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Little Louie Vega

Discussion in 'Event Reviews' started by AshG, Mar 17, 2002.

  1. AshG

    AshG Member

    Well I'd never heard him live before but had heard all about him so I was amped for this night throughout the week leading up to last night.

    As with most nights there was the good and the bad.


    The Master - what a master! - i loved his stuff. very soulful, at times very deep, at times driving, at times disco, but at all times mixed to perfection. Plus he played one of my favourite tracks that I never seem to hear: Mr. Scruff's "Get a Move On" (yay!). He had me dancing quite late and I haven't stayed that late at system since mark farina last played.

    The Crowd - fun-loving from everything i could see, and everyone seemed well pleased to have The Master in town.

    The Backroom - much more pumping than usual, but since its supposed to be different from the main room, that was a good thing. very good mixing, with one minor complaint (see below)

    Inside Staff - very friendly and accomodating, as usual.


    Back Room -
    Well, this bit is only slightly bad, but a suggestion to the back room djs - please keep the levels below that of a constant red-line on the mixer. Its bad technique, and more importantly, seriously distorts the sound; it got so bad at one point that I had to leave the back room despite enjoying the tunes being played.

    Guest List -
    Getting in line about 25 ft from the door shortly after 11:00, and finally having reached the front of the line, being told that since it was 12:01, 'reduced' guest list was available only. Standing in the cold for an hour and hearing from the outdoor staff how "bad our system is tonight", and "how unorganized and sorry we are", and then being told that due to their admitted incompetence, we'd have to pay $25(rather than free) is infuriating to say the least. Had I known that their lack of preparedness would have this result, I would have just bought myself a $20 advance ticket, avoided their complaining, avoided the line, and saved myself $5 in the process.

    Louie was, of course, worth it. But I can't see myself going through that again when I look around at other clubs and see their attention to customer relations.
  2. AshG

    AshG Member

    Oh, and one more thing for the GOOD!

    I met this nice girl named Rosey(Rosie?) at the end of the night.
    Props to Ros/ey/ie!
  3. jason klaps

    jason klaps TRIBE Member

    Hi AshG,

    I'm one of dj's in the back room, and I just wanted to let you know our levels on the mixer were never "REDLINING" thoughout the night.
    In fact, here is the levels we had set on the mixer for most of the night:

    MASTER VOLUME: 40-50%
    TURNTABLE 1 & 2: 70-90% depending on how loud the record is.
    TREBLE: FLAT (except when dropping or increasing it a bit for effect)
    BASS: either FLAT or minus a few notches when the bass was distorting.

    Because our Monitor has been blown for over a month the levels on the monitor were set at between 0 and 70%. When it's at 70 % it sounds HORRIBLE... but some mixes are just not that easy to mix in the headphones.

    So basically what I am saying is..... IT'S NOT OUR FAULT, Some records were distorting unless we took out all the bass.... which sounds crap, or left it in slightly distorted. I believe the problem relies on the amps or the speakers (which the dj's don't control).

    Also, we've recorded our set on MiniDisc.... which I'm sure sounds completely undistorted when I get a chance to listen to it....

    Unfortunately the sound system needs a slight overhaul to get it to where it used to be before the renovation took place.
  4. AshG

    AshG Member

    Re: Re: Little Louie Vega

    Yeah, i know the sound system in the backroom really isn't adequate for the space, and I'll say this: the mixing was spot-on condidering the monitor's condition.

    What I meant when I said that the mixer was redling was that the master output was redlining. This tended to happen with one of the djs more than the others, but I can assure you I watched it for a good half an hour and it never dropped below 3 reds and was often completely lit up, even during the breaks in the tracks. As you know this can happen even with the levels set as you described above; it just depends on the combinations involved. Of course this wouldn't affect the recording output so I'm sure the MD recording sounds completely clean. I'd be interested in hearing that actually.

    I sympathize with your sound situation; its a choice of not monitoring or introducing distortion. I too would choose distortion, but its unfortunate, that's all. And as I said its a minor quibble in an otherwise excellent evening of music in the backroom (again).

    kudos to the blueprint crew.
  5. jason klaps

    jason klaps TRIBE Member

    Hi AshG,

    Another thing I might add, is that the mixer (its a DENON btw) doesn't seem to be holding up to the daily abuse that the club is giving it. Even from listening in the headphones, I've noticed a degradation in quality from when they first bought it (something like 3-4 months ago, I think) until now.

    The type and "state" of the mixer has a big impact on the sound, especially in bigger clubs. For a good example... check out the lounge a Roxy Blu... the mixing conditions used to be horrible with their old mixer they had it there, but when they upgraded it (just recently) it sounds a fair amount better. Or have you ever been to Guvernment when the guest DJ has requested the Pioneer DJM500 mixer for the mainroom...... it sounds 10x worse then when they use their regular mixer.

    But I guess it's a DJ's dream to have every dj booth equipped with the RANE 2016.... but with $2500+ price tag most club owners aren't going to be putting them into anything but the main room.

    PS, I don't believe we've met. But after checking out your tracklisting in the HOUSE ROOM.... I see that you play a similar vibe to us.... maybe you should pass us a demo tape/cd next time you come by system, maybe we can play together at some point.


  6. xlr

    xlr TRIBE Member

    Wicked Night, even Wesley Snipes was dancing!!!
  7. Nesta

    Nesta TRIBE Member

    for real? blade raver!
  8. KillaLadY

    KillaLadY TRIBE Member

    I think I was introduced to Wesley, but I was too drunk to even care. heheheh
    I had a great time, nice to see you there George and STOP STOCKING ME! ;) :p

    I don't really like System, because the sound is not as great, but I had a great company and I had great time and no matter where you are, if you are having fun, that's all that matters.
  9. vench

    vench TRIBE Promoter

    I had a great time last night. I experienced no problems at the door, even though I arrived at 2:15am and was greated inside by the pulsating sounds of Vega.

    And it was funny to see Passenger 57 dancing away.


    am I my brothers keeper???

  10. Rosey

    Rosey TRIBE Member

    IT WAS NOT ME!!!!

    <--- not a girl
  11. TheVibe

    TheVibe TRIBE Member

    Tons of guys.

    But <-----------------Great party, great set, LOTS of fun
  12. TheVibe

    TheVibe TRIBE Member

    Tons of guys.

    But <-----------------Great party, great set, LOTS of fun
  13. The Magical White Isle

    The Magical White Isle TRIBE Member

    Shaggy! :D
  14. The Magical White Isle

    The Magical White Isle TRIBE Member

    Happy Birthday Breathe! Keep on, 'keepin it on' with great parties and great music.

    LLV spun a nice set. Very deep, funky, soulful house at times, and the pace of most of the set was quite high. He threw down some tracks I hadn't heard for a while in a club, but love dearly like 'Watch Them Come'. Whenever I hear that track, I think of Danny Tenaglia and when I first started listening to house/prog/electronic music. He also threw down some other tracks off of Tenaglia's GU compilations, but their names elude me right now. All and all, the music LLV spun was great. I had a very good time.

    Yes, there were a ton of dudes, but that didn't surprise me much.

    The renovations do improve the spaciousness of the club, but I think I may like the old set up better.

    Where was Wesley at? I didn't see him, but I also didn't see much except for the very few pieces of ass that were dancing in front of me for most of the night ;).

    Next time I'll be at System it will be for Superchumbo and Howells, for which I am very hyped.

  15. kennyboy

    kennyboy TRIBE Member

  16. KillaLadY

    KillaLadY TRIBE Member

    He was in the VIP room... or at least old VIP room... He is ONE funny guy I must say! :)
  17. The Magical White Isle

    The Magical White Isle TRIBE Member

    How fucked up was he, if at all?

    That is the question.
  18. vench

    vench TRIBE Promoter

    The whole time I was there he was dancing right by the dj booth. I'm not sure if he was fucked up or anything but he seemed normal to me.

    ever see him in Drop Zone???(the movie...)

  19. KillaLadY

    KillaLadY TRIBE Member

    No, he wasn't fucked up at all, I had a decent conversation with him...
    I thought he was at one point, because he was pulling out some nice moves while dancing, going nuts at one point.
  20. The Magical White Isle

    The Magical White Isle TRIBE Member

    Funny because I was dancing near the DJ booth (on the right side facing the dj) all night as well. I noticed a couple of times a guy who looked like him, but didn't think anything of it. Vench, man, what do you look like? I was wearing blue jeans and a black button down with a grey stripe across the front (I was also wearing 'fly' shades ;)). Were you in the same area as I was most of the time? Would have liked to have met you. Maybe next time.

    Last edited: Mar 19, 2002
  21. The Magical White Isle

    The Magical White Isle TRIBE Member

    Did he pull nice moves on you as well?


  22. KillaLadY

    KillaLadY TRIBE Member

    As per my previous post, I was too out of it to even remember, or care. LOL
  23. vench

    vench TRIBE Promoter

    that night I was wearing a Yankees hat, my 3/4 length jacket with blue jeans and a grey/blue sweater. I was literally standing right next to Passenger 57 until Vega moved me to the dancefloor. I only stayed for an hour or two as I was hungry and ventured over to the Peter Street Deli.

    it was the only time I've ever seen it open!! (the deli.....)


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