Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sailfest Saturday Night: The Redux

So last weekend was Sailfest in New London, CT and I was booked for a dance party Saturday night at The Oasis Pub, which is essentially my local residence. About two blocks down a fight breaks out at another bar (which usually happens on any given night at that establishment) then a fight breaks out at the bar next door. While everyone is having a great time dancing away and definitely not fighting, the cops decided it's time to shut down all of Downtown New London...not even an hour into my DJ set. Rad. New London Party Defecaters.

After my good friend Sean gave the announcement of what happened, I dropped the classic Eazy-E line "fuck the police and a 502" and the crowd went crazy. In that announcement we decided we would make it up to everyone the following weekend, and this is what it is, The Redux. I plan on recording this set to add to my neglected live mix series Agoraphobia. If you're in the area click the flyer above for details or just CLICK HERE.
Thursday, July 10, 2014

SailFest 2014

Anyone in Connecticut and even the southern area of Rhode Island are familiar with SailFest, at least I think so. It's an annual event that takes place the second weekend of July in the downtown waterfront district of New London, CT where a lot of the local establishments throw events. Bank Street and State Street are closed off and are lined with street vendors. Lots of street food, and if you follow my social networking accounts, you know I'm all about that. I'm really excited for the gyros again. Here's a map of downtown New London showing where everything is happening:
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Most of the art galleries will be having art shows showcasing some of our local artists while all of he downtown music venues will be showcasing local bands. Here's where my involvement comes in. Now, I haven't been booked for a SailFest in at least five years. This year I'm booked this Friday and Saturday nights for the festivities. Friday night I'm DJing the SailFest Friday Rap Extravaganza with my good friends Joey Batts & Them, NME the Illest, Camacho, Erik Lamb, Skobie Won, The 17th and Stryfe. Saturday night I'm DJing at The Oasis Pub (clearly my home base for DJing in New London) for their SailFest 2014 Weekend which kicks off tonight (Thursday) with my friend DJ Charlie Chaplin. Saturday The Fly Ones (Camacho, Louie Rock and Danj) celebrate the release of their EP followed by The Hempsteadys (aka the Wu-Tang of Ska) then we're ending the night with a classic dance party by yours truly. Sort of considering the idea of recording this one, because it should be pretty off the wall. If you're in the area, come on down.
Saturday, June 14, 2014

Who is Your Daddy, and What Does He Do?

Well, yeah. Where have I been? This has been a strange and busy year for me. Ups, downs, ins and outs, just like everyone else. But busy none the less. I've been hard at work finishing up and album I've been working on called "The Earthman's Curse". I've posted a brief preview or two on my Instagram. It's nearing completion and right now I'm trying to get the artwork squared away. This album is some what of a departure from what I'm known for and anything else I've done in the past. It's definitely no "Stoopid Animals" by a long shot and I consider my first real, serious album. I plan on releasing the first single and video within the next couple months. I'm not going to shoot myself in the foot and throw a release date out there, but I'm very excited to present this album to everyone. A lot of work has gone into "The Earthman's Curse". This project is nothing like anything else I've ever done. If you've followed my production work, I think it's a natural progression from what I've already done.

Other than this album, I've been DJing my face off and winning awards for it. On June 7, 2014 I won "Best DJ" in the 5th Annual Whalie Awards. It's like the Grammy Awards celebrating the vibrant diverse music scene in my hometown of New London, CT. This is my third Whalie Award for DJing (2010, 2013, 2014) and my fourth overall (Best Electronic Dance Song in 2012). Just days later on June 10th I won my first Connecticut Music Award for "Best DJ". So I'm pretty damn excited to have won both awards this year and forever thankful to everyone who voted. I can't appreciate everyone enough for the support. I've been at this since 1996 and it feels amazing to get some recognition for the work I've put in over the years. Click HERE for a brief (though underwhelming in my opinion) write up about The Whalie Awards in The Day, New London's local newspaper. Now, click HERE for a fantastic write up on the Connecticut Music Awards from The Hartford Courant/CTnow.

I've had my hands full with quite a few other things as well. At the end of February I moved my recording studio to an amazing new location. If you follow me on Instagram you've seen the pictures and a few videos I've posted of the place. I've partnered in the studio space with my good friends Apathy, N.M.E. the Illest and Skobie Won. We named it The Danger Room and it's the new headquarters for everything I do and where all of my projects will be worked on. Speaking of upcoming projects, I've been working on the Apathy and Celph Titled album "Will Sing For Vengeance" which I'm handling the majority of the production for. I've wrapped up production work for Motive's debut album "DNA: Dopest Nigga Alive". I also have production and projects in the works with friends Erik Lamb, Grizzyly Grimace, Ben Grimm, Poison Pen and others.

This is a novel here...jeez. I'm closing this out with the announcement of a new live video podcast which will air every Sunday night from 6pm-8pm eastern time right here on this website via Chum Tee Vee. After time, it's going to evolve not only into a live mix show, but it will also have produced segments as well. After the show is aired, it will be archived on my Chum Tee Vee channel and there will an audio version available for download and subscription on my podcast channel as well. The audio version will be without the produced segments and be strictly music, unless there's a good interview in there somewhere. There will also be more content on this site coming in the next few weeks. Some of the usual stuff like downloads and mixes. Speaking of mixes and what not, I have open dates for the rest of the summer, hit the Shows and Contacts section or just click the turntable thing in the corner to book me to DJ in your area. Join that mailing list too so I don't have to do winded updates like this anymore haha. There might be some goodies in those email blasts too. Also, there will be some merchandise coming soon that can be purchased from here as well. So yeah, sorry for the long read everyone, but I figured I'd update everyone as much as I could.
Sunday, January 26, 2014

What Would Ironman Do!!??

I want to say around 2006 until about 2008 or 2009, I was making a lot of remixes to DJ with combining genres. Most people called them "mashups", but I've always hated that term and always called them blends or remixes. Probably because I'm old a fuck. During that I got picked up my, a sister site for, where the majority of these remixes were made available to other DJ's. I left the site because I didn't agree with how it was ran. Now it's kind of funny because way too many DJ's these days comprise their entire sets of shit they downloaded from those sites. I hate it. Anyway, I did this little gem here. I think it's pretty obvious as to what's going on here. This was one of my best sellers on the site and considered by some to be one of my "classic" remixes. So here it is, for free!
Sunday, October 20, 2013

ChumZilla and Friends...

So when I do something, it's usually in my hometown of New London, CT or somewhere out of state. This month I'm starting a new thing in New Haven, CT at Cafe 9 on October 29th. It's not a typical DJ gig though. I'm calling it ChumZilla and Friends and it will feature an artist I feel deserves the spotlight outside of the usual show and or showcase type of thing. I'm hand picking every artist myself, and there's specific criteria for me to choose you. You can't ask to be on of these, because that's not the point. The biggest thing is professionalism, and artists are INVITE ONLY by me.

I'm calling this one "the pilot episode" and it features a performance by Erik Lamb. He's Asian, and I think he's really good. He has a new project coming out called "The Joaquin Dead" and here's a preview of it:

I'm really excited to start this series because it gives artists a more intimate experience to reach new fans without the distractions of other artists or personas that might be more known or anything else. It's the art that really matters, at least to me, and that's an important part of what's missing right now musically, the focus on the art of it. If you're in the area, or going to be, click the flyer above for the Facebook even page. Thanks to Margaret at Cafe 9 for letting me come in and do this.

Here's another Erik Lamb song, one of my personal favorites, and check out his SoundCloud page here for more of his music.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Ain't No Love

So if you've ever seen me DJ you know I play a lot of my own remixes and blends (bootlegs/mash ups according to modern terms) in my sets. I usually keep them to myself, not even sharing them with my closest DJ friends. I feel it's one of the things that sets me apart from other DJ's because you get to hear something from me that you don't get to hear from anyone else. With that said, I'm actually sharing one with everyone. It's what I consider a "no-brainer", but I still think it's good. I took Young Piff and Sandor's remix of Bobby Blue Band's "Ain't No Love" and put Jay Z's vocals from "Heart of the City", which sampled the original, over the beat. For all I know it's been done already, but I haven't found it, or else I wouldn't have made it. Anyway, here it is so you listen to it, download, add it to your sets etc.


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As a world renknown and revered producer/DJ, Chum has made quite a name for himself through out the years. Known primarily for his production work on various independent hip-hop releases since 1999, he's development an ever increasing amount of followers and fans. However, in his hometown of New London, CT he's more known for his take no prisoners, shoot first ask questions last, relentless and agressive style of DJing. Unlike a lot of DJ's and producers of today, Chum's road to his current level acclaim didn't come as easy, or fast.