Dave Wakeham

Just to quote Duke Ellington whose lyrics were written by Irving Mills for the legendary jazz piece sung by ella fitzgerald.

Some experiences I have had at events were requests for swing. I actually got called up to do a gig with another DJ who was a specialist in this are of music and it basically needed some research on my part. I was to do the first few hours warm up , it was also a tuxedo job, very upmarket . I managed a two hour set of swing and big band sound , during the arrival of guests.

Many Styles of music but not necessarily on the same night in the same venue.

I can and have been known to do specialised areas of music for special events and this is something a lot of younger DJs tend to avoid. It might appear to some that that is more to DJ-ing than electronic beats coming out of a lap top or live mixing with abelton and a midi controller of sorts accompanied by lots of knob twiddling. Sure times and trends evolve and im sure any media or entertainment professional will agree with me that trendy club music doesn’t go down too well at a mixed age group family or corporate event. But on the other hand I'm not going to bore my audience with a standard program either.

Altonator is an experiment with abstract film footage to a forthcoming track on the new album weather on one.

End of the line . For the past 15 years I have been living between many building projects one of which is alomost finished after five years Altona neu Mitte. for many years its been disused but was a very busy goods yard with many offices warehouses railway lines with locomotives and thousands of railway personnel working there. It has been turned in to a brand new part of Altona with new flats shops and small business units. I have been documenting its progress over the years.

Overload is about the fact that there are so many events and activities going on in the city that we are literaly spoilt for choice as we see the many posters pasted onto the front of the disused shopping centre.

Combining the concept of photography with some mysterious music , the disused car park on top of the disused department store came alive. to further enhance the experience artists had already been there and places some interesting artworks. 

 

In order to express yourself art wise or in this case physical art you need to establish a fixed base. towards the end of the ninetees I was able to create to create my art works.

The ethics and philosophies behind abstract art and music forms can be discussed for a thousand years; however, since the invention of the computer, abstract art forms have taken a different path.

I predict that in the coming decades we will witness the arrival of abstract environments with new materials, innovative design ideas and combinations of audio and visual art forms. We will have an art everywhere society. I myself am influenced by my own psychological state and social circumstance at the time. For me anything called art is about the era in which it was produced, how one expresses ones self and how it inspires others.

My work at the turn of the millenium examined the relationship between pre and post millennium attitude by exploiting the contrast and conflict between the throwaway society and ecological awareness. It demonstrated the out-of-control nature of technological progress combined with materialism and the effect of such progress on the very art form itself.

 

DAVE in his own words.

I started with the Disc Jockey business when I was about 16 , I had been recording little radio shows on my cassette machine and had done a few gigs with older DJs  who were very helpful and encouraging. I built my own DJ system at the very beginning , it was very basic but did the job. I acquired skills I never imagined. One day I somehow came to a realisation that there was more to life than the nine to five.

My music making started at a much later date but my knowledge of music came through music lessons at school and self teaching and the desire and need to learn and explore and do more.

After working as DJ intensively in the North West of England in several clubs and playing different genres of music, I was approached by an agent who was placing DJs all over Europe. Shortly after I embarked on a professional career in the business. I was contracted well in advance so I secure in the knowledge that I had work waiting for me. In most of the jobs I would receive a decent wage apartment or hotel room, and in some countries food was paid for or or even use of the gym, swimming pool, vehicle or other amazing facilities.

In later years parallel to Dj-ing and in the knowledge that I wasn’t getting any younger, I studied a lot of computer stuff , music production and multi media being one thing that fascinated me. I also realised all this will eventually be the tools to create what ever it is , be it film, photo or sound and it will be in the hands of the individual , thus opening the door to a whole new world of entertainment and freedom or expression but also security.

Jumping out of the usual nine to five world is easy but jumping back in is more difficult. I predicted that the internet will become bigger than all of us and be used for all sorts of applications. I also knew jobs will go, companies will fold and new jobs will materialise, This whole technical revolution was very similar to the arrival of cars at the beginning of the last century, " a game changer"

I had ,until the end of the nineties, survived through marketing myself as DJ  and doing several other activities in music and audio production , writing songs and creating content for internet like radio shows ,photography or Ideas for new applications.

Noticing at the beginning of the millennium some companies were folding simply because of complacency, several people had no training and were becoming redundant and still had another twenty years of working life. I ended up training many adults in office and communication skills, many artist in my area were in need of Internet and media production possibilities. The world was moving fast.

I would say this to any person making a career choice these days " nothing is for ever, technology changes the paths of progress , progress changes the way we do things.

So what ever your passion is go for it, but be prepared to change shape its a rocky road.

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