Hi everyone! How was your summer?
This is first question I will be asking each of my students when I start teaching again next week. I do love my holidays but after a while, I do miss the routine of work and of course seeing my students from week to week.
This summer has been a bit of a different one for me; I've been learning to DJ! And I am loving it. My new boyfriend has been teaching me (he used to be a club DJ) on his new kit, the Pioneer DDJ-1000 running Rekordbox software. It is awesome! It takes a while to get the hang of it but I am finding I am getting better and better all the time - this evening I was mixing my own weird and wonderful playlist from my iTunes in with his more classic house tracks. I love any opportunity for tapping into my eclectic tastes and just seeing what happens; going with the flow. I'm at the stage now too where I'm working on producing in real time whilst mixing tracks in and out, playing around with the filters and EQs...
I've also been writing my own music this summer, which is great as it's been something I've been meaning to get back into for a while now. I've been writing dance tracks mainly, using Logic Pro X, and then flying them into Rekordbox to see what they sound like mixed in to other 'actual' tracks. It's been really exciting - especially the bit when I've been going around recording samples of youngsters saying random things like "whatever!" and "don't tell mum, I've bought a horse"... we've had so many laughs doing that!
So I look forward to hearing how everybody else's summer has been. My teaching from home starts again next week, and I'll be back in schools the following week.