Obsession

I’ve achieved a lot by obsessing over my future, romanticizing about a dream life with everything I need. But, I wonder… while these obsessions have kept my end goal in mind at every moment, motivating me, are they preventing me from being happy? To be happy is to enjoy the moment, and to remember a joyous past, but if all you do is obsess over a future that can’t be set in stone, am setting myself up for unhappiness?

When it comes to overcoming obstacles in life, acceptance and being present in the moment are key. If you dwell on the past, it will eat you up, and the future is yet to be determined, so it’s unhelpful in any evaluation of self.

So, to overcome something difficult that has happened to you, you must drowned yourself in the moment until you’ve built a different future, a different now. In continual planning for the what’s next, you block out your ‘now’, and overcoming obstacles - one of the most important parts of life for building personal strength - becomes difficult and painful to achieve. It can stop you in your tracks, requiring that your brain temporarily reset they way it thinks, so that you can focus on the moment, be present, and repurpose the meaning of things in your life.

If we more continually focused on the moment, and compartmentalized our planning for the future, we could better prepare ourselves for life’s eminent road blocks. We could more easily accept a curve ball, and we could
maintain momentum even through the most difficult times. For we are only truly unhappy when we stop; when we cease to produce, cease to move forward, cease to progress, cease to learn.

A big part of happiness is being present in the moment. Create memories and experiences; don’t only plan for them. Live in the ‘now’ and stop worrying about a time that hasn’t come, that we cannot predict. We are only alive at this moment.

Local Progressive House Track of the Week:

Absent Minded, by Durt Grizzly

Bay Area artist Durt Grizzly has been working hard, perfecting his progressive house sound.  His sound is as high quality as some of the mainstream’s top artists - full sounding with great clarity in the beat and separation and range of his synth choices.

What I like most about Durt’s productions, besides production quality, is the attention given to the flow from one section to another.  Listen as synth patches open up during breaks, reverb decay increases slightly along with resonance and release, then tightening up again when the beat drops.

Durt is obviously a big fan of melodic progressive house and I feel he is on his way to mastering the art of transforming simply melodies into unique and evoking compositions.  Kudos to quality and detail!

This group was created to find and promote the best of the best house music the Bay Area has to offer. The Bay Area, most notably San Francisco, is and has been one of the most fertile grounds for producing dance music, from funky to progressive to electro to melodic.

If you’d like your track posted on this group, please send it over - ORIGINAL TRACKS ONLY PLEASE (no mixes). We’ll review the track, your profile, and research a little about you before accepting it into the group page - to ensure it is original and you are a Bay Area artist. We only promote the best house music from the Bay Area, so we diligently check your background to ensure you live in the area.

**Once your track is accepted, please post something about yourself and the track on the group thread! It’s a great way for labels and fans to get to know you as an artist, and to redirect them to your website.

http://soundcloud.com/groups/house-music-from-the-san-francisco-bay-area

It’s groovy, baby!  That’s the theme of today’s free download from Christian Smith.  I highly recommend you listen to and download this mix!


1: Joris Voorn & Nic Fanciulli - Together - Saved
2. Booka Shade - Sacaramanga (Booka’s Mega Mix) - Get Physical
3. Lauhaus - Poison - We Dig Music
3. Tom Flynn - Circus Night - Break New Soil
4. D.H.S. - House Of God (Azzido Da Bass Remix) - Club Tools
5. Timo Maas - Kick 1, Kick 3 (Maetrik Remix) - Rockets & Ponies
6. Christian Smith - Cabecudas - Bedrock
7. Marco Effe - Contraction- Tronic
8. Christian Smith & Gabe - Fidelidade - Tronic
9. Marco Bailey - Last Dance - Tronic
10. Wehbba - Human Interface - Bedrock
11. Dosem - Believe - Soundfate
12. D-Nox & Beckers Ft. Leif Hatfield - My Voice (Christian Smith Remix) - Tronic

Mega Mix Monday!

Originally form Atlanta, Georgia, Larry Tee has been a world renowned house music DJ, Producer, and club promoter in New York, since 1989.  (That’s when what we all thought would be the final Indian Jones movie, appropriately named The Last Crusade, came out in theaters!)  Needless to say, this cat has been around the block (i.e. the globe) and back, and brought heat everywhere he has played.  A staple of Ultra Records, Tee has credits such as Rupaul’s “Supermodel (you better work),” “I love you,” “My P****” featuring Perez hilton, “Licky” featuring Princess Superstar, and the more recent smash “Let’s Make Nasty (Bounce Little Kitty).”  And the list of remix artists reads like the billing of an Electric Daisy Carnival party (if it had started in the late 80s).

Larry Tee has been in the dance music business so long that I could sit here and write for a week about his career, but instead I’ll let you listen to this latest mix and I’ll give you some music video samples that pretty much explain what Mr. Tee (not that one) is all about.

I Love You: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovMa-SKCkQQ

Licky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXZCGdPBhLA

Let’s Make Nasty feat. Roxy Cottontail (Afrojack Remix): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXZCGdPBhLA

  
Next week, legendary DJ/Producer UFO! will be throwing down for our ::FRESH:: party at Shine SF!  Here’s a little bit about this amazing artist:
As one of the pioneers of drum ‘n bass in the U.S., Edwin Garro—known by his fans as UFO!—has established himself as one of the world’s most talented and groundbreaking artists. Producing and performing across continents for nearly two decades, UFO! is internationally renowned for his innovative style and cutting-edge music.

 A San Francisco native, UFO!’s musical roots trace back to the hip hop scene of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Mixing and scratching alongside fellow DJs QBert, Shortcut, Quest, and D-Stylz, UFO! quickly ascended to the ranks of battle DJ. Enthralled with the new urban sounds of London (hardcore, jungle and drum ‘n bass), UFO! founded San Francisco’s Phunckateck crew in 1996, performing alongside frontrunners such as Goldie, Ronnie Size, Ed Rush and Optical, Photek and Dieselboy. He released more than two dozen singles on labels such as Thermal, Position Chrome, Commercial Suicide, Green, and Phunckateck Communications. In 2001, UFO! released his first album, The Future Is Listening, on Thermal, one of the first full-length albums produced by an American drum ‘n bass artist.

A move to New York City in 2000 brought UFO! a plethora of new opportunities. While doing remixes for Trouble & Bass, UFO! scored scenes in the hit television series, CSI: NY from 2005-2006. An unstoppable force, UFO! also dived into the art world and landed a job at New York’s MoMA PS1, displaying and arranging art installations in the museum’s world renowned galleries.

Determined to reconnect with his cultural roots, UFO! left the country in 2009 to live in Costa Rica, where he collaborated with prodigy drummer Federico Gómez (.sØn!ka.). Together, the two formed the duo Cosmetics, and were immediately signed by international labels such as Filthy Digital (Denver), Bassism (SF), Forecast (Hungary) and Subdepth (UK).

Finally, in 2009, after a decade-long journey around the world, UFO! made his return to San Francisco, the place it all started. Currently represented by labels Frite Nite, Badman Press, Brap Dem, and Hot N Heavy,and Subhuman. UFO! continues to edge forward faster and harder than ever. With several upcoming releases coming out on Frite Nite, Sex Cult, Sub Depth, Herd Killing, Mallabel, Subhuman and EL CUCO (MOMBATONE)…..UFO! proves relentlessly to be a force to be reckoned
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Next week, legendary DJ/Producer UFO! will be throwing down for our ::FRESH:: party at Shine SF!  Here’s a little bit about this amazing artist:


As one of the pioneers of drum ‘n bass in the U.S., Edwin Garro—known by his fans as UFO!—has established himself as one of the world’s most talented and groundbreaking artists. Producing and performing across continents for nearly two decades, UFO! is internationally renowned for his innovative style and cutting-edge music.



A San Francisco native, UFO!’s musical roots trace back to the hip hop scene of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Mixing and scratching alongside fellow DJs QBert, Shortcut, Quest, and D-Stylz, UFO! quickly ascended to the ranks of battle DJ. Enthralled with the new urban sounds of London (hardcore, jungle and drum ‘n bass), UFO! founded San Francisco’s Phunckateck crew in 1996, performing alongside frontrunners such as Goldie, Ronnie Size, Ed Rush and Optical, Photek and Dieselboy. He released more than two dozen singles on labels such as Thermal, Position Chrome, Commercial Suicide, Green, and Phunckateck Communications. In 2001, UFO! released his first album, The Future Is Listening, on Thermal, one of the first full-length albums produced by an American drum ‘n bass artist.



A move to New York City in 2000 brought UFO! a plethora of new opportunities. While doing remixes for Trouble & Bass, UFO! scored scenes in the hit television series, CSI: NY from 2005-2006. An unstoppable force, UFO! also dived into the art world and landed a job at New York’s MoMA PS1, displaying and arranging art installations in the museum’s world renowned galleries.

Determined to reconnect with his cultural roots, UFO! left the country in 2009 to live in Costa Rica, where he collaborated with prodigy drummer Federico Gómez (.sØn!ka.). Together, the two formed the duo Cosmetics, and were immediately signed by international labels such as Filthy Digital (Denver), Bassism (SF), Forecast (Hungary) and Subdepth (UK).



Finally, in 2009, after a decade-long journey around the world, UFO! made his return to San Francisco, the place it all started. Currently represented by labels Frite Nite, Badman Press, Brap Dem, and Hot N Heavy,and Subhuman. UFO! continues to edge forward faster and harder than ever. With several upcoming releases coming out on Frite Nite, Sex Cult, Sub Depth, Herd Killing, Mallabel, Subhuman and EL CUCO (MOMBATONE)…..UFO! proves relentlessly to be a force to be reckoned

Follow UFO! on Facebook  

Next Thursday, Aug. 11th, DJing at ::FRESH:: at Shine Lounge 1337 Mission St., San Francisco.  

Next Thursday, Aug. 11th, DJing at ::FRESH:: at Shine Lounge 1337 Mission St., San Francisco.  

Upcoming gig at ZenCompound (A.K.A. Temple SF) August 26th, 12-2 AM
For details go to the official Facebook event page
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=172827632788049
or visit www.templesf.com

Upcoming gig at ZenCompound (A.K.A. Temple SF) August 26th, 12-2 AM

For details go to the official Facebook event page

https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=172827632788049

or visit www.templesf.com