Lunch Trance – 2021-12-04 – Top of the Month

Another 100-track, 7-and-a-half-hours set. These are still exhausting but incredible fun to play! I had two raids today, within 30 seconds, one by DancefloorGladiatorz and one by liquid_bongo. Thank you both very much!

The next show is going to be another Top of the Week, on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at 19:00 CET/UTC+1. See you then!

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Lunch Trance – 2021-11-20 – Top of the Month

I did it! I managed to play all 100 tracks of April’s charts without dying! 🎉

I had a lovely manual raid by @LSOinferno (apparently sent to me by @swearyprincess 🥰), and later on @liquid_bongo dropped off his listeners at me. Thank you both very much!

The next show is going to be another weekly charts show on Wednesday, November 24, at 🕖 19:00 CET/UTC+1. On next Saturday there is not going to be a show because I’ll be out of town, visiting family.

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Lunch Trance – 2021-11-13 – Top of the Month

I played a bit less than last week but everything still hurts. I really need to get more practice!

And I will be getting more practice by starting up my weekly chart show again! On wednesday, November 17, starting at 19:00 CET/UTC+1, I will play the charts of the week! That show will definitely be shorter than my weekend shows so maybe I will not be as dead afterwards, I hope. 😀

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Lunch Trance – 2021-11-06 – Top of the Month

Holy moly, I went ahead and played 92 of the 100 best tracks of February 2021 in a massive 7-hour set. Everything hurts and I want to sleep for three days but it was worth it.

I will be back playing (some) of the best 100 tracks of March 2021 next week, again on saturday, November 13, 2021, starting at 11:00 CET/UTC+1.

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End of the Hiatus

Huh, I never really talked on this blog about what happened and why I stopped doing shows… I guess I should really do that, and probably should have done that back in February already. Shame on me!

So, what happened? Due to a series of unfortunate circumstances (macOS upgrades, firmware upgrades, more upgrades, other upgrades) the SSD in my DJ MacBook died. The original SSD was way too small to contain all the music I had collected over the decades so restoring from backup wasn’t happening. Getting a replacement SSD for that particular MacBook was out of the question as well because the SSDs in those MacBooks are not standard SSDs. My other MacBook also didn’t have enough storage so it couldn’t be of any help, either. Sheeit.

After restoring basic functionality by putting in the original SSD I was able to put enough music on it to play the show in March. At the time I had already decided that I wanted to get the Denon DJ Prime 4 🤩 but held off on the purchase due to my then-suboptimal financial circumstances, what with being unemployed and all.

The weeks went by, turned to months, I found a new job, and at the end of August I felt financially secure enough to pull the trigger on the Prime 4. It was supposed to be delivered within 2–5 days which turned into 8 weeks at some point and then went down again and up and it was just like a rollercoaster, only I got sadder riding it every day. 😢

But, as they say, all good things must come to an end and so, last week I finally could hold it in my hands and it is huge, it is beautiful, and the outer of the three boxes it came in immediately drew blood🩸. According to my magic 🧙 studies this means it will last forever?

Anyway, I recently checked the software side of the whole situation, i.e. the streaming side, and I only had to reinstall one driver and recreate one configuration, all the rest still seems to be working! Of course, not using Traktor anymore means that I will for now lose the ability to show track titles on the stream automatically but that only means that I will have to enter them manually, like in ancient times. I am working on a solution for that, though: the Denon players expose a lot of information about what the DJ is doing but of course it is using a proprietary protocol named StagelinQ which will require a lot of digging and trial-and-error to figure out. The future might be bright!

In order to get back on track (because I really, really like doing the weekly chart shows) I think I will start slowly, doing maybe one show every weekend. The first shows I will be doing will be Top of the Month shows (starting with February 2021) so you can catch up with all the great tracks released in the last ten months and once we are all caught up (which might be in next February, I guess) I will switch to doing my weekly chart shows again.

Or maybe I’ll do both a show during the week and one on the weekend? I am not sure yet… it may very well be that once I start doing shows again I won’t settle for anything less than ALL THE SHOWS EVERY DAY but I have picked up a couple of other regular appointments during the week which I do not want to give up at this time. 🙂

Anyway. This saturday, November 6, 2021, starting at 11:00 CET/UTC+1 (for old times’ sake) I will be streaming the charts from February 2021, in the same place where it always happened, on my channel on Twitch. I expect you all to be there! 🥳🎉

Lunch Trance – 2021-01-10 – Top of the Month

So, funny thing, I did play the Top of the Month show on sunday night but something (I’m looking at you, Traktor) seems to have fucked up the recording, there’s a file missing. 😢 So, unless you were one the five persons watching the set live you will never hear it. Which is a pity because it was great.

Anyway, there will be a next Top of the Month next month and it will be using the same format, i.e. a selection of the Top 100 of January 2021 but not played as countdown to the first place but in a real mix. I’m looking forward to it!

Lunch Trance – 2021-01-08 – Top of the Month – ABORTED & DELAYED

So, there I was, two hours into playing my new Top of the Month show when my DJing machine suddenly decided to lock up which makes playing on a bit… harder than usual. I didn’t really have a choice but to abort, so with a heavy heart I did. Raiding Liquid Bongo was still possible from another machine, luckily. Thank you, Panda, for being there! 🙂

Anyway, I want to do this again but I have to check with the authorities if I can get a sunday slot, otherwise it will have to wait until next friday. Stay tuned!

Lunch Trance – 2020-12-04 – Top of the Month

You can download the show here, and this is the playlist:

00:00:00Above & BeyondDiving Out Of Love
00:05:46Kyau & AlbertBeehive
00:09:01Ciaran McAuley, Geronimo, SiskinLight Up Love
00:13:39Alessandra RonconeWhat Makes You Feel Alive
00:18:16Alex di StefanoAcidia
00:22:50Liz Cass, Leftwing : Kody feat. Liz CassGravity
00:27:44Darren PorterSpellbound (Steve Dekay Remix)
00:32:23Impulse WaveBeat the System
00:37:36Markus Schulz, HALIENETidal Wave (Daxson Remix)
00:45:29Kenny PalmerShadowmoon
00:49:18Robbie Seed, That GirlCome Alive (Robbie Seed & Digital Vision Remix)
00:53:50Billy GilliesPower (Shugz Remix)
00:57:50GoldenscanSunrise (Daniel Kandi & Temple One Remix)
01:06:24Tomas HerediaGave U My Love
01:10:49Paipy, XiJaro & PitchEvija
01:15:27Renegade SystemPunk Grenade
01:19:37Danny Eaton, Paul SkeltonConnection
01:23:49Alex M.O.R.P.H.Mazerunner
01:28:14Johan Gielen, NikolaussSensoji
01:32:10Metta & GlydeBreak the Chain
01:36:49Ana CriadoIn a Thousand Skies (Dan Stone Mix)
01:40:47PerplexerAcid Folk (Will Atkinson Last King of Scotland Remix)
01:45:13Susana, James DymondIs It Too Late
01:50:17Steve MorleyReincarnations (Peter Steele Remix)
01:55:54Alexander Popov, Planet PerfectoBullet In The Gun (Reloaded)
01:59:50Sean MathewsOutlander
02:04:00DaxsonWhile We Wait
02:07:36Mark SherryConfirm Humanity (Alex di Stefano Remix)
02:12:56Aly & Fila, PlumbSomebody Loves You
02:18:58John AskewTooth Decay on Tuesday
02:24:02HeatbeatFeel Alive
02:27:38System FOut Of The Blue (Ilan Bluestone Remix)
02:31:29Giuseppe OttavianiMorpheus
02:35:32Above & Beyond, Zoë JohnstonNo One On Earth (gardenstate Mix)
02:39:58HALIENE, MaRLoSay Hello (Darren Porter Remix)
02:45:45SolarstoneSeven Cities (Tom Staar Remix)
02:50:11Above & BeyondCrash
02:54:07MaRLo, HALIENE, TriodeCastles in the Sky
02:58:11Paul Denton, Will ReesFluidity
03:02:38Gid Sedgwick, Ilan BluestonePaid For Love
03:06:21Sean TyasVicious Tickle
03:11:53Billy GilliesClosed Eyes
03:16:33Giuseppe OttavianiExplorer
03:21:01Andrew Rayel, Olivia SebastianelliEverything Everything (Cosmic Gate Remix)
03:26:28i_oCastles in the Sky
03:30:38Scot ProjectO (Overdrive) (Bryan Kearney Remix)
03:35:03Art of TranceMadagascar (Alex M.O.R.P.H. Remix)
03:39:28Robert Miles, TinlickerChildren