Lest we forget…

Howdy folks,

Today is Anzac Day in Australia, a day we remember those who payed the ultimate sacrifice for the protection of our lifestyle.

It is a moving day. And sensitive. Often very young men and women have been shipped off overseas to fight for their country, and been subject to unspeakable horrors. Men from all over the world, not just Australia.

I have been to Gallipoli, seen the trenches that these men fought in, and only can imagine the horrors. I am not a proponent of war and ideally we would all live in one loving world. I hope we are moving towards this. But wars still rage and cruelty still exists.

So I respectfully bow my head and thank those brave men and women who have fought and given so much.

Lest we forget.

Elton xx

You can achieve whatever you want.

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Firstly i want to open with this….

This quote was derived from by Jenni Wong and you can find it here

Your-hardest-times-often-lead-to-the-greatest-moments-of-your-life.-Keep-the-faith.-It-will-all-be-worth-it-in-the-end.

I am a true believer that you can have anything you want if you believe and work hard, be curious and commit to ongoing personal development. We are born into this world a huge bundle of potentiality, and it is encouraged for us to dream. As we get older we are encouraged to play it safe, do what is the social norm and get a stable job and save for the future. I am all about saving and building wise wealth. But you also need to cultivate your dreams. Because dreams are there for a reason. And if you become an expert in something wealth will follow. As motivational speaker Les Brown says. “Your dreams are possible, and they are necessary”. As humans we are goal seeking beings, who need to develop constantly. However what happens all to often we get stuck doing the same thing over and over and wonder why we are unhappy. Fear, not our dreams, drive us.

So live your dreams. Read the books on your subject of interest, become a legend. Do you know how to increase your productivity? No use talking about how you want your dreams and then spend 2 hours of valuable time watching the television.

I hope I can add value to your life as I continue to learn about mine. Feel free to add to this, I am in a constant process of learning and love to learn off others.

Until next time,
Elton.

A+E – Mica on Australian Made 003 podcast!

Hi guys,
I am pleased to see that A+E’s Mica has been given a spin by the Brock and Ryan boys on soundcloud. You can find it below

Tracklist is as follows:

01. Binary Finary & Jordan Suckley – It Gets Me (Brock & Ryan Remix) [Goodgreef Digital] 02. INXS – Mediate (Mark Baumann & Luke Moylan Hallucinate Mix)
03. Rich Curtis – Latitude End (Verve Remix) [FutureForm] 04. A + E – Mica (Original Mix) [System Recordings] 05. Biologik – Stories (Verve Remix) [Silk Textures] 06. Matt Rowan – Lazy Raver (Original Mix) [Proton Music] 07. Thomas Hayes – Cirrus (Original Mix) [Enhanced Progressive] 08. Serjan – Augury (Original Mix)
09. Blue Warrior – Raohzsana (Narel Remix) [Vacate Deep] 10. C.J.Dolan – White Light
11. Daniel Kandi vs Markus Wilkinson – Cityscape (Original Mix) [Always Alive Recordings]

Enjoy!

E xx

A+E – Mica. Now out on Beatport through System Recordings.

Hi guys,

The long anticipated release of A+E’s Mica hass arrived. It hit the digital download site Beatport (www.beatport.com) on 04/04/14, featuring remixes from NISSIM GAVRIEL, MITARIC and AMEZQUITA.

You can preview the song clips on my soundcloud below:

Would love to hear your thoughts on the release. We are happy with how it has turned out!

Cheers
Elton

Preview: Akil Wingate & Yanis S – Startime (Elton Smith remix)

Hi guys. Released on the 31.03.14 on iTunes, here is my remix of Startime for Akil Wingate & Yanis S. Please be sure to check it out on Soundcloud to grab yourself a copy in iTunes!

The link is
here

As always loving to hear your comments.

Laurie Ferrari on Facebook (www.facebook.com/eltonsmithmusic) writes, “Downloaded it and it’s on my phone,love it Elton,lm going use it when lm pumping some iron!!! Well done,you the man bro!!!”

Cheers

Elton XX

Akil Wingate & Yanis S – Avarice (the remixes) out now on iTunes, including Elton Smith remix.

Hello everyone,
I am really pumped!!!!! Are you ready for some Startime? Akil Wingate and Yanis Severin’s AVARICE (The Remixes) has re-released today on iTunes! Featuring remixes from Elton Smith, DeeJay Fotifo , Monolith, Ricardo Reyna MX, Robert Vadney, Tim Ismag . Check it out here and show some love, it’s much appreciated :).

Thanks
Elton xx.

A+E – Mica. Sneak peak at the artwork. And a giveaway.

Hi guys,

We have been given a release date for Mica, our debut release on System recordings. The artwork is below.

A+E - Mica artwork

A+E – Mica artwork

If you comment below and guess the date I will send you a promotional copy.

Remember you must guess the release date.

I hope to hear from you soon
Cheers
Elton xx

Elton Smith presents Live @ 125 March 2014 – Happy Birthday.

Well hello. Guess who had a birthday this month? Yes me, thats why i named this set Happy Birthday. But seeing as it is about the music and not me, here is the March edition of Live @ 125. The very best in new and not so new house music. Be social. Connect at www.facebook.com/eltonsmithmusic or follow me on twitter @ DJEltonsmith. You can also follow my blog at www.eltonsmithmusic.com. Please enjoy the music!!

If you have any coments feel free to leave them below.

Elton xx

Neuroplasticity – Why you can learn a new skill anytime.

Hi guys,

I wanted to give you some thinking to do and offer you an insight into how we learn new skills.

Being a Physiotherapist as well as an electronic music producer, I have been aware of the concept of neuroplasticity for a while. The fact that the brain remodels its wiring after a neurological event (I.e stroke, head injury), in chronic pain states, and with practise of a certain skill set.

Did you know that you do not actually feel pain in the arm, leg or even abdomen? In fact it is the brain that computes all the necessary information from the pain signals coming in, does a bit of a loop in the brain to account for past experiences and emotional states, and then decides whether the current signal signifies enough danger to warrant a pain response. Damage to the body will illicit a pain response, smaller innocuous incidents may not. The brain can cut out the pain response.

The same applies to a new skill. Most people give up when they try a new skill. They pick up a racquet, miss a few balls and say, “Well, I was never great at ball sports,”. However we now know that nobody is just good at something straight away. It takes years of deep practise to achieve a world class skillset. This is because the neural pathways in the brain need to be recruited and remodelled.

From the emerging neuroscience of excellence, areas of the brain associated with the skill you are practising get bigger. Therefore you get better. But only with time. The finger map in the brain of pianists are far greater enlarged than those of people who do not practise the piano. It is the brains way of diverting more resources to the area you have chosen to practise in.

So the brain is essentially like a muscle, the neural activity can heighten depending on the skill you choose to develop with deep levels of practise. How else can producers, sports people and actors get better throughout their careers? Because with practise their neural programming gets sharper, they become more efficient in their actions and learn from experience.

So I encourage you, to focus on that one skill you wish to learn. And practise every day. Your brain will literally change.

What do you think?

Leave your comments below

Elton xx

Future Music Festival – A Review.

On a sunny afternoon in Melbourne, and having the mood take me, I decided to venture to one of Melbourne’s largest festivals, Future Music Festival. Having shied away from festivals for a number of reasons more recently, I was again interested to explore current trends in the music marketplace. This time I was a consumer rather than a producer. But with an eye on what a consumer might want from a producer. And I had a few mix CDs of my February Live @ 125 set to give out in case I bumped into Eric Prydz.

Without a ticket it was time I tried to get one. Luckily my friends also decided last minute to go. They had a ticket. I payed over the money. That seemed to go smoothly. I parked a couple of streets away. That seemed to go smoothly as well. I am a big public transport advocate but the obvious congestion issues getting to and from venues has been an issue in the past. Problem solved!

It was a warm day we were blessed with. Entry was seamless and we were tagged via an electric wristband. In I went. I immediately heard duff duff which ironically would not stop for 7 hours. No complaints.

Friends were unsurprisingly in the Cocoon tent, run by the legendary Sven Vath. Guy Gerber was playing, and his rolling, deep baselines were perfect for 3pm, I was very much enjoying the music. Maya Jane Coles was next, and this blissful talent did not go unnoticed. Her choice of music was superb, characterised by a deep presence blurring the lines between techno and deep house.

So Pharrell was on next and it was time to see what the hype was about. He had a tough job. His stage was fairly bare, himself and two singers, plus a DJ spinning a backing track at the back. His start was slow, thats fair enough, as he struggled to sync his lyrics with the backing DJ. His voice was difficult to decipher initially and I wonder if that was the mixing. He played a lot of his hits, and other artists’ too. The one i keenly enjoyed was “get lucky”. I was not alone there. His popularity was certainly immense, and I felt sorry for Kaskade after him, one of the people I look up to, as people left for shade and a break. However Kaskade did not disappoint, belting out some really nice vocal house to get the crowd moving.

The gang at Pharrell Williams.

As I went back to the Cocoon tent, I passed the Likes Of You Stage. I passed Kaytranada, just after Gordon City had finished. I enjoyed them both. Kaytranada got me dancing in the sun with his cool, funky baselines, soul vocals and feel good vibe. I really enjoyed his set.

Kaytranada delivering a high quality, funky set.

Of course one of the main draw cards was Eric Prydz. I had never seen him play, and he looked different onstage to what I had seen him online. His sets started at 6:40pm and he did not disappoint. On a warm summer night, we got to watch the sun go down to songs like Everything, Every Day, Pjanoo and many more. What I noticed was his drops were amazingly big. A buildup of tension in the breakdown, stripping the bass elements right away so when they return, the energy of the bottom end really hits you in the solar plexus. Boooom!

Eric Prydz tearing it up.

We were pumped.… Off to Rudimental. Excellent. The band was interactive as they played classics like “I’m not Giving In,” “Free” and “Feel the Love”. It was a nice to have a live element to the festival with instruments and singers involved. Even the trumpet player wowed us with his skills, getting a solo on stage. It was certainly a highlight for me and my friends.

A bit hard to see but Rudimental were amazing as the sun went down.

A bit hard to see but Rudimental were amazing as the sun went down.

Back to the Cocoon tent. Sven Vath. Delivered what he always does. Loud, in your freaking face techno. Playing vinyl.. Respect. It was loud, did I say that? The girls on the stage certainly seemed to be digging it. I think a lot of people were seeing Deadmau5 at the time, but there were still a fair sprinkling of people there. With the help of my friends I managed to give out some mix cds. If you listened to one, please get in contact and let me know what you thought.

Off to Paul Van Dyk. This guy is so experienced, he can’t fail to deliver. And he deserved the mantle of closing out one of the side trance tents. A true dance music legend.

Time was running out, and I wanted to miss the traffic home. Deadmau5 was on, and I caught about 15 minutes. Big sound. Mouse hat. Great way to end off the night.

I didn’t get to see everyone i wanted to. But thats part of being at a festival. Its about enjoying the atmosphere and life with friends. And I am pretty happy I did that.

So I have not been to Future Music Festival for at least two years now and apparently those years have been lacklustre. I was impressed this year. There were no drink cards (a big plus), bar and food was easily accessible, as were the toilets. There was water freely available and I noticed it was not too jam packed with people. A good thing. However the most important aspect was the music. The lineup seemed to satisfy everyone. And what about the weather!

Would I go back? Yes
Would I play? Yes

Bring on next year,

Elton xx