack, Excel, Graham Funke, Five, Fashen, A-rock, EU, the list goes on and on. A dj that I really look up to as well is my good friend Louie Arson. Dude has to be one of the most underrated djs in Miami. he can cut better than most djs I know, song selection mixes and blends are always on point.

You’ve done some international touring – where did you go and what was it like?

Traveling is dope. i’m truly blessed to have gone the places I have thru djing. I travel to Nicaragua often. I do events for the liquor companies and some venues. The main party I do is for NYE (every 2 years) called Beyond. This party is right on the beach, a stage, tables, decorations etc is all built from the ground up on a deserted beach. This is a 12 hr party, starts at 8PM and ends around 8AM. Party is intense. You have about 2,000 partying on the beach bringing in the new year. I’m currently working on going back for this NYE, also looking at going to Costa RIca and Colombia.

Finals words? Shoutouts?

Want to thank you for featuring me on the site. Wanna just shout out everyone who actual read the whole interview, LMAO. i know I talk a lot. All I wanna say to any DJ reading this, is keep pushing, if you’re dedicated and set your short and long term goals, things will happen. It’s normal to look up to DJs, but be original, practice and find your sound. Too many djs now want to be the next _____, im just trying to be myself.

Link Mix & Edit Pack HERE.
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By |February 26th, 2015|EDITS, Interview, Uncategorized|Comments Off

If You’re Reading This (It’s not too late!)

What’s good everyone! It’s been a minute since we’ve posted content here on 2000Down. Luckily, we’re here to stay, and we have a ton of dope packs on the way. Isaac has been staying busy out west, and I’ve been on my grind all over New York and (thanks to friends of the blog) Toronto!

We’re kicking things off with a dope little pack our buddy Chazz Rockwell (NYC) sent out mere HOURS after the new Drake went online. I know, shame on us for hoarding. We’re sorry. Luckily for us, Chazz is a patient and kind soul. Quality Intro edits and some QH’s.

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Download the pack HERE. ( Mirror )

Follow Chazz:
@ChazzRockwell

By |February 25th, 2015|EDITS|Comments Off

Kid Cut Up: On His Grind (Interview + Edit Pack)

Despite having firmly planted his feet in L.A. Kid Cut Up has been making waves across the Midwest for quite some time.  On any given weekend you might find him playing Commonwealth in Vegas, or holding it down at The Dime.  He’s carrying the torch when it comes to open-format DJ’ing right now.

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Kid Cut Up! Tell us a little it about yourself? 

Im living in LA, but I’m from Milwaukee, WI.
You’ve done a lot of dope, highly publicized work with GOOD music – how did that come about?
I’ve always appreciated the way GOOD music balances art and commerce in their work. In a lot of ways they are the best fed Artists out here… So I’ve spent a lot of time with their catalog as a fan and as a DJ. It’s something I connect with and my familiarity helps me incorporate it into my work as well. Specifically I was asked by 247HH.com to do a mix celebrating Common’s music in anticipation of his Universal Mind Control album. It was also being used to promote an album release deal that was happening with Zune. Remember those?! The process went really fast and was exciting. I recently ran across it somewhere on the internet and it was actually cool to listen to it now that I’m more removed from the project. Also… what happened to Zune?!
As a turntablist and party-rocker, you’ve come to be known as a staple of LA club culture. What was that journey like?

I’m steadily worming my way into the establishment out here. The LA club scene is really fast paced and the players in it are very territorial. I knew that coming out to LA wasn’t gonna immediately shake the world up… After all really good DJing is generally less noticeable than bad DJing. Ha. But I’ve been putting out a lot of remixes and blends with my particular style and its spreading my name to a lot of new parties and scenes. As the opportunity to play these spots myself have been coming in, I’ve been able to give them the first hand taste of how I approach DJing differently. There are LOTS of ways to rock a party… and the rise of DJ culture in general has really homogenized a lot of expectations and performances. So I show them that there are still other ways to reach the people as well.
Coming out of a more traditional hip-hop DJ turntablist background, ow do you feel about the EDM festival scene? Where do you see this craft and profession headed in 5-10 years?
I like the EDM scene. It’s fun. Its youthful. Its energetic. and it doesn’t know any better…. so a lot of its mistakes end up being cool breakthroughs. It changed up the game for sure. As far as relating it to Hiphop and the Hiphop style of DJing I’d say that the best part of being a Hiphop DJ is that often its not what you play, but how you play it. So we are able to cherry pick the best parts of EDM and incorporate it. I’ll put almost any headlining Hiphop DJ against the big EDM names. Hiphop will win.

Its funny to me now that EDM isn’t so new anymore and people are either abandoning it or trying to keep it fresh and relevant… They are all going to Hiphop for that relevance. Except Avicii. He went country instead. But its funny that all these blogs and media outlets are like “Diplo does a Hiphop mix!?!?!!! OH MY GOD!!!” Diplo has been Hiphop since way before EDM existed. Same with A-Trak. He’s got records with Little Brother out… He’s always been DJing in a Hiphop style. So much of EDM was in the marketing of it… It’s just 808 and 909 drums at different tempos. We all just wanna dance and join the party.
Last records or albums you bought? Who are you feeling right now?
The only physical music I buy anymore are CD singles. If anyone reading this has a stash and needs them to disappear… hit me up! As far as music that I’ve been really into lately I’ve really enjoyed the last P.O.S. album, the stuff I’ve heard from Elliphant, Run The Jewels, DJ Mustard beats, and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk”. If a whole new genre or trend popped off on that style I wouldn’t be mad.

What does “open-format” mean to you? Who, in your opinion, is killing the game right now?
Killing it as in a good way? Or in a bad way?? I’ll do both… In a bad way are DJs who don’t learn the craft of DJing and don’t practice their DJing. In a good way are DJs who still take chances with the dancefloor… not recklessly or selfishly. But in an attempt to expand and challenge and surprise the audience. They breath new life into the game. Oh yeah… In a bad way are also club owners who expect you to market and promote yourself as a DJ and then expect you to sound and fit the format of whatever DJ they really wish they could afford to book. Our sound is our calling card… if we are going to distinguish ourselves from the pack and be a draw then we have to be unique.

As far as open format… The way most industry people mean it is that Pop music comes in two tempos now… and an Open Format DJ is supposed to be playing both. That’s right… music at both 128 AND 70bpm. At some point it became the new way to say Top 40 music.

But for me… and most true Hiphop DJs… We’ve always been open format. Funk, Rock, Jazz, Soul, Hiphop, Reggae and everything else that is fresh and sets the party off. AND NOT ONLY NEW HITS OR PREVIOUS HITS EITHER. That’s to me what Open Format means… It’s hard to have an open format with a closed mind.
2000Down is support by working DJs all over the world. Any last words?
2000Down is a rad site because it mostly features DJs being DJs… and doing the creative things that DJs do to stand out and make their sets and musical experiences custom and memorable. There are a ton of sites out there for producers now… but a lot less for people who make playing other people’s music an art. I make music too. I love that producers make music… But as a DJ I love making art out of the composition and juxtaposition of other people’s music as well. So those my last words to DJs: Make art.
Shoutouts?
I wanna give a shout to DJCity.com for having me on their team. A really great site over there for working DJs who need to stay up to date and relevant. I have a lot of work up on there that is exclusive to that site so check it out!
Also shouts out to the LA scene for being so supportive of the new guy out here and to Milwaukee for always having my back and the support when I head back home.
And to every club, promoter, DJ, bartender or party person… Hit me up!! Let’s party.
Also thanks to 2000down for reaching out to me and featuring me on your site… i appreciate it!
See you on the dancefloor…

DOWNLOAD: KID CUT UP x 2000Down Edit Pack

FOLLOW: @KidCutUp / Facebook

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By |December 12th, 2014|edit, EDITS, EXCLUSIVE, Interview|Comments Off

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A nice little pack from DJ SKILLZ featuring several acapella outs, bootlegs, a halloween edit or two, and some useful Top40 / Open Format transitions.

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FOLLOW: @DJSKILLZMUSIC

By |October 30th, 2014|EDITS|Comments Off

THRILLER (Chazz Rockwell Edit)

Most working DJ’s maintain fairly comprehensive holiday crates for Halloween, St. Patricks Day, etc.  Don’t even *think* about walking into a club tomorrow night without a working edit of Thriller.  Our homie (and edit machine) Chazz Rockwell just dropped a dope ‘Frankenstein’ (pun intended) edit of this MJ classic which unites the OG with some hype and tasteful remixes from the likes DJ Fabian, Discotech, and others.

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*FM mixshow DJs, this version isn’t radio clean!*

FOLLOW: @CHAZZROCKWELL

 

 

 

By |October 30th, 2014|edit, EDITS, Uncategorized|Comments Off

Club Goin’ UP… Chi Duly & DJ Step Exclusives

We’ve featured our friend Chi Duly on the blog in the past – he’s back with a new deep housey remix of everyone’s favorite club anthem by ILOVEMAKONNEN.  Vibes.

download: bit.ly/tuesdayremix

FOLLOW: @CHIDULY

“Next” is a cool little “reggae” blend of “Too Close” I stumbled upon on soundcloud late one night.  Nice opening set material.

Chicago’s DJ STEP is making waves right now, and we’re proud to say we’ve featured him on the blog in the past.  Don’t let the title of this stellar remix fool you – Step channels some latin/salsa heat on this one.  I was fortunate enough to get an advance copy and it’s been a huge hit w. my open-format crowds.  Ben, you’ve outdone yourself with this one.  Download now.

Refer to the diagram for a more detailed explanation. Dale!

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FOLLOW: @callme_STEP

 

 

By |October 28th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off

New Orleans Funk

 

Welcome to New Orleans: A tribute to New Orleans Funk and Soul is the work of New Orleans native, DJ Personify. Raised in the Crescent City, the die-hard Hip-Hop fan learned early on that many of the samples he discovered originated in New Orleans. He soon became infatuated with the Funk and Soul music recorded there and has spent the better part of the last twenty years immersed in the culture of those records. Personify’s passion for New Orleans’ music and culture extends to the present day and is manifested in this DJ mix masterpiece. Lovingly compiled, all of the artists featured on the mix are native to New Orleans with the exception of Hugo Montenegro who plays alongside Al Hirt (a New Orleans native) and The Headhunters, who are included here because of their work with Bill Summers (a life-long New Orleanian). All songs and samples used on this mix were recorded from vinyl sources.

By |October 28th, 2014|MIXES, MixtapeMonday|Comments Off

LIVE at W San Francisco Oct 4, 2014

 

Just signed up on House-Mixes.com to host mix tapes since Soundcloud has been so picky about content lately.

To start things off is an unedited 100% live mix of the last 30 mins of last week’s Brunch at the W San Francisco. I used a Pioneer DJM900, 2 CDJ900s and 2 Novation Dicers.  Artists include Croatia Squad, Justin Martin, Chris Malenchak with remixes of songs by Blondie, Henry Krinkle and Tracy Chapman. It was recorded in the afternoon so it’s on the chill side.  Suggested uses: Sunday BBQ, At the beach, pre gaming at the crib or laying down with someone sexy.

Happy Listening

-@DjIsaacJordan [Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram | Twitter | House-Mixes | Mixcloud ]

 

By |October 12th, 2014|DjIsaacJordan, MIXES, MixtapeMonday|Comments Off

All Purple Everything

Who’s got the look? Prince got the look. And we all got love for Prince. If you don’t love Prince that’s okay you just don’t get it yet. Or your just not that into music, which is also okay but that makes me question why you are on a music blog right now. I am a firm believer in different strokes for different folks when it comes to music but if your a music nerd and don’t appreciate the purple one then your a little suspect in my book.

It’s been a busy month for Mr 1999: First off, Prince just released a new album called ART OFFICIAL AGE (FREE STREAM) that you really need to be listening to. To me this album is right on par with Purple Rain and all his classic albums from the 80s and 90s. Secondly, Prince just released another new album called PLECTRUMELECTRUMARTOFFICIALAGE that is also a fun listen. This one is more on the rock tip and shows why he’s considered one of the top guitarists in the world. Third, 2000Down’s own DJ Alykhan teamed up with Dave Wrangler to put together an extra funky, extremely groovy, and absolutely purple all prince inspired mixtape called Purple Life.  This is a very well done mix and believe me when I tell you I would be the first one to shoot down a poorly done Prince mixtape.  Oh, apparently USA TODAY THOUGHT PURPLE LIFE WAS PRETTY MUCH AMAZING too. (DL Link in description)

Dave Wrangler & DJ Alykhan present PURPLE LIFE: The Mixtape by Dj Alykhan on Mixcloud

DID YOU KNOW Alykhan is up for Rochester’s top club DJ by Rochester City News? He did kind of single-handedly bring this blog back to life and kept your crates extra fresh so definitely GET YOUR KARMA POINTS UP and TAKE A SECOND TO VOTE FOR HIM (voting ends Oct 17).

VOTE! http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/rochester/vote-now-best-of-rochester-2014-final-ballot/Content?oid=2437989

Like DJ ALYKHAN ON FACEBOOK + check him out on DO ANDROIDS DANCE: doandroidsdance.com/author/djalykhan/

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You made it this far and that deserves a purple treat, how about a pack of custom Prince edits from me to you~

AllPurpleEverything.zip (download)

Erotic City (Isaac Jordan Drum Edit) – Prince
FunknRoll (Isaac Jordan Edit) – Prince
I Would Die 4 U (Isaac Jordan More Drums Edit) – Prince
Little Red Corvette (Isaac Jordan Drum Edit) – Prince
Raspberry Beret (Isaac Jordan Drum Edit) – Prince
U Got The Look (Isaac Jordan edit) – Prince
When You Were Mine (Isaac Jordan Edit) – Prince

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@DjIsaacJordan [Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram | Twitter | Ello ]

 

By |October 5th, 2014|AWESOME, djalykhan, djculture, DjIsaacJordan, EDITS|Comments Off